PROLOGUE: "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." Malala Yousafzai

DEATHS: We offer our sympathies to the families of Patrick Flynn, Convent Road., Jim Lane, New Street and Tom Enright, Rathoran/Kilmorna and Rita Hogan, Ballaugh. May they rest in peace.

‘HIGHEST HOUSE ON THE MOUNTAIN’ AT THE GLÓRACH: The time is nigh upon us as we get set to stage the John B Keane classic, The Highest House on the Mountain. A wonderful play exploring the themes of identity, loneliness, addiction, wickedness and the secrets kept by all of the characters involved, we also have a great cast that includes Donal Woulfe, Domhnaill De Barra, Francis Kennedy, Martin Tobin, Lorcan Curtin and Tamara Feeley. The Highest House on the Mountain kicks off at the Glórach Community Theatre on Thursday, January 12, with further performances on the 14/ 15/ 17/ 20 /21and 22. . Curtains up at 8 pm, and tickets can be booked at 087 1383940.

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out –

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES AT THE RAILWAY: Social dance classes have resumed at the Railway Bar on Tuesdays, beginners class at 8,30pm and advanced from 9.30pm to 11pm. New people are always welcome.

NEWS FLASH: The local conference of SVP would like to announce the opening of a shop on Main St. in the near future. Further information 087 1213560.

CONCERT: Irish Trad band "Breaking Trad" play new music venue “Mike the Pies”, William St, Listowel on Thursday, February 2. Doors 8:00pm. Adm. €15, Tickets contact 087 9255230. Breaking Trad feature Abbeyfeale accordionist Donal Murphy, Niall Murphy (fiddle) & Mike Galvin (guitar/vocals). The band kick-off their 2017 tour at the fabulous Listowel venue, a great night not to be missed!

lways welcome, whether you are a beginner,or you used to dance but have not danced for years which I hear a lot come along and give it a go there is no commitment.LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS. West Limerick Resources provides ongoing support to Local Community Groups in the West Limerick area. A big Thank You to all our Community Groups who participated in our training; we do hope that we will be able to support you in 2017. Should you require any support or guidance as a Community Group or have ideas for training needs in 2017 please call Stefanie at West Limerick Resources on 087 3290483 or Damien on 087 9042477.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE: Mobile unit in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef from 6-9pm Monday and Tuesday next.

‘COME AND SEE’; A vocations event is being held in the Pallottine House, Thurles on February 17/18 next. It is for men aged 18-40 thinking about the priesthood. Contact Fr. Tony or Fr. Joe for further details.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning to individuals around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more you can contact Finn or Lynne at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316 or Adrienne & Dee on 069 62222. Make sure that we are one of your New Year’s Resolutions! Looking forward to hearing from you in 2017.

Keep up to date with us on Facebook: Phone us on 069 62222 or call in to see us on St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West.

ST. ITA’S NIGHT: The annual celebration in honour of St. Ita culminates with dinner and dancing to Eddie Lee in Raheenagh Hall on Sunday, January 15. Meal served 8pm. Tickets must be booked in advance from Mary Anglam 086 1649099. A great night guaranteed.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep an eye on elderly neighbours. Check your security settings on your email a/c, Facebook a/c etc. Drive with dimmed headlights any time your wipers are engaged. Wear a hi viz jacket while walking. If you are over 65 years old, living alone or with someone that age or older then you are entitled to apply for a panic button. Contact any member of the committee; Micheal O’Kelly, Sean Broderick, James Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Mary McArthur, Kathleen Collins, John O’Sullivan, Neily Lyons, Billy Quirke, Dennis Collins, James Joy, Brody Barry, Brenda Barry, Mary Jo O’Connell, Marian Harnett.

AGM : Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg will hold their AGM this Wednesday, January 11 at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm sharp. Also taking place will be the selecting of Mentors to take charge of the various age groups for the 2017 season. All are welcome!

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Our next monthly meeting will be held in Leen’s Hotel on Thursday, January 12 at 7.30pm.

AFTER SCHOOL SERVICE: From January, after-school care is available to pupils of Dromtrasna N.S. in the school hall every full school day. Enquiries to Deirdre 085 7252419.

BENNY THADE’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on the third Thursday of each month, the first one of the New Year will be held on Thursday, January 19.

LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, January 18 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.

LEADER PROGRAMME: The new Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020 is now open in Limerick. Limerick Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) is the Local Action Group (LAG) for County Limerick and is responsible for the management of the LEADER Local Development Strategy (LDS) in the county. West Limerick Resources CLG is its implementation partner in the West Limerick area and will deliver the majority of project and animation related actions associated with the implementation of the LDS including managing calls for proposals. Limerick City and County Council are the financial partner and secretariat.

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.

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB 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, January 19 from 8 -10pm. Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: Are you clearing out your wardrobes over Christmas??? St. Mary’s Boys’ School are having a clothes collection during the month of January. Bags of unwanted clothes can be dropped into the school during school hours. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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: NO 8.15am Mass for the next week. Thursday 10am Edmund and John Fitzgerald and Bridget. Saturday 7pm Joan E. Leahy, Ballybehy. Danny Leahy Chicago. Nora O’Keeffe, Graigue. Sunday 9.30am Jim Gardiner, Upper Purt. 12 noon Catherine Murphy, Clash Road. 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.

LEARN SOCIAL DANCING: Eileen McDonagh from Tournafulla has started a social dancing class at the Parish Hall in Newcastlewest on Monday nights from 8-10pm. Everyone welcome.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.

SET DANCE CLASSES: Set dancing classes 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.