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 or email

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 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 or email

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 and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

.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:

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.

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 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