"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, on Facebook/Fleadh by the Feale, or by emailing 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 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:

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 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

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:

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

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

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.