PROLOGUE: "Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." Mary Anne Radmacher.

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 FOR MILFORD HOSPICE: Mike Condon will play at the April tea dance on Sunday, April 13 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. Dancing 3-6pm, teas served. This is a fundraiser for Milford Hospice in honour of the late Sr. Patricia O’Brien who was a much loved teacher in St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School.

WALK TO THE WELL: We invite each family of the parish to join us on a Lenten Walk on Sunday, April 13 @ 3pm. We will meet at Dromtrasna School. The prayers at the well and the rounds begin @ 4pm. The Pastoral Council encourages any family who have not been to Killeenagh to use this occasion to visit the Blessed Well. The purpose of this walk is to pray for the spiritual and physical welfare of our Parish.

I.C.A.: Bridie O’Shea Pro reports “The A.G.M of the Abbeyfeale I.C.A. guild was held on Tuesday, April at the Community Education Centre and by happenstance it was the 45th anniversary of the founding of the guild. The last national president of the I.C.A. Anne Marie Dennison was in attendance along with Rita Horgan, a founder member who is recovering from surgery. After having completed three years in office, were replaced. The Treasurer was re-elected, we have a new P.R.O. We are looking forward to a very enjoyable and varied programme for the coming year. The guild will meet again on Tuesday, April 15, new members will be very welcome.”

ST. ITA’S WRENBOYS: King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finnucane would like to thank all those who turned out for the table quiz in Thomas T. J’s last Friday night and to those who donated spot prizes; Mc Elligott Furniture, McElligott Pharmacy, Lee’s Eurosaver, The Credit Union, Kathleen and Tadgh Quinn, Rubina and Mattie Doody, Sisters of Mercy, Thomas T.J’s and Rita Kelly Chiorz. Thanks to Declan Woulfe who was the Quiz Master and to Marie O’Connell, Owen O’Connell, Sara O’Donoghue and Lisa Healy who collated the results, sold raffle tickets and then provided some fine traditional entertainment to finish off the night. There was an exciting finish between Fr. O’Shea’s team, the Doody family New St. and the Lane family, Brosna and Bridge St. with the results being too close to call! €681 was raised and has been lodged to the Abbeyfeale for Africa account in the Credit Union to await Fr. Tim Galvin who will be on sabbatical this summer.

GET WELL WISHES: We send our best wishes to Ita O’Connor, Islandboy who is currently recovering from surgery following a fall at her home. Ita is a pivotal member of the Gather by the Feale Festival 2014 and ran one of the most successful events during last year’s Gathering – the Rambling House at Steve Smith’s Ploughman which is back by popular demand this year.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS 2014 HUNTING FESTIVAL REPORT: P.R.O. Paddy O’Grady reports; “The Abbeyfeale Harriers 12th annual hunting festival was a great success again this year. Unfortunately however, due to adverse weather conditions the meets for Abbeyfeale and Faha had to be cancelled. Despite this hunt clubs from Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Kerry, Tyrone and Wexford participated in what was a very enjoyable festival. Hunt supporters from all over Ireland and beyond contributed to and enjoyed a great week’s sport and socialising. A Donation of €1000 has been made to the Irish Cancer Society from the festival proceeds. The Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to give a special thanks to all those that supported the hunt festival, including the hunt followers who travelled from near and far in all kinds of weather, the publicans who kindly sponsored the refreshments after each hunt, to the Scartaglin Harriers and the Rockfield Harriers for hosting the meets in Scartaglin, Farranfore and Castleisland, and most importantly to the landowners. All of your support is greatly appreciated. We would like to wish everybody good health and fortune for the coming year and we’ll look forward to meeting up at the hunt festival again next year.”

HARNETTS ARE EVERYWHERE! : Jer Kenneally sent me a link to a Canadian newspaper and an article that was printed in September 2012. It goes as follows: – “After 18 years of evangelizing youth across Canada, National Evangelization Teams (NET) Ministries has finally taken hold in Quebec. Seven youth aged 18-20 will devote the next eight months of their lives to missionary work at Saint-Louis-de-France parish in Terrebonne, Que. There, they hope to bond with parishioners, who will billet them in their own homes, and lay the foundations for an active youth ministry while sharing the Good News and drawing people into a personal relationship with Christ.NET missionary Pio Hartnett joins the Quebec team directly from Ireland. This year’s stay in Terrebonne will offer many challenges, but he still feels confident. “The situation in Quebec reminds me of the situation in Ireland,” said Hartnett. “When I signed up for NET, I thought it would be amazing to be a part of this team… and so I am very excited.” Does anyone know who Pio is.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Amy Mulcahy is leaving us after a year in the garden and we thank her for all her work, call in to see the fruits of her labour with daffodils in bloom and the tunnel full of various vegetables and seedlings ready for planting out. John Casey will be finishing up next week and will be sadly missed too. He was a great man for keeping the place tidy and in good order. We welcome Micheal Sheehy from Athea who will be taking over the garden from this week. Freshly picked salad leaves from the garden are on sale every Friday morning at the Farmers’ Market.

