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Monthly Archives: January 2014

PROLOGUE: "If we counted our blessings instead of our money, we would all be rich."

Linda Poindexter.

DEATHS; The death has occurred of Catherine Murphy, (Padua, Clash Road, Abbeyfeale, formerly of London and Sheskin, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to her bereaved niece, Mary O’Leary, nephew, David Murphy, grandniece, grandnephews, relatives and friends .

The death has occurred of Jerry (Darby) Browne, Orchard Drive, Abbeyfeale, and formerly of Knockadarrive, Brosna, Co. Kerry..

May they rest in peace.

CINDERELLA: Well done to the Transition Year students for their production of Cinderella panto at the Colaiste last week. It was a most enjoyable night with Andrea Collins as Cinderella portraying a mixture of pathos and gumption and stealing the show with her wonderful singing voice. The Ugly sisters were hilarious with the multi-talented Jackie Harnett proving that there is the making of a comic actress in her and Deidre O’Connor with her impeccable timing providing Jackie with a perfect foil. Muireann Hickey as the lovelorn Buttons was witty and lively, Joanna Maynard as the Wicked Stepmother was menacing and Queen Kerry Ann Finucane with her beaming smile lit up the auditorium as she and her husband His Majesty Matt Hunt discussed the need to get a wife for the Prince. Fairy Godmother Aishling Scanlon was fun, Prince Charming Daniel Leahy was both handsome and regal and his valet Katie Ahern delivered some great lines with panache. We had music and dance, a fast moving chorus line, witty lines that gave us great laughs, a solo from one of the girl’s chorus which was beautiful, Mary O’Brien on piano and memorable sets from Mr Vaughan – the first of many musicals to come we hope, and a hard act to follow. Well done too to all the local businesses who sponsored the students.

YOUTH CAFE: Foróige supported by Limerick Youth Service is holding an information night on Friday, January 31 in St. Ita’s Hall from 7 – 7.45pm. If you are interested in working with youth and have a couple of hours free during the week to volunteer please come along. All our volunteers will be garda vetted and must be over the age of 18. Volunteers should be patient, reliable, self-motivated, responsible, energetic and trustworthy. If you are interested come talk to us! All volunteers will be trained and supported by staff. Contact Bríd 086 – 2043599 or Laura 087 -1733489.

YOUNG MUMS GROUP: Young mothers are being invited to join a new group will support their personal development. The group will start in February in Abbeyfeale and names are now being taken. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

ABBEYFEALE MALE VOICE CHOIR; Practice every Thursday @ 8pm in St Mary’s Boys NS. New members welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.

DROMTRASNA N.S. FUNDRAISER; Sliabh Notes with Donal Murphy are in concert in the Devon Inn on Friday next, January 31. Tickets €10 available from the Devon Inn, Sheehys Hardware and Dromtrasna N.S. and on the door on the night.

BEE KEEPING CLASSES: Plans are in train to run a class in bee keeping in the Adult Education Centre starting in February. Names are now being taken for those wishing to participate. Contact 068 31198.

GLORACH CONCERT: Plans are afoot to hold a musical celebration around St. Patrick’s Weekend in the Glorach. Details to follow.

FEALEFIT: Fealefit will be holding a Fundraising 5k / 10 k walk at the Railway on Sunday, February 16 at 10.30am to raise money for the Special Olympics 2014 which will be held in Limerick this June. We encourage you all to come out and support such a worthy event, all donations welcome & refreshments after in the Railway bar. Fealefit will commence NEW Couch to 5k training Friday February 21 at 6.30pm at Town park. .Fealefit are working in conjunction with St Ita’s Ac Abbeyfeale to coach Little Athletics & develop children’s Athletic capabilities and fitness every Monday 5PM. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.Check out www.Fealefit.com for all details on Classes..

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our new committee is as follows; Nancy Wall Chairperson, Joan Leahy Vice Chairperson, Bridie Collins Secretary, Josephine Halpin Assistant Secretary, Bernadette Ahern Treasurer, Mary Moloney Assistant Treasurer, Ann Hennessy PRO, Tess Lane Assistant PRO. Committee; Marion O’Connor, Mary Theresa Cahill, Madeline O’Connor and Mary Healy. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 29 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We look forward to welcoming new members.

ICA NEWS; The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA has resumed for the season and meets again on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Community Education Centre, Mount Mahon. All members are invited to attend. New members very welcome – if you would like to make new friends do come along.

"ONE FOR THE ROAD" NOW ON SALE: The newly updated edition of "One More For The Road" by Raymond Fennelly is now available to purchase from Ann Lyons shop in The Square. Price €8.00. The book is also availabe from Amazon and Kindle. For more details check the local Abbeyfeale On Line website at; http://abbeyfealeonline.blogspot.ie/

‘ST0P IT NURSE’: Athea Drama Group presents a production of the comedy ‘Stop it Nurse’ by Sam Cree. Performances will take place in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on Thursday 30 continuing Saturday, February, 1 and Sunday, February 2 at 8pm nightly. Suitable for all ages, the play promises much-needed belly laughter and sore ribs. The show is set in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the stern ward sister (Hannah Finnegan) who is aided by hard working nurse Holmes (Claire O Connor) and the not so bright trainee Freda Ferguson (Karina Buckley). You have a recipe for hilarious madness and mayhem all in the setting of the hospital ward from hell! The Play is directed by Theresa O’Halloran is a play not to be missed!!

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s on Friday from 8-9.30. Teen unite are in St. Ita’s and Yolo club are in the sports complex on Saturday night from 7.45-9.15. New members are welcome. Youth leaders are only responsible for registered members who sign in and stay until club is over, no one is allowed to leave club during club hours without parental permission.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME RESULTS: Winners with 14 games; Jer Roche, Peggy Riordan, JJ Leinihan. Runner’s up with 13 games; Dan Reidy, Fintan Quirke, Jeoffery Fitzgerald. Table Prize; Billy Broderick ,Paddy O Sullivan ,Sheila Breen. Door Prize;

Betty Daly, Patrick Murphy. Ticket Prizes; Toddy O Conner*2, Paddy O Sullivan,

Lisa Mcfadden, Dan Reidy *2.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Minister for Arts, Culture & Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenehan will visit Knockfierna at 2.30pm on Saturday next, February 1 . Mr. Deenehan will launch a guide brochure of Knockfierna which shows famine roads, potato ridges which are still intact since the famine of 1847. All are welcome for this very unique occasion. The afternoon will be followed by entertainment at the Rambling House. All are welcome.

