The Irish Coursing Club was founded in 1916 and Abbeyfeale became affiliated in 1923.

 

Founder members of the club included Johnny Joy, Dan Ward, Jimmy O’Rourke, Tommy Mann, Joe Lyons, Dinny Fitzgerald, Nelius Murphy, Fintan Collins, Billy O’Connor, John D Lane, the Scannell and Foley families, and numerous other individuals who all gave sterling service down through the years.

 

Coursing has continued at various venues in the parish since then before the club finally purchased its present premises in the Killarney Road.

 

The following is a press release published on the Abbeyfeale Coursing Facebook page;

 

 "Once the Christmas meetings are concluded tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday), all attention will turn towards the Corn Na Feile Puppy event which gets underway at Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, December 28th

 

It was great to see the club get the full complement of trial stake winners plus two reserves for this prestigious mini-classic worth €5,000 to the winner.

 

Betting for the Clonmel classics would suggest that the New Ross Oaks qualifier Jamaica Judy and the Westmeath Derby qualifier Reikers Island (pictured) will start favourite to reach the final. However things are never that simple. With ten Derby qualifiers in the field it means that Judy could come up against one in the semi-final and there was much to like about Lodge Hill when he won the Reserve Derby TS at Killimer Kilrush. He is currently second reserve for the Derby so connections have taken a somewhat brave step of opting for Corn Na Feile instead of a full Trial Stake. In the bottom half it will be interesting to see if Reikers Island can halt the unbeaten run of Carmac Chaos which won his Derby TS at Limerick City a couple of weeks after romping through a Members Stake at Ballyheigue. Both of the reserves Skellig Shine & Wi Can Riki would also be of huge interest should they get to run.

 

The draw for the Greyhound & Pet World Corn Na Feile All Age sees those most in need of Championship points i.e Kyle Mozart, Kerry Abu and True North all drawn in the same half meaning only one of them will collect any points. However two very interesting runners in the opposite half are 2016 BoyleSports Derby quarter-finalist Wallace Banner and Octane Wonder which won the Derby Trial Stake at this venue 12 months ago."

 

 

 

                                         Patsy Byrne Corn Na Feile Puppy Stake 2016

 

Russmur Event (Rathkeale OTS) V PilgrIm Victoria (Ballyduff OTS)

 

Jamaica Judy (New Ross OTS) V Gonetoknock (Loughrea OTS)

 

Nickies Betty (Abbeydorney OTS) V Carrowkeal Molly (Mallow OTS)

 

Wood Fang (Tradaree DTS) V Lodge Hill (Killimer Kilrush RDTS)

 

Boynepark Josh (Ballingar RDTS) V Carmac Chaos (Limerick City DTS)

 

Reikers Island (Westmeath DTS) V Sporting Romeo (Loughrea DTS)

 

Wiggs Well (Freshford DTS) V Ballinveala Boru (Mitchelstown DTS)

 

Whatdontuknow (Miltown Malbay DTS) V Callura Sonic (Bandon DTS)

 

Res A: Skellig Shine (Miltown Malbay OTS)

 

Res B: Wi Can Riki (Nenagh DTS)

 

For further details of this year's meeting check the Abbeyfeale Coursing Facebook page at the following link; https://www.facebook.com/abbeyfealecoursing/

 

 

 

From Abbeyfeale on Line site

 

