PROLOGUE: "Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner."
Lao Tzu

DEATHS: Sincere sympathies to Paddy and the Flynn family on the death of Mai, Main St. We also offer our sympathies to the Nelligan family on the death of Mary, Bridge St. and Collins Park. May their souls rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Anna Marie Ward Ballaugh who married Jamie O’Sullivan last Saturday. We wish them every happiness.

TABLE QUIZ IN PLOUGHMAN: Friday night next October 23 a table quiz for charity takes place at the Ploughman in the Square.

CHURCH DOOR COLLECTION: A collection in aid of the Limerick Youth Service will be held at all Masses next weekend.

COFFEE IN THE AFTERNOON: Call to Meenkilly N.S. between 1.30 – 2.30pm for a cup of tea or coffee and support the Breast Care Unit in the Regional Hospital, Limerick.

WORKSHOP ON ASD AND SENSORY PROCESSING: Learn how to support children with Sensory Processing difficulties. Room 10 Abbeyfeale Adult Education Centre on Wednesday, October 21 from 7.30pm – 9.15pm. Contact Mary 087 9382883.

‘THE RAIN AT THE END OF THE SUMMER’ Appropriate enough to be doing a John B Keane play of this title given the amazing weather we have had over the last few weeks. Rehearsals are progressing nicely as we move from the cosy confines of the Cliabhán to the main theatre space. Provisional dates for the powerful and emotive play, ‘The rain at the end of the summer ‘have been set for November 19/ 21/22/24/ 27/28/ 29 at the Glórach Theatre. Check out about the play and other events happening at the Glórach on our facebook page, Glórach Theatre Abbeyfeale.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Following a recent meeting of Abbeyfeale Community Alert Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue and Chairman James Stack have asked all those who are holders of a security system to check that it is in working order. This is done by pressing the call button in order to have the monitoring company answer. Garda O’Donoghue also asked us to remind people to check on sensor lights and outside lights. We are currently attempting to set up a text alert system in the Abbeyfeale area and hope to have further details on this shortly. Any person aged 65 or over, living alone or with another person aged 65 or over is entitled to apply to the group for a panic button. For further information contact our secretary Mossie Gleeson on 085 1427877.

INVITATION TO THE OPENING OF NEW TOILET BLOCK: Town Park News from James Harnett PRO; “This Thursday morning (October 22) at 10.00 a.m. a ceremony will take place in Abbeyfeale Town Park for the official opening of the new toilet building. This project was funded by Limerick City& County Council and erected by the workers on the park C.E. Scheme. It is a beautiful building designed by local architect Kevin Kennelly and it blends in well with the surrounding landscape. Lord Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Liam Galvin will officiate on Thursday and Canon James Neville will perform the blessing. So please come along and join us for a cup of tea or coffee in the park on Thursday at 10.00 a.m. everybody is welcome. The aim of the park committee and staff is to have a wonderful park that fulfils the needs of all our community. Please come along and support us.”

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: The annual card game will commence on Tuesday, November 3 at 9pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast care Unit, Regional Hospital, Limerick.

MORE CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS: The Grand Prix Europa Radio Awards are being held in Berlin this Friday, October 23. The radio documentary ‘Con Carey and The Twelve Apostles’ has been shortlisted. It was produced by Mairead Heffernan, Main St. and has already won a PPI. on behalf of all of us in Abbeyfeale may I take this opportunity to wish her the best of luck next weekend. She has brought great credit to this locality.

THE HILLS OF OLD KILCOLMAN: This traditional music C.D., proceeds of which are going to Milford Hospice is for sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn.

WEIGHTWATCHERS: Weightwatchers meetings are being held in Fr Caseys GAA clubhouse every Tuesday morning 10am -11am and evening 7pm – 8pm. For more details call Sandra on 087 6718377 or call into the meetings.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS: Workshops on the world of social media for business are being offered by West Limerick Resources this October to help participants promote or grow their business. An Advanced Workshop will take place on October 21st. Own laptop or tablet required. Limited availability for this free introduction to Social Media – contact Dearbhla on 069 66293 or email dconlon to reserve your place.

CLASSES AND COURSES: Courses in Practical Gardening, Furniture Restoration and Computers are underway at the Adult Education Centre. Some spaces remain.

SPACES FOR JOB SEEKERS IS GETTING CRAFTY IN NOVEMBER: For the month of November the Abbeyfeale Space for Jobseekers will be getting the creative juices flowing with some arts and craft workshops. Come along and enjoy some new, fun and interesting ideas every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10am in the Old Tech. New members welcome. Call Finn at West Limerick Resources on 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 for more details.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: The Rural Employment & Education Service (REES) works with people who experience barriers and who feel they need support to enter or re-enter employment, explore education/training opportunities or wish to become self-employed. We are base in the Round House, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West and also operate an outreach service. Outreach Services available in Abbeyfeale at the Old Tech on Thursdays from 10AM to 1PM (22nd October, 5th & 19th November, 3rd & 17 December). Contact West Limerick Resources on 069 61316.

These initiatives are 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.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Best of Luck to the members of Fealefit / St Ita’s Ac running club taking part in their first Dublin City Marathon next Bank Holiday Monday. If you wish to join Fealefit for training for any events 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. Fealefit Halloween Kids Camp Runs October 28 – 30 from 11am – 3pm in Colaiste Ide & Iosaf Abbeyfeale!!

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. Glórach Community Theatre every Thursday between 7 and 9 pm. Places are limited, for further details ring 0871383940.

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 10 -12 noon. 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.

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

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME: Adult Choir Practice each Wednesday evening @ 8pm in the Parish Church.

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 21.

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. Wednesday 8.15am Cathy Kehoe. 10am William Maurice Harnett, Knockbrack. Thursday 10am Dan Broderick and family members. Friday 10am Denis Keane, Kilmanihan. Saturday 11am Francie Woulfe. Baby Tommy Moran. 7pm. William, Margaret and Catherine Meehan. Hannah and Lou Ahern, Main St and Tom Lou Shanbally. Sunday 9.30am Patrick and Kit O’Riordan Purt. Jacques Collins New Street. Jim Collins and Joan White. 12 noon Danny and Nora O’Connor, Grogeen. John Joe Broderick, Purt. Monday, October 26. 7pm Ellen, Patrick and Mossie Collins.

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. 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. St. Ita’s Spiritual Reading Group will meet in the Adoration Chapel on Wednesday 7 @ 2pm. This is a relaxed informal group, we would like new members to join us. Prayers in the Graveyards on Sunday, November 1. Annual Mass of remembrance for those who died during the year will take place on Friday, November 20. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale church on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm.

DUAGH SPORTS AND LEISURE FUNDRAISER: The Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex will be holding a fund raising night with Joan Cashman on Friday, November 6 at 7:30pm. Joan Cashman has been styling the nation with over 20 years. This is a fund raising night for the centre to contribute towards the completion of the upstairs of the building and your help and support is needed and appreciated.

FUNDRAISER IN ADARE: The acclaimed "A Wine Goose Chase" is coming to Adare on Friday, November 6. The one woman show is the creation of Susan Boyle (not to be mistaken for the SB of Britain’s Got Talent Fame!) and is a fusion of storytelling about the Irish who transformed the wine world and an interactive wine tasting. During the one hour performance audience members have the opportunity to put their senses to use and will leave with a new insight into a drink that has been part of Ireland’s history for much longer than you might think.
There will be 2 performances when it visits Market Place Café on the Main Street in Adare – 7pm and 9pm.
Tickets cost €25 which includes the show, tastings of 3 wines with Irish connections sponsored by Forrestal Wine Merchants and pizzetta compliments of Market Place Cafe to celebrate the installation of their new pizza oven. Due to the cosy nature of the venue, capacity is limited. Admission is by ticket only and they can be purchased in Market Place Cafe or contact Sharon Noonan on 087 099 5741. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre in Adare and Ian’s Trust.

HALLOWEEN: Visit the Haunted Writers’ Hall at the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel from Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 from 3 pm to 5 pm. Includes a tour of the haunted rooms, storytelling and craft making. Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. Admission €5. Booking essential to (068) 22212,

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday October 29 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

THE HILLS OF OLD KILCOLMAN: This traditional music C.D., proceeds of which are going to Milford Hospice is for sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn.

DANCING IN MONAGEA: Set dancing classes with Ita McQuinn every Thursday, from 8.30pm at the Parish Hall and continue until late Spring.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Jim Lyons hosts a rambling house in Knockalucka on the third Tuesday of the month.

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. For further information contact Connie Broderick, Joint Manager WL102fm on 069 66200.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY GROUPS TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering a range of workshops for community groups this October and November. October 27: The Implication of the Charities Act on your Organization; November 3and 12: Sourcing Finance for Not for Profit Groups. Details of further workshops on Group Dynamics to be announced shortly. To register 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 onNovember 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

SUPPORT PROGRAMME: A Six Week Prostate Cancer Support Programme – in Recovery Haven (Cancer Support House) Haig’s Terrace, Tralee on Mondays@ 7pm- 9pm. Please contact Siobhán if you are interested in attending on 066 7192122.

MAUREEN’S TRIPS: 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.Spring break 2016 that won’t break the bank. – Leaving Newcastle West on Sunday, April 24 and returning on Wednesday, April 27. We will be based in a four star hotel in Cavan with complimentary use of the award winning leisure centre. Touring by day and dancing by night. We intend to visit both great Cathedrals in Armagh and much more. We will have a full and interesting itinerary as usual. As there are a limited number of places early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen 087 9845102 for more information and booking.

DANCING CLASSES: ‘The Mc Cormack Kelly Academy of Irish dance Friday at the Top of the Town Athea at 7 pm for step dancing and 8pm for Sean nós dancing’.

ADAPT: 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.

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.

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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It’s also on every Tuesday 8 to 11pm (Irish Time).

IRISH TV: Check out local stories on

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 trueLEARN TO PLAY A TRADITIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Join adult tuition session held in Shanagolden each Thursday night. Beginners, improvers and more experienced players (all ages) are welcome to join. Beginners start at 7pm – Others from 8 pm -9 pm. For More information: Contact Carmel at 086 8676920 or 061 601923.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY GROUPS TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering a range of workshops for community groups this October and November. October 27: The Implication of the Charities Act on your Organization; November 3 and 12. Sourcing Finance for Not for Profit Groups; November 24: Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. To register contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email srowley

WEIGHTWATCHERS: Weightwatchers meetings are being held in Fr Caseys GAA clubhouse every Tuesday morning 10am -11am and evening 7pm – 8pm. For more details call Sandra on 087 6718377 or call into the meetings.

VOLUNTEERING CONFERENCE: Limerick Volunteer Centre’s “Limerick Privilege" Volunteering Conference will take place on Friday, November 6 from 9:30am to 3pm in Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick. Main Speakers will include: Ms. Nina Arwitz – CEO Volunteer Ireland, Ms Sheila Nordan – Executive Director Irish Charities Tax Research and Mr Conn Murray – Chief Executive Limerick City and County Council. There will also be a number of practical afternoon workshops. Details to be announced shortly. For further information see: