FUN BY THE FEALE

Monthly Archives: April 2016

PROLOGUE: "If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative! Know when to close the account."
Christie Williams .

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The annual Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday, April 28 –Tuesday, May 3. Highlights this year are the celebrity concert with Mary Black, storytelling with Daisy Kearney, All Ireland Bone Playing competitions for U 18 and Adults, busking on the Main St., the gig rig in the Square with free entertainment Saturday and Sunday night, the set ceili in Fr. Casey’s, Master Workshops, sessions all over town and much much more. Headlining the Celebrity Concert sponsored by Kostal Gmbh Mountmahon is the fabulous Mary Black and her band. She is currently on tour with her ‘Down the Crooked Road Tour’ but is joining us Sunday May 1 at 8pm in Coláiste Ide & Iosef in Abbeyfeale for what will be a great night’s entertainment. Tickets for the Celebrity Concert are €30 and are on sale from Slice of Life, Main Street Abbeyfeale 068 32655, Abbey Tiles Main Street on 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672. Full details of this unmissable weekend are available on the Fleadh website www.fleadhbythefeale.com, on Facebook/Fleadh by the Feale, or by emailing fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com. Mark it in the diary now and join us for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

TWO COLLECTIONS THIS WEEKEND: The annual church gate collection in aid of Community Alert will take place at all Masses this weekend and unfortunately is coinciding with Pope Francis’s request for a collection to be taken up at all Masses for the Ukraine Humanitarian Initiative. We are unable to get a permit for a different weekend and so will have to hold ours too.

STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS ABBEYFEALE: 13 couples will take to the floor on Sunday, May 8 for an extravaganza of dance from the sedate foxtrot to the sexy tango and all genres in between. . A selection of the best movers in Tournafulla, Duagh, Mountcollins, Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas have come together under the umbrella of Fealeside Strictly Come Dancing with the intention of raising funds to support our local community. It’s all happening in the Devon Inn with doors opening at 6.15pm and show beginning at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets at €20 are available all over town from The Hair Company, to Betty’s Hair Salon to Moss the Farmers, Eurosavers, Esther’s Boutique and more. There will be a mega door prize, entertainment at the interval and it will all be followed by a Disco with music from the 60’s to the present day so promises to be a great night. Chief Judge Micheal Healy Rae will be joined on the judging panel by Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Liam Galvin, Anglela O’Rourke, The Square and yours truly.

REMEMBERING Zoë CYCLE CHALLENGE 2016: The annual "Remembering Zoë" cycle challenge in memory of 8 year old Zoë Scannell who died tragically in June 2014 takes place on Sunday, May 15 next. The Cycle event will raise much needed funds for child focussed charities and facilities for children. This year’s beneficiaries are Make a Wish foundation, Community Games, Hope Foundation and Abbeyfeale Town Park Playground. This year’s challenge consists of 3 cycle routes, 110Km, 75Km and 40Km. Routes and distances to suit all cyclists from beginners to advanced. All participants will receive a special edition Finishers Medal. Catering facilities before and after at Abbeyfeale GAA clubhouse, food stop/refreshments on all routes, parking onsite/close by and shower facilities available. Registration for the three routes 110km, 75km and 40km will take place at Fr. Casey’s Friday May 13 from 6-9pm and on Sunday, May 15 from 7.30am. Further information from John 087 2258808 or Tom 087 6820506. The remembering Zoe Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, July 3 next and then on the August Bank Holiday weekend runners are sought for a once in a lifetime experience when The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation will take place.

WHAT IS SOCIAL FARMING: Social farming is an innovative response that combines multifunctional agriculture and social and health care services. An INTERREG-funded project undertaken in the border region of Ireland and Northern Ireland with 20 farm households piloted services for 66 people over a 30 weeks period and learned lessons from the experience. Evidence gathered through the project indicates real and lasting benefits for people with special needs and people experiencing poor mental health as well as for the farm households involved. It also indicated that such services provided on farms are cost-effective when compared to cost of care in the public services. (Kinsella, J et al., (2014). Costs and Benefits of Social Farming: Report of the Social Farming across Borders Project. University College Dublin). Are you interested in learning more about Social Farming? There is an information workshop for anyone who might be interested including farmers, service providers, and service users & their parents, on Thursday, April 28 from 10am – 1pm in West Limerick Resources offices. Call 06966293 for further information.

VERY WELL DONE: Congratulations and well done to Fr Casey’s U14 boys who won the Féile County Final on Sunday, April 17 and who will be participating in the Féile National Finals on the last weekend of June. To add to the sense of occasion Fr Casey’s and families throughout the Parishof Abbeyfeale will be hosting an U14 Girls team from Antrim and an U14 Boys
team from London who are also participating in this major event.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran the Dingle Running festival over the weekend & best of luck to all taking part in the Great Limerick Run over the coming weekend especially our little athletes taking part in Saturday’s kids run!

All Fealefit 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!!

INVASIVE SPECIES FIELDTRIP: West Limerick Resources will be running a half day fieldtrip to see first-hand the impact of invasive species in West Limerick on Tuesday May 31. This will include training on identification but will look in more depth at the practical steps involved in appropriately maintaining areas affected by invasive species including site inspection, risk assessment, monitoring and correct removal techniques where appropriate. Open to members of local tidy towns groups, CE schemes or others involved in environmental enhancement work including trails management. Passengers can be collected from Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Free of charge but limited places available. To book contact Michelle on 069 61540 or email MMcCarthy3@wlr.ie. Supported under Local Agenda 21.

TABLE QUIZ TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES: A table quiz to aid Syrian refugees will take place at Thomas T.J’s, New St. on Friday, May 20. Quiz Master Lorcan Curtin. A raffle for a mega hamper will also be held on the night. All funds to the Red Cross who work in the refugee camps. We hope that you will support us and even if you’re not into quizzes come along for a chance to take home the hamper.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE: An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee. If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

FAMILY CARERS IRELAND: They are providing the QQI Level 5 Care of the older person module in Georges Quay, Limerick on May 3.

PIETA HOUSE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 5 K WALK/RUN: Starting from the Community Centre, Newcastlewest at 4.15am on Saturday, May 7. Registration at Feale Fit on Saturday, April 30 from 10-12 noon or 2 – 4pm.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources is offering a FREE Speech and Language workshop in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, May 3 from 11am to 12pm. Facilitated by the Speech and Language Clinic, this workshop is open to all parents of toddlers and those working with children. If you have a concern regarding your child’s speech this is the ideal place to explore your concerns. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 for further information.

DYSLEXIA WORKSHOP: A FREE Workshop on Dyslexia will be delivered by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and will examine how to get an assessment and what it means, encouraging your child to read for pleasure and the SOS spelling method. Free and open to parents and those who work with children, this workshop will take place in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, May 4 from 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 for further information.

