PROLOGUE: "Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud." Maya Angelou

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..Everyone welcome.

CARD GAME: A card game will be held at Fr. Caseys GAA on Friday October 10 at 9pm in aid of a defibrillator for the Knocknasna, Purt and Cratloe community that will be located at Scoil Naomh Pádraig Knocknasna. .

ART EXHIBITION: Talented young local artist, Evelyn Murphy, who recently completed four years in the Limerick School of Art and Design where she specialised in Fine Art, is proud to announce the opening of her first solo exhibition entitled "Effigy", at the Glórach Theatre on Friday, October 10 at 8pm. Her portraits are reflections of herself where she imagines life trapped in a doll, and all are vivid, vibrant and sometimes mysterious. World renowned local artist, Liam Flynn, will officially open the exhibition and all are welcome.

YOUTH CLUB NOTES: Abbey legends are in St.Ita’s on Friday at 8 -9.30pm. Teens together are in St. Ita’s on Saturday at 7.45 – 9.15pm. The forms for the cinema must be returned on Saturday night with €10. Yolo club are in the complex on Saturday night. There are a few places available in each club for new members. Parents, please note that the club is only responsible for the young person after they sign in and they must sign out if leaving before the end of the club. Contact Kate Murphy 087 6210490 or Anthony Scannell 087 2264023.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Moss the Farmers grocery store on the Killarney Road, the Dan, James, Eileen and Niamh are inviting special guest “Christy” from Fair City to cut their 50th. Anniversary cake in Moss Harnett’s on Saturday, October 11 at 1.00 p.m. There will be loads of surprises and special offers and everyone is 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.

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

SET DANCING CLUB: West Limerick Set Dancing Club monthly ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday, October 12 at 4pm. Music by STRIOLAN ceili band. All welcome, teas served, enquiries C.Egan…0876259340.

PREPARING FOR THE MISSION: The next Mission Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 14 in St. Ita’s Hall at 8pm. All those who have agreed to deliver invitations to homes in the parish are asked to attend. The Mission will run from Sunday, November 1 to Friday, November 7 with Masses Monday to Friday 7am and 10am and Evening Devotions Sunday to Friday at 7.30pm. There will also be a Special Noon Mass on Wednesday with anointing of the Sick and Elderly. Themes for the week include Living the Gospel, Reconciliation/God’s Mercy, Commemorating the Departed and Comforting the Bereaved. Joanne O’Riordan from Millstreet will speak on Friday on the theme ‘A church for the future’.

I.C.A. Last week’s High Tea and Chat was very successful and raised much needed funds for Suicide or Survive (S.O.S.). The next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, October 14 at the Community Education Centre at 7.30pm. Guest speaker will be Geraldine O’Brien who will speak on the difference between one’s inner feelings and one’s outer appearance. As part of our ongoing 45th anniversary celebrations, we have invited several neighboring I.C.A guilds to a group meeting on Tuesday, October 21. Our guest speaker will be Liz Wall, National President. New members are very welcome at any meeting.

GALA WEST LIMERICK FASHION SHOW: The annual fashion show in of the Invalid section of the Diocesean Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be held in Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Wednesday, October 15. Cheese and wine reception. Show starts @ 8.00pm. Lots of valuable prizes. Tickets €10 available from committee or at the door. Please support.

GLORACH CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS: Lorcan Curtin Glorach PRO writes: “Everybody has story to tell, as the old adage goes, and here at the Glórach Theatre we hope that people will get a chance to explore and develop the rich storytelling tradition inherent in the Abbeyfeale area. We are delighted to announce that acclaimed Kerry poet, Eileen Sheehan, winner of the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award in 2006, will be giving four creative writings workshops beginning on Friday, October 17 running from 11 am- 1 pm. Eileen will be introducing innovative ideas to prospective writers in an informal atmosphere, exploring different ways of bringing stories and ideas to fruition on paper. Don’t miss this chance to get that wonderful story you have put into writing, for further enquiries, ring 0871383940.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY: The annual tea party takes place in Rockchapel Community Centre on Friday, October 17 with a hot meal being served at 9pm sharp. Dancing afterwards to Autumn Gold. Bookings asap with Breda on 069 81156/ 087 6818113.

