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).

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL. Join over 1000 young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare from Thurday,  August  11 to Sunday 14. For more information and to book your place go to
CHOOSE HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY: Chaplains are professionals who provide spiritual, religious and emotional care to people in many different settings. As a chaplain, you will listen to people who are in a very vulnerable place. You’ll celebrate with families who have received great news. You’ll mark the beginning of lives, the end of lives and the many transforming moments in between. What training do I need? Board certification is required for employment as a chaplain. The Healthcare Chaplaincy Board (HCB) offers certification to Roman Catholics who: 1 Hold a degree in Theology (NFQ Level 8). 2 Complete H Dip or Masters in Pastoral Theology (Healthcare Chaplaincy) or 3 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. 3 Successfully meet the HCB Standards for Healthcare Chaplaincy.  Email: [email protected]  The Bursary is provided by the Bon Secours Health System.

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 or call us on 06831198.
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 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.

BEAL NA MBLATH COMMEMORATIONS:  Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Micheal Collins the commemoration will take place between Macroom and Bandon outside Kilmurry on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm.  Oration will be shared by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

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 and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping contact 087 6863 726.

GREENWAY SHUTTLE BUS: It runs every hour from 12pm to 4pm between the hubs at Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

GLÓRACH BINGO: The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seem to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm.

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

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

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.