INSE BÁN MACRA CLUB: The inaugural meeting of Inse Bán Macra took place recently. The following are the new officers Chairperson Maria O Sullivan, V Chairperson Selena Gardiner, Secretary Myles Cunningham, Assistant Secretary David Mulcahy, Treasurer Ben O Shea, Assistant Treasurer Shane Brouder, P.R.O Sean Cunningham and assistant John O Donnell.. Names are being taken for the mystery tour leaving the South Court Hotel, Limerick on Saturday, February 1. Get names into Myles by Thursday if interested. Our next meeting will be held in the Halla Inse Bán Temple Glantine on Thursday, February 13. All new members are welcome,Any new members contact Brigid Walsh on 0860822038 or come along to our next meeting. Calling all persons aged between 17-35 years of age with an interested in the sport, public speaking, performing arts and travel or perhaps just the social interaction then Inse Bán Macra wants you.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Abbeyfeale community games are holding a talent night for

children of the parish aged between u11-u16 on Friday, January 31@7pm in the rugby club any enquiries/entries. Tel Maurice 087 6315169.

‘COME AND SEE’ – THE STORY OF LOURDES; Fr. Micheál Liston’s book ‘Come and See’ is for sale in several shops around town.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: Dates for 2014 have been changed to the third Monday of the month. Next Rambling House will be Monday, February 17 from 8.30pm.

CRAFTY CORNER: knitting and crochet class returns after the Christmas break on Tuesday nights 7.30 pm in the Adult Education Centre. New members welcome just come along on the night.

ITA’S SET DANCING CLASSES: Learn to set dance in Monagae every Thursday night from 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

GLOR TIRE: Micheal Collins from Tournafulla, band leader with the Micheal Collins Band is a contestant on the new series of Glor Tire on Tna G. Watch him this Wednedsday night doing a duet with Louise Morrissey. Micheal is looking for votes so that he will be able to stay in the running. He is asking everyone who knows him to support him over the next few weeks.

PANTO: A bus will travel to Puss n Boots performed by the one and only Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, leaving N.CW. at 4.30pm. We will pick up en route at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. You will have time for refreshments before the performance commences at 6pm. Early booking is advised as this is a very popular event. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: The first meeting of the Gather by the Feale ( July 16-20, 2014) took place last Tuesday and it was decided that we will go with more or less the same dates as last year and that the festival will be based on the arrival of the Vikings and their routing by Brian Boru. Our A.G.M. will take place in Leens Hotel on

Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm. We hope that anyone with an interest in repeating or even surpassing the success of the Gathering last July will attend and help us establish a yearly festival. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website :https://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates.

COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO: Our own Ann O’Halloran is broadcasting to the world three days every week Wednesday 5-7pm, Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1am. Log onto studio and leave a request for her.

CD LAUNCH: Maura Nolan from Kilcolman, and a native of Knockfinisk, Athea, is launching her first CD in Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West on this Thursday, January 30 at 2pm. A second launch will take place on Friday,February 14 at the Top of the Town Pub in Athea. They will be music, song fun and enjoyment at both venues and the CD will be on sale for € 15. The CD is also on sale from reception in Saint Ita’s, and also at Maura’s live performances. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to the Friends of Saint Ita’s Hospital. 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 a range of new musical instruments including Spanish guitar left for €49. Our books are still only 50 cent eachWe 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. Thank you for your continued support.”

HUMOUR: When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red- hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity. Albert Einstein.

TRAINING FOR RADIO: West Limerick 102 is currently running an 8 week training course at its studios in Newcastle West for those over 55 who would be interested in learning how to produce a monthly radio programme aimed at older members of our community. The course runs each Monday and Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm and is free of charge. Full details from Connie at West Limerick 102. Ring 069 66200.

SET DANCING WEEKEND: The West Limerick Set Dancing club’s workshop weekend will run from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9 at the Devon Inn Templeglantine.

PILGRIMAGE: Lay ‘Dominican Pilgrimage to Fatima 7 nights, Hotel Tres Pastorinhos departing Dublin October 2 €799 pps. Includes all meals for the duration of your stay and Insurance. Singe Room Supplement €25 per night. If paid in full by February 3 there is €100 off price or if you pay a deposit of €200 by the same date then there is €50 off price. Spiritual Director travelling with group. Further details from Bro. Michael Neenan O.P. phone 01-4048100 or contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Pligrimages Abroad – Lauri Duffy Travel.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Elderly people are very vulnerable at this time of year with the changeable weather and threat of storms, ice and snow. The local branch of community alert would urge people to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their neighbours, offer to do the shopping, check that they have enough firing inside and call and visit them. All fire alarms should be tested at least once a month. Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed on a work surface or window sill in a kitchen or any room with a stove or open fire.

VISIT TO THE DAIL: Maureen Finnegan is running a day trip to the Dail on Wednesday, March 26. Leaving NCW at 8am. Breakfast and dinner in the Harbour View Hotel, Naas. We will be having a guided tour of the Dail – you will be pleasantly surprised as to how beautiful this building. There will be some free time in Dublin for you to do as you please. Contact Maureen for more details and booking 0879845102.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Athletes and Volunteers meet every Tuesday, starting on January 28 at 7pm. in the Community Centre. If you would like to become a volunteer please contact Rose McMahon (087 9845102) who will be pleased to give you all the details.

MARIAN’S DANCING: Classes have resumed every Friday night in the Community Centre, New St. at 8.30pm. Learn to waltz, jive, foxtrot, siege of Ennis, slosh and much more.

