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Monthly Archives: March 2016

PROLOGUE: Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. Charlie Chaplin.

DIVINE MERCY CELEBRATIONS: Sunday April 3 at 3pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Confessions from 2.30pm, Mass at 3pm followed by Blessing of the Sick and Veneration of the Holy Picture.

STUDENTS FOR THE PRIESTHOOD COLLECTION: A collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

EASTER CELEBRATIONS: The week started here in Abbeyfeale with the pilgrimage Walk to the Well on Palm Sunday in beautiful sunshine, included Confessions on Monday evening, continued with the Mass of the Last Supper on Thursday night, the visit of Bishop Donal Murphy on Good Friday, the youth club re – creation of the Stations of the Cross later that day, the Easter Vigil Holy Saturday night and finished with the Mass of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It involved weeks of rehearsal by the senior and youth choirs who excelled and helped enormously in our involvement in the ceremonies. The preparation by the readers, input from the children who will be receiving First Holy Communion and Confirmation this spring and their parents and teachers, decoration of the church by the altar society and a lot of work from our three priests, our parish sisters and our parish clerks also helped to make the week so meaningful. While we in Abbeyfeale were celebrating the death and resurrection of our Saviour the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen posted: "Was informed that the Salesian priest, Fr.Tom who was kidnapped by ISIS from the Missionaries of Charity Home in Yemen is being tortured and is going to be crucified on Good Friday. Now the Washington Times has reported the savage murder has been confirmed at the Easter Vigil Mass by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna. Fr. Father Tom Uzhunnalil was allegedly seized when four armed militants stormed an old people’s home in Aden in Yemen on March 4, killing 16 people including 4 nuns who were members of the order of Mother Teresa. The late Fr. Tom was a member of the Silesian order in Bangalore, India.

DONAL MURPHY RECORDS A NEW ALBUM: Well-known Irish Trad band ‘Four men and a Dog’ are launching a new Album in St Johns Arts Theatre, Listowel on Thursday, April 7. This is to celebrate 25 years on the road. The band features Abbeyfeale accordion player, Donal Murphy, Cathal & Stephen Hayden banjo & fiddles, Kevin Doherty vocals/guitar & frontman Gino Lupari bodhran/vocals. The new album entitled “And the band played on” features the usual “Dog” mix of Irish trad tunes, country, blues and rock and roll. Tickets are available from Joe @ St Johns on 068 22566. Pre booked tickets are advised as this is sure to be a sell-out. Date: Thurs. April 7th, Doors 7:30pm.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Apart from the road signs now appearing around Abbeyfeale, people all over Limerick & beyond are aware of the upcoming 22nd Fleadh by the Feale. Preparations are well under way as the Fleadh each year offers a comprehensive range of events including song, dance, live music, storytelling to competitions which are of a very high standard, in fact one of the best festivals around. The committee is working away on finalising the schedule to ensure the delivery of yet again a highly successful weekend. Anyone who has ever been to Abbeyfeale for the weekend will know that there is something to suit everyone, of every age and interest. The Fleadh committee works hard to maintain and further develop the love of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling and throughout the weekend and town, there are opportunities for people to participate in the Fleadh or indeed just sit back and relax and soak up the atmosphere in any of the venues or on our Main Street and beautiful Square. Our young artists in our national schools are currently working on their art work for the annual competition sponsored by Glor na Gael. Every year the competition gets more difficult to judge with the quality of work being submitted. The presentation for this year’s event will take place in our wonderful library on Thursday April 28 at 7:30pm, followed by just a taste of the musical talent that exists in our community when our young musicians strike up their instruments. This year the art competition has the theme of Irish music and the Rising, enabling us to mark this historic year. We anticipate some creative and interesting art pieces. The committee is very well supported by the community and local businesses and is year on year grateful for the support and financial sponsorship. With Mary Black and her Band headlining this year’s Celebrity Concert, it promises to be another great weekend. Mary Black needs no introduction; she is an artist who has been a key presence in the Irish music scene, here and abroad and has a litany of awards under her belt. She merges the love of her traditions and heritage with contemporary style and she comes to Abbeyfeale with her Down the Crooked Road concert. You can check out more about Mary Black on her website on www.mary-black.net. Local Company Kostal again have invested their support in the weekend and are sponsoring this concert, due to take place on the Sunday night of the Bank Holiday weekend, May 1 at 8pm sharp. Tickets are on sale from Slice of Life, Main Street, 068 32655, Abbey Tiles, 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672. Enquiries can also be directed to our Facebook page Fleadh by the Feale or email us on fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

YOLO CLUB: The club is holding a fund raising table quiz at the Ploughman Bar on Friday, April 1. Starting at 9 pm. .Spot Prizes Galore. Your support will be very much appreciated.

FR.CASEY’S BORD NA nÓG: PRO Maurice O’Connell writes “With an end to the 100 days of rain in North Kerry and West Limerick which was widely reported in the media in recent weeks and which was then followed by a number of days of good drying, it means that football grounds and lawns throughout the County are now in much better condition and it gives us the opportunity to kick start our 2016 Football season. We would respectfully remind all Parents / Guardians that due to increasingly strict Child Protection Policies, that all registration and membership fees must be fully completed and paid for in advance by a responsible Parent or Guardian before any child is allowed to train or play. Also, be aware that all children who are training or playing must wear GAA approved Gum Shields; which can be purchased in most Sport Shops. We would like to welcome the new Under Six Panel of boys and girls along with their Parents / Guardians to the Fr. Casey’s Bord na nÓg and wish them all, many a happy Season with us. Training starts on Sunday. April 3 at 10.45am at Fr. Casey’s GAA grounds. Weather permitting, training will take place on the pitch itself but just in case it might have to be moved into the Complex under cover then a spare pair of runners is also advisable. We would like to welcome back the Under Eight Panel and their Parents / Guardians and wish them all another happy Season with us. Training starts on Sunday, April 3 at 10.45am at Fr. Casey’s GAA grounds. Weather permitting, training will take place on the pitch itself but just in case it might have to be moved into the Complex under cover then a spare pair of runners is also advisable. We would like to welcome back the Under Ten Panel and their Parents / Guardians and wish them all another happy Season with us. Training starts on Sunday, April 3 at 10.45am at Fr. Casey’s GAA grounds. Weather permitting, training will take place on the pitch itself but just in case it might have to be moved into the Complex under cover then a spare pair of runners is also advisable.

