PROLOGUE: I changed my password to incorrect. That way when I forget it, it always reminds me ‘ your password is incorrect.’. Author Unknown.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Hauleen Foley, Ballaugh who died last week. May he rest in peace.

WACKY PINK WALK: Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Knocknasna are having a WACKY PINK day on Thursday, June 23. This will begin at 12:30 with a 5 km walk around Knocknasna followed by tea and ice cream at the school. All welcome but please wear pink.

CRAFT FAIR: The Farmers’ Market held each Friday in the Square hope to hold a craft fair in conjunction with the Market on Friday, July 15 next. Anyone interested in taking a stall please contact the Market on 087 6866450.

FÉILE COMES TO ABBEYFEALE: Féile Peil na nOg is a GAA annual national competition for 14 year old boys and girls who compete within their respective Counties for a chance to take part in their respective Divisions within the National Finals. This year’s finals are being held throughout South West Munster between June.24-26.

Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg and Ladies Football are not only hosting a Boys Team from South London and a Girls Team – Con Magees – from Co Antrim for the duration of the 3 day event but are also honoured at been given the opportunity to have at least 6 games held in Abbeyfeale over the Friday and Saturday which will also see teams from Newcastle West and Butlersbridge in Co Cavan taking part. This is a huge boost for the Club and the town as a whole with a large number of participants and supporters in attendance.

Games at Fr Casey’s Friday, June 24.

5.00pm U14 Boys – Fr Casey’s V Newcastle West

5.45pm U14 Boys – South London V Butlersbridge

6.30pm U14 Boys – Newcastle West V South London

7.15pm U14 Boys – Fr Casey’s V Butlersbridge

To follow our U14 Girls

Games at Dromcollogher on Friday, June 24

5.00pm U14 Girls – Fr Casey’s V Drom Broadford

6.30pm U14 Girls – Fr Casey’s V Ballymaguigan

Games at Fr Casey’s Saturday, June 25

10.15am U14 Girls – Fr Casey’s V Con Magees

11.00am U14 Boys – Fr Casey’s V South London

Girls Shield and Cup Quarter – finals to be held in Scartaglin on Saturday 25 at 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4.00pm depending where in the Group they finish.

Boys Shield and Cup Quarter – finals to be held in Dromcollogher on Saturday 25t at 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4.00pm depending where in the Group they finish.

Girls Shield and Cup Semi-Final to be held in Mallow On Sunday at 12.30pm or 1.30pm depending where in the Group they finish. This will be followed by Shield and Cup Finals at 3pm and 4pm respectfully.

Boys Shield and Cup Semi-Final to be held in either Ballymacelligott or Blenerville on Sunday at 12.30pm or 1.30pm depending where in the Group they finish. This will be followed by Shield and Cup Finals in John Mitchels GAA Tralee at 3pm and 4pm respectfully.

Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg and Ladies Football would like to wish all our U14 Boys and Girls the very best during this major event. We would also like to thank all the Host Families throughout the Parish who have kindly offered to look after the visiting teams during this event and to all the individuals who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes for several weeks in preparation for this Competition. Finally, we would like to wish all the youngsters from all the teams an enjoyable and memorable once-in-a-lifetime fun filled weekend. Good luck to you all.

FUNDRAISING HELP REQUIRED: Fr Casey’s are in the process of creating an all-weather training and playing pitch and we hope to have this project completed by the end of this autumn. We are looking for as many Parents / Guardians / Supporters / Mentors as possible to help us out on our fundraising runs over the next few weeks so please get in contact with anyone from Fr Casey’s GAA and join our Fundraising Teams now – We need your HELP !

Remember, this will be of benefit to all age groups going forward and will help greatly when our youngsters are looking to train or play in more adverse weather conditions. To join our Fundraising Runs, meet us at the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday evening at 6.45pm.

FR. CASEY’S 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.
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

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.

SOLEMN NOVENA: This year the Novena in the Redemptorist Church Limerick runs from June 17-25 with daily Masses at 7am, 8am, 10am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm and 10.30pm.

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. If you have a bill pay phone you could get charged up to €40 on your next bill.

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.

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.

ABBEYFEALE SUMMER CAMP 2016: West Limerick Resources is running a Summer Camp for 6 to 12 year olds on July 11-14 in the Further Education and Training Campus Abbeyfeale (Old Tech). The activities include sport and games, art & craft and a bus trip to Free Range Kids Outdoor Activities in Croom. This camp is free to families in receipt of a social welfare payment. Registration is essential. Application forms are available at Reception in The Further Education and Training Centre and must be returned by Tuesday June 28. For more information, or to check if you are eligible, please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

TRAINING FOR NEW YOUTH CLUB: Training will take place on Tuesday, June 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. It starts at 9pm and tables of four are €20. Below are details on the camp which is held annually at Banna Beach.
‘Surf2Heal Kerry surf camp is run out of Banna Beach each August since 2009 and is entirely funded by donations generated through fundraising efforts of the volunteers who organize the camp. Last year, over 50 children with ASD had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful week of fun filled activity. The benefits to the children are far-reaching, providing them with skills that serve them well for the rest of their lives such as building social skills, confidence, communication, spacial awareness, vestibular regulation, emotional empowerment and an overall sense of accomplishment in mastering an activity that might have seemed beyond their capabilities. But most of all, it’s just fun! This is achieved by the use of specialist equipment and trained surf crews who generously give up their time to co-ordinate and train as well as participate for a week of camp. Many of the crew use a week of their annual leave, others fly in from abroad to be part of this special week and team members play host to volunteers from outside Kerry who need accommodation. There is a great camaraderie among the crew and many return year on year for the week. As all of the families participating have 1 or more children with a disability, we try to keep the cost to the family as low as possible to remove barriers to participation. However there are significant costs involved in running a successful camp, not least the transport and feeding of 50+ volunteer crew for 8 hours a day over 5 days, camp insurance and provision and maintenance of the necessary equipment for the camp. In order to continue the legacy and keep this fantastic venture going, we do need ongoing funding.’

REMEMBERING ZOE: A Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, July 3 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. Underage Blitz’s, Dog Show, Bouncing Castles, Kiddie’s Disco, Face painting, Obstacle courses, Arts and Crafts and Novelty events are just some of the activities laid on for all the family. Gates open 2pm.

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

FEALE FIT NEWS: Congratulations to Jackie and Shane on the birth of their first child – a baby daughter. Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members that ran The Ring of Kerry relay challenge last Saturday, magnificent achievement from Dawn till Dusk! Dublin City Marathon Training commences July 9..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.

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.

CYCLE IN AID OF ST, GABRIEL’S: Plans are being made for Abbeyfeale cycle club to run a cycle event in aid of St. Gabriel’s, Limerick in August. Further information as it comes to hand.

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

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.

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.

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. We are hoping to hold our first annual Tournament at our base in Colberts Terrace on Sunday, July 24 and will have further details next week.

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: Intention for the week: Saturday 11am Rhona Danaher, Shanbally Months Mind. Saturday 7pm Brian McAleer, Richard Fealey, late of Cryle View Manor. Sunday 9.30am Bridget and Maurice Hartnett Dromtrasna. Richard Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. 12 noon Margaret O’Shea. Margaret O’Halloran, Clash. Jerry & Kathleen Herilhy and their son Danny.

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 8.30pm – 10.30pm. All welcome.

MAUREEN IS OFF AGAIN; Day Trip on Sunday, July 17, leaving NCW at 8.30am. for the Ring of Kerry and the Sheep Dog Trials on the farm. We will be stopping for our usual hearty breakfast at the River Island Hotel and returning again in the evening where we will be spoilt for choice dinner menu. We will pick up in Abbeyfeale at the bus stop just outside the Church. This is a very popular trip and the seats will be filled very quickly we already have a number of seats booked so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

CEILÍ: A Set Ceilí will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday June 24 from 9.30 pm. Sets will be called by Timmy Woulfe and music by Donie Nolan. Admission €10.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN LISTOWEL; Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday June 30 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

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


KRACOW: A concert in aid of Children with Autism will be held at The Mangerton

Suite, The Gleneagle Hotel Friday, July 1 with doors open 7pm. Tickets

€10. Families welcome. Performers on the night are Ben Quinlan (X Factor participant) Marchettii Trio (Italien Guitarists) and Piano Improvisation (Ciaran Broadbery).

CUAN MHUIRE ANNUAL HILLWALK; The Organisers of the annual hill walk have this year chosen Ballyheigue as the location. The walk which takes place on Saturday, June 25 leaves from the Ballyheigue Community Centre to Kerry Head, along the North Kerry Way and returning to Ballyheigue Community Centre where refreshments will be provided. Registration on the day between 08.30 -09.30 hrs at the Community Centre: €20/Adult (over 16yrs), family €50 –2 Adults (Max) and Children (under 16yrs). Walkers will be setting off at 09.30am . All those wishing to participate and support the event are welcome to come along and walk the entire 20 km or a shorter section if they would prefer. For more details or if you would like to fundraise for the event visit our events page on

or check us out on Facebook.

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 Knockalougha 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. I’ve recently been told about another Rambling House held in Sandpit House near Millstreet on the first Tuesday of each month but check out the details first before travelling there.

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.

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: