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

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

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

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:

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

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.