GARRY MCMAHON SINGING WEEKEND: The 6th annual Garry McMahon festival takes place in Abbeyfeale on the weekend of October 17-20. Seamus Brogan will perform the official opening on Friday 17 at the Ramble Inn which will be followed by singing sessions in the Ramble Inn and Leens Hotel. Then on Saturday from 10.30am -1pm at Leens Hotel there will be free workshops on Irish and English singing and guidelines on composing Traditional Ballads. The Ballad competition takes place at the Ramble Inn at 4pm on Saturday followed again by singing sessions in the Ramble Inn and Leens. 12 noon Mass will be Aifreann na Riocht as composed by the late Garry McMahon and performed by the Senior Abbeyfeale choir under the direction of Dee Dennison. Later on, at 3pm in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse sean nós singer and Killarney publican, Jimmy O’Brien will receive a special presentation in recognition of his contribution to sean nós singing and the weekend will finish with a farewell singing session from 6.30pm at the home of the West Limerick Singing Club in the Ramble Inn.

HIDDEN HERITAGE TOUR: Explore West Limerick’s Hidden Heritage with the West Limerick Heritage Network Bus Tour of the Glin – Loghill area. Saturday October 18 11am – 4.30pm (approx.). The tour will be led by locals with in-depth knowledge of the area and its hidden stories. Cost: €5/seat. Limited Seats Available. Booking Essential. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email westlimerickheritage. This project is funded by Limerick City of Culture and supported by West Limerick Resources

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.

COMHALTAS CONCERT: Talented Abbeyfeale musician, Natasha Sheehy has been selected for the forthcoming Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland which commences on October 12 at An Cultúrlann, Dublin and winds its way through the four provinces visiting fourteen venues. The concert will be hosted by CCÉ, Teampall an Ghleanntáin at Halla Inse Bhán on Wednesday, October 22. Tickets for the event (€10) are now on sale and can be obtained locally from the Comhaltas craobh members (087 9654451)or at Buckley’s shop, Vincent at Sheehy’s Abbeyfeale, Eilís at O’Donoghues shop, Abbeyfeale. Also included in the talented line up of artistes which are drawn from Dublin, Clare, Mayo, Limerick, Sligo, Armagh, Cork, Kerry and Cavan are John Harnett (Dancer) Tournafulla and John Collins ( Storyteller), Newcastle West. Enquiries to 069 84039 or 087 9654451.

MEETING: People from the West Limerick area who will be affected by the threatened closure of the Adult Education centre in Abbeyfeale are invited to a public meeting at the Centre on Thursday, October 25 at 7.30pm to formulate an action plan to save it. Those who attend classes in computers, business studies, horticulture, bee keeping, child care, furniture restoration to name but a few of the classes on offer, those who use the facilities to hold coffee mornings, groups who hold meetings there such as the Mens Shed, ICA, Arra na Feile, Wednesday clubs and social groups like the Crafty Corner are all invited to attend.

CARDIAC SCREENING: Feale fit will be holding a Heart Aid Mobile Cardiac Screening Saturday, October 25. The clinic will be open all-day from 9.30am-4.45pm. Each screening will take 20-25 minutes. Heart Aid will deliver a very worthwhile & comprehensive health check for everyone including Sports teams, players and club members, families, children of 12yrs+. Laya Health Insurance members are covered. A fee of €65 which is tax deductible will apply to others. People with other health insurance may be able to claim a % back at the end of the year. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for further details or to book your place.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Friends from Meenkilly were in touch to offer “Best wishes to Marian Roche, Meenkilly who recently celebrated a birthday with a serious zero at the end of it. It’s upwards and onwards Marian, and the beginning of a new adventure.”

