PROLOGUE: Say only good things, things that men need to hear. St. Paul

THINGS TO DO THIS WINTER: Abbeyfeale is the most happening town in the West judging by all that’s going on here over the next few months: Badminton, set and social dancing classes, three youth clubs, bridge, youth theatre, two drama groups in rehearsal, creative writing classes, after school club, art classes, Zumba, Men’s Shed, singing club, afternoon tea dancing, fitness training, karate, computer and furniture restoration classes in the Adult Ed centre and much much more.

AUDACITY: A play by Simon Mawdsley and directed by Merce Hobson will be performed at the Glorach Theatre, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, September 30 and the weekend of October 2-4 next and then the following Friday and Saturday in St. John’s Listowel. In this comedy thriller, three men make an audacious plan to rob a large Department Store. The unlikely trio meet in a run-down basement flat to devise the most exciting thing they’ve ever done in their lives! But when the wives get involved things start to go badly wrong…

YOUTH CLUBS RETURN: Welcome to new club Abbey Angels and their leaders who are in St. Ita’s on Friday night at 8 till 9.30pm. The Yolo club are in St. Ita’s and Teens Together are in the Complex on Saturday night from 7.45 – 9.15pm.

YOUTH THEATRE: Calling out to all transition year students and upwards, a wonderful opportunity awaits you with the newly established youth theatre in Abbeyfeale.Youth Theatre encompasses drama, poetry, monologues, public speaking, music, singing, make up, costume, lighting, camera, film, audition preparation etc it is an ideal way to meet, mix and explore new ideas with young adults around your own age. You will gain confidence and new skills without even realising it under the superb direction of Chris Fitzgerald. Chris has extensive experience of working with young people through youth theatre and film for many years now. So register your interest tomorrow night, Thursday,September 24, at the Glórach Community Theatre between 7 and 9 pm. Places are limited, for further details ring 0871383940.

SOLO IN SOUTH SUDAN: Welcome home to Helena daughter of Tadgh and Kathleen Quinn, Purt who has returned from South Sudan to her new job in London. We’ll miss hearing all the latest from Fr. Tim and his mission and of course we send our heartfelt condolences on the defeat of his beloved Kerry Team.

CULTURE NIGHT: Thanks to the all the organisers and participants who made last Friday such a wonderful night of entertainment. A diversity of pieces, from poetry to prose, drama to song, contributed to a true celebration of the ‘spoken word’, we are truly fortunate to have such wide ranging talent within our community.

OPEN NIGHT AT ADULT ED. CENTRE: On next Tuesday, September 29, we will be having an open night at the Abbeyfeale CEC (old VEC building) at Mountmahon. Information will be available on upcoming courses in computers, practical gardening and furniture restoration. The information and enrolment night takes place between 7 and 9 pm and all are most welcome. For further details or enquiries, please ring 068 31198.

ART CLASSES ABBEYFEALE: Art/painting classes will start on Thursday September 24 at 10am to 12noon. Come along and join this relaxed social group for 10 weeks. Art materials are supplies and our tutor Maureen will have you painting in no time. No experience required but participants may progress to more educational development s in the future. Paintings will be exhibited in the Glorach Theatre and could make great Christmas Presents. Open to those parenting alone and in receipt of a social payment. Places limited to 10 participants. To book contact Mary on 087 9382883 or call 068 31198. This initiative is supported by West Limerick Resources Family Support Project.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Bus travelling Sunday, September 27. Bookings Sean or Bernard Broderick.

COMPUTER CLASSES: If you approach the laptop with trepidation but still don’t want to be left behind in this age of technology, if you need to be able to communicate with family abroad or pay bills on line now is your chance to learn with Rosemary at the Education Centre every Wednesday. Registration this Wednesday from 10am – 3pm. Classes from 10-12. 30 or 1- 3pm. Further information 069 77636.

