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 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 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.

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. 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 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:

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 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 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 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. 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 Tel No. 087-6877970 and email: 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

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 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:

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.