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Abbeyfeale notes.

PROLOGUE: As you get older three things happen. First your memory goes and I can’t remember the other two. Norman Wisdom.

90TH BIRTHDAY: Hearty congratulations to Canon Neville who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Canon Neville is still active in the parish both in visiting the sick and housebound and covering for the other priests when necessary. We want to thank him for his service as Parish Priest of Abbeyfeale and his continuing loyalty to the parish. We wish him every blessing and good health in the years ahead.

DAY TRIP WITH COMMUNITY ALERT: We are currently planning a day trip on Wednesday, July 26 to Dingle which would include a trip around Slea Head and a four course Early Bird in Jim McCarthy’s award winning restaurant Chart House. We are looking for Expressions of Interest before Thursday June 1 so if you think you’d like to join us please ring Mary 0876377310, Kathleen 0876253154 or Marian 0876866450. We will only book if we know we have a bus load.

REMEMBERING ZOE FUNDAY: Following on from the very successful cycle challenge earlier this month, Abbeyfeale’s Remembering Zoë committee continue with their fundraising efforts in aid the Butterfly Club, Irish Community Air Ambulance and the Hope Foundation. By your continued support for the Remembering Zoë fundraising events you are helping to make a real difference to children’s lives. The next event on the calendar is a Family Fun Day which will take place on Sunday, May 28 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. Underage Blitz’s, Dog Show, Bouncing Castles, Kiddie’s Disco, Face painting, Obstacle courses, Arts and Crafts and Novelty events are just some of the activities laid on for all the family. Gates open 2pm. . Fun for all the family. If you would like to help with the day please contact Shane O’Connor 0872891015.

FAIR IN THE DEVON: Kerry ETB Education & Training Fair takes place in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine on Monday, May 29 from 11 – 6pm. For more information see www.northkerrycollege.ie.

DOG SHOW: The Abbeyfeale Town Park Annual Dog Show took place on Sunday last and was attended by huge crowds in good weather. The Town Park Committee would like to thank the following: the park employees who prepared the park so beautifully for the show, all our voluntary committee members and other helpers who gave of their services on the day, our show judge Claire Sheehy, our chief organiser Norma Healy, John O’Connor who provided the sound system, and all those who donated prizes for our raffle. Finally, most important of all, we thank all of you for coming and supporting Abbeyfeale Town Park. The park is available to you free of charge 365 days per year and every euro profit from the dog show will go to the maintenance and development of this wonderful facility. We hope you enjoyed your day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Registration for the annual St. Ita’s Faith Camp which takes place from Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4 will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 7pm – 8pm and Thursday, June 15 from 8 – 9pm at St Mary’s Boys School. 2017 Confirmation children especially welcome. We are also asking families to host our visiting volunteers this year. We welcome any person who is 15 years or over to volunteer for the camp as much help is needed during our 4 days.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA VARIETY CONCERT: We are planning to hold a variety concert in the Glórach on Friday, June 16 as a fundraiser for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan. Further information next week.

SEARCH ON FOR STORYTELLERS: The organisers of the Sean McCarthy Memorial Festival, held every August Bank Holiday weekend in Finuge in North Kerry are hoping to reach out to Storytellers and invite them to take part in the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition which is part of the weekend. They say; “We are trying to reach out to the storytellers of Ireland and abroad to let them know that, the competition is now open for entries. We are delighted to say, that we have been attracting a very high calibre of storytellers for the last twenty four years. Eamon Kelly himself was a wonderful supporter of our festival.

If you know someone who would be interested in entering the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition and being in with a chance to win €1000, we would be delighted to hear from them.

If you require more information, our website is www.finugeweekend.com, or you can call 068 40203.”

RYAN’S DAUGHTER AT THE GLORACH: The newly formed film club at the Glórach presents Ryan’s Daughter on Wednesday, June 7 at 8pm. Admission €7. Bookings on 087 1383940.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, June 11. Booking at Sean Brodericks and usual outlets.

RAMBLING HOUSE AT FR. CASEY’S: Benny Thade McCarthy’s final Rambling House of the season will take place on Monday night June 5 at 8.30pm. This is a fundraising night for Dromcollogher Respite Centre which was recently renovated. All singers, musicians, dancers and storytellers welcome, doors open at 8.30pm and show begins at 9pm. Please come along and show your support. For more information contact Benny on 0879918546.

MEET UNDER FR. CASEY: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be meeting in the Square this Wednesday from 7pm-8pm. We are looking for new members & would welcome anyone who has an hour to spare to come & join us.

KILEENAGH HOLY WELL: Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Well on Wednesday, May 31 at 8pm. The Rosary continues to be said there every Friday evening during May.

GRAVEYARD SPRING CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa spring clean is on every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help always welcome. Bring gloves.

SVP: We are recruiting volunteers for our new St. Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 – 1.30pm and 1.30 – 5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have you work in our shop. The work and time you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Volunteering is a gift to the community.

FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER: Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike 0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any assistance.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE AND UNUSUAL FURNITURE??? Back2New Upcycling is holding their quarterly furniture sale commencing May 29 until June 2. Prices start at €15. Feel free to pop into the Red Door Incubation Centre, The Square, Newcastle Wes,t between 10am and 5pm to take a look at our eco-designed furniture. The Back2New team will be there to answer any of your queries. We will provide a delivery service to all our customers within the West Limerick area. Back2New Community Upcycling is a project established by West Limerick Resources and is facilitated under the TUS programme. www.facebook.com/back2newupcycling

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP Programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out – https://www.opt-in.ie

TOASTMASTERS: The last meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters for this season is on Wednesday, May 31 in the Desmond Complex NCW.

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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

HELP NEEDED: Volunteers wanted for Remembering Zoe Fun day 2- 4pm @ Fr Caseys GAA Club Sunday May 28. Contact Shane 0872891015.

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at damien.ahern@wlr.ie or dcleary@wlr.ie. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website www.wlr.ie and enter your email address in the subscription box.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: 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 Newcastlewest 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. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie 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, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR CITIZENS: COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS Little or no experience with computers? Looking to get IT savvy, get some skills under your belt? Then we have a great opportunity for you, we are offering a Digital Skills for Citizens course. We are currently taking names for a waiting list for this FREE 5-week run in conjunction with Mobile IT. Priority given to those in receipt of a social welfare payment or actively job seeking. To find out more please contact Adrienne on 087 2273294.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning to individuals around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more you can contact Finn or Lynne at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316 or Adrienne & Dee on 069 62222. Keep up to date with us on Facebook: www.wlr.ie/facebook OR www.facebook.com/wlr.res Phone us on 069 62222 or call in to see us on St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West.

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

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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 Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

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. Intention for the week: Wednesday10am Bridget O’ Connell New Street and deceased family members. Thursday 10am Mary and James Scully & Son Michael Mountmahon. Friday 10am Jack & Nell Gleeson, Killarney Road. Saturday 7pm Kathleen Wrenn New St. and deceased family members. Catherine & Pat Lyons, Killarney Rd. Dick Fitzgerald, Railway Road. Patrick Reidy, Meenkilly Month Mind.Sunday 9.30am Margaret & John Riordan, Purt and son John. MaryAnn Moloney.

