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 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 or email

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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 to learn about the ministry and to register. For more information, please or you may call 066 71 25129 and leave a message which will be returned.