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 , 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 , 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.


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 for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552!! ‘see 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 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 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 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 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

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.