PROLOGUE: “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Smile a while and in a while you will have a mile of smiles. Fr. O’ Shea’s parting words to the boys of St. Mary’s National School at their start of year Mass.

WELCOME FR. MULLINS: A very warm welcome is extended to our new parish priest Fr. Tony Mullins who began his ministry in Abbeyfeale last weekend. We wish our former parish priest Fr. John O’Shea all the best as he moves to the parishes of Raheen, Crecora and Mungret.

NIGHT CLASSES IN COLAISTE IDE AGUS IOSEF: 1. Games: a new and exciting way to keep fit. This eight week course aims to get you fit by introducing you to new games and by reintroducing you to some of your old favourites. Games include: Tag Rugby, Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis and gym work. Open to all ages and fitness levels (no one is too unfit to join). Come along and enjoy a new experience in Fitness. Starting Tuesday, September 20 from 7.30 -9pm. 2. Indoor soccer: looking to improve your fitness and get out of the house on the long winter nights? Why not come along to our indoor soccer nights? This will be a popular course, so please book early if interested. All courses €50. For more information please call 068 30631.

NEW RAMBLING HOUSE OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: Benny Thade McCarthy, the popular presenter with WL102fm will be opening a Rambling House in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, October 3 following Mass at 8pm that evening. Big Maggie will cut the ribbon and it is hoped to hold a night on the first Monday of each month. Musicians, singers, storytellers are cordially invited, if you don’t want to perform do come along and join the audience. A donation will be made to WL102fm.

COFFEE MORNING FOR KERRY HOSPICE: The Wednesday Club are holding a coffee morning in the Ploughman on Friday, September 23 from 11-1pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

BUS TO PLOUGHING Wednesday September 21 leaving from Church 6.15am. Contact Tom O’Connor 087 2632096 to book your seat.

ABBEYFEALE BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge club will be playing cards again after the summer break Thursday, September 22 at the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale starting 7.30 pm.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CareBright are looking for people to train as Healthcare Assistants in Abbeyfeale and North Kerry. They offer a 4 week internship programme which will commence in Croom on Monday, October 17. Further details and application forms from Monica Hanley on 087 8310999 or email

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tralee/West Kerry MS Society are holding an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, October 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Dancing 3-6pm. Music by Pa Quade. Admission €5. Teas served. Raffle on the day for selection of gifts. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: The local branch of Active Retirement will meet on Wednesday next at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: The new season of Toastmasters has started and will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday September 21 at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 8-10pm. Toastmasters provide you with the tools to become a confident speaker in a safe caring environment where everyone is on the same path. Great for anyone who finds it hard to stand up and get their point across at meetings. Further information from 087 7972855 or check out our Facebook page.

ATHEA HORSE AND PONY RACING: There will be a video race night on Saturday, September 24 in The Top of the Town Bar followed by horse and pony racing at the farm of Helen and Micheal O’Keeffe, Glenagore , Athea on Sunday, September 25 starting at 1pm sharp. All proceeds to Milford Hospice. Further information Chairman Sean King 087 2678439.

CON COLBERT WEEKEND IN ATHEA: A weekend of events to honour local patriot Con Colbert will take place in Athea over the weekend of September 24 and 25 with the unveiling of a magnificent bronze bust being the highlight of the celebrations. A football blitz, free concert and a historical lecture are also planned for the weekend as well as the annual horse and pony racing.

RED HURLEY IS COMING TO ABBEYFEALE: A concert featuring the gospel songs of Red Hurley will take place in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, October 15 at 8pm with tickets costing €15 available from Sean Broderick, Moss the Farmer, David Wards, Pat Buckley’s, Heavenly Gifts and O’Donoghue’s Convent St.

