PROLOGUE: The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell what time the clock will stop. At late or early hour, to lose your wealth is bad enough, to lose your health is more, but to lose your soul is such a loss, that no man can restore. Anon.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Mary Mulcahy, Dromtrasna who married Stephen Gleeson, Templeglantine in Abbeyfeale on Friday last. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

STRICTLY COME DANCING: The launch of the DVD of last May’s Strictly Come Dancing takes place at the Winners Circle on Saturday, September 10. The party gets underway at 9pm and a great night is in store. Everyone welcome.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILDREN WITH READING – WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS: This Workshop takes place on Wednesday, September 7 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this workshop.

FEALEFIT NEWS: Fealefit are taking part in Adare to Survive in September 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.

“WINDOW ON THE PAST: ALL CHANGED, CHANGED UTTERLY”: The West Limerick Heritage Network held a very successful event to mark Heritage Week in the Glórach Theatre last Saturday. The large attendance were treated to a talk by writer Felicity Hayes-McCoy on the role of women in social history, a film of an interview of Gerard Collins the former Justice Minister by Mary Shanahan who talked about his family involvement in the struggle for independence and a film from Limerick city archives. We were also treated to songs from the period sung by Ned Foley, Billy Lane and Jackie Harnett with music from Shauna O’Donoghue and Patie Boy Harnett. Patie Boy and his wife put together a country kitchen complete with Bean a Tí and cat with the help of Mike Shanahan and Sean O’Connell. Refreshments were provided by Rosemary Bennis from the Health Food Store in NCW. Well done to Suzzane Rowley West Limerick Resources, Margaret O’Connor O’Shea and Jenny McDonald who put so much work into the show and gave us a night to remember.

SALE OF PRODUCE FROM PARISH COMMUNITY GARDEN: We have peas, tomatoes, broad beans, spinach, kale, rhubarb and onions to harvest so we are going to sell them at 9.30am Mass on Sunday, September 11 and donate the proceeds to the outreach service for our local clients of the Brothers of Charity who give us a great hand in the garden every Monday.

FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE: This Personal Development Course (6 week programme) starts Tuesday morning September 27 from 10am to 12 noon in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale. ‘Free to be’ is essentially a positive way for people to make time for personal growth. It’s a gentle time for people to step back, take stock and examine how they are, where one can discover personal strengths in a safe confidential space. Anybody who feels they can commit to 2 hours on a Tuesday morning for 6 weeks are welcome. Booking early is advisable to secure a place on this course. For further information or queries or to book a place, contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883 or Nora on 068 31198.

SPIRITUAL FAREWELL GIFT: Time is running out unfortunately and Fr. O’Shea will soon be leaving us so if you would like to give him a parting gift of a spiritual bouquet then you could spend an hour in adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on either Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 6-8pm or all day Tuesday and Friday when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. A card will be available in the chapel and you are invited to sign your name, date and time of making the visit.

6th ANNUAL NOLIE ROCHE TAG RUGBY: Cancelled last weekend due to the heavy rain and wind the Nolie Roche Day has been rescheduled to Saturday next, August 28. Registration is at 12:30pm and Kick off is at 1pm. This event is open to everyone, the motto of the day is to have ‘a bit of craic’. Along with the main Mixed 7-a-side competition, there will also be a Minis exhibition game, showcasing the future potential stars of the club. A BBQ and refreshments will be provided on the day, and there will be live open-air music from Larry Roche throughout the day, followed by the incredibly talented, Trevor Sexton, who will be rocking out the clubhouse afterwards. All proceeds on the day will go towards our under-age teams and Minis, so please come along and show your support. Everyone is welcome.

HOLY CROSS THURLES: A bus will leave Abbeyfeale Church on Sunday, August 28 at 10am on pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey for the annual Marian day pilgrimage. Contact 0667131328/0872426580 for further details.

OUTING TO CLONMACNOISE AND BIRR CASTLE: An outing to Clonmacnoise (Pattern Day) and Birr Castle will take place on Sunday, September 11. Details from Pat O’Donovan 0879977340 or Mary O’Keeffe 087 6990816 of Knockfierna Heritage Society. All are Welcome.

