PROLOGUE: "The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie."

Ann Landers.

WELCOME HOME: We welcome Bishop Michael Lenihan from Cragg who is home on holidays.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Christina O’Connell, daughter of Mary and the late Peter, Purt who married David Curtin in Abbeyfeale on Saturday last. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

GATHER BY THE FEALE 2014: Congratulations to everyone for a wonderful festival of fun and merrymaking. All the hard work was worth it and we did as we said we would – brought people to town, put money into circulation and helped bring the community together. Our first festival which will hopefully now become an annual event came to an end with the scatterin’ disco at Ruby’s on Sunday night which in turn brought a very hectic long weekend to a conclusion. We were blessed with good weather and all of the 29 events that ran over the 5 days were well supported. The festival could not have happened without the assistance of Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue who provided stewarding and man power for the entire 5 days and they are owed a huge debt of gratitude. Check out our facebook page; Gather by the Feale for all the photos and daily reports.


RECOVERY HAVEN; The Recovery Haven wishes to thank everybody who participated in any way to make the Celebration of Light in the Town Park on June 21 such

a memorable occasion. The amount raised was €1700.

GRAVEYARD MASS IN DUAGH; The Annual Graveyard Mass will be held on Thursday night next at 8pm. A free shuttle bus service will be available on the night of the Mass from Duagh National School to the Graveyard from 7p.m. onwards. We would encourage as many people as possible to avail of this service to reduce traffic congestion near the cemetery. Any person who walks to Springmount may also avail of this service on the way back.

HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY: “Happy Grandparents Day" next Saturday, July 26 which is the Feast of St Joachim and St Anne- Grandparents of Jesus. Pope Francis has asked all Grandparents to offer a special rosary on that day for their grandchildren.

REEK SUNDAY: A bus will travel to Croagh Patrick next Sunday. Contact 087 3966399 between 9am and 6pm for bookings.

LESSONS: Lessons on concertina and fiddle from beginners to advanced with Lisa. Contact 087 3182574.

LOCAL CHARITIES NOMINATED TO SHARE IN €1,000 WINDFALL: Tesco are changing the way they donate to charity. Instead of giving the money to one national charity, they are now going to donate €1000 every 6 weeks to local charities. 3 local charities will be nominated and for 6 weeks the customers of Tesco will be able to support these charities. After the 6 weeks is up the money is split between the 3 charities according to the amount of tokens that each charity receives. There are forms at Customer Service desk in Tesco Stores where the public can nominate charities to be put forward for the next 6 weeks. The 3 charities nominated for the first 6 weeks here in Abbeyfeale are: The Butterfly Club, Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue and St. Ita’s Day Care Centre. Every time you shop in Tesco you get a token and then it is up to you to decide which charity gets your token. The containers are displayed behind the tills at the store

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE 2014: Pilgrimage will take place Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July27. Fare €120 which includes coach, boat and Island fare. Bookings 087 3966399 (9-6pm).

‘THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS’: The Glorach Youth Theatre will present their new summer show ‘There’s no business like Show business’ at the Glorach on Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26 and finish the run on Sunday, July 27. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm sharp. Admission €10 with a family ticket also available.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: The camp takes place from Monday, July 28 –Thursday, July 31 in St. Mary’s Boys N.S. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in St. Mary’s during the 4 days of the camp. A request has gone out for people to sign up for Adoration from 11am – 3pm each day. A list is available for anyone wishing to put down their name at the door of the Adoration Chapel in the Church.

THOUGHT: Six months before the World Cup 2014, the Germans came to Bahia, Brazil and built Campo Pahia which included a hotel, health centre, football field, and a road. This was built using only local labour.

During World Cup 2014, the German players socialised with the locals, shopped in Bahia, visited their beach and held a big festival with the local population. They visited the native Brazilians and donated €10,000 to buy them an Ambulance. They wore the local football kit and sang their anthem. After their great victory over the Brazil national team, they apologized over the 7 – 1 win over Brazil. They thanked the whole Brazilian nation on social networks for the hospitality in their country. Now that they have left Brazil all the facilities that they have built are left behind for the use of Brazilian people. These are the true champions of World Cup 2014. From Duagh parish newsletter.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO ROME: A very special Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome
has been planned for this autumn to commemorate St John Paul II’s visit to Limerick and to attend the Beatification of Pope Paul VI. It will be led by Bishop Brendan Leahy from October 18-22 next and will cost €770 per person sharing. Tour organizers Cultural Connections Ltd In association with: Tom Mannion Travel T.A. 0178 IATA, ITAA. (Cultural Connections Ltd. Newtown, Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland Phone grouptravel)

SEISIÚN IN TEMPLEGLANTINE: All those in the locality who enjoy a good night of Irish traditional entertainment will welcome the return of the weekly Comhaltas Seisiún show at the Devon Inn each Thursday night at 9.00pm during July and August. The show consists of top quality music, song, dance and story provided by a talented group of artistes, many of whom are from Abbeyfeale and several of whom have won All Ireland honours. The traditional show is aimed at both locals and visitors and is very enjoyable. Towards the end of the programme of entertainment there is an informal segment members of the audience perform if they so wish or join in a Siege of Ennis. All are welcome. This is the place to bring your visitors for a memorable night out.

SEANCHAI CENTRE: Listowel Rambling House will take place on Thursday, July 31in the Seanchaí Centre, The Square from 9.15 pm. Admission free to this evening of traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling and all are welcome.

FOR GOOD WEATHER: All – powerful and ever-living God, we find security in your care and love for us. Give us the fine weather we pray for and need. May the harvest be secured and the hard work and efforts of so many of our people come to fruition. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

CHARITY CEILI: The annual charity ceili in aid of the Irish Cancer Society takes place in Knockaderry on Friday, July 25 with music by the Striolan Ceili Band. Teas served. Everyone welcome.

LIVING LITERATURE: The Seanchaí Centre, Listowel has started its ‘Living Literature’ drama performances as part of the tour of the Kerry Writers’ Museum. Performances will take place every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 12 noon & 2 pm during July & August. For more information tel. info.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean ups of the graveyard are held every Tuesday from 7-9pm weather permitting. Annual Mass will take place on Thursday, August 21. Candles will be on sale. Please inform family members.

DANCING/SIGHTSEEING WEEKEND: Staying in The Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo from Friday, October 17-20. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

THE FESTIVAL OF LUGHNASA: It will be celebrated on Sunday July 27th at 4pm on the scenic, historic hillside of Knockfierna. The afternoon’s events will commence with the unveiling of a stone dedicated to Mark Patrick Hedderman in recognition of his long standing connection to and affection for Knockfierna’s historic hillside. The stone will be unveiled by Fr. Dan Lane P.P., Ballingarry followed with music by Ann Phelan, Noreen Ni Rian plus many others. Special guest speaker will be Michael Shine of Rosport, Co. Mayo, of the Rosport 5 fame. Also live GAA coverage from the rambling house.

MID-WEEK TRIP TO CARLOW/ KILKENNY; Thomond Historical & Archaeological Society will travel to Carlow/Kilkenny from Monday, September 8 until Thursday, September 11. The trip includes 3 nights Bed and Breakfast and 3 evening meals at Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Highlights of the trip to include visits to Callan, Kells, Jerpoint, Borris House, Huntingdon Castle, Duckett’s Grove, Tullow Museum, tour of Carlow town, Kilkenny Castle, St., Canice’s Cathedral, and much more. — Organiser Pat O’Donovan – info Co. Limerick, +353 6962713.

REGISTER FOR 10k: Now it’s in 3rd year the Curragh-Chase 10k Run/Walk takes place on Sunday, August 17 in conjunction with the Children’s Ark Unit, Limerick University Hospital. This event continues to be one of Munster’s most popular and scenic 10K’s! We have sports packs as well as many promotional offers from our Sponsors for the first 500 registered! You can avail of these offers and be part of one of Munster’s most picturesque 10K’s by going to or and register now.

PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT: Abbey Heritage, the local training initiative 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. Anyone in receipt of Unemployment Benefit, Disability Benefit or Lone Parent Allowance. Preference will be given to those aged 18-35 but 20% of places will be given to those outside this age bracket. Contact Adrienne on abbeyheritageproject

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: Loving God, help us to know how to encourage and support each other so that we can respond generously to our baptismal call. Help us to foster a

culture of vocations in our family and parish so that each will respond to the call to serve you. Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Canon John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 – 31157 : 087 – 9708282, Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: 087 – 2618412. 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: Thursday 10am Jerry Lenihan, Cragg. Friday 10am Nora Fealey, Ballybehy 1st Anniversary. Saturday7pm Lucy & Cornelius O’Rourke, Dromtrasna Collins. Joseph & Ita Riordan and their son Pat,Ballybehy & Galway. Sunday 9.30am Charles Fealey, The Hill and deceased family members. Larry Collins, Killarney Road.12 noon Mrs Mary O’Rourke, Mountmahon, Peter Rockliffe, Barbar bridge Month Mind. St Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration on Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. Confessions on Thursday after the 10am Mass. 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. “We all have the innate capacity to manifest God because we already are that image by virtue of being created in God’s image and likeness.”Thomas Keating”

