PROLOGUE: "You can’t always please everybody, but you can do what makes you happy and just hope that those around you will be happy for you."

Robert Tew.

TABLE QUIZ: St. Ita’s Wren boys are holding a Table Quiz in Thomas T.J’s on Friday, April 4 at 9pm. This will be a fundraiser for Fr. Tim Galvin from Kilmanihan whose Mission is in South Sudan. This area is currently a war zone and people are experiencing starvation. There will be a raffle and entertainment on the night.

PAMPER EVENING: Treat your Mam, Sisters or Girlfriends to a Pamper Evening at the Devon Inn Sunday, April 6 from 3-6pm with Special guest Fashion stylist and Image consultant Shauna Riordan. There will be exhibitions from local hair and beauty salons, fitness and wellness studios, Jewellery stores and shoe and fashion boutiques. Sit back and enjoy canapés and champagne as you relax and view a Fashion Show with style from local Boutiques. Prizes for Most Stylish Mother and Daughter, most stylish lady and the best hairstyle. Lots of giveaways and pampering on the day. Tickets €10 available from participating outlets, Pia’s Flowers, Eurosavers, Heavenly Gifts, Leen’s Hotel and on the door. This is a fundraiser to help with the running of Abbeyfeale’s newest festival ‘Gather by the Feale July 16-20, 2014’.

GRAND FUNDRAISING VARIETY CONCERT: A concert celebrating the arrival of spring will take place at the Glorach Theatre on Saturday, April 12. It will be headlined by the Ballaugh Wren Boys Charity Group who will be joined by musicians, dancers, solo singers and chorus. Proceeds go to Nano Nagle, Abhaile, Milford Hospice and to help pay down the outstanding loan on the Glorach . Tickets €10 are on sale at Ann Lyons, The Square or Batt Harnett’s.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The monthly tea dance in Monagae takes place on Sunday next from 3-6pm. Always a great day out and as for the teas….words fail me…not alone will they send you home sweating but you’ll stuffed for the night as well!

PROMOTING EMOTIONAL WELLBEING FOR TEENAGERS: A night for parents in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, April 2 is presented by Enda Murphy RGN, RPN, MNACBT, MIC P Author of “Five Steps to Happiness” The presentation explains how the teen brain grows and processes emotions. It also covers creating the optimum environment at home that will enable the teen to grow/develop mentally & healthily. (Doors open @ 7.30pm) Admission Free.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: The Yolo Club and Abbey Legends are going to Kilmallock on Friday evening. They will meet at the church at 6.45pm and will return at approx. 11pm. Teens Unite are in the church on Saturday night from 7.45 – 8.45pm preparing the Good Friday pageant. The Yolo Club are in the Sports Complex on Saturday night from 7.45 – 9.15pm. MONSTER RAG MEETING: Abbeyfeale Town Park are holding a Monster Rag Meeting and Family Fun Day at the Coursing Field, Glenashrone on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 10.30am. Tickets on sale for a draw on the day with a first prize of €300, second prize €100, third prize €50.

A LOVING TRIBUTE: Our new curate Fr. Joe Foley brought a tear to many an eye at Mass last Saturday night when he told us of his plans to visit his mother for Mother’s Day and how privileged he felt to have his mother still and how those of us lucky enough to have our mothers should be so thankful and appreciative. Those few words came straight from his heart and were very powerful in their sincerity.

GET IN STEP FOR BARN DANCE: Line Dancing Classes every night until Easter Sunday. Community Centre, New St., Abbeyfeale 7.30 – 8.30pm. Learn to strut your stuff for the Garth Brooks Experience Barn Dance. Everyone welcome.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Ita McQuinn holds a Rambling House every third Monday of the month in the Community Centre Monagae from 8pm. The next one will be on Easter Monday.

MEENKILLY N.S. CARD GAME: Winners with 12 Games; Pasty Kelly, Jer Roche, Marion Roche. Runners up after a 6 way play off;

Danny O Connell, Kathleen Lenihan, Mary McCarthy, Door Prize; Mary McCarthy, Mossie Gleeson. Table Prize; Con Lane, Liam Lane, Joanie Audsney. Tickets;Sean Harnett, Mossie O’ Donnell, Leanne McPadden, Joanie Audsney, Anita Danagher, Patrick Murphy,

COMMUNITY ALERT: Funding is now available for personal security systems so if you are over 65, living alone or with a person or persons over 65 then you can apply to any member of the committee – Mossie Gleeson, Micheal O’Kelly, Sean Broderick, Mary Jo O’Connell, John O’Sullivan, Seamus Stack, John O’Sullivan, Mary McArthur, Kathleen Collins, Brenda and Buddy Barry Marian Harnett or Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue. The system costs €65 which is the percentage of the cost not covered by the grant we receive from the Dept. and each year following there is a fee of €65 paid to the monitoring company.

