PROLOGUE: “The biggest communication problem is we don’t listen to understand, we listen to reply.

PRAYERS AT THE GRAVEYARDS: Sunday, November 6, St Mary’s 2.30pm, Old Graveyard in the Square 2.40pm, Reilig Ide Naofa @ 3pm.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Tickets at €5 are on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and at the Farmers’ Market for the dance on Sunday, November 13 in aid of WL102fm. Dancing will be to the ever popular Mike Condon, teas will be served and there will be a raffle. Your support would be much appreciated.

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB SETS UP IN LISTOWEL: If you would like to gain self confidence, self esteem and improve your ability to speak in public then you should check out the newest public speaking club in North Kerry. The next meeting will be held in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, November 17 from 8 -10pm. Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN TEMPLEGLANTINE: There will be a market next Sunday in the Hall in Templeglantine.

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.

WELL DONE: Anneke Vrieling has been working single handed on the eradication of the scourge of Japenese Knotweed this autumn, cutting down clumps of this invasive weed and injecting the stems with diluted RoundUp. Follow her Facebook page Feale Biodiversity.

LECTURE ON U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: When the United States votes to elect a new president on Tuesday next, November 8 it will be choosing not only a head of state but also a head of government and a commander-in-chief of the largest military on the planet. When all the votes are counted either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Tim Kaine or Mike Pence will be the 48th vice-president.If elected, Hillary Clinton, will become the first female president. Donald Trump will become the oldest president to take office if he is the winner. Both candidates live in New York – Trump in New York City and Clinton in Chappaqua thirty miles north of the city. Hillary is a former Secretary of State and serving US Senator while Donald is a businessman and reality TV personality. George Washington was elected first US President in 1788 when only white men who owned property could vote. On Tuesday next all US citizens over 18 have the right to vote. Voting will take place in all 50 states and in Washington D.C. With a turnout of 57.5% in 2012 the total number of votes cast was just over 126 millions. This year’s election has been described as a race in which fiction has been treated as fact, insults as compliments and conventional wisdom has been proven wrong again and again. On this Friday night, November 4 Rathkeale & District Historical Society will host a lecture entitled "The 2016 US Presidential Election" in the Arts Centre which is within the Rathkeale area offices of Limerick City and County Council at 8.30pm. The guest speaker will be Professor Gary O’Brien who is Associate Vice President Administration at Mary Immaculate College Limerick. A diplomatic historian whose PhD dissertation was on the Soviet policy of the US Reagan Administration, he is uniquely qualified to untangle all the rhetoric and all the goings-on in an attempt to better understand the serious business of choosing the next leader of the United States. The Arts Centre is accessible by lift and by stairs. All are welcome.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Micheal Sexton will perform at the monthly tea dance for the upkeep of Monagae Community Hall on Sunday next, November 6. Dancing 3-6 with teas served.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Breastcare Unit Fundraiser. The card game will commence on Tuesday, November 8 at 9pm (sharp). All proceeds on the night will be donated to Breastcare Unit, Limerick University Hospital. Looking forward to seeing all the regular (and new) card players on the night. The weekly card game is a very important fundraiser for the school and over the years it has contributed hugely to the resources enjoyed by the pupils. COFFEE OR TEA: A coffee afternoon will take place on Tuesday, November 8 from 1.30pm-2.30pm in Meenkilly N.S. in aid of Breastcare Unit, Limerick University Hospital. Call in for a cup of tea or coffee, a snack and a chat with the neighbours, and support this very worthy cause.

COMMUNITY ALERT HOSTS CHRISTMAS PARTY: We hope, in conjunction with Abbeyfeale active retired group to hold a Christmas party for Abbeyfeale parish residents aged 65 and over on Sunday, November 27 in the Day Centre, Convent St. from 1-5pm. Our community Garda Roger O’Donoghue will be present to give a short talk on how to keep safe in your home over the winter. A three course meal consisting of Turkey and Ham, choice of deserts and tea/coffee will be served and it is planned to have an afternoon of dancing to Gerard Conaghan. There is seating for 82 persons and tickets at €10 each can be purchased from Bridie Scully Collins, Mary Mc Gill (Abbeyfeale Active Retired) or Mary McArthur, Marian Harnett (Abbeyfeale Community Alert).

The text alert system is up and running at long last and signs will shortly be erected at the parish boundaries with the telephone number of Abbeyfeale Garda Station (068 30010). If you are worried about someone who calls to your door or you see a vehicle around the area or someone drives into your yard then you should ring 068 30010, the call will be answered by NCW Gardai who man a 24 hour telephone line. If they feel that your concerns merit further investigation then they will contact the company who will send out an alert by text to all those signed up to receive it. When you receive a text you should forward this to all the contacts in your phone so that the word gets disseminated throughout the community. These alerts will then enable other people in the community to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour. If you would like to receive these warning texts then contact any member of the committee who on receipt of €10 (to help pay for the on-going cost of the texts) will take your number and sign you up. Presidents Micheal O’Kelly, Killarney Rd, and Sean Broderick, New St. Chairman James Stack, Cahir, Secretary Mossie O’Connell, Kilconlea, Assistant Secretary Mary Mc Arthur, Meenkilly, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Convent St. and Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. Committee: Brenda and Buddy Barry, Meenkilly, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Neily Lyons, Dromtrasna, Billy Quirke N.T, Knocknasna and Ballaugh, Denis Collins, Knockbrack, Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna and James Joy, The Grove.