We would like to welcome back the Under Twelve Panel and their Parents / Guardians and wish them all another happy Season with us. Training starts in approximately two weeks’ time. Details will follow at a later stage. We would like to welcome back the Under Thirteen & Under Fourteen Panels and their Parents / Guardians and wish them all another happy Season with us. The Under 14’s are already well into training due to a very busy upcoming schedule including the partaking in the National Féile Peil na nÓg competition. Upcoming Matches are as follows;Challenge Match Verses Kanturk in Kanturk on Friday, April 1 has been postponed. Update will follow at a later stage. Féile Match Verses Monaleen on Sunday, April 3. Venue and Time to be confirmed. We would like to welcome back the Under Fifteen & Under Sixteen Panels and their Parents / Guardians and wish them all another happy Season with us. The Under 16’s have also started training and upcoming Matches are as follows;

Challenge Match Verses Askeaton / Ballysteen on Monday, April 4 in Askeaton 6.15pm. In order for us to try and stay in touch with all age groups and all generations, Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg have a number of Social Media accounts that anyone that follow. Facebook: frcaseys_bordnanog Twitter: frcaseys_bngInstagram: frcaseys_bordnanog No Football Club or any other Community Organisation is possible without the generosity and effort of all those who give up their own time to ensure its continued success. Likewise, no Football Club or Community Organisation can succeed without the financial support of the general community and this year’s Bag Packing Fundraiser Event at Twohig’s SuperValu in Abbeyfeale was again another resounding success. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed to our Fundraiser last Friday and Saturday and to all the Children, Parents and Mentors who gave up their time to help out with the bag packing duties – although the promise of an Easter Egg might have been a slight incentive.

THANK YOU FROM PEG MURPHY OF ABBEY COACHES: Thank you to all the people who had Masses offered, said prayers and attended perpetual adoration for me. Thank you too for the visits and phone calls during my recent illness. Canon O’Shea will offer Masses for all your intentions. Once again, my sincere gratitude to all.

VOTING IN IFA ELECTIONS: We have a local interest in the IFA election for Vice President with Clarina beef and dairy farmer Richard Kennedy being one of the three candidates. Abbeyfeale Branch will vote at the Railway Bar on Monday, April 4 at 8.30pm. All members are encouraged to vote.

JAPANESE KNOTWEED IN ABBEYFEALE: This is an invasive species which is very prevalent on the banks of the Feale and on lands surrounding the river. It will outcompete every plant including broadleaf forestry in the long term. It damages roads, buildings and infrastructure. It is extremely costly for both the environment and the economy. The roots can spread up to 9 metres out from the visible plant and 3 metres below. Do not dig, cut or disturb if you come across it as this will only aid it to spread as both knots on the stem and any small amount of root will shoot again. Timing in tackling it is crucial and optimum control with Glyphosate will be achieved by treatment from flowering in August/September but before die back. Waiting until the flowers start to dry out protects the honey bee who alight on the Knotweed collecting the nectar. Further information available from www. Knotweedsurvey.ie

LOOKING FOR A NEW START: Are you looking for a sense of purpose, wellbeing, confidence or a new start? Towards Occupation is a FREE programme that helps to rebuild your confidence and expand your skills through short modular workshops held in a relaxed friendly environment. Workshops include: Career Planning & Job Preparation, Personal Development and Confidence Building, Nutrition and Health Cooking, Crafts and Skills Development. The twelve week programme runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9.30am – 12.30pm starting April 4 in the Newcastle West Community Centre. To book your place or to see if this is suitable for you contact Finn at West Limerick Resources on 087 759 1951. Priority to those in receipt of a social welfare payment & actively job seeking

COMMUNITY ALERT: Gardaí are seeking owners for property in their possession. The property is varied and includes bikes, cameras, purses, phones etc. Log onto www. Garda.ie to see if you are the owner of any of this property. If you own goods like ride on lawnmowers, strimmers, trailers etc you can sign up with IFA’s Theft Stop to mark these. Theft Stop is a practical, simple, cost-effective theft prevention initiative, open to the whole community. rural dwellers are invited to join by registering at www.theftstop.ie Theft Stop is designed to both deter criminals and to recover stolen items by ensuring machinery is clearly marked with a unique ID and that details are registered on Theft Stop’s nationwide database.

HEALTH & SAFETY TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering two health and safety workshops for Community Groups this April. On Tuesday, April 5 the workshop will focus on basic Health & Safety Training for Community Groups while the April 19workshop will help participants develop their Safety Statement. Both workshops will take place in West Limerick Resources Offices, St. Mary’s Road Newcastle West from 7pm—9pm. Contact: Dearbhla on 069 62222 to book a place.

ARA NA FEILE: Meeting Wednesday, March 30 at 2pm at the Adult Education Centre.

CONFIRMATION IN ABBEYFEALE: Confirmation takes place at the Church of the Assumption on Friday, April 22. The church car park will be closed at 9pm on Thursday night to allow for parking on Friday.

VIGIL FOR VOCATIONS: Bishop Brendan Leahy will celebrate a Vigil of Prayer for Vocations on Saturday, April 2 at 6pm in St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen.

LIMERICK CHARITIES REGISTER: Don’t forget regardless of your size, your income or your legal structure, by law all charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, non-profits, charitable trusts and societies (with the exception of sporting organisations) MUST apply for registration as a charity by 16 April 2016. If you are unclear about anything whatsoever, contact the Charities Regulator without delay on 01 633 1500 or email: info@charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie.

FEALE FIT: Well done to all the Fealefit crew that took part in the Ballybunion 10k & Half Marathon last Saturday. Training for Great Limerick Kids run April 30 starts next Wednesday, April 6 @ 5pm, if interested in signing up your child (ren) contact Shane for further details. 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.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: A reminder that Limerick Social Service Council has an office in Abbeyfeale. There is a parent support worker available to any parent/family member or School who would like any support or guidance on any issue they may be having difficulty with. Information and details of supports available can also be accessed. This service is free and confidential to all in the County Limerick area. Any questions you can contact : Mary on 068-31019 / 0863514700 or call into the Parish office.

