DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Michael Reidy, Meenkilly whose death occurred recently, to the family of the late Mary Doherty, Killarney Road and also to the family of Liam Heck Collins, Duagh and Abbeyfeale. May they rest in peace.

SEMINAR FOR THE OVER 55’S: Co. Limerick Community and Voluntary Forum (the representative voice of the active community & voluntary sector in the county at decision making level) are hosting an information afternoon at the Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, November 28 from 2 -4 pm with speakers including Denis Joy, Abbeyfeale Fire Station Officer, Muintir Na Tire’s James O’Neill and solicitor Orla Dennison. There will also be a crime prevention officer available to answer questions on how to keep safe. Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments will be served. Fire alarms for the elderly will be available free of charge. All those over the age of 55 are invited from the West Limerick area. Further information 087 6866450.

OPEN NIGHT: Colaiste Ide agus Iosef host an open night on Wednesday next, November 27 at 7pm.Sixth class students and their parents are invited to visit the school campus. Here they will experience the modern state of the art facilities, meet teachers and hear about the many options available to them at second level. At 7.30 p.m there will be a

short presentation by the principal Mr. Jim Tierney, which will outline the spirit of the

school community, the comprehensive subject range offered and the practical procedures

of school life at Coláiste Íde agus Iosef. Further information from (068) 30631 or Enrolment Day for First Year Students 2014-15 in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef will takeplace on Saturday, November 30 from 10.00 a.m -12.30 p.m. Those unable to enrol on that day may enrol by forwarding a completed application form to the school on or before the enrolment date. We look forward to meeting you.

TEMPLEGLANTINE SALE OF WORK AND BAZAAR: Halla Inse Bán, Friday, November 29 with Santa arriving at 7.30pm. Raffles, Stalls, Sideshows and much more.

ARA NOTES; Ara Na Feile Active Retirement; our next meeting is on Wednesday November 27 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME RESULTS: Winners with 14 Games: Maureen Fitzgerald,

Kathleen McCarthy, Billy Lane.There were three runner up teams with 12 games each:

Team 1: Dan Brosnan, Maurice Collins, Donal O’Connor. Team 2: Bridie Collins, Gerry Riordan, Jer Roche. Team 3: Sean Harnett, Jimmy O’Connell, Patsy Kelly. The table prize went to the following team:Billy O’Connell, Breda O’Connell, Helen O’Connell. The two door prizes went to: Sheila Breen, Catherine Collins. The ticket winners were as follows: Patsy Kelly, Joan O’Grady, Johnny Stack, Liam O’Connor, Gobnait Scannell, Patrick Cahill.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Two scams around at the moment; Dyson engineers ring your house, ask if you have a Dyson and if you have will do a service for a special rate. Hang up fast … Revenue sending text messages offering a tax rebate, Revenue do not offer tax rebates by text – anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. Never, never, ever give anyone pin numbers, card numbers etc over the phone. If you have valuable tools lock them up and connect your house alarm to the shed.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Seamus Hickey, Patrick Lenihan and Mary Barry will travel with the Ray of Sunshine Foundation to Mombasa, Kenya in January 2014 to help build a school for deprived children in the area. Derek Davis well known RTE presenter is the patron of this organisation which says; “We undertake building projects in third world countries. We recruit volunteers from all over Ireland, both skilled and unskilled men and women who are prepared to give 10-12 days of their time to the less well off. As part of their fundraising for this trip in January Seamus, Patrick and Mary will run an afternoon tea dance at the GAA clubhouse on Sunday, December 8 next with dancing from 3-6pm to Donie Walsh. Your support is earnestly requested.

DART TOURNAMENT: Neilus Healy memorial dart tournament -Single Hand

Sunday, December 1 at the Railway Bar. Registration €10. Perpetual Cup and Cash Prizes. Proceeds to Milford Hospice.

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD: An updated version of “One More For The Road” by Raymond Fennelly has now been launched in paperback by Amazon. It contains all the old favourites as well as a new collection of articles and short stories first published on the Abbeyfeale On Line website. The book is also available as an e-book and might make a suitable Christmas present, particularly for those living overseas, Further details from Amazon or the local Abbeyfeale On Line website.

THE RED DOOR BIC : If you are interested, or if you know anyone interested in starting their own business, please e-mail info or ring the chamber office at 069-77751. An information evening will be held in Leens Hotel on Wednesday, December 4 from 5-7pm on how to develop business ideas.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s on Friday from 8-9.30pm. Teens Unite are there on Saturday 7.45-9.15pm. The Yolo club are going to the cinema on Saturday leaving at 12.45pm sharp from the church and back 5.30pm.

