PROLOGUE: "The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
Amelia Earhart.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the families of the late Mrs.Mary Shannon, Main St., and Mrs. Peg Leahy, Millstream and St. Ita’s whose deaths occurred recently. May they rest in peace.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: PARADE; A reminder that preparations are continuing for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. Templeglantine Comhaltas will perform in The Square before the parade and it is hoped that members of the Brosna All Ireland Football Champions will also appear with their winning trophy. The parade will assemble at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef and set off at 4pm and proceed down Main Street to The Square and past the reviewing stand. It will be led by the Rathkeale Brass Band. There will be a prize for the best float and also for the best decorated window. Participants are reminded that they are responsible for the insurance of their own floats and vehicles and will be asked to sign a waiver to this effect. We hope that people will turn out in big numbers to line the parade route and cheer on the various floats and participants. There will be a Table Quiz in Cryle View Bar on Friday, March 13 at 9m in aid of the parade. There will also be a raffle. Everyone welcome.

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES: Last week there was a Café conversation hosted by Mary Shanahan and Mary O’Connor with a talk was given by Dr. Mcloughlin from Milford Hospice who said “We take a whole population approach to Death, dying, loss and care, it is everyone’s business and can affect us at any point in the human lifecycle”. She explained that Milford Hospice would like to help establish compassionate communities in the county of Limerick similar to the ones already established in the city. Further information as it comes to hand on progress here in Abbeyfeale. You can also google or check them out on Facebook.

PAY IT FORWARD LIMERICK KINDNESS FESTIVAL March 13-17: When we talk about Pay It Forward we are describing a very simple idea. Someone helps you and in turn, you help someone else. Instead of paying back the kindness you are Paying It Forward. The concept of Paying It Forward suggests that you do not expect anything in return for your effort but you hope that the person you have helped will feel compelled to pass on the good deed. It is a random act of kindness that grows with each person. There is an in-built goodness in people. They regularly carry out acts of helpfulness, compassion and kindness – sometimes for friends, sometimes for complete strangers. An act of kindness can be anything, large or small. Helping a person fix a puncture, sharing a heavy load, a kind word or even a smile. So if someone helps you, Pay It Forward Limerick invites you to consider paying it on whenever or wherever the opportunity arises. You can make a difference – start a ripple effect. You can help put the Unity In Community. Together we can all create a wave of kindness! For full details of all the events planned log onto

TABLE QUIZ: A fundraiser for Abbeyfeale’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place at Cryle View Bar, Church St (recently taken over by J D’Harnett) on Friday, March 13 at 9pm. Tables of 4 €20. Your support to help keep our Parade going will be greatly appreciated.

CONCERT: West Limerick singing club are hosting a traditional fundraising concert on Saturday, March 14 in Fr Casey’s, Clubhouse in Abbeyfeale. It will include top class Musicians, Singers Dancers and storytellers. So please come along and support. Starting at 8pm sharp and admission is only €10. Spread the word.

ENROL IN SCOIL NAOMH PÁDRAIG: The country, co-educational, catholic primary school located at Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick is now accepting enrolments for September 2015. Come and visit us to meet our teachers and see our facilities. Arrange an appointment for a time convenient to you. Tel: 068 32121 Mobile: 087 9601506 Email: knocknasnans Website:

WL102FM: The station is having a fundraising race night on Friday, March 20 in Cleary’s Bar, Newcastle West. The main reason for this fundraiser is to raise funds for the upgrade of the transmission equipment in Abbeyfeale. This is of vital importance to ensure that the transmission is constant in the area and not sporadic.

PRO LIFE DEMONSTRATION: Wednesday, March 11 – an evening event to catch the attention of journalists and TD’s. Bus leaving Abbeyfeale, Book your seat 087 2668702.

NATIONAL TREE WEEK: An tIonad Glas, Drumcollogher – the Organic College ( 063 83604) has a selection of native Irish trees for sale.

FAMILY FEVER: One night down, but don’t worry if you missed our opening night, as we have five more performances to go of our excellent comedy, Family Fever by Sam Cree. There will be further shows on this Thursday, March 12, Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. So get along to the Glórach Theatre, and if you’re thinking of going this coming Sunday, why not give an alternative Mother’s Days present that will guarantee a smile on her face. The show, which is suitable for all ages, starts at 8pm, and tickets can be booked by ringing 0871383940. Your support as ever is always appreciated.

