PROLOGUE": Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese."

Luis Bunuel.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to Nora Scannell, Dromtrasna on the death of her brother Murt Downes, Knockaderry and late of West Limerick 102fm.

I.C.A: Our open night on October 7 when Chef Mark Doe gave a cookery demo was very successful and was very well attended. This enabled us to make a donation to the Bumbleance. On Tuesday, October 14 we had a very interesting talk by Geraldine O’Brien and her colleague Therese on the subject of how our inner feelings can produce a mask on the face and how these feelings, be they anger, or depression etc should be handled. Owing to unforeseen circumstances it became necessary to switch around the planned events so chair aerobics are on October 21 and National President Liz Wall’s visit will take place on November 11. New members are always welcome.

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.

RADIO KERRY: The afternoon show with Brendan Fuller will be broadcast from Abbeyfeale on Thursday, October 23.

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 Teagasc 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.

TABLE QUIZ: Former GAA President & MEP Sean Kelly will be the quizmaster at a Table Quiz .in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association in the Croke Park Bar, Croagh at 8.30pm.on Friday, October 24.

COMHAIRLE NA NÓG AGM: There is just one week to go the historic first AGM of the newly merged Limerick Comhairle na nÓg will takes at the University of Limerick on Friday, October 24 from 9:15 – 4pm. Comhairle na nÓg is seeking expressions of interested from young people (14-19yrs) who would like to attend the AGM. As it is the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child, delegates will debate articles 24 and 27 of the Convention i.e. health and living standards for children.The AGM is an opportunity for young people to learn about the work of Comhairle na nÓg, hear from current and past members and, if they wish, sign up. For more information please contact Eithne Stembridge ateithnes or at 087-0549343 ASAP

BOOK LAUNCH: A new book entitled ‘Hidden Kerry : Keys to the Kingdom’ by Breda Joy will be launched in the Seanchaí Literary Centre, The Square, Listowel on Friday October 24 at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

YOUTH SERVICE COLLECTION: This collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

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.

BROADFORD WALKING TRAILS: The official opening of the Broadford Ashford Walking Trails will take place at the trailhead Broadford Village at 1.30pm next Sunday.26th October. Immediately after the official opening there will be a walk in memory of Jerry Forde RIP Ashford who was the first chairperson of the Trails group. Registration for the walk will be from 12.30.There is a charge of €10.00 (children will be free) and all proceeds will go towards The Friends of St.Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West where Jerry was cared for in his final days.There will be a choice of two walks The Killagholehane Way (difficulty easy) and The Gleann Beag Loop.(difficulty moderately strenuous). Please also check our website

FEALE FIT NEWS: Best of luck to all the Fealefit crew taking part in their very first Full Marathon in Dublin this coming Bank Holiday Monday. It’s been a long journey since January with lots of miles & hard work. Enjoy the day. Well done to all our crew who traveled to Amsterdam last weekend to run the Amsterdam marathon 8k road race. Fealefit Halloween kids camp for 5 – 13 yrs. olds October 29- 31 from 11am – 3pm in Scoil Ide agus Iosaf. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for details.. Check out www.Fealefit.comfor all details on Classes.

ARA NA FEILE: The group travelled to Killarney to see Al Grant perform his Jim Reeves tribute on Friday night last. A great night’s entertainment was enjoyed by all. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 29 @ 2pm at the Adult Educational Centre. Hope to see all members.

RAMBLING HOUSE; Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary Centre on Thursday October 30 from 9.15 pm. Admission free, tea/coffee served.

NIGHTMARE IN THE PARK: On Halloween night Friday October 31 Abbeyfeale Town Park will be taken over by ghouls, ghosties, the undead and all those who wander the underworld seeking to scare the living daylights out of the rest of us. Make your way there as dusk falls and be afraid, be very afraid.

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. Volunteers are currently travelling through the parish issuing an invitation to all residents to attend.

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.

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

MEENKILLY CARDS: Winners with 13 games; Toddy O’ Conner, Maurice Collins, Liam Lane. Runners up with 12 games; Jackie Harnett, Pat Fitzgerald, John Quirke.
Billy Broderick, |Paddy O’ Sullivan, Sheila Breen. Table prizes: Billy lane, Surrender (sic) Fitzgerald, Kathleen McCarty. Door prizes; Kathleen McCarty, Dan Joe Casey. Tickets; Johnny stack, Tommy Nelligan, Bridie Collins, Julia Murphy, Dan Reidy Michael O’Kelly.

