PROLOGUE: "I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life." George Burns.

DEATH; Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Noreen O’Sullivan (née Nash) Port, and formerly of The Railway Station, Abbeyfeale. We also include the families of the late Micheal Fitzgerald Railway Bar, Marian Shannon Murphy and Micheal Moloney, Moloney’s Garage. May they rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Aidan Moloney, Knocknasna who married Kortney Hannon in Colorado last Friday. We wish them every happiness and a long life together.

COLLECTION FOR MISSIONS: The annual Mission collection will take place at all Masses next weekend. Nationwide on RTE 1 will broadcast an item on the work of our Missionaries next Friday.

KEYS FOUND: A set of keys have been found in the church yard. Contact the sacristy at Mass times or parish office 11-1pm.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations to Nora Chawke Quirke, Ballaugh one of the regular musicians at the Day Care Centre every Tuesday who celebrated her 94th birthday last Sunday.

CONGRATULATIONS ON HOLE IN ONE: Well done to Abbeyfeale golfer, Dan Murphy, who scored a hole-on-one on the Old Course in Ballybunion recently.

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.

PASTORAL AREA MEETING: St. Ita’s Hall, Convent St., Abbeyfeale Thursday, October 16 at 8pm.

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St Ita’s on Friday at 8 till 9.30pm. The Yolo club are in St. Ita’s on Saturday from 7.45 – 9.15pm. Teens together are heading to the cinema on Saturday – meeting at the church at 12.15pm.

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.

GLORACH CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS: Lorcan Curtin Glorach PRO writes: 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 at the Glorach 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.

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.

I.C.A.: As part of our ongoing 45th anniversary celebrations, we have invited several neighbouring 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.

COMHALTAS CONCERT: Talented Abbeyfeale musician, Natasha Sheehy will star in the Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland at Halla Inse Bhán on Wednesday, October 22. Tickets for the event (€10) are now on sale and can be obtained from (087 9654451) or at Buckley’s shop Templeglantine or Sheehy’s and, O’Donoghues, Abbeyfeale. Also included in the talented line up of artistes are John Harnett (Dancer) Tournafulla and John Collins (Storyteller), Newcastle West. Enquiries to 069 84039.

BLOOD PRESSURE ROADSHOW: The Irish Heart Foundation is providing free blood pressure checks in communities nationwide. On Thursday October 23 the mobile unit, staffed by an Irish Heart Foundation nurse, will be in Abbeyfeale town square, 10am-1pm. This service is free and open to all the public. This local initiative would not happen without the support of the Limerick City and County Council and the Community Employment Scheme in Abbeyfeale.

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 23 at 7.30pm to formulate an action plan to save it. Those who attend classes in computers, yoga, 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, Mother and Toddler groups, Wednesday clubs and social groups like the Crafty Corner are all invited to attend. We do not have another facility in Abbeyfeale capable of catering for classes, social gatherings and meetings so it is imperative that the public come together and work towards keeping this fine centre of Adult Education open. Don’t forget the Tegasc report and its’ findings about Abbeyfeale – well, the centre is part of the fight back offering the people of Abbeyfeale second chance education and practical training so it is up to us keep it open and the opportunities that it offers available to all of our community.

NOONANS OF TEMPLEGLANTINE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS APPEAL: The family who are responsible for that magnificent display of lights every Christmas are holding a fundraising dance at the Railway Bar on Saturday, Oct 25. Music by |Mike Condon. 9.30pm till late. Complimentary food. Tony would like to offer a sincere thanks to Tom (Buggy) and Carol for the proceeds of the night.

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.

PREPARING FOR THE MISSION: 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’. All are welcome.

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Recently started, the next Rambling house will take place in the Community Centre at 9pm on Thursday, November 6. Further information Ann 086 3090948.

MOTIVATING TEENAGERS PARENTING WORKSHOP: Joan Barrett, Life and Parent Coach, will deliver parenting workshops for motivating teenagers and empowering parents this November in the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (Old Tech). Joan has 40 years’ experience as a parent and 27 years’ experience as a parent practitioner. Evening sessions will take place on Tuesdays November 4 & 11 from 7.30-9pm and morning sessions will take place on Tuesdays November 18 & 25 from 10.30am-12 noon. If you are interested in either the evening or morning sessions it is essential to book a place. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 or Nora on 068 31198.

FEALE FIT: Best of luck to all the Fealefit crew traveling to Amsterdam this weekend to run various distances as part of the Amsterdam Marathon weekend. Start your running journey with Couch to 5k every Friday night at Fealefit at 6pm. All welcome & training is free. !Fealefit are going on an Activities day to Blackwater Castle in Castletown roche just outside Mallow Sunday November 2, if interested in joining us on day trip please contact us, all welcome & great day out guaranteed. Fealefit Halloween kids camp Oct 29- 31!Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.. Check out www.Fealefit.comfor all details on Classes.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: To bring joy, laughter and fun to your marriage. Lake Hotel, Killarney, November 14-16. Enquires 064 6644319/086 8334382.

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.

GLORACH WELCOMES TOM HOPKINS: PRO Lorcan Curtin writes; “A massive thanks to James and Eileen Harnett for bringing Tom Hopkins, aka Christy from Fair City, for a quick visit to the Glórach Theatre after the anniversary celebrations at Harnett’s Shop. Tom was effusive in his praise for the facilities, and outlined his own plans for the future. These included helping prospective actors to develop the necessary skills required within the world of drama, and the possibility of building links with the Glórach. From little acorns……..”

COME DANCING: Next Friday night the class will not take place as students will be attending the American Tea Party in Rockchapel. Normal class will resume on Friday, October 24 from 8.30-10.30pm. Learn to waltz, fox trot, Slosh, Jive etc. Beginners welcome.

FEALE FIT: 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: Thursday 10am Nora and Moss O’Connor, Knocknasna Friday 8.15am Eily and Tadgh Harnett.. Saturday 11am Christine Dunne nee Fealey, The Hill and Nenagh. October is the month of the Rosary. The rosary is recited every morning before 10am Mass, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every evening at 7.30pm and before the Vigil Mass every Saturday. 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.

PARENTINCENTIVE SCHEME: Limerick City & County Council has introduced a new Business & Retail Incentive Scheme in Abbeyfeale, For more information Scheme contact Mary Hayes or John Cregan, on Tel: 061-407401 Email: economicdev

CEILI CLASSES: Social Dance Wednesday 8-9pm. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).