PAMPERING DAY AT THE DEVON: The very successful 2nd annual pampering day is booked for the Devon Inn on Sunday, March 22 from 3-6pm and will make a wonderful gift idea for Mother’s Day and birthdays. Champagne and canapés, Demonstrations on hair and makeup, prizes for most stylish mother and daughter, glamorous granny, photo booth and a fashion show are among some of the events planned for the afternoon. The afternoon will be M C’d by Caroline Ryan of Style by Caroline who will do live demonstrations and give plenty of advice to all attending. Tickets at just €10 are available from the Festival office at Mary Dan G’s, the Devon Inn and Leens Hotel. Follow us on Gather by the Feale facebook page, twitter @GatheringAfeale, our blog or our webpage

TOWN ENHANCEMENT PLAN: A public meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at Fr Casey’s GAA Club at 8pm. It will be hosted by Tom O’Leary, consultant engineer who will present his draft Town Enhancement Plan. It follows from a well-attended public consultation meeting held in late 2014.

MEENKILLY N.S: Winners with 13 games; Geffory Fitzgerald, Dan Reidy, Fintan Quirke.
Runners up was 3 teams with 12 games: Mossie Gleeson, Tommy Neiligan, Mossie Collins.
Maureen Fitzgerald, Kathleen McCarty, Billy Lane. Beth Collins, Dan Casey, Maurice Collins. Door prizes; Kathleen Leinihan, Billy Broderick. Table prizes; Jackie Harnett, Pat Fitzgerald John Quirke. Tickets; Michael O Kelly, Sheila Breen, Pasty Kelly, Maurice Collins, Dan Casey.

HUNT FESTIVAL REPORT: Abbeyfeale Harriers annual hunting festival was a great success again this year. Hunt clubs from Cork, Galway, Kerry, Tyrone and Wexford participated in what was a very enjoyable week. Hunt supporters from all over Ireland and beyond contributed to and enjoyed a great week’s sport and socialisingThe Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to give a special thanks to all those that supported the hunt festival, including the hunt followers who travelled from near and far in all kinds of weather, the publicans who kindly sponsored the refreshments after each hunt, to the Scartaglin Harriers and the Rockfield Harriers for hosting the meets in Scartaglin, Currow and Faha, and most importantly to the landowners. All of your support is greatly appreciated.We would like to wish everybody good health and fortune for the coming year and we’ll look forward to meeting up at the hunt festival again next year. .A Donation has been made to the Irish Cancer Society from the festival proceeds.

ADULT EDUCATION: North Kerry College of Further Education formerly Listowel Community College are holding an Open Day, Wednesday, March 25 from 2pm-6pm. All welcome to talk to the staff about all the courses on offer here at the College such as Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses and our VTOS programme. The college has many courses such as Hairdressing, Animal Care, Business, Nursing, Art Pre-University Arts, Horsemanship, Music Technology Web App Development & many more at both Level 5 & 6 .Apply online now – Ring the school 06821023 for further details.

LAUNCH NIGHT: Abbeyfeale Golfing Society are holding a launch night to celebrate its 21st year in Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale on Monday, March 16 at 9.00pm. If you are a past captain, past sponsor or want to join the golfing society please come along on the night. This year’s outings are: March 14 Shannon, April 4 Waterville, May Newcastle West, June 6 Adare Manor (Old Course), July 4 Ballykisteen. July 18 Castleisland, August 15 Charleville, September 26 Adare(Manor), October 10 Ceann sibeal. The golfing society has both male and female golfers of all varying standards.

MEN ON THE MOVE: A new fitness programme for men has commence on Wednesdays at Colaiste Ide & Iosef, Convent St. from 7 – 8 pm. This programme is sponsored by Limerick Sports Partnership. For further information contact Denis 087 6497671.

MEDIATION AND MINDFULNESS COURSE: Starts in St. Ita’s Hall on Tuesday, March 10 at 8pm and runs for 8 weeks. Further information from Breda 087 9267650/ Mark 086 8108330.

CARERS ASSOCIATION: Patient Moving and Handling Training March 19. QQI Fetac Level 5 Care Support training in Limerick March 31. Contact 057 9322920.

