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PROLOGUE: "To settle an argument, think of what is right, not who is right." Author Unknown

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Noel Cronin will provide the music at the first Tea Dance of the year in Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, January 10. Dancing 3-6pm. Teas served. Raffle.

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE: Following a meeting between a subcommittee of the new group formed to help save the Adult Ed. Centre and the staff at the centre it has been confirmed that a new programme of courses will be starting in the New Year – for more information ring (068) 31198. The problems highlighted at the public meeting of the cost of upkeep and maintenance of the building were discussed and will continue to be monitored.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers was held at the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and will resume on the first Tuesday in February. Further information 087 6866450.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome.

ARA NA FEILE: Next meeting Wednesday, January 14.

CARERS ASSOCIATION: A Fetac Level 5 Healthcare Course is taking place in January. Contact 057 9322920.

ICA NOTES: PRO Bridie O’Shea writes; After our Christmas break, the first guild meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, January 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members will be welcome.

PPN MEETINGS: Limerick City and County Council has announced the establishment of a new network aimed at enhancing and expanding the role played by community groups in the formulation of local government policy and the future development of local communities across Limerick. The Public Participation Network (PPN) will be the new representative voice of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Limerick and will be the main link through which the local authority connects with groups.
Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government (October 2012) sets out a vision for Local Government in Ireland: “Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level -leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.” Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables local authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government. Citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority. PPN’s will be established in each of Limerick’s four Municipal and Metropolitan Districts, namely Limerick Metropolitan, Adare-Rathkeale, Cappamore-Kilmallock and Newcastle West, which will feed into a City and Countywide PPN. PPN members will be able to nominate representatives to the Council’s primary decision making bodies, including the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), and the Council’s Strategic Policy Committees (SPC).
Online registration for the Public Participation Network opened on Thursday, November 13, 2014, and will continue until Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Registration can be completed online atwww.limerick.ie/council/ppn where more information is available.

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:

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration resumes early January. 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.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

ABBEYFEALE LABYRINTH: Dennis Daly from Caherconnell, Meenkilly has constructed a 7 circuit labyrinth in Caherconnell , people are welcome to visit by appointment, his number is 087 6843070.

TRACING RELIGIOUS BRETHERN: Brother John M Feheney, from Ballysteen, Co Limerick and a member of the Presentation Brothers in Cork, has been in touch seeking information about people who have served as priests, nuns, and brothers, over the past one hundred years. He plans to publish the details in a book about Religious Vocations in West Limerick. John can be contacted at Mardyke House, Mardyke, Cork. Phone No jmfeheny

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.

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.

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).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters hold their meetings in the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to June from 8.30 – 10.30pm. First meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday, January 21. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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

‘WHAT IS GOD AT’: On Thursday, January 8, the renowned author Dom Mark Patrick Hederman will give a talk entitled “What is God at?” in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney at 8pm. Abbott Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick, is a Benedictine monk, teacher, lecturer and writer. Hederman comes from Ballingarry, the second son in a family of four. He earned a doctorate degree from UCD in the philosophy of education. He has lectured in philosophy and literature outside Ireland, most notably in the United States and Nigeria. A founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag, he is also author of a number of books including The Haunted Inkwell, Kissing the Dark, Symbolism and the best sellerUnderground Cathedrals. Hederman uses biography, art and liturgy as starting points for some creative writing. When we experience the world symbolically, he says, we find that the energy of God takes over as the operating fuel in our personalities. This will be the highlight of the Kerry Diocesan Priests Assembly. The Public Talk is Free of Charge. All are welcome.

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PROLOGUE: "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family… in another city." George Burns

RECONCILIATION SERVICE: It will take place in Abbeyfeale on Monday, December 22 @ 7pm. Confessions on Christmas Eve after 10am Mass until 12 noon.

CHORAL SERVICE: An edited version of the wonderful service held recently in the Church of the Assumption will be broadcast on WL102fm on Christmas Day afternoon from 2-3pm.

YOUTH CLUBS: Kate Murphy says” We would like to thank all our young people for participating in all events over the past year. Thanks too to our leaders who give of their time. We wish you a peace filled Christmas and a safe New Year.

CARD GAME IN CRYLE VIEW: The winners were Gerry Flynn, Timmy Dee and Paddy Finnucane. Fr John won the hamper so we hope he enjoys all the goodies, forget the diet for this week! Proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: Organiser Triona Tobin says a huge thank you to all who baked or made jam and everyone who supported the cake sale. All monies collected went straight to the a/c in the Credit Union with no overheads.

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MURT DOWNES: A repeat of the recent tribute to Murt Downes RIP will be broadcast on Christmas Eve from 6pm.

CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENTS: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 9pm with Carol Recital from 8.30pm. Christmas Day Masses 9.30am and 12 noon with Recital from the Senior Choir at 11.45am.. St. Stephen’s Day Mass 11am. New Year’s Day Mass 11am.

