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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living”.

F. Scott Fitzgerald.

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Pastoral Council are grateful to the Glórach Theatre Board for making the Glórach car park available to those attending the Celtic Brothers Concert on Sunday 11th. We appreciate their support for the parish.

CHRISTMAS PARTY IN ST.ITA’S: The annual Christmas party takes place on Tuesday, December 13. The day starts from 10 -11.30 with tea and scones, followed by a game of bingo from 12noon with Christmas Lunch served at 1pm and followed by Christmas Carols with the ACA Choir, music, song, dancing and for those who like a game of cards –there’s a quiet corner. . The charge is €15, you must book in advance on 068 51850 and everyone is welcome.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Christmas Cantata: We are delighted to announce that Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Christmas Cantata, "Nativity Story" in the Church of the
Assumption on Thursday, December 15 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: Our annual Christmas cake sale will take place in St. Ita’s Hall on Sunday, December 11 from 10am – 12 noon. Please take note of the times, last year we planned to stay open until 1pm but sold out much earlier. Hope all our generous bakers will continue to support us. Donations can be left in Batt’s the day before or dropped to the hall Sunday morning. We look forward to your continued support.

KNOCK Shrine Night Vigil. The Feast of Immaculate Conception Wednesday, 7th December, Coaches Departs: Listowel. 5:00pm (The Bridge); Abbeyfeale 5:15pm (The Church), contact: O’Shea’s. 066 71 80123.

STORY OF THE BUTTER ROAD TO CORK: Joe Harrington’s recent book, ‘Once Upon a Road’, is now in its second print run having become a best seller in some bookshops. It is now available in Harnett’s Gala on the Killarney Road out of Abbeyfeale. It can also be ordered by post from Joe who can be contacted at 0872853570 for more information.

ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. The Wednesday Adoration will continue until Christmas.

RETREAT: The Youth 2000 Christmas retreat will be taking place in Newbridge College, Newbridge between December 9-11th. This retreat is for anyone aged 16-35. Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! Donation only. Free buses leaving from all over Ireland. Register now on www.youth2000.ie"

EXCITING NEW VENTURE: Best wishes to Eamon McElligott, of Brown Joe’s Abbeyfeale Road, Athea who has recently opened his newly renovated kitchen and upstairs dining room which is now available for Christmas bookings..

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: St Vincent De Paul: The Annual Church Gate Collection in support of St Vincent DePaul will take place on the weekend of the 10th/11th of December.
Any donations you can give will be greatly appreciated.

CELTIC BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT: ’ The very popular singing family group Celtic Brothers, formerly known as the Willoughby Brothers will give a Christmas Concert in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, December 11. The concert will begin at 7.30pm. All funds raised at this concert will go towards St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale Parish Resource Centre. Tickets for the concert are on sale in Abbeyfeale and are also available at The Zip Yard in Newcastle West, Greaney’s in Ardagh, The Parish Office Foynes, Collins Shop Athea, Buckley’s Devon Road, The Community Shop, Tournafulla, and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets can also be booked by ringing 089 – 4314765

CHRISTMAS MARKET at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18.

Saloon

At Glórach

LAST CHANCE SALOON AT THE GLÓRACH: One final opportunity for you to sup from the cup of local history on Saturday Dec 10 th ,when Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context will screen for the final time at 8pm.We have cancelled the Sunday (11 th Dec) screening so that the Glórach car park will be available for use by those attending the Abbeyfeale Church concert. A wise man, once said, that as a rule, one should believe nothing of what’s heard and only half of what’s seen – well, there’s an exception to every rule! And, that exception will unfold, on celluloid, in all its glory at Glórach cinema this coming Saturday night, when all of what you hear and see can, absolutely, be taken on trust. Eliminate the “if and buts and maybes” and become one of the lucky 95 who can say – yes, I was there on that historic occasion when Abbeyfeale on Film and In Context screened for the very last time. In the same manner as those lucky enough to have seen Munster beat the All Blacks at Thomond Park, all those years ago, you, too, will be entitled to bask in the reflected glory of an occasion that will last long into the future!! Book on-line at glorachabbeyfeale or 0871383940. Postscript: Billy and I went to see the film last week and he recognised loads, me being a blow in didn’t but found it most interesting and educational and every youngster growing up in Abbeyfeale should get to see it and have their eyes opened to what their ancestors went through in the not so distant past – it will also give them a new appreciation for the man who welcomes us all to the Square – Fr. Casey. Because of the interest the film has generated we have been promised a couple of showings in January.

OLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING, MOUNTMAHON, ABBEYFEALE: The following free courses will be starting in January 2023: 1. Healthy eating made easy: This course is packed full of hints and tips for the home cook, and will allow learners to take their cooking to the next level. 2 ; Everyday cookery skills: Learners will explore a range of classic recipes aimed at healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options with a dish to suit everyone’s taste. 3: Cookery for blokes: Men, this class is for you. This class will allow you to develop your everyday cookery skills in a modern, purpose-built culinary fun setting; 4. Grow your own vegetables: This practical course will also cover a range of useful tips and ideas suitable to your own gardens at home. You will be based in our large polytunnel on-campus which comprises a variety of raised beds and gardening equipment. Please call the office on 06831198 for more information, Email: fetabbeyfeale or register at www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale

BROADFORD YOUTH CHOIR RINGS IN CHRISTMAS AT GLÓRACH: The acclaimed Broadford Youth Choir will come to Abbeyfeale to ring in the Christmas season at the Glórach Theatre on Friday, December 9th. The choir will bring a programme of festive favourites including classics such as O Holy Night, I Believe in Father Christmas, Christmas 1915 and more recent hits such as Christmas Lights, 2000 Miles and Last Christmas. Directed by Susan Browne, the choir is almost eleven years in existence and has approximately 70 members. Broadford Youth Choir aims to offer musical training and opportunities in a setting that is inclusive to all and to offer exceptional life experiences to the young people of West Limerick.

The choir has toured extensively including their most recent trip to perform at the Irish Embassy in New York, 2019. The choir also performed to rave reviews at the official Irish Gaelic mass at St. Agnes Church, St. Peter’s Church at the WTC and Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Building quite a following throughout the trip, the choir was lauded for its performances and the professionalism of the young people.

Broadford Youth Choir will travel to Paris next March to participate in St. Patrick’s Day events and are excited to once again be taking to the stage for full audiences. Throughout the pandemic, the choir continued to perform by creating safe spaces and opportunities. Christmas 2020 saw the kids brave the elements and perform an outdoor drive-in concert at Springfield Castle and Easter 2021 provided the opportunity to an online series of sacred song. They also participated in the Lourdes Online Pilgrimmage 2021 while many of the soloists went on to great success online and in person at Feis Ceoil and Feis Maitiu.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear this outstanding group perform. You will be singing in your seats and leave the beautiful Glorach Theatre full of festive joy. Tickets are €15 per person and can be purchased online or by contacting the Glorach 087 1383040.

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:”Copies of the relaunched book are on sale in Batts and in the Siopa Milsean at a very reasonable €8.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: The DVD’s and USB sticks are in transit but held up at the port – we’re blaming Brexit. Whenever they come they will be on sale at the Day Care Centre, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean and will make an ideal Christmas gift. The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.

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

CARA: Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts. The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level. The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through caraabbeyfeale If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come. Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

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 contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

ST. 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.

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 9am -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.

THE SIMPLE LIFE: Local lady, Catherine Fitz from Knocknasna has written a book that can be used as a guide to living the good life. Full of gems of wisdom it’s available from An Siopa Milsean and Heavenly Gifts.

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.. Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure.. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House is on the third Thursday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

TABLE TOP SALE:: In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale. Further information from 068 49799.

SET DANCING: With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, There are also Set Dancing Classes at Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

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PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

CAROL CONCERT Hosted by Coláiste na Ríochta, Secondary School, in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Wednesday 14th December @ 7.30pm. Featuring Kerry Choral Union.

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.

EDUCATION: Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) Programme at University Hospital Kerry starting January’23. 12 weeks, modules involving education, supervision, and a clinical placement. For further information contact Dr. Margaret Naughton 066-7184000 or email margaret.naughton2

.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. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am – The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Wednesday 7pm Vincent McNally. Willie Leahy and son Dermot, Mountmahon
Thursday 10am Lawrence Cree Month Mind. Thursday 7pm For the sick of the parish
Friday 10am Purgatorial List. Saturday 6.30pm Paddy & Ma ry O’Connor, Caherhayes.
Jeremiah Healy, Knocknasna Month Mind, Ann Lyons, The Square. Bridget Healy and deceased family members Lower Knocknasna. Betty & Patie Lane, Kilconlea .Ramey Leahy New Street. John & Mary Ita Collins and son John and deceased family members.
Sunday 10am Hannah Mai Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins.Paddy , Eily Mai and Michael Barry. 12noon Tom Dillane Kilconlea. Frank Foley, St Ita’s Road. Mary Gleeson Morrissey, Ballaugh .
A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament of Confessions. : If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12 noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times.

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Don’t leave the house without a Hi Viz Jacket, at least you’re someway visible if the driver of car coming against you is dazzled by the low sun. Start gathering a supply of batteries and candles just in case of power cuts and have them where you can easily put your hands on them. Invest in a couple of hot water bottles too. The easiest way to keep your feet warm is to wear pop socks inside your socks – I speak with the voice of experience after 18 years in the Square every Friday at the Farmers’ Market. Try and eat well – your food is your medicine and stay out of the hospital system if you can at all. Keep your personal information to yourself – personal details like name, emails or credit / debit card information. Regularly access your account online to verify all transactions. Change passwords regularly and keep them private. Do not post personal information about yourself e.g. date of birth, where you live, family details on social media Learn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door. Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

JOBS: Objections have been withdrawn and so Lilly will open a biologics facility in the Raheen Business Park, Limerick with up to 1,000 workers involved in construction. They are expected to spend €400m.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Christmas Afternoon tea dance will take place on Sunday December 11th from 3pm-5pm in Ballybunion Community Centre. Admission on the day will be free.

OPEN AA MEETING – Saturday 10th December – The Tarbert Group of Alcoholics Anonymous opened its doors to the suffering alcoholic back in 2002. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary with an Open Meeting in the Tarbert Community Centre on Saturday 10th December at 8pm. Everybody Welcome.

SUPPORT: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 13th December at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. More info call our Information Line on 01 4045378.

HELPLINES: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: The elevator to success is out of order, you’ll have to take the stairs one step at a time.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Jeremiah Healy,Knocknasna whose funeral took place on Wednesday. May he rest in peace.We also offer our sincere sympathy to Sheila, John and Robert and the extended Cree family on the death of Lawrence. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathy to the family of the late Micheal Fahy Lyreacompane who introduced several generations of ladies to Yoga here in Abbeyfeale . May he rest in peace.

BEREAEMENT SUPPORT: Grief is the normal response that a person has, in the face of a life altering loss. The following information may be of support to you and yours in your loss. While not every grieving person needs counselling, every person who is grieving needs and deserves our support. Everyone grieves, and yet each of us will grieve differently.
Grief lasts as long as it takes us to accept and learn to live with our loss, and that’s
different for everyone. This does not mean that we try to put our loss behind us, but that
we now have to adjust to a life without the person that meant so much to us. As we
grieve, we try to make sense of what has happened while learning to live our life
without that person. For some people, that grief process lasts a few months. For others, it may take years. Even within a family, grief is different for each person, because everyone had a different relationship with the person we have lost. Most people cope with their grief
with the support of family and friends. Local community, parish, neighbours, can all
offer practical, emotional and other supports at this difficult time. If you are struggling with a life altering loss, please: Seek out good, clear information about grief & loss. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you grieve. Recognise the extent of your loss. Allow yourself to cope & grieve in a way that suits you. Try to sleep well, eat well and take gentle exercise. Try not to make major or rash decisions while you grieve. Accept emotional and practical support from friends and family. Get professional help if you are finding it too difficult.
Sometimes family and community support isn’t enough. Bereavement counselling may
be a support to you if your loss was unexpected, unexplained, possibly avoidable or
sudden; if your relationship with the person who has died wasn’t fully resolved, if you
are alone or feel unsupported in your grief, or if you have a lot of other stress in your
life. Bereavement Counselling Services: Bereavement Counselling is available through
the Limerick Social Service Centre, Tel. No 061-314111 and the Milford Care Centre.