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 has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

DUAGH CHURCH Saturday 13th May @ 7.30 pm (Anniversary Mass) Anne Sheehy, Ennismore

LYRE CHURCH

Sunday14th May @ 10.00am (Anniversary Mass) Maurice & Maryanne Doody, Knockanebrac.

MASSES NEXT WEEK

DUAGH CHURCH Monday, Wednesday, Thursday @10.00am Rosary afterwards Tuesday & Friday @ 7.30pm Fridays Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 3pm – 7.15pm

THE FEAST OF THE VISITATION of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on Wednesday May 31. May also being the month of the Blessed Mother, special Marian devotions are held throughout the world. In Duagh a “Crowning of the Image of Mary” will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 31. It is a beautiful devotion held in many parts of the world.

LATIN MASS: The Latin Mass (1962 Missal) will be offered in Holy Cross Dominican Church, Tralee on Sunday, June 4 at 1.30pm. More info from: LatinMassTralee@gmail.com

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday, May 25 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

KERRY STROKE SUPPORT GROUP are holding a Health & Well Being Day on Friday, May 26 from 10.30am to 3pm in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre Tralee for people who have had a Stroke. Inputs from various Medical and Wellbeing Therapists including Dr. Richard Liston, Consultant Geriatrician from University Hospital Kerry. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Cost €10.00. Limited Availability. For further info contact Denise @ 066 7123373.

LITERARY AND HISTORICAL TOUR: Listowel Writers’ Week Literary & Historical Tour departs on Saturday, June 3 from The Square, Listowel at 2 pm and will visit Finuge, Lyreacrompane and Knocknagoshel. Tickets can be booked through the Writers’ Week office, tel. (068) 21074 or online at www.writersweek.ie.

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE NCCA SURVEY ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS? Under the NCCA’s proposal Religious Education will no longer be a subject in the state recognised Primary Schools Curriculum, unless you let your views be known. Is this an effort to remove Religious Education from our schools? This move devalues and challenges the place and status of Religious Education in our schools. Is this what you want for the future generations of children? As a matter of urgency parents, teachers, Boards of Management and interested adults need to engage with the survey before closing date May 26. The NCCA survey is available online: http:// www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/ Early_Childhood_and_Primary_Education/Primary-Education/ Primary_Developments/Structure-and-Time-Allocation)

GROW: Grow is a community based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental well-being. Our 12-Step Recovery Program provides effective peer support, motivation and empowerment to enable people to take action and improve their mental health. It is a free, confidential service, and there is no referral process – anyone over the age of 18 can simply turn up at a meeting. The Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

OUR LADY OF LIMERICK FESTIVAL: There was an older tradition in Limerick to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Limerick over three days with great pride and joy. The Dominican sisters are hoping to revive that great festivity with a three day festival of prayer in Limerick this May. We will be giving honour to Our Lady of Limerick with a Triduum from Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27. Each day, Fr. John Harris, OP will celebrate Mass at 1pm followed by devotions. On Thursday and Friday night, the Dominican Sisters will offer reflections followed by night prayer. The Triduum will conclude with an outdoor festival on Saturday afternoon with games, music and more. All are welcome! The timetable is as follows: Thursday May 25 & Friday May 26 1:00pm – Mass followed by Devotion with Fr John Harris (OP) 7:00pm – Reflection and Compline – Reflection, Night Prayer and Procession to Our Lady with the Dominican Sisters. Saturday, May 27 1:00pm – Closing Mass and Procession with Fr John Harris (OP). 2:00pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL – We are having a Party on The Plaza in front of the Church. The surrounding streets will be closed to traffic for safety where we will have lots of activities & games for the young and the young at heart. There will be Food Stalls, Live Music, Face painting, etc (all supervised). Thankfully, the local business community and Gardai have really got behind this event. If you wish to get involved and help out, please contact the Parish Office on 061 – 311728 or by email stsavioursdominican@gmail.com.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "Sometimes I can’t figure designers out. It’s as if they flunked human anatomy."

8 May, 2017 22:56

PROLOGUE: Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then him catching his hand in the drill. Anon.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS: Best wishes for a long and happy life together to Richard Gleeson, son of Bernie and Mossie Gleeson, Kilconlea and Martina Collins, daughter of Timmie and the late Noreen Collins, Rockchapel who were married recently.

MEET UNDER FR. CASEY: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be meeting in the Square this Wednesday May 10 from 7pm-8pm. We are looking for new members & would welcome anyone who has an hour to spare to come & join us.

KILEENAGH HOLY WELL: The Rosary will be recited at the Holy Well in Kileenagh each Friday evening during Mary’s Month – May. If it’s too far for you to travel to – there is also a rosary recited every weekday evening at 7.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel all year round by the Legion of Mary and in the main Church every Saturday evening at 6.30opm before the Vigil Mass.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The last of the tea dances for this season takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 21 with dancing to Noel Cronin. Funds raised go to Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden.

GRAVEYARD SPRING CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa spring clean is on every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help always welcome. Bring gloves.

SVP: We are recruiting volunteers for our new St. Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 – 1.30pm and 1.30 – 5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have you work in our shop. The work and time you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Volunteering is a gift to the community.

ABBEYFEALE TOWN PARK: The annual Dog Show takes place at the Town Park from 2pm on Sunday, May 21.

FEALEFIT OFFERS TRAINING PACKAGE: Fealefit Strength & Conditioning are offering a young Athlete between the ages of 12-16 the opportunity to win a Training package worth €2500 and take their training to the next level & compete at a higher level in their chosen field whether it be an individual or team sport! We are delighted to have teamed up with Adrenalin Sports who will kit out the chosen athlete with footwear, apparel and accessories. We will coach, track, liaise, monitor & develop the individual’s functional movement and strength & conditioning capabilities relevant to their sport and age and help them to progress. They will have unlimited use of our facilities, constant functional assessment & fitness testing, nutritional advice and one to one sessions every week with our team of trainers. This is an excellent opportunity for a young local athlete to excel under our guidance. Send us an email to Fealefit@hotmail.com on your sporting / training background & why you would excel at this opportunity.

ABBEYFEALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Calling All Businesses – James Ring, CEO of Limerick Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, May 10 in The Glórach Theatre at 7.30pm with regards to the benefits of Abbeyfeale having its own Chamber of Commerce. This meeting will form part of an open discussion and all Business Owners in the Abbeyfeale area are encouraged to attend.

REMEMBERING ZOE: The third Remembering Zoë Cycle Challenge around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale will be held on Sunday, May 14 starting at 9am from Fr. Casey’s. The road from the GAA Club via New Street to Buckley’s Cross on the Athea road will be closed from 09 – 09.15am. The Cycle will pass through the Town between the times of 10.30 – 1.30pm. In the afternoon the Cycle will pass through Ballaugh, Ballybehy, Healy’s Forge, Knockbrack, between the times of 12.00 – 3pm. All participating cyclists will receive a specially designed finisher’s medal. Then on Sunday, May 28 the annual Fun Day takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse and grounds with gates open at 2pm.