ARA NA FEILE: Next meeting Wednesday, January 14.

CARERS ASSOCIATION: A Fetac Level 5 Healthcare Course taking place in January. Contact 057 9322920.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the pure Vir

FEALE FIT: Fealefit would like to thanks all their friends, family and clients for another great year! Great memories of 2014 and looking forward to making new friends and memories in the New Year. Have a great Christmas, eat, drink and be merry and see you all for The New Year’s resolutions. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Shane & Kadie.

WELCOME TO BROTHERS OF CHARITY: We are delighted to hear that the Brothers of Charity have opened a workshop at Mountmahon and the Abbeyfeale and Tournafulla people who attend their services at Laceys Cross, NCW will be moving much closer to home. So welcome home the two Seans, Pa and Kate and we hope that you will be very happy in the new surrounds.

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE: Following a meeting between a subcommittee of the new group formed to help save the Adult Ed. Centre and the staff at the centre it has been confirmed that a new programme of courses will be starting in the New Year – for more information ring (068) 31198. The problems highlighted at the public meeting of the cost of upkeep and maintenance of the building were discussed and will continue to be monitored.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers has finished for this year. It was held at the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and will resume on the first Tuesday in February. Further information 087 6866450.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour, vouchsafe O My God, to hear my prayer and grant my petition. Amen.

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ICA NOTES: PRO Bridie O’Shea writes; After our Christmas break, the first guild meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, January 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members will be welcome. We wish a Happy Christmas to one and all.

PPN MEETINGS: Limerick City and County Council has announced the establishment of a new network aimed at enhancing and expanding the role played by community groups in the formulation of local government policy and the future development of local communities across Limerick. The Public Participation Network (PPN) will be the new representative voice of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Limerick and will be the main link through which the local authority connects with groups.
Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government (October 2012) sets out a vision for Local Government in Ireland: “Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level -leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.” Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables local authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government. Citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority. PPN’s will be established in each of Limerick’s four Municipal and Metropolitan Districts, namely Limerick Metropolitan, Adare-Rathkeale, Cappamore-Kilmallock and Newcastle West, which will feed into a City and Countywide PPN. PPN members will be able to nominate representatives to the Council’s primary decision making bodies, including the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), and the Council’s Strategic Policy Committees (SPC).
Online registration for the Public Participation Network opened on Thursday, November 13, 2014, and will continue until Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Registration can be completed online atwww.limerick.ie/council/ppn where more information is available.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The family of the late Connie Harnett have been in touch to say: “A fundraising swim will take place in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day at 1pm. All money collected will go to the Day Hospital at St. Ita’s Hospital, NCW including both the Physio and OT departments who gave support and help to Connie for many years. No words would be enough to thank them for all they have done for us and others. We hope the money raised will go some way to helping them. Anyone interested in swimming or sponsoring a swimmer can contact Mary @ 087 7919414or Kathleen @ 086 3151447.”

SUE RYDER: Wishing every one of our wonderful volunteers and all our customers a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2015. Thank you for your continued support.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The GST will host a walk/cycle along the Greenway on Saturday, December 27 at 2.30pm commencing at the old Abbeyfeale Station. The round trip for walkers is to the Kerry Border and back (4 miles total) while cyclists will go to Tullig Wood, Templeglantine and back (10 miles total). Refreshments will be provided afterwards at the adjacent Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale. Tá fáilte romhaibh go léir!
Text or telephone 086 813 4061 for any enquiry.

WREN BOYS: King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finnucane has issued an appeal for musicians, singers and dancers to join with St. Ita’s Wrenboys on their annual fundraising outing on St. Stephen’s Day. He can be contacted at McElligotts Furniture, Main St.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

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: Monday 7pm Maria Enright Caherlane 1st Anniversary, Tuesday 8.15 Ellen Kehoe, 10am John Riordan Purt, Wednesday 10am John Collins, Church St. Friday 11am Joan Aherne and Nora Keane. Saturday 7pm Geraldine Woulfe, Tom Doody, Kilconlea Upr Month’s Mind.

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration resumes early January. 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.

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.

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.

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).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters hold their meetings in the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to June from 8.30 – 10.30pm. First meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday, January 21. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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


PROLOGUE: "If you can’t beat them, join them. If you can’t join them, it’s probably because you just tried to beat them." Author Unknown

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Maureen Burke who was laid to rest in Abbeyfeale on Wednesday. May she rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Miriam Joy, daughter of James & Bridget who married Pat Fitzgerald in Abbeyfeale on Saturday last. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

JUBILEE CONGRATULATIONS: Sr. Catherine has recently returned to her home in Australia to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her acceptance into the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart. We send her the best wishes of all the people here in Abbeyfeale whose lives she has touched since coming to live among the residents of St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing. Both Sr. Catherine and her compatriot Sr. Elizabeth along with our Mercy Sisters do invaluable work with the elderly and the vulnerable in our community which often goes unrecognised so can we take this opportunity to thank them all and wish them many more years of service – no retirees in the Religious life!

