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Monthly Archives: February 2016

PROLOGUE: "If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress."
Calvin Coolidge

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late James McCarthy, Killarney Road and Caherlane. May he rest in peace.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: A public meeting will be held in St. Ita’s Hall on Monday next, March 7 at 7pm to discuss the running of the annual Parade which this year will start at Mountmahon Industrial Park and continue to the Square. The organisers would like to thank all those who contributed to the annual church gate collection.

BRIDGE CLUB PRESIDENTS PRIZE: 1st Eddy Farmer and Jim Lenihan, Best gross Betty O’Leary and Marian Flannery, 3rd Ann Eggleston and Gerardine Ward, 4th Nicola Stack and Mary McGill. 1sr Session Fidelma Cross and Kathleen O’Connor. 2nd Session Denis Collins and Terri Joy. Our President Denis Collins would like to thank everyone who participated.

ST. MARY’S BOYS SCHOOL: They have fantastic news, they have qualified for the final 6 of the 1916 All-Ireland drama competition. Now they say; “we need your help as the winner will be decided by public vote. Please go to http://trte.rte.ie/swipetv/ , click "Abbey 2016, Vote Now" and vote for our school. You can vote as many times as you want so get clicking!! Thank you for your support.”

Please go to http://trte.rte.ie/swipetv/ , click "Abbey 2016, Vote Now" and vote for our school. You can vote as many times as you want so get clicking!! Thank you for your supportFIRST AID FOR PARENTS: West Limerick Resources is offering free workshop on First Aid for Parents will cover choking, CPR etc. Certificate provided. Booking Essential. Course will take place from 6:30-9:30pm on March 2 in the Family & Community Hub. Contact Theresa 069 79113 or Dearbhla 069 66293. Places limited available. Priority is given to parents in receipt of social welfare payments.

GET READY FOR THE CHARITIES ACT: West Limerick Resources is running two workshops for community groups to help them prepare for changes in regulation that come into force on April 16th. Workshop 1 on Thursday March 10th from 7-9pm will look at the implication of the Charities Act on your organization and how to ensure you are compliant. Workshop 2 on Tuesday March 15th from 7- 9pm will examine the Governance Code and how your organization could benefit by signing up. Both workshops will take place in West Limerick Resources offices, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Contact: Irene at iocallaghan or 087 2298204.

GAA REGISTRATION FINAL CALL: U6 to U16 Thursday, March 3 at 7.30 pm.

Please be aware that this is the last chance this season to register for a place on the Fr. Casey’s U6 to U16 Panels. U6 to U10 girls are allowed to join these Panels but U12 to U16 Girls will need to make contact with the Fr Casey’s GAA Ladies Club. All Parents/Guardians and Players need to be aware that due to updated GAA and Child Protection Policies, that no one will be allowed to participate in Training or Matches unless they are fully registered and paid up. Hope to see everyone at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Thursday, March 3 at 7.30pm.

TOWN PARK: A message was posted on Facebook during the week which said “Is there any possible way something can be done about our Town Park, we just had to leave it with our two children as there was about 8-10 young boys throwing stones at other people out there, we have had to leave the park on several occasions due to out of control children out there, and I think it’s about high time someone did something about it”. On checking comments posted by other parents it seems that some parents are dropping off children and leaving them unsupervised and those are then running wild.

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.

FUNDRAISING DANCE: Joanne McMahon fundraising dance in aid of Burns Unit, St James Hospital at The Railway Abbeyfeale on Saturday, March 12 at 9 30pm with music by
Mike Condon. Finger food served. Please support this worthy cause.

SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Every Tuesday night in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale from 8-9pm for beginners and advanced from 9-10.30pm. All welcome.

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday evenings at 8pm in Church of the Assumption.

LEAVING CERT IRISH ORAL EXAM: A one day intensive Easter revision course will be held in Halla Inse Bán, Templeglantine on Monday, March 21. Bookings with Máirín 087 4344745.

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ATHEA DRAMA: Athea Drama Group’s upcoming production of ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ will be staged at Con Colbert Hall Athea on March 3/5/ 6. Directed by Oliver McGrath, this is a heart lifting tale that tells the story of five women who meet up for a night of fun and laughter that ultimately leaves their lives turned upside down. The cast features Annette O’Donnell, Angeline O’Donnell, Nora Hunt, Louise Ahern & Ria Browne.

FEALE FIT: Well done to all the Fealefit / St Ita’s Ac members that ran The Adare 10k on Sunday, great times and lots of new Pb’s. Fealefit / St Ita’s Ac Charity 5k Walk / Run in conjunction with Kostal Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s day morning March 17at 10am with a Green theme ,€10 to register. No times, No winners, No pressure just the enjoyment & achievement of completing 5k. All money raised will be donated to charity! This is a fun community event to help raise money for charity so we ask people to help in any way they can with stewarding the course, whatever you can for refreshments, baked goods etc..anything left over will go to homeless! All event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552!! ‘see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION EVENING: On Friday, March 4 from 5-9pm at Heavenly Gifts, Main St. Champagne, Hot Punch and lots of treats. Lots of spot prizes to be won.

GATHER BY THE FEALE: The Gather by the Feale committee would like to hear from anybody interested in organising and running an event during the Gather by the Feale Festival in July 2016. If you have any ideas please contact Orla Dennison 0878045013 at your earliest convenience.

MARY BLACK TO HEADLINE FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2016: Gather By The Feale 2016 are pleased to announce that our headline act for this year’s concert is world renowned "MARY BLACK & HER BAND" on Sunday, May 1. Mary is one of Ireland’s leading folk/contemporary singers, she has toured extensively in her early days with Trad band De Dannan before progressing into a hugely successful solo career, it is an honour and pleasure to have her headlining our festival. We are confident it will be a huge success, more information and ticket details will be announced in the coming days.

SAGART LOURDES REUNION: Sagart Lourdes Reunion in the Woodlands House hotel on Friday March 4. Tickets €25. Contact Mary on 087/7919414.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

CAMOGIE CLUB: Wednesday, March 2 the U 6’s will have training from 5-6pm. Wear a helmet and bring a hurley. Registration €20. Further information from Liz on 087 2482844.

TLC: You are invited to register with www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie for the second annual Team Limerick Clean Up which takes place on Good Friday, March 25 from 10am – 1pm.Join The Clean Team and be part of history!

