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Monthly Archives: February 2017

PROLOGUE: The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket. Anon

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of John Bowen, Shanbally. May he rest in peace.

MARTY MORRISSEY TO OPEN ABBEYFEALE EXPO: Coláiste Íde agus Iosef is booked to the gills next weekend with a full component of 120 stands from businesses, artisan producers, and farming and community organisations. There will be loads happening on both days with poetry and photography competition prize giving’s for the local primary and secondary schools, demonstrations and presentations on both days, a business panel of Abbeyfeale people on the Friday night on stage along with music, song and dance and of course Marty Morrissey keeping the whole thing going. There will be complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits available on both days compliments of Bank of Ireland. Saturday will be for the whole family with a sports panel featuring Sean Kelly MEP, Seamus Dennison and others, demonstrations from local medal winners, tours of the fire engine, spot prizes, goodie bags and much much more. So mark the Abbeyfeale Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo into the diary for Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 and don’t miss out on a wonderful community event.

TABLE QUIZ: A table quiz to raise funds for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in the Cryle View Bar on Friday, March 3 at 9pm.

FASHION SHOW: Limerick Desmond School Boys/ Girls League – U14 girls squad are holding a fundraising Fashion Show at the Devon Inn on Friday, March 3. Great style on the night from Top Boutiques in West Limerick. Show being hosted and modelled by the Holman Lee Agency. Door Prize; 2 tickets to Rep of Ireland vs Wales match and B&B at the Moran Red Cow Hotel on March 24.Raffle on the night with great spot prizes. Also Best dressed Man and Best Dressed Lady, admission €10.Ticket enquiries to Maria 087 2222467.

MOCK WEDDING: You are all invited to a Mock wedding at the Railway Bar @ 7.30pm on Friday, March 10. Proceeds in aid of Nicole Prendiville Doyle who is travelling to Uganda in June with Nurture Africa. There will be a raffle, spot prizes for the most appropriately dressed guests, largest hat, snazziest man, highest heels and more. The groom and his groomsmen are just back from his stag and he has had to be booked for a fake tan to try and cover up unexplained marks on his visage. Unfortunately the tattoo he got done while under the influence will be harder to hide and the bride and her mother are now beyond demented. €10 available locally includes entertainment, finger food and DJ Tiny (!). Phone 087-6657154.

CHILDCARE COURSE: A two year part time course in Early Childhood Care and Education will be held over 2 years in the Old Tech, Abbeyfeale and runs on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from March 7 next. Marie Shorten 069 77639 for further information.

ACC UPDATE: Expo, Expo, Expo is what it’s all about this weekend – Friday,March 3 starting @ 6pm and Saturday starting @ 11.00am! Well done to Colaiste Ide agus Iosef for working with Bank of Ireland in allowing the Enterprise and Community Expo to be held at the magnificent Secondary School in Abbeyfeale. Everyone is urged to come out and see for themselves the huge display of various Products and Services from both the Enterprise and Community sectors of the greater Abbeyfeale Area. And let’s not forget that RTE’s Sports Presenter Marty Morrissey has been booked to do the official opening on Friday evening at 6pm and if that wasn’t enough there is a great line-up of Entertainment in place to keep everyone of all ages happy. All are Welcome – Bring your Friends!!!

Abbeyfeale Community Council would also like to thank Darragh Murphy of The Cellar Bar and Tomás O Connell of Tomás TJ’s Bar for their donations on the evening of Friday, February 24 following their respective Pool Night and Quiz Night fundraisers which kick-started the month long Community Fundraiser Initiative. Bank of Ireland have confirmed that they will match the first €1,000 raised. The Great Southern Trail reopened last week-end following work by Limerick City & County Council and their Sub-Contractors to repair the collapsed section of Track 1.5Km from Abbeyfeale Railway Station. It was very much to the delight of all the Walkers / Hikers / Runners / Cyclists who had for the previous few weeks being unable to proceed beyond that point due to the dangers of the collapsed section. Very positive feedback from everyone following the re-opening! Our next monthly meeting will take place in Leen’s Hotel on Thursday, March 9 at 7.30pm.

COLÁISTE ÍDE AGUS IOSEF: A Transition year production of ‘Summer Night’ based on the musical GREASE is currently in rehearsal and will go on stage on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 at 7.30pm Adm. €10 Tel 068/30631.

FUNDRAISERS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ACC): Friday, March 10 Card Game in Fr. Casey’s. Sunday, March 12 Afternoon Tea Dance Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Noel Cronin. Friday, March 24 Texas Cards in the Cellar Bar 8pm. Sunday, March 26 Doubles Dart Tournament in the Ploughman 7pm.

DOOR SECURITY COURSE: A six week course commences at the Old Tech, Abbeyfeale on March 13. Contact Padraig O’Sullivan 061 487985 for further information.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Preparations are continuing for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. Comhaltas Teampall An Ghleanntáin will perform in The Square before the parade which is set to leave from Mountmahon at 4pm, led by the Rathkeale Brass Band. The parade will proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand before disbanding by the council car park. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Youth Entry and Best Decorated Window. Participants are reminded that they are responsible for the insurance of their individual vehicles and will be asked to sign a waiver to this effect before being permitted to take part in the parade. Most insurance companies will add this to their cover, free of charge, when requested. A Table Quiz will be held in Cryle View Bar on this Friday, March 3 at 9pm to help with the cost of running the parade. Your support would be appreciated. A big thank you to all who donated so generously to the church gate collection last weekend.The next meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday. March 6 at 7pm. All are welcome.

ABBEYFEALE: GATEWAY TO THE KINGDOM: Jim McCarthy, Kilconlea Upr was honoured this week in the Sunday Business Post guide to 101 Great Irish Restaurants’ for his Chart House Restaurant in Dingle. We also had another Abbeyfeale connection making waves on Sunday last when Ireland beat France in the ladies rugby. The Sheehans of Knocknasna were represented by their niece from Co. Meath on the team.

WAKE IN THE WEST’: The Abbeyfeale Drama Group production of the comedy ‘ A wake in the west’ which has drawn to a close took the place by storm over the past few weeks. Our very popular curate Fr. Joe Foley was the surprise turn of the evening with his stetescope , thermometer and black bag but it is his bedside manner and hands on diagnosing that could lead to a career change should he ever suffer a mid life crisis. Star of the show undoubtedly was the corpse himself. Pat Scannell who suffered through being assaulted, laid upon, straddled and manhandled and who didn’t blink as much as an eye for all the time he was the focus of attention. They say laughter is the best medicine and if that is so there won’t be a patient in any waiting room for the next month –blame Dr. Joe and Co for the downturn in business!

TOURISM ACCOMMODATION FUNDING: Expressions of Interest are now being sought for Tourism Accommodation Projects in the West Limerick area under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020. The purpose of this grant is to help tourism grow in rural areas through support for the development of niche tourism accommodation such as self-catering, camping, glamping and caravan parks. For more information see www.wlr.ie or email rdp@wlr.ie

WANTED: Volunteers needed with time and skills for community activities. More information will at the Christmas Lights/ Tidy Town Stand at the upcoming Abbeyfeale Expo.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Congratulations to our assistant secretary Mary Mc Arthur on her performance in Tournafulla’s Strictly Come Dancing. Be sure and call to meet the committee members who have a stand at the Expo this weekend. Irish motorists have been urged to be on their guard amid a fraudulent motor tax scam. People paying motor tax online have been warned against sharing their details via email. According to the Irish Independent, some of those who had renewed their motor tax online, received emails afterwards claiming there was a problem. The publication reports that they are then asked to confirm the details about their car and provide their billing details. The email claims the payment for motor tax did not go through. The recipient is asked to confirm the vehicle registration number and owner information. The Motor Tax website urged customers to be aware of the scam, stating on their website:“ This Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have become aware of fraudulent emails purporting to come from the department seeking vehicle details and billing information from vehicle owners in connection with their last motor tax transaction.” “Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent emails should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.”Like our Face Book page to receive regular updates on Abbeyfeale Community Alert.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: A meeting will be held on Wednesday,, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office. All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

LAUNCH OF NEW SONG: William Reidy, son of Big Ivan who along with Big Maggie played music all over West Limerick, has written a song about the late Murt Downes’s protégé Benny Thade, the DJ on West Limerick 102. He plans to launch it in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, March 6 at Benny Thade’s Rambling House. Everyone welcome.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: What nicer place to be on a wet and windy night than playing cards with your friends in Meenkilly! The winners on the night with thirteen games were Matt O Connell, Paddy Finucane and Seamus Collins. Two teams finished on twelve games: Bridie Collins, Kathleen Lenihan, Eileen Reidy and Mary O Connell, Breda O Connell, Mary Neligan. Table Prize: Jackie Harnett, Pat Fitzgerald, John Quirke. Door Prizes: Paddy O Sullivan, Christina O Donoghue. Raffle Tickets: Donal O Connor, Maurice Collins, Gobnait Scannell, Julia Murphy, Paddy O Sullivan, Marian Roche.