RECONCILIATION SERVICE: It will take place in Abbeyfeale on Monday, December 22 @ 7pm.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations to Maureen Murphy, Killarney Road who recently celebrated her 70th birthday.

CHORAL SERVICE: Congratulations to everyone involved in the Joy of Christmas service in Abbeyfeale Church last Sunday. It was a wonderful celebration of music and song headlined by the Senior Church Choir with performances from the Youth Ministry Choir, Dr. O’Donnell’s Folk Choir, the Scoil Matháir De group and the boys from St. Mary’s along with Riona Curtin and Helen Hausenfuss and Fr. Enright who travelled all the way from Rome to sing. The sound engineer was James Kennedy and he recorded the entire night. An edited version will be broadcast on WL102fm on Christmas Day afternoon from 2-3pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Emma Sexton, a transition year student in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Abbeyfeale is travelling to Calcutta in March with the Hope Foundation to work with some of the most disadvantaged children in the world, she needs your help to do this. She is holding a Coffee Morning in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 18 from 9am to 1pm. Your support would be really appreciated. There will also be a raffle for a hamper. If you cannot be there and would like to help then donations can be made at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Abbeyfeale. No amount is too small.

KNOCKNASNA N.S: The Scoil Naomh Padraig annual Christmas concert will take place at the school in Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale on Friday, December 19 at 10:00am, all are welcome.

TEA DANCE IN FOYNES HOUSE: Big Maggie is running a tea dance on Sunday, December 21 with music by Natasha and Billy Joe from Kildare. Admission €10. Hot food served.

YOUTH CLUBS: Kate Murphy says” We would like to thank all our young people for participating in all events over the past year. Thanks too to our leaders who give of their time. We wish you a peace filled Christmas and a safe New Year.

SANTA IS COMING ON PRE CHRISTMAS VISIT TO ABBEYFEALE: The members of Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue got a call to Head Quarters during the week from the North Pole !! Santa needs their help on Friday night next when he visits Abbeyfeale. He will be in his Chalet in the Square from 7pm, and he says he’s really looking forward to seeing all the boys and girls of the locality. He even said he’d give everyone a little pre- Christmas gift!! So come along and see the man himself on Friday night. I hope the members of ADSAR are on the "nice” list too !

CARD GAME IN CRYLE VIEW: The third night of the card game is changed to Saturday, December 20 at 9pm. The winners of last week’s game were Sean T. Enright and Timmy Dee. Proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the pure Vir

FEALE FIT: Fealefit would like to thanks all their friends, family and clients for another great year! Great memories of 2014 and looking forward to making new friends and memories in the New Year. Have a great Christmas, eat, drink and be merry and see you all for The New Year’s resolutions. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Shane & Kadie.

WELCOME TO BROTHERS OF CHARITY: We are delighted to hear that the Brothers of Charity are opening a workshop at Mountmahon before Christmas and the Abbeyfeale and Tournafulla people who attend their services at Laceys Cross, NCW will be moving much closer to home.

NEW BARBER: Welcome to Pat who has set up a new Barber Shop on Main Street. We wish him every success in his new venture.

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CANTATA IN PARISH CHURCH: A huge well done to the staff and pupils of Scoil Mháthair Dé on their brilliant performance of Christmas Cantata and their Nativity Play on Thursday last. They really helped to bring the spirit of Christmas to the parish and then the Choral Service in the Church on Sunday night put the finishing touches to a great week of preparing for the birth of Christ.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Next Friday will be the last Market for this year. Get your locally grown chemical free vegetables, farm fresh turkeys, free range hen and duck eggs, Christmas cakes and puddings, jams and chutneys smoked salmon and much more more. Buy local and keep money circulating in the area.

GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE: Following a meeting between a subcommittee of the new group formed to help save the Adult Ed. Centre and the staff at the centre it has been confirmed that a new programme of courses will be starting in the New Year – for more information ring (068) 31198. The problems highlighted at the public meeting of the cost of upkeep and maintenance of the building were discussed and will continue to be monitored.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers has finished for this year. It was held at the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and will resume in the New Year. Further information 087 6866450.

ADVENT GIVING TREE: Take a leaf off the tree in the sanctuary and bring back a gift next week. These will be distributed to the elderly of the parish by the youth of the parish before Christmas.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour, vouchsafe O My God, to hear my prayer and grant my petition. Amen.

TIMOTHY O’NEILL LANE 1852 -1915: The Coiste Timothy O’Neill Lane Committee was set up recently to commemorate appropriately this outstanding man and his contribution to the Irish Language and to the Nation. A book written about O’Neill Lane by Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh was launched last week in Abbeyfeale Library and copies are available from members of the committee including Éamonn Ó Liatháin(chairman), John Joe O’Sullivan (secretary), Tadhg Ó Maolcatha(treasurer), Larry Begley, Séamas Ó Súilleabháin, Michael Lane(Templeglantine),Liam Ó Léanacháin, Séamus Lane and Lorcán Mac Curtáin.

MEENKILLY NOTES: Winners with 13 games: Maureen Fitzgerald, Kathleen Harnett. Jer Roche. Runners up with 12 games; John Lyons, Nora Lyons, Dan Brosnan. Sheila Breen, Billy Broderick, Paddy O Sullivan.Dick Fitzgerald, Gobnait Scanell, Sean O’ Connor.
Door prize; Fintan Quirke, Dan Brosnan. Table prizes; JJ Leinihan, Toddy O’ Connor, Maurice Collins. Tickets; Bridie Collins, Julia Murphy, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Mossie Gleeson, Marion Roche, Dixie Quirke.

ICA NOTES: PRO Bridie O’Shea writes; After our Christmas break, the first guild meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, January 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members will be welcome. We wish a Happy Christmas to one and all.

PPN MEETINGS: Limerick City and County Council has announced the establishment of a new network aimed at enhancing and expanding the role played by community groups in the formulation of local government policy and the future development of local communities across Limerick. The Public Participation Network (PPN) will be the new representative voice of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Limerick and will be the main link through which the local authority connects with groups.
Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government (October 2012) sets out a vision for Local Government in Ireland: “Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level -leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.” Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables local authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government. Citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority. PPN’s will be established in each of Limerick’s four Municipal and Metropolitan Districts, namely Limerick Metropolitan, Adare-Rathkeale, Cappamore-Kilmallock and Newcastle West, which will feed into a City and Countywide PPN. PPN members will be able to nominate representatives to the Council’s primary decision making bodies, including the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), and the Council’s Strategic Policy Committees (SPC).
Online registration for the Public Participation Network opened on Thursday, November 13, 2014, and will continue until Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Registration can be completed online atwww.limerick.ie/council/ppn where more information is available.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The family of the late Connie Harnett have been in touch to say: “A fundraising swim will take place in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day at 1pm. All money collected will go to the Day Hospital at St. Ita’s Hospital, NCW including both the Physio and OT departments who gave support and help to Connie for many years. No words would be enough to thank them for all they have done for us and others. We hope the money raised will go some way to helping them. Anyone interested in swimming or sponsoring a swimmer can contact Mary @ 087 7919414or Kathleen @ 086 3151447.”

SUE RYDER: In Sue Ryder this week, we have an extensive array of winter clothing, including hats, scarves and children’s coats. We also have a limited selection of perfume and soap sets that make ideal stocking fillers for Christmas. We have raffle tickets for our Christmas draw. The 1st prize is one of our fantastic doll’s houses (worth over €140) and the 2nd is a child’s building tool set. A strip of tickets costs €2 or get 3 strips for €5. We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. Also we desperately need paper or plastic bags so when you are doing your Christmas shopping please remember to save the bags for us. Thank you for your continued support.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The GST will host a walk/cycle along the Greenway on Saturday, December 27 at 2.30pm commencing at the old Abbeyfeale Station. The round trip for walkers is to the Kerry Border and back (4 miles total) while cyclists will go to Tullig Wood, Templeglantine and back (10 miles total). Refreshments will be provided afterwards at the adjacent Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale. Tá fáilte romhaibh go léir!
Text or telephone 086 813 4061 for any enquiry.

WREN BOYS: King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finnucane has issued an appeal for musicians, singers and dancers to join with St. Ita’s Wrenboys on their annual fundraising outing on St. Stephen’s Day. He can be contacted at McElligotts Furniture, Main St.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

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

REILIG IDE NAOFA: There will be prayers and a ribbon and candle ceremony on Sunday, December 21 @3pm.

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 8.15 Phil O’Kelly. 10am Maurice Cahill, Ballaugh and deceased family members of the Riordan & Cahill family Purt and Ballaugh

Thursday 8.15 am Bill Lane & Sr Mary Ignatius McCarthy, 10am George Barry, Friday 10am John Walsh. Saturday 11am John Murphy, Ballaugh & Grogeen. 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.

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.

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.

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).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters hold their meetings in the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to June from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Next meeting on Wednesday December 17. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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


CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the pure Vir

PROLOGUE; "It’s never too late to be what you might have been."

