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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Groucho Marx

DEATH; We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen O’Connor, Mountmahon whose funeral took place on Tuesday. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office; Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people effected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560 . Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am William & Julia Madden, Dually Thursday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Friday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Saturday 6.30pm Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack . Sunday 9.15 Michael Farrell .Eileen & Patrick Roche, Killarney Road. Josephine & Michael Reidy, Shanbally. Bridie Creevy, London Months Mind. 12noon Sheila O’Connell, Kilconlea. Michael Reidy, Bog Road Meenkilly. Eileen O’Connor and sister Anne O’Connor Keating late of Main Street & Dublin. Mon 7pm Lizzie Morris, Longford.Wed 10am Fintan Hoare Knockbrack. Thurs 10am Michael , Kathleen and Julia Collins Bridge Street
Fri 10am Michael Scully late of Mountmahon Fri 7pm Fred Tobin, Main St. Memorial Mass. Sat 11am Tadhgean Hartnett, Kilconlea. The Diocesan Clergy Conference takes place this Thursday and Friday. Lay led liturgy will take place those two mornings.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Community Alert’s 3rd annual Christmas lunch takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, November 25 from 1- 6pm. Tickets €15 are fast being bought up, they should be purchased by Thursday, November 22 as the caterer needs numbers in advance. They are available from committee members; Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

“HANDED DOWN”: The life and times of the late Dan Murphy, Main St. Abbeyfeale at the Heritage Centre, Scartaglen on Saturday, November 17, presented by Donal Murphy and music with the Murphy family.

BOOK ON SALE: The Treaty Triumph celebrating Limerick’s All Ireland Hurling win is on sale at Ann Lyons’ in the Square.

AA OPEN MEETING: An Open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held at the Glorach Theatre on Wednesday, November 14 at 8. 30pm. Speakers from AA and Al-Anon. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: The Fealebridge & Headley’s Bridge Creameries 49th Annual Social will be held at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Friday, November 30. Dinner at 8.30 pm. Music by the Neily O’Connor Band. Everyone welcome!

READING GROUP: Spiritual reading group will meet next Wednesday after the 10am Mass.

GLÓRACH EVENTS: Bingo takes place every Monday at the usual time of 8.30 pm. On Friday, November 23 we will be screening the critically acclaimed documentary film, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid at 8.00 pm. On Saturday, December 15, Seán Keane will be coming back to the Glórach for what should be once again a memorable night of song. To book tickets for the latter events, please call 0871383940.

JUBILEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch before Monday, November 26.

WINTER CONCERT: West Limerick Community Radio are hosting a variety concert in the Longcourt Hotel on Wednesday, November 28 at 7.30pm featuring Paddy O’Brien, Willie Relihan, Muriel O’Connor, Fran Curry, Dermot Lyons, Bunratty Harpists, Marion Kirby and more. Tickets €15 available from Pat Donovan, the Radio Station or John Harrold.

ABBEYFEALE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The work has already started on lighting up the town for Christmas with Jim Cahill and team working away diligently every day. Keep up with all that’s happening on: https://www.facebook.com/AbbeyChristmasLights/

MICHAEL JOYCE MP: A lecture organised by the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society will take place on Monday, November 19 in room T.1.17 Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick at 8.00 pm, and will be given by Dr. Tadhg Moloney on Michael Joyce. Michael Joyce, was Member of Parliament for Limerick City from 1900 to 1918, an Alderman representing the Customhouse Ward on Limerick Corporation from 1899 to 1920 and Mayor of the city for two years (1905-1906). Another aspect of this person’s adventurous and colourful life was that prior to this he had been involved in guiding ships up and down the River Shannon as a River Pilot, becoming president of the United Kingdom Pilot’s Association, a position he held for thirteen years. Michael Joyce was very much involved in a number of sporting activities including being a founding member of Garryowen Football Club. To learn more about this man’s extraordinary career, all are welcome to attend this lecture. NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Hannah, Tony and Siobhan are all set to switch on their fundraising display for 2018. Saturday, November 24 is the night and everyone is welcome. Members of the winning All Ireland teams will be in attendance with some hardware that hasn’t been seen around Tempglantine before. Let the Christmas season begin!

MEETING: A meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of this Area Unit will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8pm in Abbeyfeale Church. Please make a note of this date in your diary as we would like as many as possible of the members to attend this information meeting on the new pastoral Area Unit Plan – a follow on from the Synod process. The Pastoral Area Team members are also invited to this meeting.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: We’ll be having a church door collection at all Masses next weekend. There will be a short talk from Fr. Tim Galvin about his work at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, November 18. Envelopes will be available which can be returned over the following week. A social get together in the Day Care Centre will follow.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2018: Total raised was €26,393.90 which will be divided equally between the two charities. Many thanks to everyone for their overwhelming support and generosity towards this year’s event.

BAKERS REQUIRED: The annual cake sale in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin is on Sunday, December 9 in St. Ita’s Hall from 10-2pm and we’re calling on our usual bakers for their donations to this worthy cause.