Glin News End Nov 2016

Glin Church Christmas Concert 2016: The annual Glin Church Christmas Concert will be held this year on Friday, December 16th. Bagatelle will share the stage with John Sheahan of the Dubliners and there will be a great mix of folk, traditional and seasonal music and song to suit all tastes.   It is a great honour to welcome John Sheahan of the Dubliners to Glin. John’s father was born in Glin and moved to Dublin as a member of an Garda Siochana. Many of his relations, friends and fans are looking forward to welcoming  the last surviving member of the Dubliners back to his home place. A member of The Dubliners for 48 years, John Sheahan joined the world famous group in 1964 and played with the group until 2012 when the Dubliners name was retired following the death of founding member Barney McKenna. John Sheahan has toured the world and played with many great artists including the Chieftains, Pogues, U2 and the Clancy Brothers. A renowned fiddle and mandolin player, John has composed many musical pieces including his chart topping hit, The Marino Waltz.  Bagatelle need no introduction. Their great hits and compositions including Summer in Dublin, Second Violin and the very popular emigration song, the Flight of the Earls were all charts topping hits in the nineties and their final tour should prove to be a very memorable and nostalgic occasion. Formed in Bray in 1978, they have shared stages with U2, Van Morrison, Bob Marley and Don McLean and this will be the last chance to hear Bagatelle live in concert.  Tickets only €25 and are available in local shops, from members of Glin Development or contact Siobhan at 087 9944245.

 

 

 

Anne Horan who is a member of the West Branch of Limerick Red Cross and another bystander performed CPR on a member of the public who collapsed in the foyer of a hotel in Tullamore.

 

This vital stage in the Chain of Survival was followed by use of the hotel defibrillator.

 

Paramedics arrived very quickly, and the resuscitation efforts continued before the man was taken to Tullamore hospital .

 

From Abbeyfeale on line

 

Sunday night was dance night. We put on our good suits, polished the shoes and headed for Tom Tobin's Hall.

 

We left our bicycles at Sonny Sullivan's gate and walked the last mile down in to the town. That way, we wouldn't have to push them back up the hill later.

 

At the bottom of the Old Road we checked our trousers for mud spatters and removed our bicycle clips.

 

Sometimes lads forgot to take off the clips and walked around the dance hall all night with their trouser legs tied to their ankles. They didn't get a lot of dances but were the cause of much merriment and many snide remarks behind their unsuspecting backs.

 

It was the age of popular music. Love was in the air and young people all over the world were rocking to the sounds of Elvis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

 

However, back in Ireland, we were dancing to a different beat. We listened to the pop charts on Luxembourg and Radio Caroline but our access to records was limited and very few of us owned a record player. Radio Eireann was rubbish and we were dependant on the visiting showbands to play the latest hits.

 

And so it was that on Sunday nights we donned our drip-dry shirts and carefully knotted our ties, rubbed a dollop of Brylcreem into the hair and away with us down to Tobin's Hall.

 

A gang of us usually met at the monument and sauntered slowly up Main Street exchanging banter with rival groups and eyeing the talent. There was safety in numbers.

 

Some lads headed for the pub to steady the nerves with a couple of pints. We were made of sterner stuff, beside which we had very little money to waste on porter.

 

We queued for tickets at the door and in we went and made straight for the gents to check our appearance in the large mirror because, as Shakespeare said, “the apparel oft proclaims the man.” (we were doing Hamlet for the Leaving Cert at the time)

 

Satisfied that all was in order we ventured back out into the hall which was now starting to fill. The girls sat demurely on benches along one wall looking deceptively shy and aloof. The lads were bunched on the other side like eager young colts waiting to be let loose in a field of fresh oats. On stage the band warmed up with a few golden oldies. It was a typical Sunday night.

 

Cremin was a demon on the dance floor. He had two left feet, neither of which were suitable for dancing. However, this did not hold him back

 

As the floor filled he marched boldly across and asked the best-looking girl in the hall if she wanted to dance. She hesitated but Cremin grabbed her by the hand and hung on tightly. There was no escape.

 

Reluctantly, she stood up and followed him out. The band struck up a quick-step and Cremin began performing his own particular version of The Twist, strutting around the floor like a poor man's Mick Jagger. The crowd moved well back to give him room.

 

Meanwhile, his embarrassed partner stood there open-mouthed as he gyrated and wheeled before her like some demented dervish, a fixed expression on his face and moving completely out of sync with the music.

 

As soon as the music stopped the unfortunate girl did an about-turn and retreated back to the safety of her female companions while Cremin, completely unfazed, looked around for his next victim.