Come along next Tuesday night for a good game of 41 in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Card game commences at 9pm sharp

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Traditional Concert on Saturday, March 11 in

Fr Casey’s GAA club, Abbeyfeale @ 8pm. Special guests; Singer’s; Elle Marie O’Dwyer. / Philip Enright. Story teller; Daisy Kearney. 2016 All Ireland winners

Darragh and Gearoid Curtin, Cailin O’Shea and the Sliabh Mish CCE group. Templeglantine CCE. Junior Wren Group, John Carroll and Friends plus a variety of other talented performers. €10 at the door. Spot prizes.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM AGM: The Annual General Meeting of local community radio WL102fm will be held at the Desmond Complex on Thursday, March 2 at 8pm sharp. All welcome.

FATIMA: Fr Michael Maher will give a talk on Fatima, power of Rosary, the

Importance of Family, and also explains the importance of the FATIMA message on this the Centenary year of the Apparitions. Come to Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale Monday, March 6 Mass at 7pm, Rosary at 7.30pm Talk at 7.45pm. Books and Dvd available Bring a friend.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SVP Shop opening shortly. Staff required, must be in receipt of social welfare payment. Must be punctual, dependable and have the ability to work on own initiative. CV to SVP. Parish office. Abbeyfeale, employment through Tus and Ce schemes.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Taking place this year from April 27 – May 1, the lead act will be the world renowned fiddler Frankie Gavin and De Danann.

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm Grand Variety Concert at

Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday, March 8 at 8pm sharp.

Wonderful night of Music & Song Featuring: Emily Clarke , Ann Marie O’Riordan, Paddy McAuliffe, Cllr Michael Collins & Friends and many more.

Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets €10 from WLCR 069 66200, Pat O’Donovan 0879977340, Ann Lyons Abbeyfeale, and Rathkeale Post office.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: First Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

sINTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge in Ballingarry is marking International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8 with a special supper night. The menu has been created in collaboration with Sharon Noonan, host of West Limerick 102FM’s Best Possible Taste food programme. Originally from Co Antrim but living in Newcastle West for 11 years, Sharon has chosen some of her favourite ingredients and dishes including the Northern Ireland signature dish "Born and Braised." It will also feature "Yellowman" as it was a visit to the Mustard Seed that inspired Sharon to make her BAI funded radio documentary "Devlins’ Yellowman – A Taste of Childhood". The 5 course dinner with coffee and petits fours costs €47 per person and booking is essential by contacting the Mustard Seed on 069 68508 or email mustard@indigo.ie

SOCIAL FARMING: Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming, Julette O’Flynn the new Social Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 3663842 or by email to joflynn@wlr.ie.

LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, March 15 at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West from 8-10pm. This will have a special St. Patrick’s Day flavour about it from the topics to the green sponge cake with the cup of green (!) tea. Further information 087 7972855. All attending are encouraged to dress up.

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.

DANCE ON ST. PATRICKS’ NIGHT: A dance with music by the Premier Blue Boys and special guests will be held in the Railway Bar on St. Patricks Night. It is a fundraiser for the new bus purchased by the The Friends of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastlewest . A great night is promised, music starts at 10pm doors open at 9. Finger food and light refreshments will be served and a raffle will take place.

LEADING SINGING AT MASS: We are hosting a workshop for new cantors – or leaders of community singing. If you would like to help lead the congregation in singing, but are nervous about how to choose music, or standing up in front of people, or of whether your voice is ‘good enough’, or strong enough … then this is the workshop for you. Limerick diocesan pastoral centre, Denmark St., 10 -1pm Saturday, March 25. If interested contact Fr Tony Mullins. Tel 087/2600414.

"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.

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.

FREE PARENTS WORKSHOP ON INTERNET SAFETY: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the ISPCC, is running a free evening workshop on Children’s Internet Safety for parents, guardians and all other interested individuals, living throughout West Limerick. The workshop will take place in the Family and Community Hub in Newcastle West on Monday, March 20 from 7pm – 9pm. Pre- registration is essential. To book a place please contact Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 62222 / 087 447 7338 or email nkeating@wlr.ie

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.

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

BORD NA nOG : Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg will be attending the Abbeyfeale Enterprise and Community Expo on Fri evening @ 6pm and Sat morning @ 11am and will try and answer any queries regarding new players wanting to sign up. We can also register players who have not yet registered for this season. If signing for the very first time with Fr Casey’s GAA, please bring along a copy of birth certificate. Fee is €25 for one player per family and €40 for two or more players per family. Girls going into the U12 age group will now be moving up the ranks and will need to contact Fr Casey’s Ladies Football. Remember that a fully completed Registration Form is required along with GAA approved Gum Shields before anyone is allowed to train or play. See you all at the Expo.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ABBEYFEALE: Benny Thade’s Rambling House Monday, March 6 in Fr Casey’s Clubhouse @ 8pm.

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

Counselling Appointment 061/314213 . Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. 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: Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on Wednesday. 8.15am 10am and 7pm. Mass Friday 10am Purgatorial. First Friday of the month. Confessions will take place here on Thursday after the 10am Mass. First confessions will also take on Thursday @ 10.30am. Mass intentions for next weekend Saturday7pm Eily & Johnny Lane, New Street . Vera Broderick, New Street. Rose Curtin, Killarney Road Sunday 9.30am Nora, Patrick & Betty Collins 12pm Ted Mulcahy, Dromtrasna. Monday, March 6 @ 7pm Lisa Doran, Luton

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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. The Adoration Chart is available behind the Tabernacle if you wish to commit for one hour a week in adoration during Lent. It is important to have a name down for every hour but could we have two or more names for every hour in case one couldn’t attend . Trocaire Boxes; We ask our usual distributors to collect the Trocaire boxes at the church this weekend to be distributed for Lent.

Baptismal Meeting will take place on March 14 in Abbeyfeale @ 8pm in the Sacristy. Parents from the Pastoral area intending to baptize their child are encouraged to attend this gathering.

MAUREEN’S TRIP: Curraghmore House, Waterford is the historic house of the 9th Marquis who died February 22, 2015. The Estate was owned by the de la Poer (Power) family over 500 years, during which time the family gained the titles Baron L Poer (1535) and Viscount Decies and Earl of ‘Tyrone). Curraghmore House is surrounded by 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodlands and grazing fields making the largest private demesne in Ireland.

Gnarled pink Chestnut trees line the approach to the big house and orginal castle tower. St. Hubert’s Stag with crucifix between its antlers – genuine horns on the de la Poer family emblem – gazes across the large courtyard from atop of the old castle. Curragmore meaning great bog, is the last of the 4 castles built by the de la Poer family.

Shell House hidden in the shrubbery near the main house at Curraghmore is the most enchanting Shell House, created byCatherine Countess of Tyrone with ‘her proper’ hands in 1754. The decoration of the folly took her 261 days to complete with shells from all over the world which were provided by the various Captains who left the very important Georgian Harbour at Waterford. A recent scientific examination of the shells which adorn the walls of the Shell House has indentified many exotic and rare varieties from far flung regions of the world’s oceans. We will have a guided tour of the house, gardens and the Shell House. We will have our usual refreshments breakfast and dinner on Sunday, April 22. For more information and booking Contact Maureen 087 9845102. We will pick up in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Newcastlewest, Rathkeale, Adare and the South Court Hotel.

WEST LIMERICK TIDY TOWNS NETWORK: A meeting of the Tidy Towns Network with a talk and presentation by John Mc Loughlin, Chairman of the Tree Register of Ireland on ‘The History of Ireland’s Forestry will take place on Wednesday, March 8 from 7 -9 pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastlewest. All welcome.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NEWS: On Bank Holiday Monday May 1 we hope to visit the Waterford Greenway again; all 46km/29miles of which will be open by then.
Coach from Newcastle West with breakfast and evening dinner included for €50. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire route will be provided (bike hire will be extra).
On Sunday, June 4, subject to sufficient interest, we will fly to Bristol and spend 4 nights in South West England; returning on the evening of Thursday, June 8. Visits to Powderham Castle, Exeter (home of the Courtenay family whose ancestors were landlords of Newcastle West), Agatha Christie’s home near Torquay, the Roman City of Bath, the bathing resort of Minehead and, of course, the historic City of Bristol will be on the itinerary. Cost, including B&B in hotels, flights and land transport (but not admissions to attractions) is likely to be around €550 per person sharing depending on the Sterling exchange rate.
If interested in either or both trips please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm). Beidhfáilteromhat.