TOO CLOSE TO HOME: PRO and cast member Lorcan Curtin reports “There’s nothing better in the dramatic arena than to go out on a high, and that’s exactly what the Abbeyside players did last weekend. Two fine crowds attended the Grove on Saturday and Sunday and the cast responded in kind with energetic and excellent performances from all that left patrons rolling in the aisles with laughter. A massive thanks to everyone who helped us along the way, and to all of ye out there who attended and gave us positive feedback in what was our inaugural production. Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís.”

1ST ABBEYFEALE CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: The very first Abbeyfeale Craft Beer, Wine & Cider Festival will take place during this year’s Gather by the Feale. . It will be held in the GAA Hall on Sunday, July 20 from 2pm – 8pm. Craft Brewers from all over Ireland have been invited to share their wares with the good people of West Limerick. Anybody who is interested in good quality, fresh beers, wines and cider should come along to sample some of Ireland’s finest produce. It’s also open to home brewers – with a special competition for best home brew! Over 18’s only. Contact Ali Rae for more details or to take part. 086 399 4008.

BEST WISHES: We send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Canon Micheal Liston who has recently been hospitalised. His book is available in O’Donoghue’s Spar and in Tuohigs Supervalu.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Dates for the Diary: Abbeyfeale Rfc ‘Hell on the Hill’ 10k & 5k Run / walk April 13 at 1.30pm at Rugby club. Fealefit Easter 5k Run / walk Sunday, April 27 at 10.30am meet at Mountmahon. Registration for the Ring of Kerry 2014 is now open. .Ever wanted to cycle the Ring of Kerry or maybe you’ve done it before and would like to be part of a training group or just want to pick up some tips that will make you better equipped for the challenge. Fealefit and Adrenalin Sports & Cycles have teamed up to put together a comprehensive package of advice on Training, equipment and nutritional needs! Join us April 12 6.00pm at Fealefit for our Ring of Kerry Workshop!All questions you’ve ever had on Bike set up & Maintenance, Training Schedule, Nutrition & Recovery and much much more will be answered. Fealefit will also be running an Easter Midterm Kids Camp for primary school kids aged 5 -13 from April 15- 17 ..Contact Shane 087 2891015 for details or Check out for all details on Classes.

BEE KEEPING CLASSES: Classes have commenced at the Education Centre (Old Tech) from 7.30-9.30pm pm under tutor Seamus Quinlivan.

.PERPETUAL ADORATION: Perpetual Adoration is currently taking place during Lent. There is a chart available behind the Tabernacle if you wish to sign your name for one hour a week in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

FARMERS’ MARKET: WE have free range duck and hen eggs, salad bags freshly harvested from the Community Garden, fish from Star Seafood , rhubarb, leeks, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, home baking, free range oven ready chickens and much more available at the weekly market in the Square 9-1.30pm.

CONSERVATION OF BUILT HERITAGE SEMINAR: West Limerick Resources will be hosting a seminar on caring for traditional buildings on Thursday April 10 (venue and time to be confirmed). The evening seminar will be delivered by Dr Fidelma Mullane, a specialist in the study and care of traditional buildings and will examine the history of building in the countryside, show the importance of maintaining traditional construction techniques and skills, and provide information on caring for rural buildings. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

UNIQUE OCCASION: Over 450 secondary school students from across Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Offaly will give great voice to the Limerick National City of Culture’s programme this Thursday with a first concert of its kind at the University Concert Hall. In a cross-diocese collaboration between Killaloe and Limerick, the students will come together to form the largest choir ever to perform at the University Concert Hall when they deliver their Seinn 2014 performance. Tickets for this special event are available from the University Concert Hall or on its website at The uniqueness of the event is not alone in the size of the choir but that the choir will come together for the first time ever that morning after rehearsing remotely over recent weeks. Lead vocalists and instrumentalists have, however, rehearsed together a number of times in the run-up to the performance. The show, which will feature contemporary as well as a number of classic hymns, is part of Limerick Diocese’s programme of events to mark Limerick National City of Culture 2014.

GARTH BROOKS CONCERT: A draw will take place for 2 premium tickets for one of the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin next July. All proceeds to ‘Gather by the Feale’ Festival July 16-20. Ticket are €5 each and available from Jack O’Rourke’s Bar, the Square, Abbeyfeale. Tel 068 31314.

