PROLOGUE: "To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge."
Nicolaus Copernicus.

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES: Local girl Mary Curtin who is a member of the Abbeyfeale branch of slimming organisation Unslim is on the cover of their magazine this month. She has lost nearly 5 stone with Unislim since joining up just over a year ago.

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. Prices for spaces remain the same – €7 for cars and €10 for car/trailer or any size of a van. Gates open 7.30am.

VARIETY CONCERT: Traditional fundraising variety concert by West Limerick traditional singing club on Saturday March 12 in Fr Casey’s GAA club, Abbeyfeale. The concert will include a variety of Traditional Musicians, Singers, Storytellers and dancers all for just €10. Please support. West Limerick singing club are also hosting a night of songs in remembrance of 1916 on Friday April 1 in the Ramble Inn, Abbeyfeale at our monthly singing session which takes place on the 1st Friday of every month.

EXCITING TIMES IN ABBEYFEALE: Tea & Tales opened in the Square last Saturday to huge acclaim. Sports Therapist and Fitness Instructor Kadie Colbert from the Killarney Road saw an opening for a coffee shop and set about getting it off the ground with her usual energy and enthusiasm. It’s a coffee shop with a difference – open Monday to Saturday from 9-6pm – where you can enjoy a cup of barista style coffee or tea while spending time browsing book shelves loaded down with inspirational and self-help books.

Another first for the town this year are art classes being provided in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, St. Ita’s Hall and Teach Mhuire Montessori School in Colbert Terrace. These along with the children’s theatre classes based at the Glorach should provide an outlet for people who are not sports orientated. Further information on the art classes for children from 0877551900/ or adults 0879932549 and the children’s theatre classes 0871383940.

BREAKING TRAD: Our own Donal Murphy, son of Maureen and the late Dan, Main St., continues to make a name for himself. Last week he appeared with his group Breaking Trad on RTE’s Today Show where they entertained Daithi with a few tunes.

A DATE FOR THE DIARY: Abbeyfeale Drama Group are rehearsing at present for their production of John B Keane’s play SIVE. It will be staged at Fr. Casey’s on February 16/18/20/21 /23/25/27 and 28 next so mark it down.

ART CLASSES IN THREE VENUES: 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) 9.30-10.30amClass 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. Classes will also take place at Mary Barrett’s Teach Mhuire, Colbert Terrace beginning Monday January 25 from 7-7.30pm- 10.30pm. Total beginners welcome step by step instructions on how to paint skies, water, trees, and bushes. ..Contact Ellen on 0879932549.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HUMANISM:A group of humanists from West Limerick and North Kerry are holding a gathering for inquiring people on Saturday morning February 6 at 11am at the Seanchai in the Square of Listowel. If you are interested in humanism we would love to see you there.
Humanism is an ethical life stance that concentrates on human values.

We rely on scientific inquiry and reason to guide our behaviour. We campaign so that Ireland will become truly secular. If you have queries regarding the meeting or just want reassurance please give Denis Hobson a call on 087 9481031.

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.”

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: A brief meeting will take place in the boy’s school this Wednesday, January 20 at 7.30pm. All volunteers will have to fill out a new Garda Vetting Form and copies will be available on the night.

RAG RUG MAKING CLASSES: Classes on making rugs from waste material will take place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef every Wednesday for 7 weeks beginning January 20 from 7.30-9pm. Class will cost €50. To book a class call 30631.

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: Applications are currently being taken for security systems for those 65 or older, living alone or with someone aged 65 or over. Contact Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue at the Garda Station or any member of the committee including Chairman James Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins and Marian Harnett or committee members James Joy, Neily Lyons, Mary Jo O’Connell, Mary McArthur, Micheal Kelly, Brodie and Brenda Barry, Denis Collins and Sean Broderick.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: A new year brings new opportunities to improve oneself so why not check out West Limerick Toastmasters at the Desmond Complex, NCW on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8pm. A club with a difference where you get the opportunity to practice the art of public speaking in a supportive caring environment. Everyone welcome. Further information from Charles 087 7972855.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Couch to 5k training continues this Saturday, January 23 at Fealefit @ 9am along with Adventure Race Training at 10am. Our Couch to 5k training is building towards a Charity 5k in Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s day morning March 17at 10am..more details to follow in coming weeks. 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. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Leah Harnett, The Belfrey. Thursday 10am Tim O’Connor, St. Ita’s Terrace (died in Sydney last week). Friday 10am Mary Harnett, Knockbrack. Saturday 7pm Christy Leahy and Patrick Sheehan, Knockbrack. John Broderick Knocknasna. Sunday 9.30am John Dunne USA, Denis McEnery, Dromtrasna Collins. 12 noon Catherine Murphy, Clash Road. Patie Broderick Mountmahon and deceased family members. Sean Sheehan Month’s 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.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, The Square on Thursday, January 28 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