COACH TO KNOCK FOR ALL-NIGHT VIGIL. Leaving Deros, Killarney Friday, December 7 at 3pm. Bookings at Deros before December 6. Phone – 064 6631251.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources will host a free workshop on ‘Social Media for Community Groups’ on Thursday, November 22, at the Long Court House Hotel, Newcastle West, from 7.00pm – 9.30pm. This workshop is aimed at providing participants with knowledge and skills to be able to use social media effectively for their community group. Topics covered include; how to attract followers, engage audiences and developing an online communications policy. Registration is essential by contacting Damien Ahern at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or by emailing damien.ahern

GRAVEYARDS: The Graveyard committees wish to thank you for your generous support to the collection last weekend. We will have our usual display for Christmas also. Thanks again.

PARISH RETREAT: Ardfert retreat centre. Evening of Reflection & Prayer for Abbeyfeale ParishTuesday, November 27 from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A Christmas rambling house will be held at Fr Casey’s club house Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 20 in aid of the Chemotherapy Day Ward at Kerry General Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated and all singers, dancers, storytellers and musicians all welcome to attend. Doors open at 8.30 and show begins at 9pm. Spot prizes and Santa will also make a visit on the night.

MASS TIMES: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.30am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm.. Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Committee Meeting Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall at 9pm. Email HarnettReunion2019 @gmail.com for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page to keep up to date with all the plans for a fantastic weekend July 11-14, 2019.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Our third annual Christmas Party will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, November 25 next from 1 – 6pm with lunch being served at 1.30pm sharp. Tickets at €15 are available from all members of the committee on a first come, first served basis. All tickets need to be collected and paid for in advance before Thursday, November 22 as we need to confirm numbers with our caterer. Now that the winter has truly arrived turn on your dims while driving to enable your car to be seen these murky dark days. If you have the wipers on then you should always have the lights on too. Ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you are concerned about anti-social behaviour. Tips on home security from the IFA: Do Not; Pay cash for goods – no receipt, no guarantee. Erect sensor lights. Photograph and mark machinery. Abbeyfeale Community Alert have some pens which can be used for marking property and will loan them out. Contact any member of the committee should you wish to join our Text Alert Scheme. This was set up to immediately alert the community that an incident has occurred. The hope is that by raising awareness, people would keep a watchful eye out, contact the Gardai if they see something and thus help to deter criminal activity in our area. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s and following Mass.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

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

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

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind."
Dodinsky.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Jamie McCoy, Collins Park whose funeral took place on Friday. May he rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office; Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo Church Tel 068/51915 during Mass times .Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Paschal & Mary Ita McCarthy. Thursday 10am Margaret & John O’Connell, Meenkilly and daughter Maureen Burke. No 10am Friday morning. 7pm Friday Bereavement Mass Elber Twomey will speak at this Mass. Saturday 6.30pm Kathleen (Liam) O’Connor, Knocknasna. Maureen Smith, Knocknagoshel. Eileen, Dan, Denis & Marie Collins Dromtrasna Collins and deceased family members. Eddie Barry, Cragg Sunday 9.15am David Healy, Killarney Road. Mary Lane Farrell. 12noon Kathy Scanlon, Athea. Denny, Nora & Mary Patrick Lane, Caherlane. Mary Ellen & Lizzie Mulcahy late of Kilmanihan, Middlesex. Monday 7pm Denis, Michael, Bridget & Hannah Cronin. Eamon Daly late of Main Street & Castleknock. Pioneer Meeting after Mass on Monday, November 12. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

MASS TIMES: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.30am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Community Alert’s 3rd annual Christmas lunch takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, November 25 from 1-6pm. Tickets available from committee members; Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

THE RISE AND RISE OF THE HEALY – RAE’S: A play in two acts written by Ray O’Sullivan and directed by Aidan O’Connor in Halla Tadgh Gaelach, Tournafulla Sunday, November 11 at 8pm. Book Tickets on 087 2279657.

“HANDED DOWN”: The life and times of the late Dan Murphy, Main St. Abbeyfeale at the Heritage Centre, Scartaglen on Saturday, November 17, presented by Donal Murphy and music with the Murphy family.

AA OPEN MEETING: An Open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held at the Glorach Theatre on Wednesday, November 14 at 8. 30pm. Speakers from AA and Al-Anon. All are welcome.

DEFIBILLATORS: There are three defibrillators located in town, Joy’s corner, right hand side of church and the Town Park. There is also one at the soccer grounds. If there are others please let me know and I will include next week.

FINE GAEL BRANCH MEETING: A meeting of the Fine Gael branch will take place on Monday, November 12 at 8pm in Leens Hotel.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: The Fealebridge & Headley’s Bridge Creameries 49th Annual Social will be held at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Friday, November 30. Dinner at 8.30 pm. Music by The Neily O’Connor Band. Everyone welcome!

NOTICE FROM THE ADORATION COMMITTEE: From Friday November 2 the Adoration will finish at 8p.m. during the winter months. The Adoration is going very well and is a great benefit to the parish, however we would encourage more to experience the peace and tranquillity of the Eucharist exposed.

BREAKING NEWS: Delighted to announce that Seán Keane will be returning to the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm. The last concert in May was a memorable occasion but also sold out so make sure to book at 0871383940.

MASS FOR OUR DEAD: The November Bereavement Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 9 at 7pm. Names of deceased parishioners will be called during the Ceremony. Names of relatives from outside the parish will also be accepted and should be submitted to the sacristy.