SAT NAV COMPETITION: Now in its 11th year, the highly-anticipated European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 is about to get underway, with participants across Europe being invited to submit their ideas for new opportunities in the €100 billion satellite services market.From April 1 to June 30 the competition web portal, carol.hayes

ANOTHER DATE FOR THE DIARY: The Garth Brook’s Experience is coming to the Railway Bar on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 8.30pm. It’s going to be a cowboy themed fancy dress Barn dance with a Texas style BBQ. There will be line dancing, Garth Brooks Karaoke and more. Dress in country style and be in with a chance to win spot prizes. Sing and sound like the man himself and be in with the chance to win two tickets to one of his concerts. Vote for the best impersonator. Tickets €10. Further details from Shane 087 2891015 or Carol 087 7457518.

SIMON COMMUNITY BAG PACK: Simon are looking for people to assist with their annual fundraiser next Friday, April in Tesco Abbeyfeale. Contact 061 608980

MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. The group would welcome donations of paint, wood etc. Contact Chairman Dennis Collins for further information on 087 6497671.

FUNDRAISER FOR MILFORD HOSPICE: Mike Condon will play at the April tea dance on Sunday, April 13 – a fundraiser for Milford Hospice in honour of the late Sr. Patricia O’Brien.

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.

MAY BREAK: Friday May 16-Monday May 19. Leaving Newcastle West at 9a.m. on board Brouder’s luxury. Staying in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway with full use of all the hotel facilities. Home of the famous Sam Maguire. During the day we will be sightseeing and every night after a four course dinner we will be dancing. On Saturday night we have a special treat we will have Michael English and his band. You will be amazed at how reasonable this break is. We have a few places still available. For more information and booking contact Maureen 0879845102.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The service provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222

ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK: Alcohol Awareness Week from March 31- April 4 with a National Conference on April 2 aims to get people thinking and talking about alcohol and how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and a society. For more information; Alcohol Forum Tel: info

LIMERICK’S BUZZING: Public Lecture: Helping Limerick’s Wild Bees: Wednesday, April 9 from 8pm -9.30pm at LIT Georges Quay Campus – near Hunt Museum. Outdoor workshop: managing and creating habitat for wild bees in green spaces on Thursday April 10, 11am – 1pm at University of Limerick grounds (meet at Concert Hall Entrance). Outdoor workshop: managing and creating habitat for wild bees in gardens and urban areas on Thursday, April 10, 2.30pm – 4.00pm meet at the Hunt Museum entrance on Patrick Street. Pollinator Monitoring Workshop on Wednesday May 8 (time to be confirmed) at University of Limerick These events will inform people about wild bees, many of which are in decline locally. Simple and practical advice will be provided for people to be able to help wild bees by providing food and homes for wild bees in their local area, free of charge. Places on courses are limited. Contact Veronica Santorum veronicael 063 91576 or 087 264 5952. Website:

ORAL HISTORY COURSE: West Limerick Resources will be running an Oral History Training Initiative starting the second week in April. Training will consist of two elements. Participants will develop Oral History Interviewing techniques as well as examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to gathering Oral History. The second element of the training will focus on digital voice recording and editing techniques. Training will also explore how oral history can contribute to the local heritage of communities and identify suitable ways of showcasing their research. Training will run one evening per week for 10 weeks. The course is free of charge and open to people living in the West Limerick area. To register for the programme contact Suzanne on srowley

NCW JOBSEEKERS NETWORK: The NCW Jobseekers Network or The Optimistic Group meets each Tuesday from 1:30-2:30pm in the NCW Community Centre. This space is for those who feel they could do with support to access information on training & employment opportunities in the area. This is an open door format, no registration is necessary. New members welcome & encouraged to attend. Contact Brenda at West Limerick Resources Rural Employment Service (RES) on 069 66297.

C.D. FOR SALE: Singer Maura Nolan’s new c.d. ‘Am le Cheile’ is available at Ann Lyons, The Square and Margaret Riordan’s, Main St. A portion of the sale price of €15 will go to St. Ita’s Hospital, N.C.W. Maura collected some of the songs featured on the C.D from residents of St. Ita’s and this is her way of thanking them for sharing them with her.

LANGUAGE AND PLAY ABBEYFEALE:, Early Childhood Ireland Specialist Marie ODoherty will attend The Abbeyfeale Language and Play group which runs every Tuesday morning in St Ita’s Hall from 11am-12.30pm. The group is supported and facilitated by West Limerick Resources.New members are always welcome.

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 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. Acting for Adults will take place on Saturday’s April 5 and 12 and a youth course (10-16 years) will take place on Saturday’s May 10 and 17. Both courses will run from 11am-5pm. A four night directing for stage course is due to start on Thursday April 10 from 7.30-10.30pm. To apply for a place please contact Suzanne on srowley

TABLE QUIZ: Ince Bán Macra Club are holding a table quiz at the Devon Inn on Friday, April 4.

