PROLOGUE “From time to time there appears on the face of the earth men of rare and
consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue and whose outstanding
qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins
we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less,
such men have neither forbearers nor descendants: They are the whole of their
race….” -Jean de La Brusque”

MICHEAL COLLINS COMMEMORATION: The Annual Béal na mBláth Commemoration is Sunday, August 24 at 3pm. The Oration will be delivered by George Hook.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Elizabeth Moriarty, The Hill and Timothy

Gleeson, Kilconlea who were married in Abbeyfeale on Saturday, August 16.

We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A coach will travel from Listowel parish to the Knock novena on Thursday, August 21 – leaving Listowel at 6.45am, picking up at Abbeyfeale church at 7am, Courtney Lodge at 7.20am and Rathkeale 7.30am. Contact 087 3966399 for further information.

COMMUNITY GARDEN SALE OF PRODUCE: The annual sale of produce from the Parish Community Garden will take place on Sunday, August 31 next after both Masses. Money raised from this sale will go towards helping Fr. Tim Galvin’s horticultural enterprises at the school on his Mission in South Sudan.

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 at 7.30pm. Candles will be on sale. Please inform family members. The committee aremaking an appeal for financial help to enable the building of a wall at the top of the graveyard. If you have a loved one buried here we are sure you would be more than willing to help with thecost of same. Any information you need about the project/wall can be provided by the contacts below.

Marion 087/1344743 or Denis 087/9880015.

GLORACH NOTES: Calling all budding actors, singers and musicians of all ages, there will be auditions in early September for a winter production at the Glórach Theatre. Also, the Glórach Youth Theatre Group will be aiming to surpass the success of their summer production with a brand new show opening on September 12. Further details to follow soon.

NOTE FOR THE DIARY: The next Mission Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 2 @ 8pm in St Ita’s Hall.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Stevie Donegan will provide the music for the first Tea Dance of the season in Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, September 14. This is a fundraiser for Abbeyfeale for Africa.


‘The school around the corner’s just the same,

The school where we were taught to use our brain,

Where is Dublin on the map?

Put your hand out for a slap,

Oh, the school around the corner’s just the same.’

The h-aón, a dó, a thrí

Are just alright,

But them x’s, y’s and equals are a fright!!

Where does the Shannon River rise?

Look its’ there before your eyes,

Oh! The school around the corner’s just the same.

Its 50 years since Paddy Crosbie 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.

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: Seanchaí – Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel will host two history lectures as part of Heritage Week 2014. Pádraig Ó’Ruairc will give a talk on ‘Round Towers of County Kerry’ on Monday August 25 at 7.30 pm and on Thursday August 28 a lecture on ‘Republican Monuments of County Kerry’ will be given by Dr. Tim Horgan, also at 7.30 pm. Admission is free to both lectures. 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

SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: We continue to stock a fantastic summer selection at already rock bottom prices. Our books are still just €1..

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

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the new season will be in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, September 3 at 8.30pm. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place on Thursday, August 28 in the Seanchaí Centre, The Square from 9.15 pm. Admission free to this informal evening of traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling, and light refreshments will be served.

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.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: 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 Frank Collins, Banard

Thursday 10am Fr Michael Sheehy, Thursday 7.30pm Graveyard Mass. Friday 10am Bridie &Tom O’Connell. Saturday 11am Chrissie Collins, Ballaugh. 7pm Eily Mai Barry & Lane family, Caherlane. Teresa Burke 1st Anniversary her husband Henry, her parents Jack &

Nonie Kelly, Mary B Kelly and Lisa Doran. 12 noon Jer Foley, St Ita’s Road.

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.

DAY TRIP: Sunday, September 7 – Brigit’s Gardens – Ireland’s Award Winning Celtic Gardens and Visitor Centre – Co.. Galway. Leaving NCW at 8.30am.. Brigit’s Gardens, opened to the public in July, 2004. The vision for the garden was twofold to create a special garden where people could reflect and relax in beautiful surroundings and also to provide imaginative enviromental education for all ages. The founder of the Garden Jenny Beale asked Mary Reynolds to design four inter-linked gardens based on the Celtic Festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lugnasa that would provide beautiful and tranquil reflective places and a celebration of nature and the cycle of life. Brigit’s Garden is a not for profit organisation and a registered charity. We will call to Mother Hubbard’s for breakfast and return in the evening for dinner. We will also visit Galway City. Early booking is advised as we have more than half of the seats already booked. Contact Maureen now to avoid disappointment 087 9845102.

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.

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.