FEALE CULTURE NIGHT: The inaugural Feale Culture Night was held at the Glórach on Saturday evening, opening with a memorable performance by the YouthTrad group. Under the guidance of Mícheál and Eibhlín Broderick, the group have come on in leaps and bounds since rehearsals commenced at the Glórach at the end of September and the hard work and dedication really showed on the night. Eibhlín and her brother Liam would duet beautifully on their version of the song, ‘Shenandoah’, while there were also excellent performances from the Ballybehy ensemble of sisters Sarah and Laura O’Donoghue and Susanne Quille, who were also joined on stage by Susanne’s daughter Chloe. Maurice O’Connell evoked the role of the Seanchaí in the retelling of the Desmond Love story, Seán and Lorcan played out a sporting vignette, while Jim Dennison, backed by Ríona Ní Curtáin on piano, and joined by the whole group, ended the night with a rendition of ‘The Wild Mountain Thyme’. From all involved with the Feale Culture Group, a massive thanks to everyone who participated in the concert, to the Glórach for the use of the venue and their support, to all the patrons who attended and supported our raffle, to the stage hands, ticket sellers and volunteers in the lobby. It was in the lobby that the night lingered on, with a large and richly-deserved repast held for all the participants.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Santa and Mrs Claus will visit the Square on Friday, November 25 at 6pm and our new Mayor, Councillor Francis Foley will switch on the lights this year. The following fundraiser is being held to help with the purchase of lights.:
Pub quiz on Friday December 2 at O’Rourkes Bar . All welcome.

ABBEYFEALE ON FILM AND IN CONTEXT; will be screening at Glórach Cinema, Abbeyfeale on Thurs & Fri, 24th & 25th at 8pm – Tickets €10. You will see extensive film footage, from 1963, of interviews with local people regarding the “Land Wars” and “A Day at the Fair”, as well as other footage relevant to Abbeyfeale.The film, also, looks at events & circumstances, both Nationally & Internationally, and their impact on everyday lives in the early and middle part of the last century.It, really, is an event not be missed and Abbeyfeale, Athea, Brosna, Duagh, Mountcollins, Templeglantine, Tournafulla & Knocknagoshel Churches are beneficiaries from ticket sales.Book on glorachabbeyfeale.com or 087 1383940.

CAROLS AT THE GLÓRACH: Susan Browne and the Broadford Youth Choir will perform a night of Carols on Friday, December 9.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: For the first time since 2019 we will be able to celebrate Christmas in our parish church without any restrictions. We are delighted to announce the return of the annual Christmas Concert. This year we are delighted to welcome to Abbeyfeale the singing group, ‘CELTIC BROTHERS’ formerly known as ‘The Willoughby Brothers’. They have entertained and endeared audiences for the past number of years and are delighted to bring their Christmas Show to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. Their repertoire features a blend of Irish Ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs that take their audience on an emotive musical journey. The Christmas Concert in Abbeyfeale will have many seasonal songs. The funds raised from the concert will go towards the St Ita’s Hall (Hall Ide Naofa), Renovation Fund. St Ita’s Hall is a very significant resource centre for the people of Abbeyfeale, and surrounding parishes and provides a wide range of support services for all members of the local community. St Ita’s Hall will be 100 years old in 2028 and significant renovations plans have been drawn up to update the building, so that it is fit for purpose and continues to serve the needs of the local community. Tickets are available in the church and are also on sale in many outlets throughout the town. Tickets can also be booked by calling 089- 4314765. Let’s shake off the restrictive spirit of Covid and get into the Christmas Spirit! It is time to celebrate and what better time of the year to get together than the lead up to Christmas the Feast of the birth of Jesus our Saviour.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: There will be a Market at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18 and the Christmas market is back on November 27th in Knocknagoshel with doors open at 12pm and proceeds going to the local meals on wheels service. To book a table phone 086 3487298 or knocknagoshelmow

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:”Copies of the relaunched book are on sale in Batts and in the Siopa Milsean at a very reasonable €8.

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November. Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December. Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past. Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: We hope to receive our first consignment of DVD’s and USB sticks towards the middle of next week. They will be on sale at the Day Care Centre, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean and will make an ideal Christmas gift. The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.

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

CARA: Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts. The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level. The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through caraabbeyfeale If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come. Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Tickets for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan cost €25 and are selling out fast. They are on sale in Kathleen’s Foodstore, An Siopa Milsean, Gourmet Green and the Post Office in Templeglantine. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. A raffle will also take place on the date.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

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 contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

ST. 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 will be held every Saturday so please support. For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

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 9am -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.

BOOK LAUNCHES: A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna. daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book. It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread. The book is available in two well-known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’ here in town. Catherine will be launching her book on Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday, November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy. His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments. All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige. Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.

REFLECTION DAY FOR ADVENT: ‘Waiting’ with a Difference’ , Saturday 26th Nov.
10:30am to 4pm, Glenstal Abbey. The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies (MIC) is offering an Advent day of recollection, facilitated by Sr Therese Fitzgerald, in the beautiful surrounds of Glenstal Abbey. The day will help us slow down and awaken ourselves to God’s treasures in unexpected places, deepening our awareness of God’s presence with us, by being more choiceful in how we wait. A contribution of €40 is requested for the day which will
include lunch. You can register your place at this link: https://
www.surveymonkey.com/r/AdventWaiting.

TRUE WOMANHOOD- A Day of Reflection for Women of All Ages. Saturday 26th November at St Saviour’s Dominican Church. Ph 085 2255796 or email limerick<mailto:limerick> for more details.

BOOK LAUNCH: , Tuesday, 22 November. Of Limerick Saints and Seekers is edited by David Bracken, Limerick Diocesan Archivist. The collection – featuring stories of the great and good people of Limerick from St Ita to the present day – celebrates the contribution
of people of faith, from this place, in every generation. We are part of a long tradition in Limerick and an awareness of that inheritance will help carry us forward with renewed hope and vigour. The book will be launched by Dr Liam Chambers, MIC on Tuesday 22 November at 7:30pm in Limerick Diocesan Centre adjacent to St Munchin’s College. All are welcome. ‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’: by Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys,

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.. Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure. Rambling house at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House is on the third Thursday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

TABLE TOP SALE:: In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale. Further information from 068 49799.

CELEBRATIONS IN ATHEA: The Golden Jubilee of Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be celebrated at the Top of the Town, Athea on Sat. Nov. 26th starting at 8pm.knockanurecommunity

SET DANCING: With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, There are also Set Dancing Classes at Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

CFR Course on 3rd Dec, run by N.E. Kerry Community First responders at Knockanure Community Centre, contact 087 686 3776

CRAFT & FOOD FARE: Duagh Sports Complex Sunday, 4th December 2022 12 noon to 4.00 pm.

CAROL CONCERT Hosted by Coláiste na Ríochta, Secondary School, in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Wednesday 14th December @ 7.30pm. Featuring Kerry Choral Union.

LOCAL HISTORY: ; Folklore and Local History with Tom Dillon- 11:00am – 12:00pm Friday, November 25th at Listowel Library –

This talk will focus on folklore and using local material from the Schools Folklore Collection will explore some stories and legends associated with Listowel and North Kerry. All Welcome,

https://www.kerrylibrary.ie/online-digital-archive.html

CRAFT Fair: Saturday 3rd December 11.00am at Ceol Corbraí Community Hall, Glin. 20 indoor tables available. To book call: John Sheahan 087-207-9268 or John Culhane 087-996-3282.

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.

EDUCATION: Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) Programme at University Hospital Kerry starting January’23. 12 weeks, modules involving education, supervision, and a clinical placement. For further information contact Dr. Margaret Naughton 066-7184000 or email margaret.naughton2

.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. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the Good Friday. A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke.
Thursday 10am Michael Scully London /Mountmahon
Friday 10am. Friday 7pm Annual Mass for those who died in 2022.
Saturday 6.30pm Tom Doody and deceased family members. Joe Kelly, Collins Park Months Mind.Dan Cronin, Kilmanihan West Brosna.. Joe Lyons, New Street Months Mind. Bridie & Sean Leahy Bogmount and their sonJohn and his wife Eileen who died recently.
Sunday10am Johnny & Mar y Flynn, Banard. 12 noon Peggy & Dan O’Riordan. Nick & Eleanor Cotter Upper Purt. Eileen O’Connor Main Street. Anne O’Connor Keating Dublin and the
Colbert & O’Connor families late of Main Street. If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

Grow Mental Health Information Session, Wednesday 16th November, 7pm to 8:30pm, at Grow offices, 33 Henry Street, Limerick.Grow is a mental health charity that provides free, friendly, community based, peer support groups for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue. Sharon Kleiser (Grow volunteer and
participant in our Lay Pastoral Ministry Programme), along with Mary Purcell (Grow Midwest Manager) and Amie Hughes (Grow Midwest Coordinator) are offering an information session on Wed 16th November for people from parishes across the
Diocese to learn more about supporting positive mental health and recovery. This is a great opportunity in the challenging times we are living in, to gain insight to strategies and supports that could be of benefit in our families and parish life. There is no
registration required, you will be welcome to attend and bring anyone who might
benefit with you.

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not respond to unsolicited calls, texts or emails. Never click on links in these messages. Keep your personal information to yourself – personal details like name, emails or credit / debit card information. Regularly access your account online to verify all transactions. Change passwords regularly and keep them private. Do not post personal information about yourself e.g. date of birth, where you live, family details on social mediaLearn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door. Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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PROLOGUE: The difference between money and time – you know how much money you have but never know how much time you have. Unknown.

A THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: Day is done- gone the sun from the hills, from the lake, from the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Thanks and praise for our days, ‘Neath the sun, ‘Neath the stars, ‘Neath the sky. As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Santa and Mrs Claus will visit the Square on Friday, November 25 at 6pm and our new Mayor, Councillor Francis Foley will switch on the lights this year. The following fundraisers are being held to support the purchase and maintenance of lightss
ARA coffee morning in Leens Hotel from 10am to 12pm on Friday next, November 18 organised and supported by the members of the Active Retired Group. There will be a
Church gate collection next weekend November19/20 and finally there will be a
Pub quiz on Friday December 2 at O’Rourkes bar . All welcome

CAROLS AT THE GLÓRACH: Susan Browne and the Broadford Youth Choir will perform a night of Carols on Friday, December 9.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: For the first time since 2019 we will be able to celebrate Christmas in our parish church without any restrictions. We are delighted to announce this week the return of the annual Christmas Concert. This year we are delighted to welcome to Abbeyfeale the singing group, ‘CELTIC BROTHERS’ formally known as ‘The Willoughby Brothers’. They have entertained and endeared audiences for the past number of years and are delighted to bring their Christmas Show to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. Their repertoire features a blend of Irish Ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs that take their audience on an emotive musical journey. The Christmas Concert in Abbeyfeale will have many seasonal songs. The funds raised from the concert will go towards the St Ita’s Hall (Hall Ide Naofa), Renovation Fund. St Ita’s Hall is a very significant resource centre for the people of Abbeyfeale, and surrounding parishes and provides a wide range of support services for all members of the local community. St Ita’s Hall will be 100 years old in 2028 and significant renovations plans have been drawn up to update the building, so that it is fit for purpose and continues to serve the needs of the local community. Tickets are available in the church and are also on sale in many outlets throughout the town. Tickets can also be booked by calling 089- 4314765. Let’s shake off the restrictive spirit of Covid and get into the Christmas Spirit! It is time to celebrate and what better time of the year to get together than the lead up to Christmas the Feast of the birth of Jesus our Saviour.

NOONAN FAMILY LIGHTS: The launch of the annual lights for charity takes place on Sunday, November 20 at 4.30pm in Templeglantine V94 YH7W.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: There will be a Market at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18 and the Christmas market is back on November 27th in Knocknagoshel with doors open at 12pm and proceeds going to the local meals on wheels service. To book a table phone 086 3487298 or knocknagoshelmow

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:” The relaunch of a sketch of the life of Rev. William Casey P.P. took place on Friday night last in the Glórach Theatre in the presence of a large crowd and two of the late J.D. Harnett’s granddaughters Miriam Collins and Bridget Harnett Sheeran. The republished book is on sale in Batts and the Siopa Milsean at a very reasonable €8 per copy. . Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Community Council Maurice O’Connell welcomed everyone and explained how the process began when he was searching for information to enable him to make a six minute promo video on Abbeyfeale focusing on the life of Fr. Casey. At the same time the Castleisland Heritage Committee were working on re launching JD Harnett’s book and following on from a fact finding visit to their headquarters Maurice and the Castleisland group joined forces and last Friday nights event was the culmination of their efforts. After a viewing of the very interesting video Maurice introduced former Minister for Justice and MEP Gerard Collins who had been invited to launch the booklet. Former Minister Collins then spoke as follows; “ I wish to extend a warm welcome to the members of the Castleisland District Heritage Committee some of whose members – John Roche, John Downey, Janet Murphy and Noel Nash are with us this evening. I would like to thank them very much for the invitation extended to me to officiate at this re-launch. They are very welcome to this side of the river Feale!! As a historical committee, they have produced an extensive body of work which includes 7 journals, 3 catalogues and 200 articles, all of which can be found on their website. Their work also includes a successful petition for the presidential pardon of John Twiss, granted by President Michael D Higgins on the 16/12/21. Their campaign for similar

presidential pardons continues – for Sylvester Poff and James Barrett.