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.

DAY TRIP: Maureen Finnegan and friends are hitting the road again “Visiting the Homestead of JFK, the museum, monument and the Imigrant Flame. This is a most interesting trip and the scenery is beautiful. Leaving Newcastle West at 9am. We will pick up en route Rathkeale, Croagh, Adare, and The South Court Hotel. Calling to Ballyglass House Hotel, for breakfast and returning there again in the evening for a four course dinner. If you are interested in travelling don’t hesitate in contacting Maureen 087 9845102 to avoid disappointment.”

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.

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. Next meeting Tuesday April 1 at the Search and Rescue, Killarney Road at 8pm. I hope to have the first draft of the programme next week so as to give you an idea of what you want to mark down in your diary. In the meantime we have been given a weekend of bagpacking in Tuohigs Supervalue on April 4/5 next to help with the cost of running the festival as there are no grants to fall back on this year. We are looking for help, please contact any of the committee if you can give us an hour or two – Jim O’Connor, Dee Dennison, Bridget Harnett, Kathleen Collins, Pia Scannell, Erin Sugrue or Orla Dennison. We have a pamper day in the Devon Inn on Sunday, April 6 to help with fundraising also so if you have a woman in your life that you’d like to give a gift to then why not give her a ticket for the pamper day and let her relax with champagne and canapes while she enjoys a fashion show and talks at stands featuring health and beauty. See our website: for regular updates. We also have a Gather by the Feale facebook page.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says “At last Spring is here and if you are spring cleaning, please remember that we would be grateful for any donations of clothing, bric-a-brac, shoes, bags, bedding, curtains and toys to sell in our shop in Abbeyfeale. We have recently received a generous donation of bedding pots and are currently selling the small pots at €1 for 20.Our summer range of clothing is increasing by the day, so feel free to pop in and have a browse. Have a great weekend and Happy St Patricks Day to all our customers, volunteers and all of you who so generously donate to the Sue Ryder Foundation Ireland. 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. Well done to Abbeyfeale’s Sean Healy who has been chosen to go forward to the All-Ireland Games.

LIMERICK DIOCESAN CHARISMATIC SERVICE COMMITTEE; Invites you to a Conference on the Joy of the Gospel entitled "With Christ Joy Is Constantly Born Anew!" on Saturday and Sunday next April 5/6 in The Radison Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick with speakers; Bishop Brendán Leahy, Bishop Trevor Williams, Fr. Pat Collins CM and Rev Des Bain. Conference Information phone Emer at 08702785006 The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick Hotel. Booking Information: +353 (61) 456200.

ST. ITA’S READING GROUP: Meet at the Parish Office on Wednesday, April 2 at 8pm.

MEENKILLY SCHOOL STATION MASS; The parish station Mass will take place at the school on Thursday, April 3 at 7.30pm.

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. Special line dance class from Friday next at 7.30pm.

OPENING: Glenville House and Gardens Ardagh announce the following opening hours for 2014. April 3-30, May 1-17. Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. 23rd August 23- 31 Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. September 6- 30 Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm.The admission is adults € 5 Students € 3 children and OAPs are free.

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,Canon 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 7pm Sean Enright Purt, Hannah O’Donoghue, Knocknasna. Sunday 9.30am Paddy Woulfe, Kilconlea, William and Gretta O’Rourke, Mountmahon. 12 noon Dr. Micheal Wall. Baptism Preparation will take place at 8pm in the sacristy on Tuesday, April 8. First Holy Communion will take place on May 17, 2014. Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent after the 10am Mass. 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 know when people are in hospital.

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 from outside Tuohig’s Supervalue at 7.40 pm every Thursday for Castleisland Bingo.

TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters meet twice monthly on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September to May. Next meeting Wednesday, April 2 Aat 8.30pm. This is a competition night where local member Mike Guiry will compete with members from the Killarney and Tralee clubs for the honour of representing the area in the upcoming Inspirational Speech competitions. Everyone welcome. 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.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes June 2014:- The Annual Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes -June 21-26 is now open for booking. The flights will be from Shannon and the fare is €709/ €599.

MARRIAGE GUIDANCE: Accord are recruiting for Accredited Counsellors and Marriage Education Facilitators. Please contact ACCORD Tralee on 066-712-2280 for further details.

ARE YOU UP FOR THE HUCKLEBUCK: Excitement is building as we get ready to dance the night away with Crystal Swing on Friday April 11 at Rathkeale House Hotel. Ticket sales are flying at €15 per person and if you would like to joinus on the night, please call Mary on 087 7473550 or Rose on 085 1688307. Alternatively, we can be contacted through the Coolcappa Parents Association
Facebook page. Limited Number of Tickets Remaining.