PROLOGUE: Home, surroundings, town and neighbourhood that I see and where I walk; year upon year. I have created you in joy and in sorrow: with so many circumstances, with so many things and you have become all feeling, for me. Constantine Cavafy.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Micheal O’Donnell, Bogmount whose funeral took place last week. May he rest in peace.

WALK TO MASS SUNDAY: Walk to Mass next Sunday, August 31. Parishioners are invited to walk to Mass on Sunday in prayerful solidarity with Christian populations and other minorities who are suffering, being executed or fleeing their homes in Iraq in

recent weeks. Pray For Peace.

SCHOOL AROUND THE CORNER: ‘There will be a recreation of the School around the Corner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Paddy Crosbie’s visit to record the children of Abbeyfeale for national television. It takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Saturday, August 30 at 9pm and will be followed by a school hop with DJ Jeremiah Roche. ‘Algebra to poor old me is only Greek,

Lines and Angles that drive you up the Creek,

We’d draw with ruler and with pen and have to rub it out again,

Oh! The School around the Corner’s just the same.’

ENGLISH CLASSES FOR MIGRANTS: On Monday September 1 a Tutor from the Adult Literacy Service will attend Room 10 in the Adult Education Centre Abbeyfeale at 11am with a view to starting English Classes over an 8 – 10 week period in Abbeyfeale. If you are interested please come along to establish your interest. Refreshments provided. If you have queries please ring 087 9382883 or 068 31198.

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. Helga and Norbert Henn donate carrots, parsnips and beetroot to the sale and we have tomatoes, lettuce, rhubarb, onions and some potatoes from the garden. We’ll also have jams made with fruit from Ita Harnett O’Connor’s garden as well as raspberry jam from the bushes in the community garden. We look forward to your kind support.

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.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean ups of the graveyard are held every Tuesday from 7-9 pm weather permitting. 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.

NIGHT VIGIL TO KNOCK: To celebrate and honour the Birthday of Our

Blessed Lady there will be the 42nd Annual Eucharistic All Night Vigil to Knock on September 7/8 Sunday midnight to Monday morning.

GLORACH NOTES: Calling all actors and prospective thespians, auditions will be held at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday,September 6 at 3 pm for our new production this winter. For people looking to get involved, there will be a discussion of the play and a full reading on this Friday, August 29 at 7.30 PM, also at the Glórach Theatre. Open to all actors aged over 16, don’t miss your chance to take part in a famous and hilarious Irish production.

GLORACH YOUTH THEATRE: Preparations are well underway for our upcoming show, that begins on Friday, September 12 and runs for a further two nights on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14.

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 from 3-6pm. This is a fundraiser for Abbeyfeale for Africa.

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 a history lecture as part of Heritage Week 2014. 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. 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 .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.

AWARENESS DAY: International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31 each year. It aims to raise awareness of overdose and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. More information is available

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

FEALE FIT NOTES: September is fast approaching and Fealefit has lots of new and exciting Classes and Events planned suitable for all ages!! Our latest Couch to 5k, The Biggest Loser competition, Navy Seal Fitness Challenge, Fealefit-Kids, Half Marathons & Marathons and much much more Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.. Check out for all details on Classes

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.

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 Joe Fitzpatrick RIP,

Thursday 10am Billy Sullivan RIP, Friday 10am Joan Aherne, Peg Doodys Sister being

buried in England today. Saturday 11am Jimmy Collins Main Street. Saturday7pm Bridget O’Mara, Church Street, Con Lane, The Hill. 9.30am Mary B McEnery, Dromtrasna.

Theresa Lyons, New Street. 12noon Ted Moloney, Ballymacgordan, Mary B McEnery.

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. 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.

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.

BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will commence on Thursday, September 11 @ 7:30 pm, at Railway Bar. Visitors welcome. Anybody interested in Bridge Lessons contact 087 3344909.

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.

SOUND FOR STAGE WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources will be offering a one day sound for stage workshop this September. The course will take place on a Saturday in the Newcastle West area (date and venue to be confirmed). Free to those living in the West Limerick area. To book a place contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

ATTENTION ASPIRING DIRECTORS: Under the West Limerick Drama Initiative, West Limerick Resources will be offering a short mentoring programme for new and improving directors this September. Starting September 20the programme will run over three Saturdays, with sessions one and two supporting each director to develop a short 10 minute production which will be staged for a local audience on week three. Limited places available. Free to those living in the West Limerick area. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley to register

TIDY TOWNS COMPOSTING COURSE: Under the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network, West Limerick Resources will be running a short composting course this September. The course will consist of two evening workshops where participants will learn effective composting and waste minimization techniques and a one day (Saturday) outing to visit a community composting facility in Tralee. Free of charge to members of Tidy Towns groups in the West Limerick area. Limited places available. Booking essential. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

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.

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CEILI CLASSES: Ceili at the GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Wednesday August 27. Ceili start time 9pm .All welcome (even If you just want to come along and watch to pass away a couple of hours). Ceili classes resume in the GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Wednesday September 3. Start time 9pm. Beginner’s dance classes at Top of the town Athea on Monday September 1. Start time 8.30pm. Dancing is a great way to pass away those long winter nights and it is not an expensive pastime. If you would like to learn how to dance., Come to Athea. If you already dance come to Abbeyfeale.

CAREERS NIGHT: Open night for Deep End Hair Academy Friday Septembe 5 from 7-9pm at Tangles Hair and Beauty. All students wishing to pursue a career in hairdressing and their parents are welcome for full course information.

VIP SPORTS PROGRAMME: The Limerick Sports Partnership is looking for BASKETBALL AND SOCCER PLAYERS (male and female, 17-19yrs) to participate in the Limerick Sports Partnerships VIP programme . (* please note that participants must be under 19 byJuly10, 2015)This programme provides participants with the opportunity to gain nationally recognised sports qualifications while gaining invaluable experience delivering sports sessions for local Community Group/ organisation. The Limerick Sports Partnership will ensure that each VIP participant attends at least 4 nationally recognised sports courses as well as a First Aid, Child Protection and the Irish Sports Councils Active Leadership course. This programme will run from Sept 2014—Jul 2015 and will require participants volunteer at least 10 hours a month in a specified community group. Participants who successfully complete all training courses and volunteer hours may be in with an opportunity to represent their country in either basketball or soccer in an international competition in America. This programme is ideal for males or females (17-19yrs) who have shown potential as club leaders or individuals who have a keen interest in sport and may like to pursue a career in sport in the future. Interested participants are required to submit a cover letter outlining why they would like be part of this programme as well as an up to date CV, to the Limerick Sports Partnership no later than 5pm on the 12th September 2014. Basketball/ soccer trials and interviews will be held week commencing the 22nd September 2014. Places are limited and therefore shortlisting may take place. This programme is also available to participants who are keen to gain sporting qualifications but do not have the required ability in basketball or soccer. These participants will be able to attend all sports courses and volunteer hours but will not be eligible to attend the America Trip. For further information please contact Tracy Mahedy, Sports Development Office, Limerick City Sports Partnership 061333600 <a href="mailto:tmahedy