FUN BY THE FEALE

Abbeyfeale notes 15 Jan

PROLOGUE: "Being a smart shopper is the first step to getting rich."
Mark Cuban.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Noreen Healy, Knocknasna whose death occurred recently. May she rest in peace.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

TOWN PLAN: The proposed traffic management plan is on view in the Library. Limerick County Council will be available in town at Leens Hotel on Thursday, January 18 from 12-8pm to discuss the proposals and to take submissions.

NEW MASS TIMES FOR 2018: Saturday evening Mass will now be @ 6.30pm and Sunday morning Mass will be at 9.15am. No change to the 12 noon Mass. Holy days morning Mass will be 11am & 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

FINBAR WRIGHT: Tenor, songwriter and poet Finbar Wright has only two Irish concert dates in his diary for 2018 and the first one is here in Abbeyfeale at the Church of the Assumption on Friday, February 9. He has sung before Popes, Presidents, Kings and Queens, with the Irish Tenors, appeared on Good Morning America, sung with Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Jerry Lee Lewis and now he’s coming to Abbeyfeale to celebrate the Jubilee year of the Church of the Assumption. Doors open 7pm and show will commence at 8pm. Tickets available in numerous outlets as well as on the ticket line 089/4356981 where you can leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

HEALTHY ABBEYFEALE: Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded funding by Healthy Ireland towards the setting up of a 10 week "Healthy Abbeyfeale – Spring 2018" pilot project. Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. Fitness Instructor Joe Weir will take up the position of Activity Facilitator with responsibility for the implementation of a number of Activity Programmes for the Community. These Activity Programmes will begin on Monday, January 15 and run for approximately 10 weeks. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone living in the Abbeyfeale area to join one of these free Activity Programmes. It’s so important to be able get out and about, meet new friends and have a chat while keeping fit and healthy. Activities include Teen Tone, Walk and Talk School Drop, Day Care Centre Session for the Elderly, Session for the Active Retirement Group in the Town Park and much more.For more information, contact Fitness Instructor Joe Weir on 087 454 5434 ASAP or email joe.weir@rocketmail.com

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues every Monday night at the Glórach Theatre from 8.30 pm onwards, with a few extra surprise prizes over the coming weeks. On Thursday January 18 we will be staging what promises to be a memorable concert, with appearances from the groups, Under the Radar, The Templeglantine Troupers and The Jimmy Bozeman Band. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm. For a wonderful night of traditional, folk and bluegrass music, don’t hesitate to call 0871383940 to book your tickets.

ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: You can currently only book tickets for the 3 day Congress (1 day or 5 day), but when booking a congress ticket you can register for the free weekend tickets. Every person attending each event must be registered to gain access to that event. You can book as an individual (over 18), as a family or group, or as a priest. Where a family wishes to register, a single family leader can register all members together. When part of a family/group, all children under 18 are free but each person must be registered in order to receive their ticket. Costs for adults: 5 day ticket €68, 1 day ticket €38. Book at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress-Registration

COMMUNITY ALERT: “Given the increase in the numbers of people affected by influenza in recent weeks, it is opportune to remind ourselves of sensible practices. It is good to remember that those with ‘flu symptoms are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Those who are confined to home when ill can honour the Lord’s Day by praying along with the Mass broadcast by Parish Radio and on Parish webcams” Diocesan website. Protect your mobile phone by downloading the IMEI Number – press star, hash, 06, hash, this unique no. will allow your phone to be traced if stolen. Write ICE (in case of emergency) in front of your next of kin’s contact details so that if you are involved in an accident or incapacitated someone can check who to contact. If you ever have eggs thrown at the windscreen don’t put on the wipers or attempt to wash them off as your view will be obstructed. Drive to a safe place before stopping. It is so important to know your Eircode, if an ambulance is called to your home it makes it so much simpler for the dispatcher based in Dublin if they have the code. Write it by your land line, store it in your mobile phone – it’s no load to carry but could save vital minutes and maybe your life. Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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 and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SELF CARE DAY: A day offering wellness skills that can nourish our physical and emotional wellbeing. Ardfert Retreat Centre Saturday, January 20 from 9.45 – 4pm. Book your place 066 7134276.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

DATE FOR THE DIARY: All roads lead to Abbeyfeale on Monday, February 5 for a variety concert in aid of the Kerry, Cork and Limerick Cancer Link Bus in Fr. Casey’s. Artists on the night include : Mike (Mini Moore) McCarthy , Just William(Reidy), Eddie Carey , Frances Kennedy, Doris Shire , Chrissie Roche, Pat McCarthy, Eibhlin And Liam Broderick , Mary And Pat Bucke and Ray Lowe. Admission €10, tickets on the door. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm sharp. Raffle and spots. Further information Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

FOOD BANK: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions:

To book a mass contact the church 51915.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

CATCHING YOUR BREATH: Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick on Saturday January 20 from 10am – 4.30pm. Join us for a day exploring and restoring freedom in your breath through gentle activities, chant and mindfulness in the peace laden atmosphere of Glenstal Abbey. Fee €95, includes workshop, materials, lunch, teas and coffees. For further information please call Niall on 086 243 8028.

Workshop leader: Niall Kelly is an organisation consultant, executive coach and a certified Alexander Technique. He runs workshops in Glenstal, around Ireland and abroad. Niall also teaches on the MA in Ritual Song and Chant in the University of Limerick and on a number of other programmes.

PRAYER MEETING: Maranatha prayer ministry are holding a Prayer Service in St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle on Sunday, January 21 with guest speaker Bishop Brendan Leahy. The afternoon gets underway at 2.30pm and will include Mass, Adoration, Confession and the Rosary.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."
Erma Bombeck.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy on the death of Kathleen O’Brien, New Street and Clash.

May she rest in peace.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

TOWN PLAN: The proposed traffic management plan is on view in the Library. Limerick County Council will be available in town on Thursday, January 18 from 12-8pm to discuss the proposals and to take submissions.

CHILDRENS THEATRE CLASSES: Jo Jordan is back for a new term on January 14 . You can register on http://www.theatrixtheatreschool.ie or ring Jo to book a place (087) 610 4224.