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

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

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

FEALE FIT: Well done to all the crew that took part in the Killarney Adventure race last Saturday. Great turn out at our latest Couch to 5k last Friday, continuing again this Friday at 6pm at Feale fit, all welcome & training is free. Feale fit 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. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. Check out for all details on Classes..

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 It is very important that the people of the community would make their wishes known so hard copies of this survey will be available in Ann Lyons, The Square and Batt Harnett’s, The Square for the next two weeks and people are invited to take a few minutes to fill it out.

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 Sr. Marita Heffernan, Main St. Months Mind. Thursday 10am Mary Begley, Cryle View Manor Months Mind. Friday 10am Colaiste Ide agus Iosef School Mass. Saturday 11am Tommy and Joan Murphy, Bridge View, Springmount. Saturday 7pm Bridget and John Joe Collins, The Hill, Matt and Josephine Daly. Sunday 9.30am Margaret Cullihane, Knockbrack, Eileen and Timothy O’Donoghue Ballaugh 12 noon Connie Healy, The Hill. October is the month of the Rosary. 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. 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.

INCENTIVE SCHEME: Limerick City & County Council has introduced a new Business & Retail Incentive Scheme in Abbeyfeale, The Business & Retail Incentive Scheme provides financial incentives to encourage new businesses to open in designated areas of Abbeyfeale, Occupiers of vacant properties are offered incentives for higher order retail, office and business uses. The scheme is intended to address property vacancy rates, improve streetscapes and to support the business community.

The grant relief provided under the scheme for vacant property is:

Year 1 – Grant relief is based on certified fit out costs subject to a maximum of 50% of the annual rates liability.

Year 2 – Grant relief is based on original certified fit out costs (as submitted at year 1) subject to a maximum of 25% of the annual rates liability.

Limerick City & County Council aims to ensure that any incoming business respects and enhances the multifaceted character of the city and the county towns and encourages a diversity of uses to increase the overall attractiveness for shopping, leisure, and business purposes. For more information Scheme contact Mary Hayes or John Cregan, on Tel: 061-407401 Email: economicdev

CEILI CLASSES: Ceili classes in the GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Wednesday @ 9pm. Beginner’s Top of the town Athea Monday 8.30pm. Learn how to dance in 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.

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.

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.

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.

ARDFERT DAY OF PRAYER: There will be a special day of prayer on Sunday, October 12. Contact Rita Horgan 06831405 for details.

FASHION SHOW IN ROCKCHAPEL: Rockchapel Parents Association are holding a fashion show in Rockchapel Community Centre on Friday, October 10, at 8.00 p.m.

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: We ask people to keep an eye out for strange vehicles in the area, take the number and ring it into the local station on 068 31100, the Garda on duty will be able to check it out on the computer even if the number is incomplete. If the station is unattended then the call will be transferred at no extra cost to NCW.

DANCING IN BALLYHAHILL: Seamus O’Sullivan has started set dancing classes in Ballyhahill on Monday nights from 8.30pm – 10.30pm.

FIELDTRIP TO SEEDSAVERS: West Limerick Resources is running a one day field trip to Seedsavers in Scarriff Co Clare on Saturday October 11 for members of West Limerick Tidy Towns Groups and those involved in other environmental projects such as community gardens. Training will cover a variety of topics from growing from seed to seed collection. Bus will depart Newcastle West at 10am and return at 5.30pm. Limited places available. Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

ENGLISH CLASSES FOR MIGRANTS: English Conversation Classes for Migrants Newcastle West Family and Community Hub which is located in the Community Centre. The classes will run for 10 weeks, Wednesday evenings from 7:30- 9pm. Text Irene at 087 2298204 if interested.

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.

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 15 at 8.30pm. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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.

CONCERT: Limerick Choral Festival Society is hosting a concert on Saturday October 11 at 8pm in St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, to mark the official launch of ‘The Joe O’Connor Perpetual Memorial Cup’ for Choir of the Year.

SEAN NOS DANCE CLASSES: Sean Nos dancing class in the Top of the town Athea 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.

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.

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.