PROLOGUE: "I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening."
Larry King

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Denis Casey, Caherlane and Main St. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late John Broderick, Upper Knocknasna and Adelaide, Australia whose funeral took place last Saturday. May he rest in peace.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Join Fealefit on our Blackwater Activity weekend August 15/16. Overnight camping stay with BBQ and a day jam packed with activities like water tubing and paint balling. Deposit €20 required (Total price €99 excl Bus).

Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details. See for all details on training & Upcoming events

GOSPEL CHOIR: There was a piece by Grey Heron Media on the Tipperary Gospel Choir on RTE last Saturday morning .The people who spoke on the audio talked about how enjoyable it was and it sounded like a great social outlet – they were having great craic, and as well as singing, some were playing chimes and drums and were releasing excess energy. We were wondering if there is anyone out there interested in setting up one in Abbeyfeale. . If anyone does get in touch we’ll call a meeting and bring people together 087 6866450.

NEWLY APPOINTED NOTARY PUBLIC: Abbeyfeale based Solicitor, Michael Lane was this week appointed a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Hon. Ms Justice Susan Denham. Michael, a native of Abbeyfeale set up his own legal practice, Michael Lane & Co Solicitors on Bridge Street, Abbeyfeale in 2011. He was admitted as a Solicitor in February 2008.Michael has been appointed a Notary Public for the Counties of Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Clare and Tipperary and is commissioned for life. A Notary Public is a public officer constituted by law and appointed by the Chief Justice to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business. A Notary is authorized to authenticate documents such as birth certificates, passports and powers of attorney which are required for use in another country. Frequently, this arises where a person is buying property abroad or involved in a foreign transaction. A Notary may also witness certain documents to authenticate them for use in another country. The acts of Notaries Public have worldwide recognition.

CARE BRIGHT ARE RECRUITING: CareBright with an office beside the Church in NCW is a not for profit social economy business who are currently recruiting for Care Assistants. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a Care Assistant and you live in the following areas: Mungret, Clarina, Kildimo, Askeaton, Shanagolden, Foynes, Croagh, Newcastle West and Adare, please apply immediately. Applicants must have experience in a Community/Clinical background and have FETAC Level 5 qualifications. You must be available to work weekdays, evenings and weekends. Own transport is essential to this role. Please e-mail your c.v. to: info

ANOTHER NEW BUSINESS: Delighted to hear that there’s a little plant nursery in Meenoline North starting up in business. We wish them every success.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH OUTING: In a new departure this year’s Parish Outing taking place on Wednesday, August 5 will not leave town until the afternoon and head to Killarney where patrons can enjoy all the facilities that the town has to offer including music in most pubs and hotels. You will also be able to spend time shopping. To book your seat contact 06831232 or 087 3966399.

MORE LOCAL HISTORY: These are the first two stanza’s of a poem written by Margaret O’Shea, Coolanelig. ‘The Craftsmen of Abbeyfeale’

I’m taking a stroll down Memory Lane

Would you care to come with me?

We’ll ramble along and I’ll sing you a song

That will teach you the history

Of a fine old town, of fame and renown

With the Feale flowing down by its side

Where the Cistercians came, built an Abbey they claim

That was famous both far and wide.

The ruins now stand on that hallowed land

And they say ‘tis a fact of life,

That all things must pass and alack and alas,

I’m inclined to think they’re right.

Like the old handcrafts and the town had its share

Quite a few could be found in the Square

Look around you today and I’m sorry to say

You’d be lucky to find one there.

EIRCODE: With effect from Monday, July 13, Ireland has launched a postcode for all of Ireland. For lots of information on Eircode, and to view a very handy new online tool called ‘Eircode Finder’ to look up the Eircode for any address, see There is also a helpline for people who are unable to access the website, or having other difficulties, at 0818 300 005. For further information on the Eircode Community Outreach Programme, see or

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Tuesday, August 18.

GLORACH NEWS: Our youth drama workshops begin on this Thursday, July 30 at 7 pm at the Glórach. Facilitated by the highly able Chris Fitzgerald, these workshops are aimed at secondary school students and a limited amount of places are still available. For further information, ring 0871383940.

BROADCASTING LIVE TO THE WORLD: The church Webcam is now officially switched on and broadcasting live. Almost anyone in the world can now view live broadcasts of events in Abbeyfeale parish church by logging onto A direct link from the parish website has been set up.

CAR BOOT SALE: Car boot sale during the Pattern in Knocknagoshel on August 15, contact 068 46384.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enright’s Wander Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale at 9pm.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Lorraine Woulfe and Martina O’ Sullivan are organisers of the yearly faith camp and say;” Please pray for the success of this year’s camp which takes place on August 4-7 in the Boys School. This is a Non Profit event.”

REILIG IDE NAOFA: Clean up every Thursday evening from 7-9pm weather permitting. The annual Mass will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 7.30pm.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE: Thursday, August 13 – Saturday, August 15. Fee €120. Bookings 087 3966399.

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

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

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.

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS: Are you between the age of 18 and 24 years? Not in Education? Not in Employment? Not in Training? Not really sure what to do next? Great news – there’s a new opportunity to move forward! Join a group of people like yourself to explore your options, express your ideas, share your experience, acquire new skills, learn about yourself, look into training & education paths and meet employers and find out where you fit into the labour market. Starting on August 31, the group will meet in the Community Centre in Rathkeale and Newcastle West twice a week for a few hours. For more information or an expression of interest form, please stop by WLR’s Rural Employment Service office, Round House, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West or phone ikolic. NOTE- If you are in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment, it will not be affected. This is funded under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative

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.

CHARITY CEILI IN KNOCKADERRY HALL: A Ceili with music by An Striolan Ceili Band will be held on Friday night, August 7 from 9.30 pm – 12.30am in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Teas will be served and there will be loads of spot prizes.

FUNDRAISING NEWS FROM WL102FM COMMUNITY RADIO: €10 tickets for a summer holiday raffle in conjunction with ACE Travel South Quay NCW are on sale from the station. To purchase a ticket ring 06966200 from 9-5 Monday to Friday. Draw takes place live on air Wednesday, August 19 between 11.30am and 1pm.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: The Dan Paddy Andy Festival is in Lyreacompane this August Bank Holiday weekend where all the women are strong, men are good looking and the children above average. (July 31– August 3). If you would like to dance yourself silly, have a drop of tea in the bog, win a rosette for man’s best friend or listen to storytelling that will split your sides then Lyreacrompane is the place to be over the August Bank Holiday weekend for the 18th Dan Paddy Andy Festival! A Ceilí with Donie Nolan gets things under way on Friday night and once again there promises to be fierce rivalry in the Waltzing Competition that is danced off during the Ceilí. And the trophies seem to get bigger every year.

The dogs in the street know that the Dog show is on Saturday at 3pm. Rosettes and trophies galore and the popular fancy dress competition. Later that night it is time for storytelling and the Official Opening is at 9pm by Lyre native, artist and designer, John Joe Sheehy who made the Dan Paddy Andy Bust all of eighteen years ago. Frances Kennedy may well arrive in Lyreacrompane on a Ryan Air flight after her You Tube hit and Sonny Egan will certainly make his way along too. Both storytellers come with a health warning – your sides will be sore afterwards! Great stories and a few songs no doubt and then at 10pm it’s Marquee Dancing to the mighty Mike Condon.

Sunday is dancing day at 3pm with Eddie Lee and James Kelleher and at 9pm with the irrepressible Gerard Healy Rae better known as the Singing Jarvey.

Bank Holiday Monday starts with the famous Bog Walk. Register at the Marquee from 10.15am and be ready for the start at 11am sharp. There will be tea in the bog and you will be shown how to cut turf in the old fashioned way. Then at 1pm it is six hours of marquee dancing to Stevie Donegan and to Mike Fitzgerald and Southern Pride. The Festival ends at 7pm as there will be few left standing!!!

For further details call 068 48353 or go to You can also find us on Facebook. Search for The Dan Paddy Andy Festival – Lyreacrompane.

"MARY WENT IN HASTE", this is the title of a Catholic Young Adults Conference being held in All Hallows College, Dublin on August 29/30. It is open to young adults aged between 18 and 40. The Legion of Mary in the Kerry Diocese wish to sponsor 2 young people to attend. More information from Patricia on 087 9048659

OUTING: Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society trip takes place to Northern Ireland on Monday, September 14 & returning Thursday, September 17. Visit includes briefly, Downpatrick, Belfast Titanic Experience, Stormont Castle, Antrim coast drive, Carrick-a-Rede, Bushmills, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Armagh. Staying in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk. For further details contact Pat O’Donovan PRO by August 7 to ensure your place. Tel: 087 9977340.

MUSIC MINISTRY TOGETHER: Music Ministry Together is a 5 day course which will be held this coming August 4-9 at the beautiful campus of the Cistercian College in Roscrea. To book just go the website for more information.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday July 30 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

SEAN MCCARTHY WEEKEND: The Sean McCarthy Weekend takes place in Finuge from Friday July 31 to Sunday August 3. A free concert by accordion maestro Liam O’Connor will take place at McCarthy’s Bar on Saturday August 2 from 3 to 5pm. Full programme details are available

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: Today was a funny day. I’m on an antibiotic, the first in 20 years I’d say, and feel tired. That’s not how the Matron sees it, a Cork woman! “Too many visitors “she says and as she was leaving the room who should she meet but Tommy Healy! He informed her that he was here to arrange the rota for the buses that would be coming from Duagh! Matron doesn’t share Tommy’s sense of humour, it is after the Munster Final that Kerry won, so she had to pick herself up off the floor and read the riot act! There have been a lot of visitors which I appreciate and the distance people come, BUT, if you do let me know and are not insulted if I’m not able for it, I’d appreciate it and you’d save an encounter with MATRON! T. Healy left for home without a few non-vital organs!
Read two great books, A.N. Wilson, "The Book of the People, How to read the Bible". Brilliant, witty and informative. Reminded me that we are all a bible to those we meet for Christianity is continually reinventing itself in us. The second book was a life of Padre Pio. He has continually turned up in my life these last few months. He makes some sense of suffering and his life witnesses to God and the miraculous world we live in. Here in The Care Village, just two doors down from me is Donal Enright. Donal is over 90 and 50 years ago worked with Padre Pio in Italy. He has two relics of the Saint. We pray together for all your intentions for we are all in need of healing and it happens. Thank you for all your support and prayers. Let me know if you are calling for Matron’s sake!!!