NEW MASS TIMES FOR 2018: Saturday evening Mass will now be @ 6.30pm and Sunday morning Mass will be at 9.15am. No change to the 12 noon Mass. Holy days morning Mass will be 11am & 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan and Ted McCarthy. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

HEALTHY ABBEYFEALE: Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded funding by Healthy Ireland towards the setting up of a 10 week "Healthy Abbeyfeale – Spring 2018" pilot project. Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. Fitness Instructor Joe Weir will take up the position of Activity Facilitator with responsibility for the implementation of a number of Activity Programmes for the Community. These Activity Programmes will begin on Monday, January 15 and run for approximately 10 weeks. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone living in the Abbeyfeale area to join one of these free Activity Programmes. It’s so important to be able get out and about, meet new friends and have a chat while keeping fit and healthy. Activities include Teen Tone, Walk and Talk School Drop, Day Care Centre Session for the Elderly, Session for the Active Retirement Group in the Town Park and much more.For more information, contact Fitness Instructor Joe Weir on 087 454 5434 ASAP or email joe.weir@rocketmail.com

PUBLIC MEETING: Eamon and Marie Roche New St. request the support of New Street residents and the general public, at a meeting in the Glorach Theatre on January 16 at 8pm to discuss (topics/issues) regarding the potential loss of their property due to ongoing problems in relation to the River Feale. All are welcome.

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues every Monday night at the Glórach Theatre from 8.30 pm onwards, with a few extra surprise prizes over the coming weeks. On Thursday January 18 we will be staging what promises to be a memorable concert, with appearances from the groups, Under the Radar, The Templeglantine Troupers and The Jimmy Bozeman Band. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm. For a wonderful night of traditional, folk and bluegrass music, don’t hesitate to call 0871383940 to book your tickets.

ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at Annette’s Adare, All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

MEETING ON POLICING: The Commission on the Future of Policing is undertaking a series of regional open evenings throughout January. These are informal opportunities for representatives of community and interest groups, as well as individuals, to meet members of the Commission and discuss their views on the future of policing in Ireland. The regional open evening for Limerick will take place on Monday, January 15B from 6-8 pm in Thomond Park.

CONCERT: There will be a concert in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel on Saturday, January 13 at 8.30pm featuring Tony O Connell on concertina and Brid Harper on fiddle. They will also launch their new CD "Live and well" at this concert. Sincere sympathy is offered, from all at Bruach Na Carraige to the family of the late

Margaret O Brien (nee Curtin), formerly of Stagmount Rockchapel whose death took place recently in Elbenny, Missouri USA. She was daughter of famous musician Dave Dan Curtin. Dave Dan and his father Dan Curtin left a legacy of music in the form of manuscripts. Dan Curtin`s manuscripts recently discovered in the National Traditional Music Archive in Dublin dating back to around 1850 give a glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slide that so predominant now. Margaret went to the USA in 1948 taking a book of her father’s manuscripts and a book of manuscripts from a family friend David Leahy of Secondgloss Mountcollins with her. In 2014 she donated these manuscripts to the Bruach Na Carraige archive. These tunes are again being played by young musicians in Rockchapel.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Protect your mobile phone by downloading the IMEI Number – press star, hash, 06, hash, this unique no. will allow your phone to be traced if stolen. Write ICE (in case of emergency) in front of your next of kin’s contact details so that if you are involved in an accident or incapacitated someone can check who to contact. If you ever have eggs thrown at the windscreen don’t put on the wipers or attempt to wash them off as your view will be obstructed. Drive to a safe place before stopping. It is so important to know your Eircode, if an ambulance is called to your home it makes it so much simpler for the dispatcher based in Dublin if they have the code. Write it by your land line, store it in your mobile phone – it’s no load to carry but could save vital minutes and maybe your life. Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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 and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SOCIAL SERVICES COLLECTION: The annual collection for Limerick Social Services will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Counselling and a parish support worker are available here in Abbeyfeale Parish Office.

SELF CARE DAY: A day offering wellness skills that can nourish our physical and emotional wellbeing. Ardfert Retreat Centre Saturday, January 20 from 9.45 – 4pm. Book your place 066 7134276.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

DATE FOR THE DIARY: All roads lead to Abbeyfeale on Monday, February 5 for a variety concert in aid of the Kerry, Cork and Limerick Cancer Link Bus in Fr. Casey’s. Artists on the night include : Mike (Mini Moore) McCarthy , Just William(Reidy), Eddie Carey , Frances Kennedy, Doris Shire , Chrissie Roche, Pat McCarthy, Eibhlin And Liam Broderick , Mary And Pat Bucke and Ray Lowe. Admission €10, tickets on the door. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm sharp. Raffle and spots. Further information Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

FOOD BANK: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Tom Enright, Rathoran, Kilmorna 1st. Anniversary. Friday 10am Noel Downey, Church Street. Saturday 11am Requiem Mass Micheal Greaney, New Street who died recently. 6.30pm Jimmy Quirke, Kilconlea Upper. Jack Riordan, Main Street. Bridie Moriarty, The Hill. Sunday 12 noon James Smith, 31 Collins Park.

To book a mass contact the church 51915.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

CATCHING YOUR BREATH: Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick on Saturday January 20 from 10am – 4.30pm. Join us for a day exploring and restoring freedom in your breath through gentle activities, chant and mindfulness in the peace laden atmosphere of Glenstal Abbey. Fee €95, includes workshop, materials, lunch, teas and coffees. For further information please call Niall on 086 243 8028.

Workshop leader: Niall Kelly is an organisation consultant, executive coach and a certified Alexander Technique. He runs workshops in Glenstal, around Ireland and abroad. Niall also teaches on the MA in Ritual Song and Chant in the University of Limerick and on a number of other programmes.

PRAYER MEETING: Maranatha prayer ministry are holding a Prayer Service in St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle on Sunday, January 21 with guest speaker Bishop Brendan Leahy. The afternoon gets underway at 2.30pm and will include Mass, Adoration, Confession and the Rosary.

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PROLOGUE: "Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future."

Gail Lumet Buckley

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of John O’Brien, 6 Radharc na feile whose funeral took place on Friday. To the family of Eileen (luke) Collins, Dromtrasna Collins whose funeral took place on Saturday. Requiem Mass for Michael Greaney, New Street will take place on Saturday January 13 @ 11am. May they rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Sheila O Connell & Paul Fitzgerald who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage here in Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, December 27 and to Elaine O’Donnell & Denis Murray who also celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage here on Saturday, December 30. We wish them every happiness and long lives together.

