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Monthly Archives: March 2017

PROLOGUE: "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."Arnold H. Glasow

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to Noreen and the extended O’Connell family on the death of Tom late of the Square and Killarney Rd. May he rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS; Congratulations to Mairead McCoy, Knockbrack and Eamonn Mullane who celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony in Abbeyfeale on Saturday, March 25. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

GLÓRACH CONCERT: Celebrating the arrival of spring the concert at the Glórach next Friday night, March 31 will feature a mélange of different acts, including the harmonious singing of local group, The Lost Souls, the soulful jazz duo The Mysterious Mr Valentine and the sweet songs of Philip Enright. Add in Bella Ciao with their powerful ballads, Dinny Keogh with his mix of songs and the radical compositions of Stephen Wall, and you can be guaranteed a brilliant night of entertainment. Doors open 7 pm, curtains up at 8 pm. Check out the window in the Square which local artist Evelyn Murphy has decorated for more information. Tickets at €10 can be booked at 0871383940 and are going fast so book your seat asap.

SATURDAY CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: The new monthly sale in aid of West Limerick Community Radio takes place on Saturday, April 1 at the Community Centre, Newcastlewest. Further information 069 66200 or check out our FB page.

ACC NEWS: Abbeyfeale Community Council in association with Leens Hotel are very pleased to announce a very special Finale to this month’s Abbeyfeale Community Fundraiser Initiative which takes place this Friday evening March 31. Kickstarting at 8:15pm sharp there will be an exclusive Gin Tasting Demonstration with renowned Gin Taster expert Marti Nulty in Leens. This is a ticket only event with limited places available. Tickets can be purchased at any time from now on for €10 each at the Main Bar but remember, its first come first served. This will be followed up by the unique sounds of a visiting Jazz Band to complete your evening’s entertainment.

EPILEPSY WORKSHOP AT TECH: A workshop on Epilepsy will be held in the Further Education and Training Centre on Wednesday April 5 from 7 – 9pm. The workshop is free to those living and working with children in the West Limerick Area. The workshop is suitable for Parents, Creche and Pre-school Staff, Healthcare workers Teachers and SNA’S & concerned family members. Early booking is essential West Limerick Resources 068 31198.

COLLECTION FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway. Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. In this regard a second national collection will be held next weekend April 1/2. Your support for this collection would be greatly appreciated.

BEST WISHES FROM ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Congratulations to committee members Buddy & Brenda Barry who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary recently. We wish them both continued blessings and many more years of wedded bliss.

ABBEY HERITAGE AT ST. ITA’S: The local training initative based at St. Ita’s Hall offers second chance education to early school leavers and this year their “Fresh Start” programme is offering three Major Awards :QQI Level 4 Retail Skills QQI Level 4: Information and Communication Technology, and QQI Level 4 Pathway to Employment. Contact Claire Monday-Friday on: 068 51790 /087 421 2459 for further information.

CHARITY CEILI: The second annual charity ceili in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick is due to take place in the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday March 31with music by Mountain Road. It was a great night last year with a mix of sets, two hands and other dances, something for everyone. Admission €10.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Last week’s card game was in aid of the Men’s Shed, Abbeyfeale. The winners on the night were Paddy Sheehan, Seán O Connor andGobnait Scannell. Runners-up were Mossie Gleeson, Tom Nelligan and Maurice Collins. Table Prize: J.J. Lenihan, Betty Curtin and Ann Cahill. Door Prizes: Maureen Roche and Marian Quirke. Raffle Tickets: Kathleen Lenihan, Donal O Connor, Liam O Connor, Eileen Finnegan, Dixie Quirke, Marian Quirke.The card game comtinues for a few more Tuesday nights commencing at 9.15 sharp.

DOG WARDEN VISITS ABBEYFEALE: Limerick City and County Council wishes to announce that its Dog Wardens are commencing a programme of inspections of dog licences throughout Athea, Abbeyfeale and Carrigkerry over the coming weeks. Dog owners will be required, on request, to produce a dog licence for their dog.

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.

LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS. West Limerick Resources provides ongoing support to Local Community Groups in the West Limerick area. We are finalizing our training schedule for 2017; we do hope that we will be able to support you in 2017. Should you require any support or guidance as a Community Group or have ideas for training needs please call Stefanie at West Limerick Resources on 087 3290483 or Damien on 087 9042477.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF BUTTERFLY CLUB: The Butterfly Club is a voluntary run social club for children and young adults with special needs. The aim of the club is to provide leisure activities in a safe fun filled environment whilst providing respite for parents/guardians. The Club originated in Rathkeale but in recent years we expanded, and a Saturday Club started up in Abbeyfeale. The Abbeyfeale Club continues to grow and currently there is a list for children wishing to join. We really do need volunteers from the community to help us to eliminate children having to wait. We are now looking forward to being able to move to our new headquarters, once all the renovation works are completed. This will be a unit in the ex-Anderson building in Rathkeale. It has given us the opportunity to realise a permanent ‘home’ for the club. We are all very excited about this project, and looking forward to the move. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the local and wider community for their support and continual fundraising efforts on our behalf. The generosity shown towards the club is enormous and we would not be able to run the club without the contributions and support given to us by everyone. Thank you to all our adult and student volunteers without whom there would be no Butterfly Club, and to the parents who trust us with their children and young adults care. Benny Thade’s next rambling house will take place on Monday, April 3 at Fr Caseys Club House Abbeyfeale with doors open at 8.30pm and show beginning at 9. Story tellers, singers, musicians and dancers all welcome to attend – proceeds to the Butterfly Club.

GOOD FRIDAY CLEAN UP: The clean-up, will take place again this year on Good Friday, April 14. For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: This year Abbeyfeale will celebrate the twenty-third Fleadh by the Feale traditional music festival, which takes place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1. We are delighted to announce that the headline act for this year’s “Celebrity Concert”, is one of Ireland’s finest traditional ambassadors, the maestro fiddle player “Frankie Gavin & De Dannan”. This band has toured Ireland extensively and Countries world-wide exciting their audiences with their energetic style of playing. This is a concert not to be missed. It will take place on Sunday, April 30 commencing at 8 pm in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, support will be provided by the talented music students attending the College. Tickets will be on sale from Slice of Life 068-32655, Abbey Tiles 068-31661 and Celine McNally 087-7697672.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The Wednesday Club – a women’s group based in Abbeyfeale – are hosting an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, April 9 from 3- 6 pm with dancing to Paddy Qulligan. All funds will go to the Air Ambulance service. The Air Ambulance service is based at Cork Airport and can reach any part of Munster within 30 minutes or less. It will cost €2,000,000 to run annually. Tickets are now on sale from committee members including Mary Mc Arthur and Madeline O’Connor 087 9707989.

FOODCLOUD: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food. To enable the roll out of FoodCloud WLR would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. To find out more please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources dconlon

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: It’s competition time at West Limerick Toastmasters and the meeting of March 29 will be the regional contest. The three local clubs Killarney, Tralee and Newcastle West will compete to go forward to the district finals next month. Further information 087 7972855. Every one welcome on this special night.

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP Programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out – https://www.opt-in.ie

WEST LIMERICK 102 FUNDRAISING CARBOOT SALES: The April sales will take place on Saturday, April 1 and on Easter Sunday, April 16 at the Community Centre, NCW. Further information 06966200.

OVER 50’S DANCE PROJECT: We at Dance Limerick – a non-profit arts organisation, funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council – are setting up a new dance project for people aged over 50, the project is called “Choral Moves”. It begins with a free dance taster session on Thursday, March 30 at 2pm at Dance Limerick, and then runs for six weeks from April 6 – May 14. Choral Moves follows the great success of a similar project we ran last year called “Here’s Looking at You, Kid”.
Here’s a link to short film about this project, so you can get a sense of what we’re about: https://vimeo.com/206217839

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: 98% of young people in Ireland use the Internet. Get information on how to protect them on webwise.ie An Garda Síochána has launched a dedicated phone line for the reporting of child sexual abuse. The phone line number is 1800 555 222. Text Alert forms available from any member of the committee. All persons aged 65 or over, living alone or with someone aged over 65 are entitled to a panic alarm system.

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

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.

"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.

