PROLOGUE: Big jobs usually go to those who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Michael O’Donnell, New

Street. whose funeral recently. May he rest in peace.

PRACTICAL GARDENING COURSE: Parish Community Garden Wednesdays 6-8pm from September 10-October 15. Subjects covered will include fruit bush pruning, preparing beds for the winter, setting winter vegetables, seed harvesting, composting and more. 087 6866450 to book a place. The cost will be €30 payable on the first night.

CONVENT N.S. TEACHERS RETIRE: A retirement function for Marie Gleeson, Nora Gaire and Mary Jo Healy will be held in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 13.The Board of Management and Staff of Scoil Mháthair Dé would like to invite all parents and pupils past and present to attend.

COMMUNITY ALERT: There will be a meeting of the local branch at the Garda Station on Thursday, September 11 at 8pm. New members always welcome.

WALKING AND DANCING FOR FR. TIM: You have a choice of exercise on Sunday, September 14 when Abbeyfeale for Africa organise their annual walk for Fr. Tim Galvin and on the same afternoon the first afternoon tea dance of the autumn takes place at Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Stevie Donegan and proceeds going to Fr. Tim who will be returning to his Mission in war torn South Sudan at the end of the month.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A Bereavement Support Programme for Adults will commence in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursday, September 25 from 7:30-9:30pm and continue

on the following Thursdays. For information contact 31262, 31741, 51984, 31322 or 311203

‘NUTELLA IS LOVE, NUTELLA IS LIFE’ Children as young as six have been preparing a musical variety show all summer and this weekend will be our chance to show our support for director Katie Moloney and the hard working team at the Glorach. It opens Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday nights at 8pm sharp. Book your tickets on 085 7753096.

PUBLIC MEETING: The Public Meeting on the Abbeyfeale Community Enhancement Plan was held last Thursday at Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse. Tom O’Leary of O’Leary & Associates who will compile the plan was present. The meeting was attended by over 70 people all of whom got the chance to put their ideas about how to improve Abbeyfeale on paper. The meeting was also attended by Cllrs John Sheahan, Liam Galvin and Francis Foley as well as Deputies Niall Collins and Patrick Donovan. The remit of this plan which does not replace the Co. Council plan is look at community facilities, sports and recreation, streetscape, signage, car parks, tourism and heritage and promotion of the area. Other issues raised included Abbeyfeale being the only town after Adare where traffic from Dublin to Kerry travels through the Main St, concerns over the rumoured closure of the Abbeyfeale Adult Education Centre well as the need for a nursing home in the town. The key criteria is that it would be community led, realistic and focus on achievable actions. The first identified action takes place this week when Cllr John Sheahan has arranged a meeting with the new CEO of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board for early this week to discuss the plans for the future of the Adult Ed. Centre. Check out Abbeyfeale Community Development Facebook page for survey to complete in order to have your views heard or if you would prefer to write them down then contact Micheal Lane, secretary of the Abbeyfeale Community Development Association, for a hard copy.

BUS TO PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Fitzpatricks of Listowel/Abbey Coaches, Coach to National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday, September 24. Leaving Listowel @ 6am, Abbeyfeale @ 6.20am and Newcastlewest @ 6.40am. To book your seat call (087) 3966399.

ADAPT: The Domestic Abuse Services will now have a Support Worker in Abbeyfeale each week. Any woman who wishes to speak with someone in confidence is welcome to phone Sheila on 061 412354 to make an appointment. The worker will explore the options open to someone living with domestic abuse and help to make a Safety Plan

for the woman and any children.

BADMINTON: The new season starts at the Sports Complex on Thursday, September 11 from 8-9PM. Beginners welcome. Barbara 087 7403277.

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.

.ICA; On Sunday, September 14 the Federation Gala lunch will be held at 2pm at the Woodlands House, Adare.

BUS SERVICE: Cork Colleges Bus Service: Fitzpatricks of Listowel & Abbey Coaches. A bus will serve Abbeyfeale (5.20pm), Newcastlewest (5.40pm), Dromcollogher (6pm) each Sunday evening and will return on Fridays at 1.30pm and 6pm. €10 per seat, Call 087 3966399.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The next meeting will be at the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, September 17 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 would like to thank everyone who has answered their appeal for financial help to enable the building of a wall at the top of the graveyard. Any information you need about the project/wall can be provided by the contacts below.

Marion Roche 087/1344743 or Denis Daly 087/9880015.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group meets every Tuesday in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12.30pm. This is a social and enjoyable outing involving nursery rhymes and table top activities helping to promote the importance of play and communication. Also an opportunity to meet, chat and have a cup of tea. New Mum’s, Dad’s and Toddlers are welcome. No booking required. Contact Mary, West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883

ENGLISH CLASSES FOR MIGRANTS: On Thursday September 11 the Adult Literacy Service will attend Room 10 in the Community Education Centre Abbeyfeale at 11am to register migrants wishing to attend English Classes in Abbeyfeale or Newcastlwest. It is hoped that classes will go ahead in late September subject to numbers. Please call Svetlane on 086 0469510 or Mary on 087 9035728.