SALE OF PRODUCE FROM PARISH COMMUNITY GARDEN: A big thank you to all those who supported us on Sunday last. We raised €307.55 for the Brothers of Charity Outreach Service in Mountmahon. Thank you to Kate Wall and Sean Donovan service users, Kate McGill, Bridie Collins, Mairead Daly, Nancy Wall, Teresa O’Connell and Mary Healy for manning the stall. Thanks too to Tom O’Rourke, Margaret and James McKenna who did the harvesting in the garden and Helga Henn who provided vegetables and Seamus Quinlan who supplied the honey. We cannot forget Mrs. Cotter, Cratloe who supplied us with washed jam jars with the labels removed – a great help to our jam maker.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: A bus will travel from Abbeyfeale on Sunday, September 25 at 7am. Book your seat €20 from members; Sean Broderick 068 31213 Bernard Broderick 068 31565 Gerard O’Callaghan 087 2980841 Michael Lane 087 9639775 David Davy 087 0994272.

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.

FUNDRAISING CYCLE: On Sunday, September 18 Patrickswell cycling club along with Adare cycling club are running a charity event on behalf of Adare Day Care centre for Alzheimers and for Parkinsons Mid-West Branch. The event includes a 110 k and a 50k cycle, a 5 k walk and a raffle. It will start and finish in Adare community Centre.110 k goes through Patrickswell, Askeaton Foynes, Glin ,Athea, Carigkerry, Ardagh, Rathkeale Adare. Events fully insured and marshaled. Refreshments available for all participants. We are on Facebook under Events -A@P West Limerick Challenge. Further information 0851681144.

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

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.

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 Margaret & John Riordan Upper Purt & their son Johnny & daughter Maryann. Saturday 11am John Horgan, Killarney Rd, Month mind. 7pm Connie, Eilish and Bridget Harnett Kilconlea Upper. Sunday 12noon Margaret Lane Ballaugh.

To see 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 can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

GALA CONCERT: A Gala concert in aid of Pieta House will take place Ardagh Church on Sunday, October 16. Tickets available from 086 8123855.

LONDON PREMIERE FOR “THE MOUNTAINY PUCK”: On Saturday, October 1, Knocknagoshel based drama group, the Spike Players, will travel to London to perform the hilarious comedy The Mountainy Puck.The special performance will be for one night only in the Bentley Suite of the Clayton Crown hotel, Cricklewood. The play, written by Chriostóir Barrett, Ballybowler, Lispole who now lives in Knocknagoshel is based in 1970’s rural Ireland and follows the lives of ordinary country folk. It addresses themes such as neighbourhood rivalry, love and unexpected incidents that bring comedic value to the play. The Spike Players Drama Group, from Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry, was set up in September 2009 and the late Noelie Roche from Church St., Abbeyfeale who lived in Knocknagoshel was a member. Noelie, known locally as ‘Spike’ died suddenly in November 2009 and it was decided to call the group Spike Players in his memory. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door or on pre-sale from the Danny Sullivan Group head office in Park Royal London. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please contact Siobhan on 0208 961 1900 or email siobhant.

IFA AND PIETA HOUSE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TALK AND CONNECT WITH LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES: The IFA and Pieta House have taken the opportunity on World Prevention Suicide Day to encourage anyone who is feeling suicidal to get help by connecting with the support services that are available, including the Mind Our Farm Families phone line and counselling service offered by IFA and Pieta House. The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. This year’s theme is ‘Connect, Communicate, Care’, three words that are at the heart of suicide prevention. IFA President, Joe Healy said the high rate of suicide, particularly among men in rural Ireland, was the driving force behind IFA’s involvement is setting up a dedicated Mind Our Farm Families phone line and counselling service. The phone line, 1890 130 022, puts farmers in direct contact with a Pieta House therapist who can make an appointment at one of their 18 centres, if needed.

“Suicide is preventable and it is so important that if you are feeling suicidal or you are concerned about a family member or friend that you talk to someone. The Mind Our Farm Families service is a solution focussed one-to-one counselling service that is completely free of charge”, Joe Healy said. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.

“Our vision is of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance,” said Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins. “In the last 10 years we have been brilliant at replacing suicide with hope and bringing people to self-care, but the biggest struggle for us is to replace stigma with acceptance.

“Individually, we all need to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House. At Pieta House we have helped more than 25,000 people since 2006. We are delighted to be working with the IFA on Mind Our Farm Families. Suicide is something that sadly affects every community in Ireland but in rural and farming communities in particular it is vital that people know that our services are there if they need them.”