NEW MASS TIMES FOR 2018: Mass times in Abbeyfeale will change from January 1, 2018. Saturday evening Mass will now be @ 6.30pm and Sunday morning Mass will be at 9.15am. No change to the 12 noon Mass. Holy days morning Mass will be 11am & 6.30pm. Please note change of times for Holy Days as well as weekly Masses. (Saturday January 6 is Little Christmas and a Holy Day and Mass will be at 11am and 6.30pm.)

GLÓRACH NOTES: On Wednesday, January 3 we will be screening the 2015 film, Brooklyn. Based on the Colm Tóibín novel, and starring Saoirse Ronan, the film offers a wonderful snapshot of 1950s Ireland and the experience of a young emigrant to New York. The screening takes place at 8 pm and all are welcome. Later on in the month we will be having an International Concert on Thursday, January 18, with an array of fantastic musicians lined up for the night. On the drama front, rehearsals are well underway for the production of the Sam Cree play, Second Honeymoon. Presented by the Abbeyside players, under the direction of Merce Hobson, this comedy will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter when it takes to the Glórach Stage towards the end of February. For any queries or bookings don’t hesitate to call 0871383940.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: It was a freezing New Year’s Day but that did not deter the huge crowd who travelled to Ballybunion and more importantly participated in the swim, the proceeds of which go to Crumlin Cardiology Unit with donations also to the Youth Ministry in the parish and to the Hope Foundation. Well done to Kathleen and the Harnett family for organising this fundraiser.

PARISH CLERKS COLLECTION: This will be taken up at all Masses over the weekend.

PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) held a Public Presentation / Consultation on the Research undertaken to date and Proposed Plans for the Old Convent Building in Abbeyfeale at the Glórach Theatre in Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 28 last.

Both Maurice OConnell and Trevor McCarthy Secretary of ACC began by giving a brief understanding of what Abbeyfeale Community Council was about as a Community Group and how it has evolved from an Association to a Company limited by Guarantee along with being awarded Charitable Status – all within 18 months on from initial inception. This was followed by several examples of funding secured and projects completed by ACC in and around Abbeyfeale over the past 12 months.. Both Maurice OConnell and Trevor McCarthy emphasized how important it is to realise that there are three very important aspects to this one project – the saving of an iconic building, the creating of jobs for Abbeyfeale and its wider Community and the ongoing growth within the local economy as a result of having such a project and new employment in place.

Maurice and Trevor then continued to explain the financial breakdown of both Renovation Costs and Expected Revenue. The overall cost of €3-€3.5 million to complete such a large scale project was seen as something never attempted before by anyone in Abbeyfeale. Maurice OConnell then explained that most of this funding would come from the larger Agencies but around 10% or €300,000 would need to be raised locally in order to show the Directors of these Funding Agencies that those living in and around the Abbeyfeale area are supportive of such a project but just as importantly that they have the foresight and the vision to understand the vast potential of the expected annual €600,000 to be generated from this site once it is completed.

ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

A NEW RESPONSE TO ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ( ASBO) Anti Social behaviour is when a person acts in a way that causes or, in the circumstances, is likely to cause someone harassment, significant or persistent alarm, distress, fear or intimidation, or impairs their use or enjoyment of their property in a significant or persistent way. Examples of anti social behaviour are intimidation, abusive or threatening behaviour and vandalism. If you are affected you should contact Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010. The Gardai may issue a behaviour warning to the perpetrator, if they fail to obey the warning it may result in a behaviour order from the courts. Information taken from a public information leaflet published by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

NEW GRANTS: The Department of Education has announced €6 million worth of funding to assist people from different groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

The 1916 Bursary Fund will allocate students €5,000 per year over the next three years, coming to a total of €6 million. The target groups include: Lone parents (at least 20% of the bursaries will targeted towards lone parents). First time and mature student entrants. Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment. Travellers. Further education award holders. Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees).

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at Annette’s Adare, All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

BURGLARS THWARTED: This report from the press tells the story of the attempted burglary of Dennisons Solicitors on Main St., before Christmas: “Client confidentiality was most definitely in ‘safe keeping’ at a Co Limerick legal practice as burglars wasted an entire night in the run-up to Christmas trying to crack a 56-year-old safe, writes David Raleigh. In a case supporting the nostalgic notion that they don’t make them like they used to, an old Chubb safe, purchased by Jim Dennison Snr all the way back in 1961, proved too much for today’s criminals. In a scene almost straight from the ‘World’s Dumbest Criminals’ series, the burglars spent all of six hours battering away with kango hammers, nail bars and lump hammers, it has emerged, but to no avail. The old safe located on the Main Street, Abbeyfeale practice of Dennison Solicitors, stood strong during the all-night onslaught before the robbers finally gave up and fled the premises empty-handed before dawn. “They went straight for the safe. I’m not sure what they would have thought would be in it as we don’t keep cash on the premises. But it was a complete waste of time,” said James Dennison, who today runs the practice founded by his father. “They got nothing. They stayed hammering away for around six hours, we estimate.” “My father was old-school and held that an essential part of any legal firm is a safe to hold wills and title deeds. “He went all out when he bought this one. He went to London in 1961 to deal directly with Chubb, the makers of the best safes in the world. He specified a safe to bankers’ standard.” “My father’s uncle, the Late Jack Healy from Brosna installed the safe to the strict specifications set out by Chubb, which included building a concrete and steel reinforced room around the safe.” “The safe door dominates the reception in the legal firm, and it has held several thousands of client files over the years. The burglars must have expected a safe like that has to hold cash. “It doesn’t but even if it did, it seems to have stood the test of time.”It was an awful lot of effort to go away empty-handed.”

COMMUNITY ALERT: Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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 and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

LIVE CRIB IN DUAGH: Located behind St Brigid’s church, the crib will remain open to the public until Sunday January 7, 2018. Open daily 10.00am to 9.00pm.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan and Ted McCarthy so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK:The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon.

