By Marian Harnett

KERRY WINS ALL IRELAND WITH THE HELP OF A BREED OF A LIMERICK MAN: Abbeyfeale won the County Championship in 1947 and one of the players that day was Joe O’Connor from Kilmanahan whose grandson captained the Kerry Team last Sunday.  The family originally came from Kileedy and Birdie O’Connor was Fr. Tim Galvin’s mother.  Fr. Tim is home on leave from South Sudan and was at the match on Sunday, he is a cousin of the Captain so with the help of the Limerick blood and Fr. Tim storming  Heaven Galway stood no chance last Sunday – wasn’t last Sunday’s Gospel all about persistence!   Fr. Tim has recently received an International award and a grant from Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ Movement. ‘ He was honoured with an Individual Climate Action Award by Misean Cara an international and Irish Faith Based missionary movement for leading his parishioners in the growing of indigenous plants which help to improve food security.  He has also helped his community plant trees to prevent future flooding and has set up nurseries to cultivate indigenous trees.’  Laudato Si’ Movement ( Catholics for our Common Home).

PROLOGUE:  Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.                    Mary Robinson.

DEATH:  We offer our sympathies to the family of Nell Collins, Clash who died recently.  May she rest in peace.

WELCOME HOME: Fr. Tim Galvin is home and was in Croke Park supporting his beloved Kerry on Sunday.  Fr. Mike Moroney is home in Athea from his mission in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Bishop Micheal Lenihan is on his way from South America.  We wish them all a well earned rest.

CLASSES IN THE TECH:  The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.

HERITAGE ON RADIO: Mícheál Ó Coileáin” Christianity in Ruins” Radio Kerry 9am on Sunday, July 31. Dingle-based archaeologist and environmentalist Mícheál Ó Coileáin takes us to three sites of note in West Kerry: Riaisc Monastic Site, St. Brendan’s Oratory and Kilmalkedar Church and Cemetery

CHANGES IN THE DIOCESE: Bishop Brendan Leahy has said that rapid changes necessary to deal with the decline in clergy numbers means we must look towards lay leadership in parishes and work closer together in the church.  He said that lay people will be leading a range of services going forwards, from prayers at funerals to the parish preparation of children for the sacraments.  Fr. Seamus Madigan, whose aunt was the late Betty McCarthy, Knockbrack, will be returning to the Diocese after his years ministering with the chaplaincy services to the Defence Forces where he served in recent years as Head Chaplin.  Fr. Tony Mullins, whose real title is Canon, will be continuing as Vicar General and Co-Parish Priest in the Pastoral Unit of Abbeyfeale, Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla/
Mountcollins, and on top of all that work has been appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Ministry and Mission  in the Diocese.   Fr. Willie Russell, Co-Parish Priest of the Pastoral Unit made up of the parishes of Rathkeale, Ballingarry/Granagh, Knockaderry/Cloncagh  has been replaced by Fr. Derek Leonard and will now join our Fr. Tony to be Co-Parish Priest here in the Pastoral Unit.. Fr Russell will reside in Abbeyfeale.  Fr. Shoji’s friend Fr. Robin has been recessed to his Diocese and will be replaced by another priest from that Diocese.
QUIT MID WEST: Quit Mid-West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area. “This month we want to let you know that FREE support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face at a clinic near you”. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid-West on 065 6865841 or email [email protected]

CHANGE OF DATE:  The bus which was meant to travel on July 24 to Knock for Grandparents Day from Lixnaw via Abbeyfeale was cancelled because it was clashing with the All Ireland Football final which Kerry was contesting .  It’s going up instead on Sunday, August 7 and if you’d like to travel contact Mary on 087 9501929.

IRISH HEART CARDIAC REHAB PODCAST: A series bringing together experts in cardiac rehab and patients who have attended cardiac rehabilitation is available on podcast.  Topics included are exercise, medication, healthy eating and the psychological impact of living with heart disease.  If you have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, coronaryartery stenting or coronary artery bypass surgery –log onto https://irishheart.ie/services-for-you/its-cardiac-rehab-podcast/ for information and support’

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Nolan September 21-28.

Return flights from Cork. For details & bookings contact: Maura O’Keeffe Harcksen (Tralee) Tel: 066 7127143 or 087 1517696.

OSKARS:  The Oskars will be taking place in the Devon Inn on Friday, October 21.  This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020.   All tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer.

A STORY OF INTEREST TO WEST LIMERICK:  The story of Kay Carr from Ballydonoghue who met Namir Kamir when she nursed his mother in Iraq and who had to leave when war broke out, waited for him to escape and married him was broadcast on Horizons on Radio Kerry last Sunday morning after the 9am news.  They bought a shop beside Fealesbridge Creamery and set up home on the Limerick/ Kerry border where their two children were born.  Listen back to a fascinating real life love story on podcast as Kay retires from nursing and Kamir runs a restaurant in Ballybunion.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders. Provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel, Parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping contact 087 6863 726.

RAMBLING HOUSE:  Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month.

DANCING: Ballybunion every Tuesday night from 7.30pm upstairs in the Community Centre.

KNOCK: A Journey in Hope: National Novena at Knock Shrine from 14 – 22 August

A unique feature of this year’s Novena will be the ‘Synod Tent’, where members of the public will be invited to learn more about the Synod and what it means for all of us.

BUS TO KNOCK:  Sunday August 21st – Monday August 22nd Peggy Lynch’s Knock & Lough Derg overnight tour will travel to Knock.  Further details from O’Callaghan Coach Holidays on 064 6631095.

TRADITIONAL TRADES FAIR: Ballylongford July 30/31.