PROLOGUE: "If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today." E. Joseph Coffman.

DEATH: The death has occurred in Holland of Peg McCarthy, Pilgrim Hill, Knockanure. Her removal to Duagh will take place from Harnett’s Funeral Home on Thursday at 8pm. Funeral Mass in Duagh Church on Friday, January 16 followed by burial in Knockanure cemetery.

GATHER BY THE FEALE FUNDRAISER: Abba Delicious – Europe’s No. 1 Tribute Band are coming to the Railway Bar on Easter Sunday night for an evening of ‘ Knowing me, knowing you, ‘ Lay all your love on me’’ Gimme, Gimme a man after midnight’ and all Abba’s hits from the 70’s. This will be a fundraiser for Gather by the Feale and promises to be a great night of nostalgia, fancy dress and ‘singalonging’.

PROSPECTS FOR IRISH AGRICULTURE: A seminar run by AIB will be held in the Devon Inn on Wednesday, January 14 from 8-9.30pm with Keynote speaker Kevin Lane, CEO of the Irish Dairy Board.

YOUTH CLUBS; Leaders night out Saturday, December 17.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Dancing in Shannon House, Foynes next Sunday to the Tennessee Two from 3-6pm. Hot and cold food served. Admission €10.

GLORACH NEWS: PRO Lorcan Curtin says; Rehearsals are well underway for our spring production of the hilarious Sam Cree play,’ Family Fever’. A stellar cast, with a mixture of experienced actors and impressive newcomers will be taking to the stage in March, and if the mirth being expressed in rehearsals at the moment is a barometer of how funny a play is, then audiences will be rolling in the aisles with laughter come two months’ time.

CLOTHES COLLECTION FOR ABBEYFEALE UNDER AGE RUGBY: Please dig deep and clean out any unwanted clothes, household textiles (Curtains/bed linen) bags and shoes in Aid of Abbeyfeale Underage Rugby. Black bags can be dropped to the Rugby Club Monday to Friday between 10am – 12 Midday or during any training session or home games. Final collection date is Saturday, January 31 at 12 noon. Your support is greatly appreciated.

REMEMBERING ZOE: On June 26 last year the parish of Abbeyfeale was left stunned and disbelieving when the news broke that little Zoe Scannell had lost her life in a road traffic accident. A group of people have now come together to remember Zoe and plans are underway to hold a weekend of activities based on some of the many interests that she held during her short few years among us. The weekend of Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 has been decided on and will include a 120 km /35 km cycle on the Saturday, dancing to Micheal Collins in Fr. Casey’s Saturday night and a family fun day at Fr. Casey’s on the Sunday. . All funds collected over the w/e will go to the First Light an organisation that helps bereaved parents, Brú Columbanus at Cork Regional Hospital and a donation will be made to the Hope Foundation.If you would like to get involved in the organisation of these events please contact John on 087 2258808/ Frances 0876757924/Shane 087 2891015.

ST. ITA’S WRENBOYS: King of the Wrenboys Paddy Finucane reports that the group raised €2,170 for Fr. Tim Galvin and tells me that I neglected to thank Mossie Dee from Knocknasna who played the accordion with the Wrenboys and of course Nell O’Donnell who provided a dinner for them.

MEENKILLY N.S: Winners with 15 games; Gobnait Scanell, Sean|O’ Connor and Dick Fitzgerald. Runners up with 13 games each; Noreen O’ Callaghan, Liam O’ Connor and Jamsie McEnery. Bridie Collins, John Quirke, Jackie Harnett.
Door prize; Eileen Murphy, Laurence McAuliffe. Table prize; Toddy O’ Conner. Andy Keane, Maurice Collins. Tickets; Johnny Stack, Sheila Breen, Tommy Nelligan, John Quirke by 2 and Jeffery Fitzgerald.

ARA NA FEILE: Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 14 at 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre.

GRANAGH PLAYERS: Their new play is ‘The Buds of Ballybunion’ by John B. Keane and it will be performed in Granagh on Friday, January 23, 24 and 25 as well as the following weeks. The Play is a musical comedy based on the farmers’ annual two week holiday, when the harvest was completed. This particular motley bunch have been meeting for the last thirty years. They stay in a lodging house where they were offered a room and a fire or stove to cook on.

FR. MICHEÁL LISTON: Fr. Micheál has translated the Bishop’s letter re the upcoming Synod. He will be launching it on Thursday night at 7pm in Mary I and all are invited.

CARERS ASSOCIATION|: A course in care of the elderly starts Thursday in Georges Quay, Limerick and runs one daya week for five weeks. Further information 0579322920.

PANTO: Jack & The Bean Stalk performed by the Killorglin Players for one night only in the I.N.E.C. on Sunday, February 15, leaving Newcastle West at 3.30pm. picking up at the bus stop outside the church in Abbeyfeale. Seats must booked and paid for in advance. We will have time for refreshments before the panto commences at 6pm. For booking and more information contact Maureen 087 9845102.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Fealefit commenced its 2015 Running / Adventure race & Tri Athlon training last Saturday with great numbers turning out for all 3 disciplines and trying to get fit & healthy in the New Year. All the training is free of charge and geared towards enabling people achieve goals they never thought was possible. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See for all details on training / classes & upcoming events.

THANK YOU: The Coiste Timothy O’Neill Lane would like to thank all those who attended the book launch in the Public Library, Abbeyfeale on December 11 last. We were very grateful for the large turnout which is a reflection of the support and high regard for the achievements of Timothy O’Neill Lane (1852-1915), born in Gurteen, Templeglantine West and buried in Brosna, Co. Kerry. We are planning further activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death and will keep you informed.

COMMUNITY ALERT NEWS: Support After Crime Services is a voluntary service to people affected by crime founded in January 2006 by Sally Hanlon. Its objectives are to benefit the community by maintain a free and confidential service where the issues of people affected by crime can be addressed with a view to resolution. Contact details; 021 4320555 9.30am – 5.30pm or email info

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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.

THOMOND ARCHAELOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Canon Donacha O’Malley will give what promises to be a most interesting talk on Limerick Postcards, ‘A Journey’ on Monday night 26th. January at 8pm at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. All are welcome. For further information contact Pat O’Donovan P.R.O. 087 9977340.

ARRA PLAYERS NCW: They are putting on a very exciting play at the end of January. The play "The Memory of Water" by Shelagh Stephenson is the story of 3 sisters and their partners who gather at the home of their recently dead mother, and revisit the past in poignant and often hilarious way. The first night is Thursday, January 29 in the new hall in Castlemahon. Put this night in the diary for a special charity performance. Tickets are €10 at the door, and for that you get a token to choose which charity gets your money. The 4 charities are Cystic Fibrosis, St. Vincent De Paul, Brothers of Charity, and Rathfredagh Cheshire home NCW. Your money, your token, your choice, and enjoy a great play.

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

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.

MAUREEN’S TOURS: Spring Break March 27-30.Visiting the Giant’s Causway, Newgrange, and much more. Staying in Drogheda which has much to offer in sight seeing. It is important to give in your name as soon as possible as the hotel has to be booked. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102

.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:

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration resumes Friday, January 9. 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 /