PROLOGUE: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop” – St. Mother Teresa

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS: The Annual Hunting Festival begins on Sunday, February 12 at Walsh’s Bar Knocknagoshel with the Stonehall Harriers. All meets at 11am, hunting is on foot and the quarry is fox. Cap €10 per meet. It continues on Monday, February 13 in The Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla with the Macroom Foxhounds then on Tuesday, February 14 at Shanahan’s Bar, Strand with the Liscarroll Harriers. It continues on Wednesday, February 15 in the Woodview Bar in Brosna with the Carraigshane Harriers moves to Flemings Bar in Scartaglen with the Dungannon Foxhounds, Tynan and Armagh Hunt and the Minerock Harriers – this is a Memorial Meet for John O’Connor. It finishes up on Friday February 17 with a Memorial Meet for the late Jackie O’Grady with the Rooves Bridge Harriers and the Rockfield Harriers. Food kindly sponsored by publicans. Please show respect to Landowners and their property at all times. Enquiries: Doug McGuinness (Hon. Sec. Abbeyfeale Harriers) 087 6829044 or Paddy O’Grady 087 6258933. Supported Charity – The Irish Cancer Society.

RAMBLE INN SING ALONG FOR THE CAROLINE FOUNDATION: On Friday, February 3 the monthly singing club at the Ramble Inn will be held in aid of the Caroline Foundation which funds cancer research. Everyone is welcome to come along on the night as either a performer or audience member and a collection will be taken up.

Caroline Dwyer-Hickey was a wife, a daughter, and a sister. She passed away aged 35 after a nine year battle with cancer. Following Caroline’s death in 2013, her family, and friends of the Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT) established a Foundation in her memory to help fund the work of the CCRT. Caroline was a pioneer of cancer research and she was the first in Ireland to participate in some trials through the CCRT which has bases in UCD, DCU and St. Vincent’s University Hospital. The custom-made treatment she received not only extended but enhanced Caroline’s life. Having benefited from clinical trials in both Ireland and the US, Caroline was a public advocate for cancer research, and firmly believed that research is key to finding a cure. The Caroline Foundation for Cancer Research share this belief. Please help them to support the ground-breaking work of Prof. John Crown and his team at the CCRT.

THANK YOU FROM THE GLÓRACH: All good things must come to pass, and so it is with our successful production of the powerful John B Keane play, The Highest House on the Mountain. No production could take place without a tremendous team of volunteers both on and off stage and we at the Glórach Community Theatre would like to acknowledge all involved. A massive thanks to all the cast and crew for their patience and dedication in bringing this play to fruition. A massive thanks to all the front of house staff who ensured things ran smoothly in the foyer, took bookings, served tea and coffee, and ran very successful raffles. Thanks to all our sponsors who donated raffle prizes and also to the sandwich maker who gave sustenance to the cast and crew backstage. And finally, thanks to all of you who came and supported us, who spread the good word and publicised the event, who gave us good wishes and feedback, and ultimately made all the long winter nights of rehearsals so worthwhile. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you wish to sign up to Text Alerts contact any member of the committee. Deirdre Walsh on her Radio Kerry programme’ Talk About’ recently had a piece from a Tralee Garda about recent scams which seem to be targeting people who have held on to their land lines. It’s mostly elderly people who have done so – if you get a call purporting to be from a bank looking for information on your credit card his advice is “ just hang up”. Give out no pin numbers or any information over the phone – let the bank write you a letter. He also announced that the Gardai have a new FB page for this division and you are invited to like the page in order to receive regular updates – ‘Garda Síochána – Cork, Kerry and Limerick Division.’

MASS OF THANKSGIVING: A Mass will be said on Monday, January 30 at 7pm in Thanksgiving for all who commit of their time in Adoration in the Blessed Sacrament chapel during the year. Thanks also to all who sign down a particular hour each week and Perpetual Adoration during Lent. The Lenten Chart will be available shortly for this year’s Lenten Adoration. We encourage as many as possible to come to this Mass. Light refreshments will be served in St Ita’s Hall after the Mass. All are welcome.

HORSE AND PONY RACES: The AGM of Abbeyfeale races will take place in Leens Hotel on Tuesday, January 31 at 9 pm. New members are needed to ensure this year’s races go ahead. Contact any committee member for details. (Could be wrong but did Jack Kennedy from Dingle get a start here some years ago and he’s still only 17!.)

A DATE FOR THE DIARY: Abbeyfeale Drama Group are rehearsing at present for their production of a Michael J Ginnelly Play ‘A Wake in the West’ which will be begin its run at Fr. Casey’s on St. Valentine Night and continue through February on 16,18,19,21,23,25 and finishing up on Sunday, February 26.

