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Monthly Archives: May 2015

PROLOGUE: "One of the best feelings in the world is knowing your presence and absence both mean something to someone."
Author Unknown.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to family of Timmy Cahill, Dromtransa and to the family of Leslie Stemp, 33 Cedarville whose funerals took place during the week. May they rest in peace.

100 YEARS A GROWING: Meenkilly N.S. is holding its Centenary Celebration on Saturday, June 13. The celebrations will start with the celebration of Mass by Bishop Brendan Leahy at 12 noon and will be followed by light refreshments and live entertainment. This is a Community Celebration and all present and past pupils are invited as well as members of the wider community. The organising committee have made every effort to contact all past pupils. Apologies for any omissions so please accept this as your invitation.

TOWN PARK NEWS: The park committee would like to thank Matt Doody for making the metal fabrication for our new toilets. Not only did Matt do an excellent job, but he took no fee. Many thanks Matt. The Town Park Dog Show will now take place on Sunday June 7 at 2.00 p.m. We hope for a fine day and a large turnout. The dog show contributes greatly towards the running costs of the park. We would like to thank all those who have already contributed. If you cannot attend the show but would like to contribute, you can leave your contribution in an envelope at Moss Harnett Spar. Please leave your name and contact details if you would like an acknowledgement.

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean up every Thursday evening from 7-9pm weather permitting.

ARA NA FEILE: New date for Visit to Glenstal Saturday, June 6.

KEYS FOUND: A set of keys were found at the front of the Parish Community Garden, the keys look like safe keys. Contact Fr. Joe. A set was also found in the church with a little red hat on the keyring. Contact the sacristy.

YOUTH CLUBS: A great night was had by all at the park on Friday evening last for the last evening of clubs for the summer months. A big thank you goes to all the leaders for their work and to the youths as well for turning up week and after week. We hope everyone have a great summer. Any queries contact Kate 0876210490 or Anthony 0872264023.

MASS AT KILLEENAGH BLESSED WELL: Holy Mass will be held at the Well next Friday at 7.30pm. All are welcome to this annual celebration that has its roots in times gone by.

CLASS CEILI: Josephine O’Connor will be holding a ceili at Fr. Casey’s on Saturday, May 30 from 9pm for all her students.

THIRD ANNUAL GATHER BY THE FEALE JULY 16-19: Just 9 weeks to go until the third annual Gather by the Feale kicks off on Thursday, July 16 with A Cradle of Swans at the Glorach Theatre – a mix of music, visual art, drama and the spoken word. As well, the Carnival will open in the Square, the Bat walk takes place in the Town Park and the Darts Run gets underway. Then on Friday the Food and Craft Fair on the Cobbles on Friday will be followed by a visit to Fitzgeralds Stables for the under 13’s, the children’s novelty fancy dress motor parade down the Main St. takes place from 6.30pm and will be followed by the Battle of the Feale, the Carnival in the Square and the Cinema under the Stars as well as entertainment in various pubs around town. Saturday is a packed day with The Race for the Title setting off at 10am, the Soapbox Derby down the Hill Road starting at 2pm and continuing until 6pm, Spin City in the Square, Hermitage Green in the Marquee at the Grove supported by No Direction and Sound as a Pound and all that will be followed by live music in various pubs. Sunday brings the festival to a close but not before the Family Fun Day in the Grove which will include the All Ireland Tug of War and Sheaf Tossing events, Zorb soccer tournament, Berge Motor Track, Bouncy Castles, face painting, arts and crafts, games and all the things that go to make a family have a fun day out. To round off the evening we have the much anticipated Battle of the DJ’s in the festival Marquee and of course the town will be buzzing with music in the pubs. Stamina will be required in bucket loads!

RACE TO THE TITLE: Gather by the Feale are shooting a Fun Promo clip to promote the ‘Race to the Title ‘ Festival event and all local businesses and people are welcome to be part of it. Please Contact Shane 087 2891015 if interested or for more details.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPER ASSOCIATION: Membership details can be found on the following website: http://www.limerickbees.net

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. Group meets on a weekly basis and are open to old and new members of all ages. Activities include training, information sessions etc. The times are as follows: Abbeyfeale, The Old Tech, and 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.

ATHLETICS EVENING: Abbeyfeale Community Games will be holding our Athletics evening on Tuesday, May 26 in the GAA field. Registration at 6pm with races starting at 6.30 SHARP. There will be events from toddlers to U16. Children must be from the Abbeyfeale Community Games Area. There will also be novelty events on the night. Any adult or youth who is willing to help out or for further information please ring Maurice Cullinane on 087 6315169.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Fealefit Couch to 10k training every Friday. training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness, this is a beginners program to allow you first conquer the 5k and progress to 10k and all in preparation for our Festival 10k July 18 Gather by the Feale’s ‘ Race to the Title ‘. Training continues this Friday @6.15pm at Fealefit, Abbeyfeale. Dublin Marathon Training commences start of July! Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming Events!

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will takes place from June 21 -26. For further details contactpilgrimage

WEST LIMERICK TOURISM: West Limerick Tourism is a voluntary organisation established to raise the profile of tourism in West Limerick and to foster a spirit of support and co-operation among the tourism and hospitality trade in West Limerick. West Limerick Tourism has a committee of nine drawn from various sectors including accommodation, visitor attractions, retail & pubs, visitor services and heritage. West Limerick Tourism has a membership of approximately forty but would like more businesses to get involved. The annual membership rate is €30 and a membership form can be obtained by e-mailing visitwestlimerickmedia. Please note that accommodation providers must be Failte Ireland approved.

SUMMER BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club “Summer Bridge" will be starting Thursday May 21 at 7.30pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, members, beginners and visitors all welcome.

BREAKING TRAD: Congratulations to our own Donal Murphy, eldest son of the late Dan R.I.P and Maureen Murphy, Main St. who has recently formed a new traditional band entitled Breaking Trad alongside fiddle player Niall Murphy, multi-instrumentalist Mick Galvin and singer songwriter Lisa Canny who plays the harp and banjo. Between them, they have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and music venues and touring with some of the biggest names in several different music genres including Four Men and a Dog, Cara Dillon, De Dannan, Dance star Michael Flatley, Bluegrass guitarist/singer Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss and Union Station), Country legend Randy Travis and many more. Their music has been described as ‘Dazzling’, ‘unorthodox and unique’, and ‘high octane’ and it has been said that they are reviving traditional music with a fresh and modern twist.

They launched their first album entitled ‘Breaking Trad’ at the recent Fleadh by the Feale and we wish them great success with it. The album is available from www.donalmurphy.net, CDbaby, iTunes and all good records stores throughout the country.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: For the continued success of this meeting we urgently need new committee members. Anyone interested can contact Toddy McMahon on 0872029395, or Vincent O’Connor on 087 1470013.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Saturday May 30 – Monday June 1. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

GATES CLOSING: Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

EASIER PARENTING COURSE: The Adult Education Centre every Tuesday. Booking Mary 087 9382882.

I.C.A.: Our meetings are held at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members are always welcome.

INFORMATION EVENING IN MILFORD: The Next Bereavement Support Information Evening will take place in Milford Care Centre on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 7.00-8.30pm. The bereavement information evening is designed to give general information on grief and bereavement to bereaved people, their family and friends. Members of the Bereavement Service will be in attendance to provide general information on grief and bereavement.

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: Thursday 10am Tim & Ellen Healy, Caherlane & Eily Healy London and Caherlane. No 8.15am Mass on Friday morning. Friday Mass @ 7.30pm At Killeenagh Well. Saturday 11am Hannah Mai O’Connor, Bogmount nee Broderick. Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7pm Bridget, Patsy, Danjoe & Jeremiah Murphy, Banard. Sunday 9.30am Patrick & Vera O’Connell Purt . 12noon Tim & Margaret Finnucane, St Ita’s Terrace.

Novena to St. Joseph Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena each Friday morning at 10am. Adoration every Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and Monday, Wednesday 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. The Rosary will be held at 7.30pm every evening during May. CHY3 Forms Tax Rebate Scheme Many thanks for the generous financial support you are giving to our Parish. Thanks to people like yourselves, the Parish can benefit from the Tax rebate Scheme available to Charities. Contributions that exceed €250 can help the Parish through this scheme if you are liable for Income Tax of any form including pensions, we hope that you will consider filling out the CHY3 form. You may be aware that the Minister for Finance announced changes to the operation of the Charity Donation Scheme in the Budget 2012. The main changes announced are as follows. 1. Donations from all parishioners both PAYE and Self— Assessed are now treated the same with the tax refund being repaid to the charity in all cases. 2. A new enduring certificate CHY3 is now being issued and is valid for five year and may be renewed at the end of that period. If you are happy to participate in the scheme please fill in your CHY3 form signed and dated and return to Fr John O’Shea. Thanking you for your support. The amount returned to our Parish for last year through the CHY3 forms was €18,764.53. We thank you for making this cheque possible. If you have mislaid the form a new one can be got through the office.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A support programme for Adults is held every Thursday night 7.30 – 9pm. The local group can be contacted at 068 31203/31262, 31741, 31322 or 51894.