Pieta House will be at the IFA stand (block no: 2, row: 12, stand: 289) at the National Ploughing Championships taking place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 20-22 to provide advice and information on the services offered.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: The first of the monthly Afternoon Tea Dances kicks off on Sunday, October 2 with music by Declan Aungier.

UPDATE FROM FR. PAT MOORE: “It is three weeks since I finished second round of treatmtent and I know it is continuing to work in me which it will be for a while. This time I found the treatment more tolerable for it was designed for a smaller area and a lower dosage but it brought with it the expected tiredness and discomfort. Sometime after about 6 more weeks I’ll be back in hospital for a scope & biopsy to see how effective the treatment has been. I feel content and hopeful for all the prayerful support and interest.” Fr. Pat. Duagh Parish Newsletter.

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 –

Friday, October 21 based in the Great Northern 4 Star Hotel, Bundoran with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre. I have learned that there is a change in the lineup of entertainers and I have been informed that this will be finalised this coming week. Once I know the definite line up of entertainers I will have it printed here so please watch this space. If you like dancing every night and then enjoying taking in the beautiful Donegal scenery and visiting places of interest during the day this is the break for you contact Maureen 087 9845102 for more details and booking.

CARMELITE MONASTERY: Vocation Exploration Day. Saturday,
September 17 from 10.30 – 4pm. This is a day to pray with the sisters and to
explore the possibilities of a Carmelite Vocation. Bring packed
lunch. For details phone 085/8601794.

CHRISTMAS PANTO: Musicians, e.g. guitarists, drummer and keyboard players
needed for this year’s Panto in Listowel. Young people wanted to take part in this year’s production. Anyone interested, please contact Michelle Whelan 087-2071371.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS: will be held in Castleisland in the Nano Nagle Presentation Primary School Hall from September 14 – October 26. Guest Speakers: Fr Jim Lenihan on Wednesday, September 14, Msgr. Dan O’Riordan on Wednesday, September 21, Fr Harry Bohan on Wednesday, September 28, Joe Dalton on Wednesday, October 5, Eddie Stones on Friday October 14, Peter & Anne O’Reilly on Wednesday, October 19 and Fr John Mockler on Wednesday, October 26. These seminars try to help those to deepen a personal relationship with Christ and to be active with the Holy Spirit in their lives so they can begin to experience him working in them and through them. Further information call 0874112002 or 0861982188.

EVENING CLASSES: The College in Listowel is offering a number of QQI Certified and Hobby Based courses in the Evening. Professional courses include; Occupational First Aid, Healthcare Support, Special Needs Assisting, Desktop publishing,etc. Hobby courses include; Computers for Beginners & Intermediate, Web Design for Beginners. Enrolment will take place on Tuesday, September 20 from 7-9pm at the college. Also from September 19-24 from 9am-4.30pm (closed 12.30-1pm). For more information on our course go to Iseult.glynn

THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE: Presents An ‘On the Nail’ Literary Cabaret Production on Thursday September 15 at 8.00pm in the Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick. The Wild MUXZ…with The Poetry Collective: Do plants communicate? Are animals self-aware? As it rapidly becomes more evident that Human’s arrogance about and ignorance of Nature’s Voice is destroying Earth’s viability, The Poetry Collective explores the reality of a sentient cosmos by placing 21st Century Technological Human in flux among the Elements in our Age of Uncertainty. In ‘The Wild MUXZ’ we attempt to recognise, appreciate and embody this ‘reality’ and its effect on humanity by improvisation and extemporization in a mixed media performance event with the emphasis on spoken word/sound. As poet, Robert Graves stated in ‘The White Goddess’ in relation to Nature: “Once a warning to Man that he must keep in harmony with the family of living creatures among which he was born…it is now a reminder that he has disregarded the warning, turned the house upside down by capricious experiments in science, philosophy and industry and brought ruin upon himself and his family.”

Information on MUXZ available here: Enquiries: Tickets €10.00. Concession €8.00. Booking 061 953 400