PROLOGUE: "Life is too short to worry about what others say or think about you. So, have fun and give them something to talk about."
Author Unknown.

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. Monies raised from this concert go towards supporting the very active youth ministry here in Abbeyfeale parish so please get a ticket and come out and enjoy a night of music and song to get the winter off to a good start.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH COMMUNITY: The members of the pastoral council, James Harnett and his staff and the general community of Abbeyfeale must be congratulated on the care and compassion that they showed the Congolese family mourning the death of their little girl this week. It was a real example of Christianity in action in this year of Mercy.

ART CLASSES FOR LADIES: Starting Tuesday, September 27 in Tea and Tales in the Square. Call in for further information.

CALLING ALL FAMILIES: A free bus will travel to Knock on Saturday, October 1 next from the South Court Hotel, Limerick to attend ‘A Day in honour of Our Lady’. Guest speaker Fr. Shenan Boquet. To reserve your seat telephone 09493 75993 or email

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly market in aid of WL102fm, your community radio station, takes place on Sunday, October 2 at the Community Centre, Newcastlewest. Gates open 7.30am. Support from Abbeyfeale would be much appreciated.

NEW BOOK OF RAILWAY LORE: Joe Coleman, Author, extends an invitation to the launch of his new book "Falling Gradient" at 6pm on Friday September 30 in the Granary Library, Michael St., Limerick. The book features all the railways which served Limerick City and gives considerable attention to the North Kerry Line which ran from Limerick via Newcastle West and Listowel to Tralee and is now the Great Southern Trail Greenway route.

MICK O’CONNELL TO OPEN GARRY MCMAHON WEEKEND: The 8th annual Garry McMahon traditional singing festival takes place from Friday, October 21 to Sunday 23 in Abbeyfeale. This year’s lineup makes for another full weekend of singing sessions, Storytelling, Workshops, Competitions and Presentations. The press launch for the festival takes place on Thursday, September 29 @ 8pm in the Ramble Inn bar, Abbeyfeale, The launch will be performed by our friend from West Clare Joe O’Connor and will be followed by a singing session. On Friday October 21 @ 8pm the festival will be officially opened by the one and only Mick O’Connell from Valentia who was a personal friend of Garry McMahon’s and they also played football for Kerry together. This will be followed by a singing session in The Ramble Inn bar. Saturday will begin with free workshops @10.30 in Leens hotel where we will have 2 tutors teaching songs and composing new songs. This will be followed @ 3pm by the very popular newly composed ballad competition in the Ramble Inn bar. Singing sessions will continue into the night in both the Ramble Inn and Leens hotel. Sunday will commence @ 12 noon with Aifreann na Riocht in Abbeyfeale church as composed by Garry McMahon RIP and performed by the Abbeyfeale choir. At 3pm we will have a very special presentation in Fr Caseys GAA club which will include traditional music, singing and storytelling. this year’s tribute goes to Daisy Kearney well known storyteller and a regular at our monthly singing sessions where she entertain us all with her stories, this will be followed by our final singing session in the Ramble Inn bar. All events during the weekend are free and everyone is welcome to come along and join us.

WORKSHOP FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources Ltd (WLR) is rolling out a series of free workshops under the SICAP programme to support you with your group development. Practical no nonsense workshops offering advice on key areas of managing community groups, knowledge of funding opportunities and how to make a good funding application, the workshop on Thursday, October 6 will focus on Role & responsibilities for Voluntary BOMs. Workshops are in the offices of WLR in Newcastle West. For more information & to book your place please call Damien on 087 9042477 / 069 62222.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: On Saturday, October 22 next Dromtrasna will come alive with runners and walkers, young and old, to show their support for a wonderful charity, Milford Hospice and Milford Home Care Services. Dromtrasna is a scenic townland of Abbeyfeale, rich in views and stunning scenery. Log onto Facebook and like and share Dromtrasna Challenge 2016. We invite you to view our video which captures some of those scenes as we take you on a tour of Dromtrasna and surrounding areas through our 10K route. Fasten your seatbelts and see what Dromtrasna Challenge 2016 10K route has to offer. Join us on October 22, experience the welcome of our community and lets all take that step for Milford!!