ANNIVERSARY OF FENIAN RISING: The 150th Commemorations will take place on the weekend of Sunday, March 5 in Ardagh. A visual history display will run all weekend in the hall. There will be an Irish Rambling House on the Saturday evening and then on Sunday the walk of the Fenians will be re-enacted and followed by a Historical Fair which will include Cross Roads Dancing, Pony and Trap rides, Skittles, Horse Shoe Throwing, Pitch and Toss, Sheaf Tosssing and a mini food and craft market. The St Kierans Heritage Association have published a commemorative booklet. Author Mary Kury €5.

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 every Monday.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

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

FUNDRAISING AFTERNOON TEA DANCE in aid of Kerry/Cork health link bus, Sunday, March 5 at River Island Hotel, Castleisland 2- 6 pm. Cost €10. Ph: 086 3273908.

YOUTH 2000: A prayer group for young people meets at the Parish Office, NCW every Friday at 8pm. Contact Helena 087 9644516.

PARENTAL GRIEF RETREAT: Are you a Grieving Parent?: If you, or someone you know, have a child who died, at any age, by any means, no matter how long ago please join us for a One-Day Parental Grief Retreat Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 – 5:00pm. Ardfert Retreat Centre, Ardfert, Co. Kerry, Ireland Pre-Registration Required. . Retreat agenda includes prayer services, group presentations, spiritual reflections, breakout sessions, Emmaus Walk, and Mass. Use this retreat is to give yourself the gift of time to focus on your own individual spiritual journey. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged ~ please visit www.emfgp.org to learn about the ministry and to register. For more information, please contact carolineemmauscompassion@gmail.com or call 066 71 25129 and leave a message which will be returned.

MICHAELA CAMP: A camp will run on the week of July 17-21 at Knock Shrine for girls aged 11-13. It offers fun with a primary focus on faith, mental and physical well-being along with an expression of their talents and gifts from God. To book log onto www. Michaelafoundation.com or call 087 6297850.

ANNUAL STRICKEEN MOUNTAIN CHARITY EVENT: Registration at Kate Kearney’s Cottage from 10:00 -11:00am on Saturday, March 4. Dance that night in Kate Kearney’s. Contact Mary on 087-2227188.

CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE TO LISIEUX: Fr David Weakliam will lead a group departing from Dublin on Thursday, September 28 – Monday, October 2. Cost €668 & €25 Insurance. Contact Celine 01 8387281 E:info

TALKS SERIES: The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College Limerick presents a series of lectures on: Catholic Education. Thursday, March 9 @ 19.30 Bishop Donal Murray “The Identity of Catholic Education”. Thursday, March 23 @ 19.30 Dr. Thomas Finegan “Should the State Fund Denominational Education?”. Thursday, April 6 @ 19.30 Dr. Brendan O’Keeffe “Catholic Schools and Inclusion: Achievements and Challenges”.

WOMANS DAY LUNCHEON: IWD Luncheon March 12 to celebrate International Women’s Day in aid of the Symptomatic Breast Cancer Services Unit, University Hospital Limerick. The Rotary Clubs of Limerick Shannon and Limerick Thomond and the Soroptomist Club of Limerick are hosting a charity luncheon in aid of the Symptomatic Breast Cancer Services Unit University Hospital, Limerick on Sunday March 12 from 12.45 p.m. to 3.00p.m.at the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.

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PROLOGUE: “There is no better exercise for the heart that bending down and lifting people up”. John Holmes.

DEATH: Sincere sympathies are offered to the Ahern family on the death of Ella. May she sleep with the angels.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to Jackie and Eily Harnett, Purt who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and Happy Birthday to Jackie who celebrated his 85th birthday earlier this week. If we all looked as good as both Jackie and Eily we’d be happy.

‘A WAKE IN THE WEST’; Continues it’s very successful run with packed houses each night in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Doors open 7pm, shows Thursday, March 23, Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 this week. A very strong cast have produced a laugh a minute play full of puns, misunderstandings and farce – it’s not to be missed but do turn up around 7pm or before as the hall fills up fast and the word is out about how funny it is.

I.F.D.L. MEETING: Irish Farmers with designated land (I.F.D.L) will hold a meeting in the Railway Bar, Railway Road, Abbeyfeale on Monday, February 27 at 8pm. The agenda will include progress on afforestation, the new hen harrier locally led scheme, GLAS, land eligibility and land devaluation. For further information contact Dave on 0876142761.

WEDDING FAYRE: The Devon Inn will host a wedding fayre from 2-5pm this Sunday.

ADULT ED CENTRE(OLD TECH) ON MIDTERM BREAK: The centre will be closed all next week and delighted to report that building maintenance is ongoing during the midterm break.

FASHION SHOW: Limerick Desmond School Boys/ Girls League – U14 girls squad are holding a fundraising Fashion Show at the Devon Inn on Friday,March 3. Great style on the night from Top Boutiques in West Limerick. Show being hosted and modelled by the Holman Lee Agency. Door Prize; 2 tickets to Rep of Ireland vs Wales match and B&B at the Moran Red Cow Hotel on March 24.Raffle on the night with great spot prizes. Also Best dressed Man and Best Dressed Lady, admission €10.Ticket enquiries to Maria 087 2222467.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Traditional Concert on Saturday, March 11 in

Fr Casey’s GAA club, Abbeyfeale @ 8pm. Special guests; Singer’s; Elle Marie O’Dwyer. / Philip Enright. Story teller; Daisy Kearney. 2016 All Ireland winners

Darragh and Gearoid Curtin, Cailin O’Shea and the SliabhMish CCE group. Templeglantine CCE. Junior Wren Group, John Carroll and Friends plus a variety of other talented performers. €10 at the door. Spot prizes.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM AGM: The Annual General Meeting of local community radio WL102fm will be held at the Desmond Complex on Thursday, March 2 at 8pm sharp. All welcome.

ACC UPDATE: Abbeyfeale Community Council in association with Bank of Ireland are delighted to be involved with the month long Abbeyfeale Community Fundraiser initiative which is kicking off this Friday at 9pm at both Tomas TJ’s Bar and The Cellar Bar. Bank of Ireland has confirmed that they will match the first €1,000 raised. The whole community is urged to come out and support this worthwhile initiative while also having a great night out. All are welcome. Our next monthly meeting will take place in Leen’s Hotel on Thursday, March 9 at 7.30pm

COLÁISTE ÍDE AGUS IOSEF: A Transition year production of ‘Summer Night’ based on the musical GREASE is currently in rehearsal and will go on stage on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 at 7.30pm Adm. €10 Tel 068/30631.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Fell on St. Valentine’s Night last week, there were loads of spot prizes and a gift of a scented candle for all the ladies! Five teams finished level on 12 games and shared the prize money: Mossie Collins, Michael O Kelly and Mary Mc Carthy ; Paddy Sheehan, Sean O Connor and Gobnait Scannell ; Liam Lane, Kathleen Lenihan and Danny O Connell ; JJ Lenihan, Ann Cahill and Con Lane ; Jer Roche, Dan Joe Casey and Beth Collins.

Table Prize: Joan O Grady, Michael O Donnell, Jackie Joe O Donnell.

Door Prize: Jackie Harnett, Michael O Donnell.

Raffle Tickets: Sarah Cahill, James Mc Enery (x2), Eileen Finnegan, Laurence Mc Auliffe, Nora Lyons.

FUNDRAISERS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ACC): Friday next, February 24 Quiz night in Thomas TJ’s and Pool Night in the Cellar Bar. Both events 9pm. Friday, March 10 Card Game in Fr. Casey’s. Sunday, March 12 Afternoon Tea Dance Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Noel Cronin. Friday, March 24 Texas Cards in the Cellar Bar 8pm. Sunday, March 26 Doubles Dart Tournament in the Ploughman 7pm.