FILM SEASON: Friday, February 1 is the start of the current film season. In the early 70’s a shy Mexican singer/songwriter in Detroit makes two albums which sell six copies. 30 years later he’s tracked down by a journalist from South Africia where he’s become "bigger than Elvis". SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN sounds like a fairy tale, only this is real life. Starting at 8pm. in the Desmond Complex (rear of the fire station). €7.00 per screening. Refreshments available before and after. If you are unable to attend we are back again lst November 1 and December 6, 2014. Phone 087 6877970. Email: NCWFilmclub Website:www.ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK: World Day of the Sick is Sunday February 2. Pope Francis in 2014 is commending the 22nd World Day Of Sick to the intercession of Mary, so that she will help sick people to live their own suffering in communion with Jesus Christ.

DESMOND HALL: Celebrate St. Brigid’s Day at Desmond Hall:- Learn to make different types of St. Brigid’s crosses and hear about traditional customs and folklore associated with St. Brigid on Friday, January 31 at 7pm. in the Desmond Hall, The Square, NCW. Free Admission.

DRAMA: ‘ The Honey Spike ‘: the play by Bryan Mac|Mahon is taking place in the Community Centre, Granagh at 8pm on the nights of January 31, February 1 and 2. Shop & Raffle each night. Adm. Adults €10, Students €5.

The play tells “a tale of the Irish roads, of a tinker and his wife.

It’s a tale of trouble and wildness and a child that’s born to life.

There’s mating in it, birth and death and drink to flood a dyke,

So here’s how they raced the coloured road that led to the Honey Spike."

SUPPORT SERVICE: Do you, or someone you know, need help and support with someone

else’s drug/alcohol/gambling addiction or abuse? Bushypark Treatment Centre (a Clarecare service) offers weekly FREE Family Support Programmes in Ennis and in Limerick. These are drop in services, so no need to phone ahead or book a place. Just come! Tea/Coffee/Biscuits. Counsellor & Facilitator Led. Limerick Tuesdays 8-9.30 pm Pastoral Centre Denmark St., Wednesdays 3.45 – 5.15 pm Ana Liffey Drugs Project Building, The Fairgreen.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: Catholic Schools Week takes place from January 26-Feb 1.

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2014 is: Catholic Schools – Centres of Faith and Learning’.

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 068/51984Console 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,Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2618412 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. Mass Intentions: Intentions for the week; Wednesday 10am Daniel Sheehy. Thursday 10am Joan Kelly & John Murphy

Friday 10am John Moore, Shanbally Saturday 7pm Christy Leahy & Patrick Sheehan,

Knockbrack, Nell Lenihan, Cragg. Sunday 9.30am David Ward, Ballaugh.

Adoration has resumed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm and Tuesday and Friday all day. Adoration takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm and all day on Tuesday and Friday from 10am to 10pm. 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. 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. This is Christian Unity Week.

HUMOUR: In the Beginning God created the Earth and rested, then God created Man and rested, then He created Woman and rested. Then, neither God nor Man rested.

MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. The group would welcome donations of paint, wood etc. They are also hoping that someone might donate a small fridge.

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.

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.

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 of 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.

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.

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.

PHONE CALL SERVICE: 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.

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, February 5 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. Toastmasters meet twice monthly on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September to May. If you would like to gain self confidence in your public speaking abilities then this is the place to go. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Men’s Cancer Support Group meeting

in Recovery Haven (Cancer Support House) Tralee, on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. All men

with any type of Cancer, at any stage of their journey are welcome to join this new group.

We are having a talk on "Diet for Optimum Health" by Erina MacSweeney

(Nutritionist). Any queries please contact Siobhán on 066-7192122.

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.

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.

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.

NANO NAGLE SOCIAL which had to be cancelled before Christmas will now take place in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Friday, January 31. Music by Heart and Soul. Lots of spot prizes on the night. Tickets are available from Nano Nagle School. Phone 068 21942. All welcome.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: The Dominican Biblical Institute,Upper Cecil Street,

Limerick will offer a Course on Inter-Religious Dialogue for six Tuesday evenings before Lent and for three Tuesdays after Easter. It will begin with a short overview of inter-religious

dialogue in the Church to date. This will set the context for how we approach Judaism and Islam – to appreciate them as faiths in the One God and in their likeness and differences in

relation to Christian faith. Dates: January 28. February 4, 11, 18, and 25.

April 29, May 6 and 13. Time: 7.30-9.00 pm. Cost €5 per session. Course Director: Sr. Jo O’Donovan RSM. Her recent book, Understanding Differently, considers Judaism, Islam,

Hinduism and Buddhism, and Christianity’s relationship and dialogue with them.

USEFUL WEBSITE: OneStepUp.ie provides local contacts and useful resources for those looking for a particular course or information on further education and training opportunities in Ireland. The website which has been especially developed for use on a smartphone tablet or PC also includes Frequently Asked Questions and video testimonials from adult learners who have returned to education. Another feature of the new website is an online calendar which provides information about lifelong learning events and allows people to subscribe to hear about events taking place in their own area.

AL ANON CONVENTION|: Al-Anon Family Groups is an organisation that offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Groups in the general Limerick area will participate at the Alcoholics Anonymous Limerick Area 34th Annual Convention which will be held at the Castletroy Park Hotel on the weekend of Friday January 31 to Sunday February 2. The convention will commence with registration at 6pm on Friday with the last presentation starting at 9pm. Saturday’s business has a 10.30am start with the last session again starting at 9pm. Sunday’s proceedings run from 10.30am to the closing session which starts at 2pm. The suggested registration fee is €6. Leaflets are available at the back of the church or you can e-mail alanonlimerickmember For more information about Al-Anon you can contact the information centre at (01)8732699 or check these websites: www.al-anon-ireland.org and http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/about

PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje 2014:- NCW Medjugorje Prayer Group are organizing a piligrimage to Medjugorje (July 30 to August 6 ) departing from Dublin Airport. One week B/B and evening dinner. Cost is €659 ex airport. Full comprehensive insurance included. If €100 is paid before February 15 the total cost is reduced by €50. Spiritual Director Fr. Frank Duhig P.P. Contact Mary Keating (069-60375/086-6046524) or Paddy Geary (069-77595/087-6247672).