FAIRTRADE: Irish people can celebrate Fairtrade along with millions of other people around the planet in the World Fairtrade Challenge on May 12-14, 2017. Each year, we’re buying more Fairtrade products like bananas, coffee and chocolate. Thanks to people like you, more hard-working farmers and workers around the world can build better lives and brighter futures. That’s why we want to celebrate Fairtrade with you!From 12-14 May 2017, join Fairtrade farmers, workers and supporters for the World Fairtrade Challenge. Treat your colleagues, friends or customers to Fairtrade products, register your purchase or event on our website and let’s create the biggest Fairtrade Celebration the world’s ever seen!Register your purchase or event on the international World Fairtrade Challenge website
https://www.fairtradechallenge.org/int-en/home/

CONFIRMATION: Confirmation will take place on Thursday, May 11 @ 11am. The church yard gates will be locked on Wednesday evening @ 8pm. Please do not leave any cars parked overnight. Both sides will be locked to facilitate parking for Thursday. Practice for children and their sponsors will take place on Tuesday evening.

FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER: Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike 0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any assistance.

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters on Wednesday, May 17 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855. The newly formed club in Listowel holds their next meeting on Thursday, May 18 at the Listowel Arms Hotel . Contact 087 2193670.

ST. JOSEPHS YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: Diocesan meeting of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society to hold our Vigil of Prayer for Vocations again this year in St. Nessan’s church, Raheen, on Saturday, May 13. The vigil commences with Holy Mass at 6pm and is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. During Adoration there is recitation of the Rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet, a reflection by Bishop Brendan Leahy, and the Vigil concludes with Benediction.

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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

HELP NEEDED: Volunteers wanted for Remembering Zoe Funday 2-4pm @ Fr Caseys GAA Club Sunday May 28. Contact Shane 0872891015.

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at damien.ahern@wlr.ie or dcleary@wlr.ie. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website www.wlr.ie and enter your email address in the subscription box.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Thank you for your support of our church gate collection last weekend. Please do not keep money in the house. Lodge it in the Credit Union or the local Bank. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Plans are underway to hold a summer outing for the elderly in our community, keep an eye on the notes each week and the FB page for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Brody and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR CITIZENS: COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS Little or no experience with computers? Looking to get IT savvy, get some skills under your belt? Then we have a great opportunity for you, we are offering a Digital Skills for Citizens course. We are currently taking names for a waiting list for this FREE 5-week run in conjunction with Mobile IT. Priority given to those in receipt of a social welfare payment or actively job seeking. To find out more please contact Adrienne on 087 2273294.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning to individuals around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more you can contact Finn or Lynne at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316 or Adrienne & Dee on 069 62222. Keep up to date with us on Facebook: www.wlr.ie/facebook OR www.facebook.com/wlr.res Phone us on 069 62222 or call in to see us on St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West.

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS: West Limerick Resources will host a free workshop for community groups on how to make a successful funding application & current funding opportunities open to groups on Thursday, May 18 from 7:30 – 9:30pm at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West. To book a place or for further information contact Damien at West Limerick Resources on 0879042477 or email damien.ahern@wlr.ie.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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 Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

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 – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Thursday 11am Confirmation Mass. Friday 10am Lizzie Cahill ( nee Foley) Dromtrasna Collins and her son Timmy Cahill. Saturday 11am James & Mary Keane and deceased famliy members Kilmanihan. 7pm James Collins, Dromtrasna. Moss & Lily Colbert, New Street. Sunday 9.30am Rhona Danaher, Church Street & Shanbally 1st Anniv. Louis McEnery, Dromtrasna . 12noon Pro Populo Mon 7pm Mai & Tade (Heck) Collins, Ballaugh.

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 has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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.

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. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

LIMERICK COUNTY BEEKEEPERS: Limerick Beekeepers Association May meeting will take place on Thursday, May 11 in the GAA Hall, Mungret at 8pm. John McMullan will give a lecture entitled “Important Elements in Honeybee Welfare”.

MAUREEN IS OFF ON HER TRAVELS AGAIN: She’s taking a bus to Inishboffin on Sunday, May 21 and if you have the free travel you won’t have to pay on the ferry. The bus will pick up en route in Listowel, Abbeyfeale, NCW, Rathkeale, Adare and the South Court. Early booking is essential 087 9845102.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

GROW: Grow is a community based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental well-being. Our 12-Step Recovery Program provides effective peer support, motivation and empowerment to enable people to take action and improve their mental health. It is a free, confidential service, and there is no referral process – anyone over the age of 18 can simply turn up at a meeting. The Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

OUR LADY OF LIMERICK FESTIVAL: There was an older tradition in Limerick to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Limerick over three days with great pride and joy. The Dominican sisters are hoping to revive that great festivity with a three day festival of prayer in Limerick this May. We will be giving honour to Our Lady of Limerick with a Triduum from Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27. Each day, Fr. John Harris, OP will celebrate Mass at 1pm followed by devotions. On Thursday and Friday night, the Dominican Sisters will offer reflections followed by night prayer. The Triduum will conclude with an outdoor festival on Saturday afternoon with games, music and more. All are welcome! The timetable is as follows: Thursday May 25 & Friday May 26 1:00pm – Mass followed by Devotion with Fr John Harris (OP) 7:00pm – Reflection and Compline – Reflection, Night Prayer and Procession to Our Lady with the Dominican Sisters. Saturday, May 27 1:00pm – Closing Mass and Procession with Fr John Harris (OP). 2:00pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL – We are having a Party on The Plaza in front of the Church. The surrounding streets will be closed to traffic for safety where we will have lots of activities & games for the young and the young at heart. There will be Food Stalls, Live Music, Face painting, etc (all supervised). Thankfully, the local business community and Gardai have really got behind this event. If you wish to get involved and help out, please contact the Parish Office on 061 – 311728 or by email stsavioursdominican@gmail.com.

Abbeyfeale notes 2 May

PROLOGUE: "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone."Reba McEntire.

DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of the late Pa Reidy, Meenkilly, Ann McCarthy Rothery N.T, Knocknasna and Creggane and Fr. Pat Moore P.P. Duagh. May they all rest in peace.

SHOW STOPPERS: Scoil Mháthair Dé Performing Arts Society presents Show Stoppers at Colaiste Íde agus Íosef on Friday night, May 5 at 7pm. Admission Adults €10, children €5.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: WL102fm will hold their monthly Saturday market on Saturday, May 6. Gates open 8am. Car €5, Van €10, Large Van €15. Further information Bernadette 069 66200 or email reception102@gmail.com

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The monthly meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday,May 4 at 7.20pm in Leens Hotel.

KILEENAGH HOLY WELL: The Rosary will be recited at the Holy Well in Kileenagh each Friday evening during Mary’s Month – May. If it’s too far for you to travel to – there is also a rosary recited every weekday evening at 7.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel all year round by the Legion of Mary and in the main Church every Saturday evening at 6.30opm before the Vigil Mass.

GRAVEYARD SPRING CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa spring clean is on every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help always welcome.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The 23rd Fleadh by the Feale was an outstanding success this year and all credit must lie with the committee who filled the town with people, music, song and dance. The weather too, played its part and for once the rain fell everywhere else but here.

DAY NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA: The Legion of Mary and the Adoration Committee are inviting you to join them in a 9 day Novena of rosaries to Our lady of Fatima beginning on Thursday May 4 and ending on Friday May 12 . Rosary begins each evening @ 7.30pm in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Fr Tony will celebrate Mass in honour of our Lady on her feast day Saturday May 13@ 11am. Please encourage others to come as we pray and place our petitions before our heavenly Mother.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY Eileen O’Brien, Bridge Street will host her annual Tea Day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland on Monday, May 8 from 2pm to 6pm. All are welcome. Goodies Galore!!!