LSSC COUNSELLING PROJECT:CLast year the Counselling Project at Limerick Social Services Council worked with over 850 people from Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock, Newcastle West, Rathkeale Limerick City and beyond. We do so quietly and with respect for the depression, stress, bereavement and relationship difficulties that people faced and we aim to keep doing it. If you want more information or wish to enquire about our project, please contact our Centre on 061-314111 MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6 -9pm. New members are always very welcome.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: “The last few weeks I have spent at home in my native Asdee, feeling my body heal and valuing this time though it hasn’t always been easy to experience. A few months ago our great local poet Brendan Kennelly wrote to me a personal letter of support and in it he quoted from his memorable poem "Begin":
"Though we live in a world that thinks of ending,
That always seems about to give in,
Something that will not acknowledge conclusion
Insists that we forever begin"
How often have I felt that truth affirmed as I am relearning the taste of food and tried to return to some normal way of eating. The first real taste that registered was a new potato with salt and butter melting down along its sides!
Mention of Brendan Kennelly reminds me of a story he told me years ago when as a student in university he was in his father’s garage one day when a man on a tractor drove in from Asdee. Brendan couldn’t help noticing the book he had in his coat pocket. It was James Joyce’s Dubliners and Martin Mulvihill, for that is who it was, gave Brendan a frank and a fair assessment of what he thought of the book, such was Martin’s varied interests.
Martin Mulvihill, our neighbour, our community activist, our mentor died in his 90th year last week, in our parish here. We all sympathised with his loving wife Peggy and family but we all felt the loss of such a sincere leader in our community, who made faith real for us all in a life giving and humorous way. To remember Martin is to feel inspired and to want to contribute in a life giving way to the people around you, wherever you are.
“Moltair e ages sin in ar dtost,” as they say in the Irish, he is praised even when we are silent.
This morning comes news of the death of Mike Walsh of Duagh. Mike was a warrior. He, and his two sisters, had their lives seriously interrupted by the medical condition known as Fredericks Ataxia from their mid twenties onwards. Having buried his two sisters, Mike lived out his life with his inspiring and loving mother in Lisrue. Over the last few weeks Margaret was able to care for Mike at home in a loving atmosphere, helped by Theresa and Bob, family, neighbours, friends and carers. It’s a gift to us all to experience the inspiring lived life and faith that Margaret and Mike showed us all. It is a home where Heaven touches Earth and we all have sensed the love and healing from beyond in Margaret’s presence.
My friends Bob and David drew my attention to the healing words of Thomas Merton:
"When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in Autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat, when we see children in a moment that they are really children, when we know love in our hearts or when, like the Japanese poet Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash –
At such times the awakening,
the turning inside out of all values,
the newness,
the emptiness and the purity of vision that makes themselves evident,
all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance"
Martin Mulvihill, Mike Walsh the Warrior and Margaret Walsh we know through your witness that there is a cosmic dance going on and that Beauty shines with a light from beyond itself.
Love is the name of that light.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: An Arts & Craft Fair will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Sunday May 31 from 11 am. Free admission.

WRITERS WEEK LITERARY AND HISTORICAL TOUR: Listowel Writers’ Week Literary & Historical Tour departs on Saturday, May 3O at 2 pm and will visit Ballylongford & Tarbert. Tickets available at (068) 21074 or online at www.writersweek.ie.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION SEMINAR: Towards 2016 – A Drug and Alcohol Prevention Seminar. SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday June 17, 2015. The Mid-West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum and the Western Region Drugs Task Force in partnership with the Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Limerick want to hear your voice! Join us for the big THINK IN…An interactive seminar to consider good practice and the future direction of prevention work in the drug and alcohol sector. HAVE YOUR SAY.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will be held in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday May 28 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

IRISH DANCING: The popular Irish Step dancing and Sean Nos Dancing classes continue in the Top of the Town each Thursday evening with step dancing at 7pm and Sean Nos following at 8pm. Beginners most welcome.

CALLING ALL FARMERS: Willie O’Regan Farm Consultant 087 9796914 is available to help with applications for the Glas scheme.

MAUREEN’S JUNE DAY TRIP: We are going to the beautiful Glen of Aherlow on Sunday, June 21 which will be at this time of year a blaze of colour. Also we will go to Swiss Cottage in Cahir and we will be having our breakfast and dinner in Kilfinane. Names are being taken now so if you’re interested in a good day out now is the time to contact Maureen 087 9845102.

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RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn has changed the date of her Monagae Rambling House to the 2nd Monday of each month instead of the 3rd so the next one will be Monday, June 8 and everyone is welcome – singers, storytellers, musicians, dancers and those who just like to sit and listen and enjoy. Every performance needs an audience. 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).

COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE INTERNET: Joe’s Country Kingdom www.irishcountrymusicradio.com Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time)

Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.

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PROLOGUE: "Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing."
William James.

100 YEARS A GROWING: Meenkilly N.S. is holding its Centenary Celebration on Saturday, June 13. The celebrations will start with the celebration of Mass by Bishop Brendan Leahy at 12 noon and will be followed by light refreshments and live entertainment. This is a Community Celebration and all present and past pupils are invited as well as members of the wider community. The organising committee have made every effort to contact all past pupils. Apologies for any omissions so please accept this as your invitation.

KEYS FOUND: A set of keys were found at the front of the Parish Community Garden, the keys look like safe keys. Contact Fr. Joe.

REMEMBERING ZOE: The first annual remembering zoe w/e was a huge success thanks to the weather, the volunteers who helped, the people who provided the food, entertainment, marshalling, all those who donated spot prizes, sponsorship or their time. We cannot forget all the cyclists who took part in the first ever Cycle Challenge events and whom we look forward to welcoming back next year. We will have a full report in the coming weeks.

ROSARY AT KILLEENAGH BLESSED WELL: The Rosary will be held at the Holy well every Friday during May at 8pm with Mass on the last Friday in May.

CLASS CEILI: Josephine O’Connor will be holding a ceili at Fr. Casey’s on Saturday, May 30 from 9pm for all her students.

THIRD ANNUAL GATHER BY THE FEALE JULY 16-19: Just 9 weeks to go until the third annual Gather by the Feale kicks off on Thursday, July 16 with A Cradle of Swans at the Glorach Theatre – a mix of music, visual art, drama and the spoken word. As well, the Carnival will open in the Square, the Bat walk takes place in the Town Park and the Darts Run gets underway. Then on Friday the Food and Craft Fair on the Cobbles on Friday will be followed by a visit to Fitzgeralds Stables for the under 13’s, the children’s novelty fancy dress motor parade down the Main St. takes place from 6.30pm and will be followed by the Battle of the Feale, the Carnival in the Square and the Cinema under the Stars as well as entertainment in various pubs around town. Saturday is a packed day with The Race for the Title setting off at 10am, the Soapbox Derby down the Hill Road starting at 2pm and continuing until 6pm, Spin City in the Square, Hermitage Green in the Marquee at the Grove supported by No Direction and Sound as a Pound and all that will be followed by live music in various pubs. Sunday brings the festival to a close but not before the Family Fun Day in the Grove which will include the All Ireland Tug of War and Sheaf Tossing events, Zorb soccer tournament, Berge Motor Track, Bouncy Castles, face painting, arts and crafts, games and all the things that go to make a family have a fun day out. To round off the evening we have the much anticipated Battle of the DJ’s in the festival Marquee and of course the town will be buzzing with music in the pubs. Stamina will be required in bucket loads!

