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.