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Exploring John Moriarty’s Vision & Wisdom with Michael Joyce & Josephine Fitzgibbon on Saturday, February from 10.30am. – 4.00pm. Celebration of Married Love Tuesday, February 11 at 8.00pm. Bookings 066 -7134276.

HOLIDAY BREAKS: Maureen Finnegan says; “Would you like a week end away? We are going to one of the most picturesque places in Ireland and steeped in history. Leaving NCW on Friday, May16 at 10am. We will have dancing on Friday and Saturday nights to the music provided by Micheal English and his band and stepping it out to Locklin’s Bar! Dancing again Sunday night and returning home after a hearty breakfast on Monday 19. We will be based in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway the home town of the famous Sam Maguire who is well known to all who follow G.A.A. We will be out an about during the day. This is a giveaway price for this great break. Contact Maureen0879845102 for more details and booking.

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GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: The first meeting of the Gather by the Feale ( July 16-20, 2014) took place last Tuesday and it was decided that we will go with more or less the same dates as last year and that the festival will be based on the arrival of the Vikings and their routing by Brian Boru. Our A.G.M. will take place in Leens Hotel on

Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm. We hope that anyone with an interest in repeating or even surpassing the success of the Gathering last July will attend and help us establish a yearly festival. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website :https://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates.


GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: The first meeting of the Gather by the Feale ( July 16-20, 2014) took place last Tuesday and it was decided that we will go with more or less the same dates as last year and that the festival will be based on the arrival of the Vikings and their routing by Brian Boru. Our A.G.M. will take place in Leens Hotel on

Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm. We hope that anyone with an interest in repeating or even surpassing the success of the Gathering last July will attend and help us establish a yearly festival. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website :https://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates.


PROLOGUE: "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." Lucille BalL

DEATH:We offer our sympathy to the family of Batt Murphy, Brighton and late of Glenashrone. Funeral from Harnett’s funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday @ 11am. May he rest in peace.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first of the afternoon tea dances for 2014 at Fr. Casey’s will feature the music, songs and stories of Big Maggie on Sunday, January 26 next. Dancing from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle and teas served. This is a fundraiser for West Limerick 102fm – our local community radio station. Please support.

CINDERELLA: A special Musical production of ‘Cinderella’ with a twist takes place next week on Thursday and Friday night at 7:30pm in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, This is the first musical ever staged in the school. The production directed by Miriam Ball features members of the TY class.

THANK YOU: Ballaugh Wrenboyswish to thank sincerely all who supported them on St Stephen’s Day. The wrenboys collected €2,137.80 for Nano Nagle Special School and Abhaile Respite, Listowel and Milford Hospice. Each received €712.60. They would like to thank everyone for the enthusiastic welcome they received in the houses they visited. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir.

YOUNG MUMS GROUP: Young mothers are being invited to join a new group will support their personal development. The group will start in February in Abbeyfeale and names are now being taken. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

RAINBOWS SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN: Rainbows is a free support group for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years that is designed to assist children and youths who are grieving a death, separation or any other painful transition or change in their family. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is not counselling or therapy service but is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators. New progammes will begin in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in early 2014 and will run for one hour per week for twelve weeks. For an application form or information please contact Theresa Shanahan at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113. Further information is available on www.rainbows.com. Deadline this Friday January 24.

ABBEYFEALE MALE VOICE CHOIR; Practice every Thursday @ 8pm in St Mary’s Boys NS. New members welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.

YOUTH CAFE: A meeting to re-organise the youth cafe in St. Ita’s Hall will be held on Friday, January 31. The venue and time to be confirmed.

BEE KEEPING CLASSES: Plans are in train to run a class in bee keeping in the Adult Education Centre starting in February. Names are now being taken for those wishing to participate. Contact 068 31198.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Fealefit will commence NEW Couch to 5k training in mid-February, further details in coming weeks. Half Marathon / 10 k training for the Great Limerick Run every Saturday at 9am,Training is FREE!!!!Fealefit will be working in conjunction with St Ita’s Ac Abbeyfeale to coach Little Athletics & develop children’s Athletic capabilities and fitness every Monday 5PM @ Abbeyfeale United Soccer Pitch starting Monday, January 20. Also New is the Fealefit Loyalty Card to reward your constant support!!.Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details.Check out www.Fealefit.com for all details on Classes.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations to Stephen Roche, Meenkilly who celebrated his 21st. Birthday at a party in TJ O’Riordan’s Bar, Main St., last weekend.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our AGM was held on January 15 and the following officers were elected; Nancy Wall Chairperson, Joan Leahy Vice Chairperson, Bridie Collins Secretary, Josephine Halpin Assistant Secretary, Bernadette Ahern Treasurer, Mary Moloney Assistant Treasurer, Ann Hennessy PRO, Tess Lane Assistant PRO.
Committee; Marion O’Connor, Mary Theresa Cahill, Madeline O’Connor and Mary Healy.
Last Saturday members of the group travelled to UL to see the renowned show River Dance. A great afternoon’s entertainment was enjoyed by all. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 29 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We look forward to welcoming new members.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME RESULTS: the results for Tuesday, January 14.

Winners with 13 games each: Jimmy O’Connor, Sean Hartnett, Eileen Reidy.

Beth Collins, Paddy Sheehan, Dan Casey. Door prize: Paddy O’ Sullivan, Donal O’ Connor.

Table prize:Nora O’ Riordan, Betty Daly, Marion Roche. Tickets: Pat Fitzgerald, Billy Broderick, Marian Quirke, Jamsie McEnery, Betty Daly, Liam Lane.

ICA NEWS;
The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA will resume activities on Tuesday night 28th January at 7.30pm.
at the Community Education Centre, Mount Mahon. All members are invited to attend.
New members very welcome – if you would like to make new friends do come along.