TABLE QUIZ: Cleary’s Bar, Goat Street, Newcastle West Friday, May 5 at 9.00 p.m. €5 per person. Spot prizes and raffle! Proceeds in aid of local community radio West Limerick 102fm.

CHANGE OF VENUE: The West Limerick Heritage Network are now meeting at The Red Door, The Square, NCW at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 3.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Our annual Church Gate collection will be taken up at all Masses on May 6/7. We appreciate your support. Advice re Cyber bullying of young people: Don’t reply, the bully wants to know they have caused upset – if they get a response it feeds them and makes them worse. Keep all messages so that there is a record if the Gardai or school gets involved. Block the caller by contacting the service provider. Sites like Facebook have reporting tools so use them. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Plans are underway to hold a summer outing for the elderly in our community, keep an eye on the notes each week and the FB page for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Brody and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

SPINATHON FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS; Friday, May 5 is Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day. Fealefit Strength &Conditioning, Mountmahon are holding a Spinathon on the day 7am – 10pm to help raise funds. We need people to fill slots and keep our stationary Spin bikes going for 15 hours. No level of fitness required, just need to keep those pedals turning at your preferred pace. It is €5 for a 15 minute slot and you can do as many as you wish. Contact Shane 0872891015 or Kadie 0877771552 for further details.

SVP: We are recruiting volunteers for our new St. Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 – 1.30pm and 1.30 – 5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have you work in our shop. The work and time you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Volunteering is a gift to the community.

FEALEFIT OFFERS TRAINING PACKAGE: Fealefit Strength & Conditioning are offering a young Athlete between the ages of 12-16 the opportunity to win a Training package worth €2500 and take their training to the next level & compete at a higher level in their chosen field whether it be an individual or team sport! We are delighted to have teamed up with Adrenalin Sports who will kit out the chosen athlete with footwear, apparel and accessories. We will coach, track, liaise, monitor & develop the individual’s functional movement and strength & conditioning capabilities relevant to their sport and age and help them to progress. They will have unlimited use of our facilities, constant functional assessment & fitness testing, nutritional advice and one to one sessions every week with our team of trainers. This is an excellent opportunity for a young local athlete to excel under our guidance. Send us an email to Fealefit on your sporting / training background & why you would excel at this opportunity.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue) Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50. Groups of 5 or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at dil.pieta.ie You can register on Friday, May 5 at The Red Door Newcastle West from 4 pm to 9 pm. Late registrations also taken at the Complex on the night. For further information contact Breda 087 7715734.

REMEMBERING ZOE: A darts tournament will be held at the Ballintemple Inn, NCW on Friday, May 5 to raise funds for Remembering Zoë. Entry €10. Contact Caroline on 0872569050. It’s just a fortnight until the third Remembering Zoë Cycle Challenge around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale to be held on Sunday, May 14 – there are 3 routes: 110 km, 75 km or 40 km and online registration is now open – you can register by clicking on ; https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/RememberingZoeCycleChallenge By registering on-line you are automatically entered in a draw for the following spot prizes: €100 voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, Killarney and a €100 voucher for iBikes Cycle Shop, Killarney. All participating cyclists will receive a specially designed finisher’s medal. Then on Sunday, May 28 the annual Fun Day takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse and grounds with gates open at 2pm. The committee are delighted to report that Zoë’s Zip Line has finally opened for children’s use at Abbeyfeale Town Park and is zipping across the landscape from morning to night.

FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER: Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike 0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any assistance.

‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PART 1): West Limerick Resources (SICAP) will roll out the very popular ‘Free to be’ Personal Development Course (Part 1) in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, starting Monday May 8 from 10 – 12 noon, for 6 weeks finishing on June 19. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social welfare payments, those who feel they would like to be part of a group, parents, parenting alone, people living in a disadvantage area or who have children with learning difficulty. This programme is about well-being which benefits you and your family. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The last of the tea dances for this season takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 21 with dancing to Noel Cronin. Funds raised go to Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden.

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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at damien.ahern or dcleary. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website www.wlr.ie and enter your email address in the subscription box.

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

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters on Wednesday, May 3 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855. The newly formed club in Listowel holds their next meeting on Thursday, May 18 at the Listowel Arms Hotel . Contact 087 2193670.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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 Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

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 – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Thursday 10am Henry McGill & Kay & Tom Regan. Friday 10am Purgatorial . Saturday 7pm John & Stasia McGill and deceased family members. Mary Lyons and deceased family members. Sunday 9.30am Denis O’Brien, Purt .John & Noreen, William & Eileen Leahy, Ballaugh. Denis & Joan Collins & Margaret Connaughton . 12noon Pro Populo

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 has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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.

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. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

MAUREEN IS OFF ON HER TRAVELS AGAIN: She’s taking a bus to Inishboffin and if you have the free travel you won’t have to pay on the ferry. The bus will pick up en route in Listowel, Abbeyfeale, NCW, Rathkeale, Adare and the South Court. Early booking is essential 087 9845102.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

25 April, 2017 08:33

PROLOGUE: A diamond is a lump of coal that did well under pressure!

ALZHEIMER TEA DAY: A tea day on behalf of the Alzheimer’s society will be held at the Adult Education centre (old tech) on Wednesday, April 26 from 11am to 2pm. Raffle will be held also. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: WL102fm will hold their monthly Saturday market on Saturday, May 6. Gates open 8am. Car €5, Van €10, Large Van €15. Further information Bernadette 069 66200 or email reception102@gmail.com

PILGRIMAGE: Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration will travel to Knock on Sunday, April 30. Bus leaves church @ 7.30am. Contact 087/7758503 or 087/6542685.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: It’s finally here and typical the weather forecast is for rain! But we’re a tough crowd in Abbeyfeale and that won’t worry us. Abbeyfeale’s 23rd Fleadh starts on Thursday, April 27 – and runs until Monday, May 1. There’s even a man coming from Canada to take part in the All Ireland Bone playing competition on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1. It will be, as always , a mighty weekend . There will be sessions all over town in corners of hostelries and a pub crawl is in order before Sundays celebrity concert with De Dannan for which tickets are now on sale from Slice of Life 068-32655; Abbey Tile 068-31661; Celine 087 7697672 and Mary 087 7419343. Bank Holiday Monday is a day to relax and enjoy the music all over town and then from 7.30pm the Gig Rig will be the place to be. Scoil Mháthair Dé and Tournafulla Comhaltas will entertain the crowd before the All Ireland Senior Bone Playing when our Canadian entrant will be the unknown to watch. It’s going to be a great weekend so mark it down.

HILL GRAVEYARD AGM: Reilig Ide Naofa AGM will take place in the GAA Clubhouse on Thursday, April 27 @ 8pm. Please come. New members and new ideas very welcome. The graveyard is looking very well and in order to keep it so we need more people to help on clean up evening. Just one hour a week during the growing season to keep it maintained.

SPINATHON FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS; Friday, May 5 is Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day. Fealefit Strength &Conditioning, Mountmahon are holding a Spinathon on the day 7am – 10pm to help raise funds. We need people to fill slots and keep our stationary Spin bikes going for 15 hours. No level of fitness required, just need to keep those pedals turning at your preferred pace. It is €5 for a 15 minute slot and you can do as many as you wish. Contact Shane 0872891015 or Kadie 0877771552 for further details.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: A meeting of the network will take place at the Boardroom of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, May 3 at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.

