PROLOGUE: Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company. Mark Twain.

TALK AT THE GLORACH: The fascinating story of Athea native, Jim Woulfe, will unfold at the Glórach Theatre Abbeyfeale, this Friday September 19. Historians Jack Bourke and Ger McCloskey will be giving a talk on the West Limerick man who fought in the war of Independence and was killed in the Spanish Civil War fighting against Fascism. The night begins at 8 pm, admission is free and all are welcome.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, September 28. Details Sean Broderick 31213 or Bernard Broderick 31565.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: PRO Anthony Scannell says “We’re back after the summer break. All clubs will operate over the weekend of Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. Leaders are asked to attend the child protection course on Tuesday, September 23 from 7.15-9.30pm.” On a different note the following email came this week from Limerick Youth Service: ‘I am writing to you re LYS’s Celebration Evening on Friday, September 26 for past and present volunteers, staff and members (young people who were in clubs/projects etc). As we have a large Youth Club in Abbeyfeale would it be possible for you to mention the event in your community notes please to raise awareness of the evening and encourage past alumni to contact us.’

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Linda Barrett daughter of John and Bridie Barrett, Knocknasna and Lar Grimes Co. Tipperary who were married in Abbeyfeale on Saturday, September 13. We wish them every happiness in there married life together.

PREPARING FOR THE MISSION: Preparations are already in train for the upcoming Mission to be held in the parish from November 1-7 next.

GUITAR LESSONS: Daniel Hannon Barry Guitar lessons commence Saturday, September 20. Contact 0879978609.

.SUE RYDER: We are increasing our selection of winter clothing and footwear on a daily basis, all at great prices. Our books are still €1 but get 4 books for just €3! Donations are always welcome. Clothing, footwear, bags, bedding, and bric a brac …… Remember the charity can still benefit from old and worn out clothing, footwear and bags as we recycle them so please don’t throw them out. Thank you for your continued support.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Best of Luck to all the crew running the Killarney Womens Mini Marathon this Saturday. Are you looking to get fit, healthy and have some fun while taking on a life changing Challenge. Fealefit have two great Challenges for you – the Biggest Loser Challenge and the Fealefitter 12 week Fitness Challenge both starting September 15. Our latest Couch to 5k will commence Friday, October 3. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.. Check out for further information

ARA NA FEILE: PRO Ann Hennessy writes “Hope you all had a good summer break. We look forward to seeing all our members on Wednesday, September 17 at 2pm in The Adult Education Centre. New members also very welcome.

.ADAPT: .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 and she will be a listening ear.

COFFEE MORNING: The Wednesday Club are hosting a Coffee Morning in The Ploughman’s Bar, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, September 18 in aid of the Kerry Hospice. Commencing at 11am.

CADET SEARCH 2014: Calling all 13 to 15 year olds!! Are you interested in learning an important life skill?? If so the local West Limerick Red Cross are running Cadet first aid classes near you. Enrolment for these cadet classes will take place in St. Ita’s Hall, Main street, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, September 20 from 10.30a.m.- 11.30a.m. If you are interested and have any enquiries please contact Nicola on 087-6235977.

I.C.A.: On Tuesday, September 23 the guild members are holding a birthday party at the Education Centre in celebration of 45 years in existence. New members will be most welcome. Our Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in the parish church on Monday, September 29 at 7pm. Why not drop in to the ‘High Tea and Talk’ morning at St. Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, October 1 between 10.30am and 12.30pm and help raise some funds for Suicide Or Survive (S.O.S). The I.C.A. are hosting an Open Night for charity with Chef Mark Doe on Tuesday October 7 at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. A raffle will also be held. Tickets for the Open Night cost €10 and can be obtained from any of the members. Our next Guild meeting will be held at the Community Education Centre on Tuesday October 14 at 7.30pm. Liz Wall, our National President will attend on Tuesday, October 21 to present certificates to several of our long term members. We plan to have chair aerobics at our meeting on Tuesday, November 11 and the meeting on Tuesday, November 18 will be a craft night. The meetings in December will have a Christmas theme but are not finalised yet.

LEARN TO SPEAK IRISH: Irish language classes in Duagh. Contact Paul for information on 087 937866.

COMMUNITY ALERT AGM: The AGM of Abbeyfeale Community Alert took place on Thursday, September 11 at the Garda Station, Mountmahon. The meeting was attended by Superintendent Tom O’Connor who was welcomed to Abbeyfeale by our newly elected Chairman Seamus Stack. We were asked by the Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue to remind people to check that their pendant is working – press it and the monitoring station will respond. This is what you pay the yearly fee for – the comfort of knowing that someone will respond if you need help and they join us in encouraging people to make contact so that you can be sure that everything is in working order. We would also ask people to check that outside lights are working and advise that people always lock their doors while inside and never leave the key in the outside. Times have changed and it’s better to be safe than sorry,

COFFEE MORNING: Coffee Morning in C J Daly’s office this Wednesday in aid of the Milford Hospice. All are welcome.

BUMBLEANCE IN ABBEYFEALE: If you missed out on their visit to town you can still contribute by texting Buzz to 50300 and donate €4. Check out Gather by the Feale Facebook page for pictures.

PRACTICAL GARDENING COURSE: Parish Community Garden Wednesdays 6-8pm. 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. €5 per class.

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’: Well done to Katie Moloney and her team at the Glorach for the wonderful variety show that they put on last weekend. Children as young as six danced and sang and performed for packed houses over the three nights and the variety of acts and the quality of the performances were a credit to all concerned.

ENHANCEMENT SURVEY: Check out Abbeyfeale Community Development Facebook page for survey to complete in order to have your views heard on the enhancement of Abbeyfeale or 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.

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 has commenced every Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Railway Bar. Visitors welcome. Anybody interested in Bridge Lessons contact 087 3344909. The AGM will be held on Thursday, October 9 @ 7:30pm @ Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale.

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 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

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 Liam O’Callaghan, Ballybehy, Thursday 10am St. Mary’s Boys NS Mass. Fridat 10am Scoil Mháthair Dé Mass , Sat 11am Michael O’Shea (Birthday Remembrance). Saturday 7pm Kathleen Fitzgerald Dromtrasna North.Jack ,Nonie Kelly & daughters Theresa & Mary B and granddaughter Lisa Knocknasna. Sunday9.30am Colm Cleary, Knockbrack, Mickie O’Donnell, Bogmount Month Mind. 12noon Jack Joe & Bridget Foley and son Mossie, The Hill. Sean & Hannah Cahill, Knocknasna. 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.

BAPTISMAL MEETING: Tournafulla on Tuesday, October 7 in the Sacristy @ 8pm.

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.

WORKSHOP: A Wellness Workshop understanding and taking charge of your mental health takes place on Monday 13th October 2014 in the Desmond Complex
Newcastle West 9.30am to 4.30pm. Booking is advisable Contact Jacqui on 1890 577 577 Workshop run by Suicide or Survive.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyse climate action. He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.Everyone can step up and take climate action. Visit the UN Climate Summit site to find out how. #climate2014

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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

ADARE TO SURVIVE: There is still time to register for Adare to Survive, the 7.5km military style obstacle course, that takes place on Sunday,September 28 in Clonshire Equestrian Centre. This is the second year of this exhilarating event featuring over 40 manmade and naturally occurring obstacles. Registration is open on and costs from €40. Registration is also available on the day for €50 per person. Spectators are welcome to come along and support those undertaking the course.

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.