CAMOGIE FUNDRAISER: Limerick Camogie Board are holding a race night in The Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Thursday, April 28 @ 8pm. Mary McArthur, Cahir 087 637 7310 who is one of the Camogie mentors in Tournafulla is looking for sponsors for either horses, jockeys or trainers or races or indeed an advert in the race night programme.

SUE RYDER; It’s spring and here at Sue Ryder we are currently filling our rails with wonderful colours! So, if you are planning that early holiday or have a special occasion coming up, pop into our shop on |Main Street, Abbeyfeale and you just might find that special item!
This week we are introducing the Sue Ryder loyalty card. Ask us about it when you next visit us. We also have a sale on selected men’s shirts, priced at just €1!
A special thank you for all your generous donations to our shop. We accept clothing, shoes, bags, bed linen, curtains and bric a brac. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, broken toys and video tapes. Thank you again for your continued support.

LIMERICK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL: Attended the ‘Celebrating the Century’ event at the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon and must commend all those who participated. It was an excellent display which took a lot of planning and hard work. There was drama, art, woodwork, stained glass, pottery as well as music, poetry and crafts all produced by people attending courses with the Adult Education Service. Well worth calling to see the exhibition which is still on display. Check out the Abbeyfeale Community Development Association FaceBook page for some pictures of the exhibition. Delighted too to see that the Old Tech is now being fully utilized with plenty of classes on offer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Saturday 11am Sean O’Mahony, Meenkilly. 7pm William Quirke, Micheal, Paul and Hannah Quirke, Cahirlane. Sunday 9.30am Will Joe, Mary and Billy Collins, The Hill. Ita Leahy, Knockbrack. 12 noon Jerry Healy. Ann Romain Hillview Drive. Paddy O’Loughlin, Dromtrasna.

Church Webcam is now officially switeahyched 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.

CHORAL CONCERTS IN KNOCK; On Saturday, May 14 three separate choirs with 120 members in total, leading operatic soloists and the RTE Concert Orchestra will come together in the newly renovated Basilica in Knock. The concert under the baton of David Brophy will include ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins as well as a special piece for 1916 written by Patrick Cassidy, a Mayo man now based in Hollywood. Tickets 094 9388100 or see knockshrine.ie

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMS: The first gathering of World Youth Day Pilgrimage Group will take place on Saturday, April 30 in St. Joseph’s Parish Church from 5.30 – 7pm.

A MUSICAL EVENING: A concert in aid of Mid West Simon will include Community Performances by Limerick Gospel Choir and Glenstal Boys Choir at the Redemptorist Church, Limerick. Tickets €10, further information 061 608980.

HEALING OF SILENT MEMORIES: Ceremony for the naming of babies who have died as a result of stillbirth or sudden infant death. Church of the Immaculate Conception, NCW on Wednesday, April 27 at 8pm.

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

HISTORY LECTURES: Listowel & District Historical Society presents ‘Ardfert Witnesses at the trial of Roger Casement’ on Wednesday April 27. All lectures take place at the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel and commence at 8 pm. For more information visit www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

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. 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.

MUNSTER PARKINSON’S DISEASE CONFERENCE: There will be a conference in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, May 29 from 10.30am -4pm. To book a place ring 1800359359 before May 23.

VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on June 26, 2016, for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest. Contact Denis 086 8520271.

RALLY OF THE LAKES: Sean Moriarty says: “A new spectator friendly route is the key ingredient of this year’s Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes that takes place in Killarney this weekend. All of the action, over 16 special stages takes place within 25km of the town, with the bulk of the action set for mid or east Kerry. Over 140 crews from all over Ireland and beyond are set to tackle the county’s biggest motorsport event.”

BURREN OUTDOOR RETREAT: Friday, May 6-8 during Burren in Bloom month. Booking Des Tully 085 1614951. See Burren Outdoor Retreat FB page.

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

MICHEAL COLLINS COMES HOME TO TOURNAFULLA: The May Bank Holiday promises to be a lively weekend in West Limerick with Traditional and Folk on offer in Abbeyfeale and Country and Irish in Tournafulla. Micheal Collins is celebrating 23 years on the road and he hardly looks a day older himself. He’ll be recording a DVD of his two concerts in Halla Tadgh Gaelach on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Special guests include the pupils of Glengurt N.S., Louise Morrissey and Theresa O’Gorman. Tickets €20. Contact 069 81866.

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, April 22. Cheques should be made payable to "GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL LTD." who are organising the tour. Beidh fáilte romhat.

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

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.

KNOCK RE DEDICATION: A national rededication ceremony has been announced for Saturday, July 16 following the extensive refurbishment of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. The Basilica was officially opened on July 18, 1976, and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in Ireland, providing shelter to millions of pilgrims to Knock Shrine over its 40 year history. Over the last two years, the Basilica has been completely modernised as part of a major, renewal project at Knock Shrine, called Witness to Hope. One of Europe’s largest single flat pieces of mosaic has also been installed in the Basilica as part of the refurbishment. Cardinal Séan O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will perform the official rededication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, July 16. Cardinal O’Malley is leading a historic first-ever chartered pilgrimage from Boston to Knock for the rededication ceremony. Fr Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector of Knock Shrine, said everyone is welcome to the ceremony

CAMP VERITAS: Camp Veritas is a summer camp run for youth aged from 12 to 18 years old. It is about fun, faith and fellowship. There are lots of fun and sports activities planned over the week, but the main focus of the week is to bring the young people to the living presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to deepen or awaken their faith. It is being run from June 26 -July 1 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The cost is €450 if paid online or cheque mailed to USA, Euro equivalent if cash or cheque in Ireland. More details – click ‘read more’ or see the groups Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Camp-Veritas

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9 – 17 next on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. It will also be an opportunity to visit the tiny Christian community in the region known as ‘The Living Stones’. Price approx. €1,168 per person sharing. Call 01 8783111 for further details.


PROLOGUE: The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to Mrs. Hannah Lyons, St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing on the death of her daughter Mary Turner in the US.

STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS ABBEYFEALE: You may have seen the signs at the crossroads – it’s all happening in the Devon Inn on Sunday, May 8 with doors opening 6.30pm and show starts 7.30pm sharp. A selection of the best movers in Tournafulla, Duagh, Mountcollins, Abbeyfeale, Rockchapel and surrounding areas have come together under the umbrella of Fealeside Strictly Come Dancing with the intention of raising funds to support their local community and have been rehearsing everything from sambas and tangos to rock and roll . The floor in the Devon will be electric with dance moves never before seen, style to beat the band and that’s only on the men. Tickets €20 available in Leens, Esthers, Heavenly Gifts, Betty’s Hair Salon, CryleView Dry Cleaners, The Hair Company, Moss the Farmers and Eurosavers.to you on Saturday 8th of October 2011.

Where else would you be on that night but in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo for what promises to be the social night of the year for the folk of Coolera/Strandhill and beyond. Local personalities will take to the stage to give a display of dancing that Patrick Swayze would gasp at.