Feast of the Epiphany Friday, January 5. 6.30pm Special Intention .Saturday 6 Holy Day Mass11am and 6.30pm Timmy Daly, Dromtrasna Collins. Joan E Leahy, Ballybehy John Collins, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.15am Michael & Dan McCarthy Purt. James & Peg Joy John & Hannah Mai Lane and their daughter Catherine Rawcliffe. 12noon Michael O’Shea 6th Anniversary. Paddy & Nancy Fitzgerald, Meenahela

To book a mass contact the church 51915

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

Abbeyfeale notes

KERRY CHRISTMAS CAROL: Brush the floor and clean the hearth, and set the fire to keep, for they might visit us tonight, when all the world’s asleep. Don’t blow the tall white candle out but leave it burning bright, So that they’ll know they’re welcome here, this holy Christmas night. Leave out the bread and meat for them, and sweet milk for the Child, and they will bless the fire, that baked and, too, the hands that toiled. For Joseph will be travel-tired, And Mary pale and wan, and they can sleep a little while before they journey on. They will be weary of the roads, and rest will comfort them, for it must be many a lonely mile from here to Bethlehem. O long the road they have to go, the bad mile with the good, till the journey ends on Calvary Beneath a cross of wood. Leave the door upon the latch, and set the fire to keep, and pray they’ll rest with us tonight when all the world’s asleep. Sigerson Clifford

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Knocknasna NS. will be hosting a morning filled with drama, music, poetry and song along with festive carols to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Scoil Naomh Pádraig. A book containing lots of memorabilia of past and present students will be available to purchase on the day. The morning will also consist of a cupán tae and of course a chat with past and present pupils and staff. The invitation is open to everyone so spread the word!!Thursday, December 21 from 9; 30 am.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR FOR SIMON: Scoil Mháthair Dé are holding a Christmas Craft Fair in the school on Wednesday, December 20 starting at 11.00 a.m. On the day there will be a cake sale and refreshments will also be served. All proceeds with go to the Simon Community (Homeless). All Welcome.

LETTER FROM PARISH PRIEST: Dear Parishioners: At a recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council I proposed a change of time for the Weekend Mass times. This is for several reasons: Over the past few years the number of priests serving in the parish and in the surrounding parishes has decreased significantly. 10 years ago there were 7 priests ministering in the Pastoral Area (Abbeyfeale, Athea, TournafullaMountcollins & Templeglantine). Now there are just 3 priests with no resident priest in Tournafulla – Mountcollins. When I was appointed parish priest of Abbeyfeale I was also appointed as parish priest of Athea. Fr Brendan Duggan is resident in Athea and works in the parish there. I am grateful for his presence and all the work that he undertakes. The new Mass schedule will allow Fr Brendan and I to cover weekend Masses in the event of one of us having to be away from the parish. This will happen at holiday time, or if one of us takes ill, or as in my case having to attend meetings in the diocese or elsewhere in my role as Vicar General of the diocese. The new Mass schedule will see the Saturday evening Vigil Mass in Abbeyfeale move from 7.00p.m to 6.30pm and the Sunday morning 9.30a.m Mass move to 9.15a.m. The 12 noon Mass is unchanged. In Athea, the Sunday morning 11.00a.m. Mass will move to 10.30a.m. The Pastoral Council are supportive of the proposal and I thank them for their advice and guidance. The new Mass schedule will begin on the first weekend of January. All Mass intentions booked for the 7.00p.m. and the 9.30a.m will transfer to the new Mass times. Mass times in both parishes will be reviewed annually. Baptism: Because of the change of time for the Saturday evening Mass to 6.30p.m Baptisms on Saturday evenings will now be celebrated at 5.30p.m. We recommend that families come to the church at 5p.m so that all photographs can be completed before the service. Fr. Tony Mullins.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: A recording of the annual Carol Service which took place in the Church of the Assumption on December 3 last will be broadcast on WL102fm on Thursday, December 21 from 7-8pm. It will feature the senior church choir, the five national schools, Riona Curtin and Helen Hausenfuss and the Lost Souls.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Following a meeting of Abbeyfeale Community Council it has been unanimously agreed to hold a Public Consultation on the completed research and proposed plans on the Convent Building in Abbeyfeale at the Glórach Theatre on Thursday, December 28 at 7pm. This is timed specifically to allow as many people as possible including those home on holidays the opportunity to view the research and proposed plans presented by ACC and to get feedback from everyone attending on what they feel might work best at that location and suggestions on how to source funding. It’s all about saving an iconic building and bringing jobs back into Abbeyfeale and the wider Community. Refreshments Served. All are Welcome.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM ABBEYFEALE FARMERS MARKET: A huge thank you to all our customers who came out rain, hail or shine over the past year. We will be in the Square on Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23 and then back for 2018 in mid January.

CANTATA: The performance by the students of Scoil Mháthair Dé of a Christmas Cantata in the Church of the Assumption last Thursday was a credit to everyone involved and especially their director Mrs. O’Callaghan. It told the Christmas Story through narration, music and song and a recording of the Cantata will be broadcast on WL102 fm on Christmas night from 8-9pm.

GLÓRACH NOTES: The festive season season is almost upon us but planning for the New Year is well underway here at the Glórach. On Monday, January 1 our Bingo nights return at the usual time of 8.30 pm, this has been a tremendously successful venture so far and hopefully will continue in a similar vein in 2018. On Wednesday, January 3 we will be screening the 2015 film, Brooklyn. Based on the Colm Tóibín novel, and starring Saoirse Ronan, the film offers a wonderful snapshot of 1950s Ireland and the experience of a young emigrant to New York. The screening takes place at 8 pm and all are welcome. Later on in the month we will be having an international concert on Thursday, January 18, with an array of fantastic musicians lined up for the night. On the drama front, rehearsals are well underway for the production of the Sam Cree play, Second Honeymoon. Presented by the Abbeyside players, under the direction of Merce Hobson, this comedy will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter when it takes to the Glórach Stage in the New Year. Plenty ahead of us, but right now we can allow ourselves a little break and a time of reflection, and just extend a huge thanks to all who have supported us throughout the year. From all involved at the Glórach Theatre, Nollaig Shona agus Athbliain faoi mhaise Daoibh go léir. Much to look forward to, for any queries or bookings don’t hesitate to call 0871383940.

NEWS FROM THE ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

A NEW RESPONSE TO ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ( ASBO) Anti Social behaviour is when a person acts in a way that causes or, in the circumstances, is likely to cause someone harassment, significant or persistent alarm, distress, fear or intimidation, or impairs their use or enjoyment of their property in a significant or persistent way. Examples of anti social behaviour are intimidation, abusive or threatening behaviour and vandalism. If you are affected you should contact Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010. The Gardai may issue a behaviour warning to the perpetrator, if they fail to obey the warning it may result in a behaviour order from the courts. Information taken from a public information leaflet published by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!)

