FUN BY THE FEALE

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "Correction does much, but encouragement does more."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

GLAS TRAINING COURSE: A training course for participants on the Glas Scheme will take place at The Railway Bar on Saturday, November 18 starting at 10am. Places must be pre booked by calling 087 9796914.

#RED WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday, November 22 next, in order to promote awareness and solidarity with persecuted Christians, we have been invited by Archbishop Eamon Martin and A.C.N Ireland to pray the Angelus at 12pm and 6pm in remembrance of both past and present martyrs and to wear a red tie or a red scarf as a symbolic reminder of all Christians who have suffered and died for their Christian faith.

Red Wednesday will see many landmarks illuminated in red worldwide, including Armagh Cathedral.

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

GRAVEYARDS COLLECTION: The Graveyards committee wish to thank you for your generous support to the collection last weekend. The amount collected was €1440.

MILFORD HOSPICE COLLECTION: Thank you to all who donated to the Collection for Milford Hospice the amount raised was €1641. Thank you too to all the collectors who made the Collection possible.

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

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

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

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

KERRY CHORAL UNION CONCERT: Duagh Sports Complex presents "A Christmas Concert" with Kerry Choral Union @ St.Bridgets National School Hall, Duagh on Sunday, November 26 @7.30pm. Tickets €10 each.

VICTORY DINNER DANCE: Templeglantine Camogie Club are holding a Victory Dinner Dance on Saturday November 18 in the Devon Inn Hotel. Tickets are €25 and are available from Leens Hotel and Liz Cahill 087 2482844.

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

KERRY FOOTBALL STAR TO OPEN WINTER WONDERLAND: Kieran Donaghy the Kerry footballer will turn on the Noonan Family Christmas lights display which supports local charities on Friday night next, November 17 at 7pm. Santa will be there too to meet the children. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 1-6pm. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover a three course lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur.

PRAYER MEETING: St. Mary’s RC church, Knocknagoshel is the venue for Moss and Janice Carrig’s prayer meeting on Sunday, November 26 at 3pm. All welcome, further information on 087 1445072.

GLORACH NEWS: Almost all set for next Tuesday, November 21, when our hilarious production of the Jimmy Keary play, ‘The two loves of Gabriel Foley’ commences its run. Further shows on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30. Booking is highly recommended at 0871383940. Next month, our classic film club will be returning with a screening of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet on the first Wednesday in December. A screening programme for January to April of next year will be released shortly. In mid-January, we will be screening Shankly: Nature’s Fire, a must for Liverpool and soccer fans. With that in mind, Glórach has invited his Excellency Michael D Higgins to attend an event in Glórach if his calendar permits, for as well as being a poet, he is also an avid soccer fan and supporter of Galway United. Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. It has been very well received to date and we would like to say a big thank you to all our Bingo patrons.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated.

PARISH RETREAT: An Evening of Reflection & Prayer at Ardfert Retreat Centre for Abbeyfeale Parish, Tuesday, November 28 from 7.30pm-10.30pm. Contact: Rita Horgan 06831405.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins writes: “It is exactly one year since the new Christmas Lights Committee was formed in Leen’s Hotel. The new committee comprised Denis Collins, Marie McElligott, Jimmy Cahill, Esther McElligott, Kevin Kennelly, Gerardine O’Brien and Hilary Colliins.What little Christmas Lights stock we inherited was in bad shape and it was 3 weeks to switch on – if indeed we were going to have anything to switch on!!

We soldiered ahead and put up what we had. The result was decidedly underwhelming. The New Year had the desired effect and we set about organising the gathering of money and the purchasing of new features. We had great fun poring over catalogues of magnificent Christmas lights as we tried to keep within a certain budget. We started with a wonderful donation from the Strictly Come Dancing Event that had been held a few months previously but it was really just the beginning. The capital outlay on something like this is huge and, as a committee, we decided that we would not go into debt but we would have lots of plans to light up Abbeyfeale in a way that would make the town pleasing to the eye!! Right now, the features are going up on the poles. Unfortunately, the ESB does not take kindly to their poles being used, so for this year, we are only using the poles that belong to the County Council. With Jimmy and Denis leading the team – out working every evening, we had to ensure that we had good Insurance – expensive Insurance, as it turns out! We asked Doody Engineering, Abbeyfeale, to create a tree for us – one that would not wear away and have to be replaced in 4/5 years. What we will have now should last for 50 years!! We are about to put thousands of bulbs on it. It should be so bright, it will be seen from Mars!! We have plans for more lights next year. We would like to extend some nice lights down New Street and Bridge Street but in the meantime we are having funfilled fundraisers. On November 18, in Jack Ryan’s there is a Donkey Derby, there is a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s GAA on Sunday, November 26 and later on that evening there is a Darts Night in the Ploughman. Our great switch on is at 5.45pm on Friday, December 1. We have 2 young local high achievers doing the honours for us – Kori Goad and Chris Smith. After that, Santa will arrive and he and Mrs. Claus will meet local children in the Grotto. That night, in Mick’s Local, there will be a big Christmas Party to start everyone off for the festive season. Our last fundraiser for the moment is a Pub Quiz at Matt McCoy’s on Friday, December 8 with lots of facts and fun and spot prizes.

A big THANK YOU to all of those who have supported us to date. It is very much appreciated. Happy Christmas!!”

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

COMPLAINTS RE: DOG FOULING: There has been a number of complaints recently about dog fouling on footpaths and on the Great Southern Trail. We have also been told that a number of dogs are being walked without a leash on the trail. The authorities at Limerick Co. Council have been informed.

SHORT-TERM FOR NOVEMBER: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

MASS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Saturday, November 18 and Mass will be celebrated for all those who have lost their lives on that evening at 7pm.