18 stars of Coolera/Strandhill will be performing on the night, taking you on a magical journey around the stage where their performances can be electric, sensual, flamboyant or quite simply outrageous!Where else would you be on that night but in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo for what promises to be the social night of the year for the folk of Coolera/Strandhill and beyond. Local personalities will take to the stage to give a display of dancing that Patrick Swayze would gasp at.

18 stars of Coolera/Strandhill will be performing on the night, taking you on a magical journey around the stage where their performances can be electric, sensual, flamboyant or quite simply outrageous!

WHAT IS SOCIAL FARMING: Social farming is an innovative response that combines multifunctional agriculture and social and health care services. An INTERREG-funded project undertaken in the border region of Ireland and Northern Ireland with 20 farm households piloted services for 66 people over a 30 weeks period and learned lessons from the experience. Evidence gathered through the project indicates real and lasting benefits for people with special needs and people experiencing poor mental health as well as for the farm households involved. It also indicated that such services provided on farms are cost-effective when compared to cost of care in the public services. (Kinsella, J et al., (2014). Costs and Benefits of Social Farming: Report of the Social Farming across Borders Project. University College Dublin). Are you interested in learning more about Social Farming? There is an information workshop for anyone who might be interested including farmers, service providers, and service users & their parents, on Thursday, April 28 from 10am – 1pm in West Limerick Resources offices. Call 06966293 for further information.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE: An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee. If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The annual Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday, April 28 –Tuesday, May 3 next. Highlights this year are the celebrity concert with Mary Black, storytelling with Daisy Kearney, All Ireland Bone Playing competitions for U 18 and Adults, busking on the Main St., the gig rig in the Square with free entertainment Saturday and Sunday night, the set ceili in Fr. Casey’s, Master Workshops, sessions all over town and much much more. Headlining the Celebrity Concert sponsored by Kostal Gmbh Mountmahon is the fabulous Mary Black and her band. She is currently on tour with her ‘Down the Crooked Road Tour’ but is joining us Sunday May 1st at 8pm in Coláiste Ide & Iosef in Abbeyfeale for what will be a great night’s entertainment. Tickets for the Celebrity Concert are €30 and are on sale from Slice of Life, Main Street Abbeyfeale 068 32655, Abbey Tiles Main Street on 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672. Full details of this unmissable weekend are available on the Fleadh website www.fleadhbythefeale.com, on Facebook/Fleadh by the Feale, or by emailing fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com. Mark it in the diary now and join us for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMS: The first gathering of World Youth Day Pilgrimage Group will take place on Saturday, April 30 in St. Joseph’s Parish Church, Limerick from 5.30 – 7pm.

REMEMBERING ZOE CYCLE CHALLENGE 2016: 110km, 75km and 40km. Registration at Fr. Casey’s Friday May 13 from 6-9pm and on Sunday, May 15 from 7.30am. Further information from John 087 2258808 or Tom 087 6820506. The remembering Zoe Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday, July 3 next.

TEAGASC FARM FORESTRY WALK: There will be a Teagasc Farm Forestry Management walk in the Town Park at 7pm on Tuesday, April 26. All those interested in Forestry or Trees are welcome. This is organised by Teagasc and will be attended by Mr Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Farm Forestry Advisor, Limerick and Kerry.

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: A meeting of the Pastoral Council will take place in the Sacristy on Tuesday, April 26 at 7.30pm.

FAMILY CARERS IRELAND: They are providing the QQI Level 5 Care of the older person module in Georges Quay, Limerick on May 3. Contact 057 9370221.

PIETA HOUSE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 5 K WALK/RUN: Starting from the Community Centre, Newcastlewest at 4.15am on Saturday, May 7.Registration for Newcastle West Darkness Into Light at Feale Fit (opposite Kostal)

Saturday, May 23: 10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm, Saturday, May 30: 10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources is offering a FREE Speech and Language workshop in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, May 3 from 11am to 12pm. Facilitated by the Speech and Language Clinic, this workshop is open to all parents of toddlers and those working with children. If you have a concern regarding your child’s speech this is the ideal place to explore your concerns. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 for further information.

EUCHARISTIST ADORERS PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A bus will leave from the church on Sunday, April 24 at 7.30am. It will also pick up at the Devon Inn Hotel at approx… 7.40am and Newcastlewest at the Hotel Bus Stop at 7.50am. Main speaker Bishop Doran at 1.30pm on Gazing at the Face of Mercy. Further information from Bridie Scully Collins 087 6542685, Kathleen Kennelly 087 7758503 or Teresa O’Connell 087 2673663.

DYSLEXIA WORKSHOP: A FREE Workshop on Dyslexia will be delivered by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and will examine how to get an assessment and what it means, encouraging your child to read for pleasure and the SOS spelling method. Free and open to parents and those who work with children, this workshop will take place in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, May 4 from 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 for further information.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran the An Riocht 5k & 10miler Sunday & best of luck to all traveling to the Dingle Running festival over the coming weekend. All Fealefit 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.

TOWN PARK NEWS: Abbeyfeale Town Park committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Barbara McGill for her generous donation to the Town Park. A Liquidamber tree of a North American variety in memory of her late husband Jim McGill, has been planted in the park. Jim, son of the late Garda John McGill, grew up in Abbeyfeale. He attended college in the U.S.A. and became a leading environmental scientist. More importantly, it was also there that he met his wife Barbara, who also has strong Irish connections. Jim, with the support of Barbara, founded McGill Environmental Systems and success followed success. Jim, Barbara and their daughter Sarah came to live on Abbeyfeale Hill some years ago as Jim began to expand their company into Ireland. Sadly, Jim passed away on November 8th. 2014. McGill Environmental Systems is now in the capable hands of another Abbeyfeale man, Noel Lyons, formerly of Graigue. This year the company is celebrating 25 years in business and now operates facilities in Ireland and across the U.S.A.

CAMOGIE FUNDRAISER: Limerick Camogie Board are holding a race night in The Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Thursday, April 28 @ 8pm. Mary McArthur, Cahir 087 637 7310 who is one of the Camogie mentors in Tournafulla is looking for sponsors for either horses, jockeys or trainers or races or indeed an advert in the race night programme.

SUE RYDER; It’s spring and here at Sue Ryder we are currently filling our rails with wonderful colours! So, if you are planning that early holiday or have a special occasion coming up, pop into our shop on |Main Street, Abbeyfeale and you just might find that special item!
This week we are introducing the Sue Ryder loyalty card. Ask us about it when you next visit us. We also have a sale on selected men’s shirts, priced at just €1!
A special thank you for all your generous donations to our shop. We accept clothing, shoes, bags, bed linen, curtains and bric a brac. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, broken toys and video tapes. Thank you again for your continued support.