A TRIBUTE FROM JOHN RUANE’S FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES: On December 22, just before last Christmas, the local community was saddened to hear of the death of John Ruane (1960 – 2016) after a long and brave fight with cancer. John had been living with his partner, Ann, in Abbeyfeale since 2005 and was a friend to many. He was a native of Co. Mayo where he trained and worked as a mechanic. He emigrated to London where he worked mainly in the construction industry. John and Ann left London in 2003 and eventually settled in Abbeyfeale. John was a multi skilled individual with many talents, he could fix almost anything; he could drive any type of vehicle, do any type of work and was a man who hated to be idle. John worked with Tus in St. Mary’s Cemetery and while there kept it in pristine condition. He built a beautiful stone wall in the cemetery – a testament to his generous nature – which will be an everlasting legacy to him. John then moved to Fr. Casey’s GAA as a community scheme worker in June 2015 and remained there until he fell ill in March 2016. He made many friends while on the scheme and was a most valued and key member of staff. It is agreed by those who knew and worked with John that he was a larger than life personality who entertained everyone with his many tales of life in Mayo and London and his strong political views. It was a pleasure to be in John’s company and when he was around, things could never be said to be boring. John was one of life’s true gentlemen, always helping others, reliable and a steadfast friend. He was a most unique personality and is missed greatly by all his friends. His body was taken to Co. Mayo where he was buried among his own people on December 28, 2016 in his native county. John is survived by his partner Ann and her two sons, his four brothers and four sisters, nephews and nieces, friends and neighbours. All of those who knew John here in Abbeyfeale and those who worked with him extend their deepest condolences to his family.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: A church gate collection will be held before all Masses on Saturday and Sunday February 25 /26 to help defray the costs of the parade. The annual table quiz in aid of the Parade held in Cryle View Bar will take place on Friday, March 3 from 9.30pm.

The parade on St Patrick’s Day will start at Mountmahon at 4pm and will be led by the Rathkeale Brass Band. It will proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Youth Entry and Best Dressed Window.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SVP Shop opening shortly. Staff required, must be in receipt of social welfare payment. Must be punctual, dependable and have the ability to work on own initiative. CV to SVP. Parish office. Abbeyfeale, employment through Tus and Ce schemes.

PJ MURRIHEY PLAYS FOR WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102fm Dance Night in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday, February 22 from 9 pm till late. Admission €10 on the door. Thank you for supporting your Community Radio, your support is very much appreciated.

MARTY MORRISSEY TO OPEN ABBEYFEALE EXPO: Abbeyfeale Enterprise Expo has drawn huge attention from all kinds of businesses / Clubs / Organisations with over 100 stands booked for the Friday night (6-9pm) and at least 90 on the Saturday afternoon (11-1.30pm). There will be loads happening on both days with poetry and photography competitions for the local primary and secondary schools, a business panel of Abbeyfeale people on the Friday night on stage along with music, song and dance and of course Marty Morrissey keeping the whole thing going. There will be complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits available on both days compliments of Bank of Ireland. Saturday will be for the whole family with a sports panel featuring Sean Kelly MEP, Seamus Dennison and others, demonstrations from local medal winners, tours of the fire engine, prize giving’s and much much more. So mark the Abbeyfeale Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo into the diary for Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 and don’t miss out on a wonderful community event.

MOCK WEDDING: You are all invited to a Mock wedding at the Railway Bar @ 7.30pm on Friday, March 10. Proceeds in aid of Nicole Prendiville Doyle who is travelling to Uganda in June with Nurture Africa. There will be a raffle, spot prizes for the most appropriately dressed guests, largest hat, snazziest man, highest heels and more. The bride’s grand aunt Reverend Mother Concepta will be present and we hope that people will remember to cover up as Rev. Mother Concepta has been in an enclosed order for over 60 years and is easily shocked and can be very vocal when expressing her disapproval of scantily dressed young wans. Unfortunately Rev Mother Concepta got wind of the Humanist minister and was threatening to sabotage the wedding. After much family debate a traditional ceremony is now the plan. The family want no more drama and hope that by having a traditional ceremonyRev. Mother Concepta will be appeased and issues surrounding the "mixed marriage" will stay under the radar. The mother of the bride has announced that she wants no carry-on spoiling her only chance to be a MOB especially since the MOG purchased the outfit she had been watching in Esther’s window and waiting to buy until it went on sale. The latest news is that the groom is threatening to appear in a kilt. Now the MOB keeps wailing “ imagine a daughter of mine marrying a man in a skirt” and so the bride is demented, as well as her poor mother who between mixed marriages, Rev. Mother Concepta, kilts, mother of the bride outfits has started to act very strange – what will the neighbours think…… Tickets €10 available locally includes entertainment, finger food and DJ Tiny(!). Phone 087-6657154.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Taking place this year from April 27 – May 1, the lead act will be the world renowned fiddler Frankie Gavin and De Danann.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The ever popular Noel Cronin who will provide the music at the first afternoon tea dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse for 2017 which takes place on Sunday, March 12. Proceeds to Abbeyfeale Community Council.

SOCIAL FARMING: Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming, Julette O’Flynn the new Social Farming Regional Development Worker with WLR can provide more information on 087 3663842 or by email to joflynn@wlr.ie.

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

TABLE QUIZ: A Major Quiz night will be held at Tomás TJ’s Bar next Friday night, February 24 @ 9pm. This is the first in a series of events taking place throughout Abbeyfeale during Feb and March to support the month long Abbeyfeale Community Fundraising initiative. Bank of Ireland has confirmed that it will match the first €1,000 raised.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Inspector Niall Featherstone of the National Crime Prevention Unit has the following message for all communities: “ The Gardaí cannot fight crime alone without the support and cooperation of the community. Everybody has a role to play in attempting to prevent and reduce crime. I would encourage all members of the community to actively consider how they can contribute to this goal”. There have been two break in’s recently in the Abbeyfeale hinterland so joining the text alert scheme and keeping an eye out for strange vans, cars and callers is up to everyone in the area. There is a crime victims helpline available on Freephone 116 006. Their hours ; Monday – 10.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday – 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.Saturday and Bank Holidays – 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Sunday – Closed. You can also email them on info@crimevictimshelpline.ie or text on 085 133 7711. Outside of these hours you can leave a message and your call will be returned during the next Helpline open hours. 112 is the European emergency number in all 28 EU member states, as well as other countries in Europe and elsewhere. People in distress can call 112 24/7 to reach the fire brigade, medical assistance and the police. The European emergency number is free and can be reached by landline phones as well as mobiles.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE FOR LEADER FUNDING: Monday, February 27 is the deadline for submission of Expression of Interest for projects in the areas of Community Services & Facilities and Innovative Rural Enterprise. Limited funding available. Apply now. For more information see www.wlr.ie or email rdp@wlr.ie

POOL NIGHT: A Major Pool Competition will be held at The Cellar Bar on Friday, February 24 @ 9pm. This is the first in a series of events taking place throughout Abbeyfeale to support the month long Abbeyfeale Community Fundraising initiative. Bank of Ireland has confirmed that it will match the first €1,000 raised. Lots of prizes on the night! All are welcome.

TOURISM ACCOMMODATION FUNDING & INFORMATION EVENING: Grant funding through the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 will be open for tourism accommodation applications from Friday, February 17. An information evening will be held on Monday, February 20 at 7.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, to outline the details of the grant programme. For more information see www.wlr.ie

DANCE ON ST. PATRICKS’ NIGHT: A dance with music by the Premier Blue Boys and special guests will be held in the Railway Bar on St. Patricks Night. It is a fundraiser for the new bus purchased by the The Friends of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastlewest . A great night is promised, music starts at 10pm doors open at 9. Finger food and light refreshments will be served and a raffle will take place.

LEADING SINGING AT MASS: We are hosting a workshop for new cantors – or leaders of community singing. If you would like to help lead the congregation in singing, but are nervous about how to chose music, or standing up in front of people, or of whether your voice is ‘good enough’, or strong enough … then this is the workshop for you. Limerick diocesan pastoral centre, Denmark St., 10 -1pm Saturday, March 25. If interested contact Fr Tony Mullins Tel 087/2600414.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: A meeting will be held on Wednesday,, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office. All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

LAUNCH OF NEW SONG: William Reidy, son of Big Ivan who along with Big Maggie played music all over West Limerick, has written a song about the late MurtDownes’s protégé Benny Thade, the DJ on West Limerick 102. He plans to launch it in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, March 6 at Benny Thade’s Rambling House. Everyone 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.

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.

FREE PARENTS WORKSHOP ON INTERNET SAFETY: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the ISPCC, is running a free evening workshop on Children’s Internet Safety for parents, guardians and all other interested individuals, living throughout West Limerick. The workshop will take place in the Family and Community Hub in Newcastle West on Monday, March 20 from 7pm – 9pm. Pre- registration is essential. To book a place please contact Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 62222 / 087 447 7338 or email nkeating@wlr.ie

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.

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

BORD NA nOG : Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg would like to remind everyone that due to Child Protection and Insurance Policies, no youngster will be allowed to train or play without first been fully Registered, Fee fully paid and wearing a GAA approved Gum Shield which can be purchased at most sports shops.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ABBEYFEALE: Benny Thade’s Rambling House Monday, March 6 in Fr Casey’s Clubhouse @ 8pm.