For further information, please email tlc or call 061496200.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

ART CLASSES ABBEYFEALE: Art classes take place each Thursday in the Abbeyfeale Further Education and Training Centre (Old Tech) from 10 – 12pm. This educational programme has a relaxation and social aspect. This is a time out space to enhance mental and emotional health. If you are interested in joining this class please contact Mary on 087 9382883. Supported by West Limerick Resources and the Limerick – Clare Education & Training Board.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Friday evenings. Go to www.pioneerassociation.ie and pledge the short term pledge for Lent. Local representative is Rita Horgan, Killarney Rd. May with a jam packed agenda which included a cycle challenge, a family fun day, a dance and a variety concert with over €28,000 raised and donated to First Light and Bru Columbanus including a donation being made to the Hope Foundation. Plans are now in train to continue the good work begun last year and carry on fundraising in Zoe’s name for good causes with children’s charities Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and the playground in Abbeyfeale Town Park being the chosen beneficiaries this year. There are a number of events pencilled in and these include:• Back 2 School Theme Party, Railway Bar Abbeyfeale Easter Sunday Night 27th March – Doors open 9pm. Entertainment with Band No Direction & Late night Dj.- No Homework, No exams, just fun with your old Class mates….A night not to be missed

• Family Fun Day Sunday 19th June from 2pm at Fr. Casey’s GAA with kiddies disco at 6pm. A day out for all the family with lots of great activities, enjoy the old reliables and lots of new & exciting games to keep all the family entertained!

• Relay Run to Dublin – A once in a lifetime 3 x day Relay run to Dublin starting July 29th in Abbeyfeale & finishing at Make a Wish Foundation headquarters in Dublin July 31st taking in some of Ireland’s biggest towns & Cities along the way!

REMEMBERING ZOE BACK 2 SCHOOL THEME PARTY: Easter Sunday March 27 at the Railway Bar with doors open at 9pm. Music by No Direction followed by a late nite D.J.

No Homework, No exams, just an excuse to dress and have fun with your old Class mates. All funds raised to Remembering Zoe nominated charities 2016: Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and Town Park Playground. No Direction have kindly started the ball rolling by waiving their fee and performing gratis.

DRUGS INITIATIVE: The Irish Bishops Drugs initiative programme for confirmation children will take place on Wednesday night March 9 and Wednesday night April 13 from 7:30pm until 9pm at Scoil Mháthair Dé. Both Confirmation candidates and parents are invited to attend.

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. The RCCN (Rural Community Care Network) work in our area to deliver low cost maintenance to the Elderly & people with disability. They are funded through CSP programme through Pobal. They operate from the Round House Office in NCW under manager Kathleen Mulvihill.. RCCN Ltd, The Round House, St Mary’s Road, NCW. 069 69315 rccnhousing@yahoo.

QQI LEVEL 5 CARE SKILLS MODULE: Family Carers Ireland are offering this course in Patient Moving and Handling one day a week for five weeks from 9.30 -4.30pm. Further information from 05793 70221.

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

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

DIOCESE OF LIMERICK SYNOD: Synod Opening Mass is on Sunday, April 3 in St John’s Cathedral at 7pm. Parishes have been invited to pray for the Synod on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday April 6 a Pastoral Area liturgy is being planned for each of the nine areas. Synod Closing Mass is on Sunday, April 10, in St John’s Cathedral at 7pm.

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: Thursday 10am Nora Ann and Tim Cronin, Christy and Eileen. Friday 7pm Eily Lane, New St Month’s Mind. 8pm Jerry O’Riordan and Mary Mann Month’s Mind. Saturday 11am Micheal, Margaret and Patrick Colbert. 7pm Vera Broderick New St., Sonny and Kit Doody, New Street. Frank Noonan, Colberts Tce and New York. Sunday 9.30am Nora, Betty and Patrick Collins, Meenkilly. 12noon Ted Mulcahy, Dromtrasna. Monday 7pm Liz Doran Anniversary.

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 www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. 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. Ash Wednesday February 10. The chart for perpetual adoration for the Lenten period is at the back of the altar and you are asked to sign up for one hour a week. Trocaire boxes are available to be distributed by usual volunteers.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN DUAGH: Every Friday at 7.30pm in Duagh Church.

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: info

TALK ON SUBSTANCE MISUSE: Mags Dillon from the Community Substance Misuse Team ( CSMT) is giving a free talk on Substance misuse on Thursday, March 3 in The Desmond Complex, NCW from 10.30 -12.30 approx. All welcome. Any questions contact Liz Cullinane on 0863514700.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: There is a newly developed proposal in Irish education to have a separate special subject called Education in Religious beliefs and Ethics. This would run as well as any RE teaching set up by the patron (eg Catholic RE). A national agency tasked with developing a new curriculum opened a consultation on the proposals – it will continue into spring 2016. The proposed introduction of ERBE is a potentially significant change in the Irish primary school system, as such we would like to encourage people to become engaged in the consultation process. There is the option to complete an online survey at www.ncca.ie/consultation/erbe but an advisory group gathered by the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and the Catholic Schools Partnership suggest that written submissions would be the better option. If you would like to know more or be supported in preparing a submission contact St Senans office at www.stsenansed.ie/

MAUREEN’S FIRST DAY TRIP OF 2016: Day Trip Sunday, March 20 leaving Newcastle West at 8am. First stop full Irish breakfast in the Harbour Hotel Naas, where you can order homemade bread, scones and cakes and collect same in the evening when we return for choice of four course dinner menu. Visiting the Kildare vlllage with a choice of 80 different shops and a trip to the Newbridge Silver premises where you can also visit the very interesting museum upstairs. For more information and 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 1pm 365 days a year.

MEDJUGORJE: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje – 35th Anniversary. Departing from Shannon. Wednesday, September 7. Half board accomodation. Contact John O’Brien 086-8938984.


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PROLOGUE: "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present."
Lao Tzu.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: The first of the County Limerick Féile Matches including the one for our own U14’s against St. Senan’s of Foynes is due to take place this coming weekend. However, due to the ongoing adverse weather conditions, the exact location and time of this Match has yet to be finalised. Followers of our own U14 Panel and in particular those interested in the Féile Peil na nÓg Competition are asked to keep in close touch with the U14 Mentors or through Fr. Casey’s Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also, for those of you who may be interested in acting as Host Families to two U14 visiting players in your home for the 2 nights of the finals in late June, please make immediate contact with Tomás TJ OConnell – Chairman Bord na nÓg

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: There will be a collection at all Masses this weekend to help cover the expenses of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

THE WIZARD OF OZ: TY students in in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale will stage their production of the Wizard of Oz on Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 with doors open at 7pm and show from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available at the interval. Admission €10. Raffle for hampers.

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.

FUNDRAISING DANCE: Joanne McMahon fundraising dance in aid of Burns Unit, St James Hospital at The Railway Abbeyfeale on Saturday, March 12 at 9 30pm with music by
Mike Condon. Finger food served. Please support this worthy cause.

SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Every Tuesday night in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale from 8-9pm for beginners and advanced from 9-10.30pm. All welcome.

