By Marian Harnett

ITS FOR WOMEN: Spin Doctor Cycles, Abbeyfeale are offering An Introduction to Bike Maintenance Workshop just for women. Learn the basics of how to clean and maintain your bike. Our experienced bike mechanic will provide an easy guide to wheel removal, tyre and tube replacement, how to check and adjust gears and brakes, check for chain wear and reset a dropped chain. You will also get advice on the necessary accessories and appropriate clothing for safe and comfortable cycling.   This is an interactive class with lots of opportunities to ask questions and is a safe space for ladies to learn.   Cost €50, bring a friend and get a 10% discount for you both. Terms and conditions apply.   Queries and bookings to Spin Doctor Cycles, Abbeyfeale 06832738.

ANOTHER MESSAGE FROM MAUREEN FINNEGAN:  Please keep all those old candles that are of no further use to youbut can be used to melt down to make new candles for the people in Ukraine you can leave any unwanted candles into the Community Centre,  NCW there is a box under the table in the entrance.  Also the lady who has the shop across the road from the church in NCW on the corner will be delighted to accept them.  Thank you.

SOCIAL DANCING IN THE ROCK:  Rockchapel community centre committee are  starting  adult dancing classes in the community centre every Thursday night from 8.30 –  10pm.  If you are interested in learning to jive, waltz or quick step or just want to come to enjoy a nights dancing please text or ring Breeda 087/6818113 or Philomena 087 6809249. . Come alone or bring a partner.€10 per person – pay as you go.

ABBEYFEALE ICA:  The local branch has resumed meeting at the Adult Education Centre Mountmahon on Tuesday, February 7th at 7pm.   New members welcome.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK:  World day of Prayer for the sick takes place
on Saturday 11am February.  Here in Abbeyfeale we will hold a special Massand Anointing of the sick that afternoon at 2.30pm.  It is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Please assist anyone you know with transport/help who may wish to attend this ceremony of the sick. More details next week

FREE BUS TO DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE: Divine Mercy conference Saturday, February 18 RDS Dublin.  A free bus will leave from the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale at 6am sharp and leave the RDS on the return journey at 8.30pm sharp.  To book your seat contact 087 2788834.

ADULT IRISH SPEAKING CLASSES:  Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge has recommenced  their very successful ‘ Coiral Comhrá on Wednesday evenings  from 7.30 – 8.30pm in the LCETB located in the Old Tech, Mountmahon.  The main aim is to promote advanced level ( Ardchúrsa)..  The classes will run for six weeks and cost €30.  Further information or to book your place from Donal Murphy on 068 31661 (9am – 5pm.)

JOBS: Kerry Group are currently recruiting for General Operatives in Listowel.

It is a full-time, seasonal position. The shift will depend on a team you join, and it can be either 12 hours a day, 4 days on 4 days off or 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday. Overtime is available.

CITIZENS ADVICE HELPLINE:  You can contact them Monday – Friday between 9.30 -4.15pm on 076 1075780 or email [email protected]

WALKING: Operation Transformation – Ireland Light’s Up. The weekly walks in Athea continue on Thursday evening at 7pm.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE:  Paddy Quilligan is the star attraction for Mary McArthur’s first tea dance of 2023 in Fr. Casey’s Club House, Sunday February 19 from 3-6pm.  Admission €10.  All funds to Kerry Hospice.

MESSAGE FROM MAUREEN FINNEGAN:  “We are collecting used stamps to help Servite Sisters look after 120 girls in St. Marys Home, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.   The Sisters were providing food, shelter and education to the students up until the military coup 2020 when all schools were shut.   They live in a regime that is very controlling and dangerous, the prices for rice, oil and food have risen so the Sisters and their students are struggling as are all the poor in Myanmar.   The used stamps collected are given to a stamp collector who pays €5 per kilo, so the more stamps we can collect the more funds we receive and with your help we can do this. Our priests in Marley are Servite priests so that is the connection between Ireland and Burma.”  Maureen continues;
“Thank you to all those people who were collecting stamps pre Covid you can now either drop them into a box which is in the church porch side entrance near the Sacristy side of NCW church or give them to me, Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.  Stamps cut from envelope with just one inch around it please – no envelopes.  Thank you.”

  1. BRIGID’S CROSSES:  A group have come together to make St. Brigid’s Crosses in memory of the late Jim O’Connor.  They have been on sale in An Siopa Milseán  and will be up to and including St. Brigid’s Day.  We must thank the students and teachers of Scoil Mhathair De and the TY students in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef who pitched in to help us.  The hand made and tagged crosses have been blessed and are in huge demand.    Crosses made this week will be blessed at 10am Mass in the Church of the Assumption – St. Brigits  Day. All funds raised will be donated to Kerry Hospice.

PILGRIMAGE:   To Medjugorje Spiritual Director: Fr Francis Nolan. 6 – 13 September

  1. Return flights from Cork to Dubrovnik, for details & bookings contact: Group Leader – Maura O’Keeffe Harcksen (Tralee),Tel: 066 7127143 or 087 1517696.

GUIDE Dogs for the Blind Tralee Branch has announced that their ‘Puppy Love’  Valentine’s Dance fundraiser will take place on Friday, February 10 in The Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. Doors open at 7.30pm. It costs IGDB €53,000 to breed, train and care for one Guide Dog over its working life.

FESTIVAL: THE Wander Wild Festival, at Killarney from March 24th-26th. Many events are free, See for more.

ADORATION:  Adoration will take place ever y Friday after 10am Mass until 7pm. Please
sign your name on the chart provided for an hour. The adoration may not continue if each hour has not at least two people covering.  Adoration brings great blessings on the parish and we are so blessed to have our Blessed Sacrament Chapel where we can sit in a heated space and meditate and pray or if you are like me have the occasional doze,

BRIDGE CLUB:  Abbeyfeale Bridge Club meet at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre every Thursday from 7.30pm.  New members welcome.

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC:  On the second of Friday of each month (excluding bank holidays) a MABS Outreach Clinic will be held in St. Ita’s Hall from 9Iam -12.30pm.  The contact number for appointments is 0818 072210 for the North Munster MABS Limerick Office.  Those wishing to make an appointment must make the call themselves due to GDPR.

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.

PLAY: Athea Drama Group, this year’s production “The Anniversary” on February 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th  & 19th of February. Booking lines open.  087 6926746.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  Every Monday at 8pm.   All welcome.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUB:  We are hoping to have the Parish Youth Club up and running very shortly. There is a need for parent volunteers to help with the running of the club.  If you have some time and are willing to help please contact Noreen Cullinane on 087 2353306.

  1. ITAS DAY CARE: Open to visitors every Tuesday.  Morning Coffee and scones.  Lunch, music and dancing.   Contact Jane on 068 51850. Meals on Wheels are available and can be booked in advance.

REOPENING OF ABBEYFEALE MART:  A sale is held every Saturday so please support.   For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: The DVD’s and the USB sticks did finally arrive and are on sale at the Day Care Centre, Toddy Mc Mahons, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean .  The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.  Contact Jane at the Day Care Centre on 068 51850.

CHURCH NEWS:  Abbeyfeale is part of the parish pastoral unit that consists of Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla and Mountcollins.  Contact numbers are as follows:
Fr Willie Russell Tel 087/2272825.  Fr Tony Mullins Tel 087/2600414 Fr Denis Mullane Tel 087/2621911. Fr Dan Lane Retired Tel 087/2533030.  There is always a priest from one of the other pastoral areas on emergency call on Sundays and his name and number is published on the parish website and also on the weekly newsletter.