PROLOGUE:“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy.

MISSION PRAYER: “Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together, can’t handle”. Huge crowds turned out over the weekend and at the Monday morning Mass to attend the first Mission in the parish for 6 years. Well done to all the school children who attended the 7am Mass on Monday despite the torrential rain. The Mission will run to Friday, November 7 with Masses at 7am and 10am and Evening Devotions 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’. Young people especially will be interested in her talk and we hope that they’ll be able to get home from work, college and school in time to hear this very inspirational talker. There is a social aspect to the Mission as well so every morning after 10am Mass and every evening at 7.30pm there will be a cup of tea at the Day Care centre and all are invited to partake.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A fundraising Tea dance in aid of St. Ita’s Day Care Centre takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, November 9. Dancing 3-6pm to Stevie Donegan. Teas served. Raffle. Admission €5.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Anyone seeking Christmas Help for themselves or on behalf of someone else must fill out an application form. These will be available in St. Itas Hall on Wednesday, November 12 from 10.30- 1.00pm and Wednesday, November 19 from 2.00- 4.30 p.m. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

BEE KEEPING CLASS: We hope to run another bee keeping class in Abbeyfeale starting Tuesday, November 18. We need at least 12 to allow us to rent a room and pay the tutor. So, if you have been thinking about getting into bees this is your chance. It will only happen if we have names and deposits so contact 0876866450 to book your place. In the meantime there will a free Introduction to Beekeeping at Collis Sandes House with the Kingdom Beekeepers on Thursday, November 13 from 8-10pm. Contact Sean 087 2548676 or email bexk8

CAROUSEL THE MUSICAL: Congratulations to Pa Sheehan, Dromtrasna who plays the lead in the Newcastle West Musical Society production of Carousel which continues its run in Castlemahon Community Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Pa is joined on stage by Abbeyfeale natives Rebecca Ward, Nicky John Cotter and Angeline Prendeville as well as a huge cast drawn from NCW and environs. The show starts at 8pm each night.

CELEBRATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: In many parts of the world Bishops Conferences hold this week as a special celebration of Marriage and Family. On this theme, the US Bishops conference are offering a free seven day virtual retreat for couples. Free resources :

YOUTH CLUB: Abbey legends are meeting at St. Ita’s on Friday at 6.30pm. Teens together are in the complex on Saturday and the Yolo club are in St. Ita’s from 7.45 – 9.15pm. All three clubs would like to thank everyone for their support in giving them their blue tokens in Tesco and ask for continued support over the coming weeks.

MEENKILLY CARDS: Winners with 13 games. Eileen Murphy, Ned Murphy, Noël Murphy. Runners up with 12 games. Gobonit Scanell, Sean O’ Connor, Dick Fitzgerald.
Door prize; Sheila Breen. Dan Joe Casey. Table prize; Julia Murphy, Joan Patman, Pat Curtin. Tickets; Patrick Cahill, Michael Cahill, Sean Harnett, Breda O’ Connell, Marion Quirke, Dan Brosnan. Game every Tuesday night at 9 o clock. New players always welcome.

FEALE FIT: Dates for the Diary : Feale fit will have our annual Festive 5k Run / walk on December 7 and most important of all our Christmas party is set for December 13 in The Winners Circle, if last year is anything to go by, it promises to be a great night for all our loyal members. Contact Shane 087 2891015 for details. Check out www.Fealefit.comfor all details on Classes.

CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday, November 9 at 4pm. Music by ever popular ceili band ‘Star of Munster’. Teas etc served, everybody welcome. Enquiries 087 6259340.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Congratulations to our stall holder John who is marrying his fiancée Ciara in Kenmare on Saturday next. We wish them both every happiness. Welcome back to Adele and Stuart who will be joining us with a selection of novelty cakes so if you want a cake for a special occasion be sure and give them a call. It’s that time of year again and we have farm fresh turkeys for sale. Contact Marian for details.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Access to the graveyard will be pedestrian only for the next few weeks while the wall at the top of the graveyard is being built. The annual graveyards collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

FEALESBRIDGE SOCIAL: The 45th Annual Social takes place on Friday, December 5 at the Devon Inn, Templeglantine. Dinner will be served at 8.30pm sharp and will be followed by dancing to Heart and Soul. Tickets at €25 are available from both Fealesbridge and Headley’s Bridge Creameries. This is always a great social occasion and is looked forward to eagerly from year to year.

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.

SHOPPING TRIP: Day Trip to Dublin Sunday, November16. Leaving NCW at 8 a.m. Breakfast in Naas to prepare us for the day. Also opportunity to order homemade cakes, bread, mince pies and Christmas pudding after breakfast and collect after dinner in the evening. A day to do as you please – meet a friend, visit museums or do the shops. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: Monday, November 17 from 8pm. Teas served.

LIMERICK VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: Limerick Volunteer Centre will host a conference entitled Rising to the Challenge: The Community & Voluntary Sector in a Changing Ireland on Friday November 14 from 9am-2pm in the South Court Hotel, Limerick. The charity sector in Ireland is changing rapidly and it is vital to become acquainted with the changes and understand exactly how they will affect your organisation. This conference will be of key importance to any group in a community, voluntary, sports or charity setting in the region. It is very likely that the content will have legal ramifications for your organisation. Topics to be covered include: 1) Code of Governance for Community and Voluntary Organisations, 2) National Vetting Bureau Act 2014 and 3) Best Use of Social Media. Cost €10 (plus booking fee) Lunch included. For further information see or call 087 7387481

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.

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.

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 David Healy, Killarney Road and late of

Caherlane. Saturday 10am Michael Moloney Saturday 11am Pat O’Sullivan Anniversary & Noreen O’ Sullivan Month’s Mind. 7pm David O’Connor, Caherhayes, Sean & Bridie Leahy and deceased family members. Sunday 9.30am Billy Harnett, Dromtrasna. Peter O’Connell, Purt. 12noon Denis Horgan, Knocknagoshel. Bridget McLoughlin. St Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Friday is the First Friday of the month. 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.

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 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.


West Limerick Resources will be offering this two session programme this November. Session 1 will focus on identifying the needs within a community and planning to develop projects, services and actions to meet these needs. The key elements of project management and evaluation will be addressed including funding opportunities and identifying partners. Session 2 will provide training on policies and good practice in relation to health & safety and working with young and/or vulnerable people. To register contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group meets every Tuesday in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12.30pm. 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: We are all community and if each family took it upon themselves to help an elderly neighbour think of the change that could make in someone’s life.

DANCING IN BALLYHAHILL: Seamus O’Sullivan 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.

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).

FURNITURE WANTED: Unwanted furniture is needed for the West Limerick Resources run Back 2 New community based Upcycling Project in Newcastle West. The Back 2 New furniture upcycling project provides work placements for long term unemployed individuals and re-designs/ upcycles furniture that is unwanted or being thrown out by local households. Unfortunately sofas, beds or woodworm cannot be taken by the project. Contact the project at 069 66298 or 087 2727742 and if suitable, we can collect!

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, November 5 at 8.30pm. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPPORT: The local group can be contacted at 068- 31230/51984 /31262.

FREE TALKS IN MARY I.: David Quinn, Journalist, and Director, The Iona Institute, ‘The Commodification of Children: the New Normal?’ November 6 @5pm. Dr Sheila Curran, RSM, Mercy Sister and Missionary ‘The Global Exploitation of Women: are we indifferent?’ November 13 @ 5pm. Dr Gary MacDarby, Biomedical Scientist and Engineer‘The First Eight Weeks – the Bare Scientific Facts’. November 20 @ 5pm.Most Rev Dr. Donal Murray, Moral theologian and Emeritus Bishop of Limerick ‘Let There Be You – the Gift of Life and Relationship’ November 27 @ 5pm.