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday evenings at 8pm in Church of the Assumption.

LEAVING CERT IRISH ORAL EXAM: A one day intensive Easter revision course will be held in Halla Inse Bán, Templeglantine on Monday, March 21. Bookings with Máirín 087 4344745.

BUILDING A JUST SOCIETY: Tara Building, Room TI 18 in Mary I – A talk by Fr. Sean Healy Director of Social Justice Ireland. Admission free

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ATHEA DRAMA: Rehearsals are progressing very well for Athea Drama Group’s upcoming production of ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ which will be staged at Con Colbert Hall Athea on February 25/ 27/28 & March 3/5/ 6. Directed by Oliver McGrath, this is a heart lifting tale that tells the story of five women who meet up for a night of fun and laughter that ultimately leaves their lives turned upside down. The cast features Annette O’Donell, Angeline O’Donnell, Nora Hunt, Louise Ahern & Ria Browne.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday February 25 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

SIVE: The Abbeyfeale Drama Group continue it’s production of Sive by John B. Keane in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Thursday, February25, Saturday 27 and finishing on Sunday, February 28. Doors open 7pm, performance 8pm sharp.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: Co. Limerick Beekeepers Association in conjunction with FIBKA proudly present Ian and Ruth Homer on their Nationwide Tour of Ireland.

They will present a lecture entitled “Beekeeping Then (1959) and Now (2015) – a reflective meander through 50 years of beekeeping looking at things which have changed …. and those which haven’t.”

This will take place on Friday, February 26 in the Castletroy Park Hotel at 7:30pm and all are welcome. There will be no cover charge and this will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in bees and beekeeping, not just beekeepers.

Ian with his wife Ruth have kept bees for 33 years in Dorset and in Northumberland. After a career as an Electrical Engineer, Consultant and Project Manager, Ian joined the National Bee Unit in 1999 and was a seasonal bee inspector in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Co. Durham, then in Devon, before becoming Regional Bee Inspector for Southern England and later Extension and Learning Officer, retiring from the NBU in July 2011.

Ian’s major interests are encouraging beekeepers to practice good bee husbandry and attempting to present beekeeping issues in a practical and straightforward way. He feels strongly that if beekeepers can develop a greater understanding of their bees, they will derive more pleasure from keeping them. He is currently an elected Trustee of the British Beekeepers Association.

FEALE FIT: Charity 5k in Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day morning March 17 at 10am with a Green theme, €10 to register. All money raised will be donated to charity! This is a fun community event to help raise money for charity so we ask people to help in any way they can with stewarding the course,bring your own water & whatever you can for refreshments,baked goods etc..Anything left over will go to homeless. All event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552.

GATHER BY THE FEALE: The Gather by the Feale committee would like to hear from anybody interested in organising and running an event during the Gather by the Feale Festival in July 2016. If you have any ideas please contact Orla Dennison 0878045013 at your earliest convenience.

MARY BLACK TO HEADLINE FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2016: Gather By The Feale 2016 are pleased to announce that our headline act for this year’s concert is world renowned "MARY BLACK & HER BAND" on Sunday, May 1. Mary is one of Ireland’s leading folk/contemporary singers, she has toured extensively in her early days with Trad band De Dannan before progressing into a hugely successful solo career, it is an honour and pleasure to have her headlining our festival. We are confident it will be a huge success, more information and ticket details will be announced in the coming days.

GET READY FOR THE CHARITIES ACT: West Limerick Resources is running two workshops for community groups to help them prepare for changes in regulation that come into force on April 16th. Workshop 1 on Thursday March 10th from 7-9pm will look at the implication of the Charities Act on your organization and how to ensure you are compliant. Workshop 2 on Tuesday March 15th from 7- 9pm will examine the Governance Code and how your organization could benefit by signing up. Both workshops will take place in West Limerick Resources offices, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Contact: Irene at iocallaghan or 087 2298204

NIGHT AT THE DOGS: Nadine Smith from Abbeyfeale who is a fourth year dentistry student at UCC is travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal with the organisation Work the World and twelve fellow students to work with residents there. It is a long standing tradition of fourth year students in UCC to travel on a Dental Outreach programme to a developing country. As part of her fund raising efforts Nadine Smith has organised a Night at the Dogs at Tralee Greyhound Stadium, Saturday, February 27 at 7.50pm.. Tickets cost ONLY €10 and in order to maximize the returns to the charity you are asked to purchase them in advance as only these sales will be donated towards the charity. Tickets available in local outlets including Annette’s Main St., Heavenly Gifts, Main St., Esther’s Boutique, Main St., Needles and Pins, Abbeyfeale. Then in Newcastle West they can be purchased in Scanlan’s Menswear, and in Listowel at John B Keane’s and also in Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Castleisland. Any queries please phone: 0879776831/ 0876273731. Your support is greatly appreciated.

SAGART LOURDES REUNION: Sagart Lourdes Reunion in the Woodlands House hotel on Friday March 4. Tickets €25. Contact Mary on 087/7919414.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

CAMOGIE CLUB: Then on Wednesday, March 2 the U 6’s will have training from 5-6pm. Wear a helmet and bring a hurley. Registration €20. Further information from Liz on 087 2482844.

TLC: You are invited to register with www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie for the second annual Team Limerick Clean Up which takes place on Good Friday, March 25 from 10am – 1pm.Join The Clean Team and be part of history!

For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

ART CLASSES ABBEYFEALE: Art classes take place each Thursday in the Abbeyfeale Further Education and Training Centre (Old Tech) from 10 – 12pm. This educational programme has a relaxation and social aspect. This is a time out space to enhance mental and emotional health. If you are interested in joining this class please contact Mary on 087 9382883. Supported by West Limerick Resources and the Limerick – Clare Education & Training Board.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Friday evenings. Go to www.pioneerassociation.ie and pledge the short term pledge for Lent. Local representative is Rita Horgan, Killarney Rd. May with a jam packed agenda which included a cycle challenge, a family fun day, a dance and a variety concert with over €28,000 raised and donated to First Light and Bru Columbanus including a donation being made to the Hope Foundation. Plans are now in train to continue the good work begun last year and carry on fundraising in Zoe’s name for good causes with children’s charities Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and the playground in Abbeyfeale Town Park being the chosen beneficiaries this year. There are a number of events pencilled in and these include:• Back 2 School Theme Party, Railway Bar Abbeyfeale Easter Sunday Night 27th March – Doors open 9pm. Entertainment with Band No Direction & Late night Dj.- No Homework, No exams, just fun with your old Class mates….A night not to be missed

• Family Fun Day Sunday 19th June from 2pm at Fr. Casey’s GAA with kiddies disco at 6pm. A day out for all the family with lots of great activities, enjoy the old reliables and lots of new & exciting games to keep all the family entertained!