SVP: We are recruiting volunteers for our new St. Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 – 1.30pm and 1.30 – 5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have you work in our shop. The work and time you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Volunteering is a gift to the community.

LAUNCH OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES REPORT: West Limerick Resources will launch the results of a comprehensive report of Community Facilities in the West Limerick area on Thursday, April 27 at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West from 7:30-9:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along to hear about the results of this survey which provides a wealth of information and points for consideration for communities in the area. For further information please contact Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Benny Thade McCarthy’s Rambling House Bank Holiday Monday May 1 at 9pm in Fr Caseys Club house Abbeyfeale. All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are welcome to attend. A donation will be made on the night to Pieta House Suicide prevention and awareness. All welcome.

FEALEFIT OFFERS TRAINING PACKAGE: Fealefit Strength & Conditioning are offering a young Athlete between the ages of 12-16 the opportunity to win a Training package worth €2500 and take their training to the next level & compete at a higher level in their chosen field whether it be an individual or team sport! We are delighted to have teamed up with Adrenalin Sports who will kit out the chosen athlete with footwear, apparel and accessories. We will coach, track, liaise, monitor & develop the individual’s functional movement and strength & conditioning capabilities relevant to their sport and age and help them to progress. They will have unlimited use of our facilities, constant functional assessment & fitness testing, nutritional advice and one to one sessions every week with our team of trainers. This is an excellent opportunity for a young local athlete to excel under our guidance. Send us an email to Fealefit on your sporting / training background & why you would excel at this opportunity.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue) Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50. Groups of 5 or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at dil.pieta.ie Registration will take place at Feale fit, Mountmahon (opposite Kostal) on Saturday, April 29 from 12am – 2pm and at The Red Door in Newcastle West from 10 am to 4 pm. You can also register on Friday, May 5 at The Red Door Newcastle West from 4 pm to 9 pm. Late registrations also taken at the Complex on the night. For further information contact Breda 087 7715734.

REMEMBERING ZOE: A darts tournament will be held at the Ballintemple Inn, NCW on Friday, May 5 to raise funds for Remembering Zoë. Entry €10. Contact Caroline on 0872569050. The third Remembering Zoë Cycle Challenge around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale will be held on Sunday, May 14 – there are 3 routes: 110 km, 75 km or 40 km and online registration is now open – you can register by clicking on ; https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/RememberingZoeCycleChallenge By registering on-line you are automatically entered in a draw for the following spot prizes: €100 voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, Killarney and a €100 voucher for iBikes Cycle Shop, Killarney. All participating cyclists will receive a specially designed finisher’s medal.

FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER: Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike 0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any assistance.

‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PART 1): West Limerick Resources (SICAP) will roll out the very popular ‘Free to be’ Personal Development Course (Part 1) in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, starting Monday May 8 from 10 – 12 noon, for 6 weeks finishing on June 19. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social welfare payments, those who feel they would like to be part of a group, parents, parenting alone, people living in a disadvantage area or who have children with learning difficulty. This programme is about well-being which benefits you and your family. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.

FOOD CLOUD INFORMATION EVENING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. Please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email dconlon@wlr.ie

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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at damien.ahern or dcleary. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website www.wlr.ie and enter your email address in the subscription box.

YOUTH SURVEY: The Big April Ask is a national survey prepared by Youth Leaders throughout Ireland. It needs to be completed by the end of April 2017. The Diocesan Youth Ministry team (Fr Chris and Aoife), recently invited young people to participate in a survey with questions from Pope Francis for young people. This new national survey has now also been created and we are inviting young people to complete this too – As Chris says: ‘it will take you 2 minutes to complete and the answers will be seen by Pope Francis himself because he wants to know what you think’. If you are aged between 16 and 29 then please take two minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bigaprilask

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

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, May 3 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855.

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 or participate in our training please contact Stefanie on sjaeger. This TWO day training is FREE and ESSENTIAL if you wish to participate in Social farming. Training will take place on Wednesday April 26 from 2pm – 8pm and on Thursday April 27 from 10am – 5pm in the Rathkeale House Hotel. Booking is required. We look forward to hearing from you.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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 Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

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 – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Wednesday 10am Tom O’Connell, Killarney Road Month mind. Saturday 11am John O’Connell, Kilconlea Upper Month Mind. 7pm Sean O’Mahony, Caherhayes. Joan O’Keeffe, Graigue. Sunday 9.30am Pro Populo 12noon Paddy O’Loughlin, Dromtrasna Collins.

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 has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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.

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. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

TRALEE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP" : They will hold their next event in The Rose Hotel April 27 @ 7:30pm. Special Guest Mr Sid Sheehan, Nutritional Therapist.

PARK RUN IN THE DEMESNE: Parkrun is a free, fun, timed 5 kilometer run. It starts at 9.30am each and every Saturday beside the soccer pitch in the Demesne, Newcastlewest. Runners, walkers, families and even family pets are welcome! Just register for free at www.parkrun.ie, print out your barcode and come along on Saturday morning.
We are one year old this Saturday, April 22. There will be birthday cake and sweets for all at the finish so please come along.

PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

NOTES FROM THE SEANCHAÍ, LISTOWEL: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday April 27 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served. A screening of the acclaimed film ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ starring Jamie Dornan will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday April 28 at 8 pm as part of Listowel Military Tattoo. Admission €5.

An Arts & Craft Fair will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Sunday, April 30 from 11 am. Admission Free.

TABLE QUIZ FOR NEWCASTLEWEST PIPE BAND: A table quiz in aid of the Pipe Band will take place on Friday, April 28 at the Silver Dollar pub, Maiden St.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!" Joy Bell.

DIVINE MERCY CEREMONIES IN ABBEYFEALE: The novena to the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and continues until the Sunday after Easter. There will be Mass, confessions, rosary, and blessing of the sick in Abbeyfeale Church beginning with confessions at 2.30pm on Divine Mercy Sunday. All are welcome.

PILGRIMAGE: Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration will travel to Knock on Sunday, April 30. Bus leaves church @ 7.30am. Contact 087/7758503 or 087/6542685.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The word is out about Abbeyfeale’s 23rd Fleadh and there’s even a man coming from Canada to take part in the All Ireland Bone playing competition on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1. It will be, as always , a mighty weekend with the Art Poster Exhibition and prize giving in the Library kicking it off on Thursday night at 7.30pm followed by a Gathering Session in Thomas T. J’s., New St. The Child of Prague will be busy on Friday with every statue in the town out to prevent rain for the buskers who will be on the Main Street from 7pm; then in the Square the gig rig will be hopping from 8.30pm. Later on the set céilí gets underway in Fr. Casey’s clubhouse with dancing to Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross. Saturday is a full day of workshops, a youth trad session, a trad disco, entertainment on the gig rig with Templeglantine Comhaltas and pub sessions all over town from New St. to Bridge St. to Main St. and the Square. Sunday is equally as busy with the highlight being Frankie Gavin and DeDannan joined by Coláiste Íde agus Iosef’s wonderful céilí band in concert in the Coláiste at 8pm. Earlier Daisy Kearney will entertain adults and children alike in St. Ita’s Hall at 3pm, the All Ireland Junior Bone Playing gets underway on the Gig Rig following new exciting band Fugazi at 3.30pm and then at 4pm a Polka/Slide Recital – a tribute to founder member the late Dan Murphy will take place at D.J. Murphy’s on Main St. There will be sessions all over town in corners of hostelries and a pub crawl is in order before the celebrity concert for which tickets are now on sale from Slice of Life 068-32655; Abbey Tile 068-31661; Celine 087 7697672 and Mary 087 7419343. Bank Holiday Monday is a day to relax and enjoy the music all over town and then from 7.30pm the Gig Rig will be the place to be. Scoil Mháthair Dé and Tournafulla Comhaltas will entertain the crowd before the All Ireland Senior Bone Playing when our Canadian entrant will be the unknown to watch. It’s going to be a great weekend so mark it down.