COMMUNITY MEETING ABBEYFEALE: West Limerick Resources, in cooperation with the Abbeyfeale Community Development Association (ACDA), is holding a public meeting in the Glorach Theatre Abbeyfeale this Thursday May 21 at 7.30pm to consult with the Community on developing the most appropriate community structures in Abbeyfeale to assist with the implementation of the recently prepared Community Enhancement Plan. West Limerick Resources has agreed to facilitate this meeting which will examine what is currently in place in the town and help assess and implement any changes required. This meeting is your opportunity to have an input into the final format of this structure and to play and active role in enhancing Abbeyfeale for the benefit of all. All are welcome

LIMERICK BEEKEEPER ASSOCIATION: Membership details can be found on the following website: http://www.limerickbees.net

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. Group meets on a weekly basis and are open to old and new members of all ages. Activities include training, information sessions etc. The times are as follows: Abbeyfeale, The Old Tech, and 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.

YOUTH CLUBS: All clubs meet in the town park at 7pm- 8.30pm on Friday evening, weather permitting. Friday is last chance to pay for anyone that wants to go to Oakwood or Jamie Knox or the Burren. Registration for the first year club is on Thursday 21 from 7.30-8pm in St. Ita’s Hall. All young people must be accompanied by an adult and due to a limited spaces its first come first served. Registration is €10.

ATHLETICS EVENING: Abbeyfeale Community Games will be holding our Athletics evening on Tuesday, May 26 in the GAA field. Registration at 6pm with races starting at 6.30 SHARP. There will be events from toddlers to U16. Children must be from the Abbeyfeale Community Games Area. There will also be novelty events on the night. Any adult or youth who is willing to help out or for further information please ring Maurice Cullinane on 087 6315169.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will takes place from June 21 -26. For further details contactpilgrimage

WEST LIMERICK TOURISM: West Limerick Tourism is a voluntary organisation established to raise the profile of tourism in West Limerick and to foster a spirit of support and co-operation among the tourism and hospitality trade in West Limerick. West Limerick Tourism has a committee of nine drawn from various sectors including accommodation, visitor attractions, retail & pubs, visitor services and heritage. West Limerick Tourism has a membership of approximately forty but would like more businesses to get involved. The annual membership rate is €30 and a membership form can be obtained by e-mailing visitwestlimerickmedia. Please note that accommodation providers must be Failte Ireland approved.

SUMMER BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club “Summer Bridge" will be starting Thursday May 21 at 7.30pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, members, beginners and visitors all welcome. Abbeyfeale Bridge Club, "Club Championship" was held over the last two Thursday nights, results:-1st Marian Flannery and Betty O’Leary, 2nd Ann Eggleston and Gerardine Ward. 3rd Maureen Dillane and Mary Moloney. Our sincere congratulations to all winners.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY: The Wednesday club wishes to thank everyone who supported their tea day, on behalf of above society, at the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale. The total amount raised was €473- 52.

BANK OF IRELAND NATIONAL ENTERPRISE WEEK: We are having a ‘Digi Awareness’evening with late opening on Tuesday May 19 (6 to 8pm) and will have some members of the Banks social media Team on hand with sample devices to demonstrate use of Tablets/ smartphones as well as the Banks website. While our focus is how these items can be used to make banking easier we would welcome general enquiries (”bring along your own new smartphone!”) and interest as we all get to grips with the myriad of new options arising. The following morning on Wednesday, May 20 we will host a Business Networking Coffee morning 10 – 11am in branch and the social media team will be on hand to talk about social Media including Facebook /Linkedin Twitter etc. We would like to extend the invitation to local business people to call by and get some useful practical pointers. The hope is that a similar networking and exchange of contacts could take place at another venue later in the summer. The twice yearly Show Your Business opportunity for businesses to showcase in branch will this year be available each Thursday and Friday through May.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: For the continued success of this meeting we urgently need new committee members. Anyone interested can contact Toddy McMahon on 0872029395, or Vincent O’Connor on 087 1470013.

GRADUATION MASS IN COLÁISTE IDE AGUS IOSEF: Mass at 7pm. Congratulations to all students who are graduating and best wishes for their new lives starting from mid June when the exams will be done and dusted.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Saturday May 30 – Monday June 1. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

CLEAN UP: Please come to St. Mary’s Graveyard at 11am on Saturday morning next to bring it back to its former glory.

TOWN PARK NOTES: Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

EASIER PARENTING COURSE: The Adult Education Centre every Tuesday. Booking Mary 087 9382882.