ATHEA DRAMA GROUPS RETURNS WITH ‘IT’S THE REAL MCCOY’: Following a hugely successful run of Athea Drama Group’s Production of the hilarious comedy ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ by Tommy Marren last spring and due to many requests for repeat performances, it has been decided to perform the play for two final nights during the Athea Village Festival on August 1 and 2 at Con Colbert Hall Athea at 8pm.

Set in rural Ireland in the 1960s, lady of the house Madge Molloy welcomes us into the Molloy household to share in the hilarious mishaps and surprising events that center around Madge and her life over a two day period. With glimpses of John B. Keane and the characterisations of the Fr. Ted and Mrs Doyle genre, it will have the audiences in tears of laughter. The cast features Angeline O’Donnell, Louise Ahern, Damien Ahern, Annette O Donnell, Edwina Sheehen, Michael O Connor and Oliver McGrath under the direction of Annette O’ Donnell. A combination of high drama and amazing Irish wit – ‘It’s The Real McCoy’ is not to be missed!

SEISIÚN: Every Thursday night at the The Devon Inn, Templeglantine a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. There is a cast of up to twenty entertainers on each night, many of whom have achieved All Ireland honours. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation and for a bit of set or céilí dancing. The Templeglantine Seisiún place on each Thursday night at 8.45pm.

IRISH TV: Check out local stories on

SWIMMING LESSONS: Two weeks of swimming and water safety classes in Glin starting, Monday August 3. Register on the day at 9am at the pier. Contact Iosla 087 120 9965.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. Our FETAC Courses range from Catering to I.T., P.C. Maintenance to Employer Based Training and our Employability Skills Programme is aimed in particular at early school leavers. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777 or look up

REDEMPTORIST CHURCH, MOUNT ST. ALPHONSUS, LIMERICK: An experience of guided prayer in association with the Jesuit Community from Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31. The 10am Mass will be celebrated by a visiting Jesuit. Mass will be followed by an experience of guided prayer which will last for 20 minutes. These days will provide an opportunity to deepen prayer lives.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL: Held in the Cistercian College, Roscrea from Thursday, August 13- Sunday, August 16. It’s for young people aged 16-35, for more information and to book online see or phone 01.6753690.

DAY TRIP TO VALENTIA: All Day Trip on Sunday, July 26, to Valentia Island, one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the South West of Co. Kerry. Valentia is joined to the mainland by bridge – via Portmagee. This a really beautiful trip taking in breath-taking scenery. When we arrive on the Island we will be met by our guide Ted who will take everyone around the Island in a mini bus and you will be absolutely delighted with the views that you will see. Going right up to the Valentia Slate mines, view the Lighthouse, and you will see something that you haven’t seen before the footprint of a prehistoric animal – a tetrapod. There is lots more but I am not going to spoil it by telling you I will leave that to our experienced guide. We will be calling to the River Island Hotel in Castleisland for our breakfast and dinner on the home ward journey. We will being picking up outside the Church in Abbeyfeale and points en route. This is a very popular trip and the bus is already half full. So early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.

A VISIT TO FUNGI:. Maureen Finnegan is heading to Dingle on Sunday August 23. She says; “We are going to Dingle& going out on a boat to say "hello" to Fungi. This is a trip suitable for both the children and adults and everyone is most welcome. This might seem a while away but we need to book the boat and the bus and so far we have more than half filled the big bus. So it is important to book your seat early if interested. We will be going to the River Island Hotel, Castleisland for our breakfast and returning in the evening for dinner as we are always looked after very well. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

SUMMER CAMP: Places are still available for ECO-UNESCO’s exciting summer camp for children 5-12yrs exploring nature in Dublin City. This is a jam packed outdoor and environmental summer camp for children -activities include: daily outings to the Phoenix Park – the largest walled park in Europe! Other activities include fun, interactive learning about nature and the environment; nature and tree trails, building a bug hotel and collecting mini-beasts to put in it!; art projects, creative recycling and lots and lots of games! Returnees please note the change in location for 2015 to their new space on Benburb Street, C2 the Complex. (Benburb Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7 (next to Collins Barracks). Places are still available for ECO-Explorers children’s summer camps (5-12yrs) for the following dates: August 10/14, 17/21.

Times: Camps are 10am-3pm with option of early drop off from 9am and late pick-up until about 5pm at the latest, no extra charge.

Cost: €100 per child, sibling discounts available through website.