• Relay Run to Dublin – A once in a lifetime 3 x day Relay run to Dublin starting July 29th in Abbeyfeale & finishing at Make a Wish Foundation headquarters in Dublin July 31st taking in some of Ireland’s biggest towns & Cities along the way!

REMEMBERING ZOE BACK 2 SCHOOL THEME PARTY: Easter Sunday March 27 at the Railway Bar with doors open at 9pm. Music by No Direction followed by a late nite D.J.

No Homework, No exams, just an excuse to dress and have fun with your old Class mates. All funds raised to Remembering Zoe nominated charities 2016: Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and Town Park Playground. No Direction have kindly started the ball rolling by waiving their fee and performing gratis.

DRUGS INITIATIVE: The Irish Bishops Drugs initiative programme for confirmation children will take place on Wednesday night March 9 and Wednesday night April 13 from 7:30pm until 9pm at Scoil Mháthair Dé. Both Confirmation candidates and parents are invited to attend.

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. The Gardai are advising everyone to ; ‘Lock Up and Light Up this Winter’. As part of Operation Thor, An Garda Síochána is advising people that simple steps can help protect their home this winter. Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights and use timer switches. Lock all doors and windows. Use an alarm even when you are in the house. Store keys away from windows and letter boxes. Don’t keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.

QQI LEVEL 5 CARE SKILLS MODULE: Family Carers Ireland are offering this course in Patient Moving and Handling one day a week for five weeks from 9.30 -4.30pm. Further information from 05793 70221.

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

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

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: Thursday 10am Julia and Daniel Casey and son Ned. Friday 10am Nora and Tim Cronin and Christy and Eileen. Saturday 11am Jim and Nora Fealey, Ballybehy and London. Saturday 7pm Pat Lyons, Killarney Road. Sunday 9.30am Danny Harnett, The Hill. 12noon Tom W Flynn and deceased relatives. Padraig O’Cleirigh, Killarney Road.

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 www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. 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. Ash Wednesday February 10. The chart for perpetual adoration for the Lenten period is at the back of the altar and you are asked to sign up for one hour a week. Trocaire boxes are available to be distributed by usual volunteers.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN DUAGH: Every Friday at 7.30pm in Duagh Church.

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: info@amen.ie

RATHKEALE AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Author, historian and broadcaster, Mr. Ian Kenneally, will deliver a talk entitled “Irish Soldiers, American Wars: From Appomatox to Wounded Knee” to Rathkeale & District Historical Society this Friday night, February 26 at 8.30pm in the Community Arts Centre in Rathkeale. You are welcome to attend.

RALLY FOR LIFE: Saturday, February 27 Grand Parade Cork. 2pm. Mass before rally in St. Peter’s and Pauls Church at 1.15pm. Principal celebrant Bishop John Buckley Bishop of Cork and Ross. www.munsterrallyforlife.com

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 1pm 365 days a year.


PROLOGUE: "Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something."
Jarod Kintz

DEATHS; Sincere sympathy to the families of the late Mary Mann, Church St., and John Morrissey, Cedarville. May they rest in peace.

SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Every Tuesday night in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale from 8-9pm for beginners and advanced from 9-10.30pm. All welcome.

CAR BOOT SALE: The monthly car boot sale and Indoor Market in aid of WL102fm takes place at the Community Centre on Sunday, February 21 with gates opening at 7.30am. This fundraiser helps keep local community radio on air so your support would be very welcome. Contact 06966200/0876866450 for more details.

ATHEA DRAMA: Rehearsals are progressing very well for Athea Drama Group’s upcoming production of ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ which will be staged at Con Colbert Hall Athea on February 25/ 27/28 & March 3/5/ 6. Directed by Oliver McGrath, this is a heart lifting tale that tells the story of five women who meet up for a night of fun and laughter that ultimately leaves their lives turned upside down. The cast features Annette O’Donell, Angeline O’Donnell, Nora Hunt, Louise Ahern & Ria Browne.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday February 25 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

SIVE: It’s 57 years since its first outing in Listowel and now, all those years later the play, which still resonates with audiences both rural and urban will be staged by the Abbeyfeale Drama Group in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Thursday, February 18 and continuing its run on February 20/21/23/25/27 and finishing on Sunday, February 28. Doors open 7pm, performance 8pm sharp.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS 10TH BIRTHDAY: A celebration meeting to mark ten years of West Limerick Toastmasters will be held at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West on this Wednesday, February 17 at 8 p.m. sharp. Current and former members and guests will come together to enjoy some short speeches and topics session followed by refreshments. Guest speaker will be award winning Sean Lyons, renowned for his humorous speeches. Contact Charles at 087 797 2855 or Helen on 087 6043351 or just come along on the night and you will get a great welcome. You can sit back and relax and see what you think. There is no charge for guests and you will not be expected to speak during the meeting.

GATHER BY THE FEALE: The Gather by the Feale committee would like to hear from anybody interested in organising and running an event during the Gather by the Feale Festival in July 2016. If you have any ideas please contact Orla Dennison 0878045013 at your earliest convenience.

R.A.G.E. (Residents against Gassification in our Environment) are hosting a Public Meeting in Shanagolden Hall on Thursday, February 18 at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS ANNUAL HUNTING FESTIVAL:

Memorial Meet for John O’Connor Wednesday, February 17 – Cryle View Bar, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick (The Carraigshane Harriers). Thursday, February 18 – The Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla, Co. Limerick (The Rooves Bridge Harriers & The Rockfield Harriers). Friday, February 19 – DP Lyons Bar, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick (The Sliabh Luachra Harriers, The Killtevan Harriers & The Minerock Harriers) Memorial Meet for Jackie O’Grady. ALL MEETS AT 11.00 a.m. Food kindly sponsored by publicans.

Hunting is on foot and the quarry is fox – Cap €10.00 per meet.

.Enquiries: Doug McGuinness (Hon. Sec. Abbeyfeale Harriers) 087 6829044 or Paddy O’Grady 087 6258933.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT: The recent announcement(see link here: http://m.independent.ie/regionals/kerryman/news/gas-times-ahead-for-kerry-group-34399252.html) that a gas pipeline connection from near Aughinish, Co. Limerick to Listowel is to be provided is most interesting. An existing operational gas pipeline crosses the railway line near Croagh, Co. Limerick and an obvious route for a connection to Listowel is along the old railway, now the Great Southern Trail Greenway (www.southerentrail.net) The entire route is along State owned land and the opportunity could also be availed of to upgrade the existing 40km Greenway in Limerick and, at the same time, to complete the long awaited greenway link between Abbeyfeale and Listowel. There is already a fibre optic cable along the route and in other countries such as the USA (see link here: http://www.railstotrails.org/build-trails/trail-building-toolbox/planning/utilities/) it is common practice to route such public utility projects along former railway lines. This practical solution would also avoid the disruption caused to road traffic were the pipeline to be installed along the roadside. It is to be hoped that the relevant agencies and our public representatives will give serious consideration to this suggestion.