LIMERICK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL: ‘Celebrating the Century’ on Thursday, April 21 at the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon from 11am – 2pm. It’s an exhibition of student and community projects exploring different aspects of the 1916 rising through the medium of Art, Music and Drama. Open to all.

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.

ABBEYFEALE WALK TO GLENQUIN CASTLE: A group from Abbeyfeale will take part in the re-enactment of the March of the West Limerick volunteers to Glenquin Castle, which will be held on next Sunday, April 24. On Easter Sunday 1916, armed volunteers from 12 parishes in West Limerick marched to Glenquin Castle to take part in the Rebellion. This famous event will be commemorated on Sunday The Abbeyfeale contingent will assemble in The Square at 11.15am on Sunday and proceed up Main Street to Mountmahon at 11.30 am, carrying a specially-designed banner bearing the local colours. They will meet up with the Tournafulla group in their GAA grounds at 12.30pm and proceed on to Glenquin Castle. The walk is open to all, and we hope for a big turn-out from Abbeyfeale to celebrate the centenary of this historic occasion. Participants can join the walk at any point or can travel directly to Glenquin Castle which is just one kilometre from Strand Village. For further details contact Cllr Francis Foley or Ger Greaney on facebook at Footsteps To Freedom

Currently there are groups walking from the parishes of Ardagh, Ashford, Abbeyfeale, Broadford, Carrigkerry, Castlemahon, Dromcollogher , Feohanagh, Kilcolman, Killeedy, Milford, Monagea, Mountcollins, Newcastle West, Templeglantine and Tournafulla. Please join us on the day on any of these marches and walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women of West Limerick. You can walk the full route or join in along the way if you prefer.The event has been organized by Ger Greaney from Ardagh who has tirelessly trawled the records and carried out extensive research in to the period. According to Ger, volunteers who were active in Abbeyfeale from 1916 to 1921 included the following; Dan Ahern, William McAuliffe, James Barrett, John Barrett, Stephen Barrett, Ed Barry, Edmond Barry, Jerry Barry, Denis O Brien, John J Broderick, Michael B Broderick, Michael J Broderick, Paddy Broderick, Pat Broderick, William Broderick, Peggy Brosnan, John Browne, Robert Browne, Daniel Buckley, James Buckley, Pat Buckley, Dan Cahill, Denis Cahill, Denis William Cahill, John Cahill, Maurice Cahill, Michael Cahill, Pat Cahill, Francis Carroll, James Carroll, Michael McCarthy, Tim McCarthy. James Casey, Con Collins, Denis Collins, Denis Collins, Denis Collins, Jerry Collins, Jimmy Collins, John Collins, John R Collins, Mary P Collins, Maurice Collins, Maurice Collins, Michael Collins, Michael Collins, Michael Collins, Pat P Collins, Peter Collins, Richard Collins, Richard Collins, Thomas Collins, Tim D Collins, Tom H Collins, Dan J O Connell, James O Connell, John O Connell, John J O Connell, J J O Connell, John William O Connell, Joseph J O Connell, Michael O Connell, Michael O Connell, Thomas O Connell, Thomas T J O Connell, Tim O Connell, Tim J O Connell, Tom O Connell, Dan M O Connor, John O Connor, Joseph O Connor, Laurence O Connor, Maurice P O Connor, Michael D O Connor, Moss O Connor, Thomas O Connor, William O Connor. Dan Cotter, Nicholas M Cotter, William Cotter, Con Cremin, William Cremin, Dan Cullinane, John J Curtin, Martin J Curtin, Dan Cusack, James Cusack, Dan Daly, Denis P Daly, Martin Dillane, Daniel O Donnell, John O Donnell, Maurice O Donnell, Pat O Donnell, William O Donnell, Michael O Donoghue, Tim O Donoghue, Michael Downey, Michael Dunne, William Dunne, Denis McEnery, John McEnery, William D McEnery, Pat Fealey, John Fealey, Dan Fitzgerald, Eddie Fitzgerald, James Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Fitzgerald, Pat Fitzgerald, Thomas Fitzgerald, Tim Fitzgerald, Tom Fitzgerald, David Flynn, John Flynn, Maurice Flynn, Michael Flynn, Pat Flynn, William Flynn, Francis Foley, Jerry Foley, Dan Galvin, Pat Grady, Con Guiney, Jim Guiney, Batt Harnett, Daniel Harnett, Denis Harnett, Dr Eddie Harnett, Jerry Harnett, John Harnett, John P Harnett, Larry Ellen Harnett, Maurice J Harnett, Michael Harnett, Pat Harnett, Pat Harnett, Pat P Harnett, William Harnett, Dan Healy, Francis Healy, Jerry Healy, Michael Healy, Michael J Healy, Tim J Healy, William Healy, William Horan, Michael P Hunt, Johnny Jones, Jerry Keane, Pat Keane, William Keane, Jerry O Keefe, William O Keefe, Nora Kelly, Michael McKenna, Michael Kennelly, John King, Con P Lane, Denis Lane, John P Lane, Michael P Lane, Tim Lane, William J Lane, Denis Leahy, Edmund C Leahy, J J Leahy, James Leahy, Patrick Leen, Maurice Lenehan, John Lynch, Dan Lyons, Denis Lyons, Denis L Lyons, John Lyons, Joseph J Lyons, Michael Lyons, Mahony, Michael O Mahony, Jer Moloney, Danny Murphy, Denis Murphy, John Murphy, Pat Murphy, Patrick Naughton, Patrick J O Neill, John O Neill, Con Quirke, Dan Quirke, Michael Quirke, Pat Joseph Quirke.
C D O Riordan, Dan Riordan, Fr David Riordan, James Riordan, John Riordan, John J Riordan, Michael Riordan, Patrick J Riordan, John E Roche, Ned E Roche, Michael J Roche, Pat J Roche, Con O Rourke, Daniel O Rourke, William O Rourke, John Scannell, Pat Scannell, David Shanahan, James Shannon, Michael Shannon, Dan Sheahan, Maurice Sheahan, Ed Sheehy, Michael Sheehy, William Sheehy, Tim Stack, Agnes O Sullivan, Con Sullivan, Denis Sullivan, John Sullivan, John O Sullivan, John O Sullivan, John J O Sullivan, Jerry Sullivan, Martin Sullivan, Mossie O Sullivan, Pat Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, William O Sullivan, Con Toomey, Richard Toomey. James Wall, Laurence P Ward, Capper White, Patrick White, Patrick Woulfe, R B Woulfe, Laurence Wren, Batt Wren……..

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.

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Following our recent meeting we have been asked to get the message out for everyone to keep an eye on elderly neighbours. Our annual Church Gate collection takes place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

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.

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.