BORD NA nOG REGISTRATION: Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg are holding their 2017 Registration Night on Thursday, January 26 from 7-9pm. €25 one child per family and €40 two or more children per family. Parents/Guardians please note that when registering children for the Under Six age group that they must be at least 4 years old and registration can only take place with a copy of their Birth Certificate. Copy of Birth Cert applies to all first time applicants. U8 to U16 registrations as per normal except for Girls born before 01 January 2007 who will now be moving up the ranks to Fr Casey’s Ladies Football – details to follow at a later stage. Due to new Legislation and Policies, Children will not be allowed to partake in Training or Playing of matches until Full Registration and Full Fee has been confirmed and that each Child is wearing a GAA approved Mouth Guard which can be purchased from all good Sports Shops.

EXPO: Bank of Ireland Expo on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4. Further details in weeks to come.

NEWS FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE: If you would like to socialise and meet new people why not join one of our groups who meet in the FURTHER EDUCATION CENTER (old tech) Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.If you are interested in writing, we have a group who meet every second Friday. We do short stories, poetry etc. Perhaps you are interested in knitting, crochet, or embroidery, if so we have a lovely group who meet each Tuesday night from 7pm to 9pm. We have a volunteer tutor if you are a beginner and would like to learn the crafts.

If art and painting is your fancy we have a group who meet every two weeks on Tuesday mornings from 11pm to 1pm. This is a very relaxing exercise some of us call it our therapy class. We would love new members to join us. A New Level 5 Childcare Course is starting shortly as well. Contact 068 31198 for information on any of the above.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: West Limerick 102fm are pleased to announce a new Saturday Market and Carboot sale. It will commence on Saturday, February 4 and will continue on the first Saturday of the every month. Gates open 7.30am. There are 50 spaces available both in the yard and the hall.

Traders welcome; books , clothes, dvds, cds , jewelry , bric –brac , fresh garden produce. Home made Breads Cakes, jams etc. For more information contact Bernadette at West Limerick 102fm on 06966200.

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.

"LAST ONE FOR THE ROAD" the final collection of short stories and essays by Raymond Fennelly is again available at Ann Lyons Shop in The Square, Abbeyfeale.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The Christmas Lighting committee would like to thank the following people for helping with decorating the town this year.
The Strictly Come Dancing group for their generous donation. The Men’s shed and other volunteers for helping with putting up the lights and taking down the lights after Christmas. We want to thank all those who let us plug into their homes. Those who helped with the bag packing and the church gate collection. To the ladies who helped and gave their time freely decorating Santa’s Grotto. Thanks too, to the young students who made the Santa visits run so smoothly while helping with the parents and the children. To Pat O’Donnell for wonderful music for Santa’s visit. To Maurice O’Connell and the members of the ACC for helping and giving their time freely also. To the fire brigade and Gardai for escorting Santa to town. To the members of our group, Denis Collins, Hilary Collins, Marie McElligott, Kevin Kennelly, Gerardine Mann, Jimmy Cahill and Esther McElligott- a special thank you. A sincere word of thanks to Hilary Collins who co-ordinated all events with a constant flow of information to everyone. The group are already meeting to establish a new and exciting plan for 2017. New members and ideas are most welcome. We were fortunate with the number of people who helped with everything which shows the power of a community group together. We will be forming a plan of action shortly for 2017 and will be hoping to get as much help as possible to help to decorate our town and to make it as attractive as possible for all. Thanks again for all your support!

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!

LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, February 1 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.

BALLAUGH WRENBOYS: The Ballaugh Wrenboys wish to thank sincerely all who supported them on last St. Stephens Day. The Wrenboys collected €1950.00 for Nano Nagle special school, Listowel, Abhaile respite, Listowel and Milford hospice, Limerick. Each received €650.00. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Billy Mangan coaches for the use of his bus on the day and also to the driver James Mahony. Finally, we would like to express our appreciation for the warm enthusiastic welcome in the houses we visited. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.

NEW YEARS DAY SWIM: Kathleen and the Harnett family would like to thank all those who took part in the New Year’s Day swim and to everyone who helped in any way. The total raised came to €10,815.00. €500 each will go to Ava Roche and Daniel McAuliffe going to Calcutta at Easter and €9,815 goes to the Dialysis unit of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

ABBEYFEALE WRITERS GROUP: The Writers group have resumed classes again after the Christmas break. We would love some new people to join us. It is a lovely social occasion and we enjoy hearing each other’s short stories or poetry. No pressure. If you are interested in joining us, ring 06831198.

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.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meet every Tuesday & Thursday morning from 11am to 12:30pm in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. Great opportunity to meet other parents for cup of tea and chat, where children play in a safe environment. New parents and toddlers are always welcome. If you have any queries please contact Mary in West Limerick Resources on 087 938 2883.