MEETING: There will be an information evening on creating Sustainable Energy Communities and reducing Energy Consumption at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick on Thursday, April 20 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

FILM CLUB AT THE GLÓRACH: Thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural film screening of Blue Velvet last Wednesday evening, we hope to show more classic films in the coming months and are open to feedback as to what films people might be interested in seeing at the Glórach. We are now looking at the possibility of putting on a Family / Children’s Matinee on Sunday’s but would like some feedback from Parents/Kids on how best to run such Sunday Matinees. Please contact the Hotline on 087 138 39 40 with your thoughts and ideas.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: After a very successful run, the last card game of the season was held on Tuesday, April 11. The Board of Management of the school would like to thank everyone who helped out during the year. A huge thanks to Marian who ran the card game with her usual efficiency, patience and good humour; to Eleanor, for her work backstage; to Joan, Theresa, Liam, Julia, Noreen; to our ticket-sellers, Shauna, Sarah, Patrick, Michael, Conor, Aine and all the children who helped out on the night. The Board would like to express its gratitude to everyone who donated food; especially Murphy’s Bakery, who have always been so generous in their support of the school, to the Parent Association for serving up tea and treats, to all (including teachers and staff) who donated spot prizes. Your support is very much appreciated by all in Meenkilly School. Four teams finished on twelve games and shared the prize-money: Gobnait Scannell, Sean O Connor, Paddy Sheehan; Jackie Harnett, Pat Fitzgerald, John Quirke; Eoghan Lane, Joe O Connor, Kevin O Connor; Marian Quirke, Donal O Connor. Table Prizes: Hannah Foley, Margaret Mc Carthy, Noel Murphy; Mossie Collins, Mary Mc Carthy, Michael O Kelly; Laurence Mc Auliffe, Margaret Mc Auliffe, Bridie Collins. Raffle Tickets: Con Lane, John Quirke (x2), JJ Lenihan, Catriona Sheeran, Beth Collins, Seamus Collins, Sheila Breen, Noreen O Callaghan (x2), Betty Curtin, Marian Roche (x2), Eileen Reidy

WELL DONE: Abbeyfeale Youth Club played a blinder under the direction of Martin Tobin on Good Friday with their re-enactment of the Passion and Crucifixion. These young people are the future of our parish community and we are so proud of them.

‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PART 1): West Limerick Resources (SICAP) will roll out the very popular ‘Free to be’ Personal Development Course (Part 1) in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, starting Monday May 8 from 10 – 12 noon, for 6 weeks finishing on June 19. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social welfare payments, those who feel they would like to be part of a group, parents, parenting alone, people living in a disadvantage area or who have children with learning difficulty. ‘Free to be’ has been developed in such a way that it encourages and enables you to look at ways of improving your daily life, manage stress and stressful situations, develop relaxation skills, self-care, re-connect with your inner self. This programme is about well-being which benefits you and your family. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Benny Thade McCarthy’s Rambling House Bank Holiday Monday May 1 at 9pm in Fr Caseys Club house Abbeyfeale. All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers are welcome to attend. A donation will be made on the night to Pieta House Suicide prevention and awareness. All welcome.

FOOD CLOUD INFORMATION EVENING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. If you were unable to attend the meeting on the April 11 we would still like to hear from you; please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email dconlon@wlr.ie

REMEMBERING ZOE CYCLE: The third Remembering Zoë Cycle Challenge around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale will be held on Sunday, May 14 – there are 3 routes: 110 km, 75 km or 40 km and online registration is now open – you can register by clicking on ; https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/RememberingZoeCycleChallenge By registering on-line you are automatically entered in a draw for the following spot prizes: €100 voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, Killarney and a €100 voucher for iBikes Cycle Shop, Killarney. All participating cyclists will receive a specially designed finisher’s medal.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES: Volunteers are wanted for Conversational English Classes in Newcastle West. The classes will take place over 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings at the Community Centre Newcastle West, beginning April 19. If you are interested, please contact Stefanie at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222 or sjaeger@wlr.ie

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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

GATHERING OF THE CURTIN CLAN: There will be a clan gathering at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis next weekend April 21-23. It’s the 10th Biennial Reunion and all members of the clan are welcome. Further information from curtinclan

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at damien.ahern@wlr.ie or dcleary@wlr.ie. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website www.wlr.ie and enter your email address in the subscription box.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue) Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50. Groups of 5 or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at dil.pieta.ie Registration will take place at Feale fit Mountmahon (opposite Kostal) on Saturday, April 29 from 12am – 2pm. For further information contact Breda 087 7715734

YOUTH SURVEY: The Big April Ask is a national survey prepared by Youth Leaders throughout Ireland. It needs to be completed by the end of April 2017. The Diocesan Youth Ministry team (Fr Chris and Aoife), recently invited young people to participate in a survey with questions from Pope Francis for young people. This new national survey has now also been created and we are inviting young people to complete this too – As Chris says: ‘it will take you 2 minutes to complete and the answers will be seen by Pope Francis himself because he wants to know what you think’. If you are aged between 16 and 29 then please take two minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bigaprilask

LAY LED LITURGY OF THE WORD: Bishop Brendan Leahy has asked that every parish offer a lay led Liturgy of the Word on Tuesday, April 25. After two days of formation parishioners are now considering how they might do that together in their local place.

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

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, April 19 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855.

SOCIAL FARMING: Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming, Julette O’Flynn the new Social Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 3663842 or by email to joflynn@wlr.ie.

GIFT IDEA: Ann Lyons is currently selling the book celebrating the 125 years of Knockaclarig National School at her business in the Square.

ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale.

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: If you would like to gain self confidence, self esteem and improve your ability to speak in public then you should check out the newest public speaking club in North Kerry. The next meeting will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, April 20 from 8 -10pm. Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie

DOMESTIC ABUSE: Groups meet weekly and many women find it helpful to meet and talk with others who are or have been in similar situations. To find out more just ring Jess or Majella on 061 412354.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: A number of people have been in touch with the Kerry Gardai saying that they have received a call from an 021 number saying that they are from the bank and that there is a problem with their credit card. Do not engage and do not give details of your card to anyone. This is a scam. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie 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, Brody and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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 Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

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 – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. There will be no 8.15am Mass this week. Friday 10am Josephine Lyons. Saturday 7pm Julia Chris Fealy. Bessie Meehan, Kilmorna .Michael O’Hanlon, Collins Park. Johnny Nash, Upper Knocknasna . Sunday 9.30am Will Joe, Mary Collins and their son Billy ( the Hill). Denis & Ellen Collins and deceased members of the Geary family. Adrian Doyle . Sunday12 noon Richard Tobin, Convent Street . Andrea Costelloe, Mountmahon. Tom Collins Convent Street.