The book we are re-launching tonight is the work of the Castleisland History Committee in collaboration with interested parties in Abbeyfeale. The original book was written by James

D Harnett and published in 1908. JD Harnett was an accomplished and successful businessman and father in law of my school teacher, Andrew Downey.

I remember JD……….tall, dignified gentleman wearing gold rimmed glasses, grey haired and wearing the old fashioned stand up collar. His brother, Richard Harnett was Provincial of the Holy Ghost Order who spoke at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Fr. Casey’s death – more of which later. The work by JD Harnett was published well over 100 years ago. It is described by the author as a sketch of Rev. William Casey. It was in itself an unbelievable achievement given that there were no computers, tape recorders, copying machines or

Google Search!! He was totally reliant on his own memory, anecdotes from others and possibly occasional notes. The biography of Fr. Casey is well known. His birthplace –

Castlequarter, Kilbehenny – is in Co. Limerick and not in County Cork as has been claimed!

He was the son of a tenant farmer, reared in the shadows of the Galtee mountains.It is a part of the County I know well as I was their Representative in the Dail for many years.

He arrived in Abbeyfeale in 1871 and one of his first tasks was to build a much needed wall around the Convent for the Mercy Sisters. It was a magnificent wall but one which went well

beyond his budget and his family legacy. As the son of a tenant farmer he understood very well the struggle for survival of the labourers, the lack of rights of the tenants and the hardship of losing the small amount of land they had – through evictions. The plight of those people was easily understood by him but the same injustices visited on those people moved him to action. Interestingly enough, he also understood the role of women in

the struggle for their ownership of the land. During this time, he established a working relationship with Michael Davitt which was acknowledged by Davitt in a letter in1901 when he congratulated Fr. Casey on the settlement agreed on the O’Grady estate where the tenants were reinstated to their own holdings on favourable terms – thus leading his people to the final ownership of their land. During his time in A/feale, Fr. Casey formed a Brass Band

which used to meet in the Temperance Hall down near Anthony Greaney’s property at the end of New St. On the 18th November 1896, people became aware that it was the Silver Jubilee of his arrival in Abbeyfeale. The warmth of the appreciation and respect for Fr Casey was demonstrated when people proceeded to his house with flaming torches – in a

Celebratory procession, I hasten to add!!! Fr Casey, a modest man, was totally unprepared for such a demonstration but was greatly appreciative of the gesture. On the 50th anniversary of Fr Casey’s death, in 1957, a special commemorative ceremony was held in Abbeyfeale. A parade of over a mile long from the Vocational School to the newly specially floodlit statue of Fr Casey was led by the Buttevant Brass Band. The brother of JD Harnett, Rev Dr. Richard Harnett was given an enthusiastic welcome when he addressed the crowd. He

had been a witness to many of the evictions carried out locally and recalled many stories of Fr. Casey who “fought the landlords” and won for the tenants. Fr. Casey was, in fact,

described by a foreign journalist as “the supplicated ruffian” This commemoration was organised by the newly formed Abbeyfeale Development Association, led by Solicitor Richard Woulfe who presided at the ceremony in the presence of JJ Collins, TD, then Chairman of L C C, my father, and a number of the clergy. As a young man, I was also present at that commemoration. A Radharc Programme in 1963 included contributors who, at

that time, still remembered Fr Casey and his work. Unfortunately, 65 years later, the memory of Fr. Casey is now close to extinction. It is to be hoped that this relaunch will surely awaken new interest in Fr. Casey and his work. I have here a cane of Fr. Casey’s which was passed to the parents or grandparents of Richard (Dick) Woulfe. It was givento my wife and I by Elaine Woulfe, Richard’s widow, for safekeeping until such time as a suitable venue can be found for it in Abbeyfeale.” The evening then concluded with some light refreshments which were enjoyed by all.

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ONE WOMAN SHOW: Frances Kennedy, she of the great singing voice and the earthy humour is hosting a one woman show at St. John’s, Listowel on Friday, November 18. She’ll send you home with a smile on your face.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: It’s been three long years, but after the successful show for Culture Night in September 2019 little did we think it would be this length of time before we hit the Glórach Boards again. Celebrating the themes of community and culture, the show aims to celebrate the best of our culture and heritage, and will feature acclaimed local musicians and singers, and also a retelling of one of the most famous love stories of all time. The show will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 19th and tickets can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November. Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December. Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past. Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: We hope to receive our first consignment of DVD’s and USB sticks towards the middle of next week. They will be on sale at the Day Care Centre, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean and will make an ideal Christmas gift. The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.

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

CARA: Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts. The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level. The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through the caraabbeyfeale If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come. Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Tickets for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan will cost €25. They will be on sale in Kathleen’s Foodstore, An Siopa Milsean, Gourmet Green and the Post Office in Templeglantine. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. A raffle will also take place on the date.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

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 contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

ST. 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 will be held every Saturday so please support. For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

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 9am -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.

SHAKESPEARE, ABBEYFEALE & GLÓRACH: ( The author of the following words does not wish to be named but suffice to say I’d ate it before I’d be able to put it together!)

“Now is the winter of rising prices. Made glorious summer by a viewing of Abbeyfeale on Film and In Context At Glórach for a modest €10.To go, or not to go,To learn of past sorrows; That is the question. For in that viewing of Abbeyfeale on Film & In ContextIs a consummation, devoutly to be wished, Of identity with our forefathers. Do not put off ‘til the ‘morrow,What can be done before the ‘morrow.So, without artifice, see a screening of Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context. Lest our forefathers become poor players. That strutted upon a stage of conflict And are heard no more .Let that almighty struggle be a tale signifies the glory of the Gael. Is this a film promotion that I see before me? I have not seen thee – yet feel I must.Art thou, not evidential vision of past heroics And not a false creation.Thou marshall’st me the way to Glórach for Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context. So that mine eyes can see the glory Of the freedom that flows from deeds of valour. Once more unto the Glórach, dear friends. To do our forebears proud in memory.If it be a sin to honour valour Then, we must be the most offending. For having viewed Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context We must proclaim far and wide;That they shall not be forgot In this or any other time.{If ‘twere good enough for the great man,Then who are we to argue?!}Book on glorachabbeyfeale.com or 0871383940 Screening 8pm – Nov. 24/25/30; Dec. 1/10/11.”

COURSES FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS: LEO Limerick and the Entrepreneurs Academy are offering a new course for female entrepreneurs designed to help them grow their business. The course is hybrid with a mix on networking and online events into the start of 2023. 16th November – Attitude for Growth (Virtual) with Denise Horan
23rd November – Branding for Growth (Virtual) with Denise Horan
30th November – Problem Solving for Growth (Virtual) with Felicity Mccarthy For more information please visit CONNECT for female entrepreneurs – Local Enterprise Office – Limerick

DANCE: Templeglantine Community Council of Muintir na Tíre will hold a Céilí at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 18 music will be provided by Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band. This is a fundraiser to support Halla Ínse Bán.

BOOK LAUNCHES: A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book. It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread. The book is available in two well known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’. Catherine will be launching her book in the Castle Oaks Hotel in Castleconnell on Saturday, November 19th at 7.30pm. The following Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday,November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy. His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments. All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige. Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.

KERRY INGREDIENTS MASS: A Mass for deceased workers will be held in Lixnaw Church on November 16 at 7.30 p.m.

MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UHK: This includes those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services. We also remember at this Mass past employees of UHK who have died. It will take place on Monday, November 14 at 7pm in St. John’s Church. Mass will also be live streamed on www.churchservices.tv/tralee or www.stjohns.ie

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys,

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.. Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure. Rambling house at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House, next monthly rambling house on Friday, November 18, at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm.

BOOK: FORGING THE DANCE’ is the name of a new book written by Fr. Pat Ahern to be launched on Friday next, November 18th, in Siamsa Tíre at 5pm. It is the story of Fr. Pat’s life and achievements as a priest of the Diocese and includes the story of the founding of Siamsa Tíre and the building of the new theatre. The book is on sale at the Parish Centre, Tralee

.TABLE TOP SALE:: In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale. Further information from 068 49799.

CRAFT & FOOD FAIR will be held on Sunday, November 20 in Ballylongford Parish Hall. Doors open 10.00am to 4.00pm.

CELEBRATIONS IN ATHEA: The Golden Jubilee of Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be celebrated at the Top of the Town, Athea on Sat. Nov. 26th starting at 8pm.knockanurecommunity

‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’: by Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

PRAYER MEETING IN CASTLEISLAND: Padre Pio Prayer meeting Castleisland on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at 7.30pm.

SET DANCING: With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, There are also Set Dancing Classes at Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

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. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am Deceased members of the McSweeney Family . Friday 10am, Lizzie Morris, Legga, Moyne, Co. Longford. Saturday 6.30pm Connie Harnett, Collins Park. Baby Tommy Moran . Sunday 10am Mary Kelly, Knockaboul & Co Down . 12 noon Michael Reidy, Bogmount/Meenkilly 9th Anniversary. Margaret O’Connor, Kilmanihan 1st Anniversary. Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig, Raj Anand late of UK. Dan Francis & Ellen O’Connor, Main street.Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the First Friday. A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

Grow Mental Health Information Session, Wednesday 16th November, 7pm to 8:30pm, at Grow offices, 33 Henry Street, Limerick.Grow is a mental health charity that provides free, friendly, community based, peer support groups for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue. Sharon Kleiser (Grow volunteer and
participant in our Lay Pastoral Ministry Programme), along with Mary Purcell (Grow Midwest Manager) and Amie Hughes (Grow Midwest Coordinator) are offering an information session on Wed 16th November for people from parishes across the
Diocese to learn more about supporting positive mental health and recovery. This is a great opportunity in the challenging times we are living in, to gain insight to strategies and supports that could be of benefit in our families and parish life. There is no
registration required, you will be welcome to attend and bring anyone who might
benefit with you.

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not respond to unsolicited calls, texts or emails. Never click on links in these messages. Keep your personal information to yourself – personal details like name, emails or credit / debit card information. Regularly access your account online to verify all transactions. Change passwords regularly and keep them private. Do not post personal information about yourself e.g. date of birth, where you live, family details on social mediaLearn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door. Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Joe Kelly, Collins Park who died recently. May he rest in peace.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: The annual Parish Christmas Concert starring the Celtic Brothers formerly The Willoughby’s takes place in the Church of the Assumption on Sunday 11th of December 7.30pm. Tickets will go on sale next weekend. More details will be announced during the
week. Proceeds in aid of St Ita’s Hall Renovation Fund.

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:” It’s been 114 years since J.D. Harnett’s book "A Sketch of the Life of Rev William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale" was first published in 1908, following the death of Fr. Casey himself in December 1907. Copies of the original book are extremely rare and difficult to come by, and yet so sought after that a collaborative approach between different individuals and Groups on either side of the Limerick / Kerry border has now resulted in the research and republishing of this iconic biography, along with some additional content and images.
Endearingly referred to as the "Peoples Priest" and well known for attracting thousands of people at monster meetings during the late 1800’s / early 1900’s, Fr Casey was a national icon and a passionate promoter of The National Land League and the fight for tenants’ rights.

Special guests will be in attendance and refreshments will be served on the night.

The relaunching of "A Sketch of the Life of Rev William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale" will take place at the Glórach Theatre, Convent Rd, Abbeyfeale V94 H9C8 on Friday, November 11 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and all are welcome.

ONE WOMAN SHOW: Frances Kennedy, she of the great singing voice and the earthy humour is hosting a one woman show at St. John’s, Listowel on Friday, November 18. She’ll send you home with a smile on your face.