 

And the strange thing was that Cremin rarely went home alone after the dance. He always seemed to procure “the shift” as we called it, which was more than could be said for the rest of us.

 

And on Monday mornings we compared notes. Those of us who had gone home on our own stayed quiet while those who might have managed to engage in a spot of romance were happy to boast about it.

 

However, details of such dalliances were usually sketchy as there was rarely very much to tell. Fear of having to face Canon Lynch in the confessional the following Saturday was a great deterrent to any shenanigans!

 

Romance blossomed in the ballroom and many people met their future partners while dancing an old time waltz or a polka set on the hollowed boards of that famous dance floor. Some married for love, others for money. But, for better or worse, most married for life.

 

Tom Tobin's Hall is closed now. The band has left the stage and the dancers dance no more. All that is left are memories of long lost loves and distant dancing partners.

 

The rest, as Hamlet observed, is silence.

 

 

 

 

 

You can dance

 

Every dance with the guy who gave you the eye.

 

Let him hold you tight.

 

You can smile every smile for the man who held your hand

 

'Neath the pale moonlight.

 

But don't forget who's taking you home

 

And in whose arms you're gonna be.

 

So darling,

 

Save the last dance for me.

 

 

 

                                               (The Drifters-1960)

 

 

 

ABBEYFEALE

Nadine Smith Volunteer

Statement

Firstly some background on myself. I'm studying Dentistry in UCC and have just completed my second year. I'm the current Miss West Limerick and therefore I would consider myself as actively involved in my community. I sing with the Abbeyfeale Folk choir also.

 

Between July 18 and Aug 8 of this summer I will be volunteering in Kampala, Uganda. As part of my work I will be delivering health care and dental supplies to the locals, assisting in the Health care centre and also helping to build some houses. The organisation I will be travelling with is Nurture Africa- helping women and children with HIV/AIDS. This charity is very dear to my heart and I deem it as being very worthwhile.

 

I'm currently fundraising in my hometown of Abbeyfeale and this Sunday, 8th June I will be holding a tea dance between 3-6pm in Fr. Casey's clubhouse. I will have a few other fundraising events. I have decided to donate ALL funds directly to the charity and not towards my own expenses. Please find below some more information on Nurture Africa's great work.

 

 

 

Nurture Africa works with vulnerable children in Uganda living with or impacted by HIV and AIDs by supporting them with access to education, healthcare and training.

 

It is a voluntary programme which aims to develop student’s communication, management, marketing and other professional skills through a structured programme designed to increase communities awareness of issues in the developing world.

 

 

Community First Aid Workshop (Volunteers will facilitate workshops which are provided to school children/staff, with the goal of enabling individuals to act promptly and correctly should any given accidents occur in their home or school).

 

• Building Project (Focusing upon education, and working with professional builders in Uganda; Nurture Africa will build a library in a partnered school in Uganda, which will offer the school greater access to their own books, offering the children greater exposure to reading material with the goal of improving their education.

 

• Community Home Visits (Providing volunteers with the opportunity to work with our Community Workers by going on Home Visits to families of those who are on the HIV Healthcare Project. Our Community Workers will visit these families on a timetabled basis to ensure that guardians and children are adhering to their drugs and that nutrition, primary healthcare and living conditions are remaining at a required standard in order for the families health status to improve.

 

• Community Sustainable Livelihood Visit (Nurture Africa does not believe in hand-outs. Instead we teach our clients to help themselves. Guardians of the children from our HIV Community and Education Enablement Projects are given training on how to start or develop an income generating activity, for example, selling charcoal or coffee. The guardian is also given a micro finance loan in order to make their family self- sufficient and better able to support the vulnerable or HIV infected child. By doing so, the family can break the poverty cycle. All volunteers have the opportunity to visit businesses that have been set up as a result of sustainable livelihoods).

 

• Educational Talks (All volunteers are invited to sessions from the District Health Officer, District Education Officer, Head of Nurture Africa Child Protection and Counselling Department. These interactive Q&A sessions are used to give volunteers are better understanding of the situation “on the ground” in our areas of operation, and will allow volunteers to learn about more of the successes and challenges of development work.