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 will resume after Easter on Tuesday April 25 after the 10 o clock Mass and continue until 10p.m. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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.

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. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

PARK RUN IN THE DEMESNE: Parkrun is a free, fun, timed 5 kilometer run. It starts at 9.30am each and every Saturday beside the soccer pitch in the Demesne, Newcastlewest. Runners, walkers, families and even family pets are welcome! Just register for free at www.parkrun.ie, print out your barcode and come along on Saturday morning.
We are one year old this Saturday, April 22. There will be birthday cake and sweets for all at the finish so please come along.

PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

ult help. The age profile of the volunteers is currently dominated by over 60s with a number of diligent workers in their 70s and 80s. There is extremely sparse representation of under 40s in the grouping and this will have to be improved upon as the older members of the group cannot go on indefinitely. Please consider lending a hand throughout the year. All help would be appreciated

ult help. The age profile of the volunteers is currently dominated by over 60s with a number of diligent workers in their 70s and 80s. There is extremely sparse representation of under 40s in the grouping and this will have to be improved upon as the older members of the group cannot go on indefinitely. Please consider lending a hand throughout the year. All help would be appreciated

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble. Andrew Murray.

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the partner Mary, mother Myra, brother and sisters, and extended family of the late Liam Flynn, Convent St. whose death occurred last weekend. We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late Dinny Collins, Templeglantine and Raheen and to Ita O’Donoghue, Buckley’s Cross on the death of her brother Christy Brosnahan, Strand. May they rest in peace.

CINEMA AT THE GLÓRACH: The Glórach Theatre recently announced the introduction of a Monthly Cinema slot for Abbeyfeale. To get proceedings underway there will be a free showing of ‘Blue Velvet’ on Wednesday next, April 12 at 8pm. To book contact 087 1383940. They are now looking at the possibility of putting on a Family / Children’s Matinee on Sunday’s but would like some feedback from Parents/Kids on how best to run such Sunday Matinees. Please contact the Hotline on 087 138 39 40 with your thoughts and ideas.

41 CARD GAME: The third annual Card Game in aid of the Mater Hospital Transplant Unit takes place on Holy Thursday night at the Winners Circle Bar, Bridge St. at 9pm. The group organising it have been able through your generosity to donate €2,015 over the past two years and look forward to your support again this year. There will be a raffle on the night.

DIVINE MERCY CEREMONIES: The novena to the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and continues until the Sunday after Easter. There will be Mass, confessions, blessing of the sick in Abbeyfeale Church beginning with the rosary at 2.30pm on Divine Mercy Sunday. All are welcome.

MOCK WEDDING UPDATE: Nicole Prendiville Doyle wishes to thank everyone who helped with the Mock Wedding that was held at the Railway Bar on March 10 last. Thank you to Abbeyfeale Drama Group and Friends, Francis Kennedy (Bride) Listowel, John Sheahan MCC, and Tomas and Carol of the Railway Bar. Nicole raised €3,467 for Nurture Africa, a huge thanks to all who attended on the night

.PALM SUNDAY WALK TO THE WELL: Saturday’s glorious sunshine was just a memory by Sunday afternoon but that did not deter the walkers who set off from Dromtrasna N.S. at 3pm and walked up the hill, through Cotters yard and fields to arrive at the Blessed Well for the rosary led by the Confirmation children. . A trip to see the pet lambs in the sheep shed broke the pull up the hill after we left the Well and gave us a chance to catch our breath. Arriving in the farmyard we were greeted by the tantalizing aroma of barbecuing beef burgers with the parish ladies serving up a veritable feast to one and all. Great credit is due to the Cotter family for welcoming us to their farm and to the Parish Council for organising the day.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue) Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50. Groups of 5 or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at dil.pieta.ie Registration will take place at Feale fit Mountmahon (opposite Kostal) Saturday, April 15 from 12am – 2pm and on Saturday, April 29 from 12am – 2pm. For further information contact Breda 087 7715734

TIDY TOWNS: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be taking part in the Limerick TLC Clean Up on Good Friday April 14 from 11am- 1 pm meeting in the square at 10.45am. We are looking for volunteers and all help would be much appreciated.

WEST LIMERICK 102 FUNDRAISING CARBOOT SALES: Next sale Easter Sunday, April 16 at the Community Centre, NCW. Further information 06966200.

ABBEYFEALE’S ROSE OF TRALEE CONTESTANT: Best of luck to trainee dentist, Abbeyfeale’s Nadine Smith who will be participating in the 2017 Limerick Rose competition. Nadine was crowned Queen of the Races 2016 at the Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony Races and as part of her prizes she was sponsored for the Limerick Rose. The event will be held at 7pm this Saturday, April 15 ( Holy Saturday) in The Bunratty Castle Hotel. Tickets are €25 and should be purchased in advance due to high demand.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Abbeyfeale is the place to be on the May Bank Holiday weekend where Traditional Musicians and Music Lovers are expected to converge on the town, some to participate in the various events and others to soak up the lively atmosphere at Fleadh by the Feale. It is also a fantastic opportunity for musicians and singers who wish to improve their standard of playing and singing to avail of the Master Workshops which take place on Saturday, April 29 at the earlier time of 11.00am-2.00pm. Some of Ireland’s finest tutors have been engaged to pass on their skills and techniques at this year’s workshops,

Tutors are: Fiddle –Tara Breen/Niall Murphy; Flute – Gary Shannon;

Concertina – Paul Clesham; Accordion – Conor Moriarty; Banjo – Adrian McAuliffe;

Bodhrán – Eamon Rooney and Singing – Elle Marie O Dwyer. The classes are open to all age groups for advanced and improvers categories only. They are not suitable for beginners. This will be followed by a Youth Trad Session which is a new event on the programme which takes place at Donal & Ann’s Bar, Main Street commencing from 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Mighty Frankie Gavin and De Dannan Concert on Sunday, April 30 at 8.00pm from Slice of Life 068-32655; Abbey Tile 068-31661; Celine 087 7697672 and Mary 087 7419343. A Concert not to be missed!

MEENKILLY CARD GAME; The first prize was shared between Danny O Connell, Kathleen Lenihan and Noreen O Callaghan, Liam O Connor, James Mc Enery.

Table Prize: Paddy Finucane, Matt O Connell, Seamus Collins. Door Prize: Michael O Kelly, Joan O Grady.

Raffle Tickets: Sean Harnett, Tom Nelligan, Dan Reidy, Sheila Breen, Noel Murphy.

YOUTH SURVEY: The Big April Ask is a national survey prepared by Youth Leaders throughout Ireland. It needs to be completed by the end of April 2017. The Diocesan Youth Ministry team (Fr Chris and Aoife), recently invited young people to participate in a survey with questions from Pope Francis for young people. This new national survey has now also been created and we are inviting young people to complete this too – As Chris says: ‘it will take you 2 minutes to complete and the answers will be seen by Pope Francis himself because he wants to know what you think’. If you are aged between 16 and 29 then please take two minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bigaprilask

LAY LED LITURGY OF THE WORD: Bishop Brendan Leahy has asked that every parish offer a lay led Liturgy of the Word on Tuesday, April 25. After two days of formation parishioners are now considering how they might do that together in their local place.