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at Annette’s Adare, All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The Abbeyfeale Community Alert committee would like to offer all our patrons a very happy, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year. Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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 and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

LIVE CRIB IN DUAGH: The live crib is back again this Christmas. Located behind St Brigid’s church, the crib will remain open to the public until Sunday January 7, 2018. Open daily 10.00am to 9.00pm.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan and Ted McCarthy so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK:The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions: Wednesday10am Ellen Keogh. Friday 10am John Ruane 26 Cyle View Saturday 11am John Murphy Ballaugh/ Grogeen Intentions for next weekend ; Saturday 7pm Edward & Kate Reilly and deceased family members . Philly & Donie Cusack, Cratloe. John Ruane 26 Cryle view / Mayo. Mary Enright, Caherlane. Sunday 9.30am Codye & Quinn Family. John Walshe. Geraldine Woulfe . 12noon Jim Lane New Street . Joe Cotter, Upper Purt . John Riordan Upper Purt. Christmas Vigil Mass @ 9pm

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To book a mass contact the church 51915. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

KERRY CHAMBER CHOIR, ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS performing Handel’s Messiah (excerpts) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (excerpts) directed by Aidan O’ Carroll in the Friary, Killarney on Wednesday December 20 at 8pm. Tickets on the door or from the Friary Office – 064-6631334.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: “Hath any wronged thee? Be bravely revenged: slight it, and the work is begun; forgive it, and it is finished. He is below himself that is not above an injury.” Kerry Examiner 1840’s via Nicholas Leonard.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!) There are family connections to Muhammad Ali here so who’s to say Donald Trump won’t turn out to be from West Limerick too.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Christmas Cantata in the Church of the Assumption on Thursday, December 14 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: The annual cake sale in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan was a huge success and we’d like to thank everyone for their support – especially the bakers and jam makers, the helpers and the buyers and Fr. Tony for the use of St. Ita’s Hall. Fr. Tim recently sent an email and we paraphrase it here; “I’m well thanks. Earlier in the year we had a bad drought. Thanks be to God since the end of July we have received decent rain. The countryside is green now rather than brown. In July opposition forces came to our area and there was fear among us and the people that there would be fighting. We evacuated the parish and closed the school for one week. The opposition forces passed by on their way to Ethiopia. Thankfully nothing bad happened. No fighting took place and we returned to the parish and reopened the school after one week. We started a project here a couple of months ago. We constructed a green house. Then a young man from Watergrashill in Co. Cork who works in Kenya came to put down pipes with drip irrigation. We have planted crops like onions, cabbage, carrots, kale, tomatoes, cowpeas, maize and green peppers. Unfortunately the maize didn’t germinate well, we are still waiting for the green peppers to show themselves but all others are doing well as well as weeds of course. I’m excited about this project. We get our tomatoes onions from a place in Kenya about 700 kilometres away so you can imagine the carbon footprint of that. This should add also to the nutrition standards for the school children who will benefit from these vegetables. We have nearly 400 school children with twice as many boys as girls. They top class will go to st 6 in 2018. There are three more years remaining before they finish their primary education.
I will finish here by wishing all the bakers and supporters a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for 2018. I pray for you all and you pray for me.”

GLÓRACH NOTES: PRO Lorcan Curtin says “Due to the children’s drama show with Jo Jordan taking place at the Glórach on the evening of Monday next, December 18 our next night of Bingo won’t take place until January 1, 2018. Thanks to everyone who has supported this venture to date, as mentioned before all monies raised from our Monday night Bingo will go towards resurfacing of the Car Park and also towards the insulation of the Glórach building. Thanks to all who attended our screening last Wednesday of the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet. Often cited as the finest adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, it was easy to see why, with two radiant leads, rich colours throughout and extremely well shot sword fighting scenes. We are scheduled to return in the New Year with a more recent release, the acclaimed 2015 film, Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, whilst on the music front, much interest has been expressed in the Sean Keane concert, which will be taking place on Friday, May 4 next year. Much to look forward to, for any queries or bookings don’t hesitate to call 0871383940.

HELP NEEDED: It’s distribution time again when the parish deliver parish calendars, Christmas Cards and boxes of envelopes to each home! Many hands make light work. We thank you for your help with this ministry in the parish.

CHRISTMAS RIBBON CEREMONY: A Christmas Ribbon Ceremony with prayers

and a remembrance service will be held at Reilig Ide Naofa graveyard @ 2pm on

Sunday, December 17. Ribbons and Candles will be available.

NEWS FROM THE ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Only one more card game left before Christmas, with lots of spot prizes to be won. Come along to Meenkilly School on Tuesday at 9.15pm for a great night’s entertainment in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Two teams tied for first place last week on 14 games: Sean Harnett, Eileen Reidy, Jimmy O Connell and Tom Neligan, Mossie Gleeson, Maurice Collins.

Table Prizes: Jack O Sullivan, Dan Reidy and Pat Collins.

Door Prize: Mary O Connell.

Raffle Prizes: Jackie Harnett, Eleanor Denihan, Donal O Connor, Jack O Sullivan, Seamus Collins.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. There was a glut of calls from oversees in the last week, this is a scam and if you answer or call back you will be charged premium rates so only answer calls from numbers you recognise. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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 and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

NEWS FROM BRUACH NA CARRAIGE ROCKCHAPEL: Bruach Na Carraige will host a night of Christmas baking with celebrity chef Frank Moynihan Thursday, December 14 at 8pm.

LIVE CRIB IN DUAGH: The live crib is back again this Christmas. Located behind St Brigid’s church, the crib will be officially opened after 7.30pm vigil Mass on Saturday December 16. It will remain open to the public until Sunday January 7, 2018. Open daily 10.00am to 9.00pm.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan, Ted McCarthy and also the Nightingales so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 ‘The Gospel of Family’ as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis and families from all over the world in August. Limerick diocese invites you to visit the Gospel of families Icon which will be in Co Limerick from Monday, December 11th – 19. It will visit St John’s Cathedral Monday December11-13, St Peter & Paul Kilmallock on Thursday December 14 – 16 and the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Sunday December 17 – 19.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin. A huge thank you from the Board and volunteers at WL102fm for the proceeds from last week’s game in Meenkilly N.S.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions:

Wednesday 10am Fintan Morris Longford. Friday 10am Thomas O’Brien 20 Collins Park

Saturday 7pm John Hayes Fealesbridge. Peggy Woulfe Ballaugh. John Collins, Mary & son John & daughter. Margaret Enright. Ricky Loughnane Dromtrasna. Sunday 9.30am Patrick Flynn, Convent Road 1st Anniversary. Phyl O’Kelly Killarney Rd. 12 noon Jim (Power) O’ Connell 4 St. Ita’s Rd. Theresa DM O’Connor.

