PROLOGUE: After winning a toy at the carnival a father called his five children together to determine who deserved to be given it. He asked them, “Who is the most obedient? Who never talks back to Mom? Who does everything she says?’ Five small voices answered back, ‘Ok, Dad, you get the toy’. Duagh church newsletter.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of John Curtin Meenkilly whose funeral took place recently. May he rest in peace.

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.

SPIRITUAL FAREWELL GIFT: As all in the parish know our well beloved parish priest is being moved by the Bishop and a suggestion has been made that we should each give him a farewell gift of a spiritual bouquet of an hour’s adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. A card will be available in the chapel on Tuesdays and Fridays which are full days of adoration each week until 10pm and you are invited to sign your name, date and time of making the visit.

AWARE OPEN EVENING: Abbeyfeale Family Support Programme and Aware will host an open night on Tuesday August 16 in the Further Education and Training Centre, Abbeyfeale at 7.30pm to highlight the services Aware offers in Limerick and to introduce Aware’s Life Skills programme which will run in the town each Monday from September 19 to October 24. Aware’s Life Skills programme is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, stress and/or anxiety. Further information and registration is available on The programme is free of charge but a refundable deposit of €20 applies (not applicable for students, OAPs, unemployed, medical card holders). Aware also offers a weekly support group meeting in the Redemptorist Community Building, Mount St. Alphonsus, South Circular Road, Limerick every Wednesday at 8pm for people with experience of depression or bipolar disorder.

WINDOW ON THE PAST: On Saturday, August 20 the Glórach Theatre, Convent St., Abbeyfeale proudly presents; "Window on the Past: All Changed, Changed Utterly". This event will have a country kitchen of 100 years ago on display as well as the performance (by local singers) of some songs from the era. Guest speakers are Felicity Hayes-McCoy, author of A Woven Silence: Memory, History and Remembrance and The House on an Irish Hillside. Felicity’s talk will focus on the role of women in social history at that time .Local historian Tom Donovan will talk about local involvement in the Uprising, particularly the fascinating story of Abbeyfeale native Patrick Leen. Free event – all are welcome from 8pm – 10pm. Please contact Margaret on 087 751 1241 for more information.

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. Daily ceremonies will be held in the Basilica at 3.00pm and 8.30pm and workshops will take place at 12 noon and 6.00pm. The 2016 novena will begin at the National Marian Shrine on Sunday, August 14 with Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, who will preach on the theme ‘Merciful like the Father’. On Saturday, August 20 Bishop Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe, will preach on ‘The name of God is mercy’. On Sunday,August 21 Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, will preach on ‘The Joy of the Gospel – no easy recipe’ and on the same day Father Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock Shrine will preach on ‘Knock, an engagement with mercy’. For more on this year’s novena see

REILIG IDE NAOFA MASS: The annual Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 18 @ 7.30pm, weather permitting. Clean up takes place every Tuesday to tidy up if you are available some evening please call all help is greatly appreciated as the graveyard is quiet large and need constant weeding. So come along and join the group, a great workout!!! All are welcome.

FEALEFIT NOTES: 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

SUE RYDER: Our sale had started! That means half price on all items marked €2 and over. Call into our shop on Main Street, Abbeyfeale, find yourself a bargain and only pay half the marked price! The sale includes clothing, footwear, toys and bric a brac. Books are still only €1 each with 4 books for just €3. Sue Ryder is an Irish, registered, not for profit organisation that enables people aged 65 and over, to live independent but secure lives. The charity currently helps over 300 people around Ireland. Thank you for your continued support.

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.

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 place at 8.45pm. There is also one in Rockchapel on Tuesday nights.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Success of Faith Camp. Thursday 10am John Healy, Collins Park and his parents Catherine and Con. Saturday 11am Margaret and Con Flynn, Main St. 7pm Madge Woulfe Kilconlea Upper. Ann Fitzgibbon Caherlane. Sunday 9.30 Thomas Browne Knocknasna. Mossie Noble O’Connor and parents. 12 noon Owen and Eileen Doody, Ballaugh.

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.

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.

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.

HORIZONS ON RADIO KERRY: Radio Kerry’s Horizons on Sunday, August 7at 9am features Listowel’s Fr Gaughan – his priesthood of 60 years in the Dublin diocese and the many books he has written.

THE UNCOUNTABLE LAUGHTER OF THE SEA: Screening at the Cinema in Killarney every Tuesday at 7 p.m., until the end of August. This is a 50 minute reflective film featuring the landscape and culture of Kerry in which Msgr Pádraig O Fiannachta RIP had a major involvement. Worth seeing on the big screen.

LEGION OF MARY: A conference for young adults between the ages of 18-40 will take place on Saturday, August 20- Sunday 21 in All Hallows, Dublin. The theme of the conference is "Mary inflames the embers…are you ready?”.