 

• Library Literacy and Playground Sessions (In 2012 literacy services were provided to over 8000 children in Wakiso and Mubende Districts. Nurture Africa’s 3 libraries are partnered with 30 Primary schools in Uganda. These schools are extremely under-resourced. By utilising the library services, the children have the opportunity to access age appropriate reading material and therefore improve their English comprehension and literacy levels. After receiving training, all volunteers work in pairs or individually to facilitate a reading session with a class either in their own school or at a Nurture Africa Library).

 

I encourage any students who are interested to check out the website or facebook page or our You Tube testimonial videos.

 

http://www.nurtureafrica.ie/volunteer/ & https://www.facebook.com/nurtureafrica

 

 

COAL ABBEYFEALE

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1912/mar/28/coal-beds-county-limebick#S5CV0036P0_19120328_HOC_152

 

 

COAL BEDS, COUNTY LIMEBICK. HC Deb 28 March 1912 vol 36 cc592-3 592

Mr. LUNDON asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether any inspection has ever been made by a competent engineer from, the Department as to the situation of coal beds in county Limerick; and, if so, with what result?

The VICE-PRESIDENT of the DEPARTMENT of AGRICULTURE (Ireland, Mr. T. W. Russell)

The Department's mineral expert states that coal exists in county Limerick, in the neighbourhood of 593 Glin, and also in the district to the north of Abbeyfeale. He will visit the districts in question as soon as his other engagements permit, and report thereon.

DEATH, ABBEYFEALE.

HC Deb 07 April 1921 vol 140 c427 427, 18. Mr. GALBRAITH

asked the Chief Secretary whether the member of the Auxiliary Division, Royal Irish Constabulary, responsible for the death of Mrs. Ryan, of Abbeyfeale, has yet been identified; and what further action has been taken? Mr. HENRY Inquiries with a view to identifying the member of the Auxiliary Division by whom the shot which caused Mrs. Ryan's death was fired are still proceeding.

 

ABBEYFEALE, COUNTY LIMERICK.

HC Deb 07 March 1912 vol 35 cc518-9 519

Mr. NEWMAN. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is aware that shots were fired into the house of a national school teacher, near Abbeyfeale, county Limerick, and an attempt made to burn the schoolhouse; and what steps are being taken to protect the schoolmaster and to bring the perpetrators of this outrage to justice?

Mr. BIRRELL, The facts are as stated. The house fired into was not a schoolteacher's residence, but the house in which he lodged. The police are giving all necessary protection and doing all that is possible to bring the guilty persons to justice.

 

 

Mutilation of a Donkey at Abbeyfeale, County Limerick.

HC Deb 03 July 1905 vol 148 c743 743 .MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.) To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a donkey, the property of John Ahearn, of Caherlane, Abbeyfeale, county Limerick, was mutilated on the 23rd June by having its tail completely cut off; has he any report on this matter: and can he say whether any arrests have been made by the police. (Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) The fact, I regret to say, is as stated. No arrest has yet been made by the police, but they are doing their utmost to bring the perpetrator to justice.

 

 