FEALEFIT NOTES: If you wish to join Fealefit for training for any even please don’t hesitate to contact us. All event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see for all details on training & upcoming events! Currently in training for Dublin Marathon, Listowel Half Marathon, Killarney Adventure Race and the Dromtrasna Challenge plus much much more…

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR AFTERSCHOOLS CLUB: West Limerick Resources is starting an afterschool club this September for primary school children in Abbeyfeale. The clubs will run two afternoons a week from 3 – 4:30pm. Working with West Limerick Resources staff, volunteers are being south to help children to get the additional support they need to succeed at school including supporting them to complete homework and take part in activities including art/play/physical activities. Training will be provided along with references for volunteers who commit to one or two hours a week for an agreed time period. Garda vetting is required. Volunteers are required in Abbeyfeale on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Contact Irene on 069 66298 or email iocallaghan.

TOWN PARK NEWS: The annual Abbeyfeale Town Park church gate collection takes place at Abbeyfeale Church this weekend. We know that many charities need money, but we ask you to support our local park, as it plays an important role in the physical and mental health of our community, young and old. Your donation will help us to maintain the park and will be greatly appreciated.

SPACE FOR JOBSEEKERS: Space for Jobseekers is a dedicated space for unemployed people to meet each week to share, vent, learn and socialize with people in the same boat. Group meets on a weekly basis and will include training, information sessions etc. The group is open to old and new members of all ages. Times are as follows: Abbeyfeale, The Old Tech, Room 10 on Mondays & Tuesdays at 10am (Starting Monday September 21). If you are interested in coming along to find out more, please contact Finn at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316/087 759 1951, or simply come along and see what it’s all about.

ANNUAL FASHION SHOW: Gala West Limerick Fashion Show in aid of invalid section of Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be held in Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine on Wednesday, October. 7 Cheese and wine reception. Show starts @ 8.00pm. Lots of valuable prizes. Tickets €10 available from committee or at the door. Please support if you can.

BUS TO PLOUGHING: Owen Stack, Duagh will be running a bus to the Ploughing, contact 087 2522402. Tom O’Connor, Cratloe will also take a bus, contact 087 2632096.

SET AND SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Set’s and social dance classes for beginners at Top of the Town Athea on Monday nights starting Monday, September 21 from 8-30 to 10-30pm. Set dancing for advanced dancers at the GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday nights starting September 23 from 8-30 to 10-30pm.Social dance classes at The Railway Bar Abbeyfeale on Tuesday nights starting September 29 from 8-30 to 10-30pm. For further information contact 087-9267037/087-6101936.

FARM SAFETY SEMINAR: A seminar entitled ‘How safe is your farm’ will take place at the Devon Inn on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm. It is organised by Abbeyfeale and District Initiative and will feature the National Chairperson of IFA’s Farm Family Committee Maura Canning, the Development Officer with Muintir na Tire Diarmuid Cronin and James Clarke from Adare who survived a farm accident. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. All welcome.

CREATIVE WRITING: They say the pen is mightier than the sword. Why don’t you pick one up and join our writing group. We return after our summer break on Friday, September 18 at the Adult Education Centre (old tech) from 11am to 1pm. We write short stories, poetry etc. We had a very successful publication of our work a little over a year ago. There is no pressure on anyone and it is a nice social occasion with plenty of chat and tea as well. Anyone interested can register their name at 068 31198.

ABBEY HERITAGE PROJECT; Abbey Heritage based in St. Ita’s Hall provides fetac (QQI) accredited modules to early school leavers and people of any age who wish to return to employment or move onto further education. New programme recruiting for ‘Pathways to Emplyment’ Level 4. Call 068 51790.

NEW SEASON OF TOASTMASTERS: If you hate the thought of standing up to speak at a meeting or getting a point across in company then Toastmasters could be the club for you. In it, you’ll get the chance to practice speaking in public within the confines of the group of people who attend the club and who are all on the same wavelength as yourself. Meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Desmond Complex in NCW from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. There’s always a cup of tea on offer and it’s a social night out with a chance to learn a skill that will carry you anywhere you want to go. Further information Charles 087 7972855. Next meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 7.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month at the Ramble Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale from 9pm.

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

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler continues to meet in St. Ita’s Hall every Tuesday & Thursday 11.30 to 12.30pm. New parents and babies/toddlers 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, Sundays 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Wednesday 10am Dan, Francis, Nell and Eileen O’Connor. Thursday 10am Mike Sullivan, Colberts Tce. Saturday 7pm Bill, Bridget and John Joe Collins. Patrick Moriarity. Sunday 9.30am James Harnett Purt. Patrick and Nora O’Donnell and family Knocknasna. Sunday 12

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. Next Friday is the First Friday, confessions Thursday after 10am Mass. 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. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle.