THANK YOU: Kathleen Quinn wishes to thank all those who showed such kindness following the death of her sister Helena Duffy of Letteragh, Rahoon, Galway. The whole family appreciates the support we received from our friends and neighbours throughout Helena’s fight against Motor Motor Neurone Disease and for those who were so kind to us after Helena’s death, whether it was in offering Masses or in other gestures of sympathy. Mass will be offered for the intentions of everyone who has kept us in their thoughts and a donation has been made to the Irish Hospice Foundation in gratitude.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Hannah, Tony and Siobhan are all set to switch on their fundraising display for 2018. Saturday, November 24 is the night and everyone is welcome. Let the Christmas season begin!

NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE ACTION: The second Regional Gathering as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action takes place in the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Saturday, November 10 from 11-4pm. It is hoped to explore how we, as a nation, can work together to take action on climate change.

CONGRATULATIONS: Garda Michelle Roche Morris, daughter of Marian and Jer, Meenkilly who is stationed in Tralee has recently been promoted to Sergeant. Well done Michelle.

MEETING: A meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of this Area Unit will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8pm in Abbeyfeale Church. Please make a note of this date in your diary as we would like as many as possible of the members to attend this information meeting on the new pastoral Area Unit Plan – a follow on from the Synod process. The Pastoral Area Team members are also invited to this meeting.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: We’ll be having a church door collection after a short talk from Fr. Tim Galvin about his work at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, November 18. A social get together in the Day Care Centre will follow. This will, in turn, be followed by the annual cake sale on Sunday, December 9 in St. Ita’s Hall.

COACH TO KNOCK FOR ALL-NIGHT VIGIL. Leaving Deros Friday, December 7 at 3pm. Bookings at Deros before December 6. Phone – 064 6631251.

ANAM CARA KERRY, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:20pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee.

TAKE THE PLEDGE FOR THE DEAD: Take the Short term pledge for November. Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Next meeting on Friday, November 9 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, New Line, Rathkeale. Topic: My Time In Glin Industrial School. Speaker: Tom Wall. Tom is author of: The Boy from Glin Industrial School, and he was also Head Gardener at Glin Castle. All are welcome. Admission free.

TREE OF REMEMBRANCE: The Tree of remembrance will be on the Sanctuary for the month of the Holy Souls. You are invited at your own convenience to place the names of your deceased relatives on it. Tags will be available beside the tree.

GLÓRACH BINGO: Every Monday night at 8.30pm.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

WRITING GROUP: Abbeyfeale writing group meet twice monthly, every other Friday. Our next meeting will be on Friday, November 9.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm.. Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

JUBLIEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Have you told your Harnett relations yet about the reunion next July 11-14. It will be based at the Devon Inn and include a concert, guided tours, gala dinner and dance and much more. Email HarnettReunion2019 @gmail.com for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Our third annual Christmas Party will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, November 25 next from 1 – 6pm with lunch being served at 1.30pm sharp. Tickets at €15 are available from all members of the committee on a first come, first served basis. All tickets need to be collected and paid for in advance before Thursday, November 22 as we need to confirm numbers with our caterer. Ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you are concerned about anti-social behaviour. Tips on home security from the IFA: Do Not; Pay cash for goods – no receipt, no guarantee. Erect sensor lights. Photograph and mark machinery. Abbeyfeale Community Alert have some pens which can be used for marking property and will loan them out. Contact any member of the committee should you wish to join our Text Alert Scheme. This was set up to immediately alert the community that an incident has occurred. The hope is that by raising awareness, people would keep a watchful eye out, contact the Gardai if they see something and thus help to deter criminal activity in our area. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

COLLECTION: The Fifth National Collection for the World Meeting of Families will take place on the weekend of November 10/11.

MEMORIAL MASS: A memorial mass will be held for deceased members of Kerry Ingredients, Listowel in St Michael’s Church, Lixnaw on Wednesday, November 7 at 7.30pm. All welcome.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND: Is God calling you to be a priest? Come and see exploring priesthood retreat November 23/24 in Mount St Anne’s – a beautiful retreat and conference centre located in Killenard, near Portarlington. Perhaps you’re longing for something more in your life? Perhaps God is calling you to live your life as a diocesan priest? Perhaps you are uncertain, but would like to learn more? 01/5053118 email info

DIVERSITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources CLG will host a workshop for individuals/community groups on ‘Diversity Awareness’ on Thursday, November 8, from 7.30-9:30pm, at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. Delivered by Doras Luimní, this workshop will provide an overview of the diversity of experiences, impact and needs of displaced communities and approaches that can be applied to support them. Booking essential by contacting Damien Ahern at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or by emailing damien.ahern

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s and following Mass.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

COFFEE MORNING AT FOOD FAIR: Castle View Café at Kerry Writers’ Museum is hosting a cultural coffee morning on Saturday November 10th from 10.30 am to 12 noon as part of Listowel Food Fair. Will include traditional music and song from Listowel Comhaltas Group and drama by the Kerry Writers’ Museum players. Sample award winning Alfredo coffee and some freshly baked scones and scrumptious delights. Tickets – €10. Proceeds in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.