WEST LIMERICK GRAVEYARD SURVEY SHOWCASE: There will be a showcase on Tuesday, December 3 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West detailing the work which has been carried out to date by local volunteers to survey historic graveyards in the West Limerick area. Event free of charge – all are welcome. For full details see srowley

WEST LIMERICK TIDY TOWNS SHOWCASE: There will be a special showcase and seminar for members the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network and interested members of the wider community on Wednesday, December 11 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West from 7-10pm. Evening will include a number of special guest speakers. Full details to be announced shortly. Communities considering entering the competition in 2014 are also invited to attend. Entrance free. All are welcome. Contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources on 069 79114 or email srowley

ENTERPRISE START PROGRAMME: Applications are now being sought for the Enterprise Start Programme which will begin in the newly opened Red Door Business Incubation Centre in Newcastle West in early 2014. The EnterpriseSTART training programme, delivered by LIT, will be used as the means of identifying the most suitable candidates for the center’s eight incubation spaces which was developed by Newcastle West & District Chamber of Commerce and funded in part by West Limerick Resources. See: or call the centre on 069 77751

THE THREE TENORS: Declan Kelly, Ray O’Hare and Dominic McGorian will perform Christmas Favourites and Classic Hits from Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners, Pavarotti and more on Sunday, December 1 at 8pm in the Resource Centre, Knockaderry. To book your ticket 086 06669676/0872381043/06977401.

THE OPTIMISTIC GROUP: The Optimistic group (Formerly the NCW Jobseekers Network) meets on Thursdays in the NCW Community Centre from 1:30–3:30 pm. The group recently began a selection of training which will run up to Christmas including Confidence in Communication, Art, Healthy eating and Cooking on a Budget. This is an open door, drop in, relaxed format with a social group aspect. New members are always welcome. Further details are available from Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources’ Rural Employment Service (RES) on 069 61316.

NIGHT VIGIL: A bus will travel to Knock on Saturday, December 7 for the night vigil. Tickets €25 from Sean Broderick or ring Tim on 31232.


SINGING NIGHT: West Limerick singing club host a special night on Thursday, December 5 with all funds raised going to Noonan’s Wonderland charities.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale will take place on Sunday, December 8 at St. Ita’s Hall from 10am – 1.30pm. Donations very gratefully accepted of home baking, jams, etc. New Bakers always welcomed.

NOONAN’S OF TEMPLEGLANTINE WINTER WONDERLAND:. Santa will visit on Saturday, December 7 at 5pm and will be led to his Grotto by Carrickerry Wrenboys and followed by Drom/Broadford County Seniors – after which the party begins. Funds collected go to Brothers of Charity NCW and Foynes, Acquired Brain Injury, Castleisland, Adare Alzheimer’s Branch and Milford Hospice.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says; “We currently have an extensive range of winter clothing, including coats, jackets, scarves and footwear. At the moment we have 2 of our beautiful dolls houses left, priced at €79 each. These make fantastic Christmas presents and we are happy to take deposits on them. We also have one brand new, child’s Spanish guitar left for €49. Our books are still only 50 cent each and we also have some gift sets left mostly priced at €3 or €4. We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to accept old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. As we have no means of recycling these items, the charity has to pay to dispose of them. Thank you for your continued support and good luck with all your Christmas preparations.”

SET DANCING:Set dance classes for beginners in the Top of the Town, Athea every Tuesday night. Wednesday 8.30pm – 10.30pm at Fr. Casey’s. Further information from 087-9267037.”

NEW WEBSITE FOR ABBEYFEALE FESTIVALS: Thanks to West Limerick Resources who provided a class over the past couple of months for organisations in the Abbeyfeale area to enable them to set up a website. The Gathering committee were lucky enough to be chosen to participate and the result is a new website to keep the community updated on all that is happening in the most happening town in West Limerick.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: ‘The place where we all feel valued, welcomed and can take our place’.

Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425, Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 Console 061-306792. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Accord 069/61000 NCW, John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 – 31157 Mobile: 087 – 9708282, Micheál Liston A.P.: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2314804, C.M.A.C. Counselling: 069 – 61000 – Limerick 061 – 313287, Cura: Limerick 061 71318207 Tralee: 066 27355. Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Monday at 7pm, Mass on Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm Tuesday and Friday 10-10pm. St. Anthony Novena takes place each Tuesday at the 10am Mass. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am; Michael, Kathleen, Julia Collins, Bridge St., Friday 10am Nick and Eleanor Cotter.