CENSUS: The 2016 Census of Population will be held on Sunday April 24. Over the coming weeks your Census Form will be personally delivered to your home and every person in Ireland, including visitors, on that night is obliged to complete it. All Census Enumerators carry ID. When you fill in your census form on this night, you’re giving information that will help to understand what Ireland needs for the future.

INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE: Bishop Brendan has issued an invitation to the people of the diocese to visit St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Holy Door during this year of Mercy. The cathedral is open between 9am and 6.30pm each day and directions as to the prayers to be said to gain an indulgence can be found beside the Door which has a banner over it.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT: TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015. Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

RE – ENACTMENT AT GLENQUIN CASTLE: On Sunday, April 24 Con Greaney from Newcastlewest has organised a re-enactment of the gathering of 300 volunteers who came there from 11 villages and as far away as Milford in North Cork on Easter Sunday 1916. Under instruction from IRB man Charles Wall of Dromcollogher they were to come prepared with a blanket, three days rations and a firearm. The plan was to march to Barnagh to take over the train which would have the arms that came into Banna the night before. Now, 100 years later their ancestors will answer the call and come to Glenquin to remember the bravery of family members. A plaque will be erected at the Castle to mark the centenary of the heroism of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. An invitation has gone out to people to join the march to Glenquin. Further details as they come to hand.

“TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS”: This is the name of a new CD which will be launched on Thursday, April 14 in the Rathkeale House Hotel. The CD which was made by four Traveller men -Willie, Danny, Christy and Ned Harty – was supported by the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers. There will be stands at the event from; HSE Suicide Prevention Office; West Limerick Community Crisis Response Team; Adapt Domestic Abuse Services; West Limerick Mental Health Association; Console; Samaritans; National Traveller Suicide Prevention Service.

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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. In Abbeyfeale Salesian Sister Sr. Vera Hehir will facilitate a prayer session for Naomh Ide Pastoral Area in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7pm. Synod Closing Mass is on Sunday, April 10, in St John’s Cathedral at 7pm. There will just be one Mass in Abbeyfeale on the Friday, April 8 at 8.15am, the same on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm and on Sunday, April 10 at 9.30am. No 12 noon Mass on Sunday.

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 Patrick (Sonny) O’Sullivan, The Hill. Saturday 11am Gerard and Bridget O’Donnell, Ballaugh. There will be no 8.15am Mass this week.

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.

VISIT OF THE ICON OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP: The Redemptorists and St. John’s Cathedral are celebrating 150 years of devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Papal Nuncio will present the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for veneration after he opens a new shrine to Her at the Redemptorist Church, Limerick on Monday, April 4 at 6pm. He will then lead a procession to St. Johns for Mass at 8.30pm followed by a Prayer Service at 10.30pm, Prayers at Midnight and then an All Night Vigil. Further information re ceremonies on Tuesday on www. followtheicon.ie The Icon then moves to St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7.

KILLARNEY HOUSE GARDENS: Preview Opening of the Killarney House Gardens on Sunday, April 3, Children’s Activities, History Lecturer, Fun & Games. Free Admission. All are Welcome.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Listowel Rambling House will be held in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday March 31 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

POETRY READING Kerry Poets Noel King and Louis Mulcahy will give a reading in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday April 7 at 7.30 pm. Admission Free.

MAUREEN’S OFF TO CLONAKILTY: Make a note in your diary……Sunday, May 22. Clonakilty Model Railway Village. When you walk into this model village you are stepping back in time and will see life as it was in 1940’s. See the old West Cork Railway line portrayed in delightful miniature serving towns. The models and figures are handmade. Depicting busy market days this is a joyful discovery for both young and not so young alike. Relax in the unique tea room set on one of the authentic train carriages with a view of Clonakilty. Enjoy a fun and unique way to view Clonakilty take a tour in the Choo Choo Road Train. We will have our usual breakfast and choice of dinner menu in Mallow. We have a number of names already as this is a very popular day trip. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

FILM CLUB: On Friday, April 1 we conclude the current season with the multi award winning anti-war drama’ Tangerines’ . Given the migrant crisis across Europe at the moment this is a tale that could not be more timely or poignant. As usual, the starting time is 8pm. in the Desmond Complex (rear of the fire station). €7.00 per screening. Refreshments available. Trailers are available to view on www.ncwfilmclubwordpress.com Tel No. 087-6877970 and email: ncwfilmclub@gmail.com Everyone most welcome.

LIMERICK WOODTURNERS SEMINAR: Limerick and District Chapter of The Irish Woodturning Guild celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1991. A seminar will be held in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel on Saturday, May 14. Three leading exponents of the craft will give demonstrations on the day . Our own Liam Flynn from Abbeyfeale will showcase his unique sculptural Hollow Forms, his work can be found in Museums both here and abroad. Donal Ryan from Borrisoleigh will demonstrate functional and decorative gallery pieces and Christien Van Bussel – a potter and woodturner from Holland who now lives and teaches in Wicklow will demonstrate decorative techniques, carving and the application of vibrant colours. If you wish to attend contact Brendan on 0879181435 or email limerickwoodturners.com

DAY TRIP TO WATERFORD: On Bank Holiday Monday, May 2 next, a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 8.30a.m. There will be a stop for Breakfast in Mitchelstown before continuing along via the very scenic Vee Gap in the Knockmealdown Mountains to the seaside town of Dungarvan. In the afternoon we will travel along the Coast Road for a few miles and then transfer from the coach to ‘shank’s mare’ and return to Dungarvan along the brand new Waterford Greenway. This route has been constructed by Waterford Council along an old railway route replete with viaducts and a tunnel; not to mention stunning views.
A full four course evening meal will be provided before returning home.
Booking is with Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (3-6pm preferably). The cost is €45 which includes breakfast, evening dinner and coach travel. Early booking is advisable and all monies must be received by Friday 22nd April. Cheques should be made payable to "GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL LTD." who are organising the tour. Beidh fáilte romhat.

FUNDRAISER FOR JOANNE MCMAHON THANKSGIVING FUND: Traditional night of Music, Song and Story in aid of Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fundraiser
at the Ballintemple Inn on Saturday, April 2 at 8pm.