COMMUNITY ALERT: The days are getting shorter so it’s time again to review security at your home. Check that your smoke alarm has a working battery, buy a carbon monoxide alarm as a backup. Slow down while driving, with all the wind that’s about there’s branches broken off trees strewn on roadsides. If your wipers are on then you should be driving with dimmed lights.

AGM: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will be holding its A.G.M on Thursday, October 13 in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale at 7pm sharp, we will be playing cards afterwards.The AGM of the Abbeyfeale Drama Group will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 8pm in Leens Hotel.

IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE: Marie Barrett, Ballaugh will be teaching an Introduction to Sign Language at the Desmond College this autumn. For further information contact Sean Sheils 06962205.

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.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Epilepsy Ireland will hold a church gate collection on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2.

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.

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, October 5 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.

HOUSE AVAILABLE: St Ita’s Day Care Sheltered Housing has a vacancy for suitable candidate but they need to be on the County Council list for housing. For further information, please contact St. Ita’s Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale. Ph.06851850.

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, October 7 at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come along and join in.

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

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.. 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.

ENTERPRISE TRAINING: West Limerick Resources in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office are pleased to be delivering the following training programmes which are aimed at supporting you through the different stages of starting and staying in business. Pre-booking for all training is essential. For further details or to register, please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222 ; Social Media Solutions for Business – Beginners Wednesday October 5, Intermediate Wednesday October 12 and Advanced Wednesday October 19 from 7pm to 10pm. Increasing Sales through Customer Service – Wednesday October from 19 9.30am to 1pm. Start Your Own Business Training – Tuesdays November 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 7pm to 10pm.

Employment Law Update for Small Business Part 1 & 2, Wednesdays November 16 & 23 from 7pm to 10pm.

SEANCHAÍ NEWS: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday September 29 from 9.15 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

CHILDREN’S ARTS CLASSES: Classes for children’s in Creative Writing and Arts & Crafts start on Saturday October 1 in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel from 9.30 am. Classes are suitable from children age 7 to 11 years. For further details and to book tel. (068) 22212.

NCW FILM CLUB: Showing ‘Mustang’ on Friday, October 7 in the Desmond Complex. Cost €7. Starting at 8pm, come early for refreshments. This film lasts 97 minutes. When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. For more information 087 6877870. Everyone most welcome.

.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, Tel: 068 – 31157 : 087 – 9708282, Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 Console 061-306792

Fr. Anthony Mullins P.P. 068/31157 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 Johnny & Peggy Stack, Craughatouke. Sunday 9.30am Patrick & Vera O’Connell, Purt 12noon Ned O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower.

A meeting of the Adoration Committee will take place on Wednesday 28 @ 8pm. 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. 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.

KNOCK: The ‘Story of Love’ concert is a spectacular musical event celebrating God’s love for His creation. It will take place in the Basilica on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday October 16. This sacred concert brings together choirs from around the world, Italian singers and Irish musicians for a unique musical experience.

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

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.

SHEP: Personal development course beginning the end of October in Killarney, a one year part time course, a journey understanding life & relationships, enrolment extended for one week, contact Deidre 087 7728089.

ANAM CARA: – a Bereavement Information Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, October 4 from 7.30- 9:30pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info before Monday, October 3 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

TALK: God’s Mercy and Mother Teresa – An evening of prayer and recollection in St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney with guest speaker Susan Conroy from USA, a personal friend and author of three books on our new saint. Friday. September 30 at 7.30pm. Prayer, Music, book-singing and refreshments (in nearby school) included. More info:

CAPACITAR: Self Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness in Ardfert Centre on Saturday, October 1 from 9.45am – 4.00pm. Contact Anna O’Donoghue 0879447105. Ref.

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.