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

‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (Part 1) will run in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale, new starting date Monday, February 27 and will run for 6 weeks until Monday April 3 from 10am – 12noon. This very unique course is in two parts & the second part will run in September 2017. ‘Free to Be’ has been developed in such a way that it encourages and enables you to look at ways of improving your daily life; manage stress and stressful situations; develop relaxation skills; self-care & re-connect with your inner self. . ‘Free to Be’ allows you a little time to be yourself every week. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social welfare payments, those who feel they would like to be part of a group, parents, those parenting alone, or who have children with a learning difficulty. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Places still left but booking is essential.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/51984. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560

Counselling Appointment 061/314213 . Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. 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 11am Dan O’Connor, Knocknagoshel. 7pm Mossie Regan, Meenkilly.Pat & Catherine Lyons, Killarney Road. Tom Flynn & deceased family members. Jimmy McCarthy, Killarney Road 1st Anniversary. Sunday 9.30am Mary Shannon, Main Street. Danny Harnett, The Hill. 12noon. Mary Foley, 3 St Ita’s Road. Padraigh O’Cleirigh, Killarney Road . Monday 7pm Sr Marcella McCarthy, Colbert Terrace.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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. The Adoration Chart is available behind the Tabernacle if you wish to commit for one hour a week in adoration during Lent. It is important to have a name down for every hour but could we have two or more names for every hour in case one couldn’t attend . Trocaire Boxes; We ask our usual distributors to collect the Trocaire boxes at the church this weekend to be distributed for Lent. We appreciate you help.

Baptismal Meeting will take place on March 14 in Abbeyfeale @ 8pm in the Sacristy. Parents from the Pastoral area intending to baptize their child are encouraged to attend this gathering.

ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE: Ballylin hill fort near Ardagh, 52 acres in extent, is the largest prehistoric monument in Co. Limerick, the largest hill fort in Munster, and one of the most impressive in Ireland. Excavations there in 2012 established that it was built over three thousand years ago, during the Bronze Age in Ireland. It was constructed for defence but also as a ceremonial centre, a place of assembly and a trading post. It was undoubtedly built by a local chieftain who probably controlled most of county Limerick and was in that sense Limerick’s prehistoric capital at that time. A lecture on this fascinating place will be given by Dr William O’Brien, professor of archaeology in UCC to the Thomond Archaeological Society on Monday next, February 27. Non-members welcome to attend at Mary Immaculate College, SCR at 8.00pm. Admission free.

COFFEE MORNING: A ‘Buggies & Bubs’ coffee morning will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday February 23 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a coffee & treats while your children play in our secure play area. For more information tel. (068) 22212, email kerrywritersmuseum@gmail.com

WEST LIMERICK TIDY TOWNS NETWORK: A meeting of the Tidy Towns Network with a talk and presentation by John Mc Loughlin, Chairman of the Tree Register of Ireland on ‘The History of Ireland’s Forestry will take place on Wednesday, March 8 from 7 -9 pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastlewest. All welcome.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY’: “The Boundary Commission” a talk by Dr. William Murphy will be held in the Arts Centre, Carnegie Library, Rathkeale on Friday, February 24 at 8.30pm. All are welcome. Free admission.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NEWS: On Bank Holiday Monday May 1 we hope to visit the Waterford Greenway again; all 46km/29miles of which will be open by then.
Coach from Newcastle West with breakfast and evening dinner included for €50. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire route will be provided (bike hire will be extra).
On Sunday, June 4, subject to sufficient interest, we will fly to Bristol and spend 4 nights in South West England; returning on the evening of Thursday, June 8. Visits to Powderham Castle, Exeter (home of the Courtenay family whose ancestors were landlords of Newcastle West), Agatha Christie’s home near Torquay, the Roman City of Bath, the bathing resort of Minehead and, of course, the historic City of Bristol will be on the itinerary. Cost, including B&B in hotels, flights and land transport (but not admissions to attractions) is likely to be around €550 per person sharing depending on the Sterling exchange rate.
If interested in either or both trips please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm). Beidhfáilteromhat.

ANNIVERSARY OF FENIAN RISING: The 150th Commemorations will take place on the weekend of Sunday, March 5 in Ardagh. A visual history display will run all weekend in the hall. There will be an Irish Rambling House on the Saturday evening and then on Sunday the walk of the Fenians will be re enacted and followed by a Historical Fair which will include Cross Roads Dancing, Pony and Trap rides, Skittles, Horse Shoe Throwing, Pitch and Toss, Sheaf Tosssing and a mini food and craft market. The St Kierans Heritage Association have published a commemorative booklet. Author Mary Kury €5.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday February 23 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.

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 every Monday.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

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

MAUREENS’ TRIPS: Day Trip to the Workhouse in Portumna on Sunday, March 5. We are travelling out West. Visitors enter the workhouse via the waiting room, the actual room people came through seeking admission to the workhouse. We will be given a guided tour which will take us through the different rooms. Also we will see a video. Afterwards we will have a complimentary cuppa & biscuit. We will of course have our usual stop for breakfast and on the homeward journey we will be stopping for dinner. We will see some beautiful scenery. We will be picking up in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Croagh, Adare and the South Court Hotel. For more information and booking please contact Maureen 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.Spring Break Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 3. Staying the Boyne Valley 3* Hotel in Drodgheda with complimentary use of the leisure centre. We have a full & exciting week end planned. We will be touring by day and dancing in our hotel after dinner. We will also have our Entertainment night which has proved to be very popular. Visiting Banbridge Outlets Centre on Saturday after breakfast, also taking in the beautiful scenery in Co. Down – the magnificent Mountains of Mourne. Sunday we will head for Termenfeckin, Co. Louth. Final payment will be due on 3rd Week of March. There are lots of very interesting places to visit in Drogheda. For more information and booking contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. We will be able to pick up in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Croagh, Adare and the South Court Hotel. We will be travelling in Fitzpatrick’s bus.

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. www.prioryinstitute.com

LIKE TO QUIT SMOKING IN 2017: A HSE 6-week ‘Stop Smoking’ support group will start in: K.D.Y.S , Denny St, Tralee on Tuesday, February 28 – Tuesday, April 4 inclusive from 6.00pm – 7.00 pm.The course is free of charge and delivered by a Smoking Cessation Officer, every Monday evening for 6 consecutive week. It offers support & practical advice on how to quit, different approaches and techniques for quitting, coping with withdrawal (weight gain, cravings, etc) and relaxation techniques. Please confirm booking as places are limited with: Mary: 066 – 7195617, Kerry Community Services, H.S.E. South, Rathass, Tralee.

CATHCHING YOUR BREATH IN GLENSTSAL: A one-day workshop of gentle movement, breath, chant and meditation Glenstal Abbey, Murroe Saturday, February 25 from 9.30am – 5pm. Fee €85, includes workshop, materials, lunch, teas and coffees. Workshop Leader, Niall Kelly is a certified Alexander Technique teacher who has been teaching since 2004. He has run a number of similar workshops in Glenstal and around Ireland. He also teaches Alexander Technique on the MA in Ritual Chant and Song in UL, and on a number of other programmes. Contact niall@lanekelly.com

YOUTH 2000: A prayer group for young people meets at the Parish Office, NCW every Friday at 8pm. Contact Helena 087 9644516.

PARENTAL GRIEF RETREAT: Are you a Grieving Parent?: If you, or someone you know, have a child who died, at any age, by any means, no matter how long ago please join us for a One-Day Parental Grief Retreat Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 – 5:00pm. Ardfert Retreat Centre, Ardfert, Co. Kerry, Ireland Pre-Registration Required. . Retreat agenda includes prayer services, group presentations, spiritual reflections, breakout sessions, Emmaus Walk, and Mass. Use this retreat is to give yourself the gift of time to focus on your own individual spiritual journey. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged ~ please visit www.emfgp.org to learn about the ministry and to register. For more information, please contact carolineemmauscompassion@gmail.com or call 066 71 25129 and leave a message which will be returned.

ANNUAL DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE: The 26th Divine Mercy Conference will take place in the Main Hall in the RDS, Dublin on February 24, 25 and 26. The theme is ‘Have Mercy on US and on the Whole World’. Speakers for 2017 include; Fathers Kilian Byrne, Michael Maher S.M., Bernard McGuckian SJ., Brendan Walsh SCA., Dr Robert Stackpole STD., Denise Kelly and Frances Hogan. Booking and programme information available on the website www.divinemercyconference.com

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: ‘BE THE CHANGE’: A transformative educational workshop that explores the role people can play in creating a healthier future for us all run by the Salesian Cosmology Team. Weaving indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge for a thriving, just, and sustainable world https://www.pachamama.org €10 inclusive of lunch. It is essential to register for this workshop for catering purposes particularly. If you wish to participate please contact: Betty 087 2995004 (Limerick) on or before February 24.

