By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.  Anon.

ABBEYFEALE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Activities  commence for the Autumn on Wednesday, September 21 at 1pm  with exercises with Nicole..

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. TIMS MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN:  Huge thanks to all who contributed at last Sunday’s Market.  A total of €670 was raised and will be lodged in the Abbeyfeale for Africa a/c in the Credit Union.  The a/c remains active all year round should people wish to make a donation.

DEATH:  Sincere sympathy to Judith O’Riordan, Devon Road on the death of her mother Sheila Mangan in Knocknagoshel recently.

BUS TO PLOUGHING:  Tom O’Connor hopes to travel on Wednesday, September 21 to the Ploughing.  Contact him on 087 2632096.

OSKARS:  The launch of the Oskars  will be taking place in Steve Smith’s Ploughman Bar in the Square on Wednesday, October 5 at 8.30pm, Steve played a starring role as the Sherrif in the film Misery.  This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020 to Friday, October 21.   All previously purchased tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer.  This will be a real Oscar moment ( as in Holywood!)  for the people who took part in the various films with presentations to those deemed to be the best actor, best comedian etc. etc. so start thinking about making your hair and beauty appointments and not forgetting limo reservations because this is your night to shine.

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK:  On Tuesday, October 11 David Coleman will give a talk in the Longcourt Hotel, NCW at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

FINAL GIG OF SEPTEMBER SERIES AT GLÓRACH: P.R.O. Lorcan Curtin writes: “Thanks to all who supported our Daoirí Farrell gig last Friday, it was great to welcome back the unique voice of the Dublin Folk singer who is keeping so many of our well known and lesser known ballads alive in the modern era.  The month ends with a fantastic traditional music gig, featuring Andy Martyn, John Carty, Gino Lupari and Matt Griffin.  Don’t miss this gig on Friday, September 30th, and book at or by calling 0871383940.”

COFFEE MORNING: 29th September as part of the 30th Birthday National Coffee morning for your local Hospice  Event, at Mary MacArthur’s home in Caherhayes, starting at 11am going to 4pm. Proceeds being divided between Milford Hospice/Care Centre, Limerick & Recovery Haven Cancer Support House, Kerry. All donations gratefully accepted. Tel No. 087 6377310 for further information.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Glórach, The Ploughing Championship and Shakespeare.: Fresh ground will be broken during the ploughing championship in Carlow, which ends Thursday 22nd September.  Glórach will, also, break fresh ground on Friday23rd and Saturday 24th September when we plough on with bringing innovative and exciting shows to Abbeyfeale. The show in question is a one woman show titled “A Rose By Any Other Name”and performed by, Cork woman, Rosemary Loughlin fresh from her success with the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it ran for thirteen performances and received many rave reviews such as: “Loughlin’s skill as a performer and storyteller maintains the intrigue of a well-put together piece of documentary theatre that would also make a great television series”. The show deals with the Shakespeare authorship question, with Rose charting the colourful journey of her real-life experiences to discover who is the real Shakespeare? From clues in Cambridge, to proof in Padua, and validations in Venice, she offers incredible insights, tales of entertaining encounters, and moving monologues. Underpinned by themes of personal transformation and the joy of discovery, her charm and conviction will awake curiosity and bring a smile to even the stoniest of faces.  Persuading Rose to choose Glórach as the stage for the Irish Premiere of her show was no easy task and we had to remind her that her father, a proud Castleisland man, would want his daughter to perform the show nearer to his hometown rather than, as the Healy-Raes would say, for the benefit of “them,up there in Dublin”!..Book for the show on or 087 1383940.

SET DANCING with Timmy Woulfe, will commence on Monday 26th of Sept at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, and newcomers especially catered for.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2022: “Delighted to announce that the Dromtrasna Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 22 in aid of Milford Care Centre.  Registration will open shortly. Just seven weeks to go so plenty of time to get organised. “

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF MUSIC AND HUMOUR:  Big Maggie is celebrating50 years in the music business on Friday, October 14 at the Devon Inn with music by Michael Collins.  Adm. €10.  Dancing 9.30 – 12pm.

DRAMA CLASSES:  Glórach have announced that there will be drama classes for children and teenagers taking place on Saturdays over the Autumn and Winter starting on Saturday, September 24 and run for ten weeks.  To register email [email protected] or text 086 1944852.

ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The above group returns for classes after summer break shortly in St Ita’s Hall  on Fridays from 11am to 1pm.Contact Madeline 087/9707989.

GARY MCMAHON SINGING W/E: The Gary McMahon Singing Weekend will take place in Abbeyfeale from Friday, October 14 – 16.

GARDEN OPEN:  Knockpatrick Gardens in Foynes is open each day during the month of September from 2-6pm. All funds raised will be donated to Milford Hospice Limerick

DAY CARE CENTRE:  Now open to visitors every Tuesday. Morning Coffee and scones, Lunch, Music and Dancing.    Contact Jane on 068 51850.