George Eliot

CANTATA IN PARISH CHURCH: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Nativity play at 1pm and Cantata at 7.30pm on Thursday, December 11 in the Church of the Assumption. 1(A cantata (literally "sung", past participle of the Italian verb "cantare") is a vocal 1composition with an instrumental accompaniment, typically in several movements, often 1involving a choir. Wikapedia)

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: The annual cake sale will take place in St Ita’s hall on Sunday December 14 from 10am– 2pm. Everyone welcome. Come early. Funds in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin`s mission. We hope all our usual bakers will support this worthy cause. New bakers always welcome.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Every Friday in the Square from 9.30-1pm. Get your locally grown chemical free vegetables, farm fresh turkeys, free range hen and duck eggs, Christmas cakes and puddings, jams and chutneys smoked salmon and much more more. Buy local.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: Come to Abbeyfeale parish church to celebrate the Joy of Christmas on Sunday, December 14 at 7pm with Christmas carols and music. Everyone welcome.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An Afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Chernobyl Children will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, December 14 with music by Blue Moon. Dancing 3-6pm. Raffle and teas served.

GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE: Delighted to be able to report that the Community Education Centre is open for business with several courses going on at the moment including Desktop Publishing Wednesday with 2 classes from 10:30 to 12: 30pm and 1:00 to 3:00pm, Kennel Club and Bee Keeping on Tuesdays, After school club (for girls) Thursday 2:45 to 4:45pm and lots more. A new
programme of courses will be starting in the New Year – for more information ring (068) 31198.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Thanks to all who supported Fealefit’s annual Festive 5k Run / walk last Sunday December 7 and well done to our latest Couch to 5k crew who completed their first competitive 5k. Fealefit Xmas party this Saturday December 13 in The Winners Circle at 8.30pm -a great way to finish off a hard years work and all are welcome. Have you ever dreamed of completing a 10k / half / Full marathon or Triathlon, if so contact Shane 087 2891015 for details, training commences in the New year and is free of charge. Check out www.Fealefit.com for all details on Classes.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers has commenced and will run until Christmas. It is being held at the Adult Education Centre Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and we welcome new students. Further information 087 6866450.

ADVENT GIVING TREE: Take a leaf off the tree in the sanctuary and bring back a gift next week. These will be distributed to the elderly of the parish by the youth of the parish before Christmas.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 10 @ 2pm at the Adult Educational Centre.

CHRISTMAS FAIR IN DUAGH: Duagh Development Association are hosting their

Annual Santa’s Grotto & Christmas Craft Fair Sunday, December 14 in Duagh Sports & Leisure Complex. Craft Fair 10am-3pm / Santa’s Grotto 12pm-3pm. Live Music and Children’s Entertainment. Complementary Cookies and Hot Chocolate. All welcome.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome.

CHRISTMAS FEST: There will be an evening of food, crafts, talks and music at the Organic College, Dromcollogher on Thursday, December 11 from 5-8pm. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ: Charity Christmas quiz on Friday, December 12 at 8.30pm in the Cellar Bar. All proceeds to Noonan’s Christmas Lights for Charity. 30pm €20 per table max 5 people. Raffle with Spot prizes on the night and Finger Food.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour, vouchsafe O My God, to hear my prayer and grant my petition. Amen.

CARD GAME: There will be a 41 card game in Cryle View Bar, Church St. for the next two Sundays at 7.30pm, with proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin in South Sudan. Winners on Sunday, December 7 were Paddy O’Sullivan, Eamon Sheehy and Paddy Finnucane.

TIMOTHY O’NEILL LANE 1852 -1915: Timothy O’Neill Lane was born in Gurteen, Templeglantine. His father was a native of Knockcoolkeare, Mountcollins and his mother a native of Ahane Cross, Brosna, hence the O’Neill in his name. He was a famous lexicographer, a primary teacher, a journalist with The Times of London and a writer of travel books. He is especially famous for his compilation of two English-Irish dictionaries (1905 and 1915). The Coiste Timothy O’Neill Lane Committee has been set up recently to commemorate appropriately this outstanding man and his contribution to the Irish Language and to the Nation. This committee includes Éamonn Ó Liatháin(chairman), John Joe O’Sullivan (secretary), Tadhg Ó Maolcatha(treasurer), Larry Begley, Séamas Ó Súilleabháin, Michael Lane(Templeglantine),Liam Ó Léanacháin, Séamus Lane and Lorcán Mac Curtáin. The Coiste is organising a book launch in the Public Library, Abbeyfeale between 6.30-8.00p.m. on Thursday, December 11. The book in question is a biography and a critique of O’Neill Lane’s work as lexicographer. Author: Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh Book: Focail agus Foclóireacht T.O’Neill Lane. An English language version will be available in the New Year. Refreshments will be provided at the reception. Fáilte roimh chách. An Oíche Cheoil with top local traditional musicians including Dónal Murphy will take place afterwards in Murphy’s Bar Main Street, Abbeyfeale. All are welcome.

MEENKILLY NOTES: Winners with 14 games; Maureen Fitzgerald, Billy Lane, Kathleen McCarty. Runners up with 13 games; Breda O’Connell, Mary, O’ Connell Billy O’Connell.
Table prize; Nora Lyons, Dan Brosnan, John Lyons.
Door prize: Bridie Collins Paddy O Sullivan. Tickets; Jackie Harnett, Julia Murphy, Christina O’ Donoghue, Jackie Broderick, Seamus Murphy and Dan Casey.
Don’t forget only 2 nights of cards left before Christmas. Plenty of prizes on offer.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends have no club on Friday night. Teens Together and the Yolo club are going to a disco leaving the church at 6.30pm sharp and back about 11 pm.

ICA NOTES: PRO Bridie O’Shea writes; Our final meeting of this year was held at the Community Education Centre, on Tuesday December 2. Our own very talented artist Rita Horgan kept us very busy, applying collage decorations to all kinds of objects, plates, boxes, decorations for the Christmas tree, etc. It’s a very relaxing hobby. By the time this goes to print, we will have enjoyed our Christmas dinner, and a guided tour of the museum, at the Seanachai Centre in Listowel. After our Christmas break, the first guild meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, January 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members will be welcome. We wish a Happy Christmas to one and all.

PPN MEETINGS: Limerick City and County Council have arranged two meetings to provide groups who have registered with them the opportunity to come together and explore in more detail the role and structures of the PPN ( Public Participation Network).

Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30pm in the Fitzgerald Suite, Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. Thursday, December 11 at 10am in the Harris Suite, 6th Floor, Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The family of the late Connie Harnett have been in touch to say: “A fundraising swim will take place in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day at 1pm. All money collected will go to the Day Hospital at St. Ita’s Hospital, NCW including both the Physio and OT departments who gave support and help to Connie for many years. No words would be enough to thank them for all they have done for us and others. We hope the money raised will go some way to helping them. Anyone interested in swimming or sponsoring a swimmer can contact Mary @ 087 7919414or Kathleen @ 086 3151447.”

SUE RYDER: In Sue Ryder this week, we have an extensive array of winter clothing, including hats, scarves and children’s coats. We also have a limited selection of perfume and soap sets that make ideal stocking fillers for Christmas. We have just started to sell raffle tickets for our Christmas draw. The 1st prize is one of our fantastic doll’s houses (worth over €140) and the 2nd is a child’s building tool set. A strip of tickets costs €2 or get 3 strips for €5. We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. Also we desperately need paper or plastic bags. so when you are doing your Christmas shopping over the next month, please remember to save the bags for us. Thank you for your continued support.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: Nollaig Shona agus gach dea-ghuí don Bhliain Nua 2015 ó Slí an Mhór-Dheiscirt. Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year of 2015 from the Great Southern Trail. The GST www.southerntrail.net will host a walk/cycle along the Greenway on Saturday, December 27 at 2.30pm commencing at the old Abbeyfeale Station. The round trip for walkers is to the Kerry Border and back (4 miles total) while cyclists will go to Tullig Wood, Templeglantine and back (10 miles total). Refreshments will be provided afterwards at the adjacent Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale. Tá fáilte romhaibh go léir!
Text or telephone 086 813 4061 for any enquiry. Those travelling by public transport to Abbeyfeale should take the 12.35pm bus from Limerick – serving Adare (12.55), Rathkeale (1.10), Newcastle West (1.20), Templeglantine(1.30); or the 1pm from Tralee – serving Listowel (1.30), Duagh (1.45). Return buses to Limerick ( 4.55 and 6.55pm); Tralee (4.40 and 6.40pm).

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The annual Christmas Craft Fair will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, The Square, Listowel on Sunday December 14 from 11 am. Santa & Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance with carol singing, storytelling and face painting for the kids. Admission is free!!

COMMUNITY ALERT: A big thank you to the Men’s Shed, Town Park workers and Search and Rescue for their tremendous work in putting the crib, Santa’s sleigh and Santa grotto as well as lighting up the streets. We have been asked to try and keep all our Christmas shopping local, do less shopping on line and keep money in our local economy. Spending money locally keeps it circulating in the area and everyone benefits.

WREN BOYS: King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finnucane has issued an appeal for musicians, singers and dancers to join with St. Ita’s Wrenboys on their annual fundraising outing on St. Stephen’s Day. He can be contacted at McElligotts Furniture, Main St.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

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

REILIG IDE NAOFA: The committee of Relig Ide Naofa would like to thank everyone that contributed to the building of the wall at the top of the graveyard. The work has made great progress and will greatly enhance the cemetery when it is complete. As we would have found it very difficult to raise all of the funding Limerick County Council came on board and gave us great help. We were assisted in all aspects of our work by Mark Collins and we thank him. The cemetery will be decorated for Christmas and hopefully this will be pleasing to all.
There will be prayers and a ribbon and candle ceremony on Sunday, December 21 @3pm.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS: Monday, December 22 at 7pm in the Church of the Assumption. All 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: Wednesday 10am Maureen Burke (sister of Kitty Murray) who died recently in Dublin Months. Thursday 10am Mary and John Fitzgerald. Friday 10am Thomas T. J. O’Connell and family members. Saturday 11am Fintan Morris. 7pm Bridget Healy and the Saunders Family Knocknasna. Ramey Leahy, New St., Sunday 9.30am Paddy Barry and family Caherlane. Tom Dillane, Kilconlea Lower. 12 noon Joan Simmons and Jimmy Doody Kilconlea. Frank Foley and family. 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.

