PROLOGUE: Trust in God but lock your car. Anon.

MESSAGE FROM ABBEYFEALE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Parish Pastoral Council, expresses thanks to all involved in our mission. We would like to thank our missionaries, Fr Derek Meskell, Fr Brian Nolan and Niamh O’Neill who was with us at the start of the week. We thank them for the hope they have brought to us. We would like to thank the many people who helped with the liturgy every evening, it shows we are a place of great reflection and creativity. We would like to express our gratitude to all involved, who are too numerous to mention. We pray it has truly been a time of grace and blessing in our parish.

A special thank you to all the young people and to Joanne O’Riordan who came to speak with us on Friday night. Her extraordinary courage, vision and zest for life is an inspiration to us all. We are grateful to the wonderful people in our Day Care Centre who provided teas and coffee, morning and evening and who looked after us all so well. A special thank you to Canon O’Shea and Fr. Joe Foley whose whole hearted commitment and dedication to our parish has given us this successful mission. It is a heartening testament to the mission that the number of people attending the morning mass at 7am was as big as a Sunday. A final thank you to yourselves and the great sacrifices you have made this week. We hope it will be a watershed in your lives. At the close of our mission we launched a piece of work carried out by the Parish Pastoral Council to mark the year of culture in Limerick entitled “Our Town”. We thank our secretary, John Collins especially for his contribution to this project and the work and photos and the amount of time he put into this project to make it possible. We extend our gratitude to Eileen and Sean in Feale Print for making it the fine production it is today. We invite you all to take a copy and if you would like to recommend it to family and friends, further copies are available from all usual outlets.

SEMINAR: "As part of The Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Week from November 17-21 the Co. Limerick Community and Voluntary Forum are hosting a seminar “ Stay Drugs and Alcohol Aware” for the parents of senior cycle students. |It will take place at the Gael Scoil, Newcastle West on Wednesday, November 19 at 7.30pm. A speaker from the Community Substance Misuse Team whose aims are to assist youths, families and communities to develop effective and supportive coping strategies to deal with substance misuse in the Mid-West will attend as will a member of the Garda Siochana. All parents of secondary school students who are in the senior cycle are invited to attend."

GRANT FOR ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: We are delighted to say that we have been awarded Agenda 21 funding of €400 from Kerry Co. Council to enable us to complete the pond in the garden.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIRMENT: Our next meeting is on Wednesday, November 12 @ 2pm at the Adult Educational Centre .Art classes are also on Wednesday at 10.30am.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Winners with 13 games: Dan Joe Casey, Pasty Kelly, Donal O’ Connor. Runners up with 12 games: Eileen Reidy, Jimmy O’ Connell, Sean Harnett. Mossie Collins, Mary Mccarty Michael O’ Kelly. Door prize Noel Murphy Toddy O’Conner. Table prize: Eileen Murphy, Ned Murphy, Noel Murphy. Tickets: Johnny Stack, Breda O’ Connell Danny O’ Connell, Mike Shine, Noreen O’ Callaghan, JJ Leinihan. Game every Tuesday night at 9 o clock. Everyone welcome.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Pro Lorcan Curtin writes “Last Friday our writing group had the pleasure of meeting Mayo writer Colin Barrett, winner of the 2014 Frank O’Connor international short stories award. Colin facilitated the session, reading an extract from his collection of stories, Young skins. He also answered various questions put to him by the group regarding his style of writing, plot development and the possibilities of getting published. Great insights from a young man with a bright and creative career ahead of him, and one who brings so vividly to life the supposedly mundane mileu of small town Ireland. It truly was a privilege to have him at the Glórach Theatre, and hopefully he will have inspired many within the group to on to develop their stories.”

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St. Ita’s on Friday 8- 9.30pm. Application for Lourdes have to be back for Friday night. Teens together are in St. Ita’s on Saturday night and the Yolo club are in the complex on Saturday from 7.45 – 9.15pm.

ABBEY HERITAGE: The local training initiative who offer second chance education to adults and are based in St. Ita’s Hall would like to say “Thank you to Tesco who are allowing us to bag pack on Friday, November 21. We also wish to thank those who nominated us for the Tesco Community Fund and ask you to donate the blue tokens to our container in the shop.”

FEALE FIT NEWS: Make sure to come along and support the Fealefit team in the ‘ I’m a parishioner get me out of here ‘ Fundraiser for Suicide prevention in the GAA this coming Saturday night. Dates for the Diary : Fealefit will have our annual Festive 5k Run / walk on December 7and most important of all our Xmas 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..

FEALE PINK FOR MOVEMBER: We’re looking for the Men & Women of Abbeyfeale to join forces to raise Funds & awareness for cancer research by growing the Mo and dressing in pink. On November 29 we will finish Movember with a Pink themed Candle light walk from Fealefit to remember loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer. The walk will be followed by a Pink Party Fundraiser in Micks Local with the Modelling and the removal of the Mo’s. All proceeds will go to Mid-western cancer Research. If you wish to donate online go to All donations welcome no matter how big or small. If we reach 200 donations we will dye our Moustaches Pink for the remainder of Movember and anyone who donates will be entered in a draw for prizes.

SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says : “Here at Sue Ryder, we have a wide range of winter clothing including scarves and hats, all at very low prices. Our books are still on offer, 4 books only €3. We also have bedding, boots, shoes and bric a brac for you to browse through. As usual we are always grateful for donations, especially bric a brac, bedding and curtains that you may have. Also if you have any unwanted gift sets, toiletries, or toys in good condition, we would really appreciate them at this time. Thank you again for your continued support.

MARIAN’S DANCING: There will be no further classes until after Christmas.

MISSION: “Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together, can’t handle”. The Mission was a huge success with the Thursday and Friday evening services especially, being jammed to the rafters. Well done to all who contributed to its success.

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. 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

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.

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.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING AT SHANNON HOUSE: On Sunday, November 23 Big Maggie has a tea dance organised, it will run from 3-6pm with dancing to Mike’s Solo Band. Supper will be served. Admission €10.

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. Cost €10 (plus booking fee) Lunch included. For further information see or call 087 7387481.

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.

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

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 Eamonn Daly late of Main Street.

Friday 10am Perpetual Help Novena. Saturday 11am Philip Woulfe , Kilconlea Upper

7pm Jack & Mary Mc Kenna, Knockbrack, Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna.

Sunday 9.30am Tom , Mick and Cathy Scanlon. Eileen Casey, Knocknasna. 12noon Billy Buckley, Knockbrack , Johnny Flynn, Banard. Monday 17, 7pm Mary Ann Moloney Months Mind.

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.

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.

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. We have also been asked to try and keep all our Christmas shopping local, do less shopping on line and keep money in our local economy.

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.

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 19 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.: 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.