WAY TO GO KIDS: The programme starts in the Community Centre in Newcastle West on Wednesday, April 6 and will be delivered by the HSE together with Limerick Sports Partnership over the following 9 weeks. For further information on the programme or to register please go to http://www.limericksports.ie/ or contact 061 333 600.

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

SPACES AVAILABLE ON MAUREEN’S SPRING BREAK: For more information contact Maureen 087. Staying in the Cavan Crystal 4 star hotel, with complimentary use of the award winning leisure centre. Leaving NCW at 9.30am. On our way to our hotel we will be calling to see St. Mel’s newly refurbished cathedral in Longford. On Monday we will board our bus directly after an early breakfast to travel to Armagh where we will visit both St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic. Also we intend visiting Cardinal Tómas O’Fiaich Memorial Library which is close by. Tuesday we will travel to Monaghan to see the Cavan Crystal premises. During the day we will be touring and in the evening in our hotel dancing on Sunday night, Monday night we will have our special entertainment and sing song, Tuesday dancing. We have a full and interesting itinerary. All those who have paid their deposit can pay the balance now all monies to be in no later than Friday, April 18. Owing to illness we now have two places available for this very reasonably priced break. 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 services available.


PROLOGUE: "Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam — a country without a language is a country without a soul."Pádraig Pearce.

EASTER SERVICES IN ABBEYFEALE: Mass of the Lord’s Supper Thursday at 8pm. Good Friday Service 3pm and the Stations of the Cross 8pm with Abbeyfeale youth clubs. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Vigil Mass at 9pm on Saturday night.

LOURDES INVALID COLLECTION: Takes place at all Masses next weekend.

DIVINE MERCY CELEBRATIONS: Sunday April 3 at 3pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Novena begins on Good Friday and ends on Low Sunday, April 3.

41 CARD GAME: A card game in aid of the Mater Hotel will take place at the Winner’s Circle Bar on Holy Thursday night, March 24 commencing at 8.30pm. Admission €5. A raffle for a hamper and other prizes will be held on the night.

WALK TO THE WELL: The sun shone on the crowds who assembled at the National School in Dromtrasna for the annual Walk to the Holy Well. Lambing has just begun on the grounds of the Cotter family farm where the Well is located and we were surrounded by gambolling lambs and their anxious mothers as we processed through the farm on its very well maintained roadway. The pilgrimage was led by the children who will shortly receive their First Holy Communion and the Confirmation children and they prayed the rosary at the Well with great fervour. A trip to see the pet lambs in the sheep shed broke the pull up the hill after we left the Well and gave us a chance to catch our breath. Arriving in the farmyard we were greeted by the tantalizing aroma of barbecuing beef burgers with Kevin Reidy and his team of helpers serving up a veritable feast to one and all. Great credit is due to the Cotter family for welcoming us to their farm and to the Parish Council for organising the day.

TIDY TOWNS: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be supporting Team Limerick Clean Up campaign TLC on Good Friday March 25 from 11am -1pm. Meeting point the Square at 10.50 am, We are looking for volunteers and your assistance would be much appreciated.

PARADE: The Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade attracted large crowds to the town on Thursday. The day was fine and people were in good spirits and seemed to enjoy the occasion and the craic as they celebrated the feast day of our patron saint.
Templeglantine Comhaltas opened proceedings with a lively session of traditional music in The Square which soon had hands clapping and feet tapping.
The parade was led by the Rathkeale Brass Band who were warmly applauded as they marched down Main Street.

St Patrick himself arrived in an open carriage. He was dressed as Paddy Finucane but fooled nobody!

The floats and pageants were brilliantly colourful and imaginative and were a credit to all who participated.

Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue did a hilarious parody of the beleaguered IFA, complete with dairy cow, milkmaids and fat cats getting the cream. The Abbeyfeale Drama Group may have created a little bit of history with a first ever showing of the little-known wedding scene from Sive. The newly-formed Abbeyfeale Vikings Boxing Club put on an excellent exhibition of their pugilistic skills. There were vintage cars and tractors and a leprechaun riding a motorbike. A miniature cart of turf competed for contracts with giant juggernauts. The Men’s Shed produced an excellent replica of Purt Castle, while Athea Drama Group had a Hen Night Epiphany in Vegas and discovered Elvis alive and well! Soccer, rugby, GAA and youth clubs were all well represented, as were the numerous local businesses and organizations. We even had cartoon characters, muppets and Oompa Lumpas!

Prize for Best Float narrowly went to the Abbeyfeale Drama Group after several recounts and checking of votes. The Youth Trophy went to Templeglantine Youths for their depiction of 100 years of history, 1916 to 2016. Best Window display was won by Ann Lyons, The Square.

The organizers would like to sincerely thank all those who took part in the parade and also the crowds who lined the pavements and cheered them all the way down along Main Street and in to The Square. Also the many shops that decorated their windows for the occasion

Thanks also to the following; Twohig’s Supervalu who were the main sponsors of the parade. The many local bars who also contributed. Everyone who supported our church gate collection and table quiz. All Star Logistics who organized the stage and James Kennedy who looked after sound. The gardai who kept the traffic running smoothly. Jack Foley’s bar for organizing food and refreshments. A big thank you also to those who helped behind the scenes and whose work often goes unnoticed.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.

BACK TO SCHOOL FANCY DRESS PARTY: The Railway Bar will be the venue for the first ever Back to School Theme night on Easter Sunday night in aid of the 2016 Remembering Zoë nominated charities. This is your chance to resurrect your old school uniform, find the satchel that you threw with such glee into the bottom of the cupboard on the day you bounced out those hateful doors for the last time and come out and boogie. We’ll have music from local band No Direction and a Late night DJ. Reverend Mother will be on the rampage so expect a lot of ducking and diving in the darker corners of the Railway. There’ll be a Naughty Step for those whose skirts are on the skimpy side, Time Out for the students who get on the wrong side of the Master and as in all good schools the threat of the Wooden Spoon will hang over the whole night. Doors open 9pm. Admission €10.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES: A reminder that Limerick Social Service Council has an office in Abbeyfeale. There is a parent support worker available to any parent/family member or School who would like any support or guidance on any issue they may be having difficulty with. Information and details of supports available can also be accessed. This service is free and confidential to all in the County Limerick area. Any questions you can contact : Mary on 068-31019 / 0863514700 or call into the Parish office.

