PROLOGUE: Ask yourself this question: Will this matter a year from now. Richard Carlson.

DEATHS: We offer sincere sympathies to the families of the late John Stack, Upper Purt and Lar Corbett, St. Ita’s Terrace whose deaths occurred recently. May they rest in peace.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A programme for bereaved adults will take place from 7.30 – 9pm every Thursday night in St. Ita’s Hall. Further information contact 068/ 31203, 31708, 31302.

CAR BOOT SALE: The first of the Fundraising Car Boot Sales in aid of WL102fm will be held at the Communtity Centre, NCW on Sunday, February 23 from 8-2pm. Gates open at 7.30am. Further information from 06966200.

INFORMATION NIGHT RE: YOUTH CAFE: Foróige supported by Limerick Youth Service will hold an information night on in St. Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, February 26 from 7-8pm. 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.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME: Pupils of 6th class and their parents are invited to the third session of a programme especially prepared for confirmation classes on Tuesday, February 29.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The local branch would like to remind everyone to keep an eye on elderly neighbours and those living alone. In case of further storms it is advisable to stock up on batteries for a flash light, a spare cylinder of gas and a couple of hot water bottles in the event of further power cuts.

ST PATRICK’S DAY: A meeting of the St Patrick’s Day parade committee was held in St Ita’s Hall on last Monday night.

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.

PROPOSED ABBEYFEALE LOCAL AREA PLAN 2014-2020: A meeting to discuss the proposed plan will take place at the Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue Building, Killarney Road on Thursday, February 20 at 7pm. Everyone with an interest in the future of the town should make it their business to attend.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CULTURE PROJECT: As Limerick is the City of Culture for 2014 Abbeyfeale Parish Council are proposing that the community would complete a project on ‘The Culture of Abbeyfeale past and present’. They are asking for people to get involved in research on community groups and services with the Church as the central element. Community groups are asked to email the parish office on fealechurch with 50-100 words on their history and present activity.

THOUGHT: We are worrying about the incessant rain and storms battering Ireland but in Syria people rescued from Homs have reported that they have been eating grass and olives to survive.

ABUSE SUFFERERS: A course for family members, adult children, parents, friends and colleagues of women experiencing relationship abuse will commence on Saturday, February 22 in Adapt House, Raheen. Contact 061412354 for further information or to book your place.

FEALE MONTESSORI: An open day will take place at the pre school on the Killarney Road on Thursday, February 27 at 3pm. Bookings may be made for the coming school year.

CARD GAME IN AID OF PIETA HOUSE: The weekly card game in Meenkilly N.S. will be in aid of Pieta House on Tuesday, February 25 starting at 9pm. A raffle will also be held on the night.

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.

YOUTH CLUBS: There will be no club meetings this weekend as it is the midterm break.

FLOOD RELIEF FOR ST. MARY’S PARISH, LIMERICK: A fund, jointly administered by St. Mary’s and the Vincent de Paul has been set up to help with the provision of food, fuel, clothing and bedding to parishioners who were affected by the recent flooding. Cheques can be made payable to Flood Relief c/o St. Mary’s Parish, Athlunkard St., Limerick.

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. For further enquiries contact Joan O’Sullivan on 086 1625960.

FEALE FIT NOTES: A Massive thank you to all who supported the Fundraising 5k / 10 k walk at the Railway last Sunday to raise money for the Special Olympics 2014, everybody was very generous & we raised €527.80 which will go a long way to helping with this Summers Event, a big thank you also to Carol & Thomas Fitz who let us use The Railway Bar for refreshments after our walk! We will commence NEW Couch to 5k training this Friday February 21 at 6.30pm at Town Park. Training is FREE and suitable for those of all levels of fitness wishing to learn how to run. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for further details. Check out for all details on Classes..

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.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH OF JIM REEVES: A concert will be held on Wednesday, February 26 in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare to commemorate the 50th. Anniversary of the death of the singer Jim Reeves. Tickets and further information from 061 605100.

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

MEENKILLY CARD GAME RESULTS: Winners with 15 games; Dixie Quirke, Marion Quirke, Mossie O Donnell. Runner up with 14 games each; Pasty Kelly, ,Liam O Connor, Con Collins. Door prize; Pat Curtin, Mossie O Donnell. Table prize Billy O Connell, Breda O Connell, Helen O Connell. Tickets; Dan Casey, Billy Lane, Marion Quirke, Helen O’ Connell, Breda O’ Connell and Julia Murphy.

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

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.

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 available 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.

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.

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

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.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Abbeyfeale Drama Group will be 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 and Sunday night’s performance in aid of Listowel Community Hosptial.

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

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.”

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; Thursday 10am, Daniel O’Donoghue, Saturday 11am Jim Fealey, Ballybehy. 7pm Mossie Regan, Meenkilly, Tom W. Flynn and deceased relatives. Sunday 9.30am Julia Morrissey, Cedarville. 12 noon Mick Kelliher Ballaugh, Jim Dundon, Collins Park. 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.

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 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.

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: Toastmasters meet twice monthly on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September to May. Next meeting Wednesday, February 19 at 8.30pm. 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. On Valentine’s Day the Irish Independent had a feature on a Dating Consultant Anne Marie Cussen of www. whose top tip for modern romance was; “If you dislike the heavy drinking scene try joining an organisation, like a drama club or Toastmasters, the educational organisation – both are great ways to meet new people.”

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.

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.

TEA DANCING IN CARRICKERRY: There will be no afternoon tea dancing in Carrigkerry Community Centre on this coming Sunday, February 23 . The dancing will return on Sunday March 23..