PROLOGUE: "May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine."

Frank Sinatra.

DEATHS: The deaths have occurred of Peggy Foley, Ballaugh, Ned O’Keeffe, Knockbrack, baby Rico Kelly, Glenn Cryle, Joan Ahern, New St and Fr. Eddie Morrissey, Killarney Road. May they rest in peace.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS WALK: Fealefit will be organising 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. Anyone who wishes to help or donate refreshments for the day please contact either Shane or Kadie.

YOUTH CAFE: Foróige supported by Limerick Youth Service held an information night on Friday, January 31 in St. Ita’s Hall. There will be a further meeting and in the meantime if you are interested in working with youth and have a couple of hours free during the week to volunteer please contact Maurice on 086 2428949 or Bríd 086 – 2043599.

TEA DANCE: A Fundraising Afternoon Tea Dance for "Sr. Collette’s Mission in Ecuador". will take place at Mungret G.A.A. Hall on Sunday 16th February. Music by Nite Waves. Dancing 3pm. – 6pm. Tea/Refreshments. Admission €8.00. You can get tickets on the door or from Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.

FEALE FIT NEWS: We 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 for all details on Classes..

OPERATION TRANSFORMATION FOR UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE: Partas, together with the US Embassy Dublin, would like you to join them on Occupation Transformation – an exciting FREE four days to help transform your career potential. They say “We are looking for crew members to join an exciting and pioneering team journey of creativity and self-discovery. Because of its innovative approach we can’t say exactly where it will lead – that will be up to you! But we’ll be there to make sure that your exploration is as fruitful as possible. You will have nothing to lose and if you’re up for the adventure, we are sure that you will benefit in the company of like-minded people. So if you’re aged between 18 – 30 and unemployed sign up at ot

ORGAN CONCERT: Limerick has a great tradition of Pipe Organs. Gerard Gillen’s concert is the opening concert of Limerick Pipe Organ Festival which will include concerts on 8 pipe organs across the city: St. John’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church,Christ Church, St. Michael’s (Pery Sq.), the Sacred Heart Church, Mount St. Alphonsus and Mary Immaculate College Chapel.

WORKSHOP: History Ireland will host a Hedge School on the topic Before Banna : politics, society & sport in Kerry 1912-1916′ in the Seanchaí – Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel on Friday February 14 at 7.30 pm. Admission free. Tel. (068) 22212.

CRIMETUBE is an Irish online video site that is dedicated to crimes that are caught on CCTV. Crimes happen every day and many of them are caught on video. The video of the crime is given to the Gardai and rarely gets seen by the public, until now. Log onto

PARENTING PROGRAMME: A Pavee Point Parenting Programme will run on Wednesday February 26 and March 26, 2014 in the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre from 10am – 12 noon. The parent programme consists of a presentation and activities which explore the value of education, enrolment processes for pre-school, primary and secondary school structure, the difference between the Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied, attendance, the Education Welfare Board, bullying and discrimination and access programmes for University and Grants. This programme is run by West Limerick Resources with the support of the VEC.

LANGUAGE AND PLAY ABBEYFEALE: The Abbeyfeale Language and Play group runs every Tuesday morning in St Ita’s Hall from 11am-12.30pm. This is an opportunity for parents to develop friendships in a safe and friendly environment, while their children play and socialise together. The groups is supported and facilitated by West Limerick Resources with professional Language and Play facilitators also attending some sessions. New members are always welcome.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS ANNUAL HUNTING FESTIVAL: The Abbeyfeale Harriers will be holding their 12th annual hunting festival from February 9-14. The memorial meet for the late Jackie Grady will take place at the Ploughman Bar, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday at 11am. The hunt moves to Ulick’s Bar, Farranfore on the Thursday and finishes on Friday at the Faha Court, Faha . Hunting is on foot and is for fox. All enquiries to Hon. Sec Doug McGuinness on 087 6829044. Visiting Harriers include Togher, Scarteen, Carrickshane,South Tipp, Dungannon.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED FOR COMPUTER CLASSES IN ABBEYFEALE: Volunteers required to teach basic computer skills in Abbeyfeale. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications or experience. Course will run from 3- 4pm on Wednesdays for six weeks (starting date to be confirmed). Contact Nora on 068 31198.

VALENTINES BALL: The annual Valentines Ball takes place at the Woodlands House Hotel on Friday, February 21 next. Included in the €50 admission is; Music in hotel foyer, four course meal with complimentary wine, followed by music to Limerick band FINAL TOUCH and disco by DJB. There will be a raffle on tickets for weekend hotel break and numerous other prizes. All proceeds on the night to go to Milford Hospice and Pieta House

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: Due to popular demand a second Parent and Toddler Group will now meet on Thursdays from 11am to 12.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. The Parent led group provides children with an environment in which they are able to play independently with other children, while still having the security of their parents close by. This can be a great help in building a child’s confidence. The group is supported by West Limerick Resources. New members are always welcome.

DRAMA WORKSHOPS: West Limerick Resources will be offering a series of drama workshops across the West Limerick area this spring. The short courses will include acting, directing for stage and technical skills. Courses are free of charge and open to anyone living in the West Limerick area. To apply for a place please contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

LEARN IRISH: Irish classes resuming for Adults every Wednesday night in Duagh. Contact Paul 087 937 8663.