CENSUS: The 2016 Census of Population will be held on Sunday April 24. Over the coming weeks your Census Form will be personally delivered to your home and every person in Ireland, including visitors, on that night is obliged to complete it. All Census Enumerators carry ID. When you fill in your census form on this night, you’re giving information that will help to understand what Ireland needs for the future.

The importance of the census is that it accounts for everybody in the country, including visitors, no matter where they are. The results provide invaluable information on not only population size for the country as a whole, but also about the make-up of the population of towns, villages, and other small areas across the country. Further details can be had on census.ie

INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE: Bishop Brendan has issued an invitation to the people of the diocese to visit St. John’s Cathedral and walk through the Holy Door during this year of Mercy. The cathedral is open between 9am and 6.30pm each day and directions as to the prayers to be said to gain an indulgence can be found beside the Door which has a banner over it.

TOWN PARK NEWS: It has recently come to the attention of the Town Park committee, supervisor and staff that children are being dropped off at the park by their parents and are being allowed wander the park unsupervised. This leads to unruly behaviour and spoils the visit to the park of other users. The park committee condemns this practice and has put the following measures in place to ensure that the park remains safe and enjoyable for all the public. Firstly, the Gardaí have agreed to patrol the park on a regular basis. Secondly, any parent who allows their child to use the park without adult supervision will be reported to the Gardaí. Thirdly, we ask members of the public to report any complaint to the Town Park number 087 928 2322 and your complaint will be dealt with. We have a beautiful park, the envy of many other towns. We are going to keep it that way and will not allow any misbehaviour.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2016: The Fleadh by the Feale Committee are pleased to announce that plans are well under way for this year’s festival. We are celebrating 22 years of this marvellous weekend in May and working hard to ensure that as each year passes it gets better and better. We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Mary Black and her band will head up the Celebrity Concert this year. She is regarded as an interpreter of both folk and modern music and we are thrilled that she will be joining us to celebrate on the May Bank Holiday weekend. She comes to us from her ‘Down the Crooked Road tour’ and we look forward to welcoming her to Abbeyfeale. While we put the finishing touches to our programme you can be assured of a weekend full of music, song and fun. Tickets will be available shortly so keep an eye on our webpage www.fleadhbythefeale.com or on Facebook Fleadh by the Feale. So be sure to mark this 22nd year of the Fleadh by the Feale in your diary; it begins Thursday April 28 until Monday May 2.

COMMUNITY ALERT NEWS: Simple steps to protect your home from www.garda.ie ‘Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights, use timer switches, lock all doors and windows, use an alarm, store keys away from windows and letter boxes and don’t keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.’

How to dial up your IMEI no so that your phone can be blocked if stolen: star*, hash#06hash#

TELEPHONE SUPPORT: TeenLine is open 8pm-11pm every night. If you’ve had a bad day or need to talk to someone who will listen. FreePhone 1800833634 or text Teen to 50015. Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day, every day on 1850 609090.

RE – ENACTMENT AT GLENQUIN CASTLE: On Sunday, April 24 Con Greaney from Newcastlewest has organised a re-enactment of the gathering of 300 volunteers who came there from 11 villages and as far away as Milford in North Cork on Easter Sunday 1916. Under instruction from IRB man Charles Wall of Dromcollogher they were to come prepared with a blanket, three days rations and a firearm. The plan was to march to Barnagh to take over the train which would have the arms that came into Banna the night before. Now, 100 years later their ancestors will answer the call and come to Glenquin to remember the bravery of family members. A plaque will be erected at the Castle to mark the centenary of the heroism of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. An invitation has gone out to people to join the march to Glenquin. Further details as they come to hand.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: Limerick Beekeepers Association will hold its March meeting next Thursday, March 24 at 8pm in Mungret GAA hall.

The speaker is well known South Tipp beekeeper, Tom Prendergast and he will lecture on spring management, a must for all beekeepers to get right if you want a honey crop this year! So come along and enjoy all things honeybees.

“TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS”: This is the name of a new CD which will be launched on Thursday, April 14 in the Rathkeale House Hotel. The CD which was made by four Traveller men -Willie, Danny, Christy and Ned Harty – was supported by the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers. There will be stands at the event from; HSE Suicide Prevention Office; West Limerick Community Crisis Response Team; Adapt Domestic Abuse Services; West Limerick Mental Health Association; Console; Samaritans; National Traveller Suicide Prevention Service.

FEALEFIT NOTES: Massive thank you to everyone that came out & supported The Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac Charity 5k run / walk St Patrick’s Day which was sponsored by our neighbours Kostal. Thanks to a combination of your donations €1265 & €300 sponsorship from Kostal €1565 was raised for ‘ Local Breast Cancer Services ‘ – the drawn nominated Charity of participant Marian O Connor. Thanks to our Stewards,

Brooks Catering, Lee Strand, O Donoghues Spar & everyone that brought refreshments, helped tidy up and most importantly donated. Well done to our latest Couch to 5k crew on completing their first 5k. 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.

YOLO CLUB: The club is holding a fund raising table quiz at the Ploughman Bar on Friday, April 1. Starting at 9 pm.Spot Prizes Galore. Your support will be very much appreciated.

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

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.

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.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The Great Southern Trail Ltd.,

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!

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

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. In Abbeyfeale Salesian Sister Sr. Vera Hehir will facilitate a prayer session for Naomh Ide Pastoral Area in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7pm. Synod Closing Mass is on Sunday, April 10, in St John’s Cathedral at 7pm. There will just be one Mass in Abbeyfeale on the Friday, April 8 at 8.15am, the same on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm and on Sunday, April 10 at 9.30am.

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 Eily Lane recently deceased. Wednesday 10am Eva White, Killarney Rd. NO MORNING MASS ON THURSDAY. Thursday 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Friday Passion Liturgy 3pm, Stations of the Cross 8pm. Saturday Easter Vigil Mass at 9pm.

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.