‘ST0P IT NURSE’: Athea Drama Group presents a production of the comedy ‘Stop it Nurse’ by Sam Cree. Performances will take place in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on Thursday,January 23, Sunday 26 and Thursday 30 continuing Saturday, February 1 and Sunday 2 at 8pm nightly. Suitable for all ages, the play promises much-needed belly laughter and sore ribs. The show is set in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the stern ward sister (Hannah Finnegan) who is aided by hard working nurse Holmes (Claire O Connor) and the not so bright trainee Freda Ferguson (Karina Buckley) The play tells the story of opposing supporters Sammy Mc Cracken (Damien Ahern) and Felix Devlin (Jack Denihan) who collide on the way into the Cup Final between Athea United and Carrig Celtic. Their hospitalisation ends the peaceful stay of the agreeable Bert Cooper (Donal Woulfe) and Harold Smiley (Roger Ryan) who has a strange sense of humour and likes to see pain inflicted on others. When the eccentric spinster and hospital visitor Miss Cherry (Annette O’ Donnell) distressed Phyllis (Laura Quille) and her tank-like brother Mad McGurk (Tony Halpin) together with cantankerous Martha Cooper (Margaret Reidy) and Bert’s bit on the side Dolores (Margaret Mary Mullane) are added to the equation things take a hysterical turn! You have a recipe for hilarious madness and mayhem all in the setting of the hospital ward from hell ! The Play is directed by Theresa O’Halloran is a play not to be missed!!

INSE BÁN MACRA CLUB: The inaugural meeting of Inse Bán Macra was held last Thursday. The following are the new officers Chairperson Maria O Sullivan, V Chairperson Selena Gardiner, Secretary Myles Cunningham, Assistant Secretary David Mulcahy, Treasurer Ben O Shea, Assistant Treasurer Shane Brouder, P.R.O Sean Cunningham and assistant John O Donnell.
On Friday night last the club got a great welcome at Mungret G.A.A club house where we took part in a quiz held By the city Macra club. There was great Craic to be had on the night with over 25 tables. Names are being taken for the mystery tour leaving the South Court Hotel, Limerick on Saturday, February 1. Get names into Myles by Thursday if interested.
Our next meeting will be held in the Halla Inse Bán Temple Glantine on Thursday, February 13. All new members are welcome,Any new members contact Brigid Walsh on 0860822038
or come along to our next meeting. Calling all persons aged between 17-35 years of age with an interested in the sport, public speaking, performing arts and travel or perhaps just the social interaction then Inse Bán Macra wants you. Therefore Limerick Macra are giving one lucky individual the chance to win to a free membership to first time members only and all you have to do is like and share our photo of Uncle Sam on the Limerick Macra facebook page, the closing date is this Sunday, January 26. Check out www.facebook.ie/limerickmacra for more details, terms and conditions apply.

‘COME AND SEE’ – THE STORY OF LOURDES; Fr. Micheál Liston’s book ‘Come and See’ is for sale in several shops around town.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: Dates for 2014 have been changed to the third Monday of the month. The first one of the year took place last Monday with a great crowd present so mark the third Monday into your diary for the remainder of the year. They were there from Cork, Kerry and Limerick with one man having travelled from outside Ennis with everything from stories, song, recitations, music and a set from the Carrickerry Wrenboys. Next Rambling House will be Monday, February 17 from 8.30pm.

ITA’S SETDANCING CLASSES: Learn to set dance in Monagae every Thursday night from 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

GLOR TIRE: Micheal Collins from Tournafulla, band leader with the Micheal Collins Band is a contestant on the new series of Glor Tire on Tna G. Micheal is looking for votes so that he will be able to stay in the running. He is asking everyone who knows him to support him over the next few weeks.

PANTO: A bus will travel to Puss n Boots performed by the one and only Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, leaving N.CW. at 4.30pm. We will pick up en route at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. You will have time for refreshments before the performance commences at 6pm. Early booking is advised as this is a very popular event. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: We hope to have our AGM in early February. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website :https://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates.

COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO: Our own Ann O’Halloran is broadcasting to the world three days every week Wednesday 5-7pm, Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1am. Log onto studio and leave a request for her.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says “Here at Sue Ryder, we are getting ready for 2Spring, so in order to finish our spring clean we are commencing another half-price sale on clothing and shoes today. Come and have a browse, we have a large selection of winter jackets and boots which will be priced mostly at just €2 or €3 from today!Sue Ryder Is a not-for profit organisation, a registered charity that has been providing secure and independent housing for the elderly in Ireland for over 25 years. We are grateful for all donations of clothing, shoes, bags, bria-a-brac and toys to sell in our shop in main street, Abbeyfeale. However, we can also raise funds from recycling old clothing, bags and shoes. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, quilts or pillows. Thanks you for your continued support.”

RATHFREDAGH WALK: Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Annual Walk is taking place on Sunday, January 26 @ 10.00am from Barna to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home (along the old railway line). Transport is provided from Rathfredagh to Barna on the day. Also if people decide to only walk from The Courtney Lodge in Newcastle west to Rathfredagh, transport is also provided for anyone who wishes to avail of it. This year there is also a cycle taking place in conjunction with the walk. The cycle will start @ 9.00am from Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home and return journey @ 11.30am from Rathfredagh Cheshire Home to Kilmallock. Refreshments are provided on the day. If anyone requires any more information about the cycle or wishes to take part in the cycle, please contact Tom O Keeffe @ 087 9793556. If anyone would like a sponsorship card please contact Rathfredagh Cheshire Home on 069 83100. Rathfredagh Cheshire Home would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

SET DANCING WEEKEND: The West Limerick Set Dancing club’s workshop weekend will run from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9 at the Devon Inn Templeglantine.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday January 23 from 9.15 pm. A great night’s free entertainment is guaranteed. Tea/coffee served. Tel. (068) 22212/57927.

PILGRIMAGE: Lay ‘Dominican Pilgrimage to Fatima 7 nights, Hotel Tres Pastorinhos departing Dublin October 2 €799 pps. Includes all meals for the duration of your stay and Insurance. Singe Room Supplement €25 per night. If paid in full by February 3 there is €100 off price or if you pay a deposit of €200 by the same date then there is €50 off price. Spiritual Director travelling with group. Further details from Bro. Michael Neenan O.P. phone 01-4048100 or contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Pligrimages Abroad – Lauri Duffy Travel.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Elderly people are very vulnerable at this time of year with the changeable weather and threat of storms, ice and snow. The local branch of community alert would urge people to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their neighbours, offer to do the shopping, check that they have enough firing inside and call and visit them. All fire alarms should be tested at least once a month. Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed on a work surface or window sill in a kitchen or any room with a stove or open fire.

