By Marian Harnett

Glórach concert

Hot on the heels of our Fealefest concert, we will be bringing a feast of local talent to the Glórach Theatre on the evening of Sunday, October 10th, for an event to mark World Mental Health Day.  Father and son duo Donal and Eoin Murphy will be headlining, and will be joined by acclaimed trad duo Gretta Curtin and Jessie Healy.  The unique and contrasting vocal styles of Denis Curtin and Frances Kennedy will provide a rich variety of song on the night, with the latter sure to throw in a colourful tale for good measure.  Tickets almost sold out for what will be a great night of entertainment (and gender balanced as well!).  For enquiries, please call 0871383940.

PROLOGUE:  Empty pockets never held anyone back.  Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.  Norman Vincent Peale.

DEATH:  Sincere sympathy to the Murphy family, Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale on the death of their mother, Noreen.  May she rest in peace.

LOCAL AUTHOR LAUNCHES NEW BOOK:  A new collection of short stories by Pat McLoughlin has just been released. The title of the book is ‘Just One More Thing’. Multi award winning writer, Donal Ryan, described the stories as “humane, empathetic and blessedly sincere; adding that the collection was a joy to read. The bod ok is available at ‘An Siopa Milslean’ (Mary Flynn’s), Abbeyfeale or online at  Like Pat’s previous three books all proceeds will be donated to local charities.

COFFEE MORNING:  Thursday, September 30 from 11-4pm at Mary Mc Arthur’s house on the road from Dillane’s shop to Mountcollins V94 ND17 in aid of Recovery Haven and Milford Hospice.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  P.R.O. Lorcan Curtin again “After an amazing run of dry weekends at our drive-in Bingo, our luck finally ran out when a consistent rain fell down on the Abbeyfeale GAA grounds on Sunday last.  The inclement weather didn’t diminish the crowd significantly, nor the enthusiasm of our volunteers.  Very colourful bingo signage greets visitors to the town from all sides, but for those who might have missed the time on the posters, it’s 2 pm at the GAA grounds in Abbeyfeale every Sunday, whatever the weather.”

DOG SHOW AT THE PARK:  Sunday, October 3 at 2pm in the Town Park.  12 classes – 12 winners all competing for Best in Show.  Raffle, coffee and goodies from Busy Bean.  Enquiries to 087 27463999.  This is a fundraiser for the Town Park.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS:  Appeal to Parents – Your Parish Youth Clubs needs You
Abbeyfeale Youth Club has been up and running for the past 16 years, providing an essential service for hundreds of young people. The success of the club is down to the participation of the many parent volunteers who over the years have given their time to the club. The
youth club is an essential service for our young parishioners, providing an opportunity for them to socialise together in a safe environment. The club leaders are currently planning the reopening of the club, but this can only happen with the support and participation of parent
volunteers.  We are now seeking the help of parents of first year, second year and
third year students in secondary school. In fact, the club will only reopen when there are sufficient parent volunteers in place. We are coming out of probably one of the most challenging times for young people in our lifetime. For the well-being of our teenagers it is essential that we get the clubs open, so that they can once again experience normal social interaction. This weekend we are appealing to the relevant parents to help us in this
important work. Do consider volunteering. If you would like further information please contact Noreen on 0872353306 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414. We would ask that grandparents bring the news of this appeal to their children and grandchildren. All Covi-19 requirements will be implemented by the clubs once they are open.

BOOK-KEEPING BASICS FOR SMALL BUSINESS START UPS: West Limerick Resources in conjunction with Limerick Local Enterprise Office is offering a free book-keeping basics course to small local businesses. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to keep simple and accurate financial records.  Course takes place online over two sessions from 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursday, September 30. To book a place email [email protected] or phone 087 7669952.

WALKING THE BALLYHOURAS:  The 25th Ballyhoura Walking Festival takes place from Friday, October 8 – Sunday, October 10 in Kilfinane .Further information available from: Ballyhoura Centre, Kilfinane / 063-91300 / [email protected]


MAKE WAY DAY:  This week the National Disability Federation of Ireland launched its awareness campaign ‘Make Way Day’. The initiative aims to highlight the obstacles people with disabilities and those with visual impairments face on a daily basis, particularly on footpaths. People with disabilities encounter obstacles every day as they try to make their way through our streets. These obstacles limit the right of people with disabilities to full and meaningful participation in society. So far this year, thousands of fixed charge notices have been issued by Gardaí for people parking on footpaths. Gardaí are calling on motorists to be more aware of the surroundings when they are parking, to consider the impact that their actions may have on people with disabilities and not to cause obstruction on footpaths.
It is a simple request, and it is what Make Way Day is all about, according to Clare Cronin
who is Communications Manager with the Disability Federation of Ireland.
“Probably people think they’re doing a good service, you know, they’re pulling the car in off
the road and saving more space (on the road), but they’re just not thinking of over 13% of the
population who have a disability and it affects all sorts of people.” Make Way Day is an
Initiative to remind drivers to be aware of people with disabilities and visual impairments.