LOST SOULS AT THE GLÓRACH: Heavenly harmonies will be the order of the evening at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 12th as the Lost Souls take to the stage. The group are no strangers to the venue, nor to the Abbeyfeale public who have seen them in memorable gigs in the past in McEnery’s Bar and the Church. Over the past eleven years the group has cultivated a wide following, with their tight musicianship, soaring vocals and easygoing style. Mixing it up on guitars will be Dr Mick O’Donnell and Gary O’Keeffe, with D Dennison keeping a steady rhythm on bass. The Abbeyfeale version of ‘The Commitments’ singers is made up of Noreen Cotter, Orla Dennison, Martina McAuliffe and Kelly Hartnett, with the possibility of a few guest appearances by other acclaimed local vocalists during the night. Covering artists as diverse as Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and the Cranberries to name but a few, the Lost Souls always put a unique stamp on the songs and very definitely make them their own. Always open to experimentation, they stunned patrons at the concert for Ukraine last May with their electric version of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd, a definite first in the Church of the Assumption! Expect an eclectic mix this Saturday as the Lost Souls make a welcome return to a venue ideally suited to their sound. Don’t be disappointed and make sure to book tickets at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: It’s been three long years, but after the successful show for Culture Night in September 2019 little did we think it would be this length of time before we hit the Glórach Boards again. Celebrating the themes of community and culture, the show aims to celebrate the best of our culture and heritage, and will feature acclaimed local musicians and singers, and also a retelling of one of the most famous love stories of all time. The show will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 19th and tickets can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November. Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December. Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past. Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

GLÓRACH RUMOURS WRITTEN BY JOHN NELLIGAN: ‘ Those of you who’ve been following my Glórach Rumours column will have noticed its absence from last week’s paper. Well, wonder no more, as I will now reveal how I’ve been scammed, so to speak, throughout this whole business. My mole has confessed that after a particularly busy day working on the grounds of Glórach,he suffered sunstroke, which affected him in numerous ways – one of which was a bad case of Bobby Ewing syndrome. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that particular syndrome, should Google “Dallas, Bobby Ewing shower scene”. In any event the upshot of the affliction for my mole was that he would wake up from a dream, every Friday morning that appeared so real to him that he believed that the detail of the dreams must have occurred in real time. So, the fallout from his nocturnal ramblings is that we’ve all been misled in a most egregious fashion. I’ve told him that to mislead a respected and long-standing member of the Press, such as myself, is quite unforgiveable and that there may be consequences for him. Further investigation on my part has determined that there is a film project in the offing titled “Abbeyfeale on Film &amp; In Context” and that it will be screened at Glórach on the following dates: Nov 24 th , 25 th &amp; 30 th and Dec 1 st &amp; 10 th at 8pm. Tickets cost €10. Booking on either telephone 087 1383940 or on-line at glorachabbeyfeale.com With the cost of production and promotion having been sponsored, it means that all ticket proceeds will go the 8 local churches, each receiving 10% of the take, and Glórach receiving the remaining 20%. So, this is an event that is well deserving of your support. It is being described as 85 minutes of both film and content that captures the people, events and circumstances that guided our journey to where we are today. The description that accompanies the publicity material is as follows: “When the timecomes for the history of Abbeyfeale, across the early and middle parts of the last century of the last millennium, to be written, it will draw heavily from the content that is now available for viewing in our film. If, as we’re told, a static picture paints a thousand words, then a moving picture – as films were first described – has the facility to capture and convey an ethos that would, otherwise, require a billion words to describe! Ours is such a film, in that it contains 50 minutes of quality footage that looks at life, in its many and various forms, in Abbeyfeale, through first-hand accounts of the, then, contemporary and historic events, that moulded a people, a community and a nation. The remaining 35 minutes will depict in words, music and film footage, Sunday observance, entertainment on the Sabbath, the plight of the emigrant, the despair of the dispossessed and marginalised, the impact of the Easter Rising and, finally, how our National Anthem – as Béarla agus Gaelige – came into being.The flame of freedom, for Ireland, was doused with water on many occasions – but never quenched. It, now, behoves the generations born in the 1950s and thereafter, to reacquaint ourselves with our local and national history so that we may imbue our families and friends with a history of the struggles of our ancestors, whose valour and unceasing pursuit of a Republic for Ireland enables us to enjoy the unfettered freedom that is now our privilege.”I’m told to expect a piece for next week’s paper, which, believe it or not, will draw on Skakespeare’s many references to Abbeyfeale and the film in question in some of his soliloquys. I’m agog with anticipation – although such a tale wouldn’t be out of place in an Eamon Kelly, seanchaí story. Finally, our condolence to the family of Eamon Kelly, on the recent death of Maura Kelly, a fine actress, whose performances on stage were a pleasure to behold.’

BOOK LAUNCHES: A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book. It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread. The book is available in two well known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’. Catherine will be launching her book in the Castle Oaks Hotel in Castleconnell on Saturday, November 19th at 7.30pm. The following Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday,November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy. His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments. All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige. Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: A DVD will be on sale shortly.

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

CARA: Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts. The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level. The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through the caraabbeyfeale They will make a collector’s item in time to come. Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. Tickets are €25. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

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 contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

ST. 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 will be held every Saturday so please support. For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

DANCE: Templeglantine Community Council of Muintir na Tíre will hold a Céilí at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 18 music will be provided by Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band. This is a fundraiser to support Halla Ínse Bán.

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 9am -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.

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.

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.

KERRY INGREDIENTS MASS: A Mass for deceased workers will be held in Lixnaw Church on November 16 at 7.30 p.m.

MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UHK: This includes those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services. We also remember at this Mass past employees of UHK who have died. It will take place on Monday, November 14 at 7pm in St. John’s Church. Mass will also be live streamed on www.churchservices.tv/tralee or www.stjohns.ie

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys, Templeglantine.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month..

‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’: by Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

PRAYER MEETING IN CASTLEISLAND: Padre Pio Prayer meeting Castleisland on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at 7.30pm.

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY – are starting a new 6-week programme called Cancer Thrive and Survive at the Family Resource centre in Castleisland Wednesday, November 9th from 10.30am-1pm. This free Programme offers you a sense of confidence and a chance to learn self-management skills when moving on from your cancer treatment. For more information call 0667192122.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Leahy on Friday 10th March and First Communion will be celebrated on the 13th and 20th of May.

SET DANCING: With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, There are also Set Dancing Classes at Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

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. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am John and Margaret O’Connell, Meenkilly and their daughter Maureen Burke. Thursday 10am Peg O’Donoghue, Convent Street Anniversary..
Friday 10am Michael & Kathleen & Julie Colllins & David, & Cathy & Aeneas Lane.
Saturday 6.30pm Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack. Donal & Nell & Patrick Fitzgerald Knockbrack. Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna. Kathleen Healy, The Hill Months Mind. Sunday 10am Ita O’Connor, Rathorna 2nd Anniversary.12noon Shelia O’Connor. Nora Canty Fealebridge & James Canty London
Johnny & Maureen Joy and their granddaughter Miriam Joy Fitzgerald. .Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the First Friday. A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Learn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door. Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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Abbeyfeale notes

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen Healy, The Hill whose funeral took place on Monday. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: There was glamour, there was glitz, red carpet and champagne at the Devon Inn last Friday night in a grand culmination to a coming together of a community determined to raise funds to keep St. Itas Sheltered Housing and Day Care Centre at the heart of Abbeyfeale. A wonderful night was had by all and if you missed out there will be a DVD on sale shortly that will tell the story of what can be achieved when people of all ages have the passion to help and assist the elderly to remain in their local environment.

ALL SOULS DAY: Parishioners will find purgatorial lists in their weekly box of envelopes. These lists should be brought to the church next weekend so that all names can be included in all Masses on All Souls Day. Mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 2 at 10.00am and at 7.00pm. During the year each priest in the diocese is obliged to offer 15 Masses for the Holy Souls, all those listed on the purgatorial list.

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

CARA: Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts. The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level. The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. The official launch of the 28 page glossy calendar which showcases Abbeyfeale in a way you’ve never seen before takes place on Saturday, October 29 in Fr. Casey’s GAA Club House with doors open at 7.30pm. This is an over 18 event. Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

GLÓRACH NOTES: First up, congratulations from the Glórach to all of those involved in the Abbeyfeale Oskars night at the Devon Inn on Friday, it was a fantastic night of entertainment and a magnificent embodiment of the tremendous community spirit of this town and parish. Lots of excellent acting talent on display in the films on the night, and hopefully some of those involved may have caught the bug and take to treading the boards with local drama groups. Until then, we’ve two very interesting one-act plays coming up this weekend at the Glórach. Limerick based collective Tiger’s Eye Theatre Company present ‘It’s always the quiet ones’, a drama mixing black humour, intrigue and questions of morality, and got very positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our near neighbours in Knocknagoshel take up the baton in the second half of the show, with the Spike Players presenting ‘Purple Mountain Heather’, a humorous and at times, poignant story of an old woman’s life spent in the Black Valley. Don’t miss a chance to support new writing, the plays take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, with curtains up at 8 pm. Tickets can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940. Look forward to seeing you there.

FAMILY CINEMA NIGHT: Duagh Sports Complex on Saturday, October 29 at 7pm – a family cinema night with popcorn and prizes for the best dressed. Admission €5.

MEN ON THE MOVE: This a six week programme open to men who want to get back into physical activity in a fun, social, group environment. It focuses on improving functional fitness through strength, aerobic, flexibility and mobility and will run from Thursday (7-8pm), October 27 until Tuesday (7.30 -8.30pm), December 6 inclusive at Abbeyfeale GAA Sports Complex. The six week programme costs a total of €10 per person.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. We are grateful to all those who give of their time to this devotion. The Parish Adoration Committee are now establishing a second day of Adoration in the parish beginning on All Souls Day Wednesday, November 2. If you are willing to give some of your time to this devotion we ask you to sign the schedule which is located on a table at the rear of the sanctuary area. Adoration can only take place if there are enough people (at least 4) in the Blessed Sacrament.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

FREE musical, dance and poetry performance at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West on Sunday evenings in October at 6pm.

GOOD NEWS FOR LIMERICK: Plans are in train by biopharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to create over 300 new jobs and spend €400m in a major manufacturing facility at Raheen, Limerick.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – THE MUSICAL: Castlemahon Hall over the next two weekends.

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 contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: The dates for Confirmation and First Communion were announced this week. Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Leahy on Friday 10th March and First Communion will be celebrated on the 13th and 20th of May.

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

SET DANCING:With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

A DATE FOR THE DIARY: The Lost Souls will be in concert in the Glórach on Saturday night November 12. Book your seat on 0871383940.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. Tickets are just gone to the printer and will cost €25. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Graveyard Church gate Collection will take place on the weekend of November 5/6. Your support is greatly appreciated.

ST. 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.

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. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Thursday 10am James O’Sullivan and Parents. Friday 10am Frank Woulfe, Knocknasna. Saturday 6.30pm John Leahy, Bogmount Month Mind and his wife Eileen Leahy died June 21. Eileen Cahill, Dromtrasna Collins Months Mind. Margaret & William Meehan and their daughter Catherine Main Street. .Tom Lou Ahern and deceased members of the Ahern Family. Sunday 10am Eileen & Patrick Roche, Killarney Road. James J and Margaret Collins Convent Street and their son Mossie. Peggy and Michael Tattan Killarney, Sunday 12noon Jacques Collins & Jim Collins & Rebecca Leahy. Joan White & Maureen Creamer Catherine Dillane, Kilmanihan 30th Anniverary. Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the First Friday. A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. Fr Mullins and Fr Russell would like to thank all who contributed to the
recent Autumn Dues collection. Your continued support is very much appreciated. If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of eachmonth at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: It was Indian Summer weather on Saturday and contributed to a very successful Dromtrasna Challenge. Well done to the organisers and participants.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

BODHRAN Competition, Will take place on October 29th at 6p.m. in the Top of the Town, Athea.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An Afternoon Tea Dance will be held on Sunday, October 30th in Ballybunion Community Centre from 3pm-5pm in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.

SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AUTUMN SCHOOL IN BRUFF: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn School Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. A festival celebrating Irish culture and diaspora with a focus on Bruff’s connection with the Kennedy family and in particular, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

https://www.limerick.ie/discover/whats-on/festivals/rose-fitzgerald-kennedy-autumn-school

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

ATHEA FAIR DAY: FAIR: There will be a Fair in Athea on Saturday, November 5t.h.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

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 9am -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.

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.

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.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AUTUMN SCHOOL IN BRUFF: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn School Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. A festival celebrating Irish culture and diaspora with a focus on Bruff’s connection with the Kennedy family and in particular, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

https://www.limerick.ie/discover/whats-on/festivals/rose-fitzgerald-kennedy-autumn-school

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 – http://www.listowelfoodfair.ie/

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie

WITCHES WALK ON RATHKEALE GREENWAY: Join witches, ghouls and others for bonfire, storytelling and a scary walk on Monday, October 31st at 6pm. Check out the kids disco in Rathkeale House Hotel earlier, admission to the disco €5.

JOHNNY CASH AND JUNE CARTER THE TRIBUTE SHOW: It’s all happening at the Tintean Theatre on Friday, October 28. Doors open 7pm. Contact for details 068 27972.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Learn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door. Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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Abbeyfeale notes 17 Oct

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DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of the late Batt Fitzgerald, Knocknasna. Sincere sympathies are also offered to the Healy family on the death of their mother Kathleen, Hill Road and to the O’Connors of Knocknagoshel on the death of Ciara. May they all rest in peace.

CHURCH WEB CAM: The Web Cam is out of order at the moment. We are waiting for a new piece of equipment to be delivered. Hopefully it will be live streaming very shortly.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. We are grateful to all those who give of their time to this devotion. The Parish Adoration Committee are now establishing a second day of Adoration in the parish beginning on All Souls Day Wednesday, November 2. If you are willing to give some of your time to this devotion we ask you to sign the schedule which is located on a table at the rear of the sanctuary area. Adoration can only take place if there are enough people (at least 4) in the Blessed Sacrament church during each hour of Adoration. Perhaps parishioners would consider taking on this commitment for the month of November the month of prayer for the Holy Souls.