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.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15am Dick Danaher, Shanbally. Thursday 10am Josephine Lyons, Cedarville. Friday 10.30am Confirmation. Saturday 11am Adrian Doyle, Colbert Terrace. 7pm Julie Chris Fealey, Convent St. John Jackie Daly and Bridget Daly, Church St. Johnny Nash, Knocknasna. Sunday 9.30am Micheal Collins, Collins Park. Denis and Ellen Collins Purt and deceased members of the Geary and Collins family. 12 noon Andrea Costelloe, Mountmahon. Richard Tobin, Main St. Jerry Collins, Clash Rd.

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.

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

SACREDSPACE – WLM102FM: Young people from PURE IN HEART will join us this Sunday at 10am- 11pm to share their message of chastity and purity. Well worth tuning in to hear a joyful message for all ages. Podcast is available on www.sacredspace102.blogspot.com

HISTORY LECTURES: Listowel & District Historical Society presents a series of lectures on 1916 commencing with ‘On Lonely Banna Strand: Roger Casement, Kerry & the 1916 Rising’ by Dr. Richard McElligott on Saturday April 23. Other lectures include ‘The Man Who Shot Michael Collins’ on Tuesday April 26 and ‘Ardfert Witnesses at the trial of Roger Casement’ on Wednesday April 27. All lectures take place at the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel and commence at 8 pm. For more information visit www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday April 28 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising’ by Bridget McAuliffe, Dr. Mary McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea will be launched at the Rose Hotel, Fels Point, Tralee on Friday next, April 22 at 8pm. All welcome.

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.

VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to

Kenya on June 26, 2016, for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest. Contact Denis 086 8520271.

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

MICHEAL COLLINS COMES HOME TO TOURNAFULLA: The May Bank Holiday promises to be a lively weekend in West Limerick with Traditional and Folk on offer in Abbeyfeale and Country and Irish in Tournafulla. Micheal Collins is celebrating 23 years on the road and he hardly looks a day older himself. He’ll be recording a DVD of his two concerts in Halla Tadgh Gaelach on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Special guests include the pupils of Glengurt N.S., Louise Morrissey and Theresa O’Gorman. Tickets €20. Contact 069 81866.

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, April 22. Cheques should be made payable to "GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL LTD." who are organising the tour. Beidh fáilte romhat.

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

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.

KNOCK RE DEDICATION: A national rededication ceremony has been announced for Saturday, July 16 following the extensive refurbishment of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. The Basilica was officially opened on July 18, 1976, and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in Ireland, providing shelter to millions of pilgrims to Knock Shrine over its 40 year history. Over the last two years, the Basilica has been completely modernised as part of a major, renewal project at Knock Shrine, called Witness to Hope. One of Europe’s largest single flat pieces of mosaic has also been installed in the Basilica as part of the refurbishment. Cardinal Séan O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will perform the official rededication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, July 16. Cardinal O’Malley is leading a historic first-ever chartered pilgrimage from Boston to Knock for the rededication ceremony. Fr Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector of Knock Shrine, said everyone is welcome to the ceremony

CAMP VERITAS: Camp Veritas is a summer camp run for youth aged from 12 to 18 years old. It is about fun, faith and fellowship. There are lots of fun and sports activities planned over the week, but the main focus of the week is to bring the young people to the living presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to deepen or awaken their faith. It is being run from June 26 -July 1 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The cost is €450 if paid online or cheque mailed to USA, Euro equivalent if cash or cheque in Ireland. More details – click ‘read more’ or see the groups Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Camp-Veritas

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9 – 17 next on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. It will also be an opportunity to visit the tiny Christian community in the region known as ‘The Living Stones’. Price approx. €1,168 per person sharing. Call 01 8783111 for further details.


PROLOGUE:
"What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
Bob Dylan

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Tommy Corbett, St. Ita’s Terrace and to the family of the late Mrs. Mary O’Connor, Kilconlea Lower. May they rest in peace.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market held to raise funds to keep WL102fm on air will take place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday, April 17 with gates opening 7.30am. Your support is so appreciated by the volunteers at WL102fm.

STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS ABBEYFEALE: You may have seen the signs at the crossroads – it’s all happening in the Devon Inn on Sunday, May 8 with doors opening 6.30pm. The dancers are in training and it’s going to be a great night with all funds collected going to Abbeyfeale Town Park, Tidy Towns and Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights. It’s all about collecting votes prior to the event with votes costing €2 for one vote and €5 for three and all the dancers have voting cards so do support them. Mark the date in your diary, put on the glad rags and prepared to be amazed, amused and astounded by the handsome men and the graceful women – wait until you see Tiny’s moves as he takes the floor by storm.

WHAT IS SOCIAL FARMING: Are you interested in learning more about Social Farming? There is an information workshop for anyone who might be interested including farmers, service providers, and service users & their parents, on Thursday, April 28 from 10am – 1pm in West Limerick Resources offices. Call 06966293 for further information.

FUNDRAISER FOR NEW BOXING CLUB: “Be inspired to take the next step in achieving your dreams and desires in the world of sport, personal health and wellness.” Power Lifting World Champion Patricia O’Halloran and her mentor and coach Strongman Champion Kevin Murray will give a presentation on ‘A holistic approach to fitness’ at the Adult Education Centre (Old Tech) Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, April 16 from 7 – 9.30pm. Admission €8. For more information check out Abbeyfeale Viking boxing club FB event page;" A holistic approach to fitness" or call Dennis 087 6843070.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE: An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee. If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL REFURBISHED: 25 years ago Canon Neville started to build the Blessed Sacrament chapel – a much used resource for the parish which has brought many blessings in its wake. So to celebrate this year of Mercy and the Diocesan Synod a big refurbishment took place since Easter. |It’s a welcoming space, an oasis of peace and beautifully appointed with Adoration every Tuesday and Friday from 8.30am – 10pm and on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. You are welcome to drop in for a moment of respite from the madding crowd.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The annual Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday, April 28 –Tuesday, May 3 next. Highlights this year are the celebrity concert with Mary Black, storytelling with Daisy Kearney, All Ireland Bone Playing competitions for U 18 and Adults, busking on the Main St., the gig rig in the Square with free entertainment Saturday and Sunday night, the set ceili in Fr. Casey’s, Master Workshops, sessions all over town and much much more. Headlining the Celebrity Concert sponsored by Kostal Gmbh Mountmahon is the fabulous Mary Black and her band. She is currently on tour with her ‘Down the Crooked Road Tour’ but is joining us Sunday May 1st at 8pm in Coláiste Ide & Iosef in Abbeyfeale for what will be a great night’s entertainment. Tickets for the Celebrity Concert are €30 and are on sale from Slice of Life, Main Street Abbeyfeale 068 32655, Abbey Tiles Main Street on 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672. Full details of this unmissable weekend are available on the Fleadh website www.fleadhbythefeale.com, on Facebook/Fleadh by the Feale, or by emailing fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com. Mark it in the diary now and join us for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING; A meeting of the Pastoral Council will take place in the Sacristy on Tuesday, April 26 at 7.30pm.