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

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

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

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its

current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a

vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We

acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their

commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and

involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 0876210490.

INTERCULTURAL EVENING: West Limerick Resources would like to invite you to an ‘Intercultural Evening’ on Thursday, November 16. Come along and take part in a unique African Drumming workshop or taste some foods from around the world. Children are also more than welcome to attend, to take part in an arts & crafts workshop or to get their face painted! We are also welcoming any musical acts (that fit within our multi-cultural theme) who would like to perform on the night, to get in touch with us by contacting Damien/Stefanie on 069 62222. The event will take place from 7-9pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.

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

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

ADULT ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB. West Limerick Resources will run a 10 week English Conversation Club for Adults at the Newcastle West Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7pm -8:30pm. The Club will run for 5 weeks before Christmas (November 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6) and will continue for five weeks in 2018 (January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7). This Club is free of charge and all nationalities are welcome. To book your place please contact Damien 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842 at West Limerick Resources.

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

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced, one of which is that the first year of monitoring will be free. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Thursday 10am Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke. Friday 10am Denis, Michael, Bridget and Hannah Cronin. Saturday 11am Con O’Connor, Knocknagoshel. 7pm Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack. Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Kathryn Broderick, Lower Purt . Sheila Horgan, Convent Road Anniv. 9.30am Michael Finnucane, St Ita’s Ter. Michael Reidy, Meenkilly 4th Anniversary. Eileen Casey, Knocknasn. 12noon Finton Hoare, Knockbrack 9th Anniversary. Lizzie Morris, Longford 2nd Anniversary, Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig. Monday, November 20 7pm Michael Finnucane, St. Ita’s Terrace and NY Month Mind. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

DANCE IN DEVON INN: There will be a a fundraising dance in aid of The Hope Foundation organised by students in Hazelwood College who are travelling to Calcutta next Spring. It will be held in the Devon Inn Templeglantine, on Friday, November 2 at 9pm. Admission is €5 for adults (children free) and there will be a raffle on the night. Music will be provided by the Mountain Road céilí band. Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

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

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6 November, 2017 23:21

PROLOGUE: "A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween."
Erma Bombeck

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to MaryJo and the extended Flynn family on the death over the weekend of Noreen, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. May she rest in peace.

ARA COFFEE MORNING: The active retirement group will host a coffee morning at Leen’s Hotel on Friday next from 10.30 -1pm to help raise funds for the Christmas Lights.

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

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

WINTER WONDERLAND: Christmas is coming and from Friday, November 17 – Sunday, January 7 the annual Noonan family charity fundraiser will illuminate the hills over Templeglantine with twinkling lights and Santa’s, sleighs and reindeer will mysteriously appear out of the gloaming. The crib will as always take centre stage on the lawn with the Blessed Mother gazing, in rapture, at the Saviour of the world while Joseph stands protectively by her side. The true meaning of Christmas is to be found in these hills.

INTERCULTURAL EVENING: West Limerick Resources would like to invite you to an ‘Intercultural Evening’ on Thursday, November 16. Come along and take part in a unique African Drumming workshop or taste some foods from around the world. Children are also more than welcome to attend, to take part in an arts & crafts workshop or to get their face painted! We are also welcoming any musical acts (that fit within our multi-cultural theme) who would like to perform on the night, to get in touch with us by contacting Damien/Stefanie on 069 62222. The event will take place from 7-9pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The annual church gate collection in aid of WL 102fm will take place at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. The lights will be switched on in the Square on Friday, December 1 so keep that evening free as there will be loads happening like stalls, mulled wine, Santa and much more.

JOHN COLLINS RUNS FOR MILFORD: John Collins, Clash is travelling to Athens to run in the Athens Authentic Marathon in Greece under the Banner of the Dromtrasna Challenge in aid of Milford Hospice Care Centre, on Sunday, November 12. It’s a very worthy cause and he’d be happy to receive sponsorship.

COMPLAINTS RE: DOG FOULING: There has been a number of complaints recently about dog fouling on footpaths and on the Great Southern Trail. We have also been told that a number of dogs are being walked without a leash on the trail. The authorities at Limerick Co. Council have been informed.

ADULT ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB. West Limerick Resources will run a 10 week English Conversation Club for Adults at the Newcastle West Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm. The Club will run for 5 weeks before Christmas (November 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6) and will continue for five weeks in 2018 (January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7). This Club is free of charge and all nationalities are welcome. To book your place please contact Damien 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842 at West Limerick Resources.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: will hold its next meeting, on Friday, November 10 at 8.30 pm in the Community Arts Centre, Rathkeale. The topic under discussion will be Limerick Lace with Speaker: Dr Matthew Potter, Historian at Limerick Museum and Archives, and Hon. Fellow of UL History Department. Dr. Potter is an experienced researcher and author of many books, including “Amazing Lace.” All are welcome.

SET DANCING: West Limerick Set Dance Club ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday, November 12 at 4pm. Music is by Rise the Dust on their first visit to West Limerick. All Welcome, teas served. Tickets for our Annual Christmas Party Ceili in Fr. Casey’s are available now for Saturday December 9 in Fr Caseys GAA Club Further information from 0876259340….0864081793….0872803928.

GLORACH NEWS: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm, with our next night being on November 13. Great crowds so far, nice to meet new acquaintances and old faces.

Rehearsals for our upcoming play are simmering nicely, the only worry now is making sure we peak during the opening week! Our production is The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary, a hilarious tale of a bachelor farmer struggling to find love, and having to choose between two very different women, family friend Chrissy or the sassy, if slightly snobbish, Hazel. The play opens on Tuesday, November 21 and continues on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 of the month.

SHORT-TERM FOR NOVEMBER: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

MASS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Saturday, November 18 and Mass will be celebrated for all those who have lost their lives on that evening at 7pm.

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

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its

current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a

vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We

acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their

commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and

involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 0876210490.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: The next meeting on Thursday, November 9 at 8pm will include the Annual Honey Show with judging by Redmond Williams and a talk on the History of Beekeeping with Jim Ryan at Mungret GAA Clubhouse.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

PHOTO WANTED: Author Pat Shaughnessy from Templeglantine is writing his second book and is looking for a picture of Bidsy Barrett’s long thatched house where the Adult Education Centre (the old Tech) is now. Contact Pat on 06984136 if you can help him.

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

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

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 1-6pm. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur. We need to have numbers for the caterer by November 12 so please purchase your ticket this week.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

RAMBLING HOUSE HOSTS BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR KAY: Kay Moloney nee O’ Donoghue, Croagh and formerly of Sugerhill, Tempaglantine will celebrate her 93rd Birthday at Benny Thade’s Rambling House on Monday, November 6 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Kay is hoping for a huge turnout of musicians, singers, dancers etc. as a DVD will be recorded but she especially asks for no presents just your presence. All proceeds from this months Rambling House go to Kori Goad who is travelling to NY to defend her World Championship win in Rome during the summer.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

TABLE QUIZ: An Meitheal Co-op will be holding a Community Kitchen Fundraiser table quiz. It will be taking place in The Corner House, Dromcollogher on Friday, November 10 at 9pm. There will be great prizes and a raffle. €20 per table.

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.

DO WE KNOW THIS MAN: I have had a couple of leads re the story of Richard James Hayes born in Abbeyfeale in 1902 and who died in 1976. Thanks to Billy Broderick, Killarney Road I will shortly have some news to relate.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, implement the Rural Social Scheme in West Limerick. The scheme aims to provide part time flexible employment opportunities to low income farmers by utilising their skills and talents on community and not for profit projects. If you are: (a) 25 yrs or older, (b) currently in receipt of Farm Assist, (c) have a herd number, a copy of your EU Basic Payment application and are in receipt of a qualifying payment from social welfare rsswlr

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced, one of which is that the first year of monitoring will be free. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Friday 10am Jim McGill Anniversary. Saturday 11am Clara (baby) Tobin Knocknagoshel. 7pm Billy Buckley, Knockbrack. Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna. Sean & Bridie Leahy, Bogmount. Maureen Smith, Knocknagoshel. Sunday 9.30am Kathy Scanlon. 12noon Sheila O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower. Dick Murphy, Knocknasna. DanFrancis, Nell O’Connor and daughters Eileen & Anne late of Main Street. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following week Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’ Volume 2 by Brother John Feheney on Sunday, November 12 at Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

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

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PROLOGUE: Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. Mark Twain.

JOHN COLLINS RUNS FOR MILFORD: John Collins, Clash is travelling to Athens to run in the Athens Authentic Marathon in Greece under the Banner of the Dromtrasna Challenge in aid of Milford Hospice Care Centre, on Sunday, November 12. It’s a very worthy cause and he’d be happy to receive sponsorship.

GLORACH NEWS: There was a fantastic turn out on our first night of Bingo at the Glórach, Bingo continues every Monday evening at the Glórach from 8.30 pm and takes place this coming Monday, November 6. Preparations are well underway for our upcoming dramatic production, as Bingo-goers can attest to as they will have seen the set up the last two Mondays. Unfortunately we won’t be screening a film in November due to the set being in situ but we will be showing again in December once the play is finished.The long evenings are truly upon us now, not that it seems a major transition given the appalling weather we’ve had over the last two months. One means of warding away the introspective gloom that winter brings is by having a good laugh, and we hope to provide that for you at the Glórach Theatre with our upcoming production of the hilarious Jimmy Keary play, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. Concerning the love life (or lack of it) of forty-something bachelor Gabriel Foley, and his trials and tribulations as he has to contend with two very different women vying for his attention. The play opens on Tuesday, November 21 and continues on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25,

Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 of the month.

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

WINNERS: Congratulations to St Mary’s Boys N.S. on winning the West County final during the week.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its

current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a

vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We

acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their

commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and

involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 0876210490.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

PRAYERS IN THE GRAVEYARDS: Sunday November 5 in St Mary’s 2.30pm, The Square 2.45pm and St. Ita’s at 3pm. The annual collection for the Graveyards will be taken up this weekend at all Masses.

PHOTO WANTED: Author Pat Shaughnessy from Templeglantine is writing his second book and is looking for a picture of Bidsy Barrett’s long thatched house where the Adult Education Centre (the old Tech) is now. Contact Pat on 06984136 if you can help him.

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

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY RACES: The committee were delighted to present Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Meenkilly N.S., Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed and Crumlin Childrens Hospital with sponsorship cheques following their very successful race meeting last June. A great night was had by all in Donal and Ann’s on Saturday night last.FINBAR WRIGHT: Tickets are selling already for the Finbar Wright concert in Abbeyfeale church Friday, February 9 next. Celebrating his greatest hits and all of your favourite music, Finbar will be joined by an impressive line-up of fine musicians on the night. The Finbar Wright concert is the first in a number of events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Parish Church on Convent St. To reserve tickets call 089- 4356981. Tickets are available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop, Killarney Road, Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle West and the Butcher Shop in Ardagh. Contact: Fr Tony Mullins 087-2600414 for further information.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB SING FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Our special thanks to Philip and Marie Enright of the Ramble Inn who are hosting a singing night on Friday November 3at 9pm. All proceeds in aid of the Christmas Lights Fund. A great night is promised with a great raffle and fantastic spot prizes on the night. Your support is greatly appreciated!!

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

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

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur. We need to have numbers for the caterer by November 12 so please purchase your ticket this week.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 1 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

RAMBLING HOUSE HOSTS BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR KAY: Kay Moloney nee O’ Donoghue, Croagh and formerly of Sugerhill, Tempaglantine will celebrate her 93rd Birthday at Benny Thade’s Rambling House on Monday, November 6 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Kay is hoping for a huge turnout of musicians, singers, dancers etc. as a DVD will be recorded but she especially asks for no presents just your presence.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

TABLE QUIZ: An Meitheal Co-op will be holding a Community Kitchen Fundraiser table quiz. It will be taking place in The Corner House, Dromcollogher on Friday, November 10 at 9pm. There will be great prizes and a raffle. €20 per table.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: A free course is being provided by West Limerick Resources at the Desmond Complex, NCW on the Wednesdays in November covering all aspects of starting a new business. Contact Breda Heath on 06962222.

C.D. LAUNCH: Our own songstress Eibhlín Broderick from Cratloe will be launching her first C.D. on Saturday November 4 in Fr. Casey’s GAA clubhouse. A session will follow so all musicians are invited to bring their instruments. A mighty night of music, song and dance is promised.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria: Applicants must reside in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine. The scholarship is provided on a means test basis and is for students of limited means. Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or Irish Music will be given preference in the application process. Application forms are available at local Secondary Schools in Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Tarbert and upon request from Woulfe Murphy Solicitors, Abbeyfeale Tel 068-31106. The minimum award will be €2,000 per annum. The maximum award will be €5,000 per annum. Students are entitled to apply for the award each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship for more than 4 years in duration.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the 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. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

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

DO WE KNOW THIS MAN: Richard James Hayes (born 1902, died 1976) was a code-breaker during World War II and was Director of the National Library of Ireland. The Irish Independent of Saturday, November 30, 1940 printed the following piece on page 5:

Dr. Richard J. Hayes, Thornfield, Sandymount. Dublin, has been appointed Director of the National Library in succession to Dr. R. I. Best, who has been appointed to the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Dr. Hayes, who was born in Abbeyfeale, was educated at Clongowes Wood College and Trinity College. He was the first student of Trinity to take three Moderator ships in one year when in 1924 he took Modern Literature, Celtic Languages, and Philosophy in that year he entered the National Library as Assistant Librarian, and four years later took his LL.D. degree.

He has had several works published, including three volumes in Irish by An Gum.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, implement the Rural Social Scheme in West Limerick. The scheme aims to provide part time flexible employment opportunities to low income farmers by utilising their skills and talents on community and not for profit projects. If you are: (a) 25 yrs or older, (b) currently in receipt of Farm Assist, (c) have a herd number, a copy of your EU Basic Payment application and are in receipt of a qualifying payment from social welfare rsswlr

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced and we will bring you news of them as soon as they are to hand. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Wednesday: Feast of All Saints Masses at 9.30am and 12 noon. CONFESSIONS FOLLOWING ALL MASSES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. Thursday Feast of all souls. Masses at 10am and 7pm. First Friday 10am Purgatorial. Saturday 11am Maurice Griffin, Main Street 1st Anniversary. Richard J Woulfe, Cratloe House Month Mind. Vigil Mass 7pm.

Bridget McEnery & James McEnery, Kilconlea Upper. David Healy, Killarney Rd

Fiona Murphy, London & Ballaugh died recently. Sunday 9.30am Billy Harnett, Dromtrasna. Peter O’Connell, Purt. James Harnett, Purt. 12noon Johnny Lane, Kilconlea Upper. Bridget & Patrick Cleary, Main St. & Birmingham. Kathleen Spillane, St Ita’s Housing.

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

LIAM LYNCH COMMEMORATION: The Hogan /Ryan / Lynch Sinn Fein Cumann will host the Annual Liam Lynch Commemoration on Sunday, November 5 at 1.30pm at the monument in Anglesboro.

LOURDES: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 years with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is October 31. Further information at 086 1030740or 087 2809833 after 5pm

HUGH O’FLAHERTY MEMORIAL WEEKEND: The Humanitarian Award

will be presented to Loreto Sister Orla Treacy at 8p.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the

Killarney Avenue Hotel. The Annual Mass honouring Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty Sunday, November 5 at 10.30am in St Mary’s Cathedral is being broadcast as Gaeilge on Raidio na Gaeltachta, in conjuction with Oireachtas na Samhna, being held in Killarney from November 1-5.

HALOWEEN PARTY NIGHT – A FUNDRAISER: This is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar & Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds going to Milford Hospice and The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid-West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O’Sullivan 069 82166/ 086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.

KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’ Volume 2 by Brother John Feheney on Sunday, November 12 at Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

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

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: Protect your spirit from contamination. Limit your time with negative people. Thema Davis.

DEATH: The death has taken place of Jonathan Irwin, Knocknasna. His funeral Mass is on Thursday, October 26 at 11am. Sincere sympathy is offered to his parents and family. May he rest in peace.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

BINGO AT THE GLÓRACH: Bingo continues Monday, October 30 at 8.30pm and every Monday night thereafter.

PRAYERS IN THE GRAVEYARDS: Sunday November 5 in St Mary’s 2.30pm, The Square 2.45pm and St. Ita’s at 3pm. The annual collection for the Graveyards will be taken up this weekend at all Masses.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

THE TWO LOVES OF GABRIEL FOLEY: Rehearsals are continuing for the Glorách players autumn production which will be staged from Tuesday, November 21.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 1 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria: Applicants must reside in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine. The scholarship is provided on a means test basis and is for students of limited means. Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or Irish Music will be given preference in the application process. Application forms are available at local Secondary Schools in Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Tarbert and upon request from Woulfe Murphy Solicitors, Abbeyfeale Tel 068-31106. The minimum award will be €2,000 per annum. The maximum award will be €5,000 per annum. Students are entitled to apply for the award each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship for more than 4 years in duration.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development@adaptservices.ie or 061 412354 for an application form.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the 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. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR OUR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched”

‘STORY & RHYME TIME’: Story time in Abbeyfeale Library on Tuesday, October 31, from 11am to 1pm. Children from 2 years to 7 years, & parents, are welcome. This is a free event in conjunction with West Limerick Resources. Booking essential either with Abbeyfeale Library on 068 32688 or contact Mary, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 938 2883.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: A free course is being provided by West Limerick Resources at the Desmond Complex, NCW on the Wednesdays in November covering all aspects of starting a new business. Contact Breda Heath on 06962222.