MARIAN’S DANCING: Classes have resumed every Friday night in the Community Centre, New St. at 8.30pm. Learn to waltz, jive, foxtrot, siege of Ennis, slosh and much more.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: A special service for those bereaved by suicide will be held in Newcastle West R.C. Church on Sunday, January 26 at 4.00pm. All are welcome to attend.

DRAMA: ‘ The Honey Spike ‘: the play by Bryan Mac|Mahon is taking place in the Community Centre, Granagh at 8pm on the nights of January 24, 25, 26 and 31 and also on February 1 and 2. Shop & Raffle each night. Adm. Adults €10, Students €5.

The play tells “a tale of the Irish roads, of a tinker and his wife.

It’s a tale of trouble and wildness and a child that’s born to life.

There’s mating in it, birth and death and drink to flood a dyke,

So here’s how they raced the coloured road that led to the Honey Spike."

We meet Breda & Martin Claffey, a young tinker couple who have travelled from their native Kerry to Antrim, because they wanted to see ‘ the top of Ireland’. However, Breda is pregnant and she decides that her child is to be born in the Honey Spike – the ‘lucky’ Kerry hospital. They have Martin’s mother Poll-Poll and his stepfather Mickle for company which at times is not very helpful !They have a run-in with soldiers at the border, priests in the Midlands and feuding clans in Kerry. The past is waiting for Breda at Puck Fair in the shape of Winifred McQueen, the gypsy girl who wanted Martin for herself.!

SUPPORT SERVICE: Do you, or someone you know, need help and support with someone

else’s drug/alcohol/gambling addiction or abuse? Bushypark Treatment Centre (a Clarecare service) offers weekly FREE Family Support Programmes in Ennis and in Limerick. These are drop in services, so no need to phone ahead or book a place. Just come! Tea/Coffee/Biscuits. Counsellor & Facilitator Led. Limerick Tuesdays 8-9.30 pm Pastoral Centre Denmark St., Wednesdays 3.45 – 5.15 pm Ana Liffey Drugs Project Building, The Fairgreen.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: Catholic Schools Week takes place from January 26-Feb 1.

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2014 is: Catholic Schools – Centres of Faith and Learning’. The Diocesan launch of CSW will take place in the Woodlands

Hotel, Adare on Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm. The keynote address will be given by Prof Bart McGettrick. All are welcome.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says; “Our books are still only 50 cent each. 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.

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,Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2618412 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. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Mame Harnett, Knockbrack, Thursday 11am Funeral Mass Batt Murphy. Friday 7pm Mary Enright, Caherlane Month’s Mind. Saturday 11am Margaret (Rose) O’Brien, 7 Hillview Drive. Saturday7pm Patrick O’Connor, Caherhayes Kitty Doody New Street 1st Anniversary.. Sunday 9.30am Betty Flynn, The Hill Month Mind & William Flynn, Anniversary. Sean & Shelia Finnerty, The Hill. 12noon Denis McEnery, Dromtrasna Collins. Paddy & Nancy Fitzgerald, Meenahela Adoration has resumed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm and Tuesday and Friday all day. Adoration takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm and all day on Tuesday and Friday from 10am to 10pm. 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. 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. This is Christian Unity Week.

HUMOUR: In the Beginning God created the Earth and rested, then God created Man and rested, then He created Woman and rested. Then, neither God nor Man rested.

MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. The group would welcome donations of paint, wood etc. They are also hoping that someone might donate a small fridge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, February at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. This will start off the new season and people thinking of joining are made especially welcome on that night. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

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.

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.

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.

NANO NAGLE SOCIAL which had to be cancelled before Christmas will now take place in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Friday, January 31 . Music by Heart and Soul. Lots of spot prizes on the night. Tickets are available from Nano Nagle School. Phone 068 21942. All welcome.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Saturday, January 25 from 10.30 am – 5.00pm A Day of Reflection with Brendan Comiskey SS.CC – "To be baptized is to be called by God into a special place”. Booking 066-7134276 e.mail: ardfertretreat

IRISH GRINDS: Leaving Cert Irish 2014. One day intensive course in the Malton Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, January 25, 2014 . For further information 086-6635323,or gaeilgeard,

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: The Dominican Biblical Institute,Upper Cecil Street,

Limerick will offer a Course on Inter-Religious Dialogue for six Tuesday evenings before Lent and for three Tuesdays after Easter. It will begin with a short overview of inter-religious

dialogue in the Church to date. This will set the context for how we approach Judaism and Islam – to appreciate them as faiths in the One God and in their likeness and differences in

relation to Christian faith. Dates: January 21 and 28. February 4, 11,18, and 25.

April 29, May 6 and 13. Time: 7.30-9.00 pm. Cost €5 per session. Course Director: Sr. Jo O’Donovan RSM. Her recent book, Understanding Differently, considers Judaism, Islam,

Hinduism and Buddhism, and Christianity’s relationship and dialogue with them.

USEFUL WEBSITE: OneStepUp.ie provides local contacts and useful resources for those looking for a particular course or information on further education and training opportunities in Ireland. The website which has been especially developed for use on a smartphone tablet or PC also includes Frequently Asked Questions and video testimonials from adult learners who have returned to education. Another feature of the new website is an online calendar which provides information about lifelong learning events and allows people to subscribe to hear about events taking place in their own area.