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 Mary Murphy, Thursday 8.15am William Carroll and deceased members of the Carroll family.

Saturday 11am Kevin Downes, 16 Grove Crescent, 7pm Frank Collins, Banard.

Neilus Healy, The Hill /Ballaugh. Sunday 9.30am Kate Naughton 1st Anniversary &

Denis Naughton 14th. Hannah Mai Scannell, St Ita’s Terrace. 12noon Margaret Lane, Ballaugh. Monday7pm Michael Nash, Knocknasna died in London recently.

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. Baptismal Meeting in Templeglantine on Tuesday, September 9 @ 8pm in the sacristy. 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.

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

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.

CEILI CLASSES: Ceili classes in the GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Wednesday nights. Start time 9pm. Beginner’s dance classes at Top of the town Athea on every Monday from 8.30pm, 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.


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

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

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis Ireland are holding 6 x 2 hour sessions on living with

Arthritis in NCW community centre from Tuesday, September 16 from 7-9pm Tel 01/6470206 www.arthritisireland,ie

FREE COURSE Offering FETAC Level 5 Sports Recreation & Exercise Full Major Award – covering 9 subjects/modules. Recognised qualification in the industry to access either work or further education. Based out of the Broadford Enterprise Centre. Full time Monday – Friday, 9 – 5 pm, half day on Friday September 15 2014 to June 19, 2015.

Training allowance provided for those in receipt of a social welfare payment.

16 places only available – potential participants must register their interest in the course at their local INTREO (Social Welfare) office and see if they are eligible.

Priority given to unemployed 16 to 35 year olds who did not succeed to Leaving Certificate Level but all individuals and circumstances may be looked at.

SEAN NOS DANCE CLASSES: A new Sean Nos dancing class has just begun in the Top of the town Athea each Thursday evening with the Mc Cormack Kelly School of Dancing . There is a step dancing class at 6.30pm for children followed by the children’s Sean nos Class at 8.00pm. Adult Sean Nos Class at 9.00pm for great a sociable and enjoyable evening to learn out traditional culture of sean nos steps. All are welcome, just come along for the fun

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.

ITA’S RAMBLING HOUSE; Monagae Community Centre on the 3rd Monday of each month from 8pm. Light refreshments served.

MAUREENS DANCING WEEKEND: Friday October 17-20 leaving NCW Friday at 9.30am. Staying in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo. Dancing there Friday and Saturday night and on the Sunday after dinner we board our bus for the newly refurbished Rainbow Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Showband Era Museum which is on the premises and home to a lot of memorabilia. Will those who have already booked their place please confirm with payment. We still have places available. We will be out sightseeing every morning after a hearty breakfast. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

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).

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

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 20 the 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.

SET DANCING: West Limerick Set Dancing club ceili in Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday, September 14 at 4pm. Music by Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Ceili Band band. Enquiries.087/6259340.

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

INCOME TAX RETURNS WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources will be holding a free information evening on the Preparation of Income Tax Returns on Tuesday, September 16 at 7PM at the Courtenay Lodge Hotel, Newcastle West. This information evening is designed to assist sole traders and small business start-ups in completing their Income Tax Returns. Places are limited. Contact Ivana Kolic at 087 65 35 156 or ikolic before Friday, September 12th, to book a place

WOODWORK COURSE: A 12 week woodwork course starts mid-September in Newcastle West. Targeted at people on the live register, the course will run on Thursday afternoons & Friday mornings in Newcastle West Enterprise Centre and will concentrate on making furniture from old pallets & cable spools. If you are interested, you can contact Irene for an Expression of Interest form at 069 66298 or iocallaghan. Places on the course are limited.

PARENTS STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS: Make your stories come to life while encouraging your children to develop an interest in reading and books. Special workshop in the Newcastle West Community Centre on Fridays September 19 and 26 (10am to 12 noon) will show parents how to use dramatic voices, puppets and dress-up to enhance their storytelling. Open to all parents in West Limerick with children 2-7 years or those working with children. Adult only workshop – children do not attend. To book a place contact Theresa at West Limerick Resources on 069 79113 or email tshanahan

UPCYCLING EXHIBITION: There will be an exhibition of some of the work completed by West Limerick Resources Back2 New Upcycling project in the Newcastle West library from September 8-22. The initiative teaches participants how to use a variety of materials to create attractive and functional furniture.

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. WEB DESIGN: West Limerick Resources is offering a four night web design course this September to community groups based in the West Limerick area. The course will take place on Wednesdays Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15 7.30-9.30pm in Newcastle West and is free of charge. Participants do not require any specific programming knowledge just a sound working knowledge of the internet, email and Word. At the end of the course, participants will have a functioning no-cost website. To register contact Suzanne on srowley