DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Rhona Danaher, Shanbally whose death occurred recently. Sympathies too to the family of the late Betty Crossan nee O’Donnell, late of Donegal and the Hill, Abbeyfeale whose funeral took place in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday morning. May they rest in peace.

1916 COMMERMORATIVE GARDEN: All roads lead to the Town Park this Sunday, May 29 for the opening of a beautiful garden commemorating the leaders and events of 1916. The team at the town park have been putting in fantastic work over the last few weeks in creating this new space near the front entrance, and with music and song lined up, all we need now is obliging weather. The opening begins at 1.30 pm, and all are most welcome to attend this momentous event.

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.

MASS AT THE BLESED WELL: Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Well in Killeenagh, Dromtrasna on the Cotter Family lands on Friday next May 27 at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

SURF TO HEAL FUNDRAISER: A table quiz will take place at TJ O’Riordan’s Bar, Main St on Friday June 24 for a special camp which runs every summer for children with autism.

ROSARY FOR MARY’S MONTH: The rosary is recited in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at 7.30pm each evening.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: The Tidy Towns Committee would like to inform everyone that the judging panel for the Tidy Towns Competition are expected to visit Abbeyfeale within the next few weeks and we ask that everyone do whatever they can to help brighten up the town through cleaning, painting and displaying of plants and flowers etc. Anything that would help the town be seen in a better light would be appreciated.

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

THANK YOU: We had a very enjoyable night at the Table Quiz in Thomas T J’s last Friday night and raised €350 for the Red Cross working with Syrian Refugees. Thank you to Lorcan Curtin who prepared the questions and was Quizmaster for the night.

SUMMER CONCERT: The annual summer concert takes place in Broadford Community Centre on Friday, June 3 at 8pm.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW AUTHOR: Abbeyfeale has plenty to be proud of after a week when Dromtrasna N..S. won an All Ireland and now this week I’m delighted to report that Nell Mae O’Grady’s granddaughter 17 year old Shannen O’Grady a member of the Glorach Youth Theatre, has launched her first children’s book ‘Fishing with Dad’. Illustrations are by fellow member of the Glorach Youth Group Jack Mc Kenna.

WEED AND CLEAN: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are having a weed and clean evening on Wednesday 25 from 7pm-8pm, they are meeting in the Square and are looking for volunteers, all help would be greatly appreciated.

NEWS FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: If you worry about your consumption of alcohol you can download an app onto your smart phone called which will help you measure your total intake weekly. The Revenue Commissioners have become aware of fraudulent emails purporting to come from Revenue seeking personal information from taxpayers in connection with a tax refund or seeking credit/debit card details. These emails did not issue from Revenue. The Revenue Commissioners never send emails requiring customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows. Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails should contact their bank or credit card company immediately. Gardai in Killarney issued an alert during the week urging residents to be careful of callers purporting to sell security systems and say no one should purchase such a system. These people are travelling in a 06 WH registered silver Citreon. You are entitled to a personal security system if you are 65 or over, living alone or with someone 65 or older. 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. Follow us on our Facebook page Abbeyfeale Community Alert for all the latest news.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Anyone interested in volunteering to help out at the Remembering Zoe Funday on Sunday, July 3 from 2-5pm please contact Shane 0872891015 for details.. All help greatly appreciated. Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the 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

REMEMBERING ZOE RELAY RUN TO DUBLIN: Runners wanted for a once in lifetime experience. The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation will take place over the August bank holiday weekend July 29 – July 31.

Day 1 : Abbeyfeale – Castleisland – Killarney – Macroom – Cork City – Fermoy – 170km

Day 2 : Fermoy – Mitchelstown – Cahir – Clonmel – Kilkenny – Carlow – 161km

Day 3 : Carlow – Castledermot – Newbridge – Naas – Rathcoole – Leopards town – 120kmIf interested in taking part or helping in any way on Day1,2 ,3 or on the 3 days please let us know.

SUE RYDER: Here at Sue Ryder we continue to offer great selection for great prices. Call in and have a look at our summer clothing and our choice of summer reading. All books are just €1 each and get 4 for only €3! We also have a €1 rail that might be worth looking at. We are proud to offer loyalty cards that can be used in any Sue Ryder shop. We appreciate donations of clothing, shoes, bric a brac and bedding. Thank you for your continued support.