AL ANON CONVENTION|:
Al-Anon Family Groups is an organisation that offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
Groups in the general Limerick area will participate at the Alcoholics Anonymous Limerick Area 34th Annual Convention which will be held at the Castletroy Park Hotel on the weekend of Friday January 31to Sunday February 2.The convention will commence with registration at 6pm on Friday with the last presentation starting at 9pm. Saturday’s business has a 10.30am start with the last session again starting at 9pm. Sunday’s proceedings run from 10.30am to the closing session which starts at 2pm. The suggested registration fee is €6. Leaflets are available at the back of the church or you can e-mail alanonlimerickmember
For more information about Al-Anon you can contact the information centre at (01)8732699 or check these websites: www.al-anon-ireland.org and http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/about

LIMERICK’S YOUTH TAKE TO THE STAGE: Limerick Youth Service will hold its annual Variety Show at LIT’s Millennium Theatre on Friday, January 24 from 7:30 -10.30 pm. The Variety Show will see young people participate in five categories: Dance, Song, Band, Music & Performance with the winners representing Limerick Youth Service at Youth Work Ireland’s National Finals in June. The evening will also see young people and volunteers add a touch of Hollywood to the evening as they strut their stuff in an ‘At The Movies’ themed Fashion Show. .Richard Lynch, joew or at 083-3718793.


AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first of the afternoon tea dances for 2014 at Fr. Casey’s will feature the music, songs and stories of Big Maggie on Sunday, January 26 next. Dancing from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle and teas served. This is a fundraiser for West Limerick 102fm – our local community radio station. Please support.


AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first of the afternoon tea dances for 2014 at Fr. Casey’s will feature the music, songs and stories of Big Maggie on Sunday, January 26 next. Dancing from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle and teas served. This is a fundraiser for West Limerick 102fm – our local community radio station. Please support.


PROLOGUE: "It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to our parish priest Canon John O’Shea on the sudden death of his brother James. We offer sympathy to his wife Kathleen, sons Paul and James and daughter Marisa and grandchild Alio James. The late James, along with his wife was a great supporter of Abbeyfeale Parish and attended all the events held in the church and had made many friends in the area. May he rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE MALE VOICE CHOIR; Practice will resume on Thursday, January 16 @ 8pm in St Mary’s Boys NS. New members welcome from all over West Limerick and North Kerry.

ST. ITA’S WRENBOYS: Helena Quinn from Purt and home from London for the Christmas holidays was a welcome addition to St. Ita’s Wrenboys this year. Helena had spent two months earlier last year working on Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan and she was anxious to help with the annual fundraising effort. King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finucane would like to say a huge thank you to all those who contributed in any way to the success of the day from the people who welcomed them into their homes, to the drivers, musicians and collectors and a special thanks to the O’Connell family who as ever had the sandwiches and tea ready for the session at the end of the night. The Wrenboys raised €2,178 and donated it to Fr. Galvin.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The first of the afternoon tea dances for 2014 at Fr. Casey’s will feature the music, songs and stories of Big Maggie on Sunday, January 26 next. Dancing from 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle and teas served. This is a fundraiser for West Limerick 102fm – our local community radio station. Please support.

BEE KEEPING CLASSES: The parish community garden has a hive of bees and we are wondering if there is any interest in us running a bee keeping class. Please contact 087 6866450 if you would like to learn the ancient art of keeping bees.

ST. ITA’S DAY: There will be Mass in both Ashford and Raheenagh on Wednesday next, January 15 followed by visits to graveyards in both parishes and the day finishes up with teas and dance in Raheenagh Hall from 9.30pm. It’s always a great night.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our first meeting of 2014 will take place on Wednesday, January 15 @ 2pm at the Adult Educational Centre. All members old and new are welcome. Our AGM will also take place at the meeting.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: Triona Tobin, Chairperson says “A very big THANK YOU to everyone who made donations to our account in the Credit Union over the Christmas period. We have forwarded €3,000 to Fr. Tim which he is going to use it as school fees. Fr Tim is still doing his wonderful work in South Sudan and thank God it is safe in his district. He sends his New Year Blessings to you all. We look forward to meeting him in the summer’.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME: PRO Marion Roche reports “Another great crowd with 12 tables taking part. Winners with 13 games; Jackie Harnett, John Quirke, Bridie Collins. 2 teams with 12 games each;Sheila Breen, Billy Broderick, Paddy O Sullivan

Mossie Gleeson, Tom Neiligan, Patrick Murphy. Door prize ; Nora Riordan, Billy O Connell. Table prize; Julia Murphy, Catherine Collins, Pat Curtin. Tickets; Dan Brosnan by 2, Liam O Connor, Marion Roche, Breda O’Connell, Johnny Stack

Sincere sympathy from all the committee and players is offered to Micheal O’ Kelly and his family Killarney Rd., on the recent death of his wife Phil O’ Kelly and also to Mossie Collins, Caherhayes on the death of his brother William C Collins. Once again Meeenkilly card game takes place each Tuesday Night starting at 9 pm, All are welcome.”

‘ST0P IT NURSE’: Athea Drama Group presents a production of the comedy ‘Stop it Nurse’ by Sam Cree. Performances will take place in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on Thursday,January 23, Sunday 26 and Thursday 30 continuing Saturday, February 1 and Sunday 2 at 8pm nightly. Suitable for all ages, the play promises much-needed belly laughter and sore ribs. The show is set in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the stern ward sister (Hannah Finnegan) who is aided by hard working nurse Holmes (Claire O Connor) and the not so bright trainee Freda Ferguson (Karina Buckley) The play tells the story of opposing supporters Sammy Mc Cracken (Damien Ahern) and Felix Devlin (Jack Denihan) who collide on the way into the Cup Final between Athea United and Carrig Celtic. Their hospitalisation ends the peaceful stay of the agreeable Bert Cooper (Donal Woulfe) and Harold Smiley (Roger Ryan) who has a strange sense of humour and likes to see pain inflicted on others. When the eccentric spinster and hospital visitor Miss Cherry (Annette O’ Donnell) distressed Phyllis (Laura Quille) and her tank-like brother Mad McGurk (Tony Halpin) together with cantankerous Martha Cooper (Margaret Reidy) and Bert’s bit on the side Dolores (Margaret Mary Mullane) are added to the equation things take a hysterical turn! You have a recipe for hilarious madness and mayhem all in the setting of the hospital ward from hell ! The Play is directed by Theresa O’Halloran is a play not to be missed!!

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Helga Henn returns on Friday next with her selection of locally grown vegetables, free range eggs, sprouted seeds and green tomato relishes.