By Marian Harnett

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR, Abbeyfeale: Sean Broderick is presented with the Bene Merenti Medal.. Shelagh O’Connor , Kilmanahan was selected as the first woman recipient of the prestigious London Kerry Person of the Year award. Toddy Mc Mahon, Butcher Convent St won 3 Gold Medals for his black and white puddings. Diarmuid Collins, a young engineer from Dromtrasna Hartnett, Abbeyfeale completed the gruelling 8 day Ras Tailteann. Tony and Peg Murphy sold Abbey Coaches to Fitzpatricks, Listowel and took well earned retirement. James Leahy Millstream, son of Jim and Catherine was appointed the first Head Boy in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef.. The relics of St. Anthony of Padua came to Limerick. Dan and Maureen Murphy were awarded a Year of the Gathering Award at the Fleadh na Mumhan awards in UL. Noelle Curtin was chosen as a Rosebud at the Rose of Tralee. The first summer camp with Jesus at its heart was held in the Boys N.S. in August. Abbeyfeale Expo attracts 2000 visitors and over 100 stands. Canon Micheal Liston said goodbye to parishioners after 5 years in parish. The annual Abbeyfeale Races were rescheduled to August. ‘Times Gone By’ the book published by the Abbeyfeale and District Initative went on sale as did ‘Come and See- The Story of Lourdes’ by Canon Michael Liston and “One More For The Road” by Raymond Fennelly. West Limerick Resources received support at community information evenings in Broadford, Foynes, Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale and Newcastle West. Nadine Smith was crowned Miss West Limerick 2013. A seminar on youth mental health entitled ‘Our Youth Matters’ took place at the Devon Inn. First ever jazz concert at the Glorach is a sell out. Local girl, Helena Quinn daughter of Tadgh and Kathleen Quinn, Purt travelled from her home in London to spend two months working with Fr. Tim Galvin on his mission in Sudan. The nineteenth annual Fleadh by the Feale took place over the May Bank Holiday with the Kilfenora Ceili Band headlining the celebrity concert. The Abbeyfeale Schools Reunion incorporating the four secondary schools in Abbeyfeale : St. Ita's/Kellys, The Vocational School, St. Joseph's/Convent and Miss Woulfe's took place in Abbeyfeale on the week of July 14 -21. Local author Anneke Vierling was nominated for the Nillsson local heritage writing competition, Listowel Writers Week 2013 for her book "Abbeyfeale Park, a nature guide". : A Tidy Towns Committee, a St. Patrick's Day Committee and a Gathering Committee were set up. 'Feale the Pink', a Parade of Pink from Fealefit in Mountmahon through the Main Streets of Abbeyfeale took place to raise funds for Cancer Research. All roads led to Abbeyfeale on the 1st weekend in November for the 5th annual Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend hosted by the West Limerick singing club. The first Abbeyfeale Arts Assembly took place in October marking the 21st year reunion of the making of the ‘Back Home’. Joshua Ruddock, a son of Majella Tuohy formerly of St. Ita's Terrace was one of the cast members of Micheal Flatley's Lord of the Dance Show at the INEC. St. Ita's Wrenboys collected €2,400 on their annual day out on St. Stephen's Day with the monies going to Abbeyfeale for Africa and Fr. John Moloney. All Ireland nuns’ race took place during the Gathering. Plot for the Damned’ the latest offering from local author Lorcan Curtin aired at the Glorach. The first ever Fright Nite at the Town Park was a ‘roaring’ success. Abbeyfeale Anglers had two meetings with Junior Minister Fergus O Dowd in June and were happy with his promise that he would view the problems on the Feale in a sympathetic light. The official opening of the new extension to St. Mary's Boys N.S. took place on Sunday, March 24. Bishop Brendan Leahy was installed as Bishop of Limerick. Railway Bar celebrates 40 years of dancing. Woulfe Murphy Solicitors won the best float prize in the St. Patrick's Day Parade for the “Three Little Pigs” house. The official opening by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar T.D. of the Abbeyfeale/Kilmorna section of the Great Southern Trail took place. In an effort to attract shoppers to Abbeyfeale businesses began offering special incentives to shop with them on the first Friday of each month. West Limerick Connects - a free phone call service to the elderly is set up. Fetac Courses are available at the new Adult Education Centre ( Old Tech, Mountmahon). The girls basketball team of Colaiste Ide agus Iosef won the All Ireland Basketball Final. Kerry Bar held a reunion of customers after shutting down 13 years ago. The collection in aid of the Legion of Mary's Emigrant Newsletter totalled €1323.00. Saturday, February 2 was the 50th Anniversary [day and date] of the last Limerick-Tralee daily scheduled passenger train and to mark this significant historic day the GST hosted a walk from Abbeyfeale to Duagh village. A new Macra club was set up in Limerick to serve the areas of Templeglantine, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Ballagh, Tournafulla, Monagea and surrounds.

