By Marian Harnett

PROLGUE:  Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.

DEATH:  We offer our sincere condolences to Jackie and the sons, daughters and grandchildren of the late Eily Harnett, Purt whose funeral was held on Wednesday last.  May she rest in peace.

SAVE THE DATE:  Jimmy Buckley and his Band will be at the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex for an evening of Music on Friday, March 18.  Further information 087 2684540.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE GLÓRACH:  After tentative success in our two Autumn concerts, we’re really looking forward to this upcoming gig at the Glórach Theatre that will bring the best in Traditional and folk music to the venue. Acclaimed Buttevant musician Alan Finn of Shandrum Céilí band fame, and who has played for former US President Barack Obama, will be making the journey to Abbeyfeale next month.  He will be joined on the night by a stellar group of musicians that includes Keelan McGrath, Seán Kelliher and singer Annmarie O’Riordan.  The gig takes place at 8 pm on Saturday, February 19th.  Tickets are selling fast and can be bought at Abbey Tiles at an Siopa Milseáin, or by ringing 0871383940.  Look forward to seeing ye for a great night of music at the radically revamped theatre.

BINGO AT THE GAA GROUNDS:  Lorcan Curtin writes; “A good turnout on Sunday with the Kerry crowd in ebullient form after the win over Dublin, and many leaving in an even better mood with many winners crossing west over the border.  GAA grounds in immaculate condition, without even the sign of a few rushes on the edges to make a decent St. Brigid’s cross.  After a joyous January, the weather has been decidedly mixed so far this month, but we will be there next Sunday, February 13th at the GAA grounds at the usual starting time of 1.30 pm.”

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING: 2 Day ‘Back To Work Basic Skills Training’ for Job Seekers on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25 in Newcastle West covering Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Chemical Awareness and Safe Use of PPE. Contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 to register

CAR BOOT SALE: A Car boot sale in aid of the Newcastle West Community Centre will be held on Sunday, February 20. They are accepting bric a brac donations, toys, clean clothing. No books, broken toys etc. They have limited stall spaces available and any enquiries to 069- 69584.

RESPECTING FUNERALS:  A recent Facebook post by a Cork funeral director has asked pedestrians to stand and show respect as a funeral cortege passes and drivers to give way to allow the family follow the hearse.

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE May 25th ex Cork to Mostar. June.22nd. Ex Cork to Dubrovnik. September 14th ex Shannon to Mostar. Cost is €775. If you pay a deposit of €100 you will avail of €50 discount and secure your place. Balance of €625 can be paid 6weeks before departure.

Contact Tom Dennehy for further information
on 0876468658..

CHOIR: The Kingdom Gospel Choir are re-commencing rehearsals (fortnightly) starting on Friday 11th February from 8-9pm in the Friary Church Killarney. New members always welcome. No singing experience necessary. For more information contact Caoimhe on 0870669858.

ART: 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, closing date for our next Competition is Monday, 28th February 2022. A Kerry student was chosen as the overall winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition. There were over 25,000 entries for the competition, in its 66th year.

TALK IN CON COLBERT HALL, ATHEA: The Healthy Athea Club has invited Ciaran Carey, former hurling manager, selector and player and now working as an addiction counsellor to give a talk on, February 25th at Con Colbert Hall.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE:  Departing from Shannon to Mostar September 7th to 14th Half board accommodation full religious programme operated by Marian pilgrimages Fare €725 for names received before Jan 31st Details from John O Brien Group Leader Doon Co Limerick 086 8586304.

TREES: The planting of trees donated by the Sikh Community in memory of Michael Max McAuliffe is due to take place on February 19th at Templeglantine.

ANOTHER GOOD NEWS STORY FROM ABBEYFEALE: Great to see the finishing touches being put to the new WorkBase E-Hub in Abbeyfeale and looking forward to opening day. Well done to everyone at Abbeyfeale Community Council who were the initial drivers of this idea almost 6 years ago and a huge welcome to all those at #HQCoworking who will be managing the E-Hub on behalf of owners Innovate Limerick.

CHURCH NEWS:   Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.  Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 email [email protected] Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Mass Intentions:  Wednesday 10am  Larry Corbett, St. Ita’s Terrace.  Thursday 10am World Day of Prayer for the Sick.  Friday 10am Blessing of the sick at this Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  No Saturday morning Mass.  Saturday 6.30pm  Peter Scannell, Clash.  Jim Aherne Shanbally. Tom Aherne, Glenashrone Month Mind.  Joe Murphy, 3 Radharc na Feile.  Sunday 10am Mary Clancy, New Street 1st. Anniversary.  Willie Riordan, Upper Purt.  12 noon Con and Lillie Reidy, The Hill and Dublin.  Baptisms Saturday 5pm or Sundays 1pm.  Monthly Mass for the sick of the parish will be celebrated at 10am on the last Friday of the month.  In the event of a funeral the Mass will change to the previous Thursday.

Alleluia!  The first meeting of Abbeyfeale Active Retirement Association – Ara na Feile will take place on Wednesday, February 9 at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre aka The Old Tech, Mountmahon. Excitedly looking forward to going forward!  Come along, it will be an informal meeting with light refreshments, plenty of chat and plans to be made and suggestions to be discussed.