PROLOGUE: "It’s better to have a rich soul than to be rich."

Olga Korbut.

GLORACH THEATRE PUBIC MEETING: We are extremely lucky to have a purpose built theatre in our community but it needs to be used or we’ll lose it. Even when it is not in use it is costing money to maintain it and the committee need help from the community – new members, new ideas, and new users. There will be a public meeting on Thursday May 29 at 8pm to discuss the future of Abbeyfeale Community Theatre, An Glorach. The meeting will take place in the theatre which is located adjacent to the Daycare Centre and is being called to allow individuals and groups from the area have a direct input into shaping the future of the community facility with the aim of maximising if for the benefit of the entire community. It is very important that this meeting will be well supported. All are welcome.

PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT: Abbey Heritage the local training initative which operates from St. Ita’s Hall every September to May and which offers a second chance education to early school leavers among others is now welcoming applications for its new Fetac Level 4 course with Modules including; Customer Service, Functional Maths, Digital Media, Health Related Fitness, Business English, Communications, Information Technology and more. Contact Clare or Kathleen on 068 51790 or email abbeyheritageproject

COFFEE MORNING: The Wednesday Club which meet in The V.E.C. building (The Old Technical school),Mountmahon are holding a Coffee Morning in The Ploughman’s on Friday, May 23 commencing at 11am in aid of the local branch of Multiple Sclerosis as part of Multiple Sclerosis awareness month. Donations of cakes etc. would be greatly appreciated as will your support on the day.

IFA MEETING: IFA are holding an important meeting this Thursday in Charleville

Park Hotel in connection with the Hen harrier and compensation for same. The NPWS, Forest Service and the Department of Agr. Will be in attendance.

GALA DANCE: The Railway Bar Abbeyfeale are hosting a Gala Celebration dance for All Ireland Glor Tire winner, Michael Collins and his band on Friday, May 30 in aid of the Alzheimer’s Association. A fantastic night in store for a great cause. Please Support.

ARA NA FEILE: The Active retirement association of Abbeyfeale invites everybody to their pageant on the history of Abbeyfeale in the rare old times in the Adult Education Centre on Wednesday, May 21 @ 2pm. Admission is free but any donations will be welcome to sponsor Nadine Smith for her forthcoming charity work in Uganda.

COFFEE MORNING; The Wednesday Clubwhich meet in Adult Ed Centre are holding a

Coffee Morning in The Ploughman’s on Friday, May 23 commencing at 11am in aid of the local branch of the Multiple Sclerosis branch. May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month. Donations of cakes etc would be greatly appreciated as will your support on the day. Members would like to thank everyone who supported their tea day on behalf of the Alzheimers society. The total raised was € 311-63.which is much appreciated.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Congratulations to the children from our parish who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 17. May God bless and protect them always.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Fealefit runners are out training every Saturday morning at 9am, all are welcome. Lots of great runs & trips away planned for the summer! There is also Ring of Kerry training every Sunday morning at 8am, both groups are suitable for all levels of fittest and are free of charge. Fealefit are delighted to be running Abbeyfeale United’s Summer Soccer Camp June 30 – July 4. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for details..Check out for all details on Classes.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: All clubs are in the Town Park from 7-8pm on Friday night weather permitting. New club registration on Saturday from 7.45-8.15pm. All young people have to accompanied by a adult.

WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB CEILI : The Devon Inn on Sunday, May 25 from 4pm. Music by Swallows Tail, Teas served, any enquiries 069/81343.

BAPTISM MEETING: Next baptism Team meeting in Tournafulla on June 10 @ 8pm in the Sacristy. To book a Baptism contact the sacristy 068/51915 during Mass times.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: A Pastoral Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday night, May 21nin St Ita’s Hall at 8pm re; planning Parish Mission in November 1-7. All members are asked to attend.

GRADUATION MASS: Congratulations to the sixth year students who are graduating on Wednesday next. There will be a Graduation Mass in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef @ 7pm.

PARISH CULTURE PROJECT: The Parish Council Project is divided into two sections. The first being an information brochure to highlight organisations and events in our parish. The second – a larger project Abbeyfeale Parish life and culture past and present. In order to get the brochure done we need each organisation in the parish to send in a short synopsis of what the organisation does, where it is held, when, time, dates and contact details. If you have any interesting old photos or information for the second project contact the office. They will be scanned and given back immediately.

KILLEENAGH BLESSED WELL: The Rosary will be recited at the well every Friday night at 8pm during Mary’s month of May.

KERRY PARENTS & FRIENDS Clieveragh Listowel are holding a Garden Fete on Sunday, May 25, 1.00 – 5.0pm. Live music. Gareth Brooks "Fancy Dress Theme". Lots of special offers at garden Centre. Kids entertainment. Enquiries – 068 22977.