FUNDRAISER FOR JOANNE MCMAHON THANKSGIVING FUND: Traditional night of Music, Song and Story in aid of Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fundraiser
at the Ballintemple Inn on Saturday, April 2 at 8pm.

KNOCKFIERNA NOTES: The 12th Annual Knockfierna Remembers
takes place at the Rambling House, Knockfierna on Easter Tuesday, March 29 at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Con Colbert, Dublin, a nephew of the 1916 Leader Con Colbert and Aengus O’Snodaigh T.D. who was the first guest speaker in 2004.

WAY TO GO KIDS: The programme starts in the Community Centre in Newcastle West on Wednesday, April 6 and will be delivered by the HSE together with Limerick Sports Partnership over the following 9 weeks. For further information on the programme or to register please go to http://www.limericksports.ie/ or contact 061 333 600.

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

MAUREEN’S SPRING BREAK: Spring Break April 24-27. Staying in the Cavan Crystal 4 star hotel, with complimentary use of the award winning leisure centre. Leaving NCW at 9.30am.. On our way to our hotel we will be calling to see St. Mel’s newly refurbished cathedral in Longford. On Monday we will board our bus directly after an early breakfast to travel to Armagh where we will visit both St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic. Also we intend visiting Cardinal Tómas O’Fiaich Memorial Library which is close by. Tuesday we will trave to Monaghan to see the Cavan Crystal premises. During the day we wlll be touring and in the evening in our hotel dancing on Sunday night, Monday night we will have our special entertainment and sing song, Tuesday dancng. We have a full and interesting itinerary. All those who have paid their deposit can pay the balance now all monies to be in no later than Friday, April 18. 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 services available.


ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS: The Abbeyfeale Harriers annual hunting festival for 2016 has been a great success. Hunt clubs from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Wexford participated in the week’s hunting. Hunt supporters from all over Ireland and beyond enjoyed the weeks sport and socialising at this annual get together.

A donation has been made to Irish Cancer. The Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to give a special thanks to all those that supported the hunt festival including

The participating Hunt clubs namely; The South Tipperary Harriers, The Macroom Foxhounds, The Stonehall Harriers, The Desmond Foxhounds, The Carraigshane Harriers, The Rockfield Harriers, The Rooves Bridge Harriers, The Minerock Harriers, and The Sliabh Luachra Harriers.The hunt followers who came from all over Ireland and beyond. The publicans who kindly sponsored the food after each hunt.

The Scartaglin Harriers for hosting the hunt meet in Scartaglin.And most importantly to the landowners in the areas that were hunted and who have always been very supportive. All of your support is greatly appreciated.

We would like to wish everybody good health and fortune for the coming year, and we’ll look forward to meeting up at the hunting festival again next year.

BACK TO SCHOOL FANCY DRESS PARTY: The Railway Bar will be the venue for the first ever Back to School Theme night on Easter Sunday night in aid of the 2016 Remembering Zoë nominated charities. This is your chance to resurrect your old school uniform, find the satchel that you threw with such glee into the bottom of the cupboard on the day you bounced out those hateful doors for the last time and come out and boogie. We’ll have music from local band No Direction and a Late night DJ. Reverend Mother will be on the rampage so expect a lot of ducking and diving in the darker corners of the Railway. There’ll be a Naughty Step for those whose skirts are on the skimpy side, Time Out for the students who get on the wrong side of the Master and as in all good schools the threat of the Wooden Spoon will hang over the whole night. Doors open 9pm. Admission €10.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Preparations are continuing for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade which goes ahead on Thursday,March 17. All Ireland winners, Templeglanine Comhaltas, will open proceedings with a traditional music session on stage in The Square at 3pm. The parade will start at Mountmahon Industrial Estate at 4pm and proceed down Main Street to the reviewing stand in The Square. It will be led by the ever-popular Rathkeale Brass Band and will be followed by the various floats, pageants, exhibitions, novelties, clubs, etc. The number of entrants seems to increase every year and they bring great divergence, originality and colour to the occasion.

There will be a prize for Best Float and Best Window Display and it is also proposed to award a special award for Best Youth Section. Participants should assemble at Mountmahon from 3pm and they are reminded that they are responsible for the insurance of their own individual vehicles.

We hope to have a big crowd of spectators to cheer on the floats and add to the atmosphere on the day.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of local community radio station WL102 fm will take place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday next, March 20 with gates open from 7.30am. Further information 06966200/0876866450.

ANNUAL WALK TO THE WELL: Join with the parishioners of Abbeyfeale on a scenic pilgrimage walk up over Dromtrasna and down through the lands of Nicky Cotter to the Holy Well on Sunday next, Palm Sunday. Further information from06831133 between 11-1pm.

ATHEA TIDY TOWNS FUNDRAISING FASHION SHOW: Dedicated followers of fashion will be in for a real treat later this month as the Athea Tidy Towns Group hosts another fundraising fashion show to aid of their vital work in the village. A highlight of the social calendar in Athea in previous years, this year’s show has been set for Thursday, March 31st at 8pm, with the Con Colbert Hall once again providing the perfect setting for the event.The show itself will showcase the latest trends (Men’s, Women’s and Children’s ) from all the top boutiques from West Limerick and North Kerry, and will be preceded by a cheese and wine reception. .Judges will also be on the lookout for the best dressed lady on the night, with some lovely prizes up for grabs. Tickets are now on sale at Brouders Shop, Athea Credit Union, and Collins Shop Athea and are priced at just €10.

HISTORY LECTURE: The youngest of the 1916 leaders to be executed was Limerick man, twenty-five year-old Ned Daly who had defended the Four Courts area of Dublin during the Rising and was generally acknowledged as the best military tactician and most gifted commander of all the leaders. Well-known historian, Liam Irwin will give an illustrated lecture on the life and career of Ned Daly on Monday next March 21st in Mary Immaculate College, SCR, Limerick at 8.00pm in Room T.1.17. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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.

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. In Abbeyfeale Salesian Sister Sr. Vera Hehir will facilitate a prayer session for Naomh Ide Pastoral Area in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7pm. Synod Closing Mass is on Sunday, April 10, in St John’s Cathedral at 7pm. There will just be one Mass in Abbeyfeale on the Friday, April 8 at 8.15am, the same on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm and on Sunday, April 10 at 9.30am.