GLÓRACH CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: PRO Lorcan Curtin reports; “There was a great turnout last Friday for our first creative writing workshop with Eileen Sheehan despite the squally, inclement weather. However, as the great Joni Mitchell once sang "I really don’t know clouds at all", maybe we should accept our climate and acknowledge the subconscious affect it has had on some of the great Irish writers. We look forward to the coming weeks with Eileen and the stories that will emerge from this group.”

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: Dancing classes every Friday evening with Marian from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Learn to fox trot, waltz, jive or quick step, slosh and more. New dancers welcome.

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 Willie Maurice Harnett, Knockbrack. Thursday 10am Denis Keane, Kilmanahan. Friday 10am Mary Batty McCarthy, Knockbrack. Saturday 11am Baby Daniel Moran Anniversary. 7pm William, Margaret and Catherine Meehan, Main St. Sunday 9.30am Francey Woulfe, Knocknasna, Maureen and Johnny Joy, The Square. 12 noon Denny Lane, Caherlane. Nora and Danny O’Connor, Grogeen. Jimmy and Julia Ann Browne, Main St. 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. We are asked to say the following prayer daily for the success of the Diocesan Synod.

ADSUMUS PRAYER (attributed to St. Isidore)

Here we are, O Lord, Holy Spirit,

We stand before you, hampered by our sins,

But for a special purpose

Gathered together in your name.

Come to us and be with us and enter our hearts.

Teach us what we are to do and where we ought to tend;

Show us what we must accomplish, so that, with your help, we may be able to please you in all things.

May you alone be the beginning and catalyst of our judgments,

You alone who with God the Father and His Son possess a glorious name.

Do not allow us to disturb the order of justice,

You who love equity above all things.

Let not ignorance draw us to what is wrong.

Let not partiality sway our minds or respect of riches or persons pervert our judgment.

But unite us strongly to you by the gift of your grace alone,

That we may be one in you and never forsake the truth;

In as much as we are gathered together in your name,

So may we in all things hold fast to justice

Tempered by mercy so that in this life our judgment may in no way be at variance with you.

And in the life to come we may receive everlasting rewards for deeds well done.

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: There is 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: National Fire Safety Week was last week. This year’s theme is ‘Together we can STOP fire’. S (smoke alarm).T (test weekly).O (obvious dangers like overloaded sockets, candles and unattended appliances).P. (plan escape routes). This year’s campaign is aimed at prompting older people, directly and indirectly, through their relatives and care givers, to take protective fire safety action.

National Fire Safety Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. The former American President, Calvin Coolidge, proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925 in memory of those who perished in that Fire. Since then, in early October, it has been observed each year in countries around the world. 137 years on, the message regarding fire prevention and fire safety is as relevant today as it ever was.

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? 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 29 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).

ANNOUNCEMENT: Limerick Garda Division are pleased to announce that they are organising the inaugural Limerick Garda Youth Awards for 2014. The awards which have proved very popular in the neighbouring divisions of West Cork and Kerry are designed to acknowledge the volunteering endeavours of young people from Limerick between the ages of 14 years and 19 years. An Garda Síochána recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in Limerick and awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live in. Nine awards are on offer: It is proposed to hold the awards ceremony on Thursday, November 27 at The Woodlands House Hotel.

We hope to provide entertainment on the night by highlighting some local talent from youth organisations within the city and county as well as having a guest speaker.

The awards ceremony will run from 8pm to 12 midnight and tickets for the event including a four course meal will be priced at €25.

We are inviting nominations from individuals, community and voluntary groups, schools and youth clubs or other organisations and we will be asking them to nominate a young person whom they feel has made a contribution to their local area. Nomination forms are available from all Garda stations throughout the city and county. They can be downloaded from the Garda Website at – scroll down recent news to Limerick Garda Awards and find link to the referral form. They have been distributed to all secondary schools within the Limerick division. Referrals to be returned to Pat Minehan, Garda Juvenile Liaison Officer, Mayorstone Garda Station, Limerick by October 31.