HISTORY LECTURE To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel will host a lecture by historian Thomas Dillon entitled ‘Armistice 100 – County Kerry and the Great War’ on Sunday November 11 at 7.30 pm. Admission – €5. To book tel. 068 22212 or email info

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

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

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK TALK: “Where are all the insects gone” by Dr Juanita Browne , Killarney House, Thursday November 8 at 8pm.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along."
Rae Smith

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Patrick Nash, Knocknasna whose funeral took place on Thursday. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathies to Nancy, Ned and Sean Foley on the death of their sister in England. “Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one is gone”

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office; Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. Accord NCW 069/61000. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 31; Feast of All Saints – Masses 10am and 6.30pm. Thursday, November 1; Feast of All Souls Masses 10am and 6.30pm. Confessions following 10am Mass. Friday, November 2 Feast of All Souls and the First Friday 10am Purgatorial and 6.30pm Months Mind Bill Cahill, 5 Hillview Drive. Saturday 6.30pm Michael & Ellen Quille, Ballaugh . Noreen Flynn, Mountmahon. Bridget & James McEnery, Kilconlea Upper. Jackie & Anne Lyons, Knocknasna and their daughter Noreen. Sunday 9.15am Billy Harnett, Drontrasna. Peter O’Connell, Purt. James Harnett, Purt. Bill Harnett & John Joe Collins The Hill. 12noon Maureen & John Griffin. Johnny Lane, Kilconlea Upper. Bridget & Patrick Cleary, Birmingham & Main Street. Monday 7pm Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke. Friday is the First Friday of the month. Adoration will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel 8am- 8pm. Mass @ 10am. Confessions on Thursday after the 10am Mass and before the 6.30pm Mass. Pioneer Meeting after Mass on Monday, November 12. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

THANK YOU: Fr Tony wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and expressions of kindness shown to him and his family by parishioners of Abbeyfeale and Athea following the death of his late brother Michael RIP. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

MASS TIMES: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.30am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

RICHARD HARRIS FILM AWARD: ‘Pen Pals’, written and directed by local filmmaker, Ray Fennelly, won the prestigious Midwest Short Film Award at the International Richard Harris Film Festival in Limerick last weekend. Ray also co-produced the film while his brother, Steve Fennelly, was the production designer. Congratulations and well done to both of them.

NOTICE FROM THE ADORATION COMMITTEE: From Friday November 2 the Adoration will finish at 8p.m. during the winter months. The Adoration is going very well and is a great benefit to the parish, however we would encourage more to experience the peace and tranquillity of the Eucharist exposed.

STOP PRESS: Sean Keane returns to the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, December 15.

NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE ACTION: The second Regional Gathering as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action takes place in the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Saturday, November 10 from 11-4pm. It is hoped to explore how we, as a nation, can work together to take action on climate change. Have your say on what you think are the major climate issues facing Ireland and share ideas on how we can work together to raise awareness, unlock opportunities, build resilience, and inspire action. This is a free, ticketed event and we are keen to involve a wide range of groups and individuals from across the South Western seaboard region which includes the counties of Cork, Clare, Kerry and Limerick. This Regional Gathering will include opportunities to discuss challenges and actions specific to these counties as part of a series of regional and local meetings to be held across Ireland. The National Dialogue on Climate Action is a Government of Ireland initiative delivered by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, in engaging people in collaborative action.

MEETING: A meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of this Area Unit will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8pm in Abbeyfeale Church. Please make a note of this date in your diary as we would like as many as possible of the members to attend this information meeting on the new pastoral Area Unit Plan – a follow on from the Synod process. The Pastoral Area Team members are also invited to this meeting.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: We had a very enjoyable night in JD’s Cryle View Bar last Friday night at the Table Quiz and raised in excess of €550. Fr. Tim Galvin whose Mission in South Sudan is supported by funds raised by the Abbeyfeale for Africa committee said that the money collected would pay school fees for five students for one year. This was the first of three planned fundraisers for Fr. Tim. Next we’ll be having a church door collection following a short talk from Fr. Tim about his work at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, November 18. This will, in turn, be followed by the annual cake sale on Sunday, December 9 in St. Ita’s Hall.

TAKE THE PLEDGE FOR THE DEAD: Take the Short term pledge for November. Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

GRAVEYARD PRAYERS: Prayers at the Graveyards next Sunday, November 4 – St Mary’s 2.30pm, Old Graveyard in the Square 2.40pm, Reilig Ide Naofa @ 3pm..

TEA DANCE FOR PALLATIVE CARE, TRALEE: There was a huge turnout at the tea dance in honour of the late Joan O’Keefe Ballymacjordan organised by her close friend Mary Morrissey and Mary is delighted to report that €2,400 has been raised for the Pallative Care Unit in Tralee General. Joan was very well looked after every Wednesday in the Day Unit and her friends and family were anxious to give something back. Many thanks to all who brought food and spot prizes for the raffle, to Mike Condon for the wonderful music, to all who helped with the catering and who sold raffle tickets.

COLLECTIONS: The Graveyards Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend November 3/4. The graveyards committees’ thank you for your support throughout the year. The Fifth National Collection for the World Meeting of Families will take place on the weekend of November 10/11.

TREE OF REMEMBRANCE: The Tree of remembrance will be on the Sanctuary for the month of the Holy Souls. You are invited at your own convenience to place the names of your deceased relatives on it. Tags will be available beside the tree.