To book a mass contact the church 51915. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

KERRY CHAMBER CHOIR, ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS performing Handel’s Messiah (excerpts) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (excerpts) directed by Aidan O’ Carroll in the Friary, Killarney on Wednesday December 20 at 8pm. Tickets on the door or from the Friary Office – 064-6631334.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton and Special Guests, in aid of the Kilcummin N.S., on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Tickets €20 from Killarney Parish Office, Killarney Outlook, Kilcummin N.S, Kilcummin P.O. Also contact Tom 087 2890630.

TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT, The Friary Church, Killarney Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Tickets at The Friary or www.tommyfleming.com

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE THREE TENORS: Tuesday, December 19 at 8pm in Castleisland Parish Church. Tickets €20.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at mid-night in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour vouch safe O My God, hear my prayer and grant my petition. Advent Prayer.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Eileen Whelan nee O’Brien whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!)

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated and can be left at Batt Harnett’s, The Square. Otherwise contact any of the committee to arrange collection; Lorcan Curtin, Mairead Daly, Carina Prendeville or Marian Harnett.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: There have been great reports from the annual Carol Service held in the Church of the Assumption last Sunday night and it seems it was, as always, a wonderful night. Well done to all who took part – the five parish schools,

Riona and Helen, The Lost Souls (Soles?) and the parish choirs.

HELP NEEDED: It’s distribution time again when the parish deliver parish calendars, Christmas Cards and boxes of envelopes to each home! Many hands make light work. It is hoped you can help again this year. Distributors may collect the material on Thursday evening at 7pm Mass, or on Friday the Holy day (9.30 and 12 noon Mass), or at the weekend Masses or contact Anne to make alternative arrangements. We thank you for your help with this ministry in the parish.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Well done to the Christmas Lights committee who did such a great job of lighting the town this Christmas and to Doody Engineering for the wonderful Christmas tree which they made and which lights up the Square under the all seeing eye of Fr. Casey. Thank you to Kostal who sponsored the tree which will be a focal point in the town for many a long year to come. There was a huge crowd in the Square on Friday evening last to greet Santa who arrived on a sleigh to great glee from both the adults and children present. The PRO of the Christmas Lights committee sent the following report: “Thanks to Denis Collins, Jimmy Cahill, Marius Winncki, Maurice O’Connell, Paul Doody, Pakie Devine, Donal Murphy and his son Eoin Murphy who worked tirelessly to install the new Lights – all on their spare time and on a voluntary basis. We would like to thank Fr Tony Mullins and Ann O’Meara for helping us on a weekly basis while we were promoting our Christmas Events.
To our team in the square, Kevin Kenneally, Jim O’Shea, Adam from Mick’s Local, Sheila, Ali, Wioletta, Marie McElligott, Esther O’Connell, Mai Quinlivan, Johnny Walshe, Kori Goad, Chris Smith, Maura O’Connor, Mikey O’Connor, The Gardai, The fire brigade , Tony Noonan, Hilary Collins, Richard Gleeson, -James Collins, our three councillors , the volunteers who manned our food stalls and who did security, Paul Ward, anyone else who came and helped on the night and oh of course our special guests Santa and Mrs Claus ! We would like to thank all those who contributed time and money to our project. Thanks To all the businesses and organisations that hosted fund raisers for us also. We are very grateful to all the shops and households who have allowed us to plug in our Lights to their premises! We are still accepting bags of clothing and donations as this is a big expensive project needing a big budget to bring it to high standards!Finally on behalf of our Christmas Lights Group, Denis Collins, Hilary Collins, Marie McElligott, Kevin Kenneally, Gerardine Mann, Esther O’Connell and Jimmy Cahill — we would like to wish one and all a happy, peaceful and a safe Christmas and we’ll be back in the new year to begin again for 2018 !!!

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Chairperson of Maurice O’ Connell expressed his delight at the turnout and support of the local Community for the switching on the Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights on a chilly but clear Friday night. “The excitement that emanated from the almost 2000 strong crowd of Children and Adults that packed the Square was so contagious you’d have to be made of ice not to get caught up in the enjoyment of it all” exclaimed Maurice. “The chorus of Wows that were heard from all age groups throughout the crowd when the lights were switched on and especially the newly designed Christmas Tree was a moment well worth waiting for” he said. This was followed shortly afterwards by Santa arriving into town on his Sleigh, escorted by a Garda Car and Fire Engine. Santa told Chairperson Maurice that the amazed look on children’s faces as he, Santa, pulled up and waved to everyone will be cherished by him for many years to come. The Council would like to offer sincere gratitude to members of Abbeyfeale Community Council, Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights Committee, Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, and Abbeyfeale Town Park. They also want to offer huge thanks to Hilary Collins, Gerardine O’Brien, Esther OConnell, Kevin Kenneally, Marie McElligott, Denny Collins, Jimmy Cahill, Wioleta Kelly, Alison Rae, Mary and Michael Lane, The Gardaí, The Fire Brigade, Kostal Ireland Gmbh, The Doody family – especially Paul, Leen’s Hotel, Chris Smith, Kori Goad, the numerous volunteers who helped out, the owners of premises who have supplied power for the Christmas Lights and all the wonderful children and their families who braved the chilly air to support the Communities efforts and to spend a few minutes with Santa and Mrs Claus. . “Again, it shows what can be achieved when various organisations and groups come together” Maurice added.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9. 15pm sharp. The winners of last week’s game were Billy Broderick, Paddy O Sullivan and Sheila Breen. Runners-up: Noreen O Callaghan, Liam O Connor,and James Mc Enery. Table Prize: Noel Murphy, Seamus Collins and Matt O Connell. The winner of the Door Prize (a beautiful Spalted Beech Bowl turned by local craftsman Seamus Quinlan) was Paddy Sheehan. Raffle Tickets: Betty Curtin, Matt O Connell, Eoghan Lane, Con Lenihan, Noel Murphy, Pat Fitzgerald. Proceeds on the night were given to West Limerick 102. Just three more card nights before Christmas, see you in Meenkilly School on Tuesday night at 9.15pm.

