FUN BY THE FEALE

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "Intelligence is knowing the right answer. Wisdom is knowing when to say it." Tim Fargo.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Patrick O’Brien, 16 Radharc Na Feile whose funeral took place on Tuesday. May he rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulation to Pádraig Horgan son of Rita and the late John who married Edel Kiernan in Clarecastle, Co Clare recently. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

SECOND HONEYMOON: Due to public demand, we are going on the road and taking Second Honeymoon to pastures new – Molly’s (our celebrity canine!) local stage in the Rock. Tickets are now on sale for our final show in Rockchapel Community Centre on Saturday, 21st April. Show begins at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. They can be booked by texting/calling 087 – 6818113. Booking is advisable.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning in Jack Foley’s Bar will take place in aid of Chernobyl Children from 10-1.30pm on Friday, April 20.

TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6 Admission €5. Raffle.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE LAUNCH: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale which takes place over the May Bank Holiday will be launched at Leens Hotel on Friday night next from 8pm. Everyone is welcome for a night of music, song and dance.

SET DANCE CEILI: West Limerick Set dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday next April 22 at 4pm…Music by Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter…all welcome. Teas etc served. Con 0876259340.

STAY SAFE: If casual traders call to your door or drive into your yard then why not give the Gardai a ring on 06830010 and alert them that these people are around – this is an integral part of our community helping the Gardai to keep us all safe.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT CELEBRATE 20 YEARS: The AGM of Abbeyfeale Community Alert took place on Wednesday, April 11. The following committee members were elected; James Stack Chairman, Mossie Gleeson Hon Sec. Mary McArthur Assistant Sec, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Marian Harnett. Sgt. Alberta McWalter NCW and Canon Tony Mullins PP both spoke on the value of Community Alert in the community and the time given by volunteers to help make their community a safer place to live. Following the AGM we had the five members (Retired Cllrs Sean Broderick and Micheal O’Kelly, John O’Sullivan who was a member of the original committee, Mossie Gleeson and Marian Harnett) who joined the committee when it was re started 20 years ago cut a cake to celebrate our twenty years of community activism. We also remembered past members who have died including the late Phil O’Kelly who was Chairperson for many years.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3 – Monday, May 7. The grand celebrity concert will take place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on Sunday, May 6 and features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band. Doors open 7pm with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information: Nora 086/2427003, Celine 087/7697672, Vincent 087/2443353 and Mary 087/7419343.

TIDY TOWNS; Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are holding a meeting at Leens Hotel on Thursday, April 19 at 7pm. We are looking for volunteers to give a little of their time to help us this summer, either on the ground or behind the scenes, so if you have a little time to spare please come to the meeting as all help would be greatly appreciated.

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.

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm. Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm, thanks once again to our loyal patrons and Ann Curtin of the Coffee Pot for supplying scones. With the tremendous success of the Abbeyside Player’s production of Second Honeymoon and of our weekly bingo night, the mood is buoyant here but ultimately tempered by the reality that we need to raise €100,000 for repairs, renovations and upgrades to the grounds, buildings, and equipment. We thank you for your continued support in helping to both maintain this beautiful venue and also in helping to guarantee its future.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

NEW BUSINESS OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: The Gateway Café at the Westering Inn offers fresh home cooked food served all day, ample parking and a warm welcome. Further information 0868745485.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: National Adoration Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday April 29. A bus will leave the church @7.30 am on Sunday morning. The cost is 20 euro. All interested contact one of these numbers (087)7758503 or (087)2673663.

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm are hosting a fundraising concert at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 8pm. It will feature Peter Burke, P.J. Murrihy, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Emily Clarke, Willie Relihan, Cllr. Micheal Collins and the wonderful Donal Ring Ceili Band. Tickets €15 available from WL102fm on 069 – 66200 and Ann Lyons, The Square, Abbeyfeale. It promises to be a great night of music and song and your support is earnestly requested.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

WILDLIFE EVENT: Local environmentalist Anneke Vrieling will lead a walk and talk on Bumblebees from 11am to 2pm on Saturday April 21, beginning at the Halla Inse Ban, Templeglantine. All are welcome. Organised in association with Living Limerick. For more information contact: environment@wlr.ie

SEÁN KEANE AT THE GLÓRACH: It was a concert mooted many months ago, and despite many events at the Glórach taking up much of our energy, a slow but steady momentum has gathered around this event to the extent that tickets are moving at a considerable pace. Seán Keane comes to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, May 4 bringing his unique voice and rich repertoire of songs, including distinctive versions of Isle of hope, Isle of tears, Blackbird and this author’s personal favourite, The Tunnel Tigers. The concert starts at 8 pm, don’t miss what will be a very special night at the Glórach by booking at 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE ANGLERS: Local man Paddy Sullivan who is Chairman of Salmon and Sea Trout Recreational Anglers Ireland (SSTRAI) recently said “We are now seeing the benefits of state investment. We are receiving millions of Euro in financial support, this together with the expertise of state agency personnel, is helping to develop our angling sport throughout the country.” He continues; “Declining salmon and Sea-trout stocks are worrying, we must ensure we do all we can to protect them. I would also like to thank Irish Water for engaging with our affiliated clubs and providing leases and permissions for angling development projects. Through our combined efforts we can provide much needed facilities for our anglers of all ages. Angling is a cradle to grave sport and is available to everyone.” Paddy finished his speech saying; “Recreational angling is a vital economic activity in Ireland, supporting 11,000 jobs and bringing €800 million to the economy every year. (ESRI 2016).