THE BIG PINK BREAKFAST: John Mike’s Bar, Church St. will be hosting the Big Pink Breakfast in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. They will be serving a selection of home baked treats, teas and coffee from 11am and every one is welcome.NATIONAL DAIRY SALE RETURNS TO THE GREEN GLENS ARENA: The National Dairy Show will take place at its original home venue of Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co Cork on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of October 2022. The 2022 edition of The National Dairy Show will be the 40th anniversary showcase with special celebrations to mark this ruby milestone and celebrate the growth of the show into Ireland’s premier dairy event.

RESHEDULED PUBLIC PRESENTATION: West Limerick Mental Health Association are sponsoring a Public Presentation by Psychologist Dr. David Coleman on Maintaining Communication with children and teenagers. It will now take place at the Ballroom of the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Tuesday, October 25 with doors open from 7.30pm. Booking not necessary and admission is free. All are welcome.

OSKARS: This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020 to Friday, October 21, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer. There are a small number of tickets left so contact Jane on 06851850 if you need some. 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. There will be a raffle on the night for a hotel voucher and some other prizes. It’s going to be a great night of glitz and glamour and something totally out of the ordinary so please rock up and support our efforts to look after the elderly in the community – after all, we’re all on the same path.

YOUTH CLUBS: A message from Noreen Cullinane to all parents of young people in Abbeyfeale. “We are hoping to get youth clubs back up and running in the coming weeks and months after the long break due to covid. We are calling on all parents/guardians of current first/second/third year students or previous youth club members who are now over the age of 18 who would be willing to give a helping hand weekly for an hour and a half at our youth clubs. We need the help of you, the parent/guardian so the youth clubs can go ahead and allow the youths to meet their friends in a safe, supervised facility. If anyone is willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me Noreen Cullinane on Messenger or privately on 087 2353306. “

FREE: Musical, dance and poetry performances at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West each Sunday evening at 6pm during the month of October, For more phone 069-77408.

KERRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrating its 23rd edition, this year’s festival will take place from October 20 – 23 in Killarney.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The Church gate Collection in aid of the upkeep of the Graveyards will take place on the weekend of November 5/6 We thank all who maintain all three graveyards in the parish. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

MARY MCARTHUR SAYS THANKS:” To everyone who supported my recent Coffee Morning, held in aid of Recovery Haven Cancer support and Milford Care Centre. The final figure isn’t available at the moment as there are a few promised donations outstanding. As soon as these are in, the presentation to both charities will be made. Should anyone wish to make a donation please feel free to contact me on 087 6377310. “

FESTIVAL: Moyvane Village Festival October 28 -31 Cliona Hagan is the headline act for this year’s Moyvane Village Festival. She will take to the stage on the Saturday night October 29th in the Community Sports Hall. For ticket enquiries, please email mda.

Friday, October 28 a Variety Concert including the one act play; Sunday, October 30 Vintage Show at 12 noon. Dog Show 1.00pm; Monday, October 31 is hunt day. See facebook for more.

FAIR in Athea on Saturday, November 5th.

MASS: Invitation to Medjugorje Mass, people who have been on pilgrimage to Medjugorje or who are thinking of going, are invited to Sunday Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Milltown on Sunday, October. 30th at 11:15a.m. All welcome.

SET DANCING:with Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, newcomers especially catered for.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2022 : The Dromtrasna Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 22 in aid of Milford Care Centre. .Register for the 2k Kids run, 4 k walk 5k and 10k chip times runs at www.dromtrasnachalleng.com. Your support for this very worthy cause would be greatly appreciated

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

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens.

RAMBLING HOUSE AT THE SEANCHAI Listowel: T hursday, October 20 at 8.30pm will feature BRYAN MURPHY & JOHN McGRATH –

In this evening of storytelling, poetry, music & song, Bryan will be joined by his friend, poet John McGrath. John hails from Kiltemagh, Co. Mayo and is the author of three collections of poetry: Blue-Sky Day (2007) and Closing the Circle (2015) and After Closing (2021).. Then on Thursday, October 27 Daisy Kearney is featured.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 27TH – 8.30 pm- THE SEANCHAÍ RAMBLERS FEATURING DAISY KEARNEY –

Daisy will be joined by The Seanchaí Ramblers led by Johnny McElligott and featuring musicians from Kerry, West Limerick and Cork. https://www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/the-rambling-sessions/

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

CLASSES IN THE TECH: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.

ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The above group has started classes in St Ita’s Hall on Fridays from 11am to 1pm.Contact Madeline 087/9707989.

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive starts in Raheenagh Hall on Tuesday, October 18 at 8.30pm. All welcome.

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.

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

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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 9am -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.

MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

FUNERAL BEREAEMENT TEAM TRAINING: Two nights of training for Funeral/Bereavement Teams will be offered on October 18th and 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm in the Diocesan Centre. Thetraining will cover the practical steps involved in setting up and resourcing Funeral/Bereavement Teams in pastoral units/parishes. Following these initial two nights, additional supports and resources needed will be considered and further training sessions will be developed. Again, we would encourage people who have a sense of calling to this ministry area, as well as those already involved, to register for the two nights so we can learn from each other’s experiences.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area, support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support. We are sharing the Good News that there are immediate benefits to quitting smoking and they start from the moment you quit. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping to get a group set up in Abbeyfeale contact 087 6863 726. There has been a lot of talk recently about the wait time for ambulances and if there was a group of first responders locally they could provide much needed reassurance to people who are having a medical episode.

TABLETOP SALE: Tables supplied for a tabletop sale in Knockanure Community Centre on Sunday, October 23. For further information contact, Rosemarie on 087 3848680 or Mary on 087-6328104.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY AT THE ROCK: Rockchapel Community Centre committee are delighted to announce we are hosting our tea party on Friday night, October 21. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. Dance the night away to Jerry McCarty and Autumn Gold. A great night of food, fun and dancing guaranteed. To book your tickets please contact Breeda 0876818113 or any member of community centre committee. Eucharistic Adoration: Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. We are grateful to all those who give of their time to this devotion. The Parish Adoration Committee are now establishing a second day of Adoration in the parish beginning on All Souls Day Wednesday 2nd of November. If you are willing to give some of your time to this devotion we ask you to sign the schedule which is located on a table at the rear of the sanctuary area. We plan to introduce the second day of Adoration on All Souls Day, Wednesday 2nd of November. Adoration can only take place if there are enough people (at least 4) in the Blessed Sacrament church during each hour of Adoration. Perhaps parishioners would consider taking on this commitment for the month of November the month of prayer for the Holy Souls. Eucharistic Adoration: Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. We are grateful to all those who give of their time to this devotion. The Parish Adoration Committee are now establishing a second day of Adoration in the parish beginning on All Souls Day Wednesday 2nd of November. If you are willing to give some of your time to this devotion we ask you to sign the schedule which is located on a table at the rear of the sanctuary area. We plan to introduce the second day of Adoration on All Souls Day, Wednesday 2nd of November. Adoration can only take place if there are enough people (at least 4) in the Blessed Sacrament church during each hour of Adoration. Perhaps parishioners would consider taking on this commitment for the month of November the month of prayer for the Holy Souls.

ATHEA FAIR DAY: FAIR: There will be a Fair in Athea on Saturday, November 5t.h.

RAMBLING HOUSE : Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month .

CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

.ONLINE RADIO STATION: NCBI is delighted to launch an online radio station for blind or vision impaired listeners that broadcasts 24 hours a day. The content covers all aspects of living with sight loss from technology available to issues affecting the sight loss community to individual’s sharing their own stories and experiences. https://www.ncbi.ie/

ACCORD TRALEE: offers counseling for couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their relationships. Contact 066 7122280.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Oct, Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING: The Desmond Complex prayer meeting with Janice Carrig takes place on the last Sunday of the month October 30.from 3pm. All welcome.

MISSION SUNDAY OCTOBER 23: Next weekend we will celebrate World Mission Sunday, the Holy Father’s annual appeal to support overseas mission and missionaries. October and World Mission Sunday is a time for the faithful of the world to show their appreciation towards the work of overseas missionaries. The generosity offered will be used to support missionary activities in over 1,100 struggling dioceses, mostly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since the pandemic, there have been less people physically attending Mass, meaning less offerings in the basket. The implications for overseas missionaries and the communities they serve over the coming months will be very challenging. You can help right now by donating to the Mission Sunday Collection which will be held at all Masses next weekend. Please use the envelope provided in your box of envelopes or put your donation into an ordinary envelope and write Mission Sunday Collection on it and drop it into the collection boxes located at the entrance to the church.

FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 – http://www.listowelfoodfair.ie/

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie

THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE: The book which chronicles the 350- day ordeal of Seamus Sherlock when faced with eviction from his West Limerick farm in farm in Feohanagh in 2012. Now available online via The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seamus-Sherlock-Marisa-Reidy/9781915662231

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 7pm every Friday. Mass Intentions:. Thursday 10am Myles Kehoe. Friday 10am John & Kitty O’Rourke, Knockbrack. Margaret & Jack Quirke, Timmy & Mary Broderick and deceased family members Main Street. Mass Intentions for next weekend 22nd/23rd 6.30pm Richie Roche 2nd Anniversary. Willie Maurice Harnett, Knockbrack Anniversary. Sunday 10am Mary Ann & Tom Moloney, The Hill. . P J Lane, Killarney Road . Michael O’Connell late of New York and Kilconlea Lower 1st Anniversary. 12noon Tom & Joan Murphy, Ballaugh. Connie Healy, The Hill .
Baptisms in Abbeyfeale contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Baptisms will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses or ring 068/51915 during Mass time. You can now make a donation to the parish, through the parish website. Click on to the parish website at www.abbeyfealeparish.ie and you will see a Donate button on the right-hand side on the front page of the website. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to make a donation to the parish. World Mission Sunday Collection October 22-24 is the Holy Father’s annual appeal to support Missionaries.

COMFORT FOR CHEMO SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

MEMORY: Find out about memory loss and tips for coping with memory loss. Contact 1800 341 341. https://alzheimer.ie/about-dementia/i-am-worried/

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AUTUMN SCHOOL IN BRUFF: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn School Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. A festival celebrating Irish culture and diaspora with a focus on Bruff’s connection with the Kennedy family and in particular, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

https://www.limerick.ie/discover/whats-on/festivals/rose-fitzgerald-kennedy-autumn-school

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet: www.radiomaria.ie

PATRICK O’KEEFFE FESTIVAL: Taking place in Castleisland over the October Bank Holicay with a showpicec Saturday night Sliabh Luachra 30th Anniversary Concert at the festival on 29th October in Castleisland.

CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email limerick

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell

BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. backontrack.ie

HI DIGITAL: Learn essential skills at Hi Digital. It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+). It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. To register email hidigital @ activeir.ie or freephone 1800203030.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. Check out the Garda Website – loads of stuff on there worth reading. If you get a call and you are suspicious do not ring back on the same phone to check it, the scammer could be still on the line. Use a different phone or wait a while. To report fraud or suspicious calls ring AIB 0818 724 724 ( 24 hour helpline). Please be aware that, at times, fraudulent emails are circulated purporting to be from AIB. Please remember that AIB never asks customers to provide their AIB Internet, Mobile or Phone Banking Personal Access Code (PAC) through email or links contained in an email. In addition, AIB will never request codes from the AIB Card Reader through email or links contained in an email. Furthermore, AIB will never ask customers to provide Debit Card or Credit Card details through email or links contained in an email. Hang up, don’t answer. Delete, don’t click. Some of the scams that may arrive on your phone: Tech help scams -The caller offers tech help for a problem you weren’t aware of. This scam often targets senior citizens.Credit repair scams -These offer to fix or remove credit issues and debt in return for money.Charity scams – These calls will ask for urgently needed money today to help people in desperate need.The fraudsters are watching and waiting as people move bank accounts owing to two banks leaving the state. The advice is to click on no links if you get a text mar ya from your bank – they only ever look for a y/n as an answer and never, ever include a link. Check out the website Fraud Smart. Avoiding phone scams: 1.Hang up – Don’t let the caller know they reached a responsive phone number. By pressing buttons or trying to talk to an operator, you may be in for even more robocalls. 2. Use call blocking – Your phone carrier may provide a service to block known phone spam numbers or at least ID them for you when your phone rings. 3, Don’t rely on caller ID as proof – Phone scams have gotten better at making you think it is a legitimate number by “spoofing” an ID and displaying some type of official name. Some people even report seeing their own number calling them. An Garda Síochána would like to provide the following advice to the public in general when speaking with or intending to meet up with persons they have met online: Get a face picture from the person you intend to meet. Be very cautious of a person who doesn’t share a recent face picture with you, particularly after you have shared yours. If they don’t want to share a face picture, consider asking them to go on a live video call (many apps have this option built in so you don’t have to share your mobile number). Ask for their social media handles. Do you have friends in common on Instagram or Facebook? Be wary of new accounts with low follower count and few posts. Let friends know where you’re going – send a text to a trusted friend or in a group chat, include your live location so you can be found if you need help. Meet in a public place first. Take a few minutes to chat and feel confident you want to proceed before going somewhere private. Think before accepting food or drink. Unless you’ve seen them prepare it – it’s best not to accept to avoid being spiked. If an emergency unfolds, call 999. If something happens – report it! It seems that people are being contacted and threatened that pornographic content will be posted in their name. If you get a call contact the Gardai immediately. If you go to the beach leave nothing visible in your car and don’t put stuff in the boot after you park in case you are being observed – do it before you leave home. The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. You are strongly advised to: Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices. Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible. Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your user accounts. Limit the possibility to export large amounts of corporate data to external file exchange portals. If you do get caught out report it immediately. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen McCarthy, Clash Road. May she rest in peace. We also offer sympathies to the family of the late Batt Fitzgerald, Knocknasna whose funeral took place on Monday. May he rest in peace.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS: We wish Michelle Reidy, Shanbally and her new husband Darragh Walsh from Dunmore East a long happy life together.