MICHAELA CAMP: A camp will run on the week of July 17-21 at Knock Shrine for girls aged 11-13. It offers fun with a primary focus on faith, mental and physical well-being along with an expression of their talents and gifts from God. To book log onto www. Michaelafoundation.com or call 087 6297850.

ANNUAL STRICKEEN MOUNTAIN CHARITY EVENT: Registration at Kate Kearney’s Cottage from 10:00 -11:00am on Saturday, March 4. Dance that night in Kate Kearney’s. Contact Mary on 087-2227188.

CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE TO LISIEUX: Fr David Weakliam will lead a group departing from Dublin onThursday, September 28 – Monday, October 2. Cost €668 & €25 Insurance. Contact Celine 01 8387281 E:info


PROLOGUE “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" L.M. Montgomery.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late John Stack, Knocknasna. May he rest in peace.

‘A WAKE IN THE WEST’; The long awaited production of the Micheal J Ginnelly comedy has begun it’s run in Fr. Casey’s with Fr. Joe’s depiction of a local GP striking fear into the hearts of all our hard working doctors. They say he has the cure of the scabies and the rabies and there’s not a flea left in the place after he started dispensing. Seats are already at a premium so get there as early as possible on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this week and Tuesday, Friday, Saturday next week. It’s finishing up on Sunday, February 26.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Traditional Concert; Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fr Casey’s GAA club, Abbeyfeale @ 8pm; Special guests; Singer’s; Elle Marie O’Dwyer. / Philip Enright. Story teller; Daisy Kearney. 2016 All Ireland winners

Darragh and Gearoid Curtin, Cailin O’Shea and the Sliabh Mish CCE group. Templeglantine CCE. Junior Wren Group, John Carroll and Friends plus a variety of other talented performers. €10 at the door. Spot prizes.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of West Limerick 102fm commences for 2017 on Sunday, February 19.

For more information contact Bernadette at West Limerick 102fm on 06966200.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: A public meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall on next Monday, February 20 at 7pm to discuss arrangements for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. Anyone with any suggestions on how to improve the parade, or willing to assist in organizing the event is asked to attend.

A church gate collection will be held before all Masses on Saturday and Sunday February 25 /26 to help defray the costs of the parade.

The parade on St Patrick’s Day will start at Mountmahon at 4pm and will be led by the Rathkeale Brass Band. It will proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Youth Entry and Best Dressed Window. Further details next week.

PJ MURRIHEY PLAYS FOR WEST LIMERICK 102FM: West Limerick 102fm Dance Night in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday, February 22 from 9 pm till late. Admission €10 on the door. Thank you for supporting your Community Radio, your support is very much appreciated.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ACC): Chairman Maurice O’Connell reports: Abbeyfeale Community Council are delighted to announce that Street Lights have been fitted and are in the process of being connected along the new stretch of footpath leading to the Great Southern Trail and that Contractors are busy repairing the collapsed section of trail 1.5Km from the old Railway Station. Both jobs due to be completed and ready within 1-2 weeks. A large crowd turned up at last Thursday nights AGM and monthly meetings which were held back to back in Leen’s Hotel. There was good news that extra funding has come the way of the Christmas Lights Committee who are currently in the process of buying new Xmas lights for Abbeyfeale. There are a number of funding applications being prepared for planned projects in and around the Abbeyfeale area which the various groups and clubs involved are hoping will give them the chance of tapping into the European LEADER Funding Project. The ongoing urgency for the locating of a new and suitable burial ground for the Abbeyfeale Community took a step closer towards the end of last week when an official from Limerick City and County Council spent most of a day in the area investigating the potential of a number of possible sites. We will now have to wait a number of months before the results of the preliminary research and testing are known.

Abbeyfeale Enterprise Expo has drawn huge attention from all kinds of businesses / Clubs / Organisations with only a limited number of Exhibit Tables remaining for the March 03 and 04 event. Anyone interested in exhibiting at this major community get-together should get in contact with staff at Bank of Ireland in Abbeyfeale asap to book their place. It’s free to exhibit and it’s free to enter on the night!!!

MOCK WEDDING: You are all invited to a Mock wedding at the Railway Bar @ 7.30pm on Friday, March 10. Proceeds in aid of Nicole Prendiville Doyle who is travelling to Uganda in June with Nurture Africa. There will be a raffle, spot prizes for the most appropriately dressed guests, largest hat, snazziest man, highest heels and more. The bride’s grand aunt Reverend Mother Concepta will be present and we hope that people will remember to cover up as Rev. Mother Concepta has been in an enclosed order for over 60 years and is easily shocked and can be very vocal when expressing her disapproval of scantily dressed young wans. Rumour has it that a Humanist ‘Minister’ (?) has been invited to officiate but Mother Concepta has to be shielded from these new-fangled ways of tying the knot (not) so the night promises lots of drama, intrigue and colluding as the family of the bride strive to protect Grand Auntie from the realities of modern day marriage. Tickets €10 available locally includes entertainment, finger food and DJ Tiny(!\). Phone 087-6657154.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Taking place this year from April 27 – May 1, the committee have just announced that the lead act will be the world renowned fiddler Frankie Gavin and De Danann.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Apologies for getting the name wrong last week- it’s the ever popular Noel Cronin who will provide the music at the first afternoon tea dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse for 2017 which takes place on Sunday, March 12.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: The winners, after an exciting play-off, were Liam O Connor, James Mc Enery, Timmy Harnett. The runners-up were Paddy Finucane, Seamus Collins, Matt O Connell.

Table Prize: JJ Lenihan, Daisy Cahill. Ann Cahill.

Door Prizes: Dan Brosnan, Eileen Finnegan.

Raffle Tickets: Mossie Gleeson, James Mc Enery, Mary O Connell, Tommy Neligan, Dan Reidy, JJ Lenihan.

Congratulations to Jackie and Eily Harnett, who recently celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. A presentation was made to Jackie on the night.

The card game continues every Tuesday night at 9,15pm sharp. All welcome.

LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, February 15 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.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: If you are aware of domestic violence against either men or women log onto www.whatwouldyoudo.ie for a list of services and advice. Text Alert is up and running – contact any member of the committee to sign up. Check out our FB page Abbeyfeale Community Alert for all the latest updates from local Gardai.

BINGO AT MOUNTCOLLINS COMMUNITY CENTRE: A fundraising Monster Bingo will take place on Sunday, February 19 at 3pm sharp. There will be a huge raffle and a prize fund of €2,000.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE FOR LEADER FUNDING: Monday, February 27 is the deadline for submission of Expression of Interest for projects in the areas of Community Services & Facilities and Innovative Rural Enterprise. Limited funding available. Apply now. For more information see www.wlr.ie or email rdp@wlr.ie

TOURISM ACCOMMODATION FUNDING & INFORMATION EVENING: Grant funding through the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 will be open for tourism accommodation applications from Friday, February 17. An information evening will be held on Monday, February 20 at 7.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, to outline the details of the grant programme. For more information see www.wlr.ie

DANCE ON ST. PATRICKS’ NIGHT: The Friends of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastlewest recently purchased a brand new mini bus costing €62,000 to commute patients to and from the hospital to social activities outside and within of the hospitaland the community. A dance with music by the Premier Blue Boys along with special guests Noreen Ashe From Annascaul , Marian Kirby From Caherconlish , and Mike Mini Moore McCarthy Duagh will be held on Friday, March 17. A great night is promised, music starts at 10pm doors open at 9. Finger food and lights refreshments will be served and a raffle of beautiful spot prizes will take place.Admission €10, for more details contact Benny on 0879918546.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: A meeting will be held on Wednesday,, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office. All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

LAUNCH OF NEW SONG: William Reidy, son of Big Ivan who along with Big Maggie played music all over West Limerick, has written a song about the late MurtDownes’s protégé Benny Thade, the DJ on West Limerick 102. He plans to launch it in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, March 6 at Benny Thade’s Rambling House. Everyone welcome.

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.

BORD NA nOG : Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg would like to remind everyone that due to Child Protection and Insurance Policies, no youngster will be allowed to train or play without first been fully Registered, Fee fully paid and wearing a GAA approved Gum Shield which can be purchased at most sports shops.

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.

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.