GLÓRACH NEWS: The mood is buoyant here at the Glórach Theatre after finishing on such a high last Thursday with our production of The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. No rest for the wicked however, and it’s shoulders to the wheel once again with various events that will take up us to the holiday period. The last Bingo session of 2017 takes place on Monday, December 11 at 8.30 pm and we will be resuming again on New Year’s Day. On Wednesday, December 6, we will be screening the 1968 film, Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in the title roles, the film is regarded by many critics as the finest adaptation of this Shakespearean tragedy. Many readers may have studied this drama in school, so here’s a chance to refresh your memories of one of the most enduring love stories of all time, a love that transcended the feuding between the Capulet and Montague families, and while ultimately ending in tragedy, it was a love that was not in vain. The film begins at 8 pm and all are most welcome.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Christmas Cantata in the Church of the Assumption on Thursday, December 14 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan, Ted McCarthy and also the Nightingales so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

NEWS FROM BRUACH NA CARRAIGE ROCKCHAPEL: The Rockchapel Comhaltas based group Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra will present "Pulses of a Thousand Years" at Siamsa Tire on Sunday, December 10 beginning at 8pm. This is a traditional music journey through the history of Ireland from the arrival of An Tuaithe De Danann to the 1916 rising. It will present many old tunes starting with the first tune written in Ireland from the book of William Ballett published in 1583 and many of our old and forgotten dances. All proceeds will go to Brosna Parish Church renovation fund. Then on Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Bruach Na Carraige will host a night of Christmas baking with celebrity chef Frank Moynihan.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Several members attended the Community Alert Newcastlewest Garda District meeting in the Devon Inn this week. Diarmuid from Muintir na Tire told us about the two forty foot articulated trucks full of stolen property that was recovered in Tipperary this summer and how only seven items were reunited with their owners because people had not recorded serial numbers. It was emphasised that the minute we buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. We would like to welcome our new Superintendent Eamon O’Neill to the NCW Garda District. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system. 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, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

DESERT DAY: You are invited to a quiet peaceful few hours away from your busy schedule to enter more deeply into the Advent season and to prepare for Christmas.

The day will consist of quiet prayer, reflection and will conclude with the Eucharist. Venue: Westbourne, Ashbourne Avenue on Saturday, December 9 from 10 – 5.15. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details and information contact Sr.Phyllis Moynihan at 0879636893 or Bernie at 0876803883 or Email: phymoy

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 ‘The Gospel of Family’ as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis and families from all over the world in August. Limerick diocese invites you to visit the Gospel of families Icon which will be in Co Limerick from Monday, December 11th – 19. It will visit St John’s Cathedral Monday December11-13, St Peter & Paul Kilmallock on Thursday December 14 – 16 and the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Sunday December 17 – 19.

CHRISTMAS RETREAT: Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat invites all young people between the ages of 16-35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat in the Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from December 8-10 next. Free meals and accommodation on site. Free buses will also be picking up from various areas throughout the country. For more information or to book your place go to www.youth2000.ie or call 003523 (01) 6753690.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin. A huge thank you from the Board and volunteers at WL102fm for the proceeds from last week’s game in Meenkilly N.S.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller. Last week’s winning ticket was sold by Ann Lyons, the Square to Tom Cahill, Cregg, Abbeyfeale who won €538.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions: Wednesday 10am William & Julie Madden-Dually. Vigil of Feast the Immaculate Conception Thursday 7pm. Vincent McNally. & Tony McNally R.I.P. Present & deceased members of the ICA. Friday 9.30am 12noon Nick & Eleanor Cotter Upper Purt Saturday 11am Julia & Gerard Kelly & Deceased Family Members. 7pm Bridget Healy, Lower Knocknasna. Ramey Leahy, New Street. John E O’Connell and his wife Mary Joe Sunday 9.30am Paddy Barry, Caherlane. Hannah Mai Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins. John Shannon, Main Street. 12 noon Tom Dillane, Kilconlea. Frank Foley, St Ita’s Road.. To book a mass contact the church 51915. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

LECTURE: Rathkeale & District Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Friday, December 8 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, New Line, Rathkeale. Topic: The Important Families of Lower Connello in the 1800s. Speaker: Br. John Feheney, a Presentation Brother and a native of Ballysteen, Co. Limerick. A former teacher and university lecturer, his publications include books on education, as well as on local and family history, which has earned him election as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. All are welcome. Admission free.

DUAGH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 10 in the church stables from 2pm to 5pm.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF KERRY RIGHT TO LIFE: Rose Hotel on Tuesday, December 12 at 7.30 p.m. Guest Speaker Katie Ascough former UCD Student Union President.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Thursday, December 7 at 9 pm in Knockanure Community Centre. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshment will be served. Contact Ann Flavin at 086-3090948.

KNOCK Night Vigil: December 7/8 departing from Dero’s, Main Street at 3pm on December 7, €33, Contact 064 66 31251

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton and Special Guests, in aid of the Kilcummin N.S., on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Tickets €20 from Killarney Parish Office, Killarney Outlook, Kilcummin N.S, Kilcummin P.O. Also contact Tom 087 2890630.

TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT, The Friary Church, Killarney Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Tickets at The Friary or www.tommyfleming.com

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE THREE TENORS: Tuesday, December 19 at 8pm in Castleisland Parish Church. Tickets €20.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer."
Albert Einstein.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins says; “Our great switch on is at 5.45pm on Friday, December 1. We have 2 young local high achievers doing the honours for us – Kori Goad and Chris Smith. After that, Santa will arrive and he and Mrs. Claus will meet local children in the Grotto. That night, in Mick’s Local, there will be a big Christmas Party to start everyone off for the festive season. The committee would like to thank everyone who made donations or who fundraised to light up the town this Christmas and invite everyone to take part in the big switch on this coming Friday evening.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a timely reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!).

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: The annual Carol Service in The Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale takes place on Sunday, December 3 at 7pm. There will be a raffle for hampers with proceeds to the Youth Ministry in the parish. Everyone welcome.

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION AT TODDY’S: Are you tired of overcooking or undercooking your Christmas dinner? Not sure how to properly cook a roast to the exact temperature to achieve maximum results every time. Well don’t worry, come and join us for formal information evening in our premises on Convent St. Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30pm. Everyone will receive a digital thermometer probe worth €25, gift bag for everyone plus a draw for a free €50 voucher. The evening will cover all aspects of the Christmas dinner. Cost of the evening will be €20 each. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place, phone or text 0872029395 or just call in and let us know.