INDULGENCES FOR NOVEMBER: Indulgences at the Commemoration of all Souls from 12 noon on November 1 until midnight on November 2: all who have confessed, received Holy Communion, and prayed for the Popes intention (One Our Father and Hail Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed. This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed. Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following November 1. Holy Communion may be received on any day from November 1 – 8. The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from November 1 -8. The conditions mentioned above apply also for this.

SYMPTOMS OF SEPSIS: The daughter of a lady who died recently in Cavan General Hospital said “Sepsis does not discriminate and does not only come from a cut. It can come from surgery, pneumonia, chest infection, even a urinary tract infection. “Early intervention is paramount. Symptoms include a high or low temperature, confusion, fast heartbeat, or failure to pass urine within a 12-hour period. If anyone is showing these symptoms, you need to ask the question about sepsis and please, please get checked out immediately.”

THE RISE AND RISE OF THE HEALY – RAE’S: A play in two acts written by Ray O’Sullivan and directed by Aidan O’Connor in Halla Tadgh Gaelach, Tournafulla Sunday, November 11 at 8pm. Book Tickets on 087 2279657.

“HANDED DOWN”: The life and times of the late Dan Murphy, Main St. Abbeyfeale at the Heritage Centre, Scartaglen on Saturday, November 17, presented by Donal Murphy and music with the Murphy family.

MASS FOR OUR DEAD: The November Bereavement Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 9 at 7pm. Names of deceased parishioners will be called during the Ceremony. Names of relatives from outside the parish will also be accepted and should be submitted to the sacristy.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: I’ve held out until now but believe it or not Hannah, Tony and Siobhan are all set to switch on their fundraising display for 2018. Saturday, November 24 is the night and everyone is welcome. Let the Christmas season begin!

FUNDRAISER IN TOUR: Tournafulla Development Association are holding a fundraising bingo in Halla Tadhg Gealach, Tournafulla on Sunday, November 4 at 3 pm sharp, with €2,100 in prize money. A double book and two sheets will cost €15. A single book and one sheet €13. Half books are available at €5. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

GLÓRACH BINGO: Every Monday night at 8.30pm.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

JUBLIEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: As Fr. Tim Galvin is in the area at the moment, Abbeyfeale for Africa are having some fundraising events to help with his Mission in South Sudan. . On the weekend of November 17/18 Fr. Tim will speak on his work at the 12 noon Mass, there will be a church door collection and following the Mass there will be a gathering for light refreshments at St. Ita’s Daycare Centre. Then, as usual in early December, the annual cake sale takes place in St. Ita’s Hall. We ask for your support and look forward to assisting Fr Tim with much needed funds as he returns to his parish in South Sudan.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Planning is continuing apace for the reunion next July 11-14. It will be based at the Devon Inn and include a concert, guided tours, gala dinner and dance and much more. Email HarnettReunion2019 @gmail.com for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page.

‘HEDGEHOGS AND LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY’ WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources CLG, in association with Living Limerick, invites you to attend a free workshop on ‘Hedgehogs and Landscape Connectivity’: What do hedgehogs need and why are they declining in Ireland and UK? What can we do to help them? What is landscape connectivity and how does this benefit hedgehogs and other wildlife? All are welcome to attend this interactive workshop on Monday, November 5, at 7.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. To register your place please contact Elaine, edillon or 069 66296.

DIVERSITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources CLG will host a workshop for individuals/community groups on ‘Diversity Awareness’ on Thursday, November 8, from 7.30-9:30pm, at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. Delivered by Doras Luimní, this workshop will provide an overview of the diversity of experiences, impact and needs of displaced communities and approaches that can be applied to support them. Booking essential by contacting Damien Ahern at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or by emailing damien.ahern

WRITING GROUP: Abbeyfeale writing group meet twice monthly, every other Friday. Our next meeting will be on Friday, November 9.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society will host the following talk on Monday 5 November 2018 by Dr Brian Hughes on ‘Everyday Life and Politics in Limerick in 1918’ at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road in Room T.1.17 Tara Building at 8.00p.m.

1918 was a significant year in Irish politics: a conscription crisis, Spanish ‘flu, an armistice in November, and a general election which saw (some) women vote for the first time alongside resounding victory for the emergent Sinn Féín. But rather than retelling the history of these important episodes in Irish History, this talk will instead offer some thoughts on the many ways in which ordinary life, and inherently local concerns, continued to intrude in the midst of significant national events. By taking a slightly broader view of what the people of Limerick were reading in their newspapers and discussing in their local authorities, the talk will also reflect on both the presence and the absence of national and international politics in the daily lives of the people of Limerick.ART GROUP: If you would like to spend a relaxing few hours join our painting group upstairs at St Ita’s Hall Tuesdays 11am to 1pm.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm.. Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Our third annual Christmas Party will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, November 25 next from 1 – 6pm with lunch being served at 1.30pm sharp. Tickets at €15 are available from all members of the committee (see below) on a first come, first served basis. All tickets need to be collected and paid for in advance before Thursday, November 22 as we need to confirm numbers with our caterer. Ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you are concerned about anti-social behaviour. Tips on home security from the IFA include not hiding keys outside or ladders lying around where the burglar can use them to gain access to the house. They also suggest keeping an eye on your neighbour and his property and hopefully he will do the same for you. Erect sensor lights. Photograph and mark machinery. Abbeyfeale Community Alert have some pens which can be used for marking property and will load them out. Contact any member of the committee should you wish to join our Text Alert Scheme. This was set up to immediately alert the community that an incident has occurred. The hope is that by raising awareness, people would keep a watchful eye out, contact the Gardai if they see something and thus help to deter criminal activity in our area. We have a current alert whereby you are advised to beware of bogus traders calling to homes re works from recent storm damage. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s and following Mass.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT LANTERN PARADE: The fun and spectacle that is the Festival of Light Lantern Parade takes on Saturday, November 3 from 6:30pm in Listowel Town Park. Registration for those that made lanterns from 5:30pm in Listowel Community Centre.