SOCIAL DANCING: Dancing this Thursday night at the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk is to Mick Duggan Sound and Micheal Collins Band.Dancing 9.30-12am. Admission €10. Free raffle on door ticket.

FREE PHONE NUMBER LAUNCHED: A new free phone number has been launched last Tuesday for the Samaritans in Ireland. It is 116123.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN KNOCKALOUGHA: Mick Sheehy lived in Knockalougha and now his house has been turned into a Rambling House which will be open on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month. The next night will be Tuesday, May 20

‘A MOTHER’S ROSARY’: Kadie Harnett’s first single is available by popular demand at Ann Lyons’, The Square. Kadie will be competing next Friday night in Ballydesmond in their ‘Search for a Star’ and she tells me that in order to get through to the next round it will depend on audience votes so she’d be delighted to get some support from Abbeyfeale. Kadie is Pat and Nita’s daughter from Clash and a granddaughter of Jackie and Eily, Purt.

TRAVELLER MEN PROJECT: The Abbeyfeale Foroige Youth Carpentry Project will showcase their bread boards which come in 3 different sizes and cheese boards all made from Irish Oak at the Farmers’ Market in the Square on Friday morning. They also make a multipurpose foot stool/ step which can also hold books/dvds. All these products are hand crafted and made in Abbeyfeale by young traveller men living in the area and are a credit to them and their tutors. Foroige are making a huge effort to try to get meaningful employment for young Travellers here in Abbeyfeale so it would be good if this new initiative is supported by the community. If any local businesses would like to stock their products please contact: Linda/ or / Chris at the Foroige Youth Centre in Newcastle West 086 0476785 linda.hassett

IDE NAOFA PASTORAL AREA MEETING: The next meeting will be held in St. Ita’s Hall on June 3 at 8pm and will be attended by Noirin Lynch from the Pastoral Office, Lorraine from Faith Development and Chris and Aoife from Youth Ministry.

KERRY WOMEN’ WRITERS NETWORK: The Kerry Women Writers’ will be showcasing their work through prose and poetry at St. John’s in the Square from 4.30pm on Sunday, June 1 during Writers Week.

CALLING ALL ARTISAN FOOD AND CRAFT PRODUCERS: The first market took place last summer during The Gathering and we’re planning to build on its success during the 2014 Gather by the Feale July 16-20. We are looking for people who produce food or make crafts to set up on the cobbles in the Square under Fr. Casey on Friday and Saturday, July 18/19 from 10am -3pm. Contact us on 087 6866450 or marianharnett1

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place on Thursday, May 22 in the Seanchaí Centre from 9.15 pm. Admission free.

LENIHAN REUNION: If you’re a Lenihan or connected through marriage keep July 3-6 free for a reunion.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: Mad about the 80’s? You’d be mad to to miss this!!
We are delighted to team up with Ruby’s nightclub for a trip back in time with a 80’s theme night on the June bank holiday weekend. So dust down the leg warmers, the mini skirts, fingerless gloves, those oversized tops and let’s not forget all the fantastic accessories!! Best dressed to be announced on the night!! We are delighted too to be involved with the planned wine tasting which will take place on Friday, June 6 in Aine and Jack Ryan’s. Further news on that next week.

We would be delighted to have people join our committee and maybe get involved with the running of an event during the festival July 16-20 next. Our regular meetings take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 8-9.30pm at the Search and Rescue premises on Bridge St. See our website: for regular updates. We also have a Gather by the Feale facebook page.

YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR: Entries are being sought for the 16th FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition which has been launched recently. Young farmers in Limerick who are actively involved in the running of a farm, full or part time, are invited to apply. A county winner will be chosen who will go through to the all-Ireland final in September. The competition was launched by organizers Macra na Feirme, sponsors FBD and partners IFA. The overall winner of the competition will receive a bursary to undertake international travel and study farm practices. Young farmers can also be nominated for the competition. Anyone who nominates a young farmer will go into a draw for two nights B&B for two adults in any FBD hotel including dinner on one night. Forms are available from Macra na Feirme national office by phoning 01-426 8900, from your local IFA or FBD offices and for download on and You can also apply online – just log on to The closing date for applications and nominations is May 30.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney writes “Our shop is filling up with colourful summer clothing and footwear so please come in and have a browse. We still have some planting pots available priced at just 20 for €1, and our books are only €1 each. We are always grateful for donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, curtains, jewellery and especially bric a brac. Thank you once again for your continued support.”

.ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: ‘The place where we all feel valued, welcomed and can take our place’.

Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425, Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984Console 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 10am James & Mary Scully and their son Michael Mountmahon

Saturday 11am Eily Broderick and deceased members of the Broderick family

Saturday 7pm Kathleen Wren, New Street 3rd Anniversary. Pat, Bridget, Jeremiah and Dan Joe Murphy, Banard

Sunday 9.30am Margaret & John Riordan and their son Johnny, Upper Purt

William & Eileen Healy, Ballaugh

12noon Nora Moloney, Knocknasna, Nora Flynn and deceased relatives..