I.C.A.: Our meetings are held at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members are always 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: Thursday 10am James and Mary Scully, Mountmahon. Friday 8.15am Joan Broderick, Shanbally. Friday 10am Eileen, Micheal J and deceased family members of the Broderick family.Saturday 11am Nora Moloney, Knocknasna. 7pm Kathleen Wren, New St., Denis Barry, Clash Road. Sunday 9.30am William and Eileen Healy, Ballaugh, 12 nooon Nora Flynn and deceased family members. Denny Ann O’Connor, Kilconlea Lwr. Monday 25 7pm Mary Ita McCarthy, Shanbally.

Novena to St. Joseph Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena each Friday morning at 10am. Adoration every Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and Monday, Wednesday 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. The Rosary will be held at 7.30pm every evening during May.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A support programme for Adults is held every Thursday night 7.30 – 9pm. The local group can be contacted at 068 31203/31262, 31741, 31322 or 51894.

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

DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION SEMINAR: Towards 2016 – A Drug and Alcohol Prevention Seminar. SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday June 17, 2015. The Mid-West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum and the Western Region Drugs Task Force in partnership with the Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Limerick want to hear your voice! Join us for the big THINK IN…An interactive seminar to consider good practice and the future direction of prevention work in the drug and alcohol sector. HAVE YOUR SAY.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will be held in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday May 28 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

CLASSICAL DELIGHTS: On Wednesday May 20 St. Mary’s Cathedral Killarney welcomes the Eastern Kentucky University Choir with a classical repertoire. All welcome, admission free, concert begins at 8 pm.

IRISH DANCING: The popular Irish Step dancing and Sean Nos Dancing classes continue in the Top of the Town each Thursday evening with step dancing at 7pm and Sean Nos following at 8pm. Beginners most welcome.

CALLING ALL FARMERS: Willie O’Regan Farm Consultant 087 9796914 is available to help with applications for the Glas scheme.

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, May 20. Further information from Bridget on 087 2343227.

MAUREEN’S JUNE DAY TRIP: We are going to the beautiful Glen of Aherlow on Sunday, June 21 which will be at this time of year a blaze of colour. Also we will go to Swiss Cottage in Cahir and we will be having our breakfast and dinner in Kilfinane. Names are being taken now so if you’re interested in a good day out now is the time to contact Maureen 087 9845102.

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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).

COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE INTERNET: Joe’s Country Kingdom www.irishcountrymusicradio.com Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time)

Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.


PROLOGUE: "Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world."
Helen Keller

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Paddy O’Loughlin, Dromtrasna Collins whose death occurred recently. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathies to Fr. Joe Foley on the death of two of his uncles recently.

REMEMBERING ZOE: It’s here at last – all the meetings, all the planning, all the preparations have come to fruition and the Remembering Zoe weekend kicks off next Friday night. The weekend starts at the Glorach Theatre at 8pm and features Zoe’s friends, the songs of One Direction, comedy, traditional music, song and dance and much more. Tickets are at a premium with only a few remaining so contact Producer/Director Margaret Curtin on 087 7565361. Then Saturday morning the Cycle of the 8 Parishes sets off from Fr. Casey’s at 10am followed by the Circuit of Abbeyfeale at 1.00pm. There will be entertainment and food provided at Fr. Casey’s all day for the cyclists. Later that night Michael Collins and his band are the star act at the Benefit Dance in the Sports Complex at Fr. Casey’s – tickets €10 available from committee members, Ann Lyons, The Square and on the door. Sunday will bring the weekend to a close with something for all the family at the GAA grounds from 2pm. There will be a Dog Show, camogie blitz, athletics, an obstacle course, basketball blitz as well as bouncy castles, hair braiding and all followed by a kiddies disco from 6 – 7.30pm. If you have any energy left Ivan Ryan will perform in the Clubhouse from 7.30pm – 10pm thus bringing the first annual Remembering Zoe weekend to an end. The committee have received wonderful spot prizes including two tickets for Ed Sheerin, a child’s bicycle, a night in the George Hotel, a voucher for Bellisimo, signed jerseys and much much more so a raffle will take place over all the weekend with cards available in local shops and at the different venues. The proceeds of the weekend will be divided between Bru Columbanus and FirstLight with a donation already made to the Hope Foundation. Plans are already in train for this weekend to become an annual event thus ensuring that little Zoe will remain at the heart of this community and never be forgotten.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale in aid of WL102fm will take place at the Community Centre, Newcastle west on Sunday next May 17. Gates open at 7.30am. The station will shortly be celebrating 10 years on air and the car boot sale is an integral part of the fundraising effort to help it stay on air.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The gates of the churchyard will be locked next Friday evening to allow for parking for First Holy Communion next Saturday, May 16 at 11am.

ROSARY AT KILLEENAGH BLESSED WELL: The Rosary will be held at the Holy well every Friday during May at 8pm with Mass on the last Friday in May.

CLASS CEILI: Josephine O’Connor will be holding a ceili at Fr. Casey’s on Saturday, May 30 from 9pm for all her students.

THIRD ANNUAL GATHER BY THE FEALE JULY 16-19: We are just finalising the details for the planned festival and have confirmed Hermitage Green – the acoustic folk rock group from Limerick as our headline act for the Festival Marquee on Saturday, July 18. Other highlights will include A Cradle of Swans at the Glorach Theatre – a mix of music, visual art, drama and the spoken word, the annual Food and Craft Fair on the Cobbles in the Square, the Family Fun Day, the first annual Race for the Title (Athletics Ireland 10k Road Race and mini athletics), Cinema under the Stars, the first annual Soapbox Derby down the Hill Road, Spin City amusements in the Square, a darts run and much, much more.