C.D. LAUNCH: Our own songstress Eibhlín Broderick from Cratloe will be launching her first C.D. on Saturday November 4in Fr. Casey’s GAA clubhouse. A session will follow so all musicians are invited to bring their instruments. A mighty night of music, song and dance is promised.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

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

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

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

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

MEN ON THE MOVE: A free Men’s exercise and activity programme runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks in Teach na Feile, New St, from 7-8pm in association with Limerick Sports partnership and the Men’s Shed. For further information ring 061:333600.

CLOTHES COLLECTION TO HELP LIGHT UP THE TOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON: You are invited to do an autumn clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes and old bed linen and clothes. This collection will take place from Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 30. Collection points include The Little Rascals shop and Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Further details from Gerardine Mann 087 7729690 And DenisCollins at 087 649 76 41.

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

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. I met a man today whose phone began to ring as we talked, it was a long number starting with +21, if he had answered it all his phone credit would be taken and the same would happen if he rang it back later. He told me that these calls have been constant since last August and sometimes wake him during the night. So the message is to not answer any call whose number you don’t recognise, ring back later if you can be assured that it is not coming from a foreign country and how you know that, is by the plus sign. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. Expect loud bangs this weekend so keep dogs and cats inside so that they are not frightened. If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced and we will bring you news of them as soon as they are to hand. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Wednesday. 10am Denis Keane Kilmanihan . Thursday 10am Francis Woulfe, Knocknasna. Friday 10am Timmy & Mary Broderick & deceased Family. Mass Intentions for next weekend; Saturday 7pm Margaret & William Meehan & daughter Catherine Main Street. Tom Lou Ahern & the Ahern family. Jackie & Ann Lyons, Knocknasna & daughter Noreen and deceased members of Lyons & O’Donoghue family. Jimmy & Julie Ann Browne, Main St. & deceased members of the Browne & Lane family. Sunday 9.30am Jacques Collins, Jim Collins & Joan Griffin. Johnny & Maureen Joy &deceased family members, The Square. Eileen & Patrick Roche, Killarney Rd., James J & Margaret Collins & Michael & Peggy Tattan, Killarney Rd. 12 pm Connie Healy The Hill Anniv. Bridget McLoughlin

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

SHEP Growing Still Course, Wellbeing & Empowerment for Older Adults (over 45’s), Killarney. Wednesday, October 25 from 10am to 12.30 pm. Ph: 087-7728089.

MEETING FOR RETURNED LAY MISSIONARIES AND VOLUNTEERS: Have you ever worked overseas as a volunteer or lay missionary? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people to discuss issues of mutual concern? Next meeting which takes place on Thursday, October 26 at 7.00pm in the John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd, Killarney. For more info email jim.farrell or phone/text 083 8422468.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK AUTUMN TALK In Killarney House, Thursday, October 26 @ 8pm,on “The Innisfallen Crosier a National Treasure from Ireland’s Golden Age”. Free Admission.

LOURDES: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 years with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is October 31 . Further information at 086 1030740or 087 2809833 after 5pm

HALOWEEN PARTY NIGHT – A FUNDRAISER: This is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar & Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds going to Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O’Sullivan 069 82166/ 086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.

KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’ Volume 2 by Brother John Feheney on Sunday, November 12 at Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

PADRAIG POTT’S GUIDE TO WALKING AT ST. JOHN’S: A play written and performed by Seamus O Rourke on Wednesday, October 25. Set in seventies and eighties rural Ireland when rural folk lived in the auld house prior to bungalow bliss. The black and white bush t.v. brought changes as well as Charles Mitchell, Steve McGarett and Ironside. A story of nostalgia and innocence as well as happiness.

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

CARTOON CAPERS: Listowel Library will host a ‘Cartoon Capers’ workshop with author and iIllustrator Alan Nolan for children aged 8-12 on Thursday, November 2 (Mid Term) at 10.30 am. The workshop is part of the Children’s Book Festival which runs in Libraries all over Ireland in October / November this year. Advance booking is necessary by calling Listowel Library on 068-23044. This is a free event.

PARKINSON’S CONFERENCE Sunday, October 29 in the Malton Hotel Killarney, 10.15am. – 3.30pm. Guest speakers. Registration essential 1800359359 all welcome, free to attend and feel free to bring along a family member or carer.

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE : "I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not."

Lucille Ball

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Richard J Woulfe, Cratloe House whose funeral took place on Monday May he rest in peace.

GLORACH MUSICAL BREW: “Glórach goes international on Wedneday, October 18at 8pm when it hosts An International Musical Brew featuring The 4 Malina Brothers from The Czech Republic. Although pre-eminent in the field of Bluegrass & Country Music, the Malinas are no strangers to Irish music having recorded and released The Rose of Killarney. Also, performing will be Munster based ‘Under the Radar’ who are no strangers to International tours having introduced Irish Ballads to Myanmar, Thailand and Germany. Foynes man Kevin McCarthy, who is well known on the Limerick musical circuit will entertain with his very popular style of music and singing. Frances Kennedy needs no introduction and will amuse and provoke with her side-splitting Seanchaí style monologue; she may even do the Ryanair song! And, finally, our very own songbird, Amanda Colbert will debut for your delectation and delight.” For bookings ring 087 1383940.

HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Healing Retreat on Sunday, October 22, at 2.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Fr. Pat O’Sullivan, Limerick and Janice and Moss Carrig, Limerick with Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing. Tea after in hall. All welcome….

B.A.G.S.: Abbeyfeale will finally have a Bingo venue of its very own when Glórach launches its Bingo At Glórach Service (B A G S) on Monday October 23 at 8.30pm and every Monday thereafter

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GOING FOR GOLD: Huge congratulations to Abbeyfeale Town Park and Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns and to Leen’s Hotel who won the Judges Award, the Most Improved/Incentive Awards and the Overall Runner Award at the Going for Gold Awards last week in the Strand Hotel in Limerick. those of you who may not have heard the final update from the Limerick Going for Gold Awards which took place at the Strand Hotel last night.
As Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Community Council said “ Just Imagine it, Abbeyfeale’s first time getting through to the final stages of Limerick Going for Gold Awards and 3 prizes are bagged on the night. Adare pipped us at the post to take the coveted First Prize”.

COLLECTION FOR MISSIONS: Sunday next October 22 is Mission Sunday, a collection will be taken up at all Masses.

CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

NEW RELEASE: Eibhlín Broderick who is the daughter of Eileen and Mike Broderick, Craloe has released her debut CD, My Silver River Feale. It is available to purchase in Ann Lyons shop, The Square Abbeyfeale and Pat Buckleys, Devon Road Cross Templeglantine. This could solve your Christmas gift dilemma in one fell swoop!

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria: Applicants must reside in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine. The scholarship is provided on a means test basis and is for students of limited means. Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or Irish Music will be given preference in the application process. Application forms are available at local Secondary Schools in Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Tarbert and upon request from Woulfe Murphy Solicitors, Abbeyfeale Tel 068-31106. The minimum award will be €2,000 per annum. The maximum award will be €5,000 per annum. Students are entitled to apply for the award each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship for more than 4 years in duration.

WNESDAY CLUB: The Wednesday club would like to thank all those who supported the Tea Dance in aid of West Limerick 102 FM on Sunday last. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Thanks to the local business and individuals who donated refreshments and spot prizes. The event raised the sum of €260.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the 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. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP will host ‘Messy Hands Messy Play’ on Tuesday, October 24 from 11am to 12.30pm, in St. Ita’s Hall. New parents and children are welcome on the day. The Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

AWARD: A huge congratulations to Kearney’s Bakery, Ballyhahill who got a bronze award at the Blas na hÉireann in Dingle for their Sliced Brown Bread. Kearney’s Bakery was founded by Daisy Fitzgerald’s daughters, Daisy is originally from Knocknasna. Abbeyfeale Abú.

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,

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School, Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply by text to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

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

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development or 061 412354 for an application form.

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

FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show on Thursday , October 19, in the Community Centre, Tournafulla commencing with a Cheese & Wine reception at 7:15pm, Fashion Show to start at 8pm, featuring local models. Outfits modelled will be from all the local boutiques.

MEN ON THE MOVE: A free Men’s exercise and activity programme runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks in Teach na Feile, New St, from 7-8pm in association with Limerick Sports partnership and the Men’s Shed. For further information ring 061:333600.

CLOTHES COLLECTION TO HELP LIGHT UP THE TOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON: You are invited to do an autumn clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes and old bed linen and clothes. This collection will take place from Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 30. Collection points include The Little Rascals shop and Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Further details from Gerardine Mann 087 7729690 And DenisCollins at 087 649 76 41.

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

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions;. Friday 10am Mae Flynn, Main Street, 2nd Anniversary. Mass Intentions for next weekend 7pm ( Garry McMahon Mass) Baby Tommy Moran Maryann & Tom Moloney & deceased family members. John Joe Broderick, Purt, Sunday 9.30am Patrick & Kit Riordan, Purt. Mary A.nn Mulcahy & Tom . 12pm Willie Maurice Hartnett, Knockbrack. To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

WORLD MISSION DAY: On Thursday, October 19 at 8pm in The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly will speak on his experiences as a missionary in Africa and at home, inviting us all to “Reach out and spread the Joy”. Entrance is free and all welcome.

EXHIBITION BY TROCAIRE Palestine: A Home Truth, on the forced displacement of Palestinian communities in the West Bank, will take place at Killarney Library from October 16 – 21 during library opening hours. On Thursday, October 19 Trocaire will screen ‘This is Palestine’, a documentary featuring Riverdance founder John McColgan and his journey through the West Bank and Gaza. The screening takes place at 6.30pm. Free of charge.

LOURDES: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 years with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is October 31 . Further information at 086 1030740or 087 2809833 after 5pm

HALOWEEN PARTY NIGHT – A FUNDRAISER: This is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar & Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds going to Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O’Sullivan 069 82166/ 086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.

KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

PADRAIG POTT’S GUIDE TO WALKING AT ST. JOHN’S: A play written and performed by Seamus O Rourke on Wednesday, October 25. Set in seventies and eighties rural Ireland when rural folk lived in the auld house prior to bungalow bliss. The black and white bush t.v. brought changes as well as Charles Mitchell, Steve McGarett and Ironside. A story of nostalgia and innocence as well as happiness.

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

CARTOON CAPERS: Listowel Library will host a ‘Cartoon Capers’ workshop

with author and iIllustrator Alan Nolan for children aged 8-12 on Thursday, November 2 (Mid Term) at 10.30 am. The workshop is part of the Children’s Book Festival which runs in Libraries all over Ireland in October / November this year. Advance booking is necessary by calling Listowel Library on 068-23044. This is a free event.

