PROLOGUE: BED IN SUMMER; In winter I get up at night and dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see the birds still hopping on the tree, or hear the grown-up people’s feet still going past me in the street. And does it not seem hard to you, when all the sky is clear and blue, and I should like so much to play, to have to go to bed by day? Robert Louis Stevenson.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathies to the family of the late John Joseph Cotter whose Requiem Mass took place this Wednesday morning. We also offer sympathies to the extended family of the late Muhammad Ali, some of whom live in the Abbeyfeale area. According to Niall O’Dowd writing this week online in The Irish Central “The genealogist Antoinette O’Brien discovered that one of Ali’s great-grandfathers emigrated to the United States from County Clare, meaning that the three-time heavyweight world champion joins the likes of President Obama and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as prominent African-Americans with Irish heritage. In the 1860s, Abe Grady left Ennis in County Clare to start a new life in America. He would make his home in Kentucky and marry a free African-American woman. The couple started a family, and one of their daughters was Odessa Lee Grady. Odessa met and married Cassius Clay, Sr. and on January 17, 1942, Cassius junior was born. Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali when he became a Muslim in 1964.”

BEST WISHES: The Leaving and Junior Cert exams get underway this week and we wish all the students the very best of luck.

APOLOGY: I congratulated Shannen O’Grady recently on writing her first book but unfortunately I said she was a member of the Glorach youth group instead of St. John’s.

SAGART PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: A five day pilgrimage to Lourdes will travel to Lourdes on September 22 and return on September 27. Further information from Canon John O’Shea or Fr. Joe Foley.

COMMUNITY ALERT: We are still working on getting the text alert set up and will keep you updated.

ADAPT ANNUAL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT is a charitable organization based in Rosbrien, Limerick and offers a range of services to women survivors of Domestic Abuse and their children. The annual Church Gate collection is a vital source of funding to enable ADAPT to maintain the level of service and your support would be much appreciated.

The collection takes place this year on Saturday,June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

Intimate relationship abuse happens across all social classes. We often think of domestic abuse as physical violence however it occurs in many forms such as – verbal, emotional, sexual, mental and financial abuse. Young women aged 16 to 24 are most at risk. Adapt offer a 24 Hour Free freephone helpline – 1800 200 504 and 24 Hour Access to Safe refuge. See and Facebook for further information.

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.

THE BIG TODDLE for Barnardos will take place in the Town Park Abbeyfeale on Tuesday June 28 at 11am. This is a fun sponsored walk for toddlers where children themselves have the opportunity to help create positive change for disadvantaged children in Ireland. The toddle is hosted by Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group who meet every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale at 11am. New members are always welcome. Sponsor cards are available at the group. The toddle is followed by a picnic and an opportunity for parents and children to engage in outdoor play. For further information, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. This is an initiative of West Limerick Resources Family Support Project.

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.

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: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of WL102fm takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday next, June 12 from 8am- 1pm with gates open from 7.30am.

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 as a fundraiser 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 €20. Contact 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

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Monagea Hall are holding a Rambling House in aid of West Limerick 102fm Community Radio on Monday June 13. There will be a variety of entertainment on the night a great night is promised as with all Monagea Rambling house nights. The admission is €5 inclusive of raffle plus light refreshments will be served. Doors open 7.30pm. Contact Benny on 0879918546 /069 66200.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in events over the weekend! Busy weekend ahead for our members with Dingle Adventure Race,Kerry Half on the Head, Boruman TriAthlon, ,Twomey Remorial cycle & run and the Lyre 5k all spread out over the weekend! 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..

GLÓRACH CHILDRENS THEATRE SUMMER SHOW: From the winter solstice to the summer solstice, hard to believe it’s almost six months since the children gave a fantastic performance at the Glórach Christmas Show. Not ones for resting on their laurels, the children have been busy in rehearsals since the New Year and all the hard work will be coming to fruition with two shows at the Glórach Community Theatre on Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20.

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.

EMEMBERING 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.

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.

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.

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 11am Funeral Mass John Cotter, Knocknasna. Saturday 11am Timmy and Bridget Harnett, Ballaugh. 7pm Sean Leahy Meenahela. Sunday 9.30am Margaret, Danny, Paddy, Thomas and Tom Enright, Mountmahon. 12 noon Jim Lane Knockalougha. Hannah and Micheal McElligott.

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.

TWOMEY FAMILY REMORIAL WEEKEND: Saturday, June 11 there will be an Under 12 Hurling Blitz, a family walk, 4 mile run and table quiz in Meelin. Sunday, June 12 in Rockchapel there will be a 55 K and 110K Cycle. Brú Columbanus Cork, and organisations that promote positive mental health will be the beneficiaries of the weekend.

CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL JULY 7-10: Cistercain College, Roscrea. Further information

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.

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.

The 2016 London Rose Emma Murphy-O’Connor, with the London Rose Centre, will host a fashion show fundraiser on the 1st of July. The event will be held in the Claddagh Ring, Hendon. The funds raised at the fashion show will be donated to the London Irish Centre and the Grace O’Shea Foundation.The clothes and accessories that will be displayed on the night will be from Serenity & Grace. Serenity & Grace is an online store, run by Ann Marie McDonagh, which provides everything you need for any special occasion from dresses to hat and even hair and make-up services. The outfits will be mainly from her Irish designer section and will be modeled by former London Roses and finalists. We are also delighted to have Ian McDonnell from Irish TV to present the night. At the interval of the show we will be giving attendees the chance to win some fantastic prizes with our exciting raffle and auction. We also invite gentlemen to attend as there will be fun and entertainment on the night to tickle their fancy.

Emma Murphy-O’Connor, 2016 London Rose, said; "As the Rose of Tralee is about celebrating and supporting the Irish diaspora, we have organised a fundraiser in support of two wonderful causes. The London Irish Centre has been the heartbeat of the Irish here in London, making us all feel part of a community away from home and as such we would love to give some support back to them in order to help keep the fabulous centre up and running. Ann Marie McDonagh set up the gorgeous Serenity & Grace website to not only help us to feel good on the inside and out but also to support the foundation set up for NF2 disorder of the nervous system in the name of her lovely sister Grace O’Shea. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible down in the Claddagh Ring for a night of fun, fashion and fundraising."

About the London Irish Centre:

The London Irish Centre (LIC) is the heart of the Irish community in London. The LIC is both a Registered Charity and an Irish community centre in Camden Square, London NW1. For sixty years, The LIC has been both supporting Irish people in London and promoting Irish arts and culture. Their welfare service is the largest for Irish people outside of Ireland. Each year they work with thousands of people to improve their housing, income, access to health, and social inclusion opportunities. This service works to meet the diverse needs of the large Irish community in London.

About the Grace O’Shea Foundation:

The foundation was set up to raise funds to support the treatment and care of Grace O’Shea, sister of London Rose sponsor and Serenity & Grace owner, Ann Marie McDonagh. Grace suffers from an extremely rare illness called Neurofibromatosis type 2.Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a hereditary condition most commonly associated with bilateral vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas. These are benign (noncancerous) tumors that occur on the nerves for balance leading to the inner ear. Although these tumors are benign, they can cause hearing and balance problems. People with NF2 also have an increased risk of other tumors of the nervous system. These tumors are generally not cancerous, but they may still lead to significant medical problems, especially if there are multiple tumors in or next to the brain.

For more information on Serenity & Grace, please visit:

Tickets are £7.00 and can be purchased from the venue or contact the London Rose centre at The Teaching for Inclusion Research Lab in association with The Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (ASDSIG) (PSI) Invite you to a New Foundations one-day research seminar in the University of Limerick on Tuesday, June 28 from 9.00am – 4.30pm.

‘Perspectives in Understanding & Promoting the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’

This research seminar will strengthen understanding of social emotional issues affecting students with autism and how to best promote their wellbeing. Guest speakers will present research findings on issues related to the impact of poor mental health, insights on understanding of issues of social emotional development and promoting greater wellbeing in students with ASD. The seminar is open to all those involved with students with ASD including: researchers, professionals, educators & parents.

BEREAVEMENT MEETING AT MILFORD: A meeting for Bereaved Parents will take place at Milford Care Centre, on Tuesday, June 14 from 7-9pm.

COURSE IN CHILD CARE: Limerick Youth Service’s Early Childhood Education and Care Support Course is a two year FETAC Level 4 course that equips learners with the skills necessary to pursue a career and further study in the Childcare profession.
On enrolling students study four modules: Communications, Child Development, Information Technology and Work ExperienceThe child development part of the course is based around portfolio work and their work experience placement covering aspects such as: Key stages of child development, Exploring the relationship between play and child development, Looking at the skills that children develop and use in different types of play activities. Preparing a play activity that meets the basic developmental needs of a child. Child observation techniques. Recognising the diverse needs of children and families and linking it to children at play. Learners will also avail of the social and personal development courses available with LYS such as Junior Leadership Programmes, youth exchange and summer activities. On graduation from the course learners can progress to a FETAC Level 5 course, ideally in Childcare, or to employment. For further details on this innovative and progressive course please contact Sarah Clohessy at or call 061-4124144.