SAVE THE DATE: Abbeyfeale’s first Mock Wedding will take place at the Railway Bar on Friday, March 10 next. This is a fundraiser for Nicole Prendiville Doyle, who is travelling to Namsana, Uganda to volunteer for 5 weeks from June 20 with Nurture Africa. Nurture Africa is an Irish NGO who organise short term overseas volunteer placements for 3rd level students and professionals. . As part of the project, volunteers are required to raise €2,300 to cover the cost of their trip and make a substantial contribution to the work of Nurture Africa which exists to provide health care and educational services to orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. Nicole will be working on school, health and outreach projects and will work on a building project for a Ugandan community, she will be paying her own fare so all funds raised will go directly to Nurture Africa. Tickets for the wedding are €10 each and includes entertainment, finger food and DJ Tiny. There will be a prize for the most appropriately dressed wedding guests, spot prizes and lots more. Tickets available from Carina Prendiville, Mairead Daly and the Railway Bar. More details in the coming weeks. Watch this space.

ST. MARY’S BOYS N.S. FUNDRAISER: 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.

‘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.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Our next monthly meeting will be held in Leen’s Hotel on Thursday, February 9 at 7.30pm. This will be our AGM.

BENNY THADE’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Date to be confirmed for February.

LEADER FUNDING OPEN: Contact West Limerick Resources if you are planning to look for funding. An information session on the above will be held in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Co Limerick on Tuesday January 17 at 7.30pm and again in the Askeaton Community Centre on Thursday January 19 at 7.30pm. For further information see:

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 Tom Enright Month Mind, Thursday 10am John Dunne Anniversary USA Friday 10am Freda, Mary, Joe, Margaret Fitzsimons and family members. Saturday

7pm Eily & Johnny Lane, New Street. Sunday 9.30am Denis McEnery, Dromtrasna Collins. Daniel Sheehy, Nell Lenihan, Cragg. 12noon Michael O’Connell, Dromtrasna, Patrick Broderick, Dromtrasna Collins & Family.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Catholic Schools Week 2017 is from January 29, – February 4, 2017

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is marked from January 18-25 every year.

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.

FREE HELPLINE: Rehab Recovery offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from eating disorders. Tel: 0800 088 66 86 Website:

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, February 16 from 8 -10pm. Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

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.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Self-Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness, Saturday, January 28 from 9.45 to 4.00pm Contact Anna O’ Donoghue 0879447105. Ref.

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.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: May 31 to June 7, 2017. Daytime flight to Mostar (40 mins from Medjugorje and return from Dubrovnik). Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Cost €719.00 on a Half Board basis per person sharing including flights, airport transfers, taxes, and travel insurance. €200 deposit secures place. 15 places left on this pilgrimage. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 086 2959380.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASS: Classes have commenced in Monagae Community Hall on Friday from 9 – 10.30pm. All welcome.

TAKE A BREAK THIS SPRING: Spring Week End Break Friday ,March 31 – Monday April 3, based in the beautiful Boyne Valley 3 Star Hotel with complimentary use of the leisure centre in Drogheda. Breakfast and dinner each day. Touring every day and after dinner dancing in our hotel to great toe tapping music. On Friday we will stop at the the Obama Plaza for refreshments and there will be comfort stops on the journey. In the evening we will have a four course dinner and then dancing. Saturday morning after breakfast we will board our bus for Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Being based in Drogheda this is not a long journey we should arrive at our destination Bambridge Outlets Centre just under an hour, the outlets are giving us vouchers, you can use euro’s in some shops and others you need sterling currency. Also we will take in a view of the magnificent Mountains of Mourne. After dinner again in our hotel we will have a relaxing evenng entertaining ourselves ie. singing, yarns, story tell and mighty ‘craic’ – we have found this a most enjoyable part of our break and we get to know each other. Sunday after Mass we have a surprise trip and again after dinner in the evening dancing to more great music. €255 per person sharing and an extra €40 for those wishing to book a single room. The stated amount covers your hotel accommodation dinner on arrival breakfast & dinner Saturday and Sunday breakfast Monday, music for dancing, bus and complimentary use of the leisure centre. Please contact Maureen Finnegan for more information and booking. 087 9845102. .