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.

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.

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).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters hold their meetings in the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to June from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Next meeting on Wednesday December 17. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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

USEFUL WEBSITE: OneStepUp.ie provides local contacts and useful resources for those looking for a particular course or information on further education and training opportunities in Ireland. The website which has been especially developed for use on a smartphone tablet or PC also includes Frequently Asked Questions and video testimonials from adult learners who have returned to education. Another feature of the new website is an online calendar which provides information about lifelong learning events and allows people to subscribe to hear about events taking place in their own area.


PROLOGUE: "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on." Robert Frost

DEATHS: Sincere sympathies are offered to the families of the late Connie Harnett, Collins Park, Tom Doody, Kilconlea Upr., Mary Jo O’Connell Kilconlea Upr and Ciss Curtin, Meenheala, all of whom died this week. May they rest in peace.

FEALESBRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op are holding their 45th Annual Social at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Friday, December 5 at 8.30 pm. Music is provided by Heart and Soul, and there will be plenty of spot-prizes on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and from staff and committee members.

CEILI: West Limerick 102fm are holding a Great Céilé Night on Friday December 5 in Knockaderry Community Hall. Music By: Donie & Maura Nolan. Tea & Coffee served. Admission €10.

NIGHT VIGIL TO KNOCK: Sunday, December 7. Book your seat on 087 3966399 (9-6pm).

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING IN MONAGAE: Dancing to Tim Joe and Ann in Monagea on Sunday, December 7 from 3-6pm.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY: Noonan’s Wonderland will host their annual childrens Christmas party on Saturday, December 6 at 5pm. Carrickerry Wrenboys will be on hand to escort Santa to his Grotto. The newly crowned Munster Senior Hurling team will also be present as will Fr. Casey’s and Ballylanders with their cups. All welcome.

FRITE NITE: Abbeyfeale & District Search & Rescue, Fr. Casey’s G.A.A. Committee, Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights Committee and Abbeyfeale Town Park Committee wish to thank all those who supported our second annual FRITE NITE. Though the weather was inclement you turned out in large numbers and we appreciate the effort you made. We also wish to thank all the volunteers who helped stage the event. We will be back, bigger and better than ever in 2015.

SINGING CLUB: Chris O’Shea writes “West Limerick singing club monthly traditional singing session on Thursday, December 4 in the Ramble Inn bar Abbeyfeale @ 9pm. This is a special night with all the proceeds from our raffle on the night going to our chosen charity which is the Noonan family Christmas lights in Templeglantine who collect large amounts of money every year for local charities. Lots of spot prizes on the night, please come along and support.”

MEENKILLY N.S. CARDS: The game was cancelled last Tuesday night as a mark of respect to the late Connie Harnett, Abbeyfeale.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Fealefit’s annual Festive 5k Run / walk is this coming Sunday December 7 @ 10.30am from Fealefit, Mountmahon and is a great way to kick off the Festive season, Pre-registration this Friday night 6 – 6.30pm at Fealefit. It will be a first 5k for our latest Couch to 5k group and we want to wish the best of luck after all their hard work. Fealefit Xmas party December 13t in The Winners Circle at8.30pm. Have you ever dreamed of completing a 10k / half / Full marathon or Triathlon, if so contact Shane 087 2891015 for details, training commences in the New year and is free of charge.. Check out www.Fealefit.comfor all details on Classes.

CANTATA IN PARISH CHURCH: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Nativity play at 11pm and Cantata at 7.30pm on Thursday, December 11 in the Church of the Assumption. 1(A cantata (literally "sung", past participle of the Italian verb "cantare") is a vocal 1composition with an instrumental accompaniment, typically in several movements, often 1involving a choir. Wikapedia)

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: Come to Abbeyfeale parish church to celebrate the Joy of Christmas on Sunday, December 14 at 7pm with our parish choir. Everyone welcome.

FUNDRAISER FOR CHERNOBYL CHILDREN: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, December 14 with music by Blue Moon. Dancing 3-6pm. Raffle and teas served.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers has commenced and will run until Christmas. It is being held at the Adult Education Centre Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and we welcome new students. Further information 087 6866450.

ADVENT GIVING TREE: Take a leaf off the tree in the sanctuary and bring back a gift next week. These will be distributed to the elderly of the parish by the youth of the parish before Christmas.

CHRISTMAS FEST: There will be an evening of food, crafts, talks and music at the Organic College, Dromcollogher on Thursday, December 11 from 5-8pm. All welcome.

CARD GAME: There will be a 41 card game in Cryle View Bar, Church St. on Sunday, December 7 at 7.30pm, with proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin in South Sudan.

TIMOTHY O’NEILL LANE 1852 -1915: Timothy O’Neill Lane was born in Gurteen, Templeglantine. His father was a native of Knockcoolkeare, Mountcollins and his mother a native of Ahane Cross, Brosna, hence the O’Neill in his name. He was a famous lexicographer, a primary teacher, a journalist with The Times of London and a writer of travel books. He is especially famous for his compilation of two English-Irish dictionaries (1905 and 1915). The Coiste Timothy O’Neill Lane Committee has been set up recently to commemorate appropriately this outstanding man and his contribution to the Irish Language and to the Nation. This committee includes Éamonn Ó Liatháin(chairman), John Joe O’Sullivan (secretary), Tadhg Ó Maolcatha(treasurer), Larry Begley, Séamas Ó Súilleabháin, Michael Lane(Templeglantine),Liam Ó Léanacháin, Séamus Lane and Lorcán Mac Curtáin. The Coiste is organising a book launch in the Public Library, Abbeyfeale between 6.30-8.00p.m. on Thursday, December 11. The book in question is a biography and a critique of O’Neill Lane’s work as lexicographer. Author: Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh Book: Focail agus Foclóireacht T.O’Neill Lane. An English language version will be made available in the New Year. Refreshments will be provided at the reception. Fáilte roimh chách. An Oíche Cheoil with top local traditional musicians including Dónal Murphy will take place afterwards on that Thursday night in Murphy’s Bar Main Street, Abbeyfeale. All are welcome.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The first annual memorial swim in aid of St. Ita’s Day Hospital will take place on New Year’s Day at 1pm. Further information as it comes to hand.

SUE RYDER: In Sue Ryder this week, we have an extensive array of winter clothing, including hats, scarves and children’s coats. We also have a limited selection of perfume and soap sets that make ideal stocking fillers for Christmas. We have just started to sell raffle tickets for our Christmas draw. The 1st prize is one of our fantastic doll’s houses (worth over €140) and the 2nd is a child’s building tool set. A strip of tickets costs €2 or get 3 strips for €5. We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. Also we desperately need paper or plastic bags. so when you are doing your Christmas shopping over the next month, please remember to save the bags for us. Thank you for your continued support.

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in St.Ita’s on Friday 8 – 9.30pm. Leaders are asked to be in St. Ita’s on Friday at 7.15pm. The Yolo club are in St. Ita’s on Saturday and Teens Together are in the Complex on Saturday night from 7.45 – 9.15. Disco slips have to be back this weekend. A great night was had at Thomond Park on Friday night.

I.C.A.: Our Christmas Dinner will be at the Seanchai Centre in the beautiful town of Listowel on Wednesday, December 10 which we are all looking forward to very much. Fans of the Brennan Brothers on television should look out in January for a programme on their visit to An Grianan, the further education Centre in Co. Louth.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: The annual cake sale will take place in St Ita’s hall on Sunday December 14 from 10am– 2pm. Everyone welcome. Come early. Funds in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin`s mission. We hope all our usual bakers will support this worthy cause. New bakers always welcome.

COMMUNITY ALERT: We have been asked to try and keep all our Christmas shopping local, do less shopping on line and keep money in our local economy. Spending money locally keeps it circulating in the area and everyone benefits.

WREN BOYS: King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finnucane has issued an appeal for musicians, singers and dancers to join with St. Ita’s Wrenboys on their annual fundraising outing on St. Stephen’s Day. He can be contacted at McElligotts Furniture, Main St.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

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

LISTOWEL FOOD FAIR: The Farming Seminar has been put back to Monday, December 8 in the Listowel Arms Hotel with Minister Simon Coveney as the guest of honour.

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.

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 8.15am Mary Costello RIP. Wednesday 10am Jack Broderick. Thursday 10am Jim McGill, The Hill Months Mind. Saturday 11am Maura Gallahue nee Leahy Millstream. Saturday 7pm Sonny Mc Carthy, Caherlane. Emmet Leahy Millstream. Sunday 9.30am Phyl O’Kelly, Killarney Road 1st Anniversary. Patie Lane, Kilconlea and his sister Nora Bolt who died in England in October. 12 noon. William T Flynn. Next Friday is the First Friday.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.

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.

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.

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).

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, December 3 at 8.30pm. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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

USEFUL WEBSITE: OneStepUp.ie provides local contacts and useful resources for those looking for a particular course or information on further education and training opportunities in Ireland. The website which has been especially developed for use on a smartphone tablet or PC also includes Frequently Asked Questions and video testimonials from adult learners who have returned to education. Another feature of the new website is an online calendar which provides information about lifelong learning events and allows people to subscribe to hear about events taking place in their own area.