NOONAN’S LIGHTS: Children’s Christmas party Sunday, December 3 at 4pm. All welcome. Santa has promised to make an appearance too.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated and can be left at Batt Harnett’s, The Square. Otherwise contact any of the committee to arrange collection; Lorcan Curtin, Mairead Daly, Carina Prendeville or Marian Harnett.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp.

GLÓRACH NEWS: There is just one final performance left in what was a very successful run of the Glórach Players comedy ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’. We’ve been talking for years about Dick Woulfe from Cratloe and how he should have trod the Abbey stage, well he has an able successor in his neighbour Donal Woulfe who stars as Gabriel Foley and who, with a very strong cast provide a lot of laughs to brighten these long winter nights. The final night is tomorrow night, Thursday, November 30 at 8pm and if you haven’t been to see it then don’t miss out and book your seat immediately on 087 1383940.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Bingo continues every Monday at 8.30 pm at the Glórach. Great crowds have attended so far, and once again, thank you all for your support. The classic film screening returns on Wednesday, December 6 with our showing of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet. Rated by many critics as one of the finest film adaptations of the Shakespearean classic, the film starts at 8 pm and all are most welcome.

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

FEALEBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 48th Annual Social on Friday, December 1 at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine. A great night is in store as always. Music will be provided by Ui Bhriain, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The last Rambling House at Fr. Casey’s for this year takes place on Monday, December 4 at 9pm. MC Benny Thade McCarthy has issued an invitation to all singers, dancers, musicians etc to attend.

DESERT DAY: You are invited to a quiet peaceful few hours away from your busy schedule to enter more deeply into the Advent season and to prepare for Christmas.

The day will consist of quiet prayer, reflection and will conclude with the Eucharist. Venue: Westbourne, Ashbourne Avenue on Saturday, December 9 from 10 – 5.15. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details and information contact Sr.Phyllis Moynihan at 0879636893 or Bernie at 0876803883 or Email: phymoy

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Three teams finished level on 12 games: Julia Murphy, Catherine Collins and Con Lenihan: Christina O Donoghue, Eileen Finnegan and Maureen Roche: Liam Lane, Con Lane and Danny O Connell.

Table Prize: Billy Broderick, Sheila Breen and Paddy O Sullivan.

Door Prize: Marian Quirke.

Raffle Tickets: Mary Mc Carthy, Maurice Collins, Jack O Sullivan, J.J. Lenihan (x2)

The card game continues every Tuesday at 9pm.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Sunday, December 3 from 3-6pm with dancing to Declan Aungier. All welcome.

FR. LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: Newcastle West and District Lions Club present Fr. Liam Lawton in concert (with Desmond College choir) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, November 30. Doors open @ 7.30; concert @ 8.00pm.

ADULT SIGN LANGUAGE: A class in Adult sign language class has commenced in St. Ita’s Hall and will continue every Tuesday from 7.30pm – 9pm. This is a basic course for beginners to be followed by Level 1. For further information contact Breda on 087 7715734.

LADIES REQUIRED: There are classes in jives, waltzing, foxtrots etc every Tuesday in the Railway – there are any amount of men attending but quite a shortage of women so ladies please come along and show the men the one, two, three. Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan, Ted McCarthy and also the Nightingales so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 ‘The Gospel of Family’ as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis and families from all over the world in August. Limerick diocese invites you to visit the Gospel of families Icon which will be in Co Limerick from Monday, December 11th – 19. It will visit St John’s Cathedral Monday December11-13, St Peter & Paul Kilmallock on Thursday December 14 – 16 and the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Sunday December 17 – 19.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

READING GROUP: St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the adoration chapel after 10 am Mass on Wednesday November 29. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS RETREAT: Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat invites all young people between the ages of 16-35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat in the Newbridge College Co. Kildare from December 8-10 next. Free meals and accommodation on site. Free buses will also be picking up from various areas throughout the country. For more information or to book your place go to www.youth2000.ie or call 003523 (01) 6753690.

CHRISMAS MARKET: There will be stalls in the Square from 6pm on Friday, December 1 with mulled wine, Christmas decorations, cakes, puddings, jams, marmalades and much more so hopefully if the weather obliges we will create a real Christmas atmosphere with a special Market while people wait to meet Santa and his Missus.

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Scam Alert! Live Line on RTE 1 would shock you with all the scams that are on the go especially now coming up Christmas – there was a lot of talk today about men calling to estates offering to clean gutters. Can I make a suggestion to those of us who are over 60, there’s a not for profit company based in NCW called RCCN (Housing ) Ltd who provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system. 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, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions: Thursday 10am John & Susanne O’Brien. Confessions following Mass for First Friday. FIRST Friday 10am Purgatorial. Friday 7pm Dee Harnett, Kilconlea Upper. Saturday 11am Lena & Paddy Flynn, Craggane. Rosalie O’Callaghan, Kilmorna.

Intentions for next weekend 7pm Nell & Donal Fitzgerald and their son Patrick, Knockbrack. Sonny McCarthy, Caherlane. Noreen Flynn, Mountmahon Month mind. James O’Grady, Meenkilly. Sunday 9.30am Pat Moloney, 4 St Ita’s Terrace. Mary & Hughie Masterson. 12noon William Flynn and deceased family members. Bridget & Timmy Connell the Hill and their son Tim and daughter Mary.

Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

KNOCK Night Vigil: December 7/8 departing from Dero’s, Main Street at 3pm on December 7, €33, Contact 064 66 31251

ST PIO MASS & HOLY HOUR in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin, Saturday, December 2 @ 3pm. Relic available for blessings after.

SEANCHAÍ CENTRE: A talk on ‘Songs of People & Places of North Kerry’ by Peter Kelly will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday November 30 at 8 pm. This will be followed by Listowel Rambling House from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy an evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served. Admission is free to both events.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton and Special Guests, in aid of the Kilcummin N.S., on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Tickets €20 from Killarney Parish Office, Killarney Outlook, Kilcummin N.S, Kilcummin P.O. Also contact Tom 087 2890630.

TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT, The Friary Church, Killarney Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Tickets at The Friary or www.tommyfleming.com

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE THREE TENORS: Tuesday, December 19 at 8pm in Castleisland Parish Church. Tickets €20.

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