RETREAT FOR MEN: Theme: The Beatitudes. Takes place on Saturday, January 28 from 9.30 – 4.30pm finished with Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall and Church, Limerick. The retreat Leader will be Rev. Joseph Hayes, S.J. Retreat Cost: €20.00 (includes lunch). For bookings email;

STRESS LESS PARENTING PROGRAMME: Hospital Family Resource Centre are delivering a 7 week parenting programme starting Thursday, February 9 from 7.30 p.m.—9.30 p.m. This parenting programme aims to increase parent’s confidence in parenting and help them to manage stress in their daily family life. The course is for all parents with the main focus on them as an individual, empowering them to recognise their own strengths and talents and deal better with stress both inside and outside the home. Course cost €20 per family.

ST JOHN’S: Thursday, January 26 Sean Keane In Concert. Friday, January 27King Lear
/Hamlet- A Modern Musical Interpretation. Each scene from the plays is turned into a song from the most important character. A detailed programme contains the lyrics to every song. Presented by Literature Through Music, Dublin.

HEALTH: Sam McCauley’s Chemists, in conjunction with Dr Mary McCaffrey (Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist) and Dr Haroon (Consultant Rheumatologist) are inviting people to ‘A Discussion On Women’s Health And Wellbeing For All Ages’ at the Manor West Hotel on Thursday, January 26 at 7.15pm.

PLAY: Athea Drama Group comedy ‘Anyone Could Rob a Bank’, will be staged at the Con Colbert Memorial Hall on Feb 9/ 11/12/16/,18 & 19. Starring our own Angeline O’Donnell.

LEARN FROM HOME: With the Priory Institute you can study from the comfort of your own home at your own pace and build modules towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. Application deadline : February 28, 2017. Call (01) 4048124.

RAMBLING House at Seanchai, Listowel Thursday, January 26 at 9.15pm.

PIERSE FITZGIBBON SOLICITORS will be holding a seminar on Wednesday
January 25 at the Seanchai Centre, Listowel at 7.30pm.

DUCK RACE: A race will take place at the bridge, Athea at 12pm on Sunday, January 29.

AGRI SEMINAR: A Seminar is to be held at the Listowel Arms Hotel on February 1 at 8pm.

LOCAL HISTORY NIGHT: Rathkeale & District Historical Society begins its Spring series of talks this Friday night January 27 with three talks of Co. Limerick interest by local speakers. This “local night’ is much looked forward to each year and a full house is assured. This is a short outline of the talks.

“The Irish Palatines – Their Lifestyle, Survival and Contribution from 1709”

The first speaker will be Ms Lorna Shier. At present Europe is overwhelmed with the influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Just over three hundred years ago another movement of refugees occurred within Europe when the Palatines drifted west to Ireland from western Germany. Their coming, their settling and their moving on again will be recalled by Lorna in her talk entitled “The Palatines – Their Lifestyle, Survival and Contribution from 1709.”

Originally the Palatines were given just enough land to support one family but as families grew many had to move on again to secure their futures. Some went to east Limerick and some went to Kerry while others drifted further afield to Canada and the United States. Many Palatine families still live in the Rathkeale area among them the Shiers, Teskeys, Switzers, Ruttles and Bovenizers.

Lorna is a member of the Irish Palatine Association and holds an M.A. degree in the “History of the Family” from the University of Limerick. Her final dissertation was on the theme of the Palatines and the audience can be assured of a scholarly and authoritative presentation.

“A Stroll ‘Round the Old Village of Cappagh”

“A Stroll ‘Round the Old Village of Cappagh” is the title of the second talk and it will be presented by Mr. Jim O’Riordan of Cappagh. A founding member of the society Jim is sure to bring the Cappagh of long ago back to life again for just one more night. In Jim’s gentle storytelling way he will hold his listeners spellbound when he talks of Cappagh Castle, Cappagh House and hangings at Cappagh Hill in the early 1800s. He will also speak of Lord Essex’s encampment in Cappagh Hill and the passage of Captain Going through Cappagh.

Jim is a native of Cappagh just a short distance from Rathkeale. He is a passionate historian with an encyclopedic knowledge and love for his local area – his talk is one not to be missed.

“Children for Sale: Ireland 1950 – 1955”

The final speaker of the evening will be genealogist Mr. Gerard Greaney of Ardagh. His talk is titled: “Children for Sale: Ireland 1950 – 1955.” For most of the twentieth century children born to unwed mothers were treated appallingly in Ireland. In a Church and often State led hypocrisy, illegitimate children were shunned and concealed from "normal society". Many died at birth due to neglect while others languished in public and private institutions. Many more were exported, often for profit. They were sent abroad to strangers with little care or attention given to the suitability of these new parents. But after all what did it matter, they weren’t "normal children". Gerard’s talk will chart the lives of some of these children and how they became part of Ireland’s Banished Babies. Proceedings begin at 8.30pm in the Arts Centre located within the Rathkeale area offices of Limerick City and County Council. All are welcome and the Centre can be reached by lift and by stairs.