by Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  “ One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”.  Virginia Woolf from A room of One’s Own.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Delighted to hear that Mike and staff of the Meat Counter in SuperValu received an award for Exceptional Performance in food safety at the Musgraves retail food safety awards recently.

COFFEE MORNING:  There will be a coffee morning in St. Ita’s Day Care Centre on Saturday, July 15 from 11-2pm in aid of the Primary and Secondary Schools in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen, Riwoto, South Sudan.  This is the parish where the late Fr. Tim Galvin served for many years before his untimely passing last February.  Fran Leahy originally of New Street, Abbeyfeale went to St. Mary Magadalen in 2015 and again in 2016 as a volunteer in the Primary School.  She is returning there in September for 3 months.  All funds raised will go directly to fund the two schools.  Your support will be appreciated.   A raffle will also take place with a hamper for 1st. prize.

  1. ITA’S HALL RENOVATION WORKS:  The Management committee wish to advise that the Hall is now closed to the public until early February 2024 to allow for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Hall, recently funded under the Community Centres Investment fund.

NEW TAXI BUSINESS IN TOWN:  Good luck to Ronnie Murphy who has set up a taxi business.  Contact number is 087 1681389.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB:  The Club will host a major Singing and Storytelling Session on Friday, August 4 in The Ramble Inn, Church St.  The full session will be recorded by John Prendergast for his ‘What Matters Programme’.

ARRIVE AND JIVE:  A four week jiving course starts in Brosna Hall on Friday, September 1st.  Contact Tom on 087 3995877.

MAUREEN’S OUTING NEXT SUNDAY:  We are starting our day picking up passengers at 8.30am. Listowel the Square, Abbeyfeale opposite the church 8.45am. and Newcastle West opposite the Longcourt House Hotel bus stop  at 9am on Sunday, July 16.   Fitzpatrick’s bus will then take us to Cork City Goal we have our own guided tour at 10.30am.which last for 45 minutes. This is a very interesting tour and you will be surprised at what you see and learn.  There are stairs with a handrail which takes us to different level. Once we have completed the tour there will be free time in Cork City where there is soo much to see and do, no shortage of places to get refreshments and of course lots for those who are interested in Retail Therapy.  We leave on board our bus at 3.30pm.travel via Killarney to Castleisland for dinner at 5.30pm. in the River Island Hotel for choice of starter, main course , dessert and tea &  coffee.. For more information and booking your seat contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.

ABBEYFEALE TOURIST OFFICE:  Almost twenty Volunteers each donate three hours a week to cover the hours of 10am-1pm for the months of June, July and Aug. The Tourist Office is located at the Workbase E-Hub on Main Street, following collaboration between the Management of the Building and Abbeyfeale Community Council. For more info email [email protected]  If you’re in town any morning give a call in.

WEDNESDAY CLUB HOST A COFFEE MORNING:  The club will be hosting a coffee morning in memory of the late Bridie O’Shea, Clash Cross at the Ploughman on Friday, July 21 with all proceeds to Adapt Limerick.  They will also collect toiletries, underwear etc. for the women who use the services of Adapt.  A raffle will also take place and your kind support is requested.  For many years Bridie coordinated a clothes pick up at her home which were distributed to the homeless in Limerick.

  1. ITAS DAY CARE: Open to visitors every Tuesday.  Morning Coffee and scones.  Lunch, card game, music and dancing.   Contact Jane on 068 51850. Meals on Wheels available to everyone Monday to Friday (except for Bank Holidays etc).  Collect from the Day Care or have it delivered.  Soup €1; Main Course €7, Half portion €5, Plate of Vegetables and Potatoes €3, Dessert €2.  The menu is put on the St Ita’s Day Care Abbeyfeale Facebook page on Friday for the following week. Monday July 10 Braised Steak or Chicken Fillet.    Tuesday July 11 Roast Turkey with stuffing or Lamb Chop.; Wednesday July Pork Chop or Beef  burger .Thursday July 13Gammon Steak or Chicken Curry.   Friday, July 14 Fish of the Day or Meat Alternative. All meals are gluten free.   Call 068 51850 for enquiries and booking. Call before 11 am on the day to order your meal.

CELTIC STEPS THE SHOW: With its Abbeyfeale connections (Murphys, Prendeville, Sweeneys) will be on stage at the Killarney Racecourse and the Brandon Conference Centre all summer long.  Keep it local.  Bookings on [email protected] or 0646618933

CITIZENS ADVICE HELPLINE:  You can contact them Monday – Friday between 9.30 –

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.

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

REILIG IDE NAOFA:  There is a regular clean up in the Reilig Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-9pm.  More help is always appreciated as the graveyard is quite big. In order to help with this families are encouraged to maintain their own graves and one near yours if that family is no longer able to. The committee appreciates any help you can give.“Many people walk the path of life with us, only some leave their footprints in our heart”

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS:  Next  devotions in Castleisland will not take place again until Tuesday, September 19th at 7.30pm.

SEISIÚN:   Shows will be held by Templeglantine  Comhaltas Branch at the Devon Inn Hotel on Thursday nights commencing on July 13 at 8pm.  Seisun Bruach na Carraige Rockchapel on Tuesday nights at 9pm .  Admission €5.

KILLARNEY RACES begin on Monday, July 17.  The Galway Races start on Monday, July 31.

OFFICIAL OPENING:   The  new Dementia Day Care Centre opening took place on Friday last in Listowel, it has been operating for past two years.

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.

TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, are currently recruiting new foster

carers to meet the growing demands for placements given the ongoing

humanitarian crisis. To find out more about becoming a foster carer please

call 1800 226 771.

DO YOU HAVE NEWS:  If there is something you’d like covered in the Abbeyfeale notes please contact me on 087 6866450 or email me on [email protected]