‘COME AND SEE’ – THE STORY OF LOURDES; Fr. Micheál Liston’s book ‘Come and See’ is for sale in several shops around town.

GLOR TIRE: Micheal Collins from Tournafulla, band leader with the Micheal Collins Band is a contestant on the new series of Glor Tire on Tna G. The first show will take place on Wednesday, January 8 at 10.30pm and Micheal is looking for votes so that he will be able to stay in the running. He is asking everyone who knows him to support him over the next few weeks.

PANTO: A bus will travel to Puss n Boots performed by the one and only Killorglin players in the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Sunday, February 16, leaving N.CW. at 4.30pm. We will pick up en route at the bus stop outside the Church in Abbeyfeale at 4.45pm. You will have time for refreshments before the performance commences at 6pm. Early booking is advised as this is a very popular event. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: Our first meeting takes place at Leens Hotel on Tuesday, January 21 at 8pm. Anybody with an interest in helping with our first annual festival will be welcomed with open arms at this meeting. Dates for the festival will be confirmed on the night. We hope to have our AGM in early February. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website :https://abbeyfealefestivals.wordpress.com for regular updates.

COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO: Our own Ann O’Halloran is broadcasting to the world three days every week Wednesday 5-7pm, Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 10-1am. Log onto studio and leave a request for her.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Shane O’Connor says “Fealefit will commence Half Marathon / 10 k training for the Great Limerick Run this Saturday, Janurary 18 & every Saturday from then on at 9am,Training is FREE!!!! Talk on Nutrition specific to half marathon ie, carb loading, hydration etc on January 18 at 8.30am pre – training ( small charge ).Never too late to join & all welcome!!! Fealefit will be working in conjunction with St Ita’s Ac Abbeyfeale to coach Little Athletics & develop children’s Athletic capabilities and fitness every Monday 5PM @ Abbeyfeale United Soccer Pitch starting Monday, January 20.. Also New is the Fealefit Loyalty Card to reward your constant support!!. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details. Check out www.Fealefit.com for all details on Classes..

RATHFREDAGH WALK The annual walk in aid of Rathfredragh Cheshire Home will be held on Sunday, January 26. The starting point is the top of Barna, walking the railway line to Newcastle West, and on to Rathfredragh via Lacey’s Cross and the Bruff Line. Transport will be available from Newcastle West to Rathfredragh if anybody requires it. The walk will commence at 10am.

SET DANCING WEEKEND: The West Limerick Set Dancing club’s workshop weekend will run from Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February at the Devon Inn Templeglantine.

PILGRIMAGE: Lay ‘Dominican Pilgrimage to Fatima 7 nights, Hotel Tres Pastorinhos departing Dublin October 2 €799 pps. Includes all meals for the duration of your stay and Insurance. Singe Room Supplement €25 per night. If paid in full by February 3 there is €100 off price or if you pay a deposit of €200 by the same date then there is €50 off price. Spiritual Director travelling with group. Further details from Bro. Michael Neenan O.P. phone 01-4048100 or contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Pligrimages Abroad – Lauri Duffy Travel.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS PROGRAMME: Participants are now being sought for a new Employability Skill Programme which will start this January and run two mornings per week ( Monday & Friday) from 9.30am-1.00pm. The course will cover core modules include Functional Maths, Team-work, Work Experience and a language (tbc). The course is a FETAC level 4 programme delivered by the Limerick Education and Training Board. Limited places available. Contact Finn at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316 or email ffitzgerald

COMMUNITY ALERT: Elderly people are very vulnerable at this time of year with the changeable weather and threat of storms, ice and snow. The local branch of community alert would urge people to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their neighbours, offer to do the shopping, check that they have enough firing inside and call and visit them. All fire alarms should be tested at least once a month. Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed on a work surface or window sill in a kitchen or any room with a stove or open fire.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Volunteers required for English Language classes in Newcastle West in the New Year. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications or experience but must be willing to commit to volunteer 1.5 hours per week for an 8-10 week period to support small groups of 3-4 people at a time to develop their English language conversation skills. Contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or email iocallaghan

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: www.reddoorbic.ie or call the centre on 069 77751.

MARIAN’S DANCING: Classes resume on Friday night next in the Community Centre, New St. at 8.30pm. Learn to waltz, jive, foxtrot, siege of Ennis, slosh and much more.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says; “Our books are still only 50 cent each. 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.

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,Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2618412 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. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Noel Downey, Church Street ,, Thursday 10 amBridie O’Connell late of

Knocknasna. Friday 7pm Phyl O’Kelly Killarney Road, Months Mind, Saturday 11amMichael Roche, Church Street. 7pmJoan E Leahy Ballybehy South, Matthew & Teresa Byrne, Dromtrasna . 9.30amJames Gardiner, Purt., Paddy Walsh, Dromtrasna Anniv.

12noon Kathleen Harnettt, Mountmahon, Patrick Broderick, Dromtrasna Collins Adoration has resumed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm and Tuesday and Friday all day. 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. 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. Adoration will resume again on Tuesday January 7 at 8a.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

THOUGHT: Never forget that a lie can circle the globe before truth can lace up its shoes. Anon.

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 Enterprise START training programme, delivered by LIT, will be used as the means of identifying the most suitable candidates for the centre’s eight incubation spaces which was developed by Newcastle West & District Chamber of Commerce and funded in part by West Limerick Resources. See: www.reddoorbic.ie or call the centre on 069 77751.

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.

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.

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

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, January 15 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. This will start off the new season and people thinking of joining are made especially welcome on that night. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

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.

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.

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.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE Saturday, January 25 from 10.30 am – 5.00pm A Day of Reflection with Brendan Comiskey SS.CC – "To be baptized is to be called by God into a special place”. Booking 066-7134276 e.mail: ardfertretreat

VOLUNTEERING ABROAD: An all-day seminar will be held in the ITT North Campus, Tralee on Saturday, January 18 for anybody interested in volunteering abroad. This is being organised by Kerry One World Centre, contact susan or ring 066 7181358.

IRISH GRINDS: Leaving Cert Irish 2014. One day intensive course in the Malton Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, January 25, 2014 . For further information 086-6635323,or gaeilgeard,