Saturday 11am Bridget and Tim O Connell and daughter Mary, The Hill.Saturday 7pm Sonny McCarthy, Caherlane, Patrick Fitzgerald Knockbrack. Sunday 9.30am Patie Lane Kilconlea, Johnny Joy and parents Bridget & Jimmy. 12noon William T Flynn and deceased family members. Bridget & James McEnery Kilconlea. New CD display. In the back of the church, you will see a new wooden display with a variety of inspiring CDs, prepared by Catholic priests and eminent Catholic lay people. These talks are guaranteed to deepen your appreciation and understanding of our Catholic Faith.” First Holy Communion will take place on May 17, 2014. The Tree of remembrance will be on the Sanctuary for the month of the Holy Souls. You are invited during the month at your own convenience to place the names of your deceased relatives on it. Tags will be available beside the tree. With the data protection laws, priests no longer have access to the patient lists in any of the hospitals. Priests have no way of knowing when someone from their parish is in hospital. It is now the responsibility of family members and relatives, if they require a visit to let the priest of their parish know who is in hospital.

BRIDGE: Bridge continues every Thursday at the Railway Bar at 8pm.

FEALESBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: The social will take place at the Devon Inn on Friday, November 29 next with dinner being served at 8pm. Music by Ui Bhrians. Tickets at €25 are available from both creameries. It will be a great night and is a nice way to get into the Christmas spirit.

WINTER FLU VACCINE: The flu injection is available from all doctors’ surgeries in the Abbeyfeale area.

MARIAN’S DANCING: Learn to waltz, foxtrot, jive, siege of Ennis and much more at the Community Centre, New Street from 8.30pm – 10.30pm every Friday night. Further information 068 32374.

MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. The group would welcome donations of paint, wood etc.

CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: The 8.15 Mass on Saturday morning has changed to 9am. There will be no Mass at 10am on Monday mornings but instead an evening Mass at 7pm.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group has resumed on Tuesday mornings from 11- 12.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Safe play environment is provided; baby/toddler social skills improve. Language and play skills develop. This is also an important time for Mom and Dad’s to meet, have a cup or tea and chat. Music and movement facilitators will visit the group. New Parents are made especially welcome. Contact Mary on 097 9382883 with any queries.

FILM CLUB: Newcastle West Film Club will be presenting the film ‘Come as You Are’ a laugh out a loud comedy; three young men with various disabilities go on a road trip like no other. It’s on Friday,December 6 and starts at 8pm in the Desmond Complex (rear of the fire station). €7 per screening. Refreshments available before and after. We return again in February, 2014. Trailer available to view ncwfilmclub

DUAGH CRAFT FAIR AND SANTA’S GROTTO: Hosted by the Duagh Development Association takes place in the Church Grounds on Sunday, December 15 – promises to be full of fun and activities for every age group. The Craft Fair is packed with stalls full of Christmas Gifts and Goodies, comprising of items such as jewellery, home baking, arts & crafts, chocolate hampers, hats and knitwear to name just a few.

We also have 2 very special visitors – Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, who will meet the children in his Grotto and will give them a gift. A Professional Photographer is available to take photos @ € 1 and children will have a chance to sit and chat with Mr & Mrs Claus, while the elves are available for taking Santa Letters, storytelling and chatting about the reindeers. There will be music and entertainment throughout the day from local Choir/Carol singers and DJ. Hot Chocolate available and you can enter a raffle for a Turkey and Ham.

MAUREENS CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT: leaving NCW Friday, December 13 at 7.30pm. You won’t want to miss this great night so hurry now and ring Maureen 087 9845102 for more information and booking.

YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS: The Youth Ministry Team of the Limerick Diocese hope to lead a pilgrimage of young people on the Camino from July 8-15 next year. Young people must be over the age of 21 at the time of travel. It is hoped that the cost will not exceed €600. To find out more you are welcome to attend an information evening in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm or contact 061-400133.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Advent Weekend: Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1 with Fr. Frank Downes OP. residential and non-residential places available. Bookings and inquiries to 066-7134276; E.mail: ardfertretreat

THINKING OF GETTING MARRIED: Accord Marriage Care Service, Newcastle West, provides Marriage Preparation Courses for couples choosing to get married in the Catholic Church. There are still some places available on our January Course which takes place on Saturday, January 18 2014. For further details, please phone 069-61000 or email accordnewcastlewest

KERRY CHORAL UNION: One of the most popular Christmas musical events will be held on Sunday, December 8 t 7.30pm in St. John’s Church. ‘O Holy Night’ promises to be a memorable one, featuring Tralee’s own Soprano, Miriam Murphy who is joined by Soprano Marie Woulfe, Flautist Susan Motherway, Organist Ian Sexton, Musical director Sharon Reidy, along with Kerry Choral Senior & Junior Choirs. Suggested donation €10.

SET DANCING CLASSES AROUND WEST LIMERICK: The adult set dancing classes in Monagea Community Centre are on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. All are welcome and beginners and advanced dancers will be catered for. Classes have resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. A Rambling House takes place in Monagae on the last Friday of each month.