VISIT OF THE ICON OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP to St Mary’s Cathedral on Wed April 6th andThursday April 7th. It is a most famous icon in Rome, and a copy of it has been in Ireland with the Redemptorists priests with 150 years. There will be special Masses, times for devotion and petition writing, and a healing service. We hope you can join us for this.

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PROLOGUE: "I am old but I am forever young at heart. We are always the same age inside. Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious; you can only live it once. Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many!"
Richard Gere .

PUB QUIZ; A Pub Quiz will be held in Cryle View Bar on Friday next, March 11 to help with the costs of running the parade. There will be numerous spot prizes and your support would be appreciated.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Preparations are continuing for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade which goes ahead on Thursday,March 17. All Ireland winners, Templeglanine Comhaltas, will open proceedings with a traditional music session on stage in The Square at 3pm. The parade will start at Mountmahon Industrial Estate at 4pm and proceed down Main Street to the reviewing stand in The Square. It will be led by the ever-popular Rathkeale Brass Band and will be followed by the various floats, pageants, exhibitions, novelties, clubs, etc. The number of entrants seems to increase every year and they bring great divergence, originality and colour to the occasion.

There will be a prize for Best Float and Best Window Display and it is also proposed to award a special award for Best Youth Section. Participants should assemble at Mountmahon from 3pm and they are reminded that they are responsible for the insurance of their own individual vehicles.

We hope to have a big entry again this year and that crowds will assemble along the parade route to cheer on the various floats and participants.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2016: The Fleadh by the Feale Committee are pleased to announce that plans are well under way for this year’s festival. We are celebrating 22 years of this marvellous weekend in May and working hard to ensure that as each year passes it gets better and better. We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Mary Black and her band will head up the Celebrity Concert this year. She is regarded as an interpreter of both folk and modern music and we are thrilled that she will be joining us to celebrate on the May Bank Holiday weekend. She comes to us from her ‘Down the Crooked Road tour’ and we look forward to welcoming her to Abbeyfeale. While we put the finishing touches to our programme you can be assured of a weekend full of music, song and fun. Tickets will be available shortly so keep an eye on our webpage www.fleadhbythefeale.com or on Facebook Fleadh by the Feale. So be sure to mark this 22nd year of the Fleadh by the Feale in your diary; it begins Thursday April 28 until Monday May 2.

LECTURE ON THE RISING: Rathkeale and District Historical Society is partnering with Limerick City and Co. Library Service to deliver a special 1916/2016 Commemoration lecture in the Community Arts Centre in Rathkeale on this Friday March 11. This event is part of the Irish State’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Beginning at 8.30pm all are welcome. The Arts Centre is above the library in the Rathkeale offices of Limerick City and County Council

RE – ENACTMENT AT GLENQUIN CASTLE: On Sunday, April 24 Con Greaney from Newcastlewest has organised a re-enactment of the gathering of 300 volunteers who came there from 11 villages and as far away as Milford in North Cork on Easter Sunday 1916. Under instruction from IRB man Charles Wall of Dromcollogher they were to come prepared with a blanket, three days rations and a firearm. The plan was to march to Barnagh to take over the train which would have the arms that came into Banna the night before. Now, 100 years later their ancestors will answer the call and come to Glenquin to remember the bravery of family members. A plaque will be erected at the Castle to mark the centenary of the heroism of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. An invitation has gone out to people to join the march to Glenquin. Further details as they come to hand.

“TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS”: This is the name of a new CD which will be launched on Thursday, April 14 in the Rathkeale House Hotel. The CD which was made by four Traveller men -Willie, Danny, Christy and Ned Harty – was supported by the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers. There will be stands at the event from; HSE Suicide Prevention Office; West Limerick Community Crisis Response Team; Adapt Domestic Abuse Services; West Limerick Mental Health Association; Console; Samaritans; National Traveller Suicide Prevention Service.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS: The Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to thank everyone for their support at the recent hunting festival including: The participating packs which were The Dungannan Foxhounds & the Minerock Harriers, The Macroom Foxhounds, The South Tipperary Harriers & the Rockfield Harriers, and The Scarteen Foxhounds. The hunt followers that came from all over Ireland and beyond. The Publicans who kindly sponsored the food after each hunt. The Scartaglin Harriers and the Rockfield Harriers for hosting the meets in Scartaglin and Farranfore and most importantly the landowners in the areas that were hunted and who have always been very supportive. We hope everyone enjoyed the weeks hunting and camaraderie. Unfortunately due to severe weather conditions Wednesday’s and Friday’s meets involving The Carraigshane Harriers and The Togher Harriers had to be cancelled. However we hope to be able to rearrange these two meets for a weekend in March, date yet to be decided, where we’ll look forward to meeting many of you again. For more information phone 087 6258933.

FASHION SHOW WITH WINE RECEPTION: A special event is taking place in the Rathkeale House Hotel next Friday night with doors open from 7pm. Newcastle west Agriculture show are hosting a Fashion Show with proceeds going to the Brothers of Charity. Nine models who are service users with the Brothers of Charity will take to the catwalk and join the models from Glamour, The Agency to showcase a range of fashions from Ashling Maher, Annette’s Boutique, Bella Sola, G Boutique, Noel’s Menswear, Kimino, Platform, Scanlon’s Menswear and Ela Maria. The Brothers of Charity have an outreach in Mountmahon where 8 local people avail of the services on offer so your support of the Fashion Show would be welcome.

WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES JOBSEEKERS NEWSLETTER: Jobs on offer this week include a bus driver for the Day Care centre here in Abbeyfeale and a care assistant. Then in the County, a telesales executive with Hunt Office Supplies, a fundraiser with Focus Ireland, several nursing and care assistants positions and much more.

YOLO CLUB: The club is holding a fund raising table quiz at the Ploughman Bar on Friday, April 1. Starting at 9 pm.Spot Prizes Galore. Your support will be very much appreciated.

ST. MARY’S BOYS SCHOOL: The school received fantastic news during the week. The community answered their call for votes in the All Ireland Drama Competition which was organised by the Abbey Theatre, RTE and the Department of Education and Science and they came first out of the six runners up. The students will be performing their play on the stage of the Abbey Theatre after Easter. Abbeyfeale has been the home of drama down through the years with people like MaryJo Prendeville, the late Dan Leahy, Dick Woulfe and latterly Denis Hobson keeping the flag flying so well done to these boys who will represent Abbeyfeale Drama on the stage of the iconic Abbey.

