PROLOGUE: "F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours." Zig Ziglar

WELL DONE TO DROMTRASNA NS: Delighted to announce that Dromtrasna N.S girls, who took part in the FAI schools 5 a side final in the Aviva last Wednesday, won the All Ireland.

TIDY TOWN WEED AND CLEAN: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are having a weed and clean evening on Wednesday, May 18 from 7pm-8pm meeting in the Square. We are looking for volunteers & all help would be greatly appreciated.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Mike Condon will be providing the music on June 12 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale for an afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Recovery Haven. Write it into the diary now and ye can be getting the gúnas sorted.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning to support MS Ireland, organised by the Wednesday club, will be held at the Ploughman Bar, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 27 from 11-2pm.

REMEMBERING ZOE CYCLE CHALLENGE: 430 cyclists set off in perfect weather conditions from Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse last Sunday morning. It was a massive exercise in logistics between registration, signposting, traffic management and feeding everyone and a huge well done to all the volunteers who made it possible. All funds raised will go to supporting children’s charities and to the children’s playground in the Town Park. Next event will be the family fun day on Sunday, July 3 next.

1916 MEMORIAL GARDEN: Plans are currently in place for a permanent memorial, with the development of a commemorative garden in the Town Park to acknowledge the signatories of the proclamation and all involved in the 1916 rising. Work has already begun on this momentous project and an account has been set up in the local Credit Union. If you wish to make a donation, the account number is 6856, the BIC is ABRUIE21XXX and the IBAN is IE69ABRU99211897967050 if you wish to make a donation online. All donations, no matter how small, are gratefully received, and with the excellent workers in the Park, we look forward to creating a truly fitting and beautiful garden to celebrate the sacrifice of all those involved in the 1916 rising.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Takes place on Saturday, May 21 at 11am. Church gates will be locked on Friday evening at 10pm to facilitate parking. We wish all children and their parents a happy and holy day.

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.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club held its Club Championship over the past two Thursday’s and the winners were, Anne Eggleston and Gerardine Ward, 2nd Mary Moloney and Maureen Dillane, 3rd Fintan Quirke and Marian O’Connor, 1st session Noranne Dennison and Mary B Cronin, 2nd Session Brenda Hendy and Ron Beech. Our President Denis Collins would like to thank all who took part and Thomas and Carol Fitzgerald for the use of their bar and food on the night.

SILVER JUBILEE: Its 25 years ago since the Parish Priest at the time, Canon James Neville decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament at the side of the Parish Church here in Abbeyfeale. It’s a well-used chapel with morning Mass at 8.15am most mornings, adoration all day Tuesday and Friday and evening adoration Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It’s also used for small weddings as it seats up to 60 people comfortably and by families for Sunday Mass with prayer groups and reading groups based there too. It’s an oasis of peace in a busy town where people can pop in for a moment of contemplation and peace. After 25 years of continual use the parish council decided to re decorate it and commissioned some painting and upholstery and a beautiful new floor. They have invited everyone to a blessing on Saturday, May 28 following Mass at 7pm which will in turn be followed by the Corpus Christi procession with the First Holy Communicants leading it and finally the blessing of the chapel. There will be cup of tea afterwards in the Day Care Centre.

TOWN PARK NEWS: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Annual Town Park Dog Show on Sunday June 12. . Special guests on the day will include many of the participants in the highly successful Strictly Come Dancing event at The Devon Hotel. They will be available for selfies and autographs. Maybe Irene & Stretch and Jamie & Paul might give us a twirl or two. Full details of the event will be published soon. The building of a new garden of remembrance to commemorate the Easter Rising will shortly commence in the park. The garden will incorporate a flagpole and tricolour, a copy of the proclamation engraved in stone and seven new trees in memory of the seven signatories. This will be located at the entrance to the park on the town side. The park committee would like to thank Lorcan Curtin and his group for bringing this project to the park and for their financial contribution to the project. We would like to ask those who use the park to respect the amenities. Do not damage any property or destroy flowers or plants. The park is a very important ecological site and we need to protect it.

