PROLOGUE: One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” John Burroughs.

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

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR AWARE: Katie Moloney writes: “On Friday, October 3 Glorach will throw open its doors to the people of Abbeyfeale and the surrounding areas in aid of a great cause. Aware Ireland do stellar work in suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress depression and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. More than 450,000 people in Ireland (1 in 10) experience depression at any one time. But many hide their condition and never get help. Aware message is one of hope. Recovery is possible. However Aware cannot achieve its goals without funding. This year Aware lost its charity partner and is hard pressed to carry out this life changing and lifesaving work. For this reason I have chosen to hold a Benefit Concert on October 3rd in Glorach. A great nights entertainment starring local talent such as traditional/modern Irish music group Draiocht, local folk singer Kadie Harnett will make her debut in Glorach following the release of her single earlier this year, some youngsters from the Glorach Youth Theatre will provide the comedy and many more acts to keep you smiling into the long winter ahead. So come along to support this deserving charity while enjoying yourselves at the same time. Everyone wins on October 3 at 8pm in the Glorach Theatre Abbeyfeale. Bookings 087 1 38 39 40”

HAVE WE BOTTLED IT’ – A HARM REDUCTION SEMINAR: Devon Inn Hotel, Thursday, October 9 at 7pm. Organised by Abbeyfeale and District Initative in conjunction with Limerick Social Services Council Ltd., sponsored by the Mid-West Drugs and Alcohol Forum with input from the transition students of Colaiste Íde and Iosef. Key-note Speakers: GROW – Christine Fitzgerald.HSE – Anna O’Neill.MWRDAF – Mick Lacey. LSP – Phelim Macken..

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: TLC4CF was founded by friends and family of people with Cystic Fibrosis in the Tipperary, Limerick and Clare region. There will be an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 12 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse with all proceeds raised going to the group to help fit out the new cystic fibrosis unit in University Hospital, Limerick which is due to open next year. Dancing to Kevin Flynn and Country Roads from 3 – 6pm. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle.

ART EXHIBITION AT THE GLORACH: No rest for the wicked as they say, and fresh after our successful culture night we are delighted to announced that talented local artist, Evelyn Murphy will be having an exhibition of her paintings opening at the Glórach Theatre on Friday, October 3.

RUN OR WALK FOR MILFORD HOSPICE: The Dromtrasna Challenge, a fundraising effort for Milford Hospice, will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 3pm in Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale. The choice of a 5 mile run or 4 kilometre walk will cater for all abilities, young and old. Registration begins at 2pm in Dromtrasna National School. Hot refreshments will be served in the school afterwards for all participants. CUISLE, a four piece fusion of traditional Irish Music and Celtic Rock will provide the entertainment for the post-race party at The Winners Circle Abbeyfeale. A barbeque will be served in the Beer Garden on the night. All are welcome. Donations at the door if desired to Milford Hospice. This is one part of a fundraising effort by Kieran Flannery, Dromtrasna for Milford Hospice. Kieran will also run the New York Marathon on the 2nd of November for this great cause. ALL proceeds go directly to Milford Hospice. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information visit or like us on facebook.

COME DANCING: Classes resume at the Community Centre, New St. on Friday, October 3 from 8.30-10.30pm. Learn to waltz, fox trot, Slosh, Jive etc. Beginners welcome.

GTI CIT REUNION: Ann Curtin has organised a staff reunion in The Devon Inn Hotel Saturday, October 11 from 9pm. Tickets €10. Contact 087 6594668 or call to The Coffee Pot, Main St. Abbeyfeale for information and bookings.

FEALE FIT: Well done to all the crew who ran in the Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon last Saturday. Fealefit are going on an Activities day to Blackwater Castle in Castletownroche just outside Mallow Sunday November 2. If anyone is interested in joining us on day trip please contact us. All welcome & great day out guaranteed. Our latest Couch to 5k which will commence Friday October 3 at 6pm. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. Check out www.Fealefit.comfor all details on Classes.

ADAPT: Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick will shortly be holding a series of information and support sessions for family members or close friends of women who are living with domestic abuse. The sessions will help those close to a woman to understand the complex dynamics involved and will be a support to people who are concerned about the safety of a woman and her children. Ring Deirdre on 061 412354. ADAPT has a support worker in Abbeyfeale each week to meet women one to one by appointment. The worker can listen to women and support them in keeping themselves and their children safe. Ring Sheila on 061 412354 for more information or to make an appointment.