Adoration on Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. 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 know when people are in hospital.

TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters meet twice monthly on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September to May. Next meeting Wednesday, May 21 at 8.30pm. This will be the last meeting of the season so if you’d like to get a flavour of what goes on and maybe plan to join up in September you’d be very welcome to call in.

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

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: New Facebook page for the youth of Co. Limerick

VOLUNTEERING: The current Miss West Limerick, Nadine Smith from Abbeyfeale, who is a dentistry student in UCC will be travelling to Uganda in July/Aug 2014 as part of Nurture Africa’s 3 week volunteer programme. Nurture Africa works with vulnerable children in Uganda living with or impacted by HIV and AIDs by supporting them with access to education, healthcare and training. Check out Nuture Africa on & . Nadine has decided to organise an afternoon tea dance to help with fundraising and it will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, June 8 with dancing to the Sheamus Sheehy Band. She would appreciate your support.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE: The 21st Anniversary of the Sagart Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place on September 22 for five nights and costs €715. Contact Fr John O’Shea or the Sacristy.

WLR ON FACEBOOK; West Limerick Resources has just launched its own Facebook page. If you would like to be kept up to date with our on-going activities and upcoming events please follow us at Alternatively visit our website

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 June 16.

FUNDRAISER: A dance has been organized for Martina Tierney, Barna on June 27 @ the Devon Inn, music by Maura and Donie and other artists, tickets are on sale for just €5.

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.

MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. Contact Chairman Dennis Collins for further information on 087 6497671.

MAUREEN’S DAY TRIPS: On Sunday, June 15 we are heading back to Kerry and stopping off at Ballyferritier to visit Louis Mulcahy Pottery factory and shop. How would you like to make a piece of pottery to take home? Contact Maureen for more information. Sunday, July 13 we will be visiting the smallest of the Aran Islands Inisheer or otherwise known as Craggy Island, if you have free travel then you will be able to travel on the ferry for free. For more information and booking contact Maureen 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 069 622

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.

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.

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.

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY TREK: Contact the Irish Cancer Society for details on their five day trek in the Indian Himalayas in an area known as Little Tibet.

MCAULEY CONFERENCE IN MARY I: This year the McAuley Conference at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular road on Friday, May 23 and Saturday 24 will explore the life and ministry of Pope Francis, one of the world’s most inspiriting leaders.
Since his election he has begun a reform of the papacy and of the Church that has captured the imagination of the world. This conference will take time to examine: how his vision has been shaped by his Jesuit formation and his previous experiences in leadership; what are some of the significant themes that are emerging in his efforts to renew the Church and its mission.The cost is €75 payable in advance and includes lunch. For further details contact Dr Eugene Duffy at (061)204968 / eugene.duffy

or Ms Deirdre Franklin at (061)204507

NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY WEEK: Celebrate Ireland’s unique nature and wildlife during National Biodiversity Week May 17-25! National Biodiversity Week provides us with lots of great opportunities to get up close and personal to nature. Explore and enjoy our unique landscapes, from beaches and bogs, to rivers and urban canals, to forests and mountainsides. It’s amazing what you can discover, even in a familiar place! There are guided walks, talks, wildlife surveys, exhibitions and more. Check out the IEN website for information on events happening in the local area.

MOTHER AND BABY CLASSES: Held every Thursday from 12 – 1pm in the Town Park. Contact Maggie on 087 9866533.

UPCOMING BOOK LAUNCHES: Noel Mc Carthy from Limerick has compiled a book based on a rare collection of traditional music tunes collected by his grandfather John Mc Carthy from Cappamore. Noel whose mother Maureen O’Connor comes from Carrigkerry village is a musician and fiddle player in his own right, and a member of the renowned Glensharrold Wrenboy Group. He is a founding member of the University of Limerick traditional music group Cruinniu in 2006 and featured on and produced their CD a year later. The book ‘ John Mc Carthy of Cappamore, Ireland, His Irish Traditional Music Manuscripts 1876-1912’ will be launched in O’Dwyers Pub Cappamore on this Friday, May 23 at 9pm by writer and University of Limerick librarian Dr Micheal o hAodha and Peig Ryan musician and music teacher in Murroe. ‘The Last Irish Romantic’ is the debut collection of poems by Dr. Con Buckley. It will be launched at John B. Keane’s Bar, Listowel during Writers Week on Saturday, May 31 at 3.30pm. Free Admission. Dr. Con has a doctorate from Oxford University, has lectured at Bethlehem University and was Associate Professor of Literature at Manila University. He was ordained in 2002 for the Kerry Diocese.