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.

TRADITIONAL CONCERT:The Comhaltas Concert at Halla Inse Bhán on Sunday next April 13 will featuring the All Ireland prizewinning Pléaracha Group which performed to much acclaim in Dublin recently. It has a cast of 33, providing a lively and entertaining show of music, song, dance & story. There is also a host of other talented artistes, including the Sheehy Family, Mulcahy Family, Abbeyfeale, Jessica Zeigler, a traditional fiddle player from Chicago and many others. There will be two dancing teams that leave on a trip to Germany on the following Thursday. Louise Mulcahy , the outstanding Flute and Uileann Pipe player of the family group has just released a new CD which has been eagerly awaited. A Great night of entertainment and enjoyment assured in Templeglantine on Sunday night next, tosnú 8pm. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Halla Inse Bán renovation fund.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s Friday night. Any members that want to go to the Burren will have to pay €20 on Friday. Teens unite are in the church at 7.45-8.45pm, all members ask to be on time. The Yolo club are in St. Ita’s on Saturday night from 7.45-9.15pm.

NOVENA: St. Anthony’s Novena Monday evening @7pm Mass.

DAWN TO DUSK FAST: The Trocaire family fast will take place on Good Friday, April 18.

SPRING CLEAN UP: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are having a National Spring Clean Up day, on Saturday, April 12 from 11am -1pm meeting point, The Square, all volunteers welcome.

THANK YOU: Many thanks to all those who supported the recent coffee afternoon held at St. Mary’s Boys’ School in aid of Aran Reidy’s volunteer work in Nicaragua in the summer. The amount raised was €555.05. Míle Buíochas to all who donated cakes, buns etc. and to all those who called in and supported us on the day.

THANK YOU: Both the Wednesday Club and ARA na Feile wish to thank and acknowledge the generosity of all who supported them at their recent coffee morning in the Ploughman, in aid of Flood relief in St Mary’s Parish. The amount collected was €1084. Thanks to Steve Smith for the venue, those who donated spot prizes, provided refreshments and helped in any way. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 9 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre.

ANOTHER THANK YOU; The Irish Cancer Society wish to thank you for their recent collection. The amount collected was €1068. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir!

GET IN STEP FOR BARN DANCE: Line Dancing Classes every Friday night.. Community Centre, New St., Abbeyfeale 7.30 – 8.30pm. Learn to strut your stuff for the Garth Brooks Experience Barn Dance which takes place Easter Sunday night. 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. Jim Lyons has one in Knocknagoshel with the next one on Tuesday, April 15. All welcome.

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.

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.

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 at 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 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.

