PROLOGUE: Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin – it should make you jump up and do something. E.L. Simpson.

NEW BUSINESS OPENS: Tea & Tales will open its door for the first time this Saturday, January 16 at 4pm. It’s a coffee shop with a difference where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while browsing book shelves loaded down with inspirational and self-help books. Cheese and Wine Reception. All Welcome.

ART CLASSES: A qualified and experienced art teacher will be providing the following art classes in Abbeyfeale: 8 weeks starting Wednesday, January 20 at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef from 7.30 -9pm for teenagers/adults. Cost €60. A beginner’s guide to drawing and painting. Emma will guide you through the basics of fine art and illustrative techniques…. To book a place or for more information please call 068 30631 or Ryan Kennelly 087 90 69 245. There will also be classes for children aged from 5-12 years in St. Ita’s Hall starting Saturday, January 23 for 4 weeks. Class 1 (5-7years) 9.30-10.30am
Class 2 (8-12yrs) 11-12pm. Qualified and experienced art teacher. Garda vetted. Classes are fun and sociable utilising a variety of arts and crafts mediums and processes.
Cost €35 payment in advance to secure a place. All materials provided. Call Emma on 0877551900 to make a booking or for more information.

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.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market – proceeds of which go to help keep West Limerick Community Radio WL102fm on air- will run every month beginning Sunday, January 24 at the Community Centre, NCW.

GLÓRACH CHILDREN’S THEATRE CLASSES: After three memorable shows just before Christmas, all the kids involved have had a well-earned break and can look forward to the resumption of children’s theatre classes at the Cliabhán on Wednesday, January 20. Classes for 5-8 year old’s take place between 7 and 8 pm, and for 9-14 year old’s between 8 and 9 pm.

SALE TIME AT SUE RYDER: Manager Maria Moloney says: “Here at Sue Ryder Abbeyfeale, everything costing €2 and over is HALF PRICE. That’s right, ladies and men’s wear, shoes, bric a brac, toys and DVDs, all HALF PRICE. Books are 50 cent each and children’s books are 10 for €1……Don’t miss out, come in and have a browse!
Happy new year to all our volunteers and customers. Thank you for all your support over that last 4 years.”

GLÓRACH YOUTH THEATRE: Preparations are well underway for an upcoming production, and even if you don’t fancy threading the boards, there is always lots of work offstage, be it with props, prompting, curtains or light and sound, and who knows, you may even surprise yourself by taking a small part on stage. To paraphrase the old Northern Ireland Tourist board ad from the 1990’s, "you’ll never know unless you go." Youth theatre classes take place at the Glórach on Thursdays from 7 to 8.30pm , for further enquiries call 0871383940.

KNOCKNASNA N.S. CALLING: Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Pádraig is a country primary school for girls and boys located at Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick which is now accepting enrolments for September 2016. If you wish to come and visit the school, see the facilities, meet the pupils and teachers at a time convenient to you, then please contact the school principal Billy Quirke @ 087 9601506. Alternatively you can visit the school website Enrolment Application Forms can be downloaded from the website or collected at the school.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The following is downloaded from the Met Éireann website. It’s called Be Winter Ready and contains advice for homeowners in winter time: Have a small supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods. Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the pharmacy. Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail. Have a shovel and bag of salt to keep paths clear and safe. Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts. Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water. Have emergency contact numbers to hand. Leave a key and contact details with neighbours or family if you are going away. Check that loft insulation is thick and in good condition. Fit your water tank with an insulation jacket or alternatively, wrap the top and sides with suitable insulation material. Repair any leaks at taps or valves. Know how to turn off the water supply (usually under the kitchen sink). Fit draught excluders to your doors and windows. Make sure heating equipment is well-maintained, vented correctly and working properly. Ensure chimneys are cleaned at least once a year.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: A new year brings new opportunities to improve oneself so why not check out West Limerick Toastmasters at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8pm. Everyone welcome.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Couch to 5k training continues this weekend 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: Kileedy Parish is named for St Ita – one of the patron saint of our diocese. There is always a great celebration of St Itas feast in her home parish! St Ita was born in Waterford, but came to Kileedy where she led a community of sisters. She is sometimes called "the white sun of the women of Munster" or the "Brigid of Munster". Ita is also known as the "Foster Mother of the Saints of Ireland" because she was a mother figure to some of Ireland’s early saints. St Brendan was in Killeedy for five years under the care of St Ita in the monastery at Killeedy from the time when he was a year old. Mass in Ashford Church 11am and in in Raheenagh Church 7.30pm. 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.

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. Thursday 10am Christina Morgan. Friday 10am M. Curtin. Saturday 11am Paddy Walsh, Dromtrasna. 7pm Nora O’Keefe Graigue, Maurice and Nora O’ Connor Knocknasna. Sunday 9.30am John Gardiner Purt, Mary Foley, St. Ita’s Road. 12 noon John O’Connor, Knocknagoshel, Tom O’Brien, Collins Park, Months Mind. 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 of the yard.

THE BIBLE EXPOSED: Join us for a crash course in the Bible and see the bible brought to life in the Limerick Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick. Commencing Monday 18 January, for 10 consecutive Mondays 7.30pm to 9pm. For further details, contact Sharon Clohessy 087 9027217 or Eilish Carter 087 8170420 (after 6pm). Fee: €10 per night.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.

DOMESTIC ABUSE GROUP FOR MEN WHO ARE BATTERED: After discovering that I know a man who is battered by his wife I thought I’d investigate to see if there is a support group for him and the many other men who find themselves in this situation. AMEN is based in Navan at St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Railway St. and provides a helpline on 046 9023 718, Email:

GROUP TREATMENT PROGRAMME FOR THOSE WHO MISUSE CANNABIS: A free programme will commence on Thursday, February 11 at a venue in Limerick city for persons over the age of 18 who feel that their use of cannabis is out of control. This is a free confidential service, for further information contact Mark Campbell 086 3847075 or Justin Sherin 087 2051958.

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.