COISTE TIMOTHY O’NEILL LANE REQUESTS HELP TO HONOUR LOCAL LEXICOGRAPHER: In May 2015, Timothy O’Neill Lane, born in Gurteen, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick will be dead 100 years. A ceremony and commemoration to honour Timothy O’Neill Lane is planned for Saturday, May 9. The ceremony and commemoration will take place in conjunction with the blessing of the grave in Brosna and the unveiling of a plaque in Templeglantine. . The committee would like to erect a headstone with a surround of curbing in keeping with the original headstone and flat grave marker of limestone on this double grave. These also need to be cleaned. Chips to cover 42sq.ft will be placed around the flat grave marker. Coiste O’Neill Lane is calling on the people of West Limerick / North Kerry and further afield to come to our aid. The amount is totally up to the individual, but all contributions will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged. Further information from; 0863903244 / 06830925 E-mail: eamonnoliathain1 Dedicated account number for the Timothy O’Neill Lane Fund is :IBAN No:IE09 BOFI90413011389816 BIC No. /Swift: BOFIIE2D

FIGHT NIGHT: Michael O’Brien from the Six Crosses just outside Listowel is a qualified IABA Boxing Coach with a Black Belt in Korean Kickboxing. He is holding an International Kickboxing fight night at the Devon Inn on Saturday, April 11 next. Michael who won a Silver Medal with the Irish team at the 2008 WKA World Championships in Florida and went on to win a Gold Medal in the WKC 2011 World Kickboxing Championships in Cadiz had worked with Zoe Scannell and has offered the proceeds of the night to the Remembering Zoe weekend. Tickets are on sale now in the Devon Inn @ €20 or €25 on the night. VIP tickets also on sale @ €100 per head including a ringside seat, 4 course meal and champagne. This is the first event of its type ever held in the Abbeyfeale area and will be a must for all sporting enthusiasts. For further details contact Michael on 0879154209.

DANCING QUEEN: We will have another chance to experience the music of Abba when Abba Delicious perform their tribute show at the Railway Bar on Easter Sunday night.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CARD PLAYING: Bridge lessons can be arranged? Tel: 087 3344909

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. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION ACTION GROUP NEWS: Classes commencing in the Abbeyfeale Adult Education centre in March – Furniture Restoration, Horticulture, Men on the Move & Crafty Corner. For more information please contact Adult Education Centre on 068 31198.

SERIES OF LENTEN TALKS: Thursday, March 12 Lorraine Buckley who is the Faith Development Co-ordinator will lead a reflection on the Synod in Rome. All talks are held at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 7-8pm.

REMEMBERING ZOË: Cyclists are lining up to take part in the Remembering Zoë 1st Annual Memorial Cycle on Saturday, May 16 with entries being received from all over the country. If you would like to participate in either of these cycling events please contact the cycle organisers: John Collins (087) 2258808, Tom O’ Shaughnessy (087) 6820506. Later that evening Micheal Collins and his band will provide the entertainment for a benefit dance in Fr. Casey’s and then on the Sunday a family fun day encompassing a dog show, athletics, kiddie disco, basketball and camogie blitzes as well as loads of surprises will bring the weekend to an end. All proceeds will go to Bru Columbanus and FirstLight, both of these organisations have been of inestimable help to Alisha and the Scannell family. A donation will also be made to the Hope Foundation.

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 Tom Kealy, Thursday 10am Dan, Julia and Ned Casey, Friday 10 am Micheal Naughton. Saturday 11 am John, James and Niamh O’Donoghue, 7pm Margeret and Timmy Tobin, Main St. Sr. Mary of the Assumption (Ita Leahy ( died recently in San Franscisco) and Ned Leahy. Sunday 9.30am Fintan and Mary Ann Collins, Knocknasna. 12 noon Joan O’Sullivan Months Mind.

Perpetual Adoration has commenced and will continue for the duration of Lent. St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena each Friday morning at 10am. Stations of the Cross every Friday morning. 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.

