PROLOGUE: The first to apologise – is the bravest. The first to forgive – is the kindest. The first to forget – is the happiest. Anon

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Donie Cahill, Brosna/ Knocknasna whose funeral took place during the week. May he rest in peace.

FR. JOHN’S LEAVING US: Concelebrated Holy Mass will take place on Friday evening, September 2 at 7pm in thanksgiving for Fr John’s Ministry here in Abbeyfeale parish for the last fourteen years. We thanks him for his dedication, commitment and service to this parish. We are saddened by his departure but we wish him every blessing in his new parish. A Farewell Gathering will take place at 8pm in Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse. An evening of memories, music, song and dance. Light refreshments will be served. Text or leave a voice mail on 089/4356981 to confirm attendance. Parking will be limited on the night so we ask you to organise a lift or to park if possible elsewhere. All are welcome.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of West Limerick community radio takes place at the Community Centre, NCW on Sunday next with gates opening at 7.30am. Further information 069-66200 between 9-5pm.

LEARN TO PRUNE FRUIT BUSHES: If you would like to learn how to prune fruit bushes then come along to the parish community garden on Wednesday, August 31 between 7-8.30pm. Bring your own secateurs. Further information 087 6866450

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Sarah McCoy and Neil Townsend who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage in Abbeyfeale last Saturday. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

PARENTING CLASSES IN WEST LIMERICK: Parenting /self-care classes will recommence in West Limerick in September. There is no cost involved, but as places are limited, booking is essential. All classes are organised by staff from Limerick Social Services. Classes are planned for Thursday mornings 11.00am – 12.30pm. Venue and start dates to be confirmed, depending on numbers. For further details, or to book a place please contact: Enda: Tel No: 0831949882 Mary: Tel No: 0863514700

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.

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: If you would like to give Fr. John 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.

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.

CANONISATION OF MOTHER TERESA: On Sunday, September 4 in the Year of Mercy Pope Francis will canonise Mother Teresa who travelled the world to deliver a single message – that love and caring are the most important things in the world.

THANK YOU: Abbeyfeale members of West Limerick Heritage Network wish to sincerely thank Patie and Phyllis Hartnett ,Killarney Road , for allowing them to exhibit over 100 items from their private collection, at The Glórach Theatre Saturday, August 20 last. The COUNTRY KITCHEN of 100 years ago, sparked great interest in both young and old. It was the highlight of "Window on the Past: All Changed, changed utterly " staged to commemorate the Events of 1916-1923.

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.

FEALE FIT NOTES: 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. Best of luck to all our members taking part in the Brothers of Charity cycle this coming Saturday. Please come out & support in any way you can. 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.

CREATIVE WRITING CLASS: Limerick born William Ryan, historical and crime fiction author, will give a talk about the building blocks of good fiction – structure, characterisation, chapters, dialogue and setting. And if you have any questions about pretty much anything – William will do his best to answer them. Wednesday, August 31 at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington St., Limerick 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Admission €5.00. Limited seating, booking advisable.
Tel 087 2996409 or email to book.

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 Michael Griffin Anniversary. Thursday 10am Molly, Monica & Francis Murphy, Anniversay. Friday 7pm Mass of Thanksgiving. Saturday 11am Thomas Fitzgerald, Knocknasna. 7pm Kathleen Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna North, Jack O’Grady, Meenahela. Jimmy Sheehy, Kilconlea Upper. Sunday 9.30am Mary B McEnery, Dromtrasna Collins. Kate Naughton, St Ita’s Rd. and Denis Naughton, Mountcollins. 12noon Bill & James & Theresa Harnett, Knocknasna.

St Anthony Novena is recited each Monday evening @ the 7pm Mass. Next Friday is the First Friday of the month. Confessions on Thursday after the 10am Mass. Mass also on Friday evening @ 7pm. To access the daily readings you may log on to and click on daily reading on the home page. 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.

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.

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.

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 the following at West Limerick Resources, Finn (087 759 1951), Adrienne (087 277 3294), or like us on Facebook WLR Rural Employment Service for the latest updates on job vacancies and training courses.

COUNTRY MUSIC BREAK: Great County music break from Monday October 17 –Thursday 20 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran. There will be a host of Entertainers each night. Our first night Monday; Thomas McGuire & Fiona Ennis, Tuesday; T.R. Dallas, Wednesday ; Country Music Jamboree with Declan Nerney, Jim Devine, Cliona, Patricia Maguire, Robert Mizell & more to be announced. Thursday; John Hogan. Breakfast and dinner. If you like dancing and fabulous entertainment contact Maureem 087 9845102 for more details and booking.

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.

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