By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  Life is like a calendar. Focus on what’s important.  Capture the good times.  Develop from the negatives.  And if things don’t work out Take another shot.

DEATHS:  Sincere sympathy to the Quirke family, Killarney Road,  Mairead and family on the death of Paddy Corridan, Kilmanahan and the family of the late Tamazin O’Brien, Clash.  May they all rest in peace.

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC:  On Friday, March 4th and on every second of Friday of the month thereafter (excluding bank holidays) a MABS Outreach Clinic will be held in St. Ita’s Hall from 9am -12.30pm.  The contact number for appointments is 0818 072210 for the North Munster MABS Limerick Office.  Those wishing to make an appointment must make the call themselves due to GDP.

SACRED FOREST TREE PLANTING:  In Templeglantine beside the school Saturday, March 19.  Come and help us to plant Irelands first micro forest. 1,150 trees in a third of an acre with EcoSikh, Reforest Nation and Templeglantine Community Development.  Bring wellies and a spade!  Refreshments will be provided.

  1. Earth has more than 60,000 known species of tree.
  2. A tree thought to have went extinct 150 million years ago was recently discovered growing in a valley near Sidney, Australia For reference Dinosaurs like T. Rex died out 66 million years ago.
  3. Before trees earth had fungi with grew 30 feet tall. Ok not really a tree fact but so cool I thought I had to include it
  4. Trees in a forest can ‘talk’ and share nutrients through an underground internet built by soil fungi. Sometimes called the wood wibe web, each tree acts like a neuron in the human brain giving a forest intelligence.
  5. A large oak tree can consume about 100 gallons of water per day, and a giant sequoia can drink up to 500 gallons daily.
  6. Trees help us breathe — and not just by producing oxygen. Trees in city’s remove air pollution and save lives, each year 4.2 million people die each year from air pollution.
  7. Adding one tree to an open pasture can increase its bird biodiversity from almost zero species to as high as 80. Even more of a reason not to cut down fairy trees!
  8. Trees can lower stress, raise property values and reduce crime rates.   A large oak tree can drop 10,000 acorns in one year. So adopting just a few trees  will one day become tens of thousands!( Reforest Nation).

GLÓRACH NEWS:  Bingo every Monday evening at 8pm.  Sean Keane in Concert Friday, March 12.  A few tickets left, ring 087 1383940

MAINISTER NA FÉILE COFFEE MORNING: Abbeyfeale ICA will be hosting a Coffee Morning at Leen’s Hotel on Wednesday March 23 from 10-12.30pm in aid of Ukraine. All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Red Cross. Your support will be most welcome.  Ni neart go chur le ceile.

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

AN INTRO TO CLOTH NAPPIES: Limerick Free event at the Urban Co-op, Limerick on Saturday March 26 from 2-3pm. Contact Michelle at [email protected] to book.

JOBS ON LOUGH DERG: A number of Seasonal employment opportunities at Lough Derg for this summer. Application Forms are available: or contact us on +353 7198 61518 / email [email protected].

ST PIO: Prayer meeting in Castleisland Church on  March 15. Witness by: Mary Theme: “Trying to live a normal life against the backdrop of poor health”. Watch on church

VINTAGE RUN: Knockdown Vintage Club Annual Charity Vintage Run on Sunday, March 27..  This year the proceeds are in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance. Registration for Vintage will commence at 12 noon at the Knockdown Arms.  The Vintage Runs begins at 1pm. Big Maggie & Billy will provide the entertainment.

BE INFORMED: Catholic TV series called  “Divine Mercy” – Episode 3 – “The Suffering Servant” – 10-week series. Please use Zoom Link – to join on Friday, 4th March. Please contact 0879218946 – 0871277659 – 0872452283

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

CANCER SUPPORT: Daffodil day takes place on March 25th.

WELL DONE MEENKILLY N.S.: The pupils of Meenkilly NS, Preschool & School Community showed exemplary Global Citizenship this week for their collection for the people of the Ukraine. Two van loads from the school community made their way to Killarney to join with the collections that were taken up in Killarney, Kenmare and elsewhere around South Kerry. Several truck loads have now left for Poland and the border with Ukraine.

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: The St. Patrick’s Day committee under the chairmanship of Cllr. Francis Foley are organising the Parade after a two year hiatus.  It will travel at 4pm from Mountmahon past the viewing platform in the Square.  To book your space contact Francis on 087 6391305.

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.

MILFORD HOSPICE ANNUAL 10KM RUN/WALK: Takes place on Sunday, March 13 with the start in the Kilmurry student village behind UL Sports Arena.  Further information from 061485859/485860.

COMMUNITY ALERT:   We welcome the appointment of a new Community Garda.  He is Garda Tommy Commane and we hope that he enjoys his time here in Abbeyfeale.