HEALTHY HAPPY BABY/TODDLER BONANZA IN ABBEYFEALE LIBRARY: Limerick Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) in collaboration with West Limerick Resources will host a Happy Healthy Baby/Toddler Bonanza in Abbeyfeale Library on April 17 from 11am to 1pm. This is a FREE event open to all Parents and Toddlers but booking is essential as space is limited. To book a place please contact Mary, Family Support Abbeyfeale, West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. 083-8892137.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

HERITAGE AUTUMN EVENT: The newly formed heritage Team Abbeyfeale aim to stage a production to showcase local talent, and show it as an autumn 2018 heritage event at the Glorach community theatre Abbeyfeale. For further information 0871383940 to input your ideas to help make this a successful community event.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue from 10-10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: 066 7134276. Protection of Life: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday 11.00am-2.00pm. Lectio Divina: Fr. Brendan Clifford OP, Thursday April 26 from 7.00 – 8.30pm. Becoming a Caring Presence in Today’s World: Noticing and Nurturing Important Feelings in Our Body, Presented by John Keane, European Director of the BioSpiritual Institute, Friday 27 – Sunday 29. Book Now! Self-Care Day : "Tools to manage life’s every day stressors", Anna O’ Donoghue & Batty Garnett , Saturday, May 26 from 9.45 -4.00pm. Contact Anna 0879447105.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES: Limerick Pro Life Action now have a “Lifts for Life” scheme which is created to help Pro Life votes who have no means of transport. We need drivers to help take people, in their locality to the Polling Station on Polling Day to vote. If you are willing to help, please contact any of the following: Olive 085-7172970 John 087-1127477.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.STARTING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Social Enterprise puts people and community first, ahead of private or personal gain, using a business model that operates in a viable and sustainable way. Two information sessions, covering the basics of establishing your own Social Enterprise venture, will take place on Tuesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 8, in Newcastle West, from 7pm – 10pm. Open to Community & Voluntary organisations and individuals. Topics include; Introduction to Social Enterprise; Setting up and Financing a Social Enterprise; Needs analysis and researching ideas; Case Studies; Creating a Social Enterprise Business Plan. For further information contact Caitriona Scully, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 66298 or cscully@wlr.

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.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed.

The following is some advice on how to deal with Bogus Traders/Callers taken from An Garda Siochána’s Crime Prevention Information Sheet. “Tell the caller you never employ trades people cold calling to your door. Ask them to leave documentation which should contain name, address, phone no. including a land line and a V.A.T. registered number. Never leave strangers unsupervised in your home.” Further information on www. garda.ie or email crime_prevention@garda.ie Housing Aid for Older People Scheme which is used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. There is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315. If someone does call to your door or drive into your yard then why not give the Gardai a ring on 06830010 and alert them that these people are around – this is an integral part of our community helping the Gardai to keep us all safe. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. 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.

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

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

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

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Saturday 11am. Josephine Lyons late of Cedarville. 6.30pm Michael O’Hanlon Collins Park. Bridie & Joe Fitzgerald and deceased family members. Julia & Chris Fealey, Convent Road. Jerry Collins, Clash. Sunday 9.15am Kathleen Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. Josie Doherty, Tournafulla. Will Joe,& Mary Collins and their son Billy, The Hill. 12 noon Mary O’Conor, Knockbrack Month Mind.

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. Pastoral Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 24 @ 7.30pm in the sacristy.

KILLARNEY FRIARY CONCERT: Kerry Chamber Choir Orchestra and guests under the direction of Aidan O’ Carroll perform Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Vivaldi’s Gloria and popular sacred choral pieces in the Friary, Fair Hill on Friday next, April 20th, at 8pm. All are welcome. Tickets €15/€10 available at the door or in advance from the Friary office. Children accompanied by an adult go free.

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment.

VOLUNTEERS IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on the 17th of June for two weeks, assisting in teaching English, sports, games, arts, crafts, etc. No Experience required, no age restriction, supervision provided. Ring 086 8520271.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.

UP COMING EVENTS: Holy Communion May 24. Tralee Races Point to Point, Ballybeggan Racecourse May 26. To book a stall Sinead 087 6906104.

DOON CONVENT REUNION: A reunion (for anyone who attended St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Doon up until 1965) will be held on Tuesday, July 10th 2018 in Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Co Tipperary starting about mid-day. Further information is available from our website: www.DoonConventReunion.com

CLASSES: Qigong classes at Hollytree Clinic with Alan Sheehy. Starting on Friday, April 13 from 10:30 – 12pm for 6 weeks, Cost €75. Contact Alan on 087 2480 723 or Hollytree Clinic on 087 707 1080. The clinic is located next to the Courthouse, on Bishop’s St., NCW. Therapeutic Kung Fu classes starting on Tuesday, April 17 from 7 – 8:15pm for 6 weeks, €75. Contact details as above.

DUAGH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION are looking for photographs or memories of the late Fr Pat Moore (R.I.P.) PP that we can use to commemorate his time ministering in the parish of Duagh/Lyre on our very special memorial evening on Saturday, May 5 in Duagh to mark his 1st anniversary . If you have any that you would like to share please contact Sandra on 087 6718377 before Friday, April 26.

HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture entitled ‘Sinn Féin Food Committee vs. the Earl of Listowel’ by historian, author & Listowel native Kay Caball will take place in the Seanchaí -Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel on Sunday April 22at 7 pm. The lecture will mark the centenary of this significant event in Listowel’s history. For more information tel. (068) 22212 or visit www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday April 26 from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy a free evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served.

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."
Author Unknown.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Ann-Marie O’Connor, Kilconlea Lower and Thomas O’Connor who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in the Church of the Assumption recently. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

VISITOR TO TOWN PARK: The little egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It was seen in Abbeyfeale Town Park recently and hopefully will nest on the river bank.

CLASSES: Qigong classes at Hollytree Clinic with Alan Sheehy. Starting on Friday, April 13 from 10:30 – 12pm for 6 weeks, Cost €75. Contact Alan on 087 2480 723 or Hollytree Clinic on 087 707 1080. The clinic is located next to the Courthouse, on Bishop’s St., NCW. Therapeutic Kung Fu classes starting on Tuesday, April 17 from 7 – 8:15pm for 6 weeks, €75. Contact details as above.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: €19,626 was raised for local charities in 2017 by Noonan’s Christmas Lights and the Noonan family want to thank all those who donated.

TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6 Admission €5. Raffle.

NEW BUSINESS OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: The Gateway Café at the Westering Inn offers fresh home cooked food served all day, ample parking and a warm welcome. Further information 0868745485.

RAILWAY NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm. On Friday, April 13 at 8pm the Great Southern Trail Ltd. will host a presentation in the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale, Co.Limerick [alongside the Church on the N21].