GUITAR LESSONS: Daniel Hannon Barry Guitar lessons every Saturday. Contact 0879978609.

ADULT CHOIR: Practice resumes on Wednesday, September 24 at 8pm in church. New members are welcome.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: PRO Anthony Scannell says “All clubs back this Friday and Saturday nights. Abbey teens are in St. Ita’s, Friday 8-9.30pm. The yolo club are in the Complex and the new club are in St. Ita’s both at 7.45 to 9.15pm on Saturday night. New members are welcome to all clubs.

PREPARING FOR THE MISSION: The next Mission Meeting will be on Thursday, October 2 in Fr. Casey’s at 8pm in preparation for the Mission to be held in the parish from November 1-7 next.

.SUE RYDER: We are increasing our selection of winter clothing and footwear on a daily basis, all at great prices.

I.C.A.: Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in the parish church on Monday, September 29 at 7pm. 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 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: 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.

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.

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: Every Thursday night at the Sports Centre from 8-9 PM. 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: Afraid you’ll freeze, choke or faint during a speech? Even the best speakers were once terrified novices, feeling the same symptoms as you when facing an audience. Fear no more! Toastmasters is the best place to learn, to build your confidence, and to push yourself outside your comfort zone. It’s a safe place where there is no penalty for failure! If you would like to learn more then why not come along to the next Toastmasters meeting at the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, October 1 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.

SUICIDE PREVENTION EVENT: There will be a High Tea and Talk Event in St’s Hall Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, October 1 from 10.30am to 12.30pm to help mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Suicide Awareness Week and October’s Mental Health Awareness Month. The aim of the tea morning is to get people to talk about mental health with individuals giving an input on fighting the stigma surrounding Mental Health and Tips on Beating the Blues. All funds raised goes to Suicide or Survive (SOS) – an Irish charity focussed on breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues and ensuring that those affected have access to quality recovery services that are right for the individual. If you are interested in volunteering to give a helping hand on the morning please contact Mary on 087 9382883.

SPORTS & RECREATION PROGRAMME: Participants are sought for a FETAC Level 5 Sports Recreation & Exercise programme which will run in Broadford from September – June 2015. Participants will gain a recognised qualification which will enable them to access work in the area or pursue further education. Training allowance provided for those in receipt of a social welfare payment. Limited places available. Potential participants must register their interest at their local INTREO (Social Welfare) office to confirm eligibility. Priority given to unemployed 16-35 year olds who did not complete their Leaving Certificate Level but all individuals and circumstances may be looked at. Contact Adrienne at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 or email aoconnell

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. Please note no 8.15am Mass this week. Mass Intentions: Saturday 7pm Patrick Moriarty, Caherlane, Nora and Mike Fitzgerald, Railway Road. Sunday 9.30 Connie, Eilish and Bridget Harnett, Kinconlea Upr. 12 noon Jim and Bill Harnett, Knocknasna. St Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration on Tuesday and Friday from 10am – 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.

ST. PADRE PIO Devotions in Listowel will take place on Thursday, September 25 at 7.00p.m. Rosary, Mass and Benediction.

WORKSHOP: A Wellness Workshop understanding and taking charge of your mental health takes place on Monday, October 13 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.

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.

IN THANKSGIVING 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.

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).

LOUGH GUR CELEBRATION: The inaugural Lough Gur Spirit of Place Celebration, featuring a series of public lectures, talks, contemplative tours and music in the heart of one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites, will take place on October11/12. Speakers at the two day celebration will include Dr. Frank Prendergast who will explore finding of his most recent archaeoastromical study of Lough Gur’s Great Stone Circle, popular academic Billy Mag Fhloinn, travel writer Paul Clements, artist Robert Ryan, author Michael Quinlan and spiritual singer and theologian Dr Noreen Ni Riain. Ticket prices start at €10. Go to for full details or phone 061 385186

.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 Friday, September 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. Registration is open on and costs from €40.

CHARISMATIC: Cork & Kerry Charismatic Renewal Conference – Cork International Airport Hotel –October 18/19. Talks, Testimonies, Healing Service. Come and join us for a spirit-filled weekend! Info: 087 9524334.