NATIONAL DAIRY SALE RETURNS TO THE GREEN GLENS ARENA: The National Dairy Show will take place at its original home venue of Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co Cork on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of October 2022. The 2022 edition of The National Dairy Show will be the 40th anniversary showcase with special celebrations to mark this ruby milestone and celebrate the growth of the show into Ireland’s premier dairy event.

GLÓRACH THEATRE: We are delighted to have the wonderful Aoife Scott band, Damien O’Kane, Ron Block & more perform at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale on this Thursday, October 13th, doors open 7:30, start 8pm, tickets on sale now from the glorach website or contact 087 1383940. Don’t miss this one, it will be a cracker.

Aoife Scott is an award winning folk singer and songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced. Aoife has a unique sound. Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Following her highly celebrated debut album, Carry The Day, which was triumphantly launched at Temple Bar Tradfest in 2016 to rapturous acclaim, Aoife Scott released her much anticipated second album “HomeBird” in January at the Button Factory at Temple Bar Trad Festival 2020. Produced by 12 time Grammy Award winner, banjo and guitar virtuoso Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station, & ‘Oh Brother Where art thou), her second album is in many ways a turning point in her musical legacy. Recorded in Nashville and Dublin, “HomeBird” is an impressive collaboration featuring the best of Irish folk musicians and Grammy award winning Bluegrass musicians Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan and producer Ron Block. t’s only a few short years since Aoife’s single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” also hit the number 1 slot, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot and was named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017. While in America she received the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US) in 2018. In 2019, her most recent song “The December Letter” won Single of the Year at the ALSR Celtic Music Awards (US) and was the most played Christmas song on RTE Radio 1 for December 2018. Her career successes have seen Aoife and her cousins, Róisín O & Danny O Reilly from The Coronas, release their single “Grace” which hit straight into the number 1 slot on iTunes in Ireland. Aoife launched her second album “HomeBird” at Temple Bar TradFest 2020. Already this year Aoife was awarded the ASLR Celtic Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year 2020, her album reached the iTunes No 1 – Ireland Album Charts and was Album of the Week – RTÉ Radio 1. ASLR Celtic Music Awards Female Vocal album of the Year 2021 October 2020, Aoife Scott released a new single, ‘Sweet October’ born out of the downtime of a summer festival season cancelled and looking forward to a brighter future, a collaboration across the Atlantic with the producer of her last album Grammy award winner Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station) is now available. Featuring her co-writer Andy Meaney, with multiple award winning musicians Ron Block and Barry Bales (from O Brother Where art thou Soundtrack) and her Irish Band. The song is available across all platforms.

RESHEDULED PUBLIC PRESENTATION: West Limerick Mental Health Association are sponsoring a Public Presentation by Psychologist Dr. David Coleman on Maintaining Communication with children and teenagers. It will now take place at the Ballroom of the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Tuesday, October 25 with doors open from 7.30pm. Booking not necessary and admission is free. All are welcome, there’s a saying that every day is a school day and this could be yours so don’t miss out.

OSKARS: This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020 to Friday, October 21, 2022. 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. Tickets available from Jane at the Day Care Centre. Ring 068 51850.

YOUTH CLUBS 2022: A message from Noreen Cullinane to all parents of young people in Abbeyfeale. “We are hoping to get youth clubs back up and running in the coming weeks and months after the long break due to covid. We are calling on all parents/guardians of current first/second/third year students or previous youth club members who are now over the age of 18 who would be willing to give a helping hand weekly for an hour and a half at our youth clubs. We need the help of you, the parent/guardian so the youth clubs can go ahead and allow the youths to meet their friends in a safe, supervised facility. If anyone is willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me Noreen Cullinane on Messenger or privately on 087 2353306. “

FREE: Musical, dance and poetry performances at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West each Sunday evening at 6pm during the month of October, For more phone 069-77408.

KERRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrating its 23rd edition, this year’s festival will take place from October 20 – 23 in Killarney.

SET DANCING with Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, newcomers especially catered for.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2022 : The Dromtrasna Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 22 in aid of Milford Care Centre.Register for the 2k Kids run, 4 k walk 5k and 10k chip times runs at www.dromtrasnachalleng.com. Your support for this very worthy cause would be greatly appreciated

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

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

CLASSES IN THE TECH: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.

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

ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The above group has started classes 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 October 14 -16.

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45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive starts in Raheenagh Hall on Tuesday, October 18 at 8.30pm. All welcome.

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.

TINTEAN ABBA SHOW: Tintean, Ballybunion Saturday, October 15. Tickets at www.tintean.ie

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

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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 9am -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.

MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

FUNERAL BEREAEMENT TEAM TRAINING: Two nights of training for Funeral/Bereavement Teams will be offered on October 18th and 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm in the Diocesan Centre. Thetraining will cover the practical steps involved in setting up and resourcing Funeral/Bereavement Teams in pastoral units/parishes. Following these initial two nights, additional supports and resources needed will be considered and further training sessions will be developed. Again, we would encourage people who have a sense of calling to this ministry area, as well as those already involved, to register for the two nights so we can learn from each other’s experiences.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area, support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support. We are sharing the Good News that there are immediate benefits to quitting smoking and they start from the moment you quit. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping to get a group set up in Abbeyfeale contact 087 6863 726. There has been a lot of talk recently about the wait time for ambulances and if there was a group of first responders locally they could provide much needed reassurance to people who are having a medical episode.

TABLETOP SALE: Tables supplied for a tabletop sale in Knockanure Community Centre on Sunday, October 23. For further information contact, Rosemarie on 087 3848680 or Mary on 087-6328104.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY AT THE ROCK: Rockchapel Community Centre committee are delighted to announce we are hosting our tea party on Friday night, October 21. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. Dance the night away to Jerry McCarty and Autumn Gold. A great night of food, fun and dancing guaranteed. To book your tickets please contact Breeda 0876818113 or any member of community centre committee.

ATHEA FAIR DAY: FAIR: There will be a Fair in Athea on Saturday, November 5t.h.

RAMBLING HOUSE : There will be a Rambling House in Kerry Writers Museum starting at 8.30pm on Thursday, October 13 with guests; Gabriel Fitzmaurice a poet, broadcaster, writer, translator, singer and raconteur. He has been called “poetry’s answer to John B Keane” (Books Ireland) and his poems have been described as “comparable to Burns for their insight and lyricism” (The Irish Times). Mickey McConnell is the youngest member of a musical family from Bellanaleck, Co. Fermanagh. He spent most of his working life as a journalist in Dublin with the Irish Press Group and The Irish Times. Despite the fact that he has been writing songs all his life – Only Our Rivers Run Free’ was written in 1965 – it was only when he moved to Kerry about 30 years ago that he seriously devoted himself to his music. https://www.kerrywritersmuseum.com/the-rambling-sessions/ Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month .

CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

INFANT Loss; A Service of Remembrance will be held by Cork University Maternity Hospital on Friday, October 14 at 7.30pm In the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork All who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss are welcome to attend.

.ONLINE RADIO STATION: NCBI is delighted to launch an online radio station for blind or vision impaired listeners that broadcasts 24 hours a day. The content covers all aspects of living with sight loss from technology available to issues affecting the sight loss community to individual’s sharing their own stories and experiences. https://www.ncbi.ie/

BEYOND LIMITS: An event for children with disabilities and their families taking place at The Sports Arena, University of Limerick, on October 15.

ACCORD TRALEE: offers counselling for couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their relationships. Contact 066 7122280.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Oct, Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 – http://www.listowelfoodfair.ie/

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie

THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE: The book which chronicles the 350- day ordeal of Seamus Sherlock when faced with eviction from his West Limerick farm in farm in Feohanagh in 2012. Now available online via The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seamus-Sherlock-Marisa-Reidy/9781915662231

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 7pm every Friday. Mass Intentions:. Wednesday 10am Ellen O’Connor, Knocknagoshel. Thursday 10am Mai Flynn, Main Street. Friday 10am Hugh Collins Birthday remembrance. Mass Intentions for next weekend 15th /16th Saturday 6.30pm Garry McMahon Mass .Teresa Fitzgerald , Dromtrasna. Sr. Anne O’Sullivan, The Hill. Ray Stryker. Sunday10am Fr Bill Lane and Sr De Pazzi. Mission Sunday October 23.
Baptisms in Abbeyfeale contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Baptisms will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses or ring 068/51915 during Mass time. You can now make a donation to the parish, through the parish website. Click on to the parish website at www.abbeyfealeparish.ie and you will see a Donate button on the right-hand side on the front page of the website. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to make a donation to the parish. World Mission Sunday Collection October 22-24 is the Holy Father’s annual appeal to support Missionaries.

COMFORT FOR CHEMO SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

MEMORY: Find out about memory loss and tips for coping with memory loss. Contact 1800 341 341. https://alzheimer.ie/about-dementia/i-am-worried/

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AUTUMN SCHOOL IN BRUFF: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn School Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. A festival celebrating Irish culture and diaspora with a focus on Bruff’s connection with the Kennedy family and in particular, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

https://www.limerick.ie/discover/whats-on/festivals/rose-fitzgerald-kennedy-autumn-school

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet: www.radiomaria.ie

PATRICK O’KEEFFE FESTIVAL: The Patrick O’ Keeffe Traditional Music Festival are seeking applications from musicians aged 16-25 for their Young Musician Award.To apply send a video in which you introduce yourself, talk about your musical influences and play two tunes, with at least one of the sets to be associated with the music of Sliabh Luachra. The winners (one male and one female) will be chosen by an independent panel of musicians. The winners will be invited to choose a musical hero of theirs from the Sliabh Luachra tradition. They will then be assigned this person as a tutor, and they will meet up 2-3 times before the festival. The winner and their chosen tutor will then perform in the showpiece Saturday night Sliabh Luachra 30th Anniversary Concert at the festival on 29th October in Castleisland.

Send your video to patrickokeeffefestival via WeTransfer. Put your name and ‘Young Musician Award’ in the Subject line. Any videos submitted by under 18’s must be submitted by the child’s parent/guardian. Closing date: 16th October.

CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email limerick

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell

BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. backontrack.ie

HI DIGITAL: Learn essential skills at Hi Digital. It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+). It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. To register email hidigital @ activeir.ie or freephone 1800203030.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. Check out the Garda Website – loads of stuff on there worth reading. If you get a call and you are suspicious do not ring back on the same phone to check it, the scammer could be still on the line. Use a different phone or wait a while. To report fraud or suspicious calls ring AIB 0818 724 724 ( 24 hour helpline). Please be aware that, at times, fraudulent emails are circulated purporting to be from AIB. Please remember that AIB never asks customers to provide their AIB Internet, Mobile or Phone Banking Personal Access Code (PAC) through email or links contained in an email. In addition, AIB will never request codes from the AIB Card Reader through email or links contained in an email. Furthermore, AIB will never ask customers to provide Debit Card or Credit Card details through email or links contained in an email. Hang up, don’t answer. Delete, don’t click. Some of the scams that may arrive on your phone: Tech help scams -The caller offers tech help for a problem you weren’t aware of. This scam often targets senior citizens.Credit repair scams -These offer to fix or remove credit issues and debt in return for money.Charity scams – These calls will ask for urgently needed money today to help people in desperate need.The fraudsters are watching and waiting as people move bank accounts owing to two banks leaving the state. The advice is to click on no links if you get a text mar ya from your bank – they only ever look for a y/n as an answer and never, ever include a link. Check out the website Fraud Smart. Avoiding phone scams: 1.Hang up – Don’t let the caller know they reached a responsive phone number. By pressing buttons or trying to talk to an operator, you may be in for even more robocalls. 2. Use call blocking – Your phone carrier may provide a service to block known phone spam numbers or at least ID them for you when your phone rings. 3, Don’t rely on caller ID as proof – Phone scams have gotten better at making you think it is a legitimate number by “spoofing” an ID and displaying some type of official name. Some people even report seeing their own number calling them. An Garda Síochána would like to provide the following advice to the public in general when speaking with or intending to meet up with persons they have met online: Get a face picture from the person you intend to meet. Be very cautious of a person who doesn’t share a recent face picture with you, particularly after you have shared yours. If they don’t want to share a face picture, consider asking them to go on a live video call (many apps have this option built in so you don’t have to share your mobile number). Ask for their social media handles. Do you have friends in common on Instagram or Facebook? Be wary of new accounts with low follower count and few posts. Let friends know where you’re going – send a text to a trusted friend or in a group chat, include your live location so you can be found if you need help. Meet in a public place first. Take a few minutes to chat and feel confident you want to proceed before going somewhere private. Think before accepting food or drink. Unless you’ve seen them prepare it – it’s best not to accept to avoid being spiked. If an emergency unfolds, call 999. If something happens – report it! It seems that people are being contacted and threatened that pornographic content will be posted in their name. If you get a call contact the Gardai immediately. If you go to the beach leave nothing visible in your car and don’t put stuff in the boot after you park in case you are being observed – do it before you leave home. The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. You are strongly advised to: Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices. Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible. Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your user accounts. Limit the possibility to export large amounts of corporate data to external file exchange portals. If you do get caught out report it immediately. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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 marianharnett1

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PROLOGUE: In the entire circle of the year, there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October. Alexander Smith.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Eileen Cahill, Dromtrasna Collins whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace. We also offer sincere sympathies to the family of Michael Flaherty, Mountmahon..May he rest in peace.

PUBLIC PRESENTATION: West Limerick Mental Health Association are sponsoring a Public Presentation by Psychologist Dr. David Coleman on Maintaining Communication with children and teenagers. It takes place at the Ballroom of the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Tuesday, October 11 with doors open from 7.30pm. Booking not necessary and admission is free. All are welcome, there’s a saying that every day is a school day and this could be yours so don’t miss out.

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, 2022. 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.

YOUTH CLUBS 2022: A message from Noreen Cullinane to all parents of young people in Abbeyfeale. “We are hoping to get youth clubs back up and running in the coming weeks and months after the long break due to covid. We are calling on all parents/guardians of current first/second/third year students or previous youth club members who are now over the age of 18 who would be willing to give a helping hand weekly for an hour and a half at our youth clubs. We need the help of you, the parent/guardian so the youth clubs can go ahead and allow the youths to meet their friends in a safe, supervised facility. If anyone is willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me Noreen Cullinane on Messenger or privately on 087 2353306. “

FREE: Musical, dance and poetry performances at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West each Sunday evening at 6pm during the month of October, For more phone 069-77408.

GLÓRACH NEWS: They came from Offaly, Cork, Derry and from the Cavan/ Meath border and were highly entertained last Friday by Andy Martyn, John Carty, Gino Lupari and Matt Griffen the four musicians who are currently on an All Ireland tour. Of course we all knew Gino Lupari who was a founding member of Four Men and a Dog with our own Donal Murphy and who has played at manys the session and concert here in Abbeyfeale. I had forgotten he had such a wonderful voice, so good in fact that when he sang Nancy Spain I was transported to the land of Nod and was only awoken by the rapturous round of applause he received. It was a wonderful night and will go down in the annals of the Glórach. Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm. There are exciting plans for Glórach over the winter but it will need the support of all of us to keep it open, fair dues to the Bingo players whose constant attendance every Monday night helps to keep the cash flowing.

SINGING CLUB: The West Limerick Singing Club meet on the first Friday of the month at Philip Enrights, Church St. from 9pm and so, this is the week that it’s on. Everyone welcome.

KERRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrating its 23rd edition, this year’s festival will take place from October 20 – 23 in Killarney.

SET DANCING with Timmy Woulfe Monday night sat 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, newcomers especially catered for.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2022 : The Dromtrasna Challenge will take place on Saturday, October 22 in aid of Milford Care Centre.Register for the 2k Kids run, 4 k walk 5k and 10k chip times runs at www.dromtrasnachalleng.com. Your support for this very worthy cause would be greatly appreciated

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

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens.

WELL DONE TODDY: Congratulations to Toddy Mc Mahon and staff, Convent St who won a Bronze medal for Whiskey Ribs at Dingle Food Fair. Toddy already noted for his award winning Black pudding is a community activist who will be starring in the Oskars on October 21 in the Devon Inn and will be worth checking out in the Christmas Calendar this year. All I can tell you about that is that he won’t be wearing his butcher’s apron.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

CLASSES IN THE TECH: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.

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

ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The above group has started classes 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 October 14 -16.

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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.

COASTAL ROSARY on Sunday October 9th, the annual Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm in Ballybunion. Sign up a Rosary location at www. coastalrosaryireland.ie or text 087 278 6552.

TINTEAN ABBA SHOW: Tintean, Ballybunion Saturday, October 15. Tickets at www.tintean.ie

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

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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 9am -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.

MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

FUNERAL BEREAEMENT TEAM TRAINING: Two nights of training for Funeral/Bereavement Teams will be offered on October 18th and 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm in the Diocesan Centre. Thetraining will cover the practical steps involved in setting up and resourcing Funeral/Bereavement Teams in pastoral units/parishes. Following these initial two nights, additional supports and resources needed will be considered and further training sessions will be developed. Again, we would encourage people who have a sense of calling to this ministry area, as well as those already involved, to register for the two nights so we can learn from each other’s experiences.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area, support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support. We are sharing the Good News that there are immediate benefits to quitting smoking and they start from the moment you quit. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”

ST JOHN’S THEATRE, LISTOWEL: Folk Saloon with Steve Wall, Thursday October 6th @ 8pm, details from info or ring 068 22566.

TALK ON GAMBLING ADDICTION: Tony O’Reilly is the postman who stole €1.75 million from An Post which, he used to fund a gambling addiction. Tony will be sharing his experience of how his gambling addiction affected his life. Listowel Family Resource Centre 11th of October at 7pm. Tickets €10 each and must be purchased directly from Listowel FRC. Call (068) 23584 for further details.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping to get a group set up in Abbeyfeale contact 087 6863 726. There has been a lot of talk recently about the wait time for ambulances and if there was a group of first responders locally they could provide much needed reassurance to people who are having a medical episode.

TABLETOP SALE: Tables supplied for a tabletop sale in Knockanure Community Centre on Sunday, October 23. For further information contact, Rosemarie on 087 3848680 or Mary on 087-6328104.

ÉIGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award and €8,000 prize money, presented on the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett which takes place in Newcastle West, October 6-9. For full details go toeigsemichaelhartnett.ie.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY AT THE ROCK: Rockchapel Community Centre committee are delighted to announce we are hosting our tea party on Friday night, October 21. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. Dance the night away to Jerry McCarty and his band. A great night of fun and dancing guaranteed. To book your tickets please contact Breeda 0876818113 or any member of community centre committee.

RAMBLING HOUSE KNOCKANURE; Rambling House on Thursday, October 6th at 8pm. All welcome. Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month .

CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

ONLINE RADIO STATION: NCBI is delighted to launch an online radio station for blind or vision impaired listeners that broadcasts 24 hours a day. The content covers all aspects of living with sight loss from technology available to issues affecting the sight loss community to individual’s sharing their own stories and experiences. https://www.ncbi.ie/

BEYOND LIMITS: An event for children with disabilities and their families taking place at The Sports Arena, University of Limerick, on October 15.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT|: Tralee Musical Society present ‘That’s Entertainment’ October 11-15 at 8pm – their first show since 2019. Phone Siamsa Tire on 066 7123055 to book tickets.

ACCORD TRALEE: offers counselling for couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their relationships. Contact 066 7122280.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Oct, Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 – http://www.listowelfoodfair.ie/

TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, are currently recruiting new foster carers, find out more about becoming a foster carer please call 066-7184513. Before you do it might be worthwhile to listen to the Joe Duffy Show recent podcasts.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie

THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE: The book which chronicles the 350- day ordeal of Seamus Sherlock when faced with eviction from his West Limerick farm in farm in Feohanagh in 2012. Now available online via The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seamus-Sherlock-Marisa-Reidy/9781915662231

BEREAVED PARENTS: Anam Cara Kerry Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents, further details email info

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Mass Intentions:.Saturday 6.30pm Patrick & Kathleen Saunders |Lower Knocknasna and deceased family members .
Cornelius Flynn 20 The Belfry heights. Bill & Bridget & John Joe Collins, The Hill .
Dee Harnett, Kilconlea 5th Anniversary. Margaret Cullhane, Knockbrack. Sunday10am Eileen & Timothy O’Donoghue, Ballybehy .12noon Kathleen Spillane, St Ita’s Housing and deceased members of the Harnett family. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm every Friday. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses or ring 068/51915 during Mass time. You can now make a donation to the parish, through the parish website. Click on to the parish website at www.abbeyfealeparish.ie and you will see a Donate button on the right-hand side on the front page of the website. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to make a donation to the parish

COMFORT FOR CHHEMO SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

MEMORY: Find out about memory loss and tips for coping with memory loss. Contact 1800 341 341. https://alzheimer.ie/about-dementia/i-am-worried/

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St., 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet: www.radiomaria.ie

CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email limerick

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell

BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. backontrack.ie

IRISH HEART CARDIAC REHAB PODCAST– A series bringing together experts in cardiac rehab and patients who have attended cardiac rehabilitation is available on podcast. Topics included are exercise, medication, healthy eating and the psychological impact of living with heart disease. If you have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, coronaryartery stenting or coronary artery bypass surgery –log onto https://irishheart.ie/services-for-you/its-cardiac-rehab-podcast/ for information and support’

HI DIGITAL: Learn essential skills at Hi Digital. It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+). It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. To register email hidigital @ activeir.ie or freephone 1800203030.

LIVING WELL: This is a programme for adults with long term health conditions. It is suitable for those over 18 and living with one or more long term health conditions or caring for someone with a long term health condition. It is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties. A free Living Well programme runs for 6 weeks with one workshop of two and a half hours per weekend. For further details contact Philip Hennessy on 087 1799396 or email philip.hennessy2 or Liz Cox on 087 1799392 liz.cox

DAY TRIP TO KNOCK: A bus is travelling to Knock from Killarney on Saturday, October 8 and will pick up at the bus stop across from the church at 9.20am. Contact 064 (0)64 6631095.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. Check out the Garda Website – loads of stuff on there worth reading. If you get a call and you are suspicious do not ring back on the same phone to check it, the scammer could be still on the line. Use a different phone or wait a while. To report fraud or suspicious calls ring AIB 0818 724 724 ( 24 hour helpline). Please be aware that, at times, fraudulent emails are circulated purporting to be from AIB. Please remember that AIB never asks customers to provide their AIB Internet, Mobile or Phone Banking Personal Access Code (PAC) through email or links contained in an email. In addition, AIB will never request codes from the AIB Card Reader through email or links contained in an email. Furthermore, AIB will never ask customers to provide Debit Card or Credit Card details through email or links contained in an email. Hang up, don’t answer. Delete, don’t click. Some of the scams that may arrive on your phone: Tech help scams -The caller offers tech help for a problem you weren’t aware of. This scam often targets senior citizens.Credit repair scams -These offer to fix or remove credit issues and debt in return for money.Charity scams – These calls will ask for urgently needed money today to help people in desperate need.The fraudsters are watching and waiting as people move bank accounts owing to two banks leaving the state. The advice is to click on no links if you get a text mar ya from your bank – they only ever look for a y/n as an answer and never, ever include a link. Check out the website Fraud Smart. Avoiding phone scams: 1.Hang up – Don’t let the caller know they reached a responsive phone number. By pressing buttons or trying to talk to an operator, you may be in for even more robocalls. 2. Use call blocking – Your phone carrier may provide a service to block known phone spam numbers or at least ID them for you when your phone rings. 3, Don’t rely on caller ID as proof – Phone scams have gotten better at making you think it is a legitimate number by “spoofing” an ID and displaying some type of official name. Some people even report seeing their own number calling them. An Garda Síochána would like to provide the following advice to the public in general when speaking with or intending to meet up with persons they have met online: Get a face picture from the person you intend to meet. Be very cautious of a person who doesn’t share a recent face picture with you, particularly after you have shared yours. If they don’t want to share a face picture, consider asking them to go on a live video call (many apps have this option built in so you don’t have to share your mobile number). Ask for their social media handles. Do you have friends in common on Instagram or Facebook? Be wary of new accounts with low follower count and few posts. Let friends know where you’re going – send a text to a trusted friend or in a group chat, include your live location so you can be found if you need help. Meet in a public place first. Take a few minutes to chat and feel confident you want to proceed before going somewhere private. Think before accepting food or drink. Unless you’ve seen them prepare it – it’s best not to accept to avoid being spiked. If an emergency unfolds, call 999. If something happens – report it! It seems that people are being contacted and threatened that pornographic content will be posted in their name. If you get a call contact the Gardai immediately. If you go to the beach leave nothing visible in your car and don’t put stuff in the boot after you park in case you are being observed – do it before you leave home. The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. You are strongly advised to: Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices. Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible. Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your user accounts. Limit the possibility to export large amounts of corporate data to external file exchange portals. If you do get caught out report it immediately. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: Be yourself, everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde.

DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late John Leahy, Bogmount on his recent death following so shortly after the death of his wife. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sincere sympathies to the wife and family of the late John Sheehy, Knocknacrohy on his sudden death in a traffic accident. May he rest in peace.

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 21,2022. 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.

COFFEE MORNING: On Thursday, September 29 as part of the 30th Birthday National Coffee morning for your local Hospice Mary MacArthur will host a Coffee morning at her home in Caherhayes from 11-4pm 11am. Proceeds will be 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 broke new ground over the weekend in their quest to bring new, innovative and exciting shows to Abbeyfeale. The one woman show performed by a Cork woman with roots in Castleisland “A Rose By Any Other Name” who had just returned from a 13 performance run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received rave reviews. The show dealt 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 told the story of her search and talk of an eye opener for those of us who suffered through Shakespeare in our youth. The month ends with a fantastic traditional music gig, featuring Andy Martyn, John Carty, Gino Lupari and Matt Griffin. Percussionist Gino Lupari will be particularly familiar to local audiences, having featured in so many memorable Four Men and a Dog concerts. Don’t miss this gig on Friday, September 30th, and book at glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940. Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm. There are exciting plans for Glórach over the winter so keep an eye out for posters and fliers around town.

SINGING CLUB: The West Limerick Singing Club meet on the first Friday of the month at Philip Enrights, Church St. from 9pm.

SET DANCING with Timmy Woulfe Monday night sat 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, 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.

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

GLÓRACH RUMOURS 2: We closed last week’s report with news that the Glórach bosses were about to meet to progress “Galtee Cheese”, which the readers from last week will remember is the working title for the major film project, that is being put together, that will look at certain aspects of life in Abbeyfeale parish and beyond during the final century of the last millennium. My mole is able to report on how the magnificent repast served to the bosses went down – not well by all accounts. But more on that later. My mole tells me that the three bosses decided that for simplicity and ease of reference that they should identify a collective name by which they should, hereafter, be referred to. After much discussion, they decided they should be referred to as “the three wise men”. And, now to the repast served. One of the bosses refused to eat the beluga caviar and instead ordered in pizza from the nearby Roma take-away. All three refused to drink the Russian vodka given the current situation in Eastern Europe and simply poured all 3 bottles down the sink. Further lubrication was called for and the solution was for Leen’s Hotel to deliver 3 bottles of 25 year old single malt. The, specially imported, Havana cigars were greatly enjoyed with all three bosses puffing their way through 3 cigars, apiece. On conclusion of the repast and before attending to other business, they were astonished to see that the cigar smoke had, greatly, discoloured the recently painted foyer walls. After much wailing and tut tutting it was decided to call in Martin Murphy, painter and decorator, to do a re-paint job, which he readily agreed to and further stated that he would do so without charge as he opined that the olfactory sensation from a good Havana cigar is hard to beat. The sigh of relief from the three wise men was of such magnitude that it was heard by some residents of the nearby sheltered housing project. Now they were ready for business matters and first item on the agenda was the current standing of Abbeyfeale as a business town. Much discussion ensued and it was readily agreed that this needed much further contemplation and a decision was taken to refer the matter to the MAGA W. P. or to give it its full title, Make Abbeyfeale Great Again Working Party. After copious quantities of food and much quaffing of fine Irish whiskey, spirits were beginning to sag and the occasional nodding-off was witnessed. The upshot of all this was to abandon the field of conversation to another occasion when minds would be sharper and, as such, a date was set for a further meeting that would be devoted, in its entirety, to the “Galtee Cheese” project. My mole is emboldened to undertake further reporting on such a meeting. Stay with us for further crumbs on the intricacies of high-powered meanderings.

GOOD LUCK: Our own Toddy Mc Mahon will be showcasing his Whiskey Ribs at Dingle Food Fair. September 30 – October 2 in Dingle.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday eve, we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

CLASSES IN THE TECH: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website www.collegeoffet.ie/abbeyfeale or call us on 06831198.

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

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

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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.

COASTAL ROSARY on Sunday October 9th, the annual Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm. Sign up a Rosary location at www. coastalrosaryireland.ie or text 087 278 6552.

TINTEAN ABBA SHOW: Tintean, Ballybunion Saturday, October 15. Tickets at www.tintean.ie

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

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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 9am -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.

MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area, support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support. We are sharing the Good News that there are immediate benefits to quitting smoking and they start from the moment you quit. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest”

ST JOHN’S THEATRE, LISTOWEL: How To Get The Menopause & Enjoy It, Thursday September 29th @ 8pm; Folk Saloon with Steve Wall, Thursday October 6th @ 8pm, details from info or ring 068 22566.

TALK ON GAMBLING ADDICTION: Tony O’Reilly is the postman who stole €1.75 million from An Post which, he used to fund a gambling addiction. Tony will be sharing his experience of how his gambling addiction affected his life. Listowel Family Resource Centre 11th of October at 7pm. Tickets €10 each and must be purchased directly from Listowel FRC. Call (068) 23584 for further details.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping to get a group set up in Abbeyfeale contact 087 6863 726. There has been a lot of talk recently about the wait time for ambulances and if there was a group of first responders locally they could provide much needed reassurance to people who are having a medical episode.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month .

CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

ONLINE RADIO STATION: NCBI is delighted to launch an online radio station for blind or vision impaired listeners that broadcasts 24 hours a day. The content covers all aspects of living with sight loss from technology available to issues affecting the sight loss community to individual’s sharing their own stories and experiences. https://www.ncbi.ie/

BEYOND LIMITS: An event for children with disabilities and their families taking place at The Sports Arena, University of Limerick, on October 15.

FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 – http://www.listowelfoodfair.ie/

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY will host an online children’s workshop -celebrating all children, Thursday, September 29 6:30-7:15pm. This is a creative and confidence boosting workshop for any child impacted by cancer. Please ring 066 7192122 for further information.

TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, are currently recruiting new foster carers, find out more about becoming a foster carer please call 066-7184513.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie

OUTDOOR RETREAT: Burren Outdoor Retreat, Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October. Would you like to come with us on a journey through the Burren with its limestone
pavements, rare flora and ancient sacred sites? Let the beauty of this place renew you in
body and soul. Residential (people within easy reach may commute).
Contact Mary at 087 970 1130 for information or Des at 085 161 4951 for bookings.

THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE: The book which chronicles the 350- day ordeal of Seamus Sherlock when faced with eviction from his West Limerick farm in farm in Feohanagh in 2012. Now available online via The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seamus-Sherlock-Marisa-Reidy/9781915662231

ABBEYFEALE DRAMA GROUP: Open meeting upstairs in Leens Hotel Tuesday, October 4. New members will be so welcome.

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Mass Intentions:. Craghatouke, Moynsha. Richie Woulfe, Cratloe. 12noon Patrick Moriarty, Caherlane 20th Anniversary. Ned O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm every Friday. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses or ring 068/51915 during Mass time. You can now make a donation to the parish, through the parish website. Click on to the parish website at www.abbeyfealeparish.ie and you will see a Donate button on the right-hand side on the front page of the website. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to make a donation to the parish

COMFORT FOR CHHEMO SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

ÉIGSE MICHAEL HARTNETT: Michael Hartnett Poetry Award and €8,000 prize money, presented on the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett which takes place in Newcastle West, October 6-9. For full details go toeigsemichaelhartnett.ie.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY AT THE ROCK: Rockchapel Community Centre committee are delighted to announce we are hosting our tea party on Friday night, October 21. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. Dance the night away to Jerry McCarty and his band. A great night of fun and dancing guaranteed. To book your tickets please contact Breeda 0876818113 or any member of community centre committee.

MEMORY: Find out about memory loss and tips for coping with memory loss. Contact 1800 341 341. https://alzheimer.ie/about-dementia/i-am-worried/

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St., 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily Mass, rosary, Stations of the Cross, Angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet: www.radiomaria.ie

CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email limerick

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell

BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www. backontrack.ie

IRISH HEART CARDIAC REHAB PODCAST– A series bringing together experts in cardiac rehab and patients who have attended cardiac rehabilitation is available on podcast. Topics included are exercise, medication, healthy eating and the psychological impact of living with heart disease. If you have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, coronaryartery stenting or coronary artery bypass surgery –log onto https://irishheart.ie/services-for-you/its-cardiac-rehab-podcast/ for information and support’

HI DIGITAL: Learn essential skills at Hi Digital. It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+). It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. To register email hidigital @ activeir.ie or freephone 1800203030.

LIVING WELL: This is a programme for adults with long term health conditions. It is suitable for those over 18 and living with one or more long term health conditions or caring for someone with a long term health condition. It is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties. A free Living Well programme runs for 6 weeks with one workshop of two and a half hours per weekend. For further details contact Philip Hennessy on 087 1799396 or email philip.hennessy2 or Liz Cox on 087 1799392 liz.cox

DAY TRIP TO KNOCK: A bus is travelling to Knock from Killarney on Saturday, October 8 and will pick up at the bus stop across from the church at 9.20am. Contact 064 (0)64 6631095.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane. Check out the Garda Website – loads of stuff on there worth reading. If you get a call and you are suspicious do not ring back on the same phone to check it, the scammer could be still on the line. Use a different phone or wait a while. To report fraud or suspicious calls ring AIB 0818 724 724 ( 24 hour helpline). Please be aware that, at times, fraudulent emails are circulated purporting to be from AIB. Please remember that AIB never asks customers to provide their AIB Internet, Mobile or Phone Banking Personal Access Code (PAC) through email or links contained in an email. In addition, AIB will never request codes from the AIB Card Reader through email or links contained in an email. Furthermore, AIB will never ask customers to provide Debit Card or Credit Card details through email or links contained in an email. Hang up, don’t answer. Delete, don’t click. Some of the scams that may arrive on your phone: Tech help scams -The caller offers tech help for a problem you weren’t aware of. This scam often targets senior citizens.Credit repair scams -These offer to fix or remove credit issues and debt in return for money.Charity scams – These calls will ask for urgently needed money today to help people in desperate need.The fraudsters are watching and waiting as people move bank accounts owing to two banks leaving the state. The advice is to click on no links if you get a text mar ya from your bank – they only ever look for a y/n as an answer and never, ever include a link. Check out the website Fraud Smart. Avoiding phone scams: 1.Hang up – Don’t let the caller know they reached a responsive phone number. By pressing buttons or trying to talk to an operator, you may be in for even more robocalls. 2. Use call blocking – Your phone carrier may provide a service to block known phone spam numbers or at least ID them for you when your phone rings. 3, Don’t rely on caller ID as proof – Phone scams have gotten better at making you think it is a legitimate number by “spoofing” an ID and displaying some type of official name. Some people even report seeing their own number calling them. An Garda Síochána would like to provide the following advice to the public in general when speaking with or intending to meet up with persons they have met online: Get a face picture from the person you intend to meet. Be very cautious of a person who doesn’t share a recent face picture with you, particularly after you have shared yours. If they don’t want to share a face picture, consider asking them to go on a live video call (many apps have this option built in so you don’t have to share your mobile number). Ask for their social media handles. Do you have friends in common on Instagram or Facebook? Be wary of new accounts with low follower count and few posts. Let friends know where you’re going – send a text to a trusted friend or in a group chat, include your live location so you can be found if you need help. Meet in a public place first. Take a few minutes to chat and feel confident you want to proceed before going somewhere private. Think before accepting food or drink. Unless you’ve seen them prepare it – it’s best not to accept to avoid being spiked. If an emergency unfolds, call 999. If something happens – report it! It seems that people are being contacted and threatened that pornographic content will be posted in their name. If you get a call contact the Gardai immediately. If you go to the beach leave nothing visible in your car and don’t put stuff in the boot after you park in case you are being observed – do it before you leave home. The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. You are strongly advised to: Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices. Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible. Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your user accounts. Limit the possibility to export large amounts of corporate data to external file exchange portals. If you do get caught out report it immediately. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. If you are 65, you live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out or if you spend long periods of the day on your own then, because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €72. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

HELPLINES: Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre.

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