By Marian Harnett

DIVINE MERCY:  Novena begins Good Friday, leaflets available at church doors.  Divine Mercy Sunday April 16.  Devotions and Mass in Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale from 2.30pm.

CONGRATULATIONS:  The Mulcahy family, Killarney Road, who have been awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award.

‘ALL OR NOTHING!!’: There will be a showing of the film on the life of Sr. Clare Crockett from Derry who died in an earthquake in Ecuador in 2016 on HolyThursday, April 6 at 3pm in the Day Care Centre.  Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be served.  A donation box will be available.  Booking 087 6866450.

BENEFIT NIGHT:  A night with the Stars of Country and Western music will be held on Wednesday, April 12 in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Wednesday, April 12 in memory of the late DJ and WL102fm Broadcaster Mossie Richardson.  Doors open 7pm.

EASTER CRAFT MARKET: The bi-monthly market takes place in The Square Abbeyfeale on Saturday April 1 from 10 -2pm.  Live Music from 11-12noon.

DEBT RELIEF NOTICE (DRN):  If you have a low income, few assets and debts of less than €35,000 that you can’t repay, then a DRN could be the right solution for you.  A DRN is a formal agreement that allows you to write off your debt in full.  Debts such as personal loans, credit card loans, store cards, credit union loans and overdrafts could be included in a DRN. You may be eligible for a DRN if:  Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less.  You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset.  You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you.  You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value.  You have not been granted a DRN before. For further information contact:[email protected] or freetext ISI to 50015.

THERESE’S DRAMA CLASSES: Following on her very successful Autumn Drama Classes Therese Prendeville will be commencing her Spring classes at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, April 1 for children aged between 7-12.  Further information from 086 1944852.

‘TEARING AND DRAGGING’: It’s your last chance to see Abbeyside Players, they move to Tournafulla on Saturday, April 1 with booking on 087 9694405/087 6377310.

  1. CASEY’S LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB:  All members welcome to return to their groups, contact Mike on 087 2279922.  Registration online select Fr. Casey’s Ladies football club.

TOURIST OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Work has started on bringing a Tourist Office to Abbeyfeale and you can help make it happen! Are you a proud Abbeyfeale person? Do you have 2 hours or more per week to welcome visitors to our beautiful town and give them some information that will help them enjoy their visit? We have hours to suit your lifestyle. The new Tourist Office will be in the WorkBase E-Hub building on Abbeyfeale’s main street. Full training will be provided Contact [email protected] if you are interested.

DAWN MASS:  There will be Mass on Easter Sunday morning at 5.30am in Relig Ifa Naofa, Hill Road, Abbeyfeale.

MANY YOUNG MEN OF TWENTY:  A message from producer Kathleen Harnett:  “We are thrilled by the support we got over the 10 nights we were on stage at the Glórach Theatre.  It was a joy to see each audience enjoying the play.  It was truly a community effort and a year we will never forget.  Again, until the next time thanks to everyone who supported us.”

CANCER: Recovery Haven Kerry (Cancer Support House) new 6 week online Cancer Thriving & Surviving course Tuesday April 25 from 10.30am-1pm. (Intro session ,April 18). Ring 066-7192122 for more information.

DOLLY DAY:  The O’Connor family are continuing to fund raise for Kerry Hospice and Comfort for Chemo.  This time the late Jim’s sister Cora is organising a Dolly Day in honour of Dolly Parton when an attempt will be made to establish a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Dolly Parton.  Cora has form with making the Guinness Book of Records as she it was who organised Nunday in Listowel some years ago.  Registration will open shortly, don’t hold me to this but I think the way registration will work is that you will pay your money and receive a wig in return and then it’s up to you what to wear and where to pad.  Stiletto’s and lipstick may be mandatory!

ABBEYFEALE ICA:  The local branch has resumed meeting at the Adult Education Centre Mountmahon usually the first and third Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday April 4 at 7pm.   New members welcome.

LOURDES:   Youth Pilgrimage 2023 22nd – 27th June. For booking details contact Karen at 061-350000 or email at [email protected] Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023. Led by Bishop Brendan Leahy. 22th – 27th June. Direct return flights from Shannon to Lourdes. For booking contact Joe Walsh Tours, Telephone 01-2410800 or email [email protected] €879 per person, full board, all taxes included.

UPDATE ON MARY’S MEALS: The response to this appeal has been phenomenal and Mary Flynn and staff at the Siopa Milsean have agreed to take all donations and keep them for Angela Moore who will collect them.  “ Mary’s Meals – Coin Collection, we are appealing to you for your old coins that are in jam jars, vases and odd pots around the house. We are using these to translate into food to feed the children in Mary’s Meals School Feeding Programmes. Because Mary’s Meals can provide a meal for 11c, your generosity can make a massive difference. You don’t need to count it! If you are willing to donate Irish, sterling or foreign coins/notes, please contact Angela Moore at 089-4339592 or [email protected].

GREENWAY: Limerick Council will start work on a new Greenway car park at Station Road, Newcastle West in early 2023. Design teams have been appointed to design Greenway Hubs at the Ardagh Stationhouse and the Abbeyfeale Railway Goods Shed.