By Marian Harnett

CLERICAL NEWS:  Many of you will be aware that Fr Tony tested positive for Covid-19 during the week and is currently self-isolating. He hopes to be back to work towards the end of next week. He appreciates all the support and offers of help given to him during the past few days. Sincere thanks to Fr Denis Mullane and Fr Brendan Duggan who are celebrating Mass in Abbeyfeale this weekend. We appreciate their support and availability. We also want to wish Fr. Duggan a very happy and healthy retirement. He reached the retirement age for clergy (75 years) at the end of February. Fr Brendan will be leaving Athea parish on Easter Sunday. Even though he is retiring from parish ministry, he is taking up a new position with his religious congregation in Rockwell College, Co. Tipperary. We wish Fr. Brendan all the best for the future and we thank him for all his pastoral work in Athea parish and for all his help in the parish of Abbeyfeale and for all his assistance in the Pastoral Area. Fr. Denis and Fr. Tony will be taking over responsibility for the parish of Athea from Easter Sunday onwards. Fr. Jack O’Donnell will celebrate Mass on Monday evening at 7.00pm. Thanks to Fr Jack for his help and assistance.  Prayer Services (Liturgy of the Word), will be celebrated on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings  at 10.00am. Thanks to our Lay Readers of the Word for leading these special liturgies. Spring Stations: Fr Tony would like to thank all who contributed to the recent Spring Stations collection. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated.

FUNDRAISER FOR CRUMLIN:  In memory of baby Layla McKenna, 23/02/’21 to 28/02/’21, lines are being sold locally in aid of Crumlin Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated..

CONGRATULATIONS AND JUBILIATIONS, ESTHER:  A post on Facebook this week from Ballyseedy Castle Hotel, Tralee says;  “We are a very proud team tonight.. Congratulations to Esther who won gold and was named Front Of House/Team member at the @goldmedalawards this evening”.  Esther is our Esther from Kilconley Lower, one of the McCarthy family who are legendary in the hospitality business.  Ballyseedy Castle are lucky to have her and signs on with all the awards she has won down through the years.

BUSINESS CLOSES ON THE MAIN STREET:  Kieran and Laura O’Riordan write: “ With a heavy heart, we will be closing down Krafty Klippers as of Saturday, March 26.   We want to thank all of our customers who supported us for the last 2 years. You have been so good to us. Thank you again…..Kieran and Laura”.

LIMERICK SPRING FEST AT THE BARNAGH HUB: Wednesday, April 6 Food and Crafts Fair 1-6pm, Local Producers Showcase 5.30 -7pm.  Platform 22 will host some of Limerck’s finest chefs who will serve and promote locally sourced snacks. TheP WPest Limerick Food Series are hosting a Spring Fest Cúrsaí, on April 6th at Barnagh Greenway Hub : Platform 22 CafThe menu includes Pig cheek Croquette, Attyflin Apple and “Golden Vale” Pie from Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare.  Fermented Ballyneety beetroot tartlet, frozen horseradish and royal Belgium caviar followed by Thomond Gate Whiskey sour and Manjari 64% chocolate from Mike Tweedie of The Oak Room at Adare manor. Dan Sykes from Springfield Castle has BBQ Organic venison skewers as well as his signature Ceviche with pepper dulse and many more local Cúrsaí,Irish Coffee from the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.  Herbal teas from Cahermoyle House.  .Local cocktails made with Ballygoat milk from Monagea,  Limericks own distilled gin in conjunction with Listoke Distillery.  Matching wine enhanced with advice tips from Ron Forrestal of Forrestal Wine Merchants  Stephen Cunneen from Treaty City Brewery will talk all things brewery and matching beer with food.  Great entertainment from Templeglantine Comhaltas Group with Seanchaí Eddie Lennihan recounting the wonderful local Folklore.  We also have free family fun day from 1pm-6pm click here for more detailsl:

WALK: Welcome to Wild Work in West Limerick!  The Knights Walk in Glin has been chosen as a location “Would you like to explore biodiversity in the Irish landscape. Our trainers will bring you into nature to experience West Limerick wild spaces first-hand. Here you can learn through seeing, touching and interacting with the natural world. With our approach, your outdoor learning will be supported by online interactive learning and tailored virtual reality experiences, to ensure a fun and fulfilling programme.” Open to all ages.  Fill out the application on the link below.  Knights Walk Glin. Every second Saturday in Glin starting 14th May – 23rd July 2-4 pm, limited spaces –

SOCIAL DANCE CLASS:  Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.30pm.. Further information from 087 7206449.  Timmy Woulfe has resumed classes in Moyvane Hall every Monday night at 8.30pm.

SLIABH NOTES TO PLAY THE GLÓRACH:   Sliabh Notes are confirmed to play the Fleadh by the Feale festival main concert at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale on Saturday,  April 30, doors 7:30pm, start 8pm, Adm €15. Tickets go on sale soon from Sheehys Hardware Store & Slice of Life or direct from the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale contact 087 1383940. Should be a great night at this gorgeous venue.

UKRAINING REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NCW:   60 people from Ukraine arrived over the weekend and are staying  in Cahermoyle House. Any donations  would be appreciated. Contact person is Deirdre Ambrose Ardagh Community Council 087 9509218.

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.

LOUGH DERG:  Sunday 1st May this year’s Pilgrimage season opens with a full Pilgrimage programme and booking is now live on our website!  This includes the One Day Retreats, the Three Day Pilgrimage from 1st June – 15th August and the new Pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path.