By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  C.S. Lewis.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS: Abbeyside Players are pleased to present ‘The Righteous Are Bold’ in The Glórach Theatre. March 31st and April 1,2,3,7,8,9.

OPENING: The Aqua Dome in Tralee will reopen to customers on Tuesday, March 15.

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE GARDA SIOCHANA:  If you have any stories or memorabilia from bygone times the Gardai would be glad if you would share them.

THE RAILWAY IS BACK:  The Fitzgerald family have been in touch “Looking forward to giving old friends and new a royal Railway welcome on Wednesday, February 23 as we reopen our doors with the fantastic Michael Collins Band (Who Else Only The King). Dancing kicking off at 9.15pm. Also coming Wednesday, March 2 Neily O Connor.

Only Wednesday dancing at moment. So polish the shoes, oil the joints and head to the Railway for the craic agus ceoil.”

GLÓRACH BINGO BACK INDOORS:  P.R.O. Lorcan Curtin reports “Two years ago, we were riding the crest of a wave. Our Monday night Bingo was running successfully, new volunteers and board members were bringing fresh impetus and drive, with a busy schedule lined up for the first half of 2020, and we were in rehearsals for a production of the powerful play, The Iron Harp.  A tiny virus, although in the news daily, still seemed very far away at that stage.  Within a few weeks, we, like the rest of the country, were locked down.  While there was a nice novelty in taking a break from the Glórach, bills still had to be paid and great credit is due to Seán and Helen for planning and putting the infrastructure in place for drive-in Bingo, that opened at the end of that summer at the GAA ground, running until Christmas with a short break, and then an extended break until June of last year, running consecutively until last Sunday.  A massive thanks to the GAA club for the use of their grounds and premises, and for the help their members gave us each Sunday. Thanks also to Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue for the efficient and safe parking of cars, and for bringing us sandwiches to keep us fortified.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported us over the last two years and made this venture such a success.  Two years ago, the Glórach had signs up acknowledging the Nations Front Line Workers, and at this juncture we acknowledge our own front line workers, our volunteers who have turned up on Sunday afternoons over the last two years and ensured the smooth running of the bingo.  Our first Sunday was a glorious sun-kissed day, our final outing a combination of ferocious wind and King Lear like rain, maybe a sign from somewhere to move back indoors.  It’s been a long two years, but we will remember and retain positive memories of the drive-in Bingo. Looking forward to seeing the crowds back at the Glórach Theatre, as we resume our indoor Bingo on Monday, February 28th at 8.30 pm.”

LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO THE GLÓRACH:  No amount of storms were going to keep a large crowd away from the Glórach Theatre on Saturday night, and what a way to launch ourselves into 2022, with a memorable concert to linger in the memory.  Buttevant native Alan Finn made his Glórach debut, and the supremely talented fiddle player was joined on stage by Seán Kelliher and Keelan McGrath, with the powerful voice of Annmarie O’Riordan being called upon at different stages of the concert, her version of Shanagolden resonating with the crowd before the interval.  Plenty of toe-tapping and clapping to the sweet playing of Alan, Seán and Keelan, with many patrons very complimentary of the quality of sound, as well as the warmth in the auditorium.  “Now I hope that in telling this story, I haven’t detained you too long” sang Annmarie, from the song, This story I tell you is True, but in truth, most of the audience would have happily stayed on another hour such was the quality of the music. Thanks to all who supported us on the night and also our raffle, looking forward to upcoming gigs in March.


Tickets selling fast for these two, Seán Keane has become synonymous with the Glórach Theatre on this side of the country, and returns again on Friday, March 9th.  All previous appearances were sold out so make sure to book tickets for a very special night with the Galwegian.  Hot on the heels of this concert, Jon Kenny will be coming back to the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, March 19th with his one man show, Crowman, written by Katie Hollie.  In a play filled with poignancy and humour, Jon gave a tour de force performance in the title role at the Glórach in early 2020, and we’ve looked forward to his return.  Both shows commence at 8 pm, and booking is essential at 087 1383940, or tickets can be purchased at An Siopa Milseáin or Abbey Tiles

DINNER: The Irish Sheepdog Trials Society are holding a celebratory Dinner Dance on Saturday, March  5  at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Dinner at 8pm followed with music by “The Best of Friends”. Tickets for the dinner dance are on sale. Tom O’Sullivan is only the fifth Irishman to win the Supreme Championship, the most coveted trophy in sheepdog trialling since it began in 1947 and will be attending.