PARKINSON’S CONFERENCE Sunday, October 29 in the Malton Hotel Killarney, 10.15am. to 3.30pm. Guest speakers. Registration essential 1800359359 all welcome, free to attend and fell free to bring along a family member or carer.

SEANCHAI; Wednesday October 18 at the Seanchai Centre, Listowel there will be a lecture on Tim Enright: Forgotten Man of Listowel Letters, With Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael DeMordha, Vincent Carmody & Martin Moore.

We remember Listowel born Tim Enright, socialist and translator of the Great Blasket Island writers including Tomás Ó Crohan & Michael O Guiheen. The story of the Drumboe Massacre in which four anti-treaty IRA volunteers, including Enright’s uncle Daniel were shot dead in 1923, will also be recounted.

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

COOKERY WITH NEVIN MAGUIRE: Saint Fergus’s N.S., Glin will be hosting a fundraising cookery demonstration with Nevin Maguire in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall Glin on Wedesday, November 8 at 8pm. Doors open @6.30.pm. with Artisan food fair. Complimentary wine& cheese reception Raffle ….Tickets@ €25..available from school office (068 34344 )

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

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. 086-7780664 or www.grow.ie

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."Anthony J. D’Angelo.
DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Denis ( Dee) Harnett, Kilconlea Upr. whose funeral took place on Saturday. May he rest in peace.
CHURCH CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.
LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.
NEW RELEASE: Eibhlín Broderick who is the daughter of Eileen and Mike Broderick, Craloe has released her debut CD, My Silver River Feale. It is available to purchase in Ann Lyons shop, The Square Abbeyfeale and Pat Buckleys, Devon Road Cross Templeglantine. This could solve your Christmas gift dilemma in one fell swoop!
EPILEPSY COLLECTION: A big thank you to all who stood at the gate and donated from organiser Celine McNally.The amount raised was 659.02.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the 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. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.
DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.
YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.
ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP will host ‘Messy Hands Messy Play’ on Tuesday, October 24 from 11am to 12.30pm, in St. Ita’s Hall. New parents and children are welcome on the day. The Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.
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
REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School, Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply by text to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.
FOOD BANK OPENS: The Sreet Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.
UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development or 061 412354 for an application form.
PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.
CONCERT AT GLORACH: A mix of local and international acts will be taking to the stage at the Glórach Theatre on Wednesday, October 18 at 8 pm for what promises to be a memorable night of music including bluegrass and traditional. For bookingsor more details please contact 0871383940.
FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show on Thursday , October 19, in the Community Centre, Tournafulla commencing with a Cheese & Wine reception at 7:15pm, Fashion Show to start at 8pm, featuring local models. Outfits modelled will be from all the local boutiques.
MEN ON THE MOVE: A free Men’s exercise and activity programme runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks in Teach na Feile, New street from 7-8pm in association with Limerick Sports partnership and the Mens shed, for more info ring 061:333600
CHURCH DOOR COLLECTION: The annual Youth service Collection will take place on the weekend of October 14/15.
CLOTHES COLLECTION TO HELP LIGHT UP THE TOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON: You are invited to do an autumn clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes and old bed linen and clothes. This collection will take place from Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 30. Collection points include The Little Rascals shop and Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Further details from Gerardine Mann 087 7729690 And DenisCollins at 087 649 76 41.
WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.
WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.
COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. The day of leaving the key in the door or the door on the latch is gone unfortunately so get into the habit of locking both front and back doors when you are inside. That way if someone comes to the front door you know that if a second person is gone around the house they will not be able to come in behind your back. Invest in a safety chain so that you don’t need to open the door fully until you know who you have. If you have a panic button from Community Alert wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Marian Harnett.
CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch 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. Thursday 10am Tim O’Connell, Knocknagoshel and late of the Hill – Months Mind. Friday 7pm Raymond Stryker. Saturday 11am Clara (baby) Tobin (birthday remembrance) Rip. Mass Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 7pm Tim & Maureen O’Connor, Fealesbridge. Matt & Josephine Daly . Margaret Healy and deceased family members, Grogeen . Michael Healy . Sunday 9.30am Theresa Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna. Timothy & Eileen O’Donoghue, Ballybehy. Fr Bill Lane and Sr de Pazzi. 12noon Ted Moloney, Ballymacgordan .To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.
HALOWEEN PARTY NIGHT – A FUNDRAISER: This is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar & Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds going to Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O’Sullivan 069 82166/ 086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.
KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.
DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.
ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.
PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.
COOKERY WITH NEVIN MAGUIRE: Saint Fergus’s N.S., Glin will be hosting a fundraising cookery demonstration with Nevin Maguire in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall Glin on Wedesday, November 8 at 8pm. Doors open @6.30.pm. with Artisan food fair. Complimentary wine& cheese reception Raffle ….Tickets@ €25..available from school office (068 34344 ).
JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.
GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.
MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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Abbeyfeale notes

PROLOGUE: Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen Spillane St Ita’s Sheltered Housing whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

CHURCH CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT THE GLÓRACH: They came from all over West Limerick and North Kerry last Thursday night to see Killarney man Donal Courtney perform the one man show he wrote and produced on the late Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – the Kerryman who saved 6,500 people from the Gestapo during World War 2 while based in the Vatican. The intimate venue with its great acoustics was the ideal place to learn about a piece of history that was mostly brushed under the carpet over the last 70 odd years and the Q and A session afterwards with Donal was informative, interesting and insightful. Well done Lorcan, John and Co.

BUS TO FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick Diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8. There will be marching bands and a mobile farm, youth activities and child-friendly events, water zorbs and climbing walls, musical acts every hour and quiet prayer spaces, all brought together in a family Mass at 4pm on the steps of the Tara building in Mary I. A bus is being organised to travel to this event from Abbeyfeale, tel. the sacristy on (068)51915 during mass times or contact Fr. Tony Mullins with the names of family members interested in travelling.

