PROLOGUE: “Another year, another start,
a time of hope of for every heart,
a time to leave the past behind
and share a newfound peace of mind.
Then going forward day by day,
Find love and joy along life’s way”

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations and best wishes for a long happy life together to Jackie Quirke N.T., Hill Road and Shane O’Connor, Duagh Road, Abbeyfeale who were married on Tuesday, December 31 in the Church of the Assumption.

BE ONE OF THE TOP TWENTY ACHIEVERS IN JANUARY 2014: Manager of Shakti Fitness Breda O’Grady forwarded a press release this week: ‘On Monday, January 13 Shakti will start its 8 Week Life Changing Transformation Programme. We are looking for 20 individuals to take part in this amazing competition that will change your life and attitude towards food FOREVER. This isn’t your run of the mill exercise plan with weekly weigh-ins – there’s more to it than that. Shakti will guide you every step of the way with expert instruction, guidance and support on Exercise, Nutrition, Motivation & Mindset throughout the programme. With almost 20 years experience in the Health & Fitness Industry both Breda & Maggie’s expertise in Fitness; Exercise & Holistic Treatments will help you acquire the necessary skills to make exercise part of your lifestyle and not just for the 8 weeks on the programme. As part of this programme you will commit to taking part in 3 varied exercise sessions that will target those flabby areas you find impossible to shift by yourself. These sessions will incorporate a specialised exercise programme that will help steer and motivate you towards reaching your ultimate goals and making exercise part of your daily life.

Sometimes taking care of your body can seem like a huge task that no normal person can manage. Eat conscientiously! Exercise constantly! Sleep eight hours! Meditate like your life depends on it. It’s enough to make your head spin isn’t it. But thankfully you don’t have to be perfect – you just need to try a little bit every day. So our overall aim is to help give you the tools necessary to change your behaviour & attitude towards food forever. But hurry, to avail of the Early Bird Offer you will need to pick up the phone and call us now – why should you spend another year trapped in a body that makes you feel miserable and unhappy? Is this really what you want for 2014? If not then we have the solution for you – Just call us now at Shakti Fitness & Wellness Studio and be proud that you have the strength and the courage needed to transform your body and mind forever’. Book now, limited to 20 people. FULL PAYMENT OF €449 must be paid by Friday, January 10. Book now @ Breda: 087-4144303 Maggie 087-9866533 / The winner receives: Hair & Beauty Makeover to the value of €500 at Award Winning Salon Tangles Hair & Beauty Abbeyfeale. Professional Photo shoot by Top Photographer Karen Playford. 6 Months free Class Membership at Shakti Fitness Studio.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: The stall holders would like to wish all our customers a very happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all shortly. John Nolan, Star Seafood returns to the Square next Friday and Helga Henn with local vegetables and free range eggs will be back on Friday 17.

IFA CO. EXECUTIVE MEETING: Henry Burns Chairman of the IFA Beef Committee will be the guest speaker at the IFA county executive meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 8pm in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare. Every farmer is welcome whether or not he/she is a member of IFA to this most important meeting on the future of beef farming.

‘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.

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.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: Dates for our first annual festival have still not been confirmed but will probably be around the third week in July. Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website : 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 has Lots of New & Exciting Classes for all in the New Year as well as the old Reliable’s!!! ***New*** Feale the Burn, A BSolutions, Little Athletics for Kids, Great Limerick Run Half Marathon / 10k training & The Fealefitter Fitness & weight loss €400 Cash prize Challenge!!!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 for all details on Classes.”

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. Its dark every evening by five and from that to bedtime can feel like a lifetime to people who are confined to their homes. Just a half an hour call a week could mean the world to someone.

THOUGHT: "When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."

Winston Churchill

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

PUBLIC TALK BY MARY KENNY. The Diocese of Kerry will host a public talk by Mary Kenny in The Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney on Wednesday, January 8 beginning at 8.00 pm. Mary Kenny is a well-known journalist, whose columns appear regularly in the Irish Catholic. There is no charge for the talk and all are welcome.

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.

MARIAN’S DANCING: Classes will resume shortly. Further information next week.

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: Saturday 11am Bridie Moriarity, The Hill, 7pm Michael & Dan McCarthy, Purt .James Smith, 31 Collins Park. Sunday 9.30am John & Hannah Mai Lane , The Hilland their daughter Catherine Rawcliffe. 12 noon James Smith, 31 Collins Park, Michael O’Shea, Cooleneelig. Adoration resumed on Tuesday last. 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.

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: 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.

RECOVERY HAVEN – CANCER SUPPORT HOUSE will host a talk by Christy Kenneally – "From Heartbreak to Hope" – coping with cancer, illness & loss, at Ballygarry Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday, January 8 at 8.00pm. Admission Free.

GETTING OLD GRACEFULLY: The ‘Senior Citizen ‘The Essential Guidebook’’is a roadmap to successful ageing. It was produced by Home Instead Senior Care with the support of Age Action and the HSE and features advice and information on a wide range of issues. They include allowances and entitlements, medical health and nutrition matters, home safety information legal and financial information, care options for older people, new technology bereavement and lots more. It also contains a directory of older person’s organizations, and useful contacts. To order a free copy of the Guidebook call 1890 989 755 or log on to to download a pdf of the Guidebook.