DEATHS: Sincere sympathy to the Murphy family and Peggy Barry on the death of Pats last week, to the Griffen family on the death in the U.S. of Maurice and to the family of John Kildune, Clash who died recently. May they rest in peace.

BEREAVEMENT MASS: 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 at 7pm in the Church of the Assumption.

LIGHT UP LIMERICK: The magic of Christmas will descend on the streets of Limerick City on Sunday, November 20 when the Christmas lights are officially switched on outside Brown Thomas, O’Connell Street.There will be entertainment for all the family from 4.30pm with the official switch-on taking place at 6pm.’Light Up Limerick’ is being organised by Limerick City and County Council.

TABLE QUIZ: A table quiz in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin’s Sudan Mission will be held in Thomas T.J’s, New St. on Friday, November 25. Raffle. Tables of 4 €20. Quiz Master Lorcan Curtin.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Preparations are well underway for our production of the John B Keane play, The Highest House on the Mountain. We have been rehearsing this thought provoking and beautiful play since September, and look forward to staging it in January.

PRAYER MEETING: Moss and Janice Carrig will hold a Prayer Meeting in St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel on Sunday, November 27 at 3pm.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: Calling all bakers and jam makers, the annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 11 at St. Ita’s Hall from 10am -1pm. Cakes, breads, jams etc., can be handed into Batt Harnett, The Square or Mairead Daly (086 8594983) on Saturday, December 10.

FEALEBRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge & Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 47th annual social on Friday, December 2 at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine. Music will be provided by Heart & Soul, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

‘PURPLE UP’The stop Violence against Women campaign is approaching. Any business that might like to get involved (e.g. window display) can contact the number below. ‘Purple UP ‘ Limerick. For 16 Days of action Against Violence against Women November 25 to December 10. Contact 061-412354.

LEADER RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME INFORMATION SESSION: In preparation for opening of the LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, West Limerick Resources is holding an Information Session to explain the process of applying for funding and the new programme rules in Castlemahon Community Centre on Thursday November 24 from 6-8pm. All communities, businesses and individuals who wish to discuss project ideas are welcome to attend. For more information please contact:

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.

NEW RAILWAY BOOK: On Saturday, November 26 at 2p.m. all are welcome to the launch of a new book on the railways of West Limerick and North Kerry in Foynes. The launch by Lady Geraldine Dunraven will take place in the Foynes Flying Boat Museum n commemoration of the then Earl of Dunraven being the first Chairman of the Limerick & Foynes Railway Company. The book is primarily a photographic record of the railways which served the Limerick to Tralee route (now partially converted into the Great Southern Trail Greenway) along with the branch lines to Bruree, Croom, Mungret Cement Factory, Askeaton, Foynes, Fenit and Castleisland. The book has been compiled by railway historians Jonathan Beaumont and Barry Carse who have sourced a very wide and representative selection of photographs to illustrate the publication which is being produced by Colourpoint Books.Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

HISTORICAL LECTURE BY ABBEYFEALE NATIVE: In a lecture entitled, “Landlords in Eighteenth-Century Limerick Poetry,” Dr. Úna Nic Éinrí will take a look at the lives of the following Limerick poets of the 18th century – Fr. William English of Pallas Green, Seán Ó Tuama of Croom, Aindrias Mac Craith (An Mangaire Súgach) of Fantstown, Séamus Ó Dálaigh of Mungret and Tomás Ó Glíosáin of Adare. These poets were united in their faith in the Stuart kings, who, according to them, would come to rule Ireland and overcome the British forces. However, they sometimes held opposing views on the mostly English, Protestant landlords in Limerick in their time. In her talk Úna will explore their particular “take” on these matters. Dr. Nic Éinrí is a native of Abbeyfeale and holds primary and post-primary degrees from the National University of Ireland in Galway. Her doctoral dissertation on 18th century Irish poetry was rewarded with a PhD by Queens University in Belfast. She works relentlessly and with passion at “resurrecting” and publishing 18th century Limerick poetry from manuscripts. All are welcome to this lecture in the Arts Centre in Rathkeale on this Friday night November 18 at 8.30pm. The Arts Centre is located above the Library in the area offices of Limerick City & County Council.

SOCIAL FARMING: This is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental heath difficulties. The farm remais a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farms’s chores and activities. It also creates the opportunity to connect farmes with local communities through the opening up of their farms as part of the social support system of the community. For further information call Stefanie or Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222.

HARVEST CONCERT: PJ Murrihy, violinist Ann Phelan, Ella Maria O’Dwyer, Peter Burke, Tommy McAuley and Willie Relihan are the stars of a fundraising concert for WL102fm which is being held at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday, November 23. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets €10 on the door. Your support will be appreciated.

MEMORIAL MASS: The annual Mass for deceased members of Kerry Ingredients will take place this Wednesday at 8pm in St. Micheal’s Church Lixnaw.

ARTICLES FOR CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER: Articles, reports, photos and Christmas wishes are needed for the annual newsletter. Please email to before Wednesday, November 23.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Abbeyfeale’s Bereavement Support Group can be reached on 068 31230 or 068 31262.

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT HOSTS CHRISTMAS PARTY: We hope, in conjunction with Abbeyfeale active retired group to hold a Christmas party for seniors 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. There will also be a presentation from the Fire Service who will give pertinant advice on fire safety. 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. Cards will be available for those who would like a card game rather than dancing. 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, Kathleen Collins, Convent St., or Marian Harnett (Abbeyfeale Community Alert).

TEXT 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 Gleeson, 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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, November 16 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.

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.

SET DANCING CLUB: West Limerick Set Dancing Club monthly Ceili In Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday, November 23 at 4pm. Music by Star of Munster Ceili Band. Everybody welcome, teas etc served.

BENNY THADÉ’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Takes place in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse this Thursday and will help to raise funds for the TY students travelling to Calcutta this Spring. Singers, storytellers, musicians etc. are welcome to attend and a great nights entertainment is promised along with a cup of tea.

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.

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.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX will hold a Christmas All Wrapped up on Sunday December 4 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.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca with the next one taking place on Tuesday, December 20.

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.

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

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month with the next one taking place on Monday, December 12 from 8pm.

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: Wednesday 10am Bridget O’Brien, 63 Collins Park, Months Mind. Thursday 8.15am Molly Mahon RIP. Thursday 10am Peg and Hector Browne, Main St. Friday 10am Peg and Dan O’Donoghue, Convent St., 7pm Bereavement Mass for those who died during the year. Saturday 11am Lizzie Morris, Longford 1st anniversary. 7pm Billy Buckley Ballaugh, Micheal Reidy, Meenkilly, Mary Kelly nee Brick 1st anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Patie Lane, Kilconlea. Eileen Casey, Knocknasna. 12 noon Finton Hoare, Knockbrack. Shiela Horgan, Months Mind. Monday 7pm Connie Harnett, Collins Park.

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

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.

BOOK LAUNCH: Brother John M. Feheney writes “On Saturday, November 26 at 7.30 pm, Bishop Brendan Leahy will launch my book, ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’, on religious vocations in West Limerick, at Rathkeale House Hotel. Contact 087-2634484 for further information.

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.

MERCY IN ACTION: A special Year of Mercy celebration will take place in St John’s Cathedral on Sunday November 20 at 4.00 pm. It will include the closing of the Door of Mercy. A number of local and national organisations have agreed to be part of the story of the liturgy and it promises to be a reflective and meaningful experience for young and old alike.