PROLOGUE: Don’t let life discourage you, everyone who got where he is had to start where he was. Richard L. Evans.

BON VOYAGE: We wish all those who travelled to Cracow to meet the Pope a safe journey and pleasant memories of a once in a lifetime experience.

REMEMBERING ZOE RELAY RUN TO DUBLIN: 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. The run begins at 6am from the Town Park on Friday, July 29.

FREE CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The Indoor Market and Car Boot held once a month in the Community Centre, NCW in aid of local community radio will be free to stall holders and patrons on Sunday, August 7. Gates open 7.30am. Further information 0876866450/06966200.

CHARITY DANCE: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals will take place at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk on Friday, August 12 with music by Noel Cronin,Barry O’Halloran Band, Heart to Heart, Blackwater Sound, Ger Healy The Singing Jarvey, Billy O’Brien and Shine Band and special guests Mary Desmond and Laura Dunlea. MC for the night is Benny McCarthy, Duagh , a presenter on WL102fm. Doors open 8pm with dancing from 8.30 – 12.30pm. Admission €10. Further information 087 9735113 and on Facebook.

CEILI: The Striolan Ceili Band will be the star attraction at the Annual Ceili in aid of the Irish Cancer Society in Knockaderry Community Hall on Friday, August 5 next. Dancing 9.30-12.30. Teas served. Contact Teresa Lenihan for further details on 087 9427259.

NATIONAL NOVENA: The Novena to Our Lady of Knock will take place from August 14-22. The theme for this year is ‘Merciful like the Father’ in keeping with the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

JOBS AVAILABLE: There are CE Positions available at Fr.Casey’s GAA Grounds and Abbeyfeale Town Park. Positions Include Groundskeepers, Gardeners, Caretakers, Forestry and a Research Assistant. Working Hours Flexible. Opportunity for upskilling as per DSP Guidelines. Apply through local DSP Office, Fr.Casey’s GAA or the Town Park. Contact 068 31799 or 087 928 2322

PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS. The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes. The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services. West Limerick Resources, in association with RCCN (Housing) Ltd., are now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone and credit will be supplied. Training will also be made available. If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you by calling Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3290483.

ABBEYFEALE’S SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club monthly singing session take place on the first Friday of every month in the Ramble Inn Bar, Abbeyfeale. The next session will take place on Friday, August 5 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the singing, tell a story, or just listen to the performers.

ST. ITA’S ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES: Well done to all St. Ita’s A.C. members that took part in the Run Killarney 10k & Half Marathon over the weekend. St Ita’s AC training every Saturday morning @ 8.30am with club members meeting at Fealefit in Abbeyfeale. If you wish to join St Ita’s Athletics Club contact Shane 0872891015 for details

Best of Luck to all our members taking part in the Remembering Zoe Relay Run to Dublin this coming weekend, a massive undertaking to run 450km from Abbeyfeale to Dublin
Route details and Schedule below of The Remembering Zoë Relay run to Dublin for Make a Wish Foundation over the August bank holiday weekend July 29 – August 1.
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 – 120km
‘ Go n-eiri an bothar leat ‘

SEISIÚN: The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann sponsored traditional entertainment programme for the summer season has started. Thursday nights at the Devon Inn Templeglantine a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation. The Templeglantine Seisiún takes plac at 8.45pm. There is also one in Rockchapel on Tuesday nights.

GLÓRACH DRAMA GROUP: We continue the long tradition of Abbeyfeale drama groups partaking in pub theatre at John B Keane’s bar in Listowel, where we will be presenting a shortened version of the Listowel legend’s play, The Rain at the end of the Summer. It’s always been a great experience performing at this pub, where the gap between audience and actor is virtually non-existent. We’ll be treading the improvised stage this Thursday, July 28 at 9 pm so come along to John B’s for a good evening’s entertainment.

COURSE IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: A course in personal development runs one evening a week from September to May and seven Saturdays or Sundays through the year in Tralee, Killarney and Limerick. It is organised by SHEP (The social and health education project). For further information contact Helen O’Grady 085 8626844.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Please note registration will take place at 9am on Tuesday, August 2 at St Mary’s Boys School for those children who are not registered already. Application forms available in church porches. Cost €40 for first child & € 20 per additional child in family. Activities include Art, drama, Music, Sport, faith teaching. Tel Martina 087/2788834 Lorraine 086/3765751 for more information and registration form.