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.

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: The Athea Drama Group’s production of ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ will be staged for one final Sunday night at Con Colbert Hall Athea on March 13. The sell out play which is directed by Oliver McGrath will be supporting the Ronald McDonald house at Crumlin Hospital and the Joanne McMahon fundraising effort for the Burns Unit in St. James’s Hospital. The cast features Annette O’Donnell, Angeline O’Donnell, Nora Hunt, Louise Ahern & Ria Browne.

FEALE FIT: Best of Luck to all the Fealefit members taking part in the Killarney Adventure Race this coming Saturday. Fealefit / St Ita’s Ac Charity 5k Walk / Run sponsored by Kostal Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s day morning March 17 at 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 provide 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.

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.

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.

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. In Abbeyfeale Salesian Sister Sr. Vera Hehir will facilitate a prayer session for Naomh Ide Pastoral Area in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7pm. Synod Closing Mass is on Sunday, April 10, in St John’s Cathedral at 7pm. There will just be one Mass in Abbeyfeale on the Friday, April 8 at 8.15am, the same on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm and on Sunday, April 10 at 9.30am.

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 Mary and James Scully, Mountmahon. Saturday 11am Micheal Walsh, Dromtrasna. 7pm Peg McCarthy, Caherlane, Kitty Fitzgerald Railway Bar. Sunday 9.30am Fintan and Mary Anne Collins, Sean, Margaret and Lukeen Scannell, The Hill. 12 noon Mary Collins, The Hill John, Eileen, John Jnr Ahern and James Taylor.

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.

WAY TO GO KIDS: The programme starts in the Community Centre in Newcastle West on Wednesday, April 6 and will be delivered by the HSE together with Limerick Sports Partnership over the following 9 weeks. For further information on the programme or to register please go to http://www.limericksports.ie/ or contact 061 333 600.

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

TALK ON SUBSTANCE MISUSE: The free talk on substance misuse which took place at the Desmond Complex was very poorly attended by parents whose children are at risk of coming in contact with drugs and alcohol. Part of the training given included some pointers on how to deal with family members presenting the signs of drugs taking. Signs to look out for include; Drunken behaviour and slurred speech. Short term memory loss, deterioration in performance, loss of concentration, loss of coordination. Bouts of talkative, excitable and overactive behaviour, fidgeting, difficulty sitting still. Decline in performance in schoolwork or youth club activities. Marked or uncharacteristic mood swings, aggression or apathetic behaviour. Truancy and lateness for school, college, work etc. There are other signs but all of these may mimic those of other causes and so should not be used as the basis of making assumptions or accusations. The community substance misuse team can be contacted on 061 317688 www. Csmt.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. Spring Break April 24-27. Staying in the Cavan Crystal 4 star hotel, with complimentary use of the award winning leisure centre. Leaving NCW at 9.30am.. On our way to our hotel we will be calling to see St. Mel’s newly refurbished cathedral in Longford. On Monday we will board our bus directly after an early breakfast to travel to Armagh where we will visit both St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic. Also we intend visiting Cardinal Tómas O’Fiaich Memorial Library which is close by. Tuesday we will trave to Monaghan to see the Cavan Crystal premises. During the day we wlll be touring and in the evening in our hotel dancing on Sunday night, Monday night we will have our special entertainment and sing song, Tuesday dancng. We have a full and interesting itinerary. All those who have paid their deposit can pay the balance now all monies to be in no later than Friday, April 18.

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Two weeks ago my email was hacked and a message sent to anyone who I had ever been in touch with by email that I had left my bag behind in a taxi in Portugal and if they could help with funds it would be much appreciated by the hacker. It took two days to wrestle control of my a/c out of the hands of someone in Athlone in the first instance then Nigeria and Johannesburg and all I can say is to check your security settings and don’t click on a link if you don’t know what it is about. I must have done so but have no idea when or what. This week a piece in the Kerryman warns locals to watch out for contacts from a company calling themselves International Directory Services with information about a package delivery. People in West Kerry have been asked to spell out their names which seem be an attempt to extract address information and match it to mobile phone numbers.

WEEKEND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: Next weekend the Focolare Movement based in Prosperous, Co. Kildare is hosting a weekend for young people between 17-35 years to explore the theme of Mercy. A key-note talk, workshops, art, music, prayer and time to relax Book on foclareyouthireland@gmail.com.

THE END OF ALL THINGS EARTHLY: Bishop Brendan Leahy and Veritas Publications invite you to the launch of Faith Profiles of the 1916 Leaders which was edited by David Bracken. It will be launched by Dr Kenneth Kearon Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe on Tuesday, March 15 at 6.30 p.m. at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick. All Welcome! For those who wish to attend, this will be followed at 7.30 p.m. by a talk presented by the Dominican Church, Limerick, entitled ‘Edward Thomas O’Dwyer, Bishop of Limerick 1886–1917: A Figure of Controversy’, delivered by Edward O’Callaghan OFM as part of the Prophetic Voices – Past and Present Lenten series.


Remembering Zoe Back to School Fundraiser

Some of the organising committee of the Back 2 School Theme Party getting up to mischief in the classroom ( see picture attached )

A great night of entertainment is planned with Band No Direction & Late night Dj in The Railway Bar Abbeyfeale,Easter Sunday Night March 27th
A night for the adults to dress up & have some Fun with live music,some playground classics & a few surprises,as you see from the photos it’s very easy to put a costume together
Doors open 9pm.
No Homework, No exams, just an excuse to dress up & have fun with your old Class mates….
No Direction have kindly started the ball rolling for our 2016 fundraising by waving their fee & performing gratis!
If you’d like to contribute to the nights raffle or anything that might help add to our classroom decor please don’t hesitate to contact any committee member!
Please help make this another successful event for Charity!
Remembering Zoe nominated charities 2016 : Make A Wish Foundation, Hope Foundation, Community games & Abbeyfeale Town Park Playground

For interview contact Shane O’Connor 087 2891015/Alisha Scannell 0879425053