Guaranteed loads of family entertainment so be sure and mark it in the diary because Abbeyfeale will be the place to be next July.

WESTMEATH BEATS WEXFORD WITH AID OF LIMERICK MAN: James Birmingham son of Helen Finucane from St. Ita’s Terrace plays centre back on the Westmeath minor hurling team which beat Wexford by 3 points last Saturday. Helen is the sister of Paddy Finucane who is the Chairman of the local Fianna Fail cumann and King of St. Ita’s Wrenboys.

BANK OF IRELAND NATIONAL ENTERPRISE WEEK: We are having a ‘Digi Awareness’evening with late opening on Tuesday May 19 (6 to 8pm) and will have some members of the Banks social media Team on hand with sample devices to demonstrate use of Tablets/ smartphones as well as the Banks website. While our focus is how these items can be used to make banking easier we would welcome general enquiries (”bring along your own new smartphone!”) and interest as we all get to grips with the myriad of new options arising. The following morning on Wednesday, May 20 we will host a Business Networking Coffee morning 10 – 11am in branch and the social media team will be on hand to talk about social Media including Facebook /Linkedin Twitter etc. We would like to extend the invitation to local business people to call by and get some useful practical pointers. The hope is that a similar networking and exchange of contacts could take place at another venue later in the summer. The twice yearly Show Your Business opportunity for businesses to showcase in branch will this year be available each Thursday and Friday through May.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: For the continued success of this meeting we urgently need new committee members. Anyone interested can contact Toddy McMahon on 0872029395, or Vincent O’Connor on 087 1470013.

YOUTH CLUB: No clubs this weekend due to Remembering Zoe w/e. Registration for the first year club is the on Thursday 21 from 7.30-8pm. All young people must be accompanied by an adult and due to a limited spaces its first come first served. Registration is €10.

TOWN PARK NOTES: It was with deep disappointment and great regret that due to the extreme weather conditions our Annual Dog Show had to be postponed on Sunday last. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the good news is that we have re-scheduled the event for Sunday June 7 at 2.00 p.m. We hope for a good day next time. The latest arrival to the park are rabbits. They are usually seen early in the morning or late in the evening just below the basketball court. So if you walk quietly along the path you will see them in the grass. . Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

FEALE FIT: Well done to all the Fealefit crew who came out and supported Darkness into light 5k run / walk last Saturday morning at 4.15am.Great turn out for a great cause. Fealefit Couch to 10k training every friday. training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness, this is a beginners program to allow you first conquer the 5k and progress to 10k and all in preparation for our Festival 10k July 18, Gather by the Feale’s ‘ Race to the Title ‘ Training continues this Friday @6.15pm at the Railway Abbeyfeale. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming Events! Any Volunteers for the Remembering Zoe Funday May 17please contact Shane 087 2891015

I.C.A.: Due to unforeseen circumstances it became necessary to switch our activities for the meetings on Tuesday May 12 & 19. . We are now holding our auction on Tuesday May 12 and our final session of Pilates on Tuesday May 19. Our meetings are held at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members are always 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: Novena to St. Joseph Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena each Friday morning at 10am. Adoration every Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and Monday, Wednesday 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. The Rosary will be held at 7.30pm every evening during May.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A support programme for Adults is held every Thursday night 7.30 – 9pm. The local group can be contacted at 068 31203/31262, 31741, 31322 or 51894.

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

IRISH DANCING: The popular Irish Step dancing and Sean Nos Dancing classes continue in the Top of the Town each Thursday evening with step dancing at 7pm and Sean Nos following at 8pm. Beginners most welcome.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: It is a long time since I wrote an entry. These weeks have been filled with a lot of sleep, huge awareness of the activities in every part of my body and the weakness that follows. Nothing readies you for it but life is lived forward and understood or felt back ways so often. I have been singularly blessed in being able to accept a new pace of life and able to find that there is so much so close. I have been drinking through a straw, had no appetite for food, no taste buds. To a meal I bring a deck of cards to play solitaire a few times (I prefer cards to the iPad, it doesn’t allow you cheat!). Last week I thought the taste for ice cream was back after seeing an ad for a white magnum, but alas it wasn’t for the ice cream! Why am I telling you this, because I was able for it and it wasn’t that hard as I felt my way through it? I find a great willingness in me to trust and this is a blessing too. Being surrounded by positive people and ideas helps, I’m thinking now of John Moriarty’s story. The old woman who lived out her final years alone, by her fireside, between her table and bed hardly ever leaving home “and I have only two teeth left in my head, but thank God, isn’t one opposite the other”!!

CALLING ALL FARMERS: Willie O’Regan Farm Consultant 087 9796914 is available to help with applications for the Glas scheme.

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, May 20. Further information from Bridget on 087 2343227.

MAUREEN’S JUNE DAY TRIP: We are going to the beautiful Glen of Aherlow on Sunday, June 21 which will be at this time of year a blaze of colour. Also we will go to Swiss Cottage in Cahir and we will be having our breakfast and dinner in Kilfinane. Names are being taken now so if you’re interested in a good day out now is the time to contact Maureen 087 9845102.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will takes place from June 21 -26. For further details contactpilgrimage

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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).

COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE INTERNET: Joe’s Country Kingdom www.irishcountrymusicradio.com Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time)

Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.

GREEN RIBBON EVENT: Limerick Mental Health Association is a non-profit organisation, which aims are to promote positive mental health awareness, to reduce the stigma that attached to mental health and to support people who experience mental health difficulties. In May, ‘See Change’, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership is rolling out a month long national green ribbon campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems. Limerick Mental Association are holding a Green Ribbon Event on Sunday, May 17 in the Limerick Milk Market with information stalls, music, and children’s entertainment as it is so important to promote open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact Amanda at No: 3 Sexton Street, Limerick. Telephone: lecheilelimerick

TRIP TO BLOOM CANCELLED: Bloom Garden Festival on Sunday, May 31 has been CANCELLED due to insufficient numbers. Bloom Garden Festival runs from Thursday, May 28 – Monday, June 1 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. For those who wish to make their own travel arrangements take the train from Limerick to Hueston Station and there is a free shuttle bus service direct to the park.

HAVE YOU A SPECIAL RECIPE: Do you have a recipe with the wow factor that your family and friends love to see you cooking for them? If so, you could see it on the specials’ boards in one of Listowel’s finest restaurants during the Listowel Food Fair and win €200! All you have to do is email the recipe details to info The organisers of Ireland’s longest running food festival, which takes place 18-21 June, will shortlist eight recipes and the chefs in four of Listowel’s restaurants will include two of them on the menu during service on Saturday 20 June. The owner of the recipe used to create the dish that is ordered the most will be crowned the culinary champion. Entry deadline is next Monday 18 May 2015 and full details are on the Listowel Food Fair websitewww.listowelfoodfair.ie Bon Appetit!


PROLOGUE:
"A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument."
Author Unknown

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The last Tea Dance for the season is next Sunday at Fr. Casey’s, Abbeyfeale with dancing to the Kentucky Ramblers from 3-6pm. Teas served, Raffle. Proceeds to Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden. All welcome.

ANNUAL TOWN PARK DOG SHOW SUNDAY MAY 10: The biggest and best Fun Dog Show in Munster takes place on this Sunday May 10in Abbeyfeale Town Park. Judging in 12 classes along with many other side events including, guess the name of the puppy, great raffle, and lots more. Lots of additional rosettes this year. Refreshments available on site. A great day out for all the family – this is a fundraiser for the upkeep of our beautiful town park. So please come along on Sunday May 10 starting at 2.00 p.m. Don’t let the weather deter you – as marquees will be erected if required.

REMEMBERING ZOË: The weekend in honour of the late Zoë Scannell is almost upon us with a full schedule of events planned to commemorate a special little girl much loved and always missed by her family and the wider community of Abbeyfeale. On Friday, May 15 there will be a variety concert in the Glorach starting at 8pm sharp. Tickets at €10 are in demand so contact Margaret Curtin on 087 7565361. Then on Saturday morning we have the 8 parish Cycle Challenge leaving Fr. Casey’s at 10am for a 105 km tour of West Limerick followed by a local 35km cycle leaving at 1pm. Registration for both cycles will open at Fr. Casey’s on Friday, May 15 from 7-9pm and again the following morning from 8 -9.30am and later from 11am – 12.30pm. Contact John 087 2258808 for further details. Later that evening we will have dancing to the Michael Collins Band in the Sports Complex at Fr. Casey’s from 9-late with Micheal and his band promising to send everyone home sweatin’ Admission €10. Sunday will bring the weekend to a fitting close with a Family Fun Day at Fr. Casey’s grounds from 2-6pm. A raffle will run all weekend with two tickets for Ed. Sheeran among the many prizes. All proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Bru Columbanus and FirstLight.

THIRD ANNUAL GATHER BY THE FEALE JULY 16-19: A huge thank you to all the volunteers from so many different organizations in the parish who helped us bag pack in Tesco two weeks ago and over the weekend in Supervalue . Thank you too, to all the people who gave us donations as they did their shopping. We are just finalising the details for the planned festival and have confirmed Hermitage Green – the acoustic folk rock group from Limerick as our headline act for the Festival Marquee on Saturday, July 18. Other highlights will include A Cradle of Swans at the Glorach Theatre – a mix of music, visual art, drama and the spoken word, the annual Food and Craft Fair on the Cobbles in the Square, the Family Fun Day, the first annual Race for the Title (Athletics Ireland 10k Road Race and mini athletics), Cinema under the Stars, the first annual Soapbox Derby down the Hill Road, Spin City amusements in the Square, a darts run and much, much more. Guaranteed loads of family entertainment so be sure and mark it in the diary because Abbeyfeale will be the place to be next July.

BENEFIT DANCE: A special dance in aid of the Remembering Zoe Benefit fund will be held at the Sports Complex at Fr. Casey’s on Saturday, May 16 with dancing to Michael Collins Band from 9pm.

KNOCKNASNA N.S. STUDENTS CLEAN UP: Well done to the pupils, parents and teachers in Knocknasna N.S., who carried out a big Spring Clean of the area before the Easter Holidays.

