PROLOGUE: "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention."
Kahlil Gibran

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the late Dick Fitzgerald, The Lighthouse, Dick Fitzgerald, The Railway Bar, Danny Curtin Collins Park and Dromtrasna and Danny Ahern, Church St. and Chicago. May they rest in peace.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held in the Parish Office on Friday, June 10 as a fundraiser for two local women who work with the St. Andrew community in Scotland helping young people.

FARM PLASTIC COLLECTION: Wednesday and Thursday at the Mart.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations and best wishes to Fionna Flavin and Terry Duff, Denise Collins and Kevin Prendivilloe, Damien O’Connell and Lucy Nolan, Siobhan Reidy and Micheal McCarthy and Garry Harnett and Christine Bagnall all of whom were married this past week.

TRAINING FOR NEW YOUTH CLUB: Training will take place on Tuesday, June 14 and 21 at St. Ita’s Hall from 7-9pm. Contact Kate 087 6210490 or Anthony 087 6210490.

1916 GARDEN: There was a large attendance at the launch of the 1916 Connolly Commemorative Garden in the Town Park last Sunday. Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Liam Galvin, Cllr. Francis Foley and Cllr. Seamus Browne were present to see the Irish flag raised on the flagpole. Music, song, drama and glorious sunshine helped to make the day memorable.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: The annual Abbeyfeale Races take place on Sunday, June 19 at Relihans Inch, Kilcara, Duagh with the first race at 12.30pm. We would like to thank all our patrons and sponsors for their generous support over the last ten years. This year could be the biggest yet with a new Queen of the Races competition which is open to girls aged between 18 and 26.The winner will get flowers, champagne, a tiara and entry into next year’s Rose of Tralee Kerry rose contest, contact Martina Kelly at 086 3573069 if interested. As well as great racing with some of Ireland’s future stars of the racing world there will be a donkey Derby, bouncing castles, face painting, pony rides, farmer’s market food stalls and live music by heart and soul in the marquee. So come along and enjoy a great day for all the family.

MONTHLY CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: Our local community radio station WL102fm, by the terms of their licensing agreement, has to fundraise 25% of their running costs every year. One way they have raised funds over the past 10 years is by holding a monthly car boot sale in the grounds of the Community Centre in NCW and this has proved a very effective fundraiser. We are asking everyone who can and especially those who enjoy the range of local programming that WL102fm offers to come out once a month and support the stall holders who have supported us for the last ten years. The Car Boot Sale is held every four Sundays and the remaining ones for this year will take place on Sunday, June 12, Sunday, July 10, Sunday, August 7, Sunday, September 4 , Sunday, October 2 and 30, Sunday, November 27 and December 11. A stall at the Market costs either €7 or €10 and entry for buyers is €2 so, as you can see, the money is small and we are depending on volume of sellers and customers to raise a reasonable sum each month towards the costs involved in running the station. Holding a sale each month also helps the Community Centre who charge us for the use of the Hall and the yard so the entire community benefits by us remaining a viable fundraiser.

ANNUAL DOG SHOW AT THE TOWN PARK: The biggest and best Fun Dog Show in Munster takes place on Sunday June 12 in Abbeyfeale Town Park. Judging in 12 classes along with many other side events including, guess the name of the puppy, great raffle, and lots more. Lots of additional rosettes this year. Refreshments available on site. A great day out for all the family – this is a fundraiser for the upkeep of our beautiful town park. So please come along on Sunday June 12 starting at 2.00 p.m.

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.

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. Leaving Church Bus stop at 7am sharp. Fare €20Contact Sean Broderick for further information.

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.

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

POETRY GROUP AT GLÓRACH: The balmy weather we’ve been having recently is an inspiration to mind and soul, and for many it feeds the poetic senses. If you’re of that inclination, you might be interested in a new poetry group that will be meeting at the Cliabhán space at the Glórach Theatre. Facilitated by Jayne Oklav, a poet who has published work with a similar group in Wexford, the first gathering will take place on Tuesday, June 7 from 8 pm to 9. All interested are most welcome.

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.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the weekend! Busy few weeks ahead of Runs, Adventure races & Tri Athlon’s, if you wish join us at any event, please contact us. 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

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.

WEDNESDAY CLUB NOTES: The Wednesday Club held a coffee morning on Friday last in the Ploughman’s Bar, Abbeyfeale with all proceeds going to MS (multiple sclerosis). We would like to thank all who gave raffle prizes; Shadows Hairdressers, Goodes Pharmacy, Upper Cuts Barber, Lanes, Susan’s Beauty, McMahon Butchers, Marels Boutique, Leen’s Hotel, Heavenly Gifts, Trendy Locks, Coffee Pot, Scanlon’s Hardware, Beauty Addict and Mary O’Sullivan, it was a great success, we would especially like to thank Steve, Marie and Shannon Smith for the use of their bar and all their help, it is much appreciated. Thanks too to our members for cakes and help.

REMEMBERING ZOE FUN DAY SUNDAY: 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.

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.

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 there 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.

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 10am Bridget O’Connell, New St. and deceased family members. Friday is the First Friday and Feast of the Sacred Heart No 8.15am Mass 7pm instead. Saturday 11am Mary Jo and Johnny O’Connell, Kilconlea 7pm Ned Lyons. Catherine Lyons, Killarney Road. Sunday 9.30am Hannah O’Connor nee Broderick, Bogmount. Patrick and Vera O’Connell Purt. 12 noon Margaret and Tim Finucane St. Ita’s Terrace.

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

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 overlooking 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.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Monagae Community Centre on Sunday next, June 5 from 3-6pm. Dancing Mike Condon.

YOUTH AUDITIONS: Siamsa Tíre are holding auditions for young people aged 7 – 12 on Saturday, June 11 from 10am – 2pm at Siamsa Tíre Theatre. Audition is by appointment only, so please call 066 7123055.

RELICS OF ST ANTHONY: The Capuchin friars say that the relics of St Anthony will be visiting some of the Cathedrals of Ireland over the weeks ahead. They will be visiting St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney on Friday, June 10 commencing with the 10.30am Mass, Veneration of the relics during the day, Mass at 6.15pm with Bishop Ray Browne and Veneration until 9pm.

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

CRAFT FAIR: A Craft Fair will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Sunday June 5 from 11 am. Free admission.

HISTORICAL TOUR: Listowel Writers’ Week Literary & Historical Tour departs on Saturday June 4 at 2 pm and will visit Ballybunion, Clashmealcon & Ballyheigue. Tickets available at (068) 21074 or online at

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART/IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: All night vigil in honour of the Feast of the Sacred Heart &Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, June 3 in the Church of the Resurrection, Killarney. It starts with Mass on Friday night at 9pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and guided prayer throughout the night.