PROLOGUE: Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."
Steve Jobs

CORN NA FEILE COURSING DANCE: The annual coursing dance with dancing to the ever popular Joe O’Keeffe band will take place Saturday, January 9 from 9.30pm. Admission €10. Finger food will be served on the night.

AN INTERGRATED APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS: Professional photographer Marie Keating in association with West Limerick Mental Health Association is running a two hour course for amateur photographers in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, January 13 from 7-9pm. It must be pre booked so text Photography along with your name and number to 0857722475. All participants must bring a camera with a manual function.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: They are a hardy bunch around Abbeyfeale when you see the crowd who turned out in such numbers for the second annual Connie Harnett Memorial Swim in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day. This is a fundraiser organised by Connie’s wife and family in honour of the popular cattle dealer from Abbeyfeale who died in 2014. So far over €2,000 has been raised and will be divided between the Sagart Lourdes Fund, Nano Nagle Listowel and St Joseph’s Unit Listowel community hospital.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The following is downloaded from the Met Éireann website. It’s called Be Winter Ready and contains Advice for the Elderly and their Families and Neighbours: “In winter it can be difficult for everyone to get about and conduct day to day activities. It is even more difficult for the elderly and other vulnerable people. Advice for the elderly or infirm: Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. You should eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids, this will keep you warm and will give you energy to keep active. Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need. Keep active indoors. Have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in your home. .Ask your relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone. Personal Safety – Staying Safe: In icy weather, wear well-fitted shoes with non-slip soles if you have to go out but try to limit walking outside during the cold weather. Consider wearing a personal alarm so that family or neighbours are alerted if you fall .If you have a fall, even a minor one, make sure you visit your doctor for a check-up. Fall prevention in your home. Leave a low energy light on at night time, preferably one with a high light output. Use a non-slip shower or bath mat. Make sure wires or cords from lamps, telephones etc. do not trail where you walk. Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around all your rooms. Remove rugs or use non-slip tape or backing so rugs will not slip. Consider installing hand rails on both sides of the stairs. Keeping an eye on the elderly and infirm: Try to call on elderly relatives and neighbours, and offer to assist them in severe weather. Ensure that they have sufficient supplies of food and medications. Ensure that they have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in their homes. If you have any doubts about the safety of an elderly or infirm person seek the assistance of the Garda Síochána or local social services.

FEALEFIT NOTES: AHapp New Year to everyone from Fealefit, We’re looking forward to 2016 and another year full of Events, Health and fitness! Couch to 5k training starts this weekend January 9 at Fealefit @ 9am along with Adventure Race Training at 10am!!! All event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552!! The best of luck to Kadie who is currently involved in setting up a new business. Further details over the next few weeks.

‘ST. ITA’S NIGHT: The annual celebration in honour of St. Ita culminates with dancing in Raheenagh Hall on Friday, January 15. A great night always with tea and sandwiches and goodies served.

PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MEDIA RESEARCH PROJECT: Memories of Growing Up with Popular Media. What is the project about and who can participate?

When you look back on your life, do you have specific memories of watching, or listening to, or reading particular media, either regularly or occasionally? Examples might include certain films, or television or radio programmes, newspapers, magazines, comics etc. Do you remember when and where you were, who you were with, what you thought or how you felt? When you remember these experiences, do you also think about what it was like growing up with your family, or in your neighbourhood? Do you remember specific events, and where and when you first heard about them through the media? If you have answered “yes” to the questions above, would you be interested in taking part in a research project that will explore memories of growing up with popular media, focusing on how media consumption contributes to people’s sense of identity, individually and as members of social groups?

Who is conducting the research?

My name is Marcus Free and I am a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

What is involved in participating in this project?

The project is seeking a wide range of people of different generations and social backgrounds. The only condition is that participants are aged 18 years or older. Interested participants would be asked to meet for a one-to-one conversational interview with the researcher at a convenient location, agreed upon in advance of the meeting. Where appropriate, the participant may be asked to meet for a follow-up interview if they are happy to do so. The participant’s involvement is entirely voluntary and they are free to leave the study at any time if they wish. The interviews will be recorded on an audio recording device and recordings will be strictly confidential and kept securely. Additionally, no real names will be used in transcripts of the interviews or in any subsequent publications.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in taking part in this research project, please contact the researcher via the details given below.

Name: Marcus Free

Telephone: 061-204544/ 086-2017877

Email address:

Postal address: Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, South Circular Road, Limerick.

If you have concerns about this project, you may contact:

MIREC Administrator, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick

Tel: (061) 204515 email: mirec

FEALE FIT NOTES: If you wish to join Fealefit for Running / Tri – Athon or adventure race training in the New Year 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 or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552!!

LIMERICK DIOCESAN SOCIAL SERVICE: Counselling provided on Mondays in Abbeyfeale. Ring 061 314213 for appointment.

SUPPORT GROUP: Bereavement Support Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

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.

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. Wednesday, January 6 is a Holy Obligation Masses Tuesday 7pm and Wednesday 9.30am Hannah and Timmy Cronin, Main St. 12 noon. Saturday 11am Micheal O’Shea Coolanelig. 7pm Patrick O’Connor Main St and Joan Leahy Ballybehy. Sunday 9.30am Micheal and Dan McCarthy, Purt, Bridie Moriarity, The Hill. 12 noon James Smith, Collins Park and Timmy and Ellen Spillane and deceased family Mountcollins. Baptismal Meeting Templeglantine Tuesday January 12. Adoration will resume again on Friday January 8.. 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

For further details contact the College on 063-83604 or check out our website: www.organiccollege.comChristmas is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate than to support local community enterprises and come home with some unique Christmas gifts. Money spent locally will recycle within the community as well as giving the buyer top quality food and crafts.

ST. ITA’S WRENBOYS; The Wrenboys would like to say a sincere thank you to all who welcomed them into their homes over Christmas. €1630 was raised and donated to Fr. John Moloney and Fr. Tim Galvin.

MAUREEN’S OUTINGS: Panto on Sunday, January 31 2016. This is the 53rd Panto performed by the Killorglin Players Madame Butterfly alia Mrs Aladdin starting at 6pm. in the INEC. A bus will be leaving Newcastle West at 3pm. and we will pick up in Abbeyfeale at the Church. By leaving on time we will be able to have some refreshements before the show starts. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

Spring Break; April 24-27, 2016. We will be staying in the Cavan Crystal 4 star Hotel, Cavan. On our way up we will stop off in Longford to see St. Mel’s cathedral that was destroyed by fire 5 years ago and reopened last Christmas. We have a full and interesting itinerary, touring by day and dancing after dinner in our hotel. On Monday we will go to Armagh where we will visit the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the Church of Ireland Cathedral also we will go and see the Cardinal Tómas O’Fiaich Memorial Library. We intend going to Monaghan to see the Cavan Crystal premises. All those who have already given in their names must confirm their booking with a deposit of €25 to secure our hotel booking. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

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.

SENIOR HELP LINE: Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Senior Help Line is open from 10.00am till 10.00pm, 365 days a year.