THE REBUILT CONFERENCE: This conference takes place Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11 in Maynooth College, Co Kildare. Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran authors of "Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter and Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better", present the compelling and inspiring story of how they brought their parish back to life. ‘Rebuilt’ is a story of stopping everything and changing focus. The result tripled their weekend Mass attendance, yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, spiritual revival. You are invited to share the vision, borrow their strategies, and receive a wealth of guidance on how to rebuild your own parishes. Evening Session – September 10from 7.30p.m. – 9.00p.m.’The Rebuilt Story’. Day Session – September 11| 10.00a.m. – 4.15p.m. ‘Tools for Rebuilding’, ‘An Irish Case Study” Planning for Rebuilding’.
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FREE PHONE NUMBER LAUNCHED: A new free phone number has been launched for the Samaritans in Ireland. It is 116123.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: Takes place at the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Tipperary from Thursday 14—Sunday 17 August. It’s an opportunity not to be missed for young people to experience the Roman Catholic faith and meet new people.

For more information and to book online see or phone 01/6753690 .

SUE RYDER: The shop is full of summer clothing and books to read by the pool. Thank you once again for your continued support.”

ABUSE OF STIMUNANTS: For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm. This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline helpline).

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 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

CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUALITY: Ardfert Retreat Centre will be running a Certificate in Spirituality this autumn. It is designed for adults to share the Word of God in family life, Parish life and the wider community. On successful completion of the course, the participants will have a deeper understanding of their own faith and a willingness to share it with others.

LOUGH DERG: Daily boats to the Island from 10.30am – 3:00pm 7 days a week until August 13. No booking necessary. Further info contact info

MAUREEN’S DAY TRIPS: On Sunday, August 10, if there are sufficient people interested we will travel to see Ireland’s largest one day show – The Tullamore Show- leaving NCW at sharp. There are over 600 stands to visit plus lots more. Early booking is advised. 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 62222.

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY: The Irish Cancer Society is offering a free transport service to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in University Hospital Limerick. For more details patients can contact their treatment team in the hospital or call Gail on 01 2310 566.

DUAGH SUMMER FESTIVAL: Celebrity chef and Duagh native John Relihan is one of the organisers of a Food Festival planned for the weekend of August 9/10 next.

GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: The annual Catholic Grandparent’s Association Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, September 14. 2014.

BINGO BUSSES: Dinjoe goes to Shanagolden every Tuesday from the church at 7pm and Eoin 087 2522402 leaves for Castleisland from outside Tuohig’s Supervalue at 7.40 pm every Thursday.

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.

ARE YOU TRAVELLING THIS SUMMER: Did you hear on Live Line last week about the man travelling to a funeral in the Philippines whose passport would be out of date in less than 6 months? He was kept in confinement at the airport there for 3 days before being deported back to Ireland despite the fact that he had a return flight booked. The moral of the story is not to travel out of the country if your passport will expire within six months.

LIVING LINKS: Living Links provide practical help, information and support to persons bereaved by suicide. Phone 061-400133 /087-7998427.

CERTIFICATE: Limerick Social and Health Education Programme – autumn 2014. Certificate in Personal Development: year-long, part-time course commencing September 2014. Certificate in Social Awareness Community Empowerment: five weekend course commencing September 2014. The Limerick Social and Health Education Programme is a collaboration between a number of Limerick Groups/Agencies and the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) which is funded by Limerick Regeneration, Mid-West Drugs & Alcohol Task Force and the HSE. It is an innovative, social-inclusion-focussed, inter-agency, long-term, programme dedicated to promoting individual/community health and well-being and contributing to social capital and social engagement in Limerick and its environs. Since the programme commenced in 2010 sixteen training courses have been organised with over 270 people being involved. This autumn, the Steering Committee of the programme is offering two courses: Certificate in Personal Development: year-long, part-time course commencing September 2014 and a Certificate in Social Awareness Community Empowerment: five weekend course commencing September 2014. The committee has secured grant funding to support participants to access these courses. The highly subsidised participant fee for each course is €150. A recent independent evaluation concluded that there is ‘….a very strong agreement that SHEP in Limerick is delivering a training programme that is at once unique and greatly valued.’ It also concluded that ‘… the SHEP programme portfolio is achieving real and meaningful change in the lives of many of the training participants. At all levels in the portfolio of courses (including Social Awareness and Community Empowerment, Facilitation and Tutor Training) the approach in the SHEP Programme is different because a long-term commitment to personal development, personal grounding and awareness is sustained throughout all the courses. At the foundation level of the programme, use is primarily made of an experiential group-work approach which starts from the life experiences of each individual and supports each participant’s unique, personal growth. If you would like to apply, a completed application form should be submitted by the closing date Wednesday, September 10. For further information and enquiries you can contact Helen O’Grady, Development and Outreach Officer, based in Limerick, on 085-8626844 or the SHEP Project Office on 021-4666180.