PROLOGUE: "Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway."
John Wayne.

DEATH; The death has occurred of Catherine Lyons (née Dennehy) Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale, wife of the late Pat. We offer our sincere sympathy to her bereaved family. May she rest in peace. We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late Mrs. Nolan nee O’Connell, Purt and Tournafulla.

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: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the rescheduled Annual Town Park Dog Show takes place this Sunday June 7. at 2.00 p.m. in Abbeyfeale Town Park. A great day out for all the family is guaranteed. Dogs will be judged in 12 different classes and rosettes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. and any other dogs that catch the judge’s eye. A raffle will also take place. The top prize this year is a scale model remote control Formula 1 racing car, along with various other prizes and vouchers. Food and refreshments will also be available on the day. We hope that the summer weather will have arrived by Sunday, so please come along if you can and support your local park.

CHURCH DOOR COLLECTION: St. Ita’s Faith Camp will hold a church door collection next weekend at all Masses to help with funding the annual camp which is taking place from August 4-7 in the Boys N.S. Further details from Martina 087 2788834.

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

NATIONAL SUNDFLOWER DAYS: Takes place next weekend with all funds collected going to Milford Hospice.

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

HORSE AND PONY RACING: The Launch of the annual Races in Relihan’s Inch on Sunday 21 takes place on Friday night in Donal and Ann’s. All welcome.

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.

THIRD ANNUAL GATHER BY THE FEALE JULY 16-19: There are less than 7 weeks to go before the mayhem begins and the third annual Gather by the Feale gets underway. Indeed all interests are catered for this year with the Carnival in the Square, the Bat walk, Darts Tournament, Food and Craft Fair, children’s novelty fancy dress motor parade, the Battle of the Businesses, Outdoor Cinema, the first annual 10k Race for the Title and the first annual Soapbox Derby. That’s not to forget the All Ireland Tug of War and Sheaf Tossing, Zorb Soccer, arts and crafts, Fitzgeralds Stables for the under 13’s,, Hermitage Green in the Marquee at the Grove supported by No Direction and Sound as a Pound, Battle of the DJ’s and live music in various pubs and of course, if the arts are your thing then check out A Cradle of Swans at the Glorach Theatre – a mix of music, visual art, drama and the spoken word. There will be plenty of surprises as well so book your holidays and prepare to be entertained, amused and enthralled by what the committee have come up with this year.

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.

SAM MAGUIRE COMES TO BALLAUGH: Paddy Finucane was in touch to say that Sam Maguire will be accompanied by two Kerry footballers when he comes across the border next Sunday at 2pm and calls to Martin Wards at Healy’s Forge. This is a fundraiser for St. Ita’s Hospital.

COMMUNITY MUSIC INVITATION: Drumming Workshop with John Bowker, renowned drumming facilitator will take place in Glorach Theatre Abbeyfeale on Friday June 5 from 7-9pm. Experience the fun, excitement and power of drumming. Working as a team, the focus of the session will be to make a rhythm to celebrate compassion for each other and for our loved ones. This is an opportunity to take part in something completely different, energising and spirit-lifting and you will be drumming in no time! No musical experience necessary, open to absolute beginners. If you like the session we hope you might consider taking part in a second drumming session at the opening ceremony for The Light on Stone Reflective Space in the Town Park in June. The Light on Stone Project has been developed by the Town Park and Glorach and is supported by Milford Care Centre and West Limerick Resources. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Best of luck to all the Fealefit crew taking part in the Dingle Adventure race this coming Saturday. There will be a meeting at Fealefit Wednesday, June 3 at 6.15pm regarding possible charity relay run to Dublin, all welcome. Fealefit Couch to 10k training every Friday. Training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness 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 for all details on training & Upcoming Events!

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.

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. Best of luck to the FealeFit crew taking part in the Dingle Adventure Race Saturday, June 6. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See for all details on training & Upcoming Events!

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Saturday May 30 – Monday June 1, Tuesday June 30 – Thursday, July 2, Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26 and Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE: The annual pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, June 14 is now booking. Contact Sean Broderick 068 31213 or Bernard Broderick 068 31565.

I.C.A: The Pilates course has finished unfortunately, as it was hugely enjoyable. We hope to keep up the good work with some form of exercises when we return in the autumn. The arrangements are being finalised for our proposed outing to "Celtic Steps" on Wednesday June 17. Wishing a happy Summer to all.

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

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.

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" started last 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. . 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, CDbaby, iTunes and all good records stores throughout the country.

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

COFFEE MORNING: The Wednesday Club will host a Coffee Morning in the Ploughman Bar next Friday, June 5 from 11am with all proceeds going to the local branch of Multiple Sclerosis.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The annual pilgrimage takes place on from September 22-27. Contact Fr. John or Fr. Joe.

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

INVITATION: Next Sunday June 7 is the Feast of Corpus Christi. All First Holy Communion children are invited to lead the Procession after the Vigil Mass on Saturday.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Canon John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 – 31157 : 087 – 9708282, Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: 087 – 2618412. Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Monday at 7pm, Mass on Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15am Joan Broderick, Shanbally. Thursday 10am Kathleen and Thomas Dillane, Knockbrack. Saturday 7pm Ned Lyons, Coolaneelig. John Joe Healy, Caherlane. Sunday 9.30am Mary Begley, Killarney Rd. 1st. Anniversary. Nell and Jack Gleeson, Killarney Rd. Sunday 12 noon Niall O’Mahony, 48 Collins Park. Monday 7pm John Joy, Convent Rd.

Friday next is First Friday. Confessions after 10am Mass Thursday. 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.

A CARING CAREER: A new course of the Kilmeedy Healthcare Support Local Training Initiative (LTI) will run from August 312015 to June 25 2016 in Aras Ide, Kilmeedy, Co Limerick. During this full time course, participants will complete two Major Level 5 (FETAC/QQI) Awards in Early Childhood Care & Education and Healthcare Support. This course is funded by LCETB (formerly FAS). Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact Helen or Catherine on 063 87960 or 087 6952990.

BROADFORD SUMMER CONCERT: The concert which is held annually takes place on Friday, June 12 in the Community Centre. This is always a sell out so be there by 7pm to get a seat.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPER ASSOCIATION: Membership details can be found on the following website:

TOWMEY FAMILY REMEMORIAL WEEKEND: The second annual weekend takes place in Meelin/Rockchapel over June 6/7 with amongst other events a cycle and a run.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Saturday 9pm-Midnight (Irish Time) Tuesday 8-11pm (Irish Time) features Irish Country Music, Irish traditional music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE AND A REQUEST: “Yesterday I was back in The Bons Hospital in Cork at 8am.It was exactly one month since I finished my combined treatment of radium and chemo. Firstly I had a scope done under slight anaesthetic, done by the surgeon. He found that there was improvement that the treatment was still working on in me. My bloods are holding. Then I had a cat scan, after that I was free to go home.

The surgeon wants to meet me again late next week when he has further findings. He and the team are suggesting surgery mid-June and I am pleased with that. I am so grateful for the concurrent treatment of prayers and good wishes I have got from everyone.I value it like I do the other treatments and tests I am being brought through.Thank YOU for your support.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO SOMETHING FOR DUAGH: We, in our Sports Complex have entered a completion? Dulux Ireland will give the winner 5000euro of paint for the outside of our building free. If you go to Dulux Ireland Facebook page Select: let’s colour project. Type in Duagh Sports Complex in the search box, under vote now. View the clip and give it your vote. Everyone can vote once per day. We have worked very hard as a community to bring it to this stage, we are debt free and up and running making a modest profit. Every vote helps!