PROLOGUE “There are two ways of being rich. One is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have."
Author Unknown

DOG SHOW: The Abbeyfeale Town Park Annual Dog Show took place on Sunday last and was attended by huge crowds in glorious sunshine. The Town Park Committee would like to thank the following: the park employees who prepared the park so beautifully for the show, all our voluntary committee members and other helpers who gave of their services on the day, our show judge Claire Sheehy, our chief organizer Norma Healy, John O’Connor who provided the sound system, and all those who donated prizes for our raffle. Finally, most important of all, we thank all of you for coming and supporting Abbeyfeale Town Park. The park is available to you free of charge 365 days per year and every euro profit from the dog show will go to the maintenance and development of this wonderful facility. We hope you enjoyed your day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

SR. CONSILIO SAYS THANKS: The annual church gate collection taken up at all Masses last week raised €716.40.

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.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Mary Mc Arthur and the members of the Wednesday club were delighted with the turn out for their tea dance in aid of Recovery Haven and raised in excess of €1,100.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not, under any circumstances return missed calls on your mobile unless you know who they are from. If they want you badly enough they will ring you again. There is a scam on the go where if you return calls you get connected to a premium number and your credit is drained.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA. We wish to thank the local TESCO store for the generous cheque- € 339, received from the blue tokens. Thanks to all of you who supported it. Fr. Tim is well and continues with his wonderful work in South Sudan. Please remember him in your prayers.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: A huge thank you to Benny McCarthy and the committee of Monagae Community Centre for organizing the very successful Rambling House on last Monday night. It was attended by a capacity crowd who enjoyed the diverse entertainment on offer.

PILGRIMAGE: 3 day Pilgrimage to Knock and Lough Derg from August 22- 24. All in package includes visit to Knock, day retreat on Lough Derg, Coach for 3 days, Breakfasts, Evening meals and Accommodation in Bundoran. Early booking is advised due to waiting lists from previous pilgrimage in May. Deposit secures booking. Contact Cormac O’Connor Coach Tours on 023-8849196, 087-6167835 for further details.

CARE OF OLDER PERSON COURSE: Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Care of the older person module on September 7 in Limerick, this will be the first module off the Full QQI Healthcare Award. To express an interest contact the training unit on 0579370221.

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.

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.

PIPE ORGAN FESTIVAL: Limerick Pipe Organ Festival’s fundraising campaign is drawing to a close on 17th June see are delighted to have raised more than €1,000 to date, 50% of our €2,000 target, to ensure the future of the festival. Thank you to all our supporters, we really appreciate both your financial support and your encouragement. We are also on Facebook – and twitter so you might support us by spreading the word.The festival was founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organ in St John’s Cathedral and continues to celebrate our all beautiful pipe organs with a series of events lasting until October 1st , many of them FREE admission. All our 2016 festival events are on our website – we hope you will find something that appeals to you. Thank you.

Committee: Bishop Donal Murray, Bernadette Kiely (St John’s Cathedral), Peter Barley (St. Mary’s Cathedral) Carolann Guinee (St Joseph’s) Riona Ni Churtáin (Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale).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

HORSE AND PONY RACING: PRO of Abbeyfeale’s Horse and Pony Races has sent the following report; “The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year on Sunday, June 19 at Relihan’s Farm, Kilcaragh, Duagh with the first race at 12:30pm.
This is the 11th running of the event which is run in aid of local charities and once again the committee would like to thank our generous sponsors. Money raised over the last 10 years has been donated to local charities in West Limerick and North Kerry.
These races are similar to what you will see on television with the difference being that our jockeys are aged from 8 to 16 and are the future flat and national hunt champions in Ireland and England. In recent years Leading jockeys Jack Kennedy, Oisin Murphy and Conor King have graced the turf of Abbeyfeale races and learned the trade prior to hitting the track proper.
This year we have a few new entertainment additions to the races…….. The public have really taken to the new venture of Queen of the Races. This event will take place at Jim’s Bar Duagh on Saturday night, June 18 with the winner announced at the races on Sunday. The winner will go on to represent the races as an entrant for next year’s Kerry Rose of Tralee contest. We wish all the girls the best of luck.
Also in 2016 we have added a farmers market and a donkey derby to the race day.
Full bar and food facilities will be provided with live GAA games on the big screen. Live music in the marquee after racing. The day is aimed as a real family day out so hopefully people will turn out in large numbers on the banks of the River Feale for what is guaranteed a most enjoyable family fun day with a difference.appreciated.”