NIGHT AT THE DOGS: On Saturday, February 27 Nadine Smith from Abbeyfeale who is a fourth year dentistry student at UCC is travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal with the organisation Work the World and twelve fellow students to work with residents there. It is a long standing tradition of fourth year students in UCC to travel on a Dental Outreach programme to a developing country. As part of her fund raising efforts Nadine has organised a Night at the Dogs at Tralee Greyhound Stadium, Saturday, February 27 at 7.50pm. As always this is a guaranteed enjoyable night for all the family. Apart from the opportunity to watch and bet on greyhounds, Nadine who is herself, a regular competitor on the Best Dressed circuit has organised a Best Dressed Lady competition with a top prize of a Jennifer Wrynne headpiece sponsored by Jennifer Wrynne Millinery. The first prize also includes jewellery and glassware sponsored by Heavenly Gifts, Abbeyfeale. There will be generous second and third prizes too. Other events include Best Dressed Man with a prize of a gift voucher sponsored by Gentlemen’s Quarters, Patrick’s St., Cork. There will also be a Little Miss Competition sponsored by Heavenly Gifts and Heavenly Day Spa, Abbeyfeale. There will also be a raffle extravaganza with over 30 phenomenal prizes and entertainment to finish out the evening. Expert Judges for the competitions will include Annette Mann of Annette’s Boutique, Abbeyfeale, Ladies Day regular Mary Woulfe and esteemed make-up artist Rachelle Guiry. Tickets cost ONLY €10 and in order to maximize the returns to the charity you are asked to purchase them in advance as only these sales will be donated towards the charity. Tickets available in local outlets including Annette’s Main St., Heavenly Gifts, Main St., Esther’s Boutique, Main St., Needles and Pins, Abbeyfeale. Then in Newcastle West they can be purchased in Scanlan’s Menswear, and in Listowel at John B Keane’s and also in Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Castleisland. Any queries please phone: 0879776831/ 0876273731. Your support is greatly appreciated.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

CAMOGIE CLUB: U14’s Camogie Club starting on Monday, February 22 from 6-7pm at Fr. Casey’s. Registration €30. Wear tracksuit, runners and gloves and bring a helmet and hurley. Then on Wednesday, March 2 the U 6’s will have training from 5-6pm. Wear a helmet and bring a hurley. Registration €20. Further information from Liz on 087 2482844.

TLC: You are invited to register with www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie for the second annual Team Limerick Clean Up which takes place on Good Friday, March 25 from 10am – 1pm.Join The Clean Team and be part of history!

For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

THE WIZARD OF OZ: TY students in in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale are currently rehearsing their production of The Wizard of Oz directed by Miriam Ball. It’s being staged Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 with doors open at 7pm and show from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available at the interval. Admission €10. Raffle for hampers.

ABBEYFEALE UTD. DINNER DANCE: Saturday next at the Devon Inn. Tickets €25.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: Parent Coach Joan Barrett will attend the Parent and Toddler Group in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday February 26. Joan will endeavour to answer parent’s question regarding their toddlers and parenting. The parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

ART CLASSES ABBEYFEALE: Art classes take place each Thursday in the Abbeyfeale Further Education and Training Centre (Old Tech) from 10 – 12pm. This educational programme has a relaxation and social aspect. This is a time out space to enhance mental and emotional health. If you are interested in joining this class please contact Mary on 087 9382883. Supported by West Limerick Resources and the Limerick – Clare Education & Training Board.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Friday evenings. Go to www.pioneerassociation.ie and pledge the short term pledge for Lent. Local representative is Rita Horgan, Killarney Rd. May with a jam packed agenda which included a cycle challenge, a family fun day, a dance and a variety concert with over €28,000 raised and donated to First Light and Bru Columbanus including a donation being made to the Hope Foundation. Plans are now in train to continue the good work begun last year and carry on fundraising in Zoe’s name for good causes with children’s charities Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and the playground in Abbeyfeale Town Park being the chosen beneficiaries this year. There are a number of events pencilled in and these include:• Back 2 School Theme Party, Railway Bar Abbeyfeale Easter Sunday Night 27th March – Doors open 9pm. Entertainment with Band No Direction & Late night Dj.- No Homework, No exams, just fun with your old Class mates….A night not to be missed

FEALE FIT: Well done to all the Fealefit / St Ita’s runners that ran the Tralee Valentines 10 miler Sunday last, February 14. Many of the group were running that distance for the first time. Charity 5k in Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s day morning March 17 at 10am with a Green theme ,€10 to register. All money raised will be donated to charity! This is a fun community event to help raise money for charity so we ask people to help in any way they can with stewarding the course, bring your own water & whatever you can for refreshments, baked goods etc, .anything left over will go to homeless! All event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com
• Remembering Zoe Cycle Challenge Sunday 15th May starting at Fr, Casey’s GAA Clubhouse at 9am and consisting of a 110km, a 75km and a 40km Cycle with refreshments before and after at the GAA Clubhouse and a Food Stop at the Community Centre in Mountcollins.Registration for the cycle will take place in the GAA Clubhouse on Friday 13th May from 6pm to 9pm and again on Sunday morning from 7.30am

• Family Fun Day Sunday 19th June from 2pm at Fr. Casey’s GAA with kiddies disco at 6pm. A day out for all the family with lots of great activities, enjoy the old reliables and lots of new & exciting games to keep all the family entertained!

• Relay Run to Dublin – A once in a lifetime 3 x day Relay run to Dublin starting July 29th in Abbeyfeale & finishing at Make a Wish Foundation headquarters in Dublin July 31st taking in some of Ireland’s biggest towns & Cities along the way!

SAGART LOURDES REUNION: Sagart Lourdes Reunion in the Woodlands House hotel on Friday March 4. Tickets €25. Contact Mary on 087/7919414.

REMEMBERING ZOE BACK 2 SCHOOL THEME PARTY: Easter Sunday March 27 at the Railway Bar with doors open at 9pm. Music by No Direction followed by a late nite D.J.

No Homework, No exams, just an excuse to dress and have fun with your old Class mates. All funds raised to Remembering Zoe nominated charities 2016: Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and Town Park Playground. No Direction have kindly started the ball rolling by waiving their fee and performing gratis.

DIVINE MERCY: Divine Mercy Jubilee 25th Divine Mercy Conference February 19-22 in Main Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show, featuring local models, on Thursday, February 18 in Tournafulla Community Hall, commencing at 7.15pm with a Cheese and Wine Reception. Fashion Show starts at 8pm. Tickets €10,.

can be purchased from Irene Dillane, Miranda Foley, Janet Garvey or Marina O’Mahoney.

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.

DRUGS INITIATIVE: The Irish Bishops Drugs initiative programme for confirmation children will take place on Wednesday night March 9 and Wednesday night April 13 from 7:30pm until 9pm at Scoil Mháthair Dé. Both Confirmation candidates and parents are invited to attend.

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. If you have a smartphone you should download an app called panicguard and if you ever feel threatened shake your phone vigorously. This will set off a high pitched panic alarm on your phone, the phone will start flashing, it will activate the gps so you can be tracked and it will also turn your video so it catches everything on camera.

SUE RYDER: The shop in Abbeyfeale offers a large selection of low priced women’s and men’s clothing, bric a brac, toys, handbags and a fantastic choice of bestseller books.
We welcome donations of all of the above but at the moment we especially need bed linen and curtains, towels etc. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items and duvets/pillows.
Thank you for your continued support.

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.

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: Saturday February 20 7pm Mossie Regan, Cahir. Mary B. Dalton Purt 1st anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Daniel O’Donnell, The Hill. 12 noon Lily O’Keeffe, Hill Road and Ballaugh Months Mind. 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 www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. 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. Ash Wednesday February 10. The chart for perpetual adoration for the Lenten period is at the back of the altar and you are asked to sign up for one hour a week. Trocaire boxes are available to be distributed by usual volunteers.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN DUAGH: Every Friday at 7.30pm in Duagh Church.

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: info@amen.ie

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: Husbands and Wives, Why not gift one another with a Marriage Encounter Weekend to enrich your communication, rekindle romance, deepen your love and discover the rich spirituality of your marriage. At the Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone from 26 to 28-Feb. www.marriageencounter.ie or call 087-784 0408.

MAUREEN’S OUTINGS: 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.

RALLY FOR LIFE: Saturday, February 27 Grand Parade Cork. 2pm.

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 1pm 365 days a year.

Sir – This was written by an old lady in a geriatric ward in a hospital. After she died, it was found among her possessions by a nurse. All members of staff who have dealings with old people should ponder on what this old woman wrote:

What do you see, Nurse?

“What do you see, nurses, what do you see?

What are you looking at when you look at me?

A crabbed old woman, not very wise

Uncertain in habit with faraway eyes.

Who dribbles her food and makes no reply

When you say in a loud voice – I do wish you’d try.

Who seems not to notice the things that you do

And is forever losing that stocking or shoe,

Who unresisting or not, let you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding – the long day to fill.

Is that what you are thinking? Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, Nurse, you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still

As I move at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I’m as small child of 10 with a father and mother

Brothers and sisters who love one another.

A girl of sixteen with wings on her feet

Dreaming that soon now a lover she’ll meet.

A bride soon at 20 – my heart gives a leap.

Remembering the vows that I promised to keep.

At 25 now, I have young of my own

Who need me to build a secure happy home?

A woman of 30, my young grow fast

Bound to each other with love that should last.

At 40, my young sons have grown and are gone

But my man is beside me to see I don’t mourn.

At 50, once more, babies play around my knee

Again, we have children my husband and me

Dark days are upon me – my husband is dead,

I look to the future – I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing young of their own

And I think of the years and love I have shown

I’m an old woman now and nature is cruel

‘Tis her jest to make old age look a fool.

The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart

There is a stone now – where once I had a heart.

But inside this old carcase – a young girl still dwells

And now and again my battered heart swells

I remember the joys – I remember the pain

And I’m loving and living life all over again.

A NURSE’S REPLY

What do we see, you ask, what do we see?

Yes, we are thinking when looking at thee’

We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss,

But there’s many of you, and too few of us.

We would like far more time to sit by you and talk,

To bath you and feed you and help you to walk,

To hear of your lives and the things you have done;

Your childhood, your husband, your daughter, your son.

But time is against us, there’s too much to do-

Patients too many, and nurses too few.

We grieve when we see you so sad and alone,

With nobody near you, no friends of your own.

We feel all your pain, and know of your fear

That nobody cares now your end is so near.

But nurses are people with feelings as well,

And when we’re together, you’ll often hear tell

Of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed,

And the lovely old Dad, and the things that he said.

We speak with compassion and love, and feel sad.


PROLOGUE:"Procrastination:A hardening of the oughteries."

Author Unknown

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Eily Lane, Lanes Stores, New Street whose funeral took place last week. May she rest in peace. We also offer our sincere sympathies to the wife and family of the late Jerry O’Riordan, Dromtrasna whose funeral was held on Monday. May he rest in peace.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: Another first for Abbeyfeale with the setting up of a boxing club. Training on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the old Flamingos with entrance next door to the back entrance of The Coffee Pot on Colbert Tce. Contact Noel 087 4360339. All age groups welcome.

CAMOGIE CLUB: Is this another first this week with a Camogie Club for the U14’s starting on Monday, February 22 from 6-7pm at Fr. Casey’s. Registration €30. Wear tracksuit, runners and gloves and bring a helmet and hurley. Then on Wednesday, March 2 the U 6’s will have training from 5-6pm. Wear a helmet and bring a hurley. Registration €20. Further information from Liz on 087 2482844.

TLC: You are invited to register with www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie for the second annual Team Limerick Clean Up which takes place on Good Friday, March 25 from 10am – 1pm.Join The Clean Team and be part of history!

For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

SIVE: It’s 57 years since its first outing in Listowel and now, all those years later the play, which still resonates with audiences both rural and urban will be staged by the Abbeyfeale Drama Group in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse beginning Tuesday, February 16 and continuing its run on February 18, 20/21/23/25/27 and finishing on Sunday, February 28. All proceeds from the first night on Tuesday, February 16 go to the Abbeyfeale Lourdes Invalid Fund. Chairman of the Drama Group Seamus Lane has issued an invitation to one and all to come and see their production which will start at 8pm.. “Bi ann gan teip agus beidh failte roimh gach einne.”

INVASIVE SPECIES WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources is hosting a workshop on Invasive Species Management on Monday February 15 in the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (‘the Tech’), Mountmahon from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Supported under the Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund, the workshop will focus on invasive species identification and management but will also outline how to conduct and submit survey result to the National Invasive Species Database (http://invasives.biodiversityireland.ie), which provides centralised up-to-date information on the distribution of Invasive Species in Ireland. To register email Suzanne at srowley@wlr.ie or call 069 79114.