FREE COURSE ON RADIO PRODUCTION FOR THE OVER 55’S: Get to grips with how the media works and get involved in radio that makes a difference during a ten week course starting shortly. This new short course is aimed at people over 55 years of age with an interest in community issues or current affairs. In a fun and friendly atmosphere, you’ll explore how radio and TV shapes the world we live in. In a group, you’ll help make a radio programme you’d like to listen to, on the things, big and small that matter to you. The programme will be broadcast as part of a national series all over Ireland.

With the help of the Community Foundation for Ireland, there’s no charge but spaces are limited. Participants will gain a QQI/FETAC Level 3 accredited qualification.

Training takes place at West Limerick Community Radio’s Station in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: Anthony Garvey of Tralee Toastmasters says; “We are running our highly successful Presentation & Public Speaking course in Tralee – it will run for eight weeks every Saturday morning from October 3 in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee. I teach it, along with Chairman of Writers’ Week Sean Lyons and Justin McCarthy, a fellow Toastmaster in Tralee. For further information contact Anthony on 087 79 79 2 79.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY: The annual tea party in the Rock takes place at the Community Centre, Rockchapel on Friday, October 16 next. Tea party is a misnomer since a hot meal will be served followed by glorious deserts and copious cups of tea and then dancing to Autumn Gold and raffles for amazing spot prizes.

EXHIBITION: West Limerick Resources Back2New Community Upcycling will showcase their upcycled furniture from October 5-9 at The Red Door, The Square, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Time: 10am-4pm. Back2New Upcycling creates bespoke pieces from unwanted furniture and in doing so helps reduce waste destined for landfill. Come along and be inspired. Ideas and information will also be provided.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES: Learn how to support children with learning needs at school. The free workshop will cover understanding sensory processing and motor coordination and useful strategies to incorporate into the classroom environment to improve a child’s concentration, organizational skills and handwriting. Open to parents, teachers, SNAs and childcare workers living/working in West Limerick. It takes place in Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (Upstairs Newcastle West Community Centre) on Tuesday September 29 from 7.30 -9.15pm. Booking not required. All are Welcome! For further information: Contact Theresa on 069 79113.

UPCYCLING WORKSHOPS: West Limerick Resources Back2New Community Upcycling Project is offering two free upcycling workshops. WORKSHOP 1: Upcycle and re-design an old or once loved cardigan into a fresh and more valued item in your wardrobe! Learn how to attach lace, buttons, fabric, beads and create embroidery stitches along with corsages. This workshop is for all sewing levels and step by step guidance will be provided. Bring along your cardigan and some small pieces of scrap fabric, buttons etc. Date & time: October 5 2pm-4pm. WORKSHOP 2: Upcycle an old item of clothing/fabric and create a new cosy cushion! Learn how to produce a pattern, attach a zip and add embellishment. Participants will have access to domestic sewing machines. This workshop is for all sewing levels and step by step guidance will be provided. Bring along item of clothing/fabric, 16” zip and some small pieces of scrap fabric, buttons etc. Date & time: October 7 2pm-4pm. Venue: Back2New Community Upcycling, Unit 2, Enterprise Centre, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

Cost: Free of charge –Pre booking is required. Please contact Michaela Donegan on 0872727742.

TRAINING: Starting in October West Limerick Resources will be offering a range of workshops for community groups covering topics such as the Governance Code, Group Dynamics, Best Practice & Policy Development and Sourcing Finance. Full details to be announced shortly. To register interest contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

LIKE A HELPING HAND IN YOUR ROLE AS PARENT?: The Incredible Years programme is a practical course focusing on supporting your child’s education, fostering good learning habits and routines and also encouraging communication and effective parenting. The 15 week programme will take place on Wednesday nights, 7.30pm— 10pm October 7/14/21, November 4/11/18, December 2/9, January 13/20, February 3/10/17 and March 2/9 in West Limerick Resources Office Newcastle West. FREE COURSE. LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE. REGISTRATION CLOSES October 7. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 277 3294

TRADITIONAL MUSIC LAUNCH; Launch nights for the album entitled The Hills of Old Kilcolman by Jacki and and her brother John O’Connor will take place in West Limerick and North Tipperary in the coming weeks. Jacki is the very popular presenter of ‘
The Trad Scene’ with WL102fm every Saturday evening from 6-8pm. The album features guest appearances from Maura and Donie Nolan, Martin O’Malley and All Ireland Bones champion Paddy Donovan, singer Tadgh Maher and James and O’Connor on bodhrán and cajon.. Proceeds of the traditional album will go to Milford Hospice in honour of Jacki and John’s late father Jackie. Launches will take place on Friday September 25 at TheFlag Floor Rambling House, Carrickerry at 9:30pm, on Friday October 2 at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine at 9:30pm and Saturday October 10 in Killoscully Community Centre, Killoscully, Co. Tipperary at 9pm.

BROSNA RESPONDS TO SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS: The people of Brosna have come together to organise a family event in aid of the Syrian Refugee Crisis! On Saturday, September 26 there will be a 3k, 5k, 10k Walk, Jog or Run starting at Brosna GAA field at 11am. Registration from 9.30am at Brosna GAA field. €10 adult, €2 children, €20 family. This is a family fun event but is also a timed event for those who wish to beat their personal best. .Refreshments served after the event. Any contributions can be made at Bank of Ireland Castleisland A/c no. 24157328 and IBAN is IE71 Bofireland 90567824157328

NEW PLAY IN THE SEANCHAÍ: A new play by Kenmare playwright Sadhbh Moriarty called ‘In Salt of Light Rings They Drew’ will be performed at the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Wednesday, September 23 at 8pm. The play was the recipient of the Eamonn Keane Full Length Play Award at Listowel Writers’ Week 2015. Sadhbh’s father Paudie is a native of Listowel. Tickets available at (068) 22212.

MAUREEN’S TRIPS: Day Trip to Leahy’s Open Farm – Sunday, October 11. We will have a guided tour of this farm that is steeped in history and with all that it has to offer should prove very interesting and entertaining. You won’t want to miss out on this trip. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102. November 22 is the annual trip to Dublin. Leaving Newcastle West at 8am. First stop will be for a hearty breakfast in the Harbour Hotel, where if you wish after breakfast put in your order for homemade bread, scones, cakes, mince pies and Christmas pudding and collect same when we return in the evening for choice of dinner menu. We are going to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre where you will have choice of over 180 shops to browse. We have just a few seats left so to avoid disappointment contact Maureen 087 9845102.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday September 24 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

DANCING CLASSES: ‘The Mc Cormack Kelly Academy of Irish dance has changed the day of classes in Athea. The class will now run on Friday at the Top of the Town at 7 pm for step dancing and 8pm for Sean nós dancing’.

GARTH BROOKES TRIBUTE BAND: Coolcappa Parents Association have invited the Garth Brookes Tribute Band to play at a Hooley in Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday, October 3. Dancing from 9.30pm and followed by a Country Music Disco. Prizes for the best fancy dress cowboy or gal. Tickets Mary 087 7473550 or Rose 085 1688307.

ADAPT: Domestic Abuse Services, based in Limerick offers supports to women and their children who are affected by abuse in their homes and intimate relationships. Support is available in Newcastle West each week and there is a new survivors group called ‘Let’s Talk’ which is open to women. A 24 Hour Freephone Helpline is available 365 days a year at 1800 200 504. Court accompaniment and many other supports are also available.

NEWS FROM KNOCK: The National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Knock on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27. A full programme of talks, workshops and prayer. Dedicated Youth Programme, Children’s Programme and events for Families. Admission free. All welcome. The theme for the National Congress is “Christ Our Hope”. A bus will travel from Abbeyfeale. Contact Sean or Bernard Broderick.

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CO. LIMERICK DRUG AND ALCOHOL DROP IN CENTRE: If drugs or alcohol are a problem and you are over 18 then free help is available with no appointment necessary at the Hospital Family Resource Centre, Knockainey Road, Hospital. The service which is staffed by HSE Drug and Alcohol Outreach workers will be available on every second Wednesday from 10am – 12 noon. For further information contact Geraldine on 086 6076573 or Deirdre on 086 3840526.