CHURCH NOTES: 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:

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL NEWS: On Bank Holiday Monday May 1 we hope to visit the Waterford Greenway again; all 46km/29miles of which will be open by then.
Coach from Newcastle West with breakfast and evening dinner included for €50. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire route will be provided (bike hire will be extra).
On Sunday, June 4, subject to sufficient interest, we will fly to Bristol and spend 4 nights in South West England; returning on the evening of Thursday, June 8. Visits to Powderham Castle, Exeter (home of the Courtenay family whose ancestors were landlords of Newcastle West), Agatha Christie’s home near Torquay, the Roman City of Bath, the bathing resort of Minehead and, of course, the historic City of Bristol will be on the itinerary. Cost, including B&B in hotels, flights and land transport (but not admissions to attractions) is likely to be around €550 per person sharing depending on the Sterling exchange rate.
If interested in either or both trips please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm). Beidh fáilte romhat.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE EVENTS: Reflection Day with Bishop Brendan Comiskey: Saturday, February 18 (open to all) 10.00am – 5.00pm , Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm (for those in recovery, family & friends). Please contact: 066 713 4276 .

HELLO BRAIN, "SAY HELLO TO BRAIN HEALTH" Learn how simple lifestyle changes can boost your brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia. Prof Sabina Brennan, Trinity College Dublin, will explain how scientific research is showing that modifiable factors can promote brain health and protect against dementia. So come to Lyreacrompane Resource Centre on Tuesday, February 21 to learn more about healthy brain. You must be in your seat by 7.15pm as there are limited seats”

COFFE MORNING: A ‘Buggies & Bubs’ coffee morning will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday February 23 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Come along and enjoy a coffee & treats while your children play in our secure play area. For more information tel. (068) 22212, email kerrywritersmuseum@gmail.com.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday February 23 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.

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 every Monday. 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 Fridays from 9 – 10.30pm. All welcome.

PLAY: Athea Drama Group comedy ‘Anyone Could Rob a Bank’, will be staged at the Con Colbert Memorial Hall on Thursday, February16, Saturday18 & Sunday 19. Starring our own Angeline O’Donnell.

MAUREENS’ TRIPS: Day Trip to the Workhouse in Portumna on Sunday, March 5. We are travelling out West. Visitors enter the workhouse via the waiting room, the actual room people came through seeking admission to the workhouse. We will be given a guided tour which will take us through the different rooms. Also we will see a video. Afterwards we will have a complimentary cuppa & biscuit. We will of course have our usual stop for breakfast and on the homeward journey we will be stopping for dinner. We will see some beautiful scenery. We will be picking up in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Croagh, Adare and the South Court Hotel. For more information and booking please contact Maureen 087 9845102. Everyone most welcome.Spring Break Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 3. Staying the Boyne Valley 3* Hotel in Drodgheda with complimentary use of the leisure centre. We have a full & exciting week end planned. We will be touring by day and dancing in our hotel after dinner. We will also have our Entertainment night which has proved to be very popular. Visiting Banbridge Outlets Centre on Saturday after breakfast, also taking in the beautiful scenery in Co. Down – the magnificent Mountains of Mourne. Sunday we will head for Termenfeckin, Co. Louth. Final payment will be due on 3rd Week of March. There are lots of very interesting places to visit in Drogheda. For more information and booking contact Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102. We will be able to pick up in Listowel, Duagh, Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Croagh, Adare and the South Court Hotel. We will be travelling in Fitzpatrick’s bus.

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. www.prioryinstitute.com

LIKE TO QUIT SMOKING IN 2017: A HSE 6-week ‘Stop Smoking’ support group will start in: K.D.Y.S , Denny St, Tralee on Tuesday, February 28 – Tuesday, April 4 inclusive from 6.00pm – 7.00 pm.The course is free of charge and delivered by a Smoking Cessation Officer, every Monday evening for 6 consecutive week. It offers support & practical advice on how to quit, different approaches and techniques for quitting, coping with withdrawal (weight gain, cravings, etc) and relaxation techniques. Please confirm booking as places are limited with: Mary: 066 – 7195617, Kerry Community Services, H.S.E. South, Rathass, Tralee.

ANNIVERSARY OF FENIAN RISING: The 150th Commemorations will take place on the weekend of Sunday, March 5 in Ardagh. A visual history display will run all weekend in the hall. There will be an Irish Rambling House on the Saturday evening and then on Sunday the walk of the Fenians will be re enacted and followed by a Historical Fair which will include Cross Roads Dancing, Pony and Trap rides, Skittles, Horse Shoe Throwing, Pitch and Toss, Sheaf Tosssing and a mini food and craft market. The St Kierans Heritage Association have published a commemorative booklet. Author Mary Kury €5.

CATHCHING YOUR BREATH IN GLENSTSAL: A one-day workshop of gentle movement, breath, chant and meditation Glenstal Abbey, Murroe Saturday, February 25 from 9.30am – 5pm. Fee €85, includes workshop, materials, lunch, teas and coffees. Workshop Leader, Niall Kelly is a certified Alexander Technique teacher who has been teaching since 2004. He has run a number of similar workshops in Glenstal and around Ireland. He also teaches Alexander Technique on the MA in Ritual Chant and Song in UL, and on a number of other programmes. Contact niall@lanekelly.com

YOUTH 2000: A prayer group for young people meets at the Parish Office, NCW every Friday at 8pm. Contact Helena 087 9644516.

PARENTAL GRIEF RETREAT: Are you a Grieving Parent?: If you, or someone you know, have a child who died, at any age, by any means, no matter how long ago please join us for a One-Day Parental Grief Retreat Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 – 5:00pm. Ardfert Retreat Centre, Ardfert, Co. Kerry, Ireland Pre-Registration Required. . Retreat agenda includes prayer services, group presentations, spiritual reflections, breakout sessions, Emmaus Walk, and Mass. Use this retreat is to give yourself the gift of time to focus on your own individual spiritual journey. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged ~ please visit www.emfgp.org to learn about the ministry and to register. For more information, please contactCarolineEmmausCompassion@gmail.com or you may call 066 71 25129 and leave a message which will be returned.



PROLOGUE: "Nothing you wear is more important than your smile."
Connie Stevens

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the Collins family, Dromtrasna Collins on the death of Aoife. May she rest in peace.

BINGO AT MOUNTCOLLINS COMMUNITY CENTRE: A fundraising Monster Bingo will take place on Sunday, February 19 at 3pm sharp. There will be a huge raffle and a prize fund of €2,000.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE FOR LEADER FUNDING: Monday, February 27 is the deadline for submission of Expression of Interest for projects in the areas of Community Services & Facilities and Innovative Rural Enterprise. Limited funding available. Apply now. For more information see www.wlr.ie or email rdp@wlr.ie

FUNDRAISING CARD GAME: The annual Bord na nOg Card Game will take place at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse on Friday, February 10 at 9pm. Lots of spot prizes will be given out on the night with tickets costing just €5. Anyone interested in buying a ticket should make contact with a member of the Bord na nOg Committee as soon as possible. All welcome.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: If you are aware of domestic violence against either men or women log onto www.whatwouldyoudo.ie for a list of services and advice. Text Alert is up and running – contact any member of the committee to sign up. Check out our FB page Abbeyfeale Community Alert for all the latest updates from local Gardai.

TOURISM ACCOMMODATION FUNDING & INFORMATION EVENING: Grant funding through the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 will be open for tourism accommodation applications from Friday, February 17. An information evening will be held on Monday, February 20 at 7.30pm in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, to outline the details of the grant programme. For more information see www.wlr.ie or email rdp@wlr.ie

MOCK WEDDING: You are all invited to a Mock wedding at the Railway Bar @ 7.30pm on Friday, March 10. Proceeds in aid of Nicole Prendiville Doyle who is travelling to Uganda in June with Nurture Africa. There will be a raffle, spot prizes for the most appropriately dressed guests, largest hat, snazziest man, highest heels and more. The bride’s grand aunt Reverend Mother Concepta will be present and we hope that people will remember to cover up as Rev. Mother Concepta has been in an enclosed order for over 60 years and is easily shocked and can be very vocal when expressing her disapproval of scantily dressed young wans. Tickets €10 available locally includes entertainment, finger food and DJ Tiny. Phone 087-6657154.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Taking place this year from April 27 – May 1, the committee have just announced that the lead act will be the world renowned fiddler Frankie Gavin and De Danann.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Mike Condon will provide the music at the first afternoon tea dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse for 2017 which takes place on Sunday, March 12.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Our next monthly meeting will be held in Leen’s Hotel on Thursday, February 9 at 7.30pm. It is expected that the normal Monthly Meeting will follow directly after this AGM. All are welcome to attend and new members are always welcome.