FOOD FAIR: Listowel Food November

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

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

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO BE A PRIEST? – Come & See. Exploring Priesthood Retreat November 23/24. Mount St. Anne’s organised by the National Vocations Office. More info at www.vocations.ie.

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: Rambling House Thursday 1st November at 9pm. All welcome. Come along to enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Adm free. Contact Ann Flavin on 086/3090948.

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

KERRY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL: annual November Mass on Monday 5th Nov at 7pm in the Chapel of Christ the Healer for patients who died during the year in Kerry University Hospital including those who died by still birth and miscarriage.

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS : The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes. The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services. West Limerick Resources is now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone is available. All volunteers will be Garda Vetted and training will also be made available. If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you so call Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842.

RE-DESIGNED FURNITURE: Back2New re-designed and re-purposed furniture store is now open every Monday (9.30-1.30pm), Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (9.30am-5.30pm) at The Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West. Call in and have a look around our community retail store and you will be amazed at the unique furniture items for sale. Back2New also provide at re-design service, please contact Michaela on 087 2727742 for further information.

IRISH PILGRIMAGE TRUST are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 yrs with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. This pilgrimage provides respite care for parents and guardians and a free trip for the young person. The closing date for applications is October 31. Further information can be found on the website www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com or 086 1030740 or 087 2809833.

SOCIAL SCHEME RECRUITING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: West Limerick Resources is compiling a list of individuals interested in joining the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). Participants on the scheme work 19.5hrs per week and receive a top up payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. To participate on the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria: Be actively farming over 1 hectare of land; Have a valid herd number; Proof of application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year and be in receipt of Farm Assist, Jobseekers Allowance or other qualifying payments. Spouses, children, brothers and sisters of the herd owner can also join the scheme if they meet relevant criteria. Only one person allowed per herd number. For further details contact Tom or Michelle at West Limerick Resources on 069-61316 or Email: rsswlr. Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: It is better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction."

Great success for Abbeyfeale school in All Ireland Basketball tournament

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift”. Country and Western song.

DEATH: Fr. Tony Mullin’s brother, Michael, who was living in England died during the week after a short illness. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fr. Tony and his family at this very sad time. We offer our sympathy to the family of Bridie Corridan , Kilmanihan whose funeral took place on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paddy, Mairéad, Gearóid and family members at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Parish Officer: Parish Church 068/51915 Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000 Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Eily Hartnett, Kilconlea and Tadghen Harnett. Saturday 11am Jimmy Sweeney, Dromtrasna. 6.30pm Tim & Maureen O’Connor, Fealesbridge. Matt & Josephine Daly and Billy Buckley. Garry McMahon. John Joe Broderick, Purt. Sunday 9.15am Patrick & Kit Riordan, Purt. Fr Bill Lane and Sr De Panzzi Lane . 12noon Jonathan Irwin, Knocknasna 1st Anniversary. Monday 7pm William M Harnett, “Mountain View” Knockbrack . Danny O’Connor, Grogeen. October is the month of the Rosary. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

ABBEYFEALE BUSINESS OWNERS MEETING: There will be two topics at this meeting in the Glórach Theatre, on Wednesday, October 24 at 7.30pm. ; 1. Abbeyfeale Traffic Management Plan Working Committee: Discussion on and electing of 3 representatives from the Abbeyfeale Business Community to join representatives from Abbeyfeale Community Council, Limerick City & County Council along with local Councillors in forming part of the upcoming “Abbeyfeale Traffic Management Plan Working Committee”. Members on this Working Committee will represent the interests of both Town and wider Community in the roll out of the new Traffic Management Plan for Abbeyfeale. This is a hugely important meeting and all Business Owners are asked to attend. 2. Forming of a Business Group for Abbeyfeale: Directly after point #1 there will be a brief talk on the importance of forming an independent Business Group for Abbeyfeale and its wider Community. We will also look at how Business Groups in other Towns are progressing and the possibilities for accessing funding.Doors open at 7pm for Teas & Coffees. Meeting Starts 7:30pm Sharp! Facilitated by Abbeyfeale Community Council.