SINGING IN THE RAIN: Our monthly classic film screening at the Glórach occurs on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm with our showing of Singing in the Rain. Starring Gene Kelly, this 1952 film is regarded as one of the finest movie musicals ever made. We’ve a special treat on the night of the film, for before and after the screening, there will be live dance routines performed by teenage sensations, The Templeglantine Troupers, a match for Gene Kelly in his heyday! For bookings or enquiries, please contact 087 1383940.

TEA DANCE: Tea dancing resumes on Sunday, October 8 at Fr. Casey’s. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Teas served. This is a fund raiser for WL102fm organised by the Wednesday Club. Your support for our local community radio station would be appreciated.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Conor McAuliffe and Caoimhe Pegley from Coláiste agus Íosef Abbeyfeale who spoke at Mass last week and held a collection for their immersion program to Calcutta, India would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who donated to the cause. They raised a total of €2,884 over the three Masses. This is a massive sum of money and has aided them a huge amount in their fundraising. The people of Abbeyfeale are extremely generous and this money will greatly aid The Hope Foundations projects in Calcutta.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: Congratulations to Joanne & Kadie Colbert, Winners of Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Best Shop Front Summer 2017 Competition & Toddy & Sinead Mc Mahon, Winners of Most Improved Shop Front 2017. A big thank you to Fitall/Sigma Signs & Sheehy’s Hardware who sponsored the winning trophies.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the 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. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and involvement of parents. Without the involvement of parents the Youth Club would simply not be open and we thank the current parents involved with the club for their interest and the time they give to running the club. The club leaders are planning with the help of new parents to open a club for second year secondary school students. We are now seeking the help of parents who are willing to give some time each week as volunteers with the club so that this age group can begin availing of the clubs activities. The club is based in St Ita’s Hall and is open on Friday and Saturday nights. By volunteering for this work you will ensure that this essential service for young people in our parish is continued. A short meeting for new parent volunteers will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday, October 2 at 8p.m. For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, October 4 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School,Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply before Friday October 6 bytext to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. An open evening will be held at the offices of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.

FOOD BANK OPENS: From Friday, September 22 the Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from October. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

RAYMOND FENNELLY WRITES: “She stood beside the pedestrian crossing at Joy’s Corner, laden down with bulging bags of shopping, waiting for the traffic to slow down
“Are you going across, missus?” I asked, taking her by the elbow and helping her slowly over as the cars stopped to allow us through. She still clung on to the shopping.
“There you are, missus.” I said, depositing her safely on the other side.
“Thank you, young man,” she replied. “but less of the ‘missus’. Its ‘miss’ you should be calling me, for I have never met the man that could tie me down yet.”
“You should read Fifty Shades Of Grey” I murmured, but she ignored the jibe.
“Aren’t you the lad that do be doing the bit of writing?” she asked, looking up at me.
“I do put pen to paper occasionally.” I admitted modestly. (There are those who would claim that I have much to be modest about.)
“I have a brother in New York that do read your stories every week.” she said. “Paddy Joe thinks you are great craic but of course the poor old devil was never really right in the head.”
“What part of New York is he in?” I asked.
“The Bronx.” she answered. “He is there with the last forty years and not a bother on him. Do you think you could give him a mention in your next bit of writing?” she continued. “He’d be delighted with that.”
“Of course I can,” I took out a biro that I always carry with me in the off-chance that someone might ask for my autograph. “Now, what is his name?”

“Paddy Joe.” she replied.

“Paddy Joe what?” I persisted.
“Paddy Joe.” she said again. “How many Paddy Joes do you think there are in The Bronx?”
“Quite a few, I imagine.”
“Well, just put down Paddy Joe. We don’t want to give out too many details for fear that Trump might also be reading your stories and gets it in to his thick head to send poor Paddy home. That fella has it in for the Irish – so he has. Him and his fecking wall, and we trying to abolish the border over here!” I’ll see what I can do.” I promised.
“Good man.” she said. And with that, she hoisted her shopping bags and disappeared down Church Street.
So, Paddy Joe in The Bronx, whoever you are, (and you know who you are) your sister in Abbeyfeale says hello.
And if American immigration officials should suddenly begin deporting every Paddy Joe in The Bronx, then New York will come to a standstill – and we will get the blame!

LAUNCH OF GARY MCMAHON WEEKEND: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm. The session in October on Friday, October 6 will be the launch of the Gary McMahon Singing Weekend.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development@adaptservices.ie or 061 412354 for an application form.

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

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

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

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. The day of leaving the key in the door or the door on the latch is gone unfortunately so get into the habit of locking both front and back doors when you are inside. That way if someone comes to the front door you know that a second person is not around the back trying to get in behind your back. Invest in a safety chain so that you don’t need to open the door fully until you know who you have. If you have a panic button from Community Alert wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 will shortly go on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch 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

Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7p.m. Bill, Bridget & John Joe Collins, The Hill. Tommy & Delia Nelligan, Bridge St & Mary Nelligan, Collins Park Sunday 9:30 Margaret Culhane, Knockbrack, Johnny & Peggy Stack, Craughatouke, Moynsha. 12p.m. JulieAnn McCarthy, Meenkilly Month’s Mind Tom & Joan Murphy Monday October 9 7pm Marian Shannon Murphy Main St. To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 6 – Sunday October 8. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience@gmail.com

DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

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

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

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

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

CELEBRATING MARTIN LUTHER’S REFORMATION: The Irish Province of the Augustinian Friars in association with the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, present a Conference Marking the Fifth Centenary of Martin Luther’s Reformation on Saturday, October 7 in Mary I.

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VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

OUR OWN CANON TONY STARS IN CONCERT FOR PIETA HOUSE: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.