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, December 4 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. New members are always welcomed. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

PHONE CALL SERVICE: West Limerick Connects is a friendly phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick. Through this project, phone calls are made to older people at a fixed time every week, to check on their well-being and inform them of local events and services. This service is free. FEALE CONNECTED, the Abbeyfeale branch, has recently trained new Volunteers and so has the capacity to take on more Clients. If you would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact 087 329 0483 or 087 118 4160. FEALE CONNECTED would like to thank St. Ita’s Daycare (Abbeyfeale) and the Community Foundation for Ireland for their kind support to this service. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.

BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.

BUS: Contact Eoin on 087 2522402 re bus leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40 pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222.

ADULT SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen. Family, friends, work colleagues and community bereaved by suicide all welcome. You do not need an appointment to attend. Further information 061 306792.

SET DANCING CLASSES; Set dancing in Ballyhahill at the Community Centre every Monday 8.30pm – 10.30pm.

GROW MOVEMENT: Grow the community mental health movement meets on Thursday’s at 8pm, in the Station Room in The Desmond Complex Newcastle West.

LIVING LINKS: Living Links provide practical help, information and support to persons bereaved by suicide. Phone 061-400133 /087-7998427.

BOWLS CLUB: The West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club meets every Thursday night in Halla Tadgh Gaelach Tournafulla at 7.30pm. It is a very enjoyable pastime for all adults and new members and spectators are always welcome. Please phone 069-81936 for more details.

ST. STEPHEN’S DAY WALK: A 4-mile St Stephen’s Day walk, dedicated to the memory of Bill Kirby, will take place on Thursday, December 26 in aid of the Hospice Care Unit, Kerry General Hospital, departing from Kirby’s Brogue Inn, Lower Rock Street at 11.30am. Sponsorship cards available from Michael ‘Fox’ O’Connor – 087 9833075.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A Bereavement Support Programme for adults in St Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 7.30 – 9pm. All are welcome. For further information contact Mary 31019, Kathleen 31262, Eileen 31302, Sr. Delia 31203.

DUAGH PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The pilgrimage will take place on Saturday December 7 next and will be accompanied by Fr. Pat Moore. Bus will leave Lyreacrompane Resource Centre at 7.30am and will collect in Duagh at the Church at 8am.Estimated time of arrival back in the Parish is 9pm. Cost €20. To book your place please contact 087 413 8934.

USED STAMPS: Please send all your used stamps to either St. Patrick’s Missionaries. Kiltegan Fathers, Kiltegan, Wicklow or the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Street, Limerick. Both these orders can sell the stamps and thereby use the money for the missions.

PICTURES WANTED: Do you have an In Memoriam card celebrating the life and ministry of a priest or religious. Call Noirin Lynch on 061 400133 to arrange a loan to the Diocesan Archive so that it can be recorded. All cards will be returned after scanning.

NANO NAGLE MALLOW WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS: Saturday 30/Sunday, December 1: Capacitar Healing Weekend with Pat Cane €150

Saturday, December 7 ; Advent Day Retreat with Martina Lehanne Sheehan €50

Saturday14/Sunday 15 Awareness: A De Mello Mindfulness workshop with Francis Valoor, €175 residential/€135 non residential. Sunday, December 21 Winter Solstice 4 – 6pm.

CONCERT WITH FR. LIAM LAWTON: Enjoy a Celtic Christmas with Fr Liam Lawton at St Munchin’s Church, Limerick on Monday, December 16. . Tickets, which are €20, are available from Abbey Bookshop, Augustinian Church (400252), Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Michael street (400133) or from St Munchin’s Canon Donal McNamara PP (087 2402518) and parish office (455635 or 086 8187268).

KILLARNEY RALLY: The Rentokil-Initial Killarney Historic Rally takes place on Saturday, December 7

ADVENT TALKS: This year the Dominican Biblical Institute at Upper Cecil Street is presenting a series of four Advent Talks under the general title of Preparing a Way Together. Commencing this coming Tuesday, the talks will be on Tuesday nights at 7.30.
Admission is free; donations are invited.
The lectures are as follows: Tuesday, November 26.The Contribution of the Catholic Church in Ireland TodayRev. Professor Michael Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Professor Hayes is an internationally respected academic in the field of Pastoral Theology; he is particularly interested in the relationship between faith and praxis.
Tuesday, December 3; The Contribution of the Church of Ireland in Ireland Today
Bishop Trevor Williams, Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert.
Tuesday, December 10; The Contribution of the Muslim Community in Ireland Today
Dr Chris Hewer has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations for twenty years. From 1999-2005 he was the Adviser on Inter-faith Relations to the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham.
Tuesday, December 17; The Contribution of the Jews: Jewish faith and Christian.
Sr. Jo O’Donovan RSM was on the staff of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, from 1966-2002. Her recent book, Understanding Differently, considers Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, and Christianity’s relationship and dialogue with them.