GLÓRACH BINGO: It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year since we began our bingo night at the Glórach Theatre, but that’s the anniversary we’ll be celebrating on Monday, October 22. From humble beginnings, we have gone from strength to strength, due in no small part to the tireless efforts of all the volunteers involved, and you the public, who have loyally supported our venture over the past year. There is a tremendous atmosphere in the building of a Monday night, and due to the fantastic patronage we have been able to give out extra prizes from time to time. Our rollover Jackpot of €280 (added on to regular jackpot win of €150) wasn’t won last week and we will have a few surprises on our anniversary night. Thank you once again for your support and look forward to seeing you on Monday evenings at the regular time.

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Planning is continuing apace for the reunion next July 11-14. It will be based at the Devon Inn and include a concert, guided tours, gala dinner and dance and much more. Email HarnettReunion2019 @gmail.com for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page.

SINGING WEEKEND: The Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend will take place in The Ramble Inn and Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale from Friday, October 19 – 21. The official opening by Darragh O’Shea, retired Kerry GAA player, will be at 8pm on Friday, October 19 in the Ramble Inn followed by a singing session. Saturday afternoon we have a singing session of songs that honour GAA legends past and present from the 32 counties of Ireland. This will be followed by Mass @ 6.30pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale which will feature the Abbeyfeale church choir performing Afrain ná Riocht as composed by the late Garry McMahon. The Sunday afternoon concert in Fr Caseys GAA hall at 3pm will honour the Carrig sisters Kitty and Nora. A full programme of events for the weekend can be found on our brochure which is available in the Ramble Inn.

WRITING GROUP: Abbeyfeale writing group have started back after summer break. We meet twice monthly, every other Friday. Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 26.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet group have resumed classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

ART GROUP: If you would like to spend a relaxing few hours join our painting group upstairs at St Ita’s Hall Tuesdays 11am to 1pm.

COLLECTIONS: Mission Sunday Collection Sunday, October 20.The collection towards the Missions will be taken up at all masses that weekend. Station dues; envelopes for the support of the clergy can be handed in at all Masses this weekend or during the week.

Youth Service collection will take place on October 27/28.

DIY COURSE AT ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: Our DIY class is a very practical hands-on course, and is ideal for beginners looking to learn DIY skills such as wiring a plug, using a drill, hanging a curtain rail. This class is on each Tuesday morning from 10am – 1pm. Contact Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale on 06831198 for more

EXERCISE CLASS: Men on the move exercise class for men over 40 Tuesdays at 8pm in Teach na Féile, New Street , Abbeyfeale.

CAR KEYS LOST: If found please phone 087/6875917.

CRAFT FAIR: Saturday, October 27 from 12-4pm at The Western Inn, Kilmanahan. Contact Angela to book a table 085 7324262. Hot food available.

HISTORY LECTURE ON BRIAN BORU: The life of Brian Boru, the greatest of the Irish Kings, is the subject of the next lecture organised by the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society. He is best remembered for his death at the battle of Clontarf in 1014, which had nothing to do with fighting the Danes as we were all taught in school. To learn the truth about this battle and Brian’s extraordinary career, from being the younger son of an obscure local ruler to becoming the High King of Ireland, all are welcome to this lecture by medieval specialist historian Lenore Fischer on Monday, October 22 at 8.00pm in T.1.17, Tara Building Mary Immaculate College, SCR, Limerick.

CEILI HOUSE BROADCASTS FROM THE ROCK: The RTE radio one programme ‘Ceilí House’ will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, on the next two Saturday nights October 20/27 after the 9pm News. It will feature the Rockchapel Ceoltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra’s oldest music. Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.

UPCYCLE YOUR OLD FURNITURE AT THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: If you wish to breathe new life into your old furniture, then our Upcycling Furniture class is perfect for you. The class is on each Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm. Contact Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale on 06831198 for more information.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

CHALLENGE: The 5th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund’ and to Breast Cancer Ireland.

COFFFEE MORNING: The cancelled – due to Storm Collum – Hope Foundation Coffee morning will be held at St. Ita’s Hall in the next couple of weeks.

COMHALTAS CONCERT: Many in the locality as well as from further afield are looking forward to the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert in the local Halla Inse Bán, Templeglantine on Wednesday ,October 17. It is an excellent opportunity to experience top class entertainment, music, singing and dancing, from a cast of sixteen top-class artistes from various parts of the country. Concertina player Maura O’Connor, Abbeyfeale is a member of the concert touring group, as is fiddle player Aoife Trench, Listowel. Her many friends and admirers in West Limerick are delighted that well known singer, Nora Butler is part of the Concert Tour group. Tickets are available in Abbeyfeale at Sheehy’s Hardware and at Ann Lyons’. This concert is an ideal opportunity also for young people of the locality who are students of music, traditional singing or dancing and special tickets at a reduced rate are being made available for juniors. Enquiries to 087 9654451

JUBLIEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organizations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A group of friends of the late Joan O’Keeffe, Ballymacjordan have come together to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General which was a great support to Joan during her illness. There will be a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, October 28 with dancing to Mike Condon from 3-6pm. Admission €5. A raffle for a Christmas Hamper and assorted spot prizes will also take place. Afternoon tea including Phil’s famous apple tart, Mary’s selection of sandwiches, scones, buns and gluten free almond and apple slices will be served.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASS: Develop your skills in Reception & Office Admin, a new course L4 Office Skills is starting at FET Centre Abbeyfeale (Old Tech), contact Mary at 06831198.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: As Fr. Tim Galvin is in the area at the moment, Abbeyfeale for Africa are having a few fundraising events to help with his Mission in South Sudan. On Friday, October 26 there will be a pub quiz in J.D’s pub in Church St. On the weekend of November 17/18 Fr. Tim will speak on his work at the 12 noon Mass, there will be a church door collection and following the Mass there will be a gathering for light refreshments at St. Ita’s Daycare Centre. Then, as usual in early December, the annual cake sale takes place in St. Ita’s Hall. We ask for your support and look forward to assisting Fr Tim with much needed funds as he returns to his parish in South Sudan.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources CLG will host a workshop for community groups on ‘Safeguarding – Children First Act 2015 & Children First National Guidance 2017’ on Thursday, October 25, at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West, from 7pm – 9.30pm. Community groups working with children are required to develop specific policies and procedures on how to create a safe environment to prevent deliberate harm or abuse to children. This workshop will provide an overview of Children First Legislation, developing Child Safeguarding Statements and accompanying risk assessments. Booking essential by contacting Damien, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 9042477 or by emailing damien.ahern

WORKSHOP: A presentation by John Lonergan (Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison) on ’ How to be Happy and Content’ will take place at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, October 17 at 7.30pm. It has been organised by West limerick Mental Health Association. Admission is free.

IRISH DANCING CLASSES: Every Thursday evening with Jimmy Hickey in the Community Centre, New Street.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

SOCIAL DANCING: Learn to waltz, jive, slosh etc. with Josephine at The Railway every Tuesday from 8pm.

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm.. Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

HISTORY LECTURE: To mark the 80th anniversary of the passing of the great Kerry Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel will host a lecture on Tuesday October 16th at 7.30 pm featuring Michael Smith, author of Tom Crean – An Unsung Hero and Aileen Crean O’Brien, granddaughter of Crean. Artefacts from the Tom Crean collection at Kerry County Museum will be on display on the night. Admission is €10 and tickets can be booked by phoning 068 22212 or emailing info. Michael Smith will also deliver talks to 5th & 6th class pupils on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October. Michael’s book Tom Crean – Iceman is featured on the primary school curriculum. Please contact Kerry Writers’ Museum for more information and to book.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Our third annual Christmas Party will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, November 25 next from 1 – 6pm with lunch being served at 1.30pm sharp. Tickets at €15 will be available from all members of the committee (see below). At our last meeting Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue asked that everyone be alerted to the need to check that all lights around houses are working, doors and windows locked, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in working order. The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Basic Tips on keeping safe from the IFA website: Consider appropriate good quality locks, bolts and bars on doors and windows. Always secure your home, close and lock windows and doors, even if you are only going out for a short time. Don’t hide spare keys outside. Don’t leave ladders lying around outside. Ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you are concerned about anti-social behavior especially egg throwing during this month. Contact any member of the committee should you wish to join our Text Alert Scheme. This was set up to immediately alert the community that an incident has occurred. The hope is that by raising awareness, people would keep a watchful eye out, contact the Gardai if they see something and thus help to deter criminal activity in our area. We have a current alert whereby you are advised to beware of bogus traders calling to homes re works from recent storm damage. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s and following Mass.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

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

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

ST PIO LIXNAW PRAYER GROUP: Our next Padre Pio devotions will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at 7.30pm (This later date is because of the pilgrimage to San Giovanni). The witness will be given by Ian O’Connell of Killarney.

FINUGE RAMBLING HOUSE Friday, October 19 in the Thatched House commencing at 9pm. All welcome.

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS : The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes. The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services. West Limerick Resources is now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone is available. All volunteers will be Garda Vetted and training will also be made available. If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you so call Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842.

RE-DESIGNED FURNITURE: Back2New re-designed and re-purposed furniture store is now open every Monday (9.30-1.30pm), Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (9.30am-5.30pm) at The Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West. Call in and have a look around our community retail store and you will be amazed at the unique furniture items for sale. Back2New also provide at re-design service, please contact Michaela on 087 2727742 for further information.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK AUTUMN TALK: on Thursday, October 18 at 8pm in Killarney House, on “ Valentia Trans-Atlantic Cable Project” by Michael Lyne

THE IRISH PILGRIMAGE TRUST are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 yrs with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. This pilgrimage provides respite care for parents and guardians and a free trip for the young person. The closing date for applications is October 31. Further information can be found on the website www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com or 086 1030740 or 087 2809833.

NANO NAGLE: Saturday, October 20 – Talk by Maurice Bric UCD: The World of Nano Nagle when the Penal Laws were enforced, ignored and abolished. 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking required Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411. www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie

SOCIAL SCHEME RECRUITING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: West Limerick Resources is compiling a list of individuals interested in joining the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). Participants on the scheme work 19.5hrs per week and receive a top up payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. To participate on the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria: Be actively farming over 1 hectare of land; Have a valid herd number; Proof of application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year and be in receipt of Farm Assist, Jobseekers Allowance or other qualifying payments. Spouses, children, brothers and sisters of the herd owner can also join the scheme if they meet relevant criteria. Only one person allowed per herd number. For further details contact Tom or Michelle at West Limerick Resources on 069-61316 or Email: rsswlr. Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: Look to the future, because that is where you’ll spend the rest of your life."