By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE: All dreams are within reach.  All you have to do is keep moving towards them.  Viola Davis.

DEATH: Fr. Charlie O’Neill RIP 1925 – 2022.  Former curate in Abbeyfeale, Fr. Charlie O’Neill died peacefully on Sunday 26th May in Beech Lodge Nursing Home, Bruree. Fr. O’Neill or Fr. Cha as he was known served as a curate here in Abbeyfeale from 1967 to 1979. Parishioners remember him affectionately as a kind and humble priest who served the people of Abbeyfeale with great simplicity and dedication. While he was in Abbeyfeale he was very involved in the Community Games and other sporting clubs. Parishioners have lovely memories of Fr. Cha, and we include him in our prayers this weekend.  We offer our sympathy to his family and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

We also offer our sympathies to Mairéad and family on the death of Gerard Curtin, Brosna. May he rest in peace.

DANAHER MCGRATH TRUST SCHOLARSHIP:  Young people from Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla and Templeglantine are invited to apply for a range of scholarships  from a minimum of €2,000 to a maximum of €5,000 that are open to full time college students.  Application forms are available from Abbeyfeale Credit Union, local secondary schools or Woulfe Murphy Solicitors.  Closing date is August 31 and terms and conditions apply.

CONCERT FOR UKRAINE:  Sincere thanks to all who supported the recent concert held in support of the Refugees from Ukraine. Thanks to all who sponsored the raffle prizes, made individual donations, sold tickets and attended the concert. €4,270 has  been raised so far. Our thanks to all who performed at the concert and made it such an enjoyable event for all who attended. Thanks to all who helped organise the concert and to all who assisted in the church on Friday night. We keep the people of Ukraine and all others around the world who are impacted by war and violence in our thoughts and prayers.

AIB COMMUNITY ONE MILLION FUND:  The AIB Group has launched the AIB Community €1 Million Fund to support over 30 charitable organisations in communities across Ireland. Nominations will close on 22 June 2022. The nomination  form and details on the AIB Community €1 Million Fund are available on the bank’s website. Customers and the public are required to submit the registration number of the charity they are nominating in order to complete the form.

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.  Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm.. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915.  Intentions for next weekend:  Saturday  6.30pm D P Woulfe, Bridge Street 1st Anniversary.  Sunday 10am Frances & Charlie Fealey, The Hill.  Bridget & Timmy Harnett, Ballaugh .  Nell & Jack Gleeslon, Killarney Road.  12noon Rita Hernon, Hillary Close Month Mind.

COMMUNITY ALERT:  Stay off Tinder but if you must, the second he. asks for money, no matter how often he told you that you’re the woman for him – lose him.  No man asks for money when he’s in a relationship if he’s a real man.  Another one we’ve been notified of is a text message from PTSB advising you that there has been unusual activity on your card and to click on the link – needless to say don’t click on any link.  Most people have online banking so if you’re worried about ‘unusual activity’ just check the app on your phone to reassure yourself.  If you haven’t the app then ring your bank ; Bank of Ireland 0818 365 365/ AIB 0818 724 724.  If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre.  Further information from 068 23584/0873684490.  Stay safe in the water. “Get in warm, get out warm”.  Make sure you can be seen.  Wear a brightly coloured swim cap and have a tow float so that other swimmers can see you.  If you do get into trouble stay calm, float, do not fight the waves or current. Always supervise paddling pools. Stay safe on line, if you are going on holidays don’t tell people until you’re back, Time enough then to post your holiday snaps.  Click on no link.  Don’t give any details of your credit card, keep the pin number to yourself and don’t carry the card and the pin together.  Wear a Hi Viz jacket when walking at any time of the day and it’s no harm either to turn on your parking lights when driving and help to make yourself visible on the road.  If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then,  because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65.  The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72.  There may be some confusion over the word free –  the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring.  I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation.  Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly.   Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.