PIETA HOUSE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 5 K WALK/RUN: Starting from the Community Centre, Newcastlewest at 4.15am on Saturday, May 7.

LIGHT UP WEST LIMERICK: PositiviTEA in Tea & Tales in the Square from Monday, April 11 -15. A positive affirmation served with every cuppa to kick start your day.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources is offering a FREE Speech and Language workshop in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, May 3 from 11am to 12pm. Facilitated by the Speech and Language Clinic, this workshop is open to all parents of toddlers and those working with children. If you have a concern regarding your child’s speech this is the ideal place to explore your concerns. Please contact Mary on 087 9382883 for further information.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A bus will leave from the church on Sunday, April 24 at 7.30am. Further information from Bridie Scully 087 6542685, Kathleen Kennelly 087 7758503 or Teresa O’Connell 087 2673663.

LIMERICK DIOCESAN SYNOD: Congratulations to our four delegates who participated in the synod – Eileen O’Brien, Micheal Lane, Billy Quirke and Martina O’Sullivan. A large group from Abbeyfeale swelled the huge congregation at the closing Mass in St. John’s Sunday evening with neighbours Riona Curtin and Billy Quirke playing pivotal roles in the celebration.

DYSLEXIA WORKSHOP: A FREE Workshop on Dyslexia will be delivered by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and will examine how to get an assessment and what it means, encouraging your child to read for pleasure and the SOS spelling method. Free and open to parents and those who work with children, this workshop will take place in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, May 4 from 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 for further information.

CAMOGIE FUNDRAISER: Limerick Camogie Board are holding a race night in The Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Thursday, April 28 @ 8pm. Mary McArthur, Cahir 087 637 7310 who is one of the Camogie mentors in Tournafulla is looking for sponsors for either horses, jockeys or trainers or races or indeed an advert in the race night programme.

HEALTH & SAFETY TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering a workshop to help community groups develop a Safety Statement for their facilities. All groups operating a community facility should have a Safety Statement in place. Workshop will take place in West Limerick Resources Offices, St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West on Tuesday, April 19 from 7—9pm. Contact: Dearbhla on 069 66293 to book a place.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that supported the Brosna 5k Saturday & best of luck to all traveling to the Riocht on Sunday for the 5k & 10miler! Training for Great Limerick Kids run April 30th continues this Wednesday at 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.

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

SUE RYDER; It’s spring and here at Sue Ryder we are currently filling our rails with wonderful colours! So, if you are planning that early holiday or have a special occasion coming up, pop into our shop on |Main Street, Abbeyfeale and you just might find that special item!
This week we are introducing the Sue Ryder loyalty card. Ask us about it when you next visit us. We also have a sale on selected men’s shirts, priced at just €1!
A special thank you for all your generous donations to our shop. We accept clothing, shoes, bags, bed linen, curtains and bric a brac. Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, broken toys and video tapes. Thank you again for your continued support.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Glad to report that we hope to be in a position to set up the text alert system in the next few weeks. Further details as they come to hand. Check out our Facebook page Abbeyfeale Community Alert for all the latest news. RSA, Minister Donohoe and An Garda Síochána launched a major tyre safety awareness campaign on April 4, 2016. Landmark report reveals that vehicle factors contributed to 1 in 8 fatal collisions analysed between 2008 and 2012. 111 people lost their lives and 30 were seriously injured in collisions where vehicle defects were a contributory factor. Brakes also a factor, contributing to 18 deaths and 6 serious injuries.

LIMERICK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL: It’s happening throughout the county from Saturday, April 16 – Friday, April 22 but after going through the booklet all I can find for Abbeyfeale is ‘Celebrating the Century’ on Thursday, April 21 at the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon from 11am – 2pm. It’s an exhibition of student and community projects exploring different aspects of the 1916 Rising through the medium of Art, Music and Drama. Open to all.

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.

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.

GLENQUIN CASTLE WALK: A re-enactment of the March of the West Limerick volunteers to Glenquin Castle in 1916 will take place on Sunday, April 24. . Ger Greaney has been in touch with the following information: Currently there are groups walking from the parishes of Ardagh, Ashford, Broadford, Carrigkerry, Castlemahon, Dromcollogher , Feohanagh, Kilcolman, Killeedy, Milford, Monagea, Mountcollins, Newcastle West, Templeglantine and Tournafulla. Please join us on the day on any of these marches and walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women of West Limerick. You can walk the full route or join in along the way if you prefer. Would you like to start a march from a parish not already organised. If so please contact us on Facebook. If you do not wish to walk you can join us at Glenquin Castle outside Ashford at 2pm for a moment of reflection and an afternoon of traditional Irish Craic. Remembering Fir agus Mnà Cròga as Iarthar Luimnigh To Remember is to Never Forget:

“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.

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.

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.

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.

AA: Narcotics Anonymous meet on Monday evenings in the parish office. AL Anon meet there every Tuesday evening and AA meet there on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm, Friday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: €19,680 was raised for local charities this year and Tony, Hannah and Siobhan want to say a sincere thank you to all those who contributed.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.

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. . Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15am Eily Lane recently deceased. Thursday 10a Mick and Joan Gallagher nee Kelly. Friday 10am Patrick Lyons NCW. Saturday 7pm Patrick Lane, Grogeen and deceased family members. Bridie and Joe Fitzgerald and Family, Clash. Bessie Meehan, Kilmorna. Sunday 9.30am Kathleen Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. Josie Doherty, Tournafulla. Sunday 12 noon Mary O’Connor Bridge St. Micheal Foley.

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.

ÉIGSE MICHEAL HARTNETT: Official Opening by Mayor of City and County Cllr. Liam Galvin at the Library, Gortboy, Newcastlewest on Thursday, April 14 at 8pm. Events over the weekend include Coffee, Tea and Poetry in Marguerite’s The Square on Friday morning at 11am with Mike MacDomhnaill. Integrated Dance at the Desmond Complex at 11.30am on Friday showcasing disabled and non disabled dancers from Rathfredagh, Brothers of Charity, Hazelwood and Pallaskenry. Lunchtime Capers at Micheal’s statue in the Square at 12.30pm with Mincheal Rowsome and Stanzas. Storytelling, Music and Song at St. Ita’s Hospital at 3pm. Art Exhibition at the Red Door Gallery at 4pm and then at 8pm ‘Rivers of Sound’ Poetry Reading with Micheal Coady and Jane Clarke at the Co. Council offices in Gortboy. On Saturday author Donal Ryan will deliver the Micheal Harnett Memorial Lecture in the Co. Council offices at 11am, there’s a children’s writing workshop with Gabriel Fitzmaurice in the Library, more Capers in the Square at 12.30pm. Des Healy will lead a Walkabout in the Footsteps of Micheal Harnett from the statue in the Square at 2.15pm. There will be a Poetry Slam in Ned Lynchs and finishing up in The Forge from 3.30pm and then at 8pm In the Company of………Colum McCann in the Co. Council offices.