YOUTH CLUBS: Abbey legends are in the church on Friday at 7.30pm, everyone needs to attend. No clubs on Saturday night.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers will take place on Tuesdays at the Adult Ed. Centre, Mountmahon from 7-9pm. Further enquiries 087 6866450.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome. Please donate your Tesco Blue Tokens to our container in the Abbeyfeale store.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPPORT: The local group can be contacted at 068- 31203/51984.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: Come along on Sunday, March 15 to Halla Inse Bán 2.30pm for a walk along the Tullig Wood Loop. As the loop is partially along public roads visibility vests should be worn. Cyclists are also most welcome and an extended route will be available for them.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NETWORK: The nomination process for the PPN Secretariat is now open. Further information on ppn or Sinead Doody on 061 407127. The next meetings for this area are at the Devon Inn Thursday, March 12 from 7-9pm and the South Court Hotel for city and county plenary Wednesday, March 25.

SPACES FOR JOBSEEKERS: Are you out of work? Are you looking for a space to share, vent, learn and socialize with people in the same boat? Join ‘Spaces for Jobseekers’ in Abbeyfeale which meets on a weekly basis and is open to old and new members of all ages. Activities include training, information sessions etc. The group meets in the Old Tech, Room 10 on Mondays at 2.30pm. If you are interested, please contact Ivana at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316, or simply come along and check what it’s all about.

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services will shortly be starting a new group for women who have experienced domestic abuse. This group is called ‘Let’s Talk’ and will run for 20 weeks in Newcastle West. It is an introduction to support groups and is only for women who have not been in a domestic abuse support group previously. It is about meeting others who have had similar experiences and beginning to talk and make sense of what has happened with the support of trained and experienced facilitators from ADAPT.Women over 18 and from any area are welcome. Women should contact Jess at ADAPT 061 412354 for details. ADAPT also has a worker in Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West each week to meet women on a 1-2-1 basis. This is a confidential service for those who would like to talk with an experienced worker who will listen and support a woman and help her to make her own decisions while keeping her children and herself safe. ADAPT has a 24 hour freephone helpline 1800 200 504 and 24 hour access to safe refuge in Limerick. Services ADAPT offers are available to women over 18 years of age and their children and are free of charge.

PRESCHOOL: Teach Mhuire Montessori Pre School have part time places for immediate start. They are also taking bookings for the free preschool year for 2015.

SUE RYDER We currently have lots of St Patricks Day novelty items for sale for just €1 or €2. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week only, all our jeans and books will be half price. We also have a lovely selection of Mother’s Day gifts to help make this Sunday perfect. Come along and have a browse, we have a shop full of bargains! Donations for the shop and recycling are always welcome and appreciated. We can recycle clothing, shoes and bags. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items and duvets or pillows.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy St Patricks Day.


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MAUREEN’S TOURS: There is just one space left on the Spring Break Friday, April 24 – Monday, April 27. Day Trip to the Mansion House on Wednesday, April 1, leaving NCW at 8.30am. Mansion House is home to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke who was elected on Friday, June 6, 2014 and is the three hundred and forty fifth Lord Mayor of Dublin. We will be having a guided tour of the Mansion House. Breakfast at 11am in Naas and we will be returning to the hotel in the evening at 5pm. for choice of dinner menu. Early booking is recommended. 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.

BINGO BUSSES: Eoin 087 2522402 leaves for Castleisland from outside Tuohig’s Supervalue at 7.40 pm every Tuesday and Dinjoe goes to Shanagolden.

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.

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).

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION: This month, County Limerick Beekeepers’ Association are pleased to welcome Tom Prendergast to Mungret GAA clubhouse on Thursday, March 12 at 8pm. Tom is another of Ireland’s best beekeepers, keeping 100 hives since he was very young in a number of Apiaries throughout Tipperary. He is much sought after to give lectures all over the country, including at Gormanstown. He also runs his associations Apiary. Tom’s lecture this month is titled ‘Opening the Hive’……spring management. He will discuss in detail the 5 Hooper questions when you open your hive and how to prepare your stock for the coming honey flow. Last month, County Limerick Beekeepers’ Association along with Eamonn Magee, President of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association presented Kiara Carroll, Julie Cantillon and Terri Keane, students from the Desmond College Newcastle West, with a Special Award of Excellence for 2015 for participating in the BT Young Scientist Competition. The girls’ project was in the senior biological section, it was a statistical investigation into the treatment of the Varroa mite and its effect on the native Irish honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Membership details can be found on the following website:

ACTION ON ALCOHOL WEEK: If you would like to organise an event in your community for Action on Alcohol Week 20-24 April then register on