CONCERT IN DUAGH:  Jimmy Buckley and band will be in the Sports Complex, Duagh on March 18th.  Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm, Tickets available at usual outlets or phone 087 9421862.

PATRICK’S DAY PARADE:  Chairman of the organising committee Cllr. Francis Foley writes; “Over the last number of days I have had a number of people contact me regarding the running of the St Patrick’s Day Parade this year. After discussion with the committee we have decided to run the parade as normal this year!  We look forward to seeing everyone out enjoying the celebrations again this year after a 2 year break.

PLAY:  The Spike Players Knocknagoshel proudly present ‘For Better or For Worse’ February 25, 26, 27th & March 4, 5, 6th at 8pm in Knocknagoshel Community Centre.  To reserve tickets call 087 705 0670.

DAY CARE CENTRE: Now open to visitors every Tuesday.  Contact Jane on 068 51850.

SOCIAL DANCE CLASS: Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.30pm.. Further information from 087 7206449.

TREE PLANTING IN TEMPLEGLANTINE:  The planting has been postponed due to Storm Eunice.

HOT DESK:  WorkBase E-Hub at Old Bank Building on Main Street is now open for Business. For full details and pricing on Private Office Suites, Meeting Room, Hot-desks etc contact Ken Tobin on 086 816 2105.

PLAY: Athea Drama group, are back with Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel in Con Colbert Hall. Evening shows on Wednesday, 23, Thursday, 24, and Saturday, February 26. The doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm each evening. Booking is necessary. The tickets cost €10 and ring 087- 6926746 .

SIAMSA TIRE CONCERT featuring Danny O’Mahony & Steve Cooney on Friday, 25th February – 8.00pm.  Tickets available from Siamsa – 0667123055.

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

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..

PASSION Play back again at Oberammergau, from June 14 to 26, 2022.

BOOK: Dr Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh is author of Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services (Wordwell Books, 2021).

FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS FROM GALILEE TO JERUSALEM:  Take the trip of a lifetime with Group Leader Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director Fr. John Newman in association with Premier Travel, Cork.  Further information from Mícheál 086 8337681 or email info @ carpediemtours. ie

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.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet:

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.

CITIZENS ADVICE:  They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780  or by email n[email protected]

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:    Saturday 6.30pm Denis Muphy The Hill 4th Anniversary.  Kate Curtin, Dromtrasna Collins.  Sunday 10am Tom and Mary Flynn and deceased family members.  Jack Joe Foley and his wife Bridget and Mossie Foley and Danny Harnett.  12 noon  Michael O’Connell, Dromtrasna.  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.  Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of abuse will take place on Friday, February 25.   PRIESTHOOD – Zoom with Seminarians and Priests on Tuesday 1st March @ 8pm there will be an opportunity for young men to join in on a Zoom meeting to find out more about priesthood and to hear directly from two young men who are currently studying for the priesthood in our National Seminary in Maynooth. The event is being run by the National Vocations Office. Further information and registration details can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or by visiting

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in the main church every Friday from after the 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm.  In the event of a funeral Mass on a Friday Adoration will begin at 12.30pm. We advise parishioners to wrap up well as the some of the church windows will be open for ventilation purposes. “In worship, God captures your heart; when He’s got it, then the real work begins.”- Matt
Redman.  During Lent the Adoration will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Church on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am -8pm.  A sheet for putting down your promise to cover an hour is available at the back of the altar.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 6:  Buy tea, coffee, chocolate, bananas, cocoa etc and help support farmers in the third world with fair prices for their produce.  www.