TOWN PARK NEWS: The first clutch of moorhen chicks of 2015 has hatched in the park. They are sheltering on the island in the pond and can be seen swimming in that area following their parents. The chicks are gorgeous, black and fluffy, a wonderful sight for young and old. This is also the time of the year when you will see the newts late in the evening. The newt is like a tiny crocodile, about 2 inches long, and is one of only three native amphibians, the others being the frog and the natterjack toad. The Annual Town Park Dog Show on Sunday May 10 is fast approaching. The students of all the primary schools in the area are preparing their pets for the show. We hope for a large turnout on the day, along with sunshine. Please note that for the summer months the town park gate will be locked each night at 9.00 p.m.

BANK OF IRELAND NATIONAL ENTERPRISE WEEK: We are having a ‘Digi Awareness’evening with late opening on Tuesday May 19 (6 to 8pm) and will have some members of the Banks social media Team on hand with sample devices to demonstrate use of Tablets/ smartphones as well as the Banks website. While our focus is how these items can be used to make banking easier we would welcome general enquiries (”bring along your own new smartphone!”) and interest as we all get to grips with the myriad of new options arising. The following morning on Wednesday, May 20 we will host a Business Networking Coffee morning 10 – 11am in branch and the social media team will be on hand to talk about social Media including Facebook /Linkedin Twitter etc. We would like to extend the invitation to local business people to call by and get some useful practical pointers. The hope is that a similar networking and exchange of contacts could take place at another venue later in the summer. The twice yearly Show Your Business opportunity for businesses to showcase in branch will this year be available each Thursday and Friday through May.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: For the continued success of this meeting we urgently need new committee members. Anyone interested can contact Toddy McMahon on 0872029395, or Vincent O’Connor on 087 1470013.

YOUTH CLUB: All clubs are meeting at 6.45pm on Friday evening and everyone to wear comfortable footwear. Registration for the first year club is the on Thursday 21 from 7.30-8pm. All young people must be accompanied by an adult and due to a limited spaces its first come first served. Registration is €10.

I.C.A. Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday May 5. Due to unforeseen circumstances it became necessary to switch our activities for the meetings on Tuesday May 12 & 19. . We are now holding our auction on Tuesday May 12 and our final session of Pilates on Tuesday May 19. Our meetings are held at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members are always 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: Novena to St. Joseph Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena each Friday morning at 10am. Adoration every Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 10pm and Monday, Wednesday 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.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A support programme for Adults is held every Thursday night 7.30 – 9pm. The local group can be contacted at 068 31203/31262, 31741, 31322 or 51894.

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

IRISH DANCING: The popular Irish Step dancing and Sean Nos Dancing classes continue in the Top of the Town each Thursday evening with step dancing at 7pm and Sean Nos following at 8pm. Beginners most welcome.

CALLING ALL FARMERS: Willie O’Regan Farm Consultant 087 9796914 is available to help with applications for the Glas scheme.

COMMEMORATION FOR TIMOTHY O’NEILL LANE: Our commemoration will be held on May 9, 2015. Blessing of the Timothy O’Neill Lane grave in the Old Graveyard, Brosna, Co. Kerry will take place at 3p.m. on Saturday afternoon. An t-Athair Mícheál de Listiún will officiate. Afterwards we will retire to Halla Inse Bháin, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick, where we will have the unveiling of an outdoor display table, outlining the life and times of Timothy and a reception will take place in the Halla. Our reassembly here will be c.4.15 p.m. A book stall will operate in the halla for the sale of “The West Limerick Man, Who Wrote a Dictionary” by Seán Mac an tSionnaigh(12 euro) and “Focal agus Foclóireacht T.O’Neill Lane” by Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh.(10 euro). A bus will be organised to run from Templeglantine at 2 p.m. to the graveyard in Brosna returning directly afterwards to Halla Inse Bháin, in Templeglantine for the unveiling of table display and reception, arriving there at c.4.15p.m.The return journey will take in O’Neill Lane country at its best, including Mountcollins, Knocknadiha, Gurteen – ancestral home, the National School in Templeglantine and finally Halla Inse Bháin, Templeglantine. The bus is free. A plaque will be placed in Gurteen on another occasion and an indoor one will be presented to the National School, Templeglantine. All welcome on the day.

DAY TRIP TO BLOOM: Day Trip to Bloom 2015 Festival of Gardens on Sunday, May 31. If there is sufficient interest we will take a bus. Concession tickets for Senior Citizens booked on line €15 each – if booked on site on the day €17. Each person would be responsible for booking their own ticket. If you are interested please contact me as soon as possible. Maureen 087 9845102.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: Walk/Run will take place in Newcastle west on May 9 @ 4.15am in aid of Pieta House.

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, May 6. Further information from Bridget on 087 2343227.

MAUREEN’S JUNE DAY TRIP: We are going to the beautiful Glen of Aherlow on Sunday, June 21 which will be at this time of year a blaze of colour. Also we will go to Swiss Cottage in Cahir and we will be having our breakfast and dinner in Kilfinane. Names are being taken now so if you’re interested in a good day out now is the time to contact Maureen 087 9845102.

ALZHEIMERS TEA DAY – A Day to Remember: – please support Alzheimer’s Tea Day and cake sale at the Red Door, The Square, Newcastle West on Thursday May 7 from 10 – 4pm. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland is over thirty years in existence providing care and family support. Every euro raised locally on tea day assists in the provision of ongoing services for families in Co. Limerick.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will takes place from June 21 -26. For further details contactpilgrimage

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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).

COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE INTERNET: Joe’s Country Kingdom www.irishcountrymusicradio.com Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time)

Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.