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 15 at the Search and Rescue, Killarney Road at 8pm. Thanks to all those who supported the Pamper Evening at the Devon last Sunday – it was a great success and huge credit is due to the organising subcommittee of Carol Fitzgerald, Mary Fitzgerald, Pia Scannell, Mary O’Riordan and Olive Sheehan. Winners of the Most Glamorous Mother and Daughter competition sponsored by Annette’s Boutique were Barbara Scannell and her daughter Susan. Karen Kennelly won the Most Glamorous Lady sponsored by Esther’s Boutique, the Most Glamorous Granny was Maryanne Quirke whose prize was sponsored by Mary O’ Donoghue of Tie the Knot Weddings, Convent St. Winner of the Most Stylish Hairstyle was Margaret Ahern and her prize was sponsored by Tangles Hair and Beauty. A huge thank you to all our contributors ; The Good Hair Company, Tangles Hair & Beauty,Fuchsia Beauty Salon, Shadows Hair Design, Trendy Locks
Hair Stylist Betty O’Donoghue who also runs the Charity Shop, Hair stylist Clara Doak ‘As you Like it Hair Salon’, Cut and Curl, Golden Sissors, Norma’s Hair Salon, Esther’s Boutique, Annette’s,Marelles, Crystal Collection, Feale Fit, Adrenalin, Shakti fitness & health, Millinery Keri McAuliffe, Reflexologist and beauty Therapist-Martina McAuliffe, Shauna Riordan, Fashion Stylist, Tie the Knot Weddings & florists, Pia’s Flowers & Treats, Eileen Lane nutritionist, Pia’s Smoothies, Kearneys Bakery, Mairead’s Shoe’s, Heavenly Day Spa, Heavenly Gifts & Jewellery, Marie Moloney from Sue Ryder, Peg O’Grady “Bobbin Case”, Annie Thing fashion Accessories, Mairead Heffernan – Beauty Therapist, injury masseuse and homeopathic therapist, Geraldine Mann – Psycho therapist, Melanie Fitzgerald – Profesionally MUA Bridal, Eimear Fitzgerald – Beauty Therapist. Thank you too to all those who donated to our bag packing in Tuohigs over the weekend. The reason we are holding fundraisers and asking for contributions from the businesses is that we have no grants this year and last year’s festival cost over €15,000. So if this is to become a yearly event and a viable enterprise then we will have to be self sufficient. See our website: for regular updates. We also have a Gather by the Feale facebook page.

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

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.

SOCIAL DANCING: A social dance in aid of the Dromcollogher Respite Centre will be held on Friday, April 11 in Dromcollogher Community Hall at 9.30pm. A raffle will be held and refreshments will be served during the night. The music will be supplied by a variety of artists and admission is € 5 and all are welcome.

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.

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.

MAUREEN’S DAY TRIPS: “ I will be going on a day trip on Sunday, May 18, leaving NCW at 8.30 am for beautiful Mizen head, home to Dolphins, Whales Seals and a host of birds gannets, Kittiwakes, Choughs – the bird migration North-South flight path is just a mile off shore. Mizen Head Visitor Centre, guided tours, shop and café. If you wish you can walk along the path or go down the 99 steps and across the arched bridge you will be able to visit an Award Winning Maritime Museum in the Lighthouse well worth seeing. The rugged scenery is breathtaking. Those who wish for the leisurely view can sit and view from the Visitor Centre. We will be having our breakfast & dinner en route. For more information and early booking is advised as our previous trips were booked out in a very short while. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

COLLECTORS NEEDED: A call has gone out for people to help with the National Collection for the Special Olympics on Friday, April 11. Please if you can spare one hour we would love to hear from you please contact Ann McCarten 086-8494357 or Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.

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

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 O’Doherty 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 April 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

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 Immigrant 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 985102 to avoid disappointment.” Editor’s note: Just realised I have no date for this so you’ll have to ring Maureen.

ABBEY HERITAGE: Abbey Heritage Local Training Initiative will be at the Courtney Lodge Hotel on Wednesday, April 9 for the Find Out Event from 11-2pm where they will have information on their upcoming course ‘Pathways to Employment’. Subjects to be covered will include; Customer Service, Entrepreneurial Skills, Work Experience, Communications, Functional Maths, Health Related Fitness, Business English, Digital Technology and more.

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.

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

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.

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: Wednesday 8.15am Margaret Broderick 10am Tim & Nora Cronin and Christy & Eileen Kilmanihan. Thursday10am Dan & Julia Casey and son Ned Derra . Saturday 11am Joan Colbert, Killarney Road. 7pm Patrick Lane, Grogeen, Ita & Timmy O’Donoghue. Sunday 12noon Dick O’Mahony New Street, Josephine Lyons. 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 16 at 8.30pm.

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.

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 join us 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.

GROW IT YOURSELF: We are looking for four pioneers to lead our Operation GIY Nation campaign for 2014. As usual, we are looking for people who are relatively new to growing and are ready to face some (easy!) monthly challenges, like growing a bowl of lettuce.
This year has an added dimension. Each of the four pioneers will receive a Renault Fluence electric car for the duration of the project. Not only that, but one very lucky winner will get to keep their car at the end. For everyone else, there is the chance to follow these leaders and try their hand at the growing projects as well. So, what are you waiting for? Get straight over to the signup page, then tell your friends, your family, your workmates and that person who is always telling you that they would love to grow their own food but just don’t know where to start! Copy this link and share it with your friends on twitter and facebook and let’s make this a great summer of new growth.
Link to signup form