The presenter will be John Grimshaw (www.johngrimshawassociates.co.uk ), a pioneer of Greenway developments for over forty years. John and a few associates are visiting several Irish Greenways and the Great Southern had to be on their itinerary because it was John who walked the entire Ballingrane[Rathkeale] to Tralee route in the late 1980’s during his survey of what was intended to be Ireland’s first Greenway. He, and his colleagues will cycle from Rathkeale to the Kerry Border and they are delighted to hear of the positive developments which will hopefully see the Greenway extended into North Kerry in the not too distant future. John will outline his experiences in developing Greenways and the multiple benefits that accrue to communities as a result. For both dedicated Greenway enthusiasts and those who wish to inform themselves this will be a rewarding evening. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne. Further dates for the diary: [A] Coach trip to walk/cycle Mayo Greenway departing Newcastle West, Market Yard, 7am Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, due back 11pm. €60 includes transport, breakfast and evening dinner but not bike hire. Monies to Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West: Tel. (5-6pm) 06962344

[B] Friday, May 25 " Nationwide" on RTE1 T.V. will feature the attractions of Newcastle West including the Great Southern Greenway.

SECOND HONEYMOON AT THE GLÓRACH: After six sold out nights Abbeyside Players have decided to continue the run of their production of Sam Cree’s comedy Second Honeymoon on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 but if you want to see the play you must book immediately on 087 1383940 as so many people have been on waiting lists that it’s nearly sold out again. There was a lovely poignant moment after the play ended last Thursday when retired solicitor Jimmy Dennison who was one of the original trustees presented a bottle of champagne to the present committee to celebrate the fact that the term loan on the theatre has now been paid off. A huge debt of appreciation is due to the Dennison brothers whose brain child the Glórach was. Abbeyfeale now has a state of the art building with wonderful acoustics which is available to the entire community.

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm are hosting a fundraising concert at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 8pm. It will feature Peter Burke, P.J. Murrihy, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Emily Clarke, Willie Relihan, Cllr. Micheal Collins and the wonderful Donal Ring Ceili Band. Tickets €15 available from WL102fm on 069 – 66200 and Ann Lyons, The Square, Abbeyfeale. It promises to be a great night of music and song and your support is earnestly requested.

CRIME VICTIMS HELPLINE: Helpline number is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed.

SPRING GARDEN EVENT: An event for garden enthusiasts and plant lovers at Sheehy’s Hardware April 14/15. Bring and buy/swop stands, garden and spring related stands. Further information Betty 087 6525816.

AGM OF ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. The AGM will be held at Leens Hotel on Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm. New members are very welcome.

ÉIGSE MICHEAL HARTNETT: Some of this years free highlights include Morning Coffee with Poetry at Marguerite’s Friday, April 13 from 10.30 -12 noon, Storytelling and Music at St. Ita’s 3pm with Daisy and Donie. Book Launch and Art Exhibition Red Door 6pm. The Ukealadies Saturday at 1.30pm in the Square. Poetry Slam beginning in Ned Lynch’s 3.30pm. For further information from 061 953400.on all the events over the three days April12-15.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3 – Monday, May 7. The grand celebrity concert will take place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on Sunday, May 6 and features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band. Doors open 7pm with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information: Nora 086/2427003, Celine 087/7697672, Vincent 087/2443353 and Mary 087/7419343.

BINGO IN TOUR: Tournafulla Development Association are holding a fund-raising Bingo on Sunday, April 15 at 3 pm sharp. € 2,100 in prize money. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

HEALTHY HAPPY BABY/TODDLER BONANZA IN ABBEYFEALE LIBRARY: Limerick Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) in collaboration with West Limerick Resources will host a Happy Healthy Baby/Toddler Bonanza in Abbeyfeale Library on April 17 from 11am to 1pm. This is a FREE event open to all Parents and Toddlers but booking is essential as space is limited. To book a place please contact Mary, Family Support Abbeyfeale, West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. 083-8892137.

NATIONAL PIONEER BALL Treacy’s Hotel, Carrickmacross May 5. For details 087 2392993.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES: Limerick Pro Life Action now have a “Lifts for Life” scheme which is created to help Pro Life votes who have no means of transport. We need drivers to help take people, in their locality to the Polling Station on Polling Day to vote. If you are willing to help, please contact any of the following: Olive 085-7172970 John 087-1127477.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

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.

TRIBUTE SHOW: A Special tribute show to the memory of the late Johnny Barrett will be shown on the big screen in The Charleville Park Hotel, Friday April 13 at 8pm. This is a two hour show with the very best of country and Irish music featuring Johnny playing in dance halls all over Ireland and bringing in the beautiful scenery of different parts of Kerry, Cork Limerick and Clare. The DVD of this show will be launched on the night with proceeds going to erecting a monument which will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of his death next December in Charleville.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue from 10-10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday 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.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: An elderly man in Limerick has fallen victim to a €2,000 phone scam and Gardaí are warning people to be vigilant about ‘suspicious phone calls that come out of the blue’. Gardai are advising people about the nature of this particular scam, which saw a man in his 70s at a loss for the significant sum of money. Gardai said the man received a phone call from another male alleging to be from his bank and reporting that there was unusual activity on his account. The caller directed the elderly man to go to a post office and send cash to a particular account via telegram. I, myself, got a call on April 5 from a man with a foreign accent purporting to be from Microsoft and offering to fix my computer. A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. 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.

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

DECLINING RURAL SERVICES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT – HAVE YOUR SAY!: West Limerick Resources are currently reviewing the existing provision of social enterprise and identifying potential for development of new social enterprises in the West Limerick area. This study will form the basis for supports which West Limerick Resources will offer to new and existing social enterprises over the next few years and so it is imperative that we hear from our community. We are holding a consultation event on Wednesday, April 11, at 7.30pm in Templeglantine Community Centre. We would strongly encourage you to attend and participate in this study.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

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

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Saturday 11am Requiem Mass for Kathleen O’Brien nee Broderick. 6.30pm Patrick Lane Grogeen and deceased family members. Phyllis Cotter, Purt. Bessie Mehan, Kilmorna Sunday 9.15am Denis & Ellen Collilns, Purt and the Geary family 12noon Mary O’Connor William, Hannah, Michael & Paul Quirke.

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

VISIT OF ICON: The Icon of the Holy Family will be in Killarney Cathedral from Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17. There are further details on www.dioceseofkerry.ie

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.