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

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, April 19 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855.

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP Programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out – https://www.opt-in.ie

WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT – calling all women in business and women who are embarking on the voyage to join us for this networking opportunity on Tuesday April 11@ 7pm. Share experiences and learning and hear from Guest Speaker Caroline McEnery from the HR Suite. This is a FREE event however booking is essential. Please contact Brenda on 069 62222 or 069 66297 to book your seat or email bheath@wlr.ie

SOCIAL FARMING: Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming, Julette O’Flynn the new Social Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 3663842 or by email to joflynn@wlr.ie.

GIFT IDEA: Ann Lyons is currently selling the book celebrating the 125 years of Knockaclarig National School at her business in the Square.

ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale.

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: If you would like to gain self confidence, self esteem and improve your ability to speak in public then you should check out the newest public speaking club in North Kerry. The next meeting will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, April 20 from 8 -10pm. Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie

DOMESTIC ABUSE: Groups meet weekly and many women find it helpful to meet and talk with others who are or have been in similar situations. To find out more just ring Jess or Majellaon 061 412354.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Text Alert forms available from any member of the committee or at the Garda Station from community Garda Roger O’Donoghue. There was an alert last week and we would ask people who receive one to forward it to family and friends. In order that our community remains safe and secure we need to have people develop a mindset whereby they become aware of what is going on around them, vans or cars on roads that they have no business on, people offering stolen property for sale – remember that there is no such thing as a free lunch in this life. Two members of the committee attending Pobal training this week and we have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. 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, Brody and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

CO. LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION: Keith Pierce will speak on the topic Hive records, bees maths & easy swarm control at 8pm on Thursday, April 13 in Mungret GAA Hall. Supplier of Bee products Paul O’Sullivan will be attending the April meeting, please contact to pre order 086 1779900.

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 Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

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 – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. There will be no morning Mass on Thursday. Mass of the Last Supper will be at 8pm that evening. The First Holy Communion children will lead the Procession to the Altar of Repose. Good Friday Day of fast and abstinence 3pm Passion Liturgy 3pm. 8pm Reflection of the Betrayal and Passion of Jesus . Abbeyfeale Youth Clubs under the direction of Martin Tobin will dramatise the Stations of the Cross. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 9pm.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit.

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.

REPORT FROM THE WALK: Glengurt NS Parents Association wish to thank all those who participated in the 5K Fun Run and Walk through the village of Tournafulla on Saturday last, by either walking or running the 5K or by sponsoring the school children so generously in the run up to the event. Thanks also to the large number of volunteers who contributed to a really enjoyable community day by donating foodstuffs/water, helping in the hall or by marshalling the roads to make sure everyone was safe and hydrated en route. There was a great buzz on the day with support and encouragement for children and adults alike as they completed the course. Thanks to the hall committee who facilitated a venue for registration beforehand and refreshments for participants afterwards.

Sponsorship is still coming in and we are delighted to say that we are many steps closer (pardon the pun) to achieving our aim of covering the ball court in the school, which will provide a shelter for the children and a venue for outdoor classes, PE, sports and assembly throughout the year. Race results as follows: 5K Run Men: 1st Neil Curtin, The Village, Tournafulla (19.57); 2nd Eamonn Browne, Monagea (20.42); 3rd Martin Browne Knocktoosh, Broadford (20.52). 5K Run Women: 1st Elaine O’Keeffe Creggane, Abbeyfeale (21.39) (6th overall); 2nd Bernie O’Reilly Broadford (17th overall); 3rd Diane Donovan, Dromtrasna Harnett, Abbeyfeale. 5K Run Children: 1st Darragh Cahill, Brosna 24.18 (13th overall); 2nd Paddy Harnett, Upper Tournafulla 24.28 (14th overall); 3rd Michael Collins Glenmore East, Strand 25.30 (15th overall). 5K Walkers: 1st Naomi Ryan Abbeyfeale 28mins. The majority of walkers crossed line in 35-45mins. Well done to all!

FRAME BY FRAME: Photography & Art Exhibition. St. Johns Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Opening Thursday, April 27 @ 7.30pm. Cheese and wine Reception. Admission Free. Photographs and Artwork by Students of North Kerry College.

FR. PAT MOORE WRITES: I have been invisible and silent for a couple of weeks and here’s the reason, I’ve been in hospital. On Wednesday March 8 , I was for my three monthly check up with the surgeon in Cork, it went very well, my bloods were excellent (I regard those as the Nasdaq or Dowjones index!). Had been feeling a cold rising in me but then I had been lucky enough to avoid any infection in two and a half years. It was the following Monday before l got to the doctor but an antibiotic didn’t seem to touch it so I was admitted to Tralee hospital on Wednesday evening. That was the start of our St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend so it was Monday before the team removed a large quantity of fluid that had built up in the lung. I had found it increasingly difficult to breathe and was using oxygen a lot. As a result I spent a week in the ICU unit, time I really needed there, not realising how weakened I had become. Then I had a week out in the hospital ward and I found this most challenging of all as I had to rebuild my confidence in myself to do the most basic things from eating to walking to washing. My Cork oncology team are fully on board and a detailed examination of the fluid suggests the presence of a small growth similar to before. This is and will be treated by Chemotherapy as before and can be successfully dealt with as I’ve had a fullsom response to chemotherapy twice beforehand. I came home from hospital yesterday and am already in the benefit of a great nights sleep in the Spring Air. I am in great form and in great care with family and Debbie, Kathleen and Ann. It’s building up time and where better but home. Having totally cut off from phones,emails and all forms on outside communication I know there is alot of messages of support and prayer that I’m not in a position to acknowledge but can I do so now and thank you for the felt support and concern.

Was it Churchill said, “rumours of my demise have been grossly exaggerated!”? In summary, I had my weeks in hospital, challenging but worthwhile in that it highlights something that will need attention and a plan is in place when the time is right.

Right now I find talking and meeting people most tiring so I’m going private and quiet for a while. “

PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

EASTER MONDAY WALK: Follow in the footsteps of the North Kerry writers at 11am on Easter Monday, April 17 from The Seanchai Centre in Listowel Square along the River Feale. Included are some dramatized stories, poems and excerpts from the plays of Listowel writers, Bryan MacMahon, John B. Keane, Dan Keane, Maurice Walsh, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Brendan Kennelly, Billy Keane and more.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE FOR OLDER PEOPLE: The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a series of creative writing classes, featuring poetry and short story for older people – aged 55 plus – an age group that is often underrepresented in literature and writing activities. In conjunction with the Limerick Writers’ Centre and supported by Bealtaine 2017, the facilitator, award-winning poet Ron Carey, will give friendly and personal support to each participant. At the end of the course Limerick Writers’ Centre will give consideration to publishing a book featuring the work produced. The book would be published in May during Bealtaine Festival 2017.

The workshops will be held at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick on Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, May 20 from10.30am to 12.30pm.

Fees for the 5 week course are €80 (€70 concession). Booking essential. Details limerickwriterscentre or Tel 087 2996409.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

ult help. The age profile of the volunteers is currently dominated by over 60s with a number of diligent workers in their 70s and 80s. There is extremely sparse representation of under 40s in the grouping and this will have to be improved upon as the older members of the group cannot go on indefinitely. Please consider lending a hand throughout the year. All help would be appreciated