COMMUNITIES ON LINE: West Limerick Resources will run a final Communities on Line course in Newcastle West each Wednesday from February 19 to April 2 (7.30-10pm). The course will show community groups how to develop their own free website and set up a Facebook page. This is a hands-on course. On completion groups will have a fully operational website. All participants must have a sound basic knowledge of computers and be comfortable in the use of the internet, email and simple applications such as Word. Limit 2 people per group. Registration essential. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

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.

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

WALKING LEADER TRAINING IN LIMERICK: The Irish Heart Foundation will run Community Walking Leader training in Limerick on March 1st and 2nd (11 hours in total with a full day Saturday and half day Sunday). The training is primarily aimed at people wishing to lead a walking group or promote walking in the community. The course comprises of a weekend of training, a 4 week leader challenge and a follow up leader forum meeting with Limerick Local Sports Partnership. The training costs €50 and payment must be made via cheque or credit/debit card by February 21st at the latest (up to half of this cost may be subsidised by Limerick Local Sports Partnership for a Leader in each community). For more information, contact Tara at tcurran / phone 01 6685001 or Ed on 087 3290483

"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;

GLORACH THEATRE: Lorcan Curtin PRO and playwright reports; “Preparations are well underway for a new comedy to take place at the Glórach Theatre at the end of March. If laughter during rehearsals is a barometer for an enjoyable play, then the audience are in for a spectacular treat!” St. Patrick’s weekend will see a musical celebration as well with details to follow.

INSE BÁN MACRA CLUB: The inaugural meeting of Inse Bán Macra took place recently. 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.

‘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. Singers, storytellers, those with a recitation or a joke, dancers and musicians are all welcome. Audience most important too.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet class 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.

YOUTH CLUBS: No club Friday night. Teens unite are in St. Ita’s and the Yolo club are in the Sports Complex Saturday night from 7.45 till 9.15. The Yolo club are having fancy dress and great prizes for the best dressed.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Abbeyfeale Drama Group are performing ‘Separate Beds’ at Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse February 22,23, 25 and March 1,2,4 and 8 next. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm. First night in aid of Lourdes invalid fund.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: Gather by the Feale ( July 16-20,) 2014 festival will be based on the arrival of the Vikings and their routing by Brian Boru. New committee: Jim O’Connor Chairman, Dee Dennison Vice Chairman, Orla O’Donnell Secretary, Erin Sugrue Assistant Secretary, Bridget Harnett and Carina Prendeville Joint Treasurers. Joint PRO’s Pia Scannell and Marian Harnett. |Promotion and Marketing: Shane O’Connor and Eoghan Kelly, Check out our new Facebook page Gather by the Feale or our website : for regular updates. Next meeting at Leens on Tuesday, February 18 at 8pm and anyone with an interest in helping out or with an idea for an event is more than welcome.

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 “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 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. Thank you for your continued support.”

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 takes place at the Devon Inn Templeglantine over next weekend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A programme will start on Thursday, February 13 @7.30pm and continue each Thursday night until 9pm. Further information on 068 31203.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Athletes and Volunteers meet every Tuesday at 7pm. in the Community Centre, NCW. 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.

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.

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 Joe Murphy, Radharc Na Feile Thursday 10am Patricia Murphy Month Mind. Friday 10am Batt Murphy Month Mind and his brother James Anniversary. Saturday 11am Eily O’Connell, Meenkilly. 7pm Jimmy Ahern, Shanbally. Michael Healy, Grogeen & Margaret Healy Sunday 9.30am Bridie Ward, Killarney Road. 12noon Mary Foley, St Ita’s Road. 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. 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.

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: Owing to the bad night last Wednesday Toastmasters was put back until this Wednesday 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.

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.

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).

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 Maureen 0879845102 for more details and booking.

HUMOUR: Here is a look at some choice phrases used by women to help you decode their true meaning.
1. Fine:
This is the word used by women at the end of an argument, when they are normally in the right. ‘Fine’ signals that the argument is over. I wouldn’t try to follow it up.

2. Five Minutes:
Of course when any woman tells you five minutes, this usually means at least half an hour, especially when she’s getting dressed.

3. Nothing:
Of course when an Irish woman says “nothing" when asked what is wrong, it’s far from nothing she means. Arguments that begin with "nothing" usually end in "fine."

4. Go Ahead :
You want to cancel our dinner plans, so you can go out for a drink with the lads? “Go ahead." It’s a dare, not an approval.

5. Loud Sigh :
An Irish woman loves a good sigh, there is nothing like it. Of course this isn’t a word, but it can be much more significant. A loud sigh signifies the woman is contemplating what on earth she is doing wasting her time arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to 3 for meaning of nothing)

6. That’s Okay:

Of course this is a dangerous statement, is it really "Okay?" Normally not. Dependant on the tone this choice phrase is delivered in, it normally means you will need to do some damage control in the not-so-distant future.

7. Thanks:
Normally this can just mean that a woman is simply thanking you. However if she utters “thanks a lot,” this can mean pure sarcasm. On this occasion, don’t respond with "you’re welcome," as this could result in a “whatever.”

8. Whatever:
Just walk away!. Better to just cut your losses.

9. Don’t worry about it, I got it:
Usually delivered after a woman has asked a man several times to do something and no action has been taken. Taking the bull by the horns she will get the job done herself.

10. Grand:
This is a notice of approval.