ABBEYFEALE MENS SHED: Fire Officers from Abbeyfeale Fire Station will attend a meeting of the Abbeyfeale Mens Shed Group at their premises at the Adult Education Centre on Monday, November 7 at 7pm. The Fire Officers will give a presentation and advice on fire safety in the home and answer questions from the floor. All members of the public are invited to attend.

MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise! Take the SHORT-TERM pledge for NOVEMBER.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, November 2 at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 8-10pm. Further information 087 7972855.

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 in public and get their opinion across.

‘FALLING GRADIENT’ ON SALE IN ABBEYFEALE: A new book, titled "Falling Gradient", which tells the story of all the railway routes that served Limerick has just been launched. It has been written and self-published by Joe Coleman, of Meelick, Co. Clare, whose family had many connections with the railway. Joe has filled his 450+ pages with an amount of stories and an excellent selection of photographs. Joe is an active supporter of the Great Southern Trail as his father was an engine driver on the line. The book is an easy read and is available in West Limerick from the NCW Book Shop in Newcastle West and from Ann Lyons in Abbeyfeale.

MEN ON THE MOVE: Do you want to feel fitter and have more energy. Sports Partnership are delivering a men only physical activity programme at Teach Feile, New Street, Abbeyfeale on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm. All welcome to come along and enjoy the benefits of exercising with a mixed age and ability group. Further information 087 7558459.

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: The annual Remembrance Service at Maternity Hospital Limerick takes place at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ennis Road, Limerick on Sunday, November 13 at 3pm. We invite parents who have experienced the death of their baby/pregnancy loss at any stage, together with their family, friends and hospital staff to this service.

EIGHT MASSES FOR NUMBER 8: Bishop Brendan Leahy has described as “moving and inspirational” the gesture by Tony, the 11 year old son of Anthony Foley, in asking people to go to Mass and light candles over the next 8 Sunday’s for deceased loved ones. Endorsing the 8 masses for no8 Facebook Campaign launched by Tony Foley and his family, Bishop Leahy said it was a deeply touching and selfless gesture at a very tragic time for the Foley and Hogan families.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME: West Limerick Resources in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection implement the Rural Social Scheme in West Limerick. The scheme aims to provide part time flexible employment opportunities to low income farmers by utilising their skills and talents on community and not for profit projects. If you are: (a) currently in receipt of Farm Assist, (b) have a herd number, a copy of your Single Farm Payment application and are in receipt of a qualifying payment from social welfare ( then you (or your spouse) could benefit from the scheme in return for 19.5 hours of work in the community, (c) you will also be contributing to a class A stamp while on the scheme. Work is available in all areas with hours to fit in with your farming needs. The following people are also permitted to participate in the scheme: children or siblings of a qualifying herd owner provided they meet the necessary qualifying criteria.

WORLD DAY OF REMEMBERANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: On Saturday November 19 Mass will be celebrated @ 7pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale for all of those who died due to road accidents. Everyone is welcome to join us to remember our loved ones at this time.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Community/Voluntary Groups & Sporting Organisations: Applications are also invited from organisations interested in having suitable work carried out in their areas. Types of work includes: Maintaining and enhancing walkways and trails; village and countryside enhancement projects; social care and care for the elderly; environmental maintenance work; projects relating to not for profit cultural & heritage sites; work with not for profit organisations including administration. Further details and application forms can be obtained from the Rural Social Scheme Supervisors at The Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West. Tel: 069 61540, E-mail or West Limerick Resources (Main Office), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle west.

BENNY THADÉ’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Takes place in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on the third Thursday of the month.

CALLING ALL COMMUNITY GROUPS, CALLING ALL COMMUNITY GROUPS. West Limerick Resources provides ongoing support to Local Community Groups in the West Limerick area. Should you require any support or guidance please call Stefanie on 087 3290483 or Damien on 087 9042477 at West Limerick Resources.

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL KERRY: The Annual November Mass for Patients who died in Kerry General Hospital during the year (including those who died by stillbirth and miscarriage) will be celebrated in the Hospital Chapel on Monday, November 7 at 7.00 pm. Relatives and friends invited.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX will hold a Christmas All Wrapped up on Sunday December 4th featuring a variety of Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Fashion and much much more with a visit from Santa. Anyone interested in exhibiting please contact Mirium on 087 9421862 or Geraldine on 087 2684540.

REVISED MASS SCHEDULE WITHIN LISTOWEL PASTORAL AREA: Just two weeks to go for the Revised Mass Schedule for the Parishes of Listowel, Duagh & Lixnaw which will come into effect on the weekend of Sunday, November 6. The Mass schedule will be covered by Canon Declan O’Connor, Listowel, Fr. Maurice Brick, Lixnaw & Fr. Jack O’Donnell on a scheduled Rota. Eight weekend masses will be celebrated in six different churches. There will be just one Mass in Duagh – Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca with the next one taking place on Tuesday, November 15.

BOOK LAUNCH: Listowel Arms Hotel will be the venue for the launch of Billy Keane’s book ‘The best of Billy Keane’ on Friday, November 4 at 8pm.

MAUREEN’S OFF TO DUBLIN: A day trip to Dublin on Sunday, November 20 will leave Newcastle West at 8am. “We will be calling to Mrs. Monaghan for our breakfast and if you so wish you can order the home made bread that you will have on the table plus lots more scones, cakes, mince pies and Christmas pudding and your order will be ready to collect when we return to have our dinner. We are going to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre which is the largest in Ireland where you can browse and see all the Christmas decorations.” For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102. Make a note in your diary we are having our annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10 in Corbett Court. Everyone most welcome.

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.

LIMERICK CHARISMATIC CONFERENCE: Limerick Diocesan Charismatic Service Committee invites you to a Conference: ‘Reflecting on the Year of Mercy: enriching the Human Spirit with the Mercy of God.’ Saturday November 5 and Sunday, November 6, Radisson Blu Hotel. Speakers:Br. Patrick Mullins (O.Carm) Gort Muire, Dublin, Bishop Brendan Leahy, Limerick, Bishop Donal Murray, Limerick, Mrs. Emer Williams, Limerick.

Conference Information phone Sr. Mary Bridget at 061 454511 or Brian at 086 3001027

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick. Hotel Booking Information: +353 (61) 456200.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE ex Cork to Mostar (40 mins from Medjugorje) May 31- June 7, 2017. Spiritual 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.

Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Cost €619.00pps if paid in full before December 8. Full price of €719.00 after this date. €200 deposit secures place. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 086 29 59 380. Pilgrimage organised through JWT.

SET DANCE CLASSES: Set dancing classes have commenced in Ballyhahill Community Centre from 8.30-10.30pm. Further information from Seamus 0851149796.

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: Thursday 8.15 Ellen & William Herlihy. Saturday 7pm Bill, Bridget & John Joe Collins The Hill , Johnny Lane, Kilconlea Upper, Robert (Bob) Holland, Inchinapogh. Sunday 9.30am Billy Harnett, Dromtrasna, Peter O’Connell, Purt, Johnny Flynn, Banard. 12noon Bridget McLoughlin, David Healy, Killarney Road. Bridget & Patrick Cleary, Main St & Birmingham.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass.

Prayers at the Graveyards on Sunday, November 5 at 2.30am 2.45pm & 3pm.

The graveyard collection will be taken up on weekend of November 5 and 6.

The annual Bereavement Mass celebrated for the parishioners who died in the past year and who will be mentioned by name on the night takes place on Friday, November 18. Names of deceased relatives from outside the parish may be submitted to the Sacristan prior to Friday, November 11.

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.

CRAFT FAIR IN AID OF CATHERINE McAULEY SCHOOL: The annual craft fair in aid of the special needs school on Ashbourne Avenue, Limerick takes place on Sunday, November 20 from 11-5pm. Available on the day will be natural oil soaps, Linen products, Silk pillowslips, Limerick lace, Crochet goods, cards, books, cakes, puddings and jams and much more more.

DATES FOR 2017: Maureen Finnegan is marking your diary for you already:

Sunday, January 15. We are going to see a demonstration of Glass Blowing useing reclycled glass. We will have our usual breakfast & dinner. There will be a surprise visit included in this trip. Sunday, February 5. We are going to the INEC as we have been doing for a good numbers of years to see the fantastic Killorglin Players. Their 54th Pantomine is Robin Hood, we will be leaivng NCW at 3pm. sharp and picking up in Abbeyfeale. Doors open at 4.30pm. and the performance this year is at the earlier time of 5pm. We will have time for a cuppa before hand. Spring Break Friday, March 31- Monday, April 3, 2017. We have a full and exciting week end planned – touring by day and of course we will have dancing in our hotel after dinner for two nights and our successful entertaining night as we have been doing for the past couple of years on one of the nights. We will be going to Northern Ireland visiting beautiful Co. Down where the Mountains of Mourne go down to the sea. For more informaton on all of the above and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

MONSIGNOR HUGH O’FLAHERTY MEMORIAL SOCIETY Photographic & memorabilia exhibition official opening will take place at Killarney Library on Friday.November 4 at 10.30am. The exhibition will run until Saturday, November 12. Free admission. All welcome.

ANAM CARA the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday, November 8 from 7.30 – 9.00pm in Recovery Haven, Tralee. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD TO FR SHAY CULLEN (Columbian Missionary): presentation as part of the Hugh O’Flaherty weekend at 8pm in the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Saturday, November 5 – all are welcome.

PRAYER MEETING WITH JANICE AND MAURICE CARRIG: The Carrigs will hold a Prayer meeting in Dingle on Sunday November 6 @ 3pm. Meeting will be in the Diseart Hall a the back of the parish church.