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 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.