NIGHT AT THE DOGS: On Saturday, February 27 Nadine Smith from Abbeyfeale who is a fourth year dentistry student at UCC is travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal with the organisation Work the World and twelve fellow students to work with residents there. It is a long standing tradition of fourth year students in UCC to travel on a Dental Outreach programme to a developing country. Each student has to raise €3,300 and Nadine says that while out there “We will undertake extractions, fillings, assisting in Oral Surgery procedures and delivering oral hygiene demonstrations. Unfortunately as Nepal is seen as a developing country dental care is out of reach for a majority of the population. Many who shall attend our clinics will travel by foot from rural communities for days” As part of her fund raising efforts Nadine has organised a Night at the Dogs at Tralee Greyhound Stadium, Saturday, February 27 at 7.50pm. As always this is a guaranteed enjoyable night for all the family. Apart from the opportunity to watch and bet on greyhounds, Nadine who is herself, a regular competitor on the Best Dressed circuit has organised a Best Dressed Lady competition with a top prize of a Jennifer Wrynne headpiece sponsored by Jennifer Wrynne Millinery. The first prize also includes jewellery and glassware sponsored by Heavenly Gifts, Abbeyfeale. There will be generous second and third prizes too. Other events include Best Dressed Man with a prize of a gift voucher sponsored by Gentlemen’s Quarters, Patrick’s St., Cork. There will also be a Little Miss Competition sponsored by Heavenly Gifts and Heavenly Day Spa, Abbeyfeale. There will also be raffle extravaganza with over 30 phenomenal prizes and entertainment to finish out the evening. Expert Judges for the competitions will include Annette Mann of Annette’s Boutique, Abbeyfeale, Ladies Day regular Mary Woulfe and esteemed make-up artist Rachelle Guiry. Tickets cost ONLY €10 and in order to maximize the returns to the charity you are asked to purchase them in advance as only these sales will be donated towards the charity. Tickets available in local outlets including Annette’s Main St., Heavenly Gifts, Main St., Esther’s Boutique, Main St., Needles and Pins, Abbeyfeale. Then in Newcastle West they can be purchased in Scanlan’s Menswear, and in Listowel at John B Keane’s and also in Jackie Reidy’s Menswear, Castleisland. Any queries please phone: 0879776831/ 0876273731. Your support is greatly appreciated.

AGM OF WEST LIMERICK RADIO: West Limerick 102fm Community Radio Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) takes place on February 23 at The Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. Meeting starts 8pm sharp.

THE WIZARD OF OZ: TY students in in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale are currently rehearsing their production of The Wizard Of Oz directed by Miriam Ball. It’s being staged Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 with doors open at 7pm and show from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available at the interval. Admission €10. Raffle for hampers.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Couch to 5k training continues this Saturday February 13 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 17 at 10am with a Green theme ,€10 to register. All money raised will be donated to charity. This is a fun community event to help raise money for charity so we ask people to help in any way they can with stewarding the course, bring your own water & whatever you can for refreshments, baked goods etc. All event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness…see www.Fealefit.com for all details on training & Upcoming events or ContactShane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552!!

‘CANVASS THE CANVASSERS: Grave concern is expressed by families in West Limerick at the proposed siting of a Gasification plant at the Gortadroma former landfill site. The long term effects of such a plant on the health of local people is a big worry. It is hoped that Limerick County Council will rescind their decision and at whatever cost, give priority to the health of people.

ART CLASSES ABBEYFEALE: Art classes take place each Thursday in the Abbeyfeale Further Education and Training Centre (Old Tech) from 10am – 12pm. This educational programme has a relaxation and social aspect. This is a time out space to enhance mental and emotional health. If you are interested in joining this class please contact Mary on 087 9382883. Supported by West Limerick Resources and Limerick Clare Education & Training Board.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: Parent Coach Joan Barrett will attend the Parent and Toddler Group in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday February 26. Joan will endeavour to answer parent’s question regarding their toddlers and parenting. The parent and toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall form 11 – 12.30pm. New Mum’s, Dad’s and toddlers are always welcome.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION SERVICE: Are you looking for some support and guidance to help you get back into training or back to work? The Rural Employment Service is a free, confidential service based in Newcastle West providing career guidance supports, CV and interview preparation supports and advice on training and education courses. Contact Finn (087 759 1951), Ivana (087 653 5156), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

ART CLASSES ABBEYFEALE: Art classes take place each Thursday in the Abbeyfeale Further Education and Training Centre (Old Tech) from 10 – 12pm. This educational programme has a relaxation and social aspect. This is a time out space to enhance mental and emotional health. If you are interested in joining this class please contact Mary on 087 9382883. Supported by West Limerick Resources and the Limerick – Clare Education & Training Board.

ALCOHOLOLICS ANNONOMOUS: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Friday evenings. Go to www.pioneerassociation.ie and pledge the short term pledge for Lent. Local representative is Rita Horgan, Killarney Rd. May with a jam packed agenda which included a cycle challenge, a family fun day, a dance and a variety concert with over €28,000 raised and donated to First Light and Bru Columbanus including a donation being made to the Hope Foundation. Plans are now in train to continue the good work begun last year and carry on fundraising in Zoe’s name for good causes with children’s charities Make a Wish Foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and the playground in Abbeyfeale Town Park being the chosen beneficiaries this year. There are a number of events pencilled in and these include:• Back 2 School Theme Party, Railway Bar Abbeyfeale Easter Sunday Night 27th March – Doors open 9pm. Entertainment with Band No Direction & Late night Dj.- No Homework, No exams, just fun with your old Class mates….A night not to be missed

• Remembering Zoe Cycle Challenge Sunday 15th May starting at Fr, Casey’s GAA Clubhouse at 9am and consisting of a 110km, a 75km and a 40km Cycle with refreshments before and after at the GAA Clubhouse and a Food Stop at the Community Centre in Mountcollins.Registration for the cycle will take place in the GAA Clubhouse on Friday 13th May from 6pm to 9pm and again on Sunday morning from 7.30am

• Family Fun Day Sunday 19th June from 2pm at Fr. Casey’s GAA with kiddies disco at 6pm. A day out for all the family with lots of great activities, enjoy the old reliables and lots of new & exciting games to keep all the family entertained!

• Relay Run to Dublin – A once in a lifetime 3 x day Relay run to Dublin starting July 29th in Abbeyfeale & finishing at Make a Wish Foundation headquarters in Dublin July 31st taking in some of Ireland’s biggest towns & Cities along the way!

SAGART LOURDES REUNION: Sagart Lourdes Reunion in the Woodlands House hotel on Friday March 4. Tickets €25. Contact Mary on 087/7919414.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS ANNUAL HUNTING FESTIVAL: Sunday, February 14 – The Strand Bar, Strand, Co. Limerick (The South Tipperary Harriers). Monday, February –15 Walsh’s Bar, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry (The Macroom Foxhounds).