COMMEMORATE ROGER CASEMENT: Banna Strand, Thursday, April 21. Full State
Ceremony commences at 12 noon. No ticket required. Everyone welcome but be there by 11.30am.

USED STAMPS REQUIRED: Help research into Motor Neurone Disease with your used stamps. Call Maureen in NCW 087 9845102.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month.

A FREE SIX WEEK COURSE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY OTHERS ALCOHOL OR DRUG ABUSE: The Community Substance Misuse Team with the support of the Mid West Drugs and Alcohol Forum are organising a free course using a Stress – Strain – Coping model in NCW shortly. If you have been affected by someone’s substance abuse then contact Mags Dillon on 086 4141890 to book a place.

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

YOUTH 2000: There will be a Catholic youth retreat in St. Brendan’s College, Killarney for people aged 16-35 on the weekend of April 15-17 next. Call Ger 0863066892.

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.

VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to

Kenya on June 26, 2016, for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest. Contact Denis 086 8520271.

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

MICHEAL COLLINS COMES HOME TO TOURNAFULLA: The May Bank Holiday promises to be a lively weekend in West Limerick with Traditional and Folk on offer in Abbeyfeale and Country and Irish in Tournafulla. Micheal Collins is celebrating 23 years on the road and he hardly looks a day older himself. He’ll be recording a DVD of his two concerts in Halla Tadgh Gaelach on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Special guests include the pupils of Glengurt N.S., Louise Morrissey and Theresa O’Gorman. Tickets €20. Contact 069 81866.

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, April 22. Cheques should be made payable to "GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL LTD." who are organising the tour. Beidh fáilte romhat.

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: 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.

DIPLOMA IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL STUDIES: Information evening at The Pavilion, North Campus, University of Limerick on Monday, April 18 from 5.30pm. Further information www.ul.ie/CPE.

KNOCK RE DEDICATION: A national rededication ceremony has been announced for Saturday, July 16 following the extensive refurbishment of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. The Basilica was officially opened on July 18, 1976, and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in Ireland, providing shelter to millions of pilgrims to Knock Shrine over its 40 year history. Over the last two years, the Basilica has been completely modernised as part of a major, renewal project at Knock Shrine, called Witness to Hope. One of Europe’s largest single flat pieces of mosaic has also been installed in the Basilica as part of the refurbishment. Cardinal Séan O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will perform the official rededication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, July 16. Cardinal O’Malley is leading a historic first-ever chartered pilgrimage from Boston to Knock for the rededication ceremony. Fr Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector of Knock Shrine, said everyone is welcome to the ceremony

CAMP VERITAS: Camp Veritas is a summer camp run for youth aged from 12 to 18 years old. It is about fun, faith and fellowship. There are lots of fun and sports activities planned over the week, but the main focus of the week is to bring the young people to the living presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to deepen or awaken their faith. It is being run from June 26 -July 1 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The cost is €450 if paid online or cheque mailed to USA, Euro equivalent if cash or cheque in Ireland. More details – click ‘read more’ or see the groups Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Camp-Veritas

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9 – 17 next on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. It will also be an opportunity to visit the tiny Christian community in the region known as ‘The Living Stones’. Price approx. €1,168 per person sharing. Call 01 8783111 for further details.

20TH NATIONAL PIONEER BALL: Saturday, April 16. Mass at 6pm in St. John’s Church, Carraroe, followed by the ball in The Clarion Hotel Sligo. Contact Grace 087 1426320 .

FRIAR ALESSANDRO IN CONCERT: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney at 8pm (doors open @ 7.30pm), Sunday, April 17. Tickets for sale at The Friary for €10, Mon to Sat 9.00am to 6.00pm.


PROLOGUE: "When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and despair and cannot find your way out of the darkness, remember that this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings."
Author Unknown

PRAYERS FOR SUCCESSFUL SYNOD: In Abbeyfeale Salesian Sister Sr. Vera Hehir will facilitate a prayer session for Naomh Ide Pastoral Area at 7pm in Templeglantine Church tonight Wednesday.

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. It’s all happening on Thursday, April 7 with doors opening 7:30pm.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: It must be at least 20 years ago since Canon Neville and the late Sheila O’Connell, Kilconlea started to hold devotions to the Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter and it has gone from strength to strength since. The churchyard was overflowing at 2.30pm on Sunday a full half hour before devotions started and several priests were still hearing confessions after 5pm. Well done to Helen Collins and the Divine Mercy prayer group for organising a beautiful ceremony and to Fr. Joe Foley who celebrated the Mass.

.ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY COMMITTEE: An invitation to new members has been issued by the committee. If you would like to get involved please contact Toddy 087 2029395.

DAFFODIL DAY: Organisers Mary Morrissey and Norma O’Connor would like to say a sincere thank you to all the collectors and those who supported Daffodil Day in Abbeyfeale. €3,387 was raised.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The Fleadh takes place this year from Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 2 next. The celebrity concert on Sunday night is sponsored by Kostal Gmbh Mountmahon and is headlined by Mary Black. Tickets are on sale from Slice of Life, Main Street Abbeyfeale 068 32655, Abbey Tiles Main Street on 068 31109, John O’Sullivan on 086 3165848 and Celine McNally on 087 7697672. Events include: opening night Thursday, April 28: 7.30pm Presentation of Art Poster prizes with Exhibition and Traditional Entertainment in the Library. 9.30pm The Gathering Session of Music, Song and Dance at D.J. Murphy’s Bar, Main St. Friday, April 29: 7pm Traditional Street Busking Competition on the Main St. 8.30pm. Open Air Show on the Gig Rig in the Square. 9.30pm Set Ceili in Fr. Casey’s. Saturday, April 30: Registration for Master Workshop Classes which begin at 2pm in the Convent National School. Objectives: Improve technique & skills in Improvers & Advanced categories (Students are advised to bring Tape Recorders). Master Workshop Classes Terms & Conditions .Entry with fee €10 is permissible on the day, however advanced booking is advised. Send your name and address with fee to: Dearbhla Conlon Ahern, Cnoc na Ré, Ballybehy, Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Open to all ages, Junior & Senior, but is unsuitable for beginners. Spectators are not allowed in classes. Saturday 8.30pm there will be Traditional Entertainment on the Gig Rig in the Square. Sunday May 1: 3.00pm Face Painting – Irish music and the Rising in the Square. Storytelling with Daisy Kearney in St. Ita’s Hall. 3.30pm Traditional Entertainment on the Gig Rig in the Square and Under 18 Junior All Ireland Bone Playing Competitions.. 4pm CD Launch in D J Murphy’s Bar. 8pm Celebrity Concert with Mary Black. Monday, May 2: 8.00pm "All-Ireland Senior Bone Playing Competition" on Gig Rig. There will be music sessions in most pubs over the weekend.