GLÓRACH SUMMER SHOW: The hay is made and hopefully Tipperary will be beat on Sunday, but in the meantime at the Glórach preparations are coming to a close for the upcoming variety show from the Children’s Theatre Group. After a memorable concert at Christmas, the children have been rehearsing in the intervening months and the fruits of their labour will be seen at the Glórach Community Theatre on this Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20. The show will comprise a mixture of drama, song, music, dance and of course humour. Both shows begin at 7.30 pm, tickets can be booked at 0871383940 and all are most welcome.

FEALE FIT NEWS: Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that took part in the following events over the weekend ;- Dingle Adventure Race, Kerry Half on the Head, Boruman TriAthlon, Twomey Remorial cycle & run and the Lyre 5k all spread out over the weekend!Best of luck to our members running The Ring of Kerry relay challenge this Saturday! Dublin City Marathon Training commences July 10, 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

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

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: St Joseph’s Young Priest Society Day trip to Knock, Saturday June 25. All in package including Breakfast, Evening meal and coach €55. Call 023-8849196 to book or any member from St Joseph’s Young Priest Society.

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: Thursday 10am Kathleen & Thomas Dillane, Knockbrack. Saturday 11am Dan & Madge Cusack and Deceased family members Cratloe. 7pm John Leahy, New Street Margaret Shannon O’Sullivan, Ballybunion and late of Main St. Sunday 9.30am Tom & Danny Foley, The Hill . Michael Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins. 12noon Paddy & Mai O’Connor, Islandboy. Con & Eileen Harnett, Cragg. 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.

SOCIAL DANCING IN BALLYHAHILL: Summer dancing classes every Monday night in the Community Centre with Seamus. All welcome.

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

HORTICULTURE/ORGANIC GROWING: If you are interested in growing we are now open for full-time and Part-time applicants. QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to May. Students taking this course learn by taking part in the daily routine on the holding, attending lectures given by tutors and experienced Food producers. QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture: This full time course runs from September to September. Learners apply the skills gained at Level 5 to take responsibility and control of the entire production process relating to an Organic Horticultural Enterprise. Contact details: An tIonad Glas 06383604 or oifig for further information or application form.

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

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.

UPDATE ON FR. PAT MOORE: “Last Monday week (May 30) I started chemo treatment in Cork. I will get five intravenous treatments every three weeks and oral treatment for 14 consecutive days. I have no side effects, am feeling an overall improvement already; swallow improved, no tiredness, although the treatment is cumulative. I have also had other more detailed scans to see if radium is possible. Today I found out it is and I will have five weeks of radium starting in three weeks. The presence, expertise and awareness of the medical team inspire me. I feel I am in a strong place within and ready and able for this treatment. I am singularly blessed with the practical love and support of the people round me and I am again in a space of healing – inspired by the confidence faith gives me. The cancer is in one place, a delicate place, but accessible to radium. This time there is no waiting around, everything is happening very smoothly. And God is very near.” (From the Duagh Parish Newsletter.)

.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.

I-TEACH: 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.

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.

FUNDRAISER FOR MILFORD HOSPICE: The O’Dea family & Cousins are holding their annual fund raising night in aid of Milford Hospice on Saturday, June 18 at Bulgaden Castle, Kilmallock from10pm to late.

FURNITURE SALE/EXHIBITION: Back2New Community Upcycling is having a three day sale/exhibition on June 15 – 17. Unique, upcycled and redesigned furniture from €25. Address of Sale/Exhibition: The Red Door Incubation Centre, the Square, Newcastle West. Times: 10am-5pm.

Back2New Community Upcycling is a project established by West Limerick Resources and is facilitated under the TUS programme.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE AGM: The AGM of the West Limerick Heritage Network will take place in the offices of West Limerick Resources, St Mary’s Rd., Newcastle West, Co Limerick on Wednesday July 6th at 7:30pm. Initially established in 2014, the West Limerick Heritage Network is made up of individuals and groups from across the area whose aim it is to preserve and promote the heritage of the West Limerick area in all its forms. New members welcome. Contact: