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

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 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 or email

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

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

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 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. 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

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.

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

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 contact 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

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 €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. 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