ARE YOU IN CRISIS: There are several organizations who will help if you are under pressure and these include the newly formed West Limerick Crisis Intervention Team who can be reached on 085 1777631, the Mind Our Farm Families is a dedicated suicide and self-harm phone line 1890 130 022 between IFA and Pieta House. The phone line for IFA members will put farmers and their families in direct contact with a Pieta House trained therapist. Then there is the Samaritans on free call 116 123 or Console 1800 247247.

FEALE FIT NEWS:Well done to Dromtrasna N.S girls on winning the FAI schools 5 a side final in the Aviva.Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran the Killarney Marathon as well as partaking in the Remembering Zoe cycle over the weekend. Well done too to our little athletes that took part & did so well in the Community games last Wednesday night. 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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: There were two cars taken from outside a house in NCW last Saturday night and an attempted break in to a business premises in Templeglantine during the week. In the NCW robbery they were looking for the keys of the cars so when you come in at night do not leave the keys of your car on the hall table. Any person aged 65 or over, living alone or with a person aged 65 or over is entitled to a monitored alarm system. All committee members have a form that must be filled by the applicant and which is then returned by us to Pobal. We apply for a grant to cover the cost of the monitor and its installation. The monitoring company charge €80 per annum to the applicant for monitoring the system. Chairman Seamus Stack, Caher, Hon. Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Kilconlea, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Convent St, Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. Committee members: MaryJo O’Connell Knocknasna, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Buddy and Brenda Barry Cahir, James Joy The Grove, Denis Collins Knockbrack, Neily Lyons Dromtrasna, Sean Broderick New St., Micheal O’Kelly Killarney Rd., Garda Roger O’Donoghue Garda Station, Mary McArthur Cahir.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The last club meeting of the season takes place at the Desmond Complex next Wednesday, May 18 from 8pm. Why not go along and see what you think and if you find it might be for you then you have the summer free to think about it before you need to commit.

ROSARY IN KILLENAGH: There will be a rosary every Friday evening during May at 8pm at the Holy Well in Dromtrasna. The rosary is also recited in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at 7.30pm each evening.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The annual pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, June 12.

BORD NA NÓG NEWS: Child Protection Regulations: We continue to respectfully remind all Parents / Guardians that due to increasingly strict Child Protection and Insurance Policies, that all registration and membership fees must be fully completed and paid for in advance by a responsible Parent or Guardian before any child is allowed to train or play. Also, be aware that all children who are training or playing must wear GAA approved Gum Shields; which can be purchased in most Sport Shops.

Féile Peil na nOg:

Behind the scenes preparations are on-going for what the GAA terms the largest Youth Sport Event in Europe this year. The National Finals of the Féile Peil na nÓg take place in South West Munster with latest estimates that it will attract approx. 60,000 people to the region. Fr Casey’s Bord na nÓg and Fr Casey’s Ladies Football are delighted to see their respective U14 Boys and U14 Girls take part in these National Finals along with being a Host Club to two visiting teams and their Mentors in the last week of June.

Night at the Dogs:

Saturday, May 28 is the date that will see a well-known Sports Personality come to Abbeyfeale to officially launch the Night at the Dogs Fundraiser event which will take place in mid-August. This is expected to draw a large crowd at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse as young and old alike clamber for photos and selfies with this highly respected individual.

Social Media:

In order for us to try and stay in touch with all age groups and all generations, Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg have a number of Social Media accounts that anyone that follow.

Facebook: frcaseys_bordnanog

Twitter: frcaseys_bng

Instagram: frcaseys_bordnanog

CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING: West Limerick Resources is offering two workshops in relation to Child Protection for staff and volunteers of community run organisations this May. Workshop 2 covers developing your organisations Child Protection Policy and takes place on Saturday May 28 from 10am-4.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. To book contact Dearbhla on 069 62222 or email Funded under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative

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 Supported under Local Agenda 21.

RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD CLEAN UP: The clean-up has started and will take place every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm. Every family with a grave is asked to give just one hour a week to keep the graveyard pristine.

SUE RYDER; Here at Sue Ryder Abbeyfeale, we are happy to offer a fantastic selection of summer clothing and footwear which we are constantly updating thanks to all of your generous donations. We have just added a €1 rail to the shop that’s definitely worth visiting the shop for. Selected children’s clothing, skirts and summer trousers on this rail are all priced at just €1! Also if you are looking for that perfect summer read, get 4 books for just €3 here. Thank you again for all your generous donations. Unfortunately we can only recycle clothing, shoes and bags. We regret we are unable to accept electrical items, duvets, pillows, torn/worn books, broken toys, chipped crockery/glass or incomplete board games/puzzles. As we cannot sell these items in our shop, the charity has to pay to dispose of them. Thank you for your continued support.

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: Wednesday 8.15 am Kitty Daven RIP. 10am Lizzie Morris, Birthday Remembrance. Thursday 8.15am Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 10am Exam Mass. Saturday 11am First Holy Communion. 7pm Jack Scannell, St. Ita’s Terrace. Bridget, Patsy, Danjoe and Jeremiah Murphy Banard. Sunday 9.30am Denis Barry, Clash Road. Tom, Maureen and Patrick McCarthy. 12 noon Sean and Sheila Finnerty and Joan Barrett The Hill. Nora Moloney Knocknasna.

Church Webcam is now officially 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.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL: Wednesday, July 6 – Saturday July 9 in St Patrick’s College Maynooth, with this year’s theme being ‘God, Full of Mercy’. For more contact Mary (086) 8128266.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S VOLUNTEER DRIVER SERVICE: The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Tralee General Hospital, Cork, University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, Cork. We are looking for volunteers to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, and pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcanc

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

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.

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.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalucka is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Ita Mc Quinn has a Rambling House on the second Monday of the month in Monagea.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN: – Sunday, June 19, we are heading to Salthill in Galway over looking Galway Bay. Leaving Newcastle West at 8.30am sharp. We are going to visit Circle of Life Garden Quincentenial Park. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102Fm are delighted to announce that we are holding our first ever Rambling House In aid of WLCR in the Community Hall, Monagea, on Monday June 13 at 8.30pm . Special Guests include Emily Clarke – William Reidy – Elle Marie O Dwyer- The Harty Brothers- Billy O Brien- The Nightingales- Big Maggie – Donie Walsh – Nora Kennedy and more. There will be a raffle on the night. Tea and Coffees and Light Refreshments will be served. We’d be delighted to welcome other musicians, dancers, storytellers and singers. Admission €5 with all proceeds going to the community radio. For More Details Contact Benny on 879918546 /069 66200.

CONFERENCE ON “THE JOY OF LOVE” Pope Francis’ recent statement on Family Life. The Rose Hotel, Tralee Saturday May 28. Registration from 9.30am . Fee €15. Welcome by Bishop Ray Browne. Speakers include John Waters, Sr. Consilio and Professor Ray Kinsella. Phone 087 3459455 .

MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP: Ardfert Retreat Centre, Wednesday, May 25 ~ 7.00pm to 8.30pm ~ Would you like to learn more or be reminded about Self-Care and Mindful Parenting? Spaces Limited so please contact 066 7134276 mailto:ardfertretreat or Harriet Mc Guigan 086 268591.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE|: May 12. “When I went for my six month check-up a biopsy showed the presence of cancer. It’s disappointing but not unexpected. After meeting the oncologist it’s manageable and treatable. Because I responded so well to treatment the last time, that it is caught early and in the one place, there are a number of treatments I can get. I start next Thursday and am in good form. I appreciate your prayerful support and we will continue to pray for each other because God is very near”.