LIGHT UP WEST LIMERICK: Break up the silence surrounding suicide by shining a candle, sparkler or torch in the Square, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, April 10 at 9pm. Join the movement to light up the silence. Further information 087 9661383. PositiviTEA in Tea & Tales from Monday, April 11 -15. A positive affirmation served with every cuppa to kick start your day. Tuesday, April 12. Tea & Tales from 4-6pm ‘Turning Tea Time into Me Time’ with Liz Corbett. Tuesday, April 12 Fr. Casey’s club house 8.30pm -10pm FUNK IT UP with Liz Corbett & Dennis Daly it’s a coming together and connecting with positivity right through our community from teenagers to older adults. Liz Corbett – ‘Time To Transform’. Positive thinking creates positive living. Finding the ability to tap into your inner strength which enables you to manage every day emotions and challenges.
Living in the present moment. Come along and be motivated into positive energy and creating a life that you want to create.Dennis Daly – ‘Everyday magic.’
Everything in the world is energy, we are energy beings .All our thoughts, feelings and emotions are energy vibrating at a particular beat. We have the ability to tap into this magic and change our vibration to one of fun, happiness and joy … Come along and experience this for yourself …

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

FEALE FIT: Well done to Yvonne O Connor & Helen Broderick the winners of our recent 3 x month FealeFitter & FealeSlim challenges. Training for Great Limerick Kids run April 30 starts this Wedensday 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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Glad to report that we hope to be in a position to set up the text alert system in the next few weeks. Further details as they come to hand. Check out our Facebook page Abbeyfeale Community Alert for all the latest news. Talking of Facebook be sure and check out your security settings. Scams on the go at the moment include Irish Water and 365 Banking. Give no credit card details to any one over the phone or by email.

STRICTLY COME DANCING HITS ABBEYFEALE: You may have seen the signs at the crossroads – it’s all happening in the Devon Inn on Sunday, May 8 with doors opening 6.30pm. The dancers are in training and it’s going to be a great night with all funds collected going to Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights and the Town Park.

WHAT IS SOCIAL FARMING: Are you interested in learning more about Social Farming? There is an information workshop for anyone who might be interested including farmers, service providers, and service users & their parents, on Thursday, April 28 from 10am – 1pm in West Limerick Resources offices. Call 06966293 for further information.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

GLENQUIN CASTLE WALK: A re-enactment of the March of the West Limerick volunteers to Glenquin Castle in 1916 will take place on Sunday, April 24. . Ger Greaney has been in touch with the following information: Currently there are groups walking from the parishes of Ardagh, Ashford, Broadford, Carrigkerry, Castlemahon, Dromcollogher , Feohanagh, Kilcolman, Killeedy, Milford, Monagea, Mountcollins, Newcastle West, Templeglantine and Tournafulla. Please join us on the day on any of these marches and walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women of West Limerick. You can walk the full route or join in along the way if you prefer. Would you like to start a march from a parish not already organised. If so please contact us on Facebook. If you do not wish to walk you can join us at Glenquin Castle outside Ashford at 2pm for a moment of reflection and an afternoon of traditional Irish Craic. Remembering Fir agus Mnà Cròga as Iarthar Luimnigh To Remember is to Never Forget:

“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.

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

DIOCESE OF LIMERICK SYNOD Wednesday April 6 a Pastoral Area liturgy is being planned for each of the nine pastoral areas in the Diocese. In Abbeyfeale Salesian Sister Sr. Vera Hehir will facilitate a prayer session for Naomh Ide Pastoral Area at 7pm in Templeglantine church. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 on Saturday 11am. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 8.15am L. Moloney. Thurday 10am Timmy and Ita O’Donoghue, Ballaugh. Mass Friday 7.30am. NO 10am Mass Friday. NO morning Mass Saturday. Saturday 7pm Sean Enright Purt, Phyllis Cotter, Purt. Sunday 9.30am Patrick Woulfe, Kilconlea Lower. Patrick Collins, Glenashrone. NO 12 Noon Mass Sunday. Adoration resumes on Friday, April 8.

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.

USED STAMPS REQUIRED: Help research into Motor Neurone Disease with your used stamps. Call Maureen in NCW 087 9845102.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month.

WOMEN OF THE WELL: Rejuvenate your spirit with a weekend retreat for women. Call Knock Shrine on 094 9388100.

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.

YOUTH 2000: There will be a Catholic youth retreat in St. Brendan’s College, Killarney for people aged 16-35 on the weekend of April 15-17 next. Call Ger 0863066892.

CAREBRIGHT OPEN DAY: Open Day for Healthcare staff on Wednesday, April 6 from 4-7pm in Boherbui, Newcastlewest. Ring 1800303412 for further information.

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.

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.

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.

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KNOCK RE DEDICATION: A national rededication ceremony has been announced for Saturday, July 16 following the extensive refurbishment of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. The Basilica was officially opened on July 18, 1976, and has since become one of the most visited landmarks in Ireland, providing shelter to millions of pilgrims to Knock Shrine over its 40 year history. Over the last two years, the Basilica has been completely modernised as part of a major, renewal project at Knock Shrine, called Witness to Hope. One of Europe’s largest single flat pieces of mosaic has also been installed in the Basilica as part of the refurbishment. Cardinal Séan O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will perform the official rededication ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, July 16. Cardinal O’Malley is leading a historic first-ever chartered pilgrimage from Boston to Knock for the rededication ceremony. Fr Richard Gibbons, PP, Rector of Knock Shrine, said everyone is welcome to the ceremony

CAMP VERITAS: Camp Veritas is a summer camp run for youth aged from 12 to 18 years old. It is about fun, faith and fellowship. There are lots of fun and sports activities planned over the week, but the main focus of the week is to bring the young people to the living presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to deepen or awaken their faith. It is being run from June 26 -July 1 at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The cost is €450 if paid online or cheque mailed to USA, Euro equivalent if cash or cheque in Ireland. More details – click ‘read more’ or see the groups Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Camp-Veritas

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a Christian solidarity pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 9 – 17 next on a direct flight from Dublin. It will be an opportunity to visit holy sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem. It will also be an opportunity to visit the tiny Christian community in the region known as ‘The Living Stones’. Price approx. €1,168 per person sharing. Call 01 8783111 for further details.

MONASTIC EXPERIENCE DAY: The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience Day on Saturday next, April 9 from 10-5pm. The day is designed to help young women between 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life. Contact poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com

20TH NATIONAL PIONEER BALL: Saturday, April 16. Mass at 6pm in St. John’s Church, Carraroe, followed by the ball in The Clarion Hotel Sligo. Contact Grace 087 1426320 .

FRIAR ALESSANDRO IN CONCERT: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney at 8pm (doors open @ 7.30pm), Sunday, April 17. Tickets for sale at The Friary for €10, Mon to Sat 9.00am to 6.00pm.