 

:http://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates. Local scribe James Harnett – a man of many talents - penned a piece last summer and it is even more relevant now when we are trying to move on from the success of the Gathering and establish Abbeyfeale as a holiday destination. This is an abridged version of the article by James where he says;- “One may ask “Why come to Abbeyfeale of all places;- Whether you come from across the world or from just down the road, a warm welcome awaits you and you will enjoy the best of local talent and entertainment, with activities across a wide range of musical, sporting and other cultural events, set in a modern, good-looking, vibrant town.

Abbeyfeale is the gateway to the Mid-West region. If you base your summer holiday here we guarantee you a brilliant and varied itinerary, full of interesting places to see and things to do. The weather is never a problem in Abbeyfeale because of the range of activities on offer.

On a rainy day, for instance, one can visit the world renowned Crag Cave in Castleisland; or explore to wonders of the Foynes Aviation Museum in Foynes where the first commercial trans-Atlantic flights landed; or examine the treasures of the Hunt Museum and King John's Castle in Limerick.

On a sunny day it is hard to resist the fabulous blue flag beaches of North Kerry; Ballybunion, Ballyheigue and Banna, each a short drive away.

Day trips to Killarney, Dingle, West Kerry and the Ring of Kerry are also very popular; while not forgetting the National Park in Curraghchase and a trip on the Tarbert car ferry to view the Cliffs of Moher.

Why not take a relaxing stroll by the River Feale in the beautiful Abbeyfeale Town Park or take a walk or a cycle on the Great Southern Trail which is now open from the Kerry border all the way as far as Rathkeale! For the trekking enthusiast, the Glanageenty Forest Trail is just ten miles down the road. This trail has been recently developed by world champion hill runner John Lenihan. It consists of three loops and has spectacular views over County Kerry.

Perhaps a day on the golf course would appeal to you. Abbeyfeale is within thirty minutes drive of Newcastle West Golf Club, Castleisland Golf Club and the famous Ballybunion Golf Club, which is ranked among the top ten links courses in the world.

Enjoy exploring the Mid-West region. We will put a smile on your face and you will leave with many happy memories of Abbeyfeale.”

 


HOLY WELL

The organizers of the Annual Lenten Walk to Killeenagh Well in Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale Co Limerick, have issued the following press release;

The annual walk to the Holy Well at Killeenagh took place last Sunday.

The numbers continue to grow each Palm Sunday with over 200 hundred people processing from Dromtrasna N.S, and through the lands of Nicky Cotter to the Holy Well site.

A ceremony of Light for the Confirmation children was conducted by Fr. Joe and Fr. John with the parents and sponsors making a commitment to support the children in their faith journey. Each child received a gift of a band to wear on their wrist on their Confirmation Day which will take place on Friday, April 24.

Following the rosary there was a talk on the history of the area by local historian Sr. Delia who told us that the old road from Killeedy to Abbeyfeale used to pass right beside the well.

The statue was erected at the well during the 1960s and it is said locally that the stone from the famine church was used in the building of the wall at the well.

The stream beneath the well flows into the river Allaughan. The well has never run dry.

In his homily, Fr. John told us that there is a local belief that the water can cure sore eyes and that the sick visited the well before sunrise.

Flowers and religious objects used to be left at the well. Rags were also tied to the whitethorn trees as offerings.

Legend has it that a woman washed clothes in the well and the well moved. St. Patrick heard about the well and blessed the well from a distance.

It is said that St Ita walked to this point with St Brendan, as he would return home to Kerry with his carers.

We were then treated to a Barbeque in Cotter's Yard with the best and tastiest hamburgers cooked by our own Kevin Reidy and served by members of the Parish Council.

It may have been cold and breezy but all those who took part in this pilgrimage left Dromtrasna glowing with good will and delighted to be part of a community that has kept the faith through persecution and famine and into the 21st century.