Tuesday, February 16– Lyons’s Bar, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry (The Stonehall Harriers & the Desmond Foxhounds). Memorial Meet for John O’Connor Wednesday, February 17 – Cryle View Bar, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick (The Carraigshane Harriers). Thursday, February 18 – The Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla, Co. Limerick (The Rooves Bridge Harriers & The Rockfield Harriers). Friday, February 19 – DP Lyons Bar, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick (The Sliabh Luachra Harriers, The Killtevan Harriers & The Minerock Harriers) Memorial Meet for Jackie O’Grady. ALL MEETS AT 11.00 a.m. Food kindly sponsored by publicans.

Hunting is on foot and the quarry is fox – Cap €10.00 per meet.

PLEASE SHOW RESPECT TO LANDOWNERS AND THEIR PROPERTY AT ALL TIMES.Enquiries: Doug McGuinness (Hon. Sec. Abbeyfeale Harriers) 087 6829044 or Paddy O’Grady 087 6258933.

DIVINE MERCY: Divine Mercy Jubilee 25th Divine Mercy Conference February 19-22 in Main Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show, featuring local models, on Thursday, February 18 in Tournafulla Community Hall, commencing at 7.15pm with a Cheese and Wine Reception. Fashion Show starts at 8pm. Tickets €10,.

can be purchased from Irene Dillane, Miranda Foley, Janet Garvey or Marina O’Mahoney.

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.

DRUGS INITIATIVE: The Irish Bishops Drugs initiative programme for confirmation children will take place on Wednesday night March 9 and Wednesday night April 13 from 7:30pm until 9pm at Scoil Mháthair Dé. Both Confirmation candidates and parents are invited to attend.

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 www.knocknasnans.ie. 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. If you have a smartphone you should download an app called panicguard and if you ever feel threatened shake your phone vigorously. This will set off a high pitched panic alarm on your phone, the phone will start flashing, it will activate the gps so you can be tracked and it will also turn your video so it catches everything on camera. MOBILE PHONE OPERATORS are warning customers not to return missed calls from unknown international numbers or risk being charged. The Irish Cellular Industry Association (ICIA) – an alliance of Meteor , Three and Vodafone – issued a warning to its customers advising them to avoid the scam. The ICIA issues these guidelines to its customers if they receive a call from an international number that they don’t recognize: Do not call the number back: If it is a legitimate call, then the chances are that the caller will call you back or leave you a voicemail. Be vigilant about protecting their number whenever possible, ensuring they are careful when answering calls to numbers they don’t recognize or calling an unrecognized number back after a missed call. Particular care should be taken when responding to calls from unknown numbers beginning with +247. The scam is a telecoms industry-wide problem.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: 10th. Anniversary of 1st. meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters takes place at The Desmond Complex NCW on Wednesday, February 17 at 8pm. Learn the art of speaking in public and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Special guest Sean Lyons Chairman of Listowel Writers Week with a humorous speech. All welcome. Further information from Charles 087 7972855/ Bridget 087 2343227.

COMMITMENT MASS: Confirmation Children, parents and sponsors commitment Mass will take place on Saturday, February 13 @ 7pm in the Church of the Assumption.

SUE RYDER: The shop in Abbeyfeale offers a large selection of low priced women’s and men’s clothing, bric a brac, toys, handbags and a fantastic choice of bestseller books.
We welcome donations of all of the above but at the moment we especially need bed linen and curtains, towels etc. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items and duvets/pillows.
Thank you for your continued support.

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.

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 Ash Wednesday 3 Masses 8.15am, 10am and 7pm. Thursday 10am Larry Corbett. Friday 10am Joe Murphy, Radharc Na Feile. Saturday 7pm Jim Ahern Shanbally, Sr. Ita Leahy Millstream. Monday 7pm Lillie Reidy 1st Anniversary and husband Con Reidy. 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 www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish. 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. Ash Wednesday February 10. The chart for perpetual adoration for the Lenten period is at the back of the altar and you are asked to sign up for one hour a week. Trocaire boxes are available to be distributed by usual volunteers.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN DUAGH: Every Friday at 7.30pm in Duagh Church.

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: info@amen.ie

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: Limerick Beekeepers Association will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday,February 11 at 8pm in Mungret GAA clubhouse. The topic this month will be an open forum where plans will be outlined for the year. Our new library of Bee Keeping books will be showcased and the apiary management team will discuss the importance of feeding your bees at this time of year. The Education officer will talk about plans for the year with special emphasis on the upcoming beginner’s course. So if you’re interested in learning about beekeeping, please come along.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: Husbands and Wives, Why not gift one another with a Marriage Encounter Weekend to enrich your communication, rekindle romance, deepen your love and discover the rich spirituality of your marriage. At the Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone from 26 to 28-Feb. www.marriageencounter.ie or call 087-784 0408.

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: 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 1pm 365 days a year.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: Fr. Moore continues his recovery in his place in Asdee, He has a new site – frpatmoore.com – T his week he writes; ‘It was the biggest meeting of Paul’s life, and it had gone very well. He couldn’t wait to tell his wife and boss. As he rushed out of the office building with the rest of the team, they noticed a taxi. Eager to get to the airport to catch their flight home, they bolted toward the car. But as they make their way across the street, they inadvertently knocked over a small fruit stand by the side of the street. The rest of the team ran on but Paul stopped and turned around to go back. The others said, “Come on or we will miss the plane “Go ahead without me” Paul said as he made his way back to the sidewalk covered with fruit. At that moment, he realized that the woman who owned the fruit stand was blind. She was just standing there crying softly with tears running down her face. “Go ahead without me” Paul said as he made his way back to the sidewalk covered with fruit. At that moment, he realized that the woman who owned the fruit stand was blind. She was just standing there crying softly with tears running down her face. “It’s all right “Paul said to her as he got down on his hands and knees picking up the fruit and vegetables. There were a hundred people passing in each direction, but nobody else stopped to help. They scurried off to wherever they were going. Paul not only put the fruit back up, he rearranged it. Now he turned to the woman and said, “are you all right?” She nodded through her tears. Then reaching into his wallet,he took out a few notes,gave to the woman and said “this should cover the cost of the damaged fruit ” With that Paul began to walk away. “Mister,” the woman called after him. Paul paused and turned round,”Are you Jesus?” “Oh no,”he replied.The woman nodded and continued, “I only ask because I prayed for Jesus to help as I heard my fruit fall all over the street” Paul turned now to go on,only now he was crying. He missed his flight that night, had to stay in a hotel. This gave him time to think. He couldn’t get one question out of his head: When was the last time someone confused you for Jesus?


PROLOGUE: "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."