A fundraising Card Night takes place at Fr Casey’s GAA Clubhouse on Friday, February 10 at 9pm sharp. Tickets costing €5 can be bought from Moss Harnett’s Spar, from Committee Members or at the door on the night. Lots of Spot and Door Prizes to be won! All are Welcome. The Abbeyfeale Enterprise Expo is quickly gathering pace with over 100 confirmed Exhibitors so far for the 03rd and 04th of March event. Bank of Ireland is the main sponsor so it’s free to exhibit and it’s free to enter. A real Community atmosphere is guaranteed to be had by all. With a national celebrity expected to attend this is a reminder to all potential exhibitors to get those application forms filled and back to Bank of Ireland Abbeyfeale asap. before the remaining slots are fully booked.

DANCE ON ST. PATRICKS’ NIGHT: The Friends of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastlewest recently purchased a brand new mini bus costing €62,000 to commute patients to and from the hospital to social activities outside and within of the hospitaland the community. A dance with music by the Premier Blue Boys along with special guests Noreen Ashe From Annascaul , Marian Kirby From Caherconlish , and Mike Mini Moore McCarthy Duagh will be held on Friday, March 17. A great night is promised, music starts at 10pm doors open at 9. Finger food and lights refreshments will be served and a raffle of beautiful spot prizes will take place.Admission €10, for more details contact Benny on 0879918546.

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. 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.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The monthly car boot sale and indoor market in aid of West Limerick 102fm commences for 2017 on Sunday, February 19.

For more information contact Bernadette at West Limerick 102fm on 06966200.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: A meeting will be held on Wednesday,, March 1 at 7.30pm at the West Limerick Resources office. All those with an interest in the history and heritage of West Limerick are invited to attend.

LAUNCH OF NEW SONG: William Reidy, son of Big Ivan who along with Big Maggie played music all over West Limerick, has written a song about the late MurtDownes’s protégé Benny Thade, the DJ on West Limerick 102. He plans to launch it in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Monday, March 6 at Benny Thade’s Rambling House. Everyone welcome.

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.

EXPO: The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo will take place on Friday, March 3 from 6-9pm and Saturday, March 4 from 11am -1.30pm at Colaiste Ide agusIosef. The programme brings local businesses and communities together to boost and promote economic activity in the town. Following the launch at the Glórach last Tuesday night we have a huge variety of stalls booked from local businesses, to sporting organisations, to social groups, to artistan producers and more – over 70 stalls booked on the night. We hope to showcase all Abbeyfeale and hinterland has to offer. Bank of Ireland will be sponsoring the stalls, food, face painting and it promises to be a great weekend for all the family.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: A Valentine’s ball will take place on Saturday, February 11, in Rathkeale House Hotel. All proceeds are going to Milford hospice and The Alzheimers Society Adare Branch. It kicks off at 7pm with a prosecco reception, followed by 5 course meal with complimentary wine. Lots of pop-up entertainment and lots of freebies. Special guest Emmett Daly, Voice of Ireland. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch.

MC for the night is Tim Cusack from The Limerick Panto society Limetree Theatre.

This is not a Black Tie Event, neat dress essential, but is Ticket Only.

Tickets are €50 per person or Table of 10 is €450. Ring, text to reserve your tickets, Available fromRathkeale House Hotel, Mary Roche on 087 7473550, MauriceCremins086 3530096.

HEALTH HAZARD STRIKES AGAIN: The scourge of dog poo has struck again and we have been contacted by concerned walkers on the Killarney Road that the footpath is again strewn with dog faeces which is getting stuck in the wheels of prams and strollers and smeared on the soles of shoes and runners. The dog warden has promised to visit the town in the near future.

BORD NA nOG : Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg would like to remind everyone that due to Child Protection and Insurance Policies, no youngster will be allowed to train or play without first been fully Registered, Fee fully paid and wearing a GAA approved Gum Shield which can be purchased at most sports shops.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: A Personal Development Course will run in the Further Education and Training Centre Abbeyfeale from Monday, February 6 and run for 6 weeks until March 20 from 10am to 12pm. This very unique course is in two parts, the second part to run in September Free To Be has been developed in such a way that it encourages and enables you to look at ways of: improving your daily life, manage stress and stressful situations, develop relaxation skills & self care. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary 087 9382883 or Nora 068 31198. Booking is essential.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT: ARA na Feile meeting on Wednesday, February 1 @ 2pm, they will have a speaker on mildfulness present .

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.

LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters will continue on the first and third Wednesday every month until May 2017. Next meeting Wednesday, February 15 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.

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.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next talk on Friday, February 10 at 8.30 pm will be on "Irish Political Prisoners’ Memoirs During the 19th and 20th Centuries " Speaker: William Murphy, History Lecturer in Dublin City University. The venue is the Arts Centre, Carnegie Library, Rathkeale. All are welcome. Free Admission.

SHAKE IT UP: West Limerick branch of the Irish Red Cross are encouraging you to Shake It Up. The Limerick branches of the Irish Red Cross have just launched a recruitment drive for new adult members to join the organisation. With over 500 members attending over 250 events throughout the year, the services provided by the Irish Red Cross are vital to the City and County.More help is always needed however and the West Limerick branch are appealing for volunteers to join them in a variety of roles including fundraising, first aid provision and ambulance and mini bus drivers. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact us by calling our dedicated volunteering line on 086-1425000 or by email at volunteer. We will be hosting an information stand in St. Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, February 8 from 7-8pm.

‘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.

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 8.15am John Collins 10am William & Julia Madden . Saturday 11am Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes . Mass intentions for next weekend 7pm Jimmy Ahern, Shanbally Peter Scannell, Clash Road Sunday 9.30am Joe Murphy, Radharc na Feile 12noon Larry Corbett .

Synod update Meeting : A meeting will take place in the Devon Inn of Thursday, February 9 @ 7.30pm. Pastoral council members are asked to attend..

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them to visit.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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.

.ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE EVENTS: Reflection Day with Bishop Brendan Comiskey: Saturday, February 18 (open to all) 10.00am – 5.00pm , Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm (for those in recovery, family & friends). Please contact: 066 713 4276 .

LISTOWEL/NORTH KERRY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS COFFEE MORNING: The annual St Valentine’s Day Coffee Morning takes place on Saturday next, February 11 at Tomaisin’s, Lisselton. Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm. Your support will be much appreciated. All funds raised by the Listowel/North Kerry branch remain in the locality FREE HELPLINE: Rehab Recovery offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from eating disorders. Tel: 0800 088 66 86 Website: http://www.rehab-recovery.co.uk/

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.

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

SET DANCE CLASSES: Set dancing classes in Ballyhahill Community Centre from 8.30-10.30pm every Monday. 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 Fridays from 9 – 10.30pm. All welcome.

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.

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. www.prioryinstitute.com

LIKE TO QUIT SMOKING IN 2017: A HSE 6-week ‘Stop Smoking’ support group will start in: K.D.Y.S , Denny St, Tralee on Tuesday, February 28 – Tuesday, April 4 inclusive from 6.00pm – 7.00 pm.The course is free of charge and delivered by a Smoking Cessation Officer, every Monday evening for 6 consecutive week. It offers support & practical advice on how to quit, different approaches and techniques for quitting, coping with withdrawal (weight gain, cravings, etc) and relaxation techniques. Please confirm booking as places are limited with: Mary: 066 – 7195617, Kerry Community Services, H.S.E. South, Rathass, Tralee.

ANNIVERSARY OF FENIAN RISING: The 150th Commemorations will take place on the weekend of Sunday, March 5 in Ardagh. A visual history display will run all weekend in the hall. There will be an Irish Rambling House on the Saturday evening and then on Sunday the walk of the Fenians will be re enacted and followed by a Historical Fair which will include Cross Roads Dancing, Pony and Trap rides, Skittles, Horse Shoe Throwing, Pitch and Toss, Sheaf Tosssing and a mini food and craft market. The St Kierans Heritage Association have published a commemorative booklet. Author Mary Kury €5.

GLENSTAL RETREAT: As we all live longer, can we age well? This workshop will reflect on the challenges of ageing. It will consider the need for a ritual of transition and whether there are spiritual practices suited to this stage of life. Retreat takes place in Glenstal Abbey Saturday, February 11. Fee €85 includes tea/ coffees, talks and lunch. To reserve a place please email on events@glenstal.com or call (061) 621000.

CATHCHING YOUR BREATH IN GLENSTSAL: A one-day workshop of gentle movement, breath, chant and meditation Glenstal Abbey, Murroe Saturday, February 25 from 9.30am – 5pm. Fee €85, includes workshop, materials, lunch, teas and coffees. Workshop Leader, Niall Kelly is a certified Alexander Technique teacher who has been teaching since 2004. He has run a number of similar workshops in Glenstal and around Ireland. He also teaches Alexander Technique on the MA in Ritual Chant and Song in UL, and on a number of other programmes. Contact niall@lanekelly.com