UPDATE ON FR. PAT MOORE: Don’t mention the war!, but congrats to the Minor Kerry team on winning the All-Ireland and what horrendous weather conditions the later match players were called on to play under. Congrats to Dublin, the better team on the day, John OCallaghan, who was at the match, said Paul Brady was very successful at mid-field, singing, “the forty shades of green" and” nobody knows". Mossie Lawlor recalls a Kerry defeat in Croke Park in the ‘naughties’ when he felt crest fallen driving back to Kerry in the fading light and the sight of a young fella in a Kerry Jersey kicking a ball at the gable end of the house lifted his heart, there was a green shoot. So you pick up your boots and go on as Gary McMahon memorably sang.This Friday and Saturday we crossed the ferry, went to John O Donohue’s grave in the Burren. After that we visited Knock. A great sense of peace came over me as I sat at the Church Gable there, connecting with all the prayers that had been said there for me and all the Mass Cards I got from there. I also prayed from the heart for healing and peace to go towards everyone from the place where Heaven touched Earth in the 1870ies. Then we went to my brother Diarmuid’s family for it is my mother’s first anniversary and it was supportive to be together.YOUTH DAY 2016: World Youth Day Cracow 2016 World Youth day is a Catholic youth festival which take s place roughly every three years and is attended by 3-5 million young people. There are various events and celebrations during the week ranging from workshops to concerts and it all finishes with a pilgrimage walk, and overnight vigil and an enormous outdoor Mass with Pope. Participants must be aged 18 or over at the time of travel. For information please contact Aoife/ Chris in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Limerick 061/400133. awalsh

JOE HARRINGTON’S RADIO PROGRAMME: Internet radio programme on Every Saturday 9pm to midnight (Irish Time). Country and Irish Music presented by …Joe Harrington
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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

EXERCISE CLASSES: Step & Tone classes with Maggie Large in Duagh Sports Complex on Tuesdays @ 7pm. Contact Maggie on 087 9866533, booking essential.

So now that you’ve have met me what will u do? Will u try me or not? It’s all up to you, I’ll bring you more misery than words can ever tell, come take my hand……I’ll lead you through hell. so true

es apart, I’ll take your children and that’s just the start. More costly than diamonds, more costly than gold, the sorrow I’ll bring is a sight to behold, if you need me remember I’m easily found, I live all around in your schools in your town, I live with the rich I live with the poor I live down the street and maybe next door, my power is awesome try me you’ll see, but be warned if you do you’ll never break free, try me once and I might let you go, try me twice an i’ll own your soul, when I possess you you’ll steal & lie and do what you must just to get high, crimes you’ll commit for the narcotic charms, you’ll lie to your mother and steal from your dad, you’ll see their tears but wont feel sad, you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised, I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach u my ways, I’ll take kids from their parents and parents from kids, turn people from God heaven forbid, I’ll take everything from you your looks and your pride, I’ll be with you always right by your side, you’ll give up everything your family your home, your friends your money you’ll be all alone, I’ll take & take ‘till you have nothing more and when I’m finished you’ll be lucky to live, if u try me be warned this isn’t a game, given the chance I’ll drive u insane, I’ll ravish your body and control your mind, I’ll own you completely your soul will be mine, nightmares I’ll give as you lay in your bed, voices you’ll hear from inside your head, sweats & shakes bad visions you’ll see, I want you to know these are all gifts from me, and when it’s too late you’ll know that your mine, you’ll regret that you tried me that very first time, you came to me and not I to you, you knew this would happen, surely not to you? You challenged my power, you chose to be brave, you could’ve said no and just walked away, if you could live that day over what would u say? Can i be your master will you be my slave? I promise i’ll stay with you and on to your grave.

So now that you’ve have met me what will u do? Will u try me or not? It’s all up to you, I’ll bring you more misery than words can ever tell, come take my hand……I’ll lead you through hell. so true

So now that you’ve have met me what will u do? Will u try me or not? It’s all up to you, I’ll bring you more misery than words can ever tell, come take my hand……I’ll lead you through hell. so true