CORK MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: The Cork International Hotel, Friday, April 13–15. Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage. 086 8334382-086 6095168 – www.marriageencounter.ie

UP COMING EVENTS: Holy Communion May 24. Tralee Races Point to Point, Ballybeggan Racecourse May 26. To book a stall Sinead 087 6906104.

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PROLOGUE:
"The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child."
Thomas Edison.

TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6 Admission €5. Raffle.

RAILWAY NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: While much our energy is taken up with the Abbeyside Player’s production of Second Honeymoon, a few other events are also occurring at the Glórach Theatre. Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm, and on Monday Week last we celebrated our 21st night by giving away Easter Eggs to our loyal patrons. On Friday, April 13 at 8 pm a talk will be held at the Glórach Theatre, looking at the history of the Great Southern Trail, while the results of the survey and feasibility study for the development of the Greenway will be also unveiled on the night. All are most welcome.

LIMERICK RALLY FOR LIFE: The LoveBoth Project is organising a series of rallies around Ireland over the coming weeks to highlight the tens of thousands of lives saved by the 8th Amendment and encourage people to speak up and stand up for life. The Limerick Pro Life LoveBoth EVENING Rally for families in the Region takes place at the Limerick Race Course on Friday April 6 from 6 – 8.00 pm. Your presence is needed.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Divine Mercy Sunday Novena began Good Friday and finishes Sunday next.Mass, Confessions and Healing Ceremony on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8 in Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm.

‘’SECOND HONEYMOON: Since I’m in this play myself I can’t be telling you how good it is and what a laugh you’ll get to cheer you up this bad Spring so you’ll just have to book your ticket on 087 1383940 and come along to the Glórach and see the capers for yourself. There are four nights left; Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 6, Saturday, April 7 and finishing on Sunday, April 8. Admission €10. Family ticket €25 (2 adults and 2 children). Thursday is well on the way to being booked out and the other nights are getting there so it is advisable that you prebook.

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm are hosting a fundraising concert at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 8pm. It will feature Peter Burke, P.J. Murrihy, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Emily Clarke, Willie Relihan, Cllr. Micheal Collins and the wonderful Donal Ring Ceili Band. Tickets €15 available from WL102fm on 069 – 66200 and Ann Lyons, The Square, Abbeyfeale. It promises to be a great night of music and song and your support is earnestly requested.

CHURCH JUBILEE: In June 2018, the parish will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the opening of our parish church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. As a community of faith we have much to celebrate. A special Mass and parish celebration will be take place on Saturday, June 16 marking the official opening of the church fifty years ago in June 1968. A publication on the building of the church and life in the parish over the past fifty years will be launched.

NATIONAL PIONEER BALL Treacy’s Hotel, Carrickmacross May 5. For details 087 2392993.

SPRING GARDEN EVENT: An event for garden enthusisasts and plant lovers at Sheehy’s Hardware April 14/15. Bring and buy/swop stands, garden and spring related stands. Further information Betty 087 6525816.

AGM OF ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. The AGM will be held at Leens Hotel on Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm. New members are very welcome.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3 – Monday, May 7. The grand celebrity concert features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band on Sunday, May 6 with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information Nora 086/2427003 Celine 087/7697672 Vincent 087/2443353 Mary 087/741934.

BINGO IN TOUR: Tournafulla Development Association are holding a fund-raising Bingo on Sunday, April 15 at 3 pm sharp. € 2,100 in prizemoney. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES: Limerick Pro Life Action now have a “Lifts for Life” scheme which is created to help Pro Life votes who have no means of transport. We need drivers to help take people, in their locality to the Polling Station on Polling Day to vote. If you are willing to help, please contact any of the following: Olive 085-7172970 John 087-1127477.

HEALTHY HAPPY BABY/TODDLER BONANZA IN ABBEYFEALE LIBRARY: Limerick Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) in collaboration with West Limerick Resources will host a Happy Healthy Baby/Toddler Bonanza in Abbeyfeale Library on April 17 from 11am to 1pm. Mary Rockett will talk at 11am on Self-Care for Parents & Developing Positive Parent/Child Relationships. Talk to be followed by Q & A session. Mary Rockett is a qualified psychotherapist who holds a Master’s Degree in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Limerick. She is also a qualified Parent & Relationship Mentor. Music Generation Limerick will follow with music and movement for toddlers. An art/craft activity will also take place and take home pack will be provided. Super Valu Abbeyfeale have very kindly come on board to support the event and will sponsor 2 hampers on the morning & some Toddler snacks. This is a FREE event open to all Parents and Toddlers but booking is essential as space is limited. To book a place please contact Mary, Family Support Abbeyfeale, West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. 083-8892137.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: There will be no meeting on Sunday, April 8 as Divine Mercy Sunday is being celebrated at Abbeyfeale’s Church of the Assumption from 2.30pm. Otherwise, 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.

TRIBUTE SHOW: A Special tribute show to the memory of the late Johnny Barrett will be shown on the big screen in The Charleville Park Hotel, Friday April 13 at 8pm. This is a two hour show with the very best of country and Irish music featuring Johnny playing in dance halls all over Ireland and bringing in the beautiful scenery of different parts of Kerry, Cork Limerick and Clare. The DVD of this show will be launched on the night with proceeds going to erecting a monument which will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of his death next December in Charleville.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will resume after Easter on Tuesday April 3 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.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday April 6 Dave Lawlor. Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Now that the weather is improving (!) and the days are getting longer Helga Henn with her home grown vegetables will be in the Square every Friday. Our home baking stall will also return.

PARKING AT MASS IN ABBEYFEALE: Parking in the church area. Please co-operate with parking regulations. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Members of the Men’s Shed are volunteering in the Church Yard to assist with parking for a few weeks. Please adhere to their advice and make the best possible use of the church car park. From now you are liable to get a ticket if you park incorrectly. Also keep the centre by the main gate free in case of emergency.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Extract from the website ‘what would you do.ie’ for those who are aware of domestic violence which can happen to men as well as women; “Before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like its escalating quickly, don’t directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999. The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you try to “rescue” a victim or fight off an abuser, you’ll not only endanger yourself, but the abuser may take out their anger on the victim later. The victim could end up more isolated and less likely to seek help later on” Someone experiencing abuse may seem: Anxious to please their partner, Afraid of their partner, talking about their temper, possessiveness, or jealousy, Restricted from seeing family and friends, Limited in access to money or a car, Depressed, anxious, or suicidal. Follow your instincts. If you’ve noticed these warning signs and expect that someone you know is being abused, don’t wait for them to approach you. Look for a private moment where you can express concern and let them know you’re there to support them. What would you do.ie A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. 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.