LIMERICK PIPE ORGAN FESTIVAL: The organizers of the above festival which includes Abbeyfeale church organist Riona Curtin have just been turned down for a grant by the Arts Council and are hoping to raise funds using the internet. The committee say “Crowdfunding is a method of fundraising over the internet; basically we ask people to pledge money in return for rewards and it is only if we reach our target that the money which has been pledged will be transferred from your account. The rewards start from as little as €10, but it is possible to pledge a smaller amount. Please follow this link to see if you like our rewards, we think that you will and that they’re rather enticing; you can secure your tickets for our upcoming events, submit a theme for improvisation or have one of us Play your Wedding! . We’d be most grateful if you could do this, as the Festival really needs your help, especially if it is to be able to look towards the future beyond 2016.”.

CONGRATULATIONS: Delighted to see Nadine Smith from Dromtrasna – the first Miss West Limerick and a dentistry student in Cork – modelling for the Celia Holman Lee Agency on Monday, May 16 on the fashion segment on Ireland AM. She tells me that she looks forward to partaking in more fashion events into the future.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The wonderful 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. We look forward to seeing all our dancing friends there.

LAUNCH OF ‘NIGHT OF THE DOGS’: Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, one of the greatest sporting personalities of our time is coming to Fr Casey’s GAA on Saturday, May 28 at 9pm for the Official Launch of “Night at The Dogs” fundraiser Event. This promises to be a night to remember with food and refreshments laid on for all to enjoy. If that wasn’t enough we are also honoured to have local top class Irish Dancers who recently took part in the European and World Irish Dancing Championships. The Fundraising Event itself is for the creation of an all-weather training pitch within the current Fr Casey’s grounds and when finished, will be available to all age groups. Don’t forget, Saturday May 28 at 9pm at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse. All are welcome!

FREE 6 WEEK COURSE: A free 6 week course run on a Stress-Strain-Coping model will take place in the West Limerick area shortly for people who are affected by someone else’s’ substance misuse. Further information from Mags Dillon Community Substance Misuse Team 086 4141890 or

SILVER JUBILEE: The parish council have invited everyone to a blessing of the newly refurbished Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Saturday, May 28. It will take place following Mass at 7pm which will in turn be followed by the Corpus Christi procession with the First Holy Communicants leading. There will be cup of tea afterwards in the Day Care Centre.

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 0879918546 /069 66200.

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.

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

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.

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 8.15am Jack and Nell Gleeson, Killarney Rd. Wednesday 10am Bridget O’Connell, New St. and deceased family members. Thursday 10am Margaret Riordan and family. Friday 10am Kitty Davern. Saturday 11am Mary Joe and Jonny O’Connell, Kilconlea. Saturday 7pm John Joe Healy, Caherlane. Kathleen Wrenn and family, New St. Timothy and Ellen and Eily Healy Caherlane. Sunday 9.30am Mary Ita McCarthy. 12 noon Nora Flynn and family. Dinny Ann O’Connor, Kilconlea.

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.

FURNITURE FRIDAY! Back2New Community Upcycling is having a one day sale on Friday May 27th. Unique upcycled and re-designed furniture from €25. Time: 10am-5pm. Address: Unit 2 Enterprise Centre, Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West (opposite Lidl). Back2New Community Upcycling is a project established by West Limerick Resources and is facilitated under the TUS Programme.

MORTGAGE INFORMATION DAY: Permanent TSB Market Yard Newcastle West will be open on Saturday May 28 from 10am to 4pm for a mortgage information event. For further information please contact Deborah or Risteard on 069 69076 or 087 3931193.

U.L. DIPLOMA IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL STUDIES : The course is run over two semesters Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30pm and every 2nd Saturday 10-4pm and is equivalent to one full day a week. Closing date for applications is Friday, May 27. Email sancha.power

HOME THOUGHTS – Poetry, Memoir and Song with Gerald Dawe and Eleanor Shanley Saturday, May 28 at 8.00pm Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick.

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.

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.