NIGHT AT THE DOGS: Fr Casey’s GAA Fundraising Night at the Dogs will take place on Saturday, August 13 at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. .All proceeds in aid of field development. Your support will be greatly appreciated. A bus will leave Abbeyfeale for Fr Casey’s fundraising field development night at the dogs at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Saturday, August 13 at 6pm sharp. Prices adults €10,U18s €3…Seats must be pre booked and paid by August 1 by contacting 085-7080547, names also will be taken on July 25,28 from 6.45-7.30 at the clubrooms or on Sunday mornings 10.45-11.45 at underage training

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.

ABBEYFEALE CYCLING CLUB: Their first charity cycle will be in aid of St Gabriel’s School in Limerick and will take place on Sunday, August 14.

FEALE FIT NOTES: Dublin City Marathon Training every Saturday morning @ 8.30am. Well done to all Fealefit & St Ita’s Ac members who took part in events over the weekend. Fealefit are taking part in Adare to Survive this year and fundraising for the ‘ Community crisis support team’. If you’re interested in joining us register at Adare to survive & join team Fealefit. All Fealefit event training is free of charge and open to all levels of fitness,if you wish join us at any event please contact us…see for all details on training & Upcoming events or Contact Shane 087 2891015 Kadie 087 7771552

TIDY TOWNS : Members of the committee meet in the Square every Wednesday evening from7pm for an hour and along with the Tus staff are responsible for the resplendent display of roses, pots and tubs around the town. More help would be appreciated.


RELIG IDE NAOFA GRAVEYARD MASS: Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 18 @ 7.30pm – weather permitting. Clean up takes place every Tuesday, if you are available some evening please call, all help is greatly appreciated as the graveyard is large and needs constant weeding. So come along and join the group, it’s a great workout!!! All are welcome.

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 Charles Fealey The hill and deceased family members. Thursday10am Patrick and Mary Woulfe, St. Ita’s Terrace. Friday 8pm Dick Fitzgerald , The Railway Months Mind. Saturday11am Margaret & Con Flynn, Main Street. 7pm Colm Mangan . Gerard O’ Brien Ballaugh .Sunday 9.30am Luke Scannell Clash Rd. Mary Scannell, The Hill Months Mind.

Log onto for the church webcam. 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.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: The flags are flying around the Dan Paddy Andy Memorial in Lyreacrompane which means that the annual festival is coming up over the four days of the August Bank Holiday weekend. Plenty of dancing as usual in the Festival marquee starting on Friday night with a Ceíli. Tim Joe and Ann O’Riordan provide the music. Music for the rest of the weekend is by Mike Condon, Eddie Lee, Singing Jarvey, Stevie Donegan and Mike Fitzgerald. There is also a Dog Show, a Bog Walk with Falconry display and great Storytelling with Frances Kennedy and Sonny Egan. Bring your dancing shoes to the Waltzing Competition on Sunday night. Details 087 2853570

RAMBLING HOUSE IN LISTOWEL: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday July 28 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

ST. JOHN OF GOD KERRY SERVICES & ST.MARY’S OF THE ANGELS, BEAUFORT: Golf Classic on Friday, August 5 at O’ Mahony’s Point, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club—Team of 4 event (any combination) Ladies and Gents Prizes. €200 per team. Timesheet is open, contact Helen 0871338702, Presentation of Prizes takes place at 9.30pm in Clubhouse.

TEAM LEADERS AND COLLECTORS REQUIRED: Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Friday September 16, with an organised bag pack, or on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Limerick. Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 or email buckets

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.

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.

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

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.

TRÓCAIRE is launching an Emergency Appeal to the Irish public to raise money for the dire situation in East and Southern Africa and in countries in Central America. Severe droughts are affecting these areas and are devastating food production. Please donate to Trócaire’s Emergency Appeal now – online at or by calling 1850 408 408.

REEK SUNDAY: The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage takes place on Sunday next – the last Sunday in July on Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick in the Archdiocese of Tuam. The pilgrimage will be led by Most Reverend Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and Most Reverend Charles J. Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland who will deliver the homily for this year’s pilgrimage. This pilgrimage has been carried out uninterrupted for over 1500 years. Croagh Patrick has over 100,000 visitors annually with up to 20,000 making the pilgrimage on Reek Sunday weekend each year. This year’s pilgrimage on Sunday 31 July is taking place in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Parishioners from all over Ireland are invited to participate in the pilgrimage. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on the summit from 7.30am and will conclude at 2.00pm. The first Mass on the summit will be celebrated at 8.00am and every half hour after that until the final Mass of the day at 2.00pm..

MAUREEN IS ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Visit the Italian Gardens on Garnish Island in West Cork on Sunday, August 21, leaving NCW at 8.30am.. We will as usual have our full Irish Breakfast and choice of dinner menu. For more information and booking Contact Maureen 087 9845102.