DOMESTIC ABUSE GROUP FOR MEN WHO ARE BATTERED: AMEN is based in Navan at St. Anne’s Resource Centre, Railway St. and provides a helpline on 046 9023 718, Email:

UNDERTHEWEATHER.IE: A new website developed by the HSE who say “We want to help you to know how to deal with common illnesses like colds, flu, earaches, tummy bugs and more. And, we want to make sure that the advice you get online is from trusted sources of good quality and correct health information. was developed using health information and advice from the HSE and the experience of GPs and Pharmacists from around Ireland. Learning how to manage common illnesses with confidence and common sense is a great life skill. It’s something that we learn from our parents, from visiting our doctors, and from our own experience. It’s also something that lots of people are now learning from the internet. We all need good, sound advice to develop the confidence and skill to take care of ourselves and our families, and this website aims to give you that advice.” Topics include colds, coughs, earaches, ‘flu’s, rashes, raised temperatures, sore throats and more. Click for more on

CALLING ALL PARISH CHOIRS: Fr. Liam Lawton will present a workshop for parish choirs. Based on his new collection, Eternal, the workshop will be held on Thursday January 21at 8pm in Church of the Resurrection, Park Road. Killarney. Admission is €10 per person and will include a book of the new music. To book please email pastoralcentre or phone 064 6632644

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.

WEEKEND FOR MEN DISCERNING A VOCATION: St. Patrick’s College Thurles on Friday, February 5 starting with dinner at 6.30pm followed by prayer and overnight stay. Saturday breakfast, short talk on discerning a vocation, Mass, lunch followed by discussion. To book 061 414624 /

MEDJUGORJE 35TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE AND DAY OF PRAYER: Sunday, February 7 at Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 10am—5pm. Tickets €12 phone Sean 086 2959380.

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.

VOCATIONS AFTERNOON: “Come and see” 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. Saturday, February 6. For women discerning a religious vocation Poor Clare Monastery, College Rd. Cork. vocationspoorclarescork

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.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Wednesdays January 20/27 from 7-8.30pm ~ A Course on Faith: Resources: The Holy Bible and the Catechism. All Welcome.

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 1pm 365 days a year.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: led by Bishop Ray Browne, October 30, 2016, 8 nights. Direct Flight from Shannon, coach transfers from Kerry. Cost €1,575 sharing. Enquiries: Janice O’Sullivan 064 7758219 or email joskdp Limited availability.

ABBEYFEALE’S FR. CASEY’S CHOSEN AS A HOST CLUB: Calling all Under 14 Football Panel for the 2016 season and their Parents / Guardians. A Registration and Information Evening takes place at 7.30pm at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Thursday, January 21 . The U14 football team will be taking part in the 2016 Féile Peil na nOg National Competition and Fr. Casey’s has also been chosen this year to take part as a Host Club. There will be a Group Photo taken of all the U14 Panel and their Mentors on the night which will then be sent to GAA Headquarters for their records. This is expected to be a major event for the Under 14 Team, Fr. Casey’s as a Club and Abbeyfeale as a town. We encourage everyone to please turn up on the night in order to be part of the Photoshoot and to be given full details of the Event. Don’t forget – Thursday night @ 7.30pm Sharp.

HOW TO BUILD A TOWN: This was in the Living section of the Farmers’ Journal recently and is the advice from Louisburgh, Co. Mayo who have formed a co- operative movement.

Sell local crafts to support local artists. Grow your own bedding plants in your community garden and sell window boxes to local businesses to raise funds. Engage with owners in relation to doing up derelict buildings.