LISTOWEL RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday, August 25 from 9.15 pm. Admission is free to this informal evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling.

HERITAGE WALK AND TALK: Meet in the Railway Yard on Sunday next, August 28 and walk to Purt Castle and back to the Cistercian Abbey ruins in the Square in the company of one of our local historians and hear a talk on local history. Refreshments served in the Men’s’ Shed afterwards.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Special Olympics Athletes and Volunteers will be resuming after the summer break on Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm. in the Community Centre, NCW. Looking forward to meeting you. Contact Maureen 087 9845102.

LISDOONVARNA TRIP: A bus will leave NCW on Wednesday, September 14 at 10am and bus will depart Lisdoonvarna at 11pm. We will book a bus if there is sufficient interest for a day trip. We have a deadline for names Friday 2nd September. So if your interested contact Maureen 087 9845102.

AUCTION OF HOUSE CONTENTS: O’Donovan and Associates, Newcastle West, are holding antiques and house clearance auction, including the contents of a prominent O’Connell Avenue residence, on Saturday 27 August at 11am at their premises on Maiden St. Newcastle West. Included in this month’s sale, is a large collection of quality period furniture, cut glass, hallmarked silver, Masons, tea services, vintage, fine art, and unusual collectibles. Viewing for the month’s sale takes place Sunday, August 21 from 2-5pm and Monday – Friday from 10am until 5pm. This truly is an auction not to be missed. For more information visit or call Pat on 087 9977340.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The new season of Toastmasters begins at the Desmond Complex on Wednesday, September 7 from 8-10pm and will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Toastmasters provide you with the tools to become a confident speaker in a safe caring environment where everyone is on the same path. Further information from 087 7972855 or check out our Facebook page.

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, September 2 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in the singing, tell a story, or just listen to the performers.

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.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Transition Year student Ava Roche from Ballaugh Abbeyfeale will be traveling to Calcutta with some other TY students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef next spring. Ava will speak at all Masses next weekend Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 about the upcoming visit. A retiring collection will take place if you wish to help her to raise funds towards her work there.

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; Saturday 7pm Bridget White & the White family, Knocknasna Lower. Jimmy Collins, Main St. Sunday 9.30am Teresa Lyons, New Street 12 noon Jeremiah & Mary Foley, St Ita’s Road. Hannah & Sean Cahill, Knocknasna. Monday 7pm Margaret Finucane Ryan, St. Ita’s Terrace and NYC who died recently in New York.

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.

KNOCKANURE VINTAGE DAY: Jer Kennelly reports; “Vintage Day was wet and showery,
Machines and tractors parked on the street. Community Centre was
opened for visitors and refreshments were provided.Sports on a small scale were also part of the day. Some visitors came
from Clare.”

VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS: Always wanted to volunteer overseas? Looking for a course about global social injustice? Learn more at the Viatores Christi (VC) – Information & Recruitment Session, Saturday, August 27at 2.30pm in the Limerick Education Centre, Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick Tel. 01 8689986 apply http://www.viatoreschristi. com ALL WELCOME!

KILLARNEY BRANCH KERRY HOSPICE FOUNDATION: Annual “Models in Recovery” Fashion show at the INEC Thursday, September 1 beginning with Wine Reception at 7.00pm followed by the show at 7.30pm. Special Guest Majella O’Donnell. Don O’Neill designed dress to be raffled on the night. Tickets €15 From Pat Doolan 085 1543514, INEC Booking Office or Participating shops. Come and enjoy a Fashion Show with a difference.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: Celebrating our 10th Anniversary on Sunday, September 11 at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Knock. All Children are invited to write a prayer for their Grandparents, these prayers will be blessed at the pilgrimage. Prayers to be sent CGP , Castlebar St. Westport, Co. Mayo., or brought to Knock on the day. 2.30pm with be the anointing of the sick and 3pm Mass followed by the rosary

DUAGH PARISH NEWSLETTER MYSTERY INSTRUCTION: “It might be worth watching the Miriam O’Callaghan show on Saturday, August 27 on RTE 1 @ 9.15pm. She might have something of interest to Duagh & North Kerry on it!!!! The show will be repeated on Sunday night @ 11.35pm.”