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

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

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

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Anne Keating, Dublin & Main Street Friday. 7.30pm Denis Murphy, The Hill Months Mind. Saturday 11am Liam Flynn, Convent Road 1st Anniversary. 6.30pm Sean Enright, Purt. Ita & Timmy O’Donoghue, Ballaugh. Anne Keating, Dublin & Main Street

Sunday 9.15am Fintan & Mary Anne Collins, Knocknasna. Patrick & Tom McCarthy, Caherhayes. 12noon Dr. Michael Wall, Mountmahon. Patrick Woulfe (Paddy) Kilconlea Lower. Patrick Collins, Glenashrone. Daniel Joseph Murphy, Main St & Killarney Road. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer.

VISIT OF ICON: The Icon of the Holy Family will be in Killarney Cathedral from Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17. There are further details on www.dioceseofkerry.ie

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm. March 24:

LIVING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES? 6 week course, 2 ½ hours run by HSE Dieticians. Call 087 673 4035, next course begins early April.

CORK MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: The Cork International Hotel, Friday, April 13–15. Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage. 086 8334382-086 6095168 – www.marriageencounter.ie

UP COMING EVENTS: Holy Communion May 24. Tralee Races Point to Point, Ballybeggan Racecourse May 26. To book a stall Sinead 087 6906104.

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PROLOGUE:
"Don’t ruin a good day today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go."
Grant Cardone.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Divine Mercy Sunday Novena begins Good Friday and finishes Sunday week. Mass, Confessions and Healing Ceremony on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8 in Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm.

COUNTY CLEAN UP: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be talking part in this year’s TLC County Clean Up on Good Friday, March 30 from 11am to 1pm, meeting in the square at 10.45am. We are looking for volunteers and all help would be greatly appreciated.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Spy Wednesday, March 28; Mass of Chrism, St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick 7pm. Holy Thursday, Solemn Mass of the Late Supper 8pm. Good Friday, Passion Liturgy 3pm, Stations of the Cross 8pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil 9pm. Easter Sunday Masses; 9.15 and 12 noon. Easter Monday Mass 7pm.

‘’SECOND HONEYMOON ‘Wednesday, March 28 Abbeyside Players take to the stage with Second Honeymoon’ a comedy by Sam Cree. We’ve been in rehearsal since last November, lost cast members along the way and gained more, had three dogs (well to be truthful – three dog owners fighting for the honour of lead canine) and discovered talent where we never knew it was (up street) . John Nelligan is a revelation as the hen pecked husband and as for the maid with her penchant for fellas in uniform and the landlady who feeds her hound better than the guests – well, you’ll just have to book your ticket on 087 1383940 and come along to the Glórach and see the capers for yourself. The show will run for 6 nights at the Glórach, Convent St. beginning on Wednesday, March 28, Thursday, March 29 and the following week on Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 6, Saturday, April 7 and finishing on Sunday, April 8. Admission €10. Family ticket €25 (2 adults and 2 children).

DAFFODIL DAY: Norma O’Connor and Mary Morrissey want to thank all who supported and those who took up the collection last Friday. They raised €4232.

SPRING GARDEN EVENT: An event for garden enthusiasts and plant lovers at Sheehy’s Hardware April 14/15. Bring and buy/swop stands, garden and spring related stands. Further information Betty 087 6525816.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Benny Thade McCarthy’s next Rambling House will be held in Fr Casey’s, Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Easter Monday, April 2 at 8.30pm. All singers, musicians, storytellers and dancers are welcome to attend.

RADIO COURSE: A free radio training course starts on April 11 covering basic interview skills, introduction to audio production, radio content development and much more. It will take place at the WL102fm studios and is being run in conjunction with West Limerick Resources. Further information from Dee Collins on 069 62222.

AGM OF ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. The AGM will be held at Leens Hotel on Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm. New members are very welcome.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES: Limerick Pro Life Action now have a “Lifts for Life” scheme which is created to help Pro Life votes who have no means of transport. We need drivers to help take people, in their locality to the Polling Station on Polling Day to vote. If you are willing to help, please contact any of the following: Olive 085-7172970 John 087-1127477 Mike 083-8892137.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3 – Monday, May 7. The grand celebrity concert features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band on Sunday, May 6 with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information Nora 086/2427003 Celine 087/7697672 Vincent 087/2443353 Mary 087/741934.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: There will be no meeting on Sunday, April 8 as Divine Mercy Sunday is being celebrated at Abbeyfeale’s Church of the Assumption from 2.30pm. Otherwise, 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.

EASTER CANTATA: Congratulations to the students and staff of Scoil Mháthair Dé on their magnificent singing at their Easter Cantata “Jerusalem Joy”, which took place on Thursday night last in the parish church. It was a wonderful event and a beautiful presentation of the events of Holy Week. We are blessed to have such talented children in our parish. The cantata was recorded and will be broadcast on WL102fm on Good Friday at 3pm.

HORSE AND PONY RACES: The Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony Races are to go ahead this year on July 1 next. We would like to thank the Relihans for the use of their lands. In order to run Races of this calibre we urgently need extra Committee Members and volunteers because as people know, it takes a lot of work to get the course laid out, parking organised etc. The Races may be discontinued if new blood does not come on board to lessen the work load. If interested in helping to keep things going please contact Toddy McMahon, Church St.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

TRIBUTE SHOW: A Special tribute show to the memory of the late Johnny Barrett will be shown on the big screen in The Charleville Park Hotel, Friday April 13 at 8pm. This is a two hour show with the very best of country and Irish music featuring Johnny playing in dance halls all over Ireland and bringing in the beautiful scenery of different parts of Kerry, Cork Limerick and Clare. The DVD of this show will be launched on the night with proceeds going to erecting a monument which will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of his death next December in Charleville.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday April 6 Dave Lawlor. Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Now that the weather is improving (!) and the days are getting longer Helga Henn with her home grown vegetables will be in the Square every Friday. Our home baking stall will also return.

PARKING AT MASS IN ABBEYFEALE: Parking in the church area. Please co-operate with parking regulations. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Members of the Men’s Shed are volunteering in the Church Yard to assist with parking for a few weeks. Please adhere to their advice and make the best possible use of the church car park. From now you are liable to get a ticket if you park incorrectly. Also keep the centre by the main gate free in case of emergency.

FINAL NIGHT OF DUAGH MISSION: The Mission in Duagh/Lyreacompane had to be cancelled on the Thursday on account of Storm Emma so last Friday night the Missionaries returned from Limerick for a night of farewell. It was a beautiful ceremony with Duagh’s wonderful choir in full voice, six priests concelebrating Mass and the children from the N.S. helping with the prayers, all of which were offered for the community. It was a real privilege to be present at a Mass with six priests on the altar when to have a second priest present in these times of shortage of priests is a rarity so well done to the people of Duagh/Lyrecompane for their support of their church and its Mission.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Extract from the website for those who are aware of domestic violence which can happen to men as well as women; “Before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like its escalating quickly, don’t directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999. The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you try to “rescue” a victim or fight off an abuser, you’ll not only endanger yourself, but the abuser may take out their anger on the victim later. The victim could end up more isolated and less likely to seek help later on” Someone experiencing abuse may seem:

  • Anxious to please their partner
  • Afraid of their partner, talking about their temper, possessiveness, or jealousy
  • Restricted from seeing family and friends
  • Limited in access to money or a car
  • Depressed, anxious, or suicidal

Follow your instincts. If you’ve noticed these warning signs and expect that someone you know is being abused, don’t wait for them to approach you. Look for a private moment where you can express concern and let them know you’re there to support them. What would you do.ie A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. 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.

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

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

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

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Holy Thursday; No Morning Mass, Mass of Last Supper 8pm. Good Friday Services 3pm and 8pm. Holy Saturday; Easter Vigil 9pm. Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer.

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm. March 24:

LIVING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES? 6 week course, 2 ½ hours run by HSE Dieticians. Call 087 673 4035, next course begins early April.

CORK MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: The Cork International Hotel, Friday, April 13–15. Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage. 086 8334382-086 6095168 – www.marriageencounter.ie

UP COMING EVENTS: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6 Admission €5. Holy Communion May 24. Tralee Races Point to Point, Ballybeggan Racecourse May 26. To book a stall Sinead 087 6906104.

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PROLOGUE: "The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention."

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PROLOGUE: Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Denis Murphy, The Hill whose funeral took place last Sunday. We also offer our sympathy to the family of Mary L O’Connor, Knockbrack who died during the week. May they both rest in peace.

LIMERICK AND DISTRICT WOODTURNERS: Mickey Dunne is a well know leading exponent and maker of Uilleann Pipers, he will discuss the challenges of making the pipes at a workshop in Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle on Tuesday, March 27 from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Further information limerickwoodturners@gmail.com or Vice Chairman John Ryan 087 1260525. Our own Liam Flynn RIP was a founder member of the group.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Now that the weather is improving (!) and the days are getting longer Helga Henn with her home grown vegetables will be in the Square every Friday.

THE JOY OF LOVE PROGRAMME: A facilitated community discussion on the joys and challenges of family life in Ireland today. An opportunity to reflect on the relevance of our Christian faith in living out family life today. This meeting will take place at the Community Hall in Templeglantine on Wednesday, March 14 at 7.30p.m. It would be great to see you there. You will be most welcome. The meeting is open to everyone. Bring a friend.

GLÓRACH NEWS: After a rigorous selection process, Molly, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel from Rockchapel will star in the Abbeyside Players production of Sam Cree’s comedy ‘Second Honeymoon’ alongside a sterling cast under the direction of Merce Hobson. Angeline O’Donnell who plays her besotted owner said “I am delighted that Molly has been chosen, she has great stage presence and acts like a dog with a future”. It is expected that she will bring a large following from the Rock and that seats will be at a premium so get in fast and book on 087 1383940 for shows beginning Wednesday March 28 and continuing on Thursday, March 29 as well as Thursday April 5, Friday April 6, Saturday April 7 and finishing up on Sunday, April 8. Doors open 7pm and show starts 8pm sharp. Admission €10.

CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club monthly ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday, March 18 at 4pm. Music by Eddie Lee and Pat Casey, teas served, all welcome.

DIABETES IRELAND AT CASTLEISLAND LIBRARY: On Wednesday, March 14 at 11am Pauline Lynch Regional Development Officer Diabetes Ireland will give a general talk on Diabetes. This talk is for Adults and is part of the Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information on this talk or any other services available at the library call in or phone 066-7163403. The Library is open from 10am to 5pm Tues to Saturday.

THE TWO LOVES OF GABRIEL FOLEY: With the inclement weather forcing the rescheduling of the festival, we finally took to the stage at Knockaderry Community Hall on Thursday last with our production of the Jimmy Keary comedy, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. It was not without a certain degree of trepidation, given that we had not performed the play since last November and many of the cast members had been involved in different productions since. We needn’t have worried as all involved gave tremendous performances, eliciting much laughter from the considerable crowd that attended. It was great to get feedback from adjudicator, Tony McCleane Fay, who gave an in depth analysis on his interpretation of the play and the acting. Lots of positivity, constructive criticism and interesting pointers. We were also extremely well looked after by the organising committee, and any drama group travelling to Knockaderry can be certain of one thing; they will be well fed! The finale on Sunday night saw us pick up two awards, with Best Stage Make-Up going to Theresa O’Halloran and Best Stage Management going to Martin Tobin and Lorcan Curtin. A great experience overall, thank again to the organising committee, the audience that supported us, Seán O’Connell for the immense work he did with the set, and all the cast and crew who gave up their time and gave their all for this one-off event.

SKILLS FOR CITIZENS WORKSHOP: Come along to The Red Door, NCW on Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 2pm to meet Enda O’Callaghan from IOLAR Training who will give workshops to adults on The Digital Skills for Citizens IT Programme as part of Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2018. There will be demonstrations on Digital Skills for Citizens, File Management, Word Processing and Spreadsheets. Sign up with Enda for future Free IT course. Admission is FREE and all are welcome.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4.30pm on account of the Rugby match. It will then proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate from 4pm, they are responsible for their own insurance cover and will be required to sign a waiver to that effect. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry.

BRUACH NA CARTRAIGE: The Rockchapel based group Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra will present their new show "Music from The Manuscripts" in Bruach Na Cartraige Rockchapel on Friday March 16 at 8.30pm. This show is a celebration of the music of local musicians Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount Rockchapel, and his father Dan Curtin, and their neighbour Dave Leahy Secondgloss Mountcollins who died in 1907. The manuscripts from all three were recently discovered. They give us an important glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra Music that predates that what prevails today, with many tunes that have not been heard or heard of for over one hundred years.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, chat up a prospective partner and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

EASTER CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Easter Cantata, "Jerusalem Joy" in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday, March 21 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 7.30pm in the sacristy.

PARKING AT MASS IN ABBEYFEALE: Parking in the church area. Please co-operate with parking regulations. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Members of the Men’s Shed are volunteering in the Church Yard to assist with parking for a few weeks. Please adhere to their advice and make the best possible use of the church car park. From now you are liable to get a ticket if you park incorrectly. Also keep the centre by the main gate free in case of emergency.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3- Monday, May 7. The Celebrity Concert this year will be in the Church of the Assumption. It features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band on Sunday, May 6 with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information Nora 086/2427003 Celine 087/7697672 Vincent 087/2443353 Mary 087/741934.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage maybe had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims-All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

SAY THE ROSARY AT A MASS ROCK: Rosary at Mass Rocks for Life and Faith. On March 18 a rosary will be said at the Mass Rock in Ashford Ballagh at 2.30pm. The Rosary will be led by Fr. John Keating.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. . The AGM will be held at Leens Hotel on Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm. New members are very welcome. A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Ask for Angela; if you are out in company and feel vulnerable there is a new initiative where you can approach a member of staff in a pub, restaurant, and nightclub and ask for Angela. If you feel isolated and would like a friendly voice on the end of the phone ring the Farm and Rural Stress line any evening between 6-10pm for a chat. An avalanche of scam calls are hitting some people, only answer a call you recognise and never ring back. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. 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.

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

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

TALKS AT THE LIBRARY: Our Anxiety and Connecting with Teenagers will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 8 pm. Presented by Anthony O Shaughnessy ACI/APCP. Anthony has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years. Booking essential on (068) 32488.

ANNUAL MUNCHIN’S COLLEGE RUGBY – 1968 SENIOR CUP REUNION|: A Reunion will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Munchin’s College winning the Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup for the first time in 1968. The ’68 Senior Cup Reunion Organising Committee invites all former pupils and teachers who were in St Munchin’s at that time to celebrate the historic Cup win. Please contact any of the following if you would like to attend the Reunion or you require further information: Michael O’Hehir, Bruff and Galway (086 3744980); Neilus Noonan, Fedamore (087 2123559); Mike Carroll, Kilmallock and Cork (086 347O586); John Moloney, Clonlara (085 8640731);Brian Cox, Limerick and Cork (086 8116925) Tony Sadlier, Limerick (087 8553666); Larry Moloney, Bruree and Thurles (086 3725934); Billy Gibbons, Limerick and Athlone (086 2594398); Ger Rowlands, Limerick and Athlone (090 6494217); Dave Quilter, President of St Munchin’s College (086 3919865);or Thady Coughlan (086 2557790).

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

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

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

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday April 6 Dave Lawlor. Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Eve of St Patricks Day: Friday 6.30am Ned & Peig Leahy and their son Emmet Millstream.. Peter Healy, the Hill 5th Anniversary. St Patrick’s Day: Saturday 9.15am Peggy & Timmy Tobin. Intentions for next weekend Saturday 6.30pm Paddy & Kit Donovan and their daughters Catherine & Stasia & son in law John Brennan & his son John, Dromtrasna Harnett Jerry & Thomas O’Connor, Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel . Sunday 9.15am Nora & Patrick & Betty Collins, Meenkilly. 12noon Tom Scanlon, Athea. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Lectio will take place every Tuesday morning after 10am Mass during Lent. Due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer.

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.

KILLARNEY MUSICAL SOCIETY is proud to present its 33rd production – "Sweet Charity”, commencing on Wednesday, March 14. The Matinee show is at 11am Wednesday, March 14 followed by 3 nightly shows at 8pm each evening Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16. Ticket prices are: €15 for the Matinee and €25 for the evening shows. Family ticket is €60 (2adults +2 children). For ticket sales contact 0871342314.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS LIVE ON RTÉ TELEVISION & RTÉ RADIO 1: The St. Patrick’s Day on RTÉ TV & Radio is being broadcast live simultaneously from St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Saturday next. Please note that the regular 11.30 a.m. Mass is taking place at the earlier time of 11.00 a.m. to suit the RTÉ schedule times. This is a great honour for Listowel Parish and indeed for the Parish Folk Group. Canon Declan will be the celebrant and it will be bilingual.

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PROLOGUE: Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance. Edgar Bergen.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Peggy Browne, Fealesbridge whose funeral took place on Thursday. May she rest in peace.

TRANSITION YEAR MUSICAL: The rescheduled Back in the Habit’ Thursday, March 8 at 7.30pm with doors open at 7pm. Tickets €10 on (068) 30631.

SNOW DAYS IN ABBEYFEALE: A huge thank you to the members of the Abbeyfeale community who came together to help when two neighbours died last week on the Hill and roads were cleared of lying snow to allow for funerals to take place. Thank you too, to the Lyons family from Purt, who cleared the church yard of snow which allowed people to attend Mass on Saturday night last in safety.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club annual traditional concert with Anna Marie O’ Riordan in Fr Casey’s Gaa Hall, Abbeyfeale on Saturday March 10 @ 8pm. Admission €10.

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry is hosting a special supper to mark the day on Thursday, March 8. The dinner will shine a light on leading female food producers with a menu that includes dishes incorporating ingredients from West Limerick and beyond. Pre booking for the €48.00 five course dinner is essential, ring 069 68508 or email mustard@indigo.ie

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4pm and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate from 3pm, they are responsible for their own insurance cover and will be required to sign a waiver to that effect. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry. Committee meeting St. Ita’s Hall Monday, March 12 at 7pm.

LISTOWEL TOASTMASTERS: An open meeting will take place in John B Keane’s on Thursday, March 8 from 8-10pm. Tea, coffee and sandwiches served. All welcome.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD: Pope Francis has invited each Diocese to hold 24 Hours for the Lord during Lent. The Friars from Moyross, Limerick will lead 24 Hours of Adoration including Confessions at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel , on Friday, March 9 with Eucharist at 7.00 p.m. and continue throughout 24 Hours concluding with Vigil Mass at 6.15 p.m. on Saturday night. The church will be opened throughout the night.

RETAINED FIRE FIGHTERS: LCC have advertised a job vacancy for a retained fire fighter in Abbeyfeale. Application forms to be returned by Monday, March 12.

ALL IRELAND RALLY FOR LIFE: March to Save the 8th is taking place especially this year as our 8th amendment is under attack; it’s on March 10 in Dublin City Centre, be there! The aim of the Rally is to celebrate life and the message of life. To raise awareness of the hurt and damage that abortion causes to women, families and society. For further information link on to https://rallyforlife.net/ For the latest Choose Life Newsletter link on to https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2018/02/07/choose-life Buses going from West Limerick to Dublin for the Pro Life Rally to save the 8th Amendment on Saturday, March 10. Booking Contact John on 087 1127477 or Fr. Tony on 087 2600414.

BRUAH NA CARTRAIGE: The Rockchapel based group Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra will present their new show "Music from The Manuscripts" in Bruach Na Cartraige Rockchapel on Friday March 16 at 8.30pm.

This show is a celebration of the music of local musicians Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount Rockchapel, and his father Dan Curtin, and their neighbour Dave Leahy Secondgloss Mountcollins who died in 1907. The manuscripts from all three were recently discovered. They give us an important glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra Music that predates that what prevails today, with many tunes that have not been heard or heard of for over one hundred years.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. If you answer or call back, you will be asked to hold while they redirect you to a more expensive number and your credit will be drained or a charge will be added to your phone bill. People have reported getting scam calls from 087 65560811, 087 65563769, 087 65609962 and other Bosnian numbers. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. Ask for Angela; if you are out in company and feel vulnerable there is a new initiative where you can approach a member of staff in a pub, restaurant, and nightclub and ask for Angela. If you feel isolated and would like a friendly voice on the end of the phone ring the Farm and Rural Stress line any evening between 6-10pm for a chat. An avalanche of scam calls are hitting some people, only answer a call you recognise and never ring back. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. 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.

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

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues every Monday evening in the Glórach beginning at 8.30pm. Due to the weather warning, our scheduled performance in Knockaderry as part of the West Limerick Drama Festival has been moved to this Thursday, March 8. If you didn’t get a chance to see our hilarious comedy, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary last November, then make your way to Knockaderry Community Hall this Thursday for a night of laughter that will banish the memory of the inclement weather last week. Most definitely our last performance of this play, the show starts at 8 pm and your support is most appreciated.

TALKS AT THE LIBRARY: Our Anxiety and Connecting with Teenagers will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 8 pm. Presented by Anthony O Shaughnessy ACI/APCP. Anthony has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years. Booking essential on (068) 32488.

ANNUAL MUNCHIN’S COLLEGE RUGBY – 1968 SENIOR CUP REUNION|: A Reunion will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Munchin’s College winning the Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup for the first time in 1968. The ’68 Senior Cup Reunion Organising Committee invites all former pupils and teachers who were in St Munchin’s at that time to celebrate the historic Cup win. Please contact any of the following if you would like to attend the Reunion or you require further information: Michael O’Hehir, Bruff and Galway (086 3744980); Neilus Noonan, Fedamore (087 2123559); Mike Carroll, Kilmallock and Cork (086 347O586); John Moloney, Clonlara (085 8640731);Brian Cox, Limerick and Cork (086 8116925) Tony Sadlier, Limerick (087 8553666); Larry Moloney, Bruree and Thurles (086 3725934); Billy Gibbons, Limerick and Athlone (086 2594398); Ger Rowlands, Limerick and Athlone (090 6494217); Dave Quilter, President of St Munchin’s College (086 3919865);or Thady Coughlan (086 2557790).

KNOCKNASNA N.S.: Due to popular demand, further copies of “Caoga Blian ag Fás” have been printed and the final ten copies are available to purchase from Anne Lyons sweet shop Abbeyfeale or Scoil Naomh Pádraig – Knocknasna 0879601506. The book contains nearly a hundred photos taken over the last fifty years at Scoil Naomh Pádraig – Knocknasna.

HISTORICAL TALK: RATHKEALE, NEWCASTLEWEST, CAPPAGH AND GENERAL
‘RATHKEALE TOWN THROUGH THE YEARS’: On Friday, March 9 a talk will take place at Rathkeale Arts Centre at 8.30pm. This will be one of a series of talks organised by Rathkeale and District Historical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome.During the course of the talk we will recall the businesses which traded in Rathkeale and remember the people who owned and ran the many successful commercial enterprises from 1820 to date. Rathkeale was once the largest town in County Limerick with a population of 4,995. The present population is 1,440.

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

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

GARDA NOTICE: The Gardai have asked us to inform parishioners that parking is prohibited on the road leading into Cedarville. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Recently an ambulance had difficulty in getting through.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, chat up a prospective partner and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

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

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday April 6 Dave Lawlor. Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

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

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

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. 087 – 2618412. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday and Friday from 8.30am- 10pm. Mass Intentions: Saturday 11am Pa Colbert, Killarney Road. 6.30 pm Peg McCarthy, Caherlane .Kitty Fitzgerald, Railway Bar 7th Anniversary. Lisa Doran, Luton. Ita O’Rourke, Mountmahon Month Mind. Sunday 9.15am Michael Walsh, Dromtrasna and his father Paddy Walsh Anniversaries at this time. Margaret, Sean & Lukeen Scannell. Mary Shannon, Main Street. 12noon Norrie Curtin, Kilconlea Lower. Lectio will take place every Tuesday morning after 10am Mass during Lent. Due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

SET DANCE CÉILÍ: A Set Céilí will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday March 9 from 9.30 pm. Sets will be called by Timmy Woulfe and music is by Donie Nolan. Admission €10. For more details visit www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: ex Cork May 31 to June 7 €719.00 pps half board. 15 places still available. €200.00 deposit secure seat. Spiritual Director: Fr. Sean Corkery, Contact: Sean 0862959380.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.