PROLOGUE: Life is way too short, so try to enjoy every minute of it with a sense of humour!”
Christina Scalise,

DEATHS: Fr. Mick Sheehy RIP, Melbourne, Kilcara and New St reposing Thursday 5.30 – 8pm at Harnett’s Funeral Home. Removal afterwards to Duagh Church. Mass Friday morning at 11.30am followed by burial in the Church Grounds. The death has also occurred of Micheal O’Donnell, New St. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements later.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The parish will travel to Knock on Tuesday, August 19 during the National Public Novena in honour of Our Lady of Knock ‘Witness to Hope’. Spiritual Leader Canon John O’Shea PP. Fare of €20 payable in advance to Sean Broderick or Peg Murphy.

SCHOOL AROUND THE CORNER: The show was first broadcast by Radio Eireann in 1954, and ran continuously until 1961 when it was transferred to Telefís Éireann (RTÉ Television). The format of the programme saw Paddy Crosbie chat to school children often with hilarious results. It’s 50 years since Paddy came to the Convent Hall in January 1964 and some of the students who performed for him that day have promised to attend a unique fundraiser for St. Ita’s Faith Camp which will take place on Saturday, August 30 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. There will be a school around the corner at 9pm followed by a school hop with music by DJ Jeremiah Roche. It is hoped to recreate a school room and have people attend dressed as students or teachers or Sisters. Prizes for the best sod of black turf for the fire, the hairiest legs, the best turned out student and much more. No need to bring the cut of bread and the bottle of tea as light refreshments will be served. Admission €10.

BEST WISHES FOR SUCCESS: A lot of people from the parish will be Sligo this week competing in the All Ireland Fleadh and we wish them all well. I am aware that Lisa Shine and Muireann Hickey are in the finals of the Duets so a special shout out to them.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalucka Rambling House takes place on Tuesday, August 19.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSES: West Limerick Resources will be offering Start Your Own Business Courses this September. A Weekend course will run on Saturday September 6 and 14 with a four night course taking place each Wednesday from September 10 to October 1. Both courses are free of charge and will take place in Newcastle west, covering all aspects of self-employment and business start-up and development. For further information or to book a space contact Eleanor on 069 66299.

HERITAGE WEEK: A whole host of free events including music recitals, concerts and talks on local history will be held at Desmond Hall castle in Newcastle West to celebrate National Heritage Week from Saturday, August 23 -Sunday 31.The festivities will begin at 4.30pm on Sunday, August 24 with a harp recital in the medieval banqueting hall. Local historian John Cussen will deliver a lecture on the Earls of Devon – the Courtney Family and their connections to Newcastle West at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27. While on Friday author and historian Tom Toomey will give a talk on The Whiteboys and agrarian rebellion in County Limerick. Members of the West Limerick Singers Club will entertain listeners with songs and stories in the medieval banqueting hall at 3.30pm on Saturday 30. The week’s festivities will end at 5pm with a performance of traditional concertina and accordion tunes played by members of the Begley family. Admission to all events is completely free of charge. The castle and medieval banqueting hall are also open seven days a week until Wednesday, September 3, entry and guided tours are free. For more information phone Desmond Hall at 06977408 or visit

BUSINESS MENTORING: Are you thinking of starting your own business? Have you an idea that you would like to discuss with someone or are you an existing small business who would like advice on new product development or new direction for your company? Are you a new or existing business in need of advice and guidance? West Limerick Resources is offering a free and confidential one to one business mentoring service to businesses based in the West Limerick area. Contact Eleanor on 069 66299 or Joan on 069 66294.

SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We continue to stock a fantastic summer selection at already rock bottom prices. Our books are still just €1.We are hoping to have school uniforms on sale by the middle of August, so if you have any that are too small or are no longer needed for your child, we would be grateful for all uniform donations.

ACT FAST: This is stroke prevention week. .Think FAST – if you feel very definite first effects, in your face, arm or speech then look for help FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. Is the face drooping, is there arm weakness, is the speech slurred. If so, ring 112 or 999. There is a three hour window when stroke busting drugs are very effective.

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.

HERITAGE BUS TOUR: A West Limerick Heritage Bus Tour of Rathkeale, Ardagh, and Foynes, will be held on Saturday, August 16 commencing at 11am, until 5.15pm approximately. The tour will be led by local people with an in-depth knowledge of the areas and the stories associated with them. Booking is essential as limited seats are available and the cost is € 5 per seat. Contact Suzanne on westlimerickheritage The project is funded by Limerick City of Culture and supported by West Limerick Resources.

HUMOUR: In a week when 20,000 Christians are stranded on Mount Sinjar in temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees, when Ebola is terrorising Africa, when over 200 kidnapped girls have still not been found – we need humour to make sense of our world. I have been inundated with Garth Brooks jokes this past week and include the following. A Limerick supporter asks; what has Garth Brooks and the Kerry team in common – any of them will never play five in a row in Croke Park.

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: Wednesday 10am Margaret Woulfe, 12 St.Ita’s Terrace. Thursday 7pm Vigil Mass for The Feast of the Assumption Breda Walsh, Brian McAleer Dromtrasna. Mass will be followed by Rosary and procession. Friday 9.30am Christine and Boddy Mc Ginn, Charles and Micheal Ahearn and parents. 12 noon William and Nora Murphy, Kilmanahan. Intentions for next weekend; Saturday 11am Monica and Micheal Collins. 7pm Dick O’Mahony Killarney Rd. Teresa and Micheal Keane, Santa Marie, Killarney Rd.. 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.

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.

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 7-9 pm 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.

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 night’s Bed and Breakfast and 3 evening meals at Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Organiser Pat O’Donovan – 087 9977340.

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

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.

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

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