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, April 6 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 : 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.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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: 11am Saturday, April 1 Patrick(Sonny) O’Sullivan, The Hill. Saturday 7pm Phyllis Cotter, Purt. Anne Romain Clash. Sunday 9.30am Hannah and John Donoghue, Knocknasna. Billy and Joan Colbert, Killarney Rd. 12pm Sean and Sheila Finnerty, The Hill, Joan Barrett and Sheila Finnerty. Dr Michael Wall, Mountmahon.

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.

FUN RUN AND WALK: Glengurt N.S. Tournafulla are holding a 5km fun run & walk on Saturday, April 8. Registration will take place on Friday April 7 at Glengurt N.S. from 12.00-2.00 pm and on Saturday, April 8 from 9.30 to 11.00 at Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla. Race times: 5 K Runners: 11.30 and Walkers: 12 pm. All proceeds in aid of the Glengurt N.S. school shelter. Runners: 11:30, walkers: 12pm. Entry fee: Adults €10. Child: €5. Family: €20. We hope that the proceeds from this day will raise the final funding necessary to cover the ball court in the school, providing shelter for the children and a venue for outdoor classes, PE, sports and assembly throughout the year. This will benefit our children and future generations for years to come and we would greatly appreciate your support of this event.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE FOR OLDER PEOPLE: The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a series of creative writing classes, featuring poetry and short story for older people – aged 55 plus – an age group that is often underrepresented in literature and writing activities. In conjunction with the Limerick Writers’ Centre and supported by Bealtaine 2017, the facilitator, award-winning poet Ron Carey, will give friendly and personal support to each participant. At the end of the course Limerick Writers’ Centre will give consideration to publishing a book featuring the work produced. The book would be published in May during Bealtaine Festival 2017.

The workshops will be held at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick on Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, May 20 from10.30am to 12.30pm.

Fees for the 5 week course are €80 (€70 concession). Booking essential. Details limerickwriterscentre or Tel 087 2996409.

CONFERENCE: Building Rural Communities: Lessons from the World of Sport, is an Evening Conference taking place in MIC, Thurles, on Wednesday, March 29, which will look at the issue of regenerating rural Ireland. Speakers include Kerry football legend, Pat Spillane; Managing Director of the National Ploughing Championships, Anna May McHugh; Tipperary’s All Ireland winning manager Michael Ryan and rugby legend John Hayes. The Conference begins at 7p.m. in MIC St Patrick’s Campus (formerly St Patrick’s College) and tickets, costing €10 must be pre-booked through the College at 0504-21201.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: The Faith Prayed: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday, March 29 –at 7.00pm.

LECTURE: A lecture on ‘The Brendan Voyage’ by explorer, historian & author Tim Severin will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday, March 30 at 7.30 pm. For more information tel. (068) 22212.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday March 30 from 9.30 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

PILGRIMAGES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND: The Irish Augustinians are hosting a Vocation Weekend from Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2. This will be in their Drogheda Community and is open to any interested male over the age of 18. The Augustinians have been in Ireland close to 800 years and our charism is "community" as well as seeking God with a "restless heart". For more information please contact Fr Colm O Mahonyosaon 086 88 45 747 or augustinianvocations

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

TALKS SERIES: The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College Limerick presents a series of lectures on: Catholic Education.?”. Thursday, April 6 @ 19.30 Dr. Brendan O’Keeffe “Catholic Schools and Inclusion: Achievements and Challenges”.

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

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PROLOGUE: As for man, his days are like grass; he flowers like the flower of the field; the wind blows and he is gone and his place never sees him again. Psalm 102(103).

PILGRIM STATUE VISITS ABBEYFEALE: This year marks the 100 anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. On 11 January this year, Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to each continent, to appeal for prayer and reparation for world peace and to promote the sanctity of family life in our world. One of the statues blessed on that day will be brought to Abbeyfeale on Friday, March 24. There will be an opportunity for people to come and pray before the Centennial Statue prior to the 7.00pm Mass and for a short while afterwards.

LOST SOULS SOW THEIR WILD OATS: Local singing group ‘Lost Souls’ are joining up with a group of singers from Bruff called ‘The Wild Oates’ for a sing song and acoustic session at Jack Ryans on Friday , March 24 at 9.00p.m. All are welcome to come along. If you know your riffs from your raff and you’re into Blues, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll then this will be the place to be next Friday night. There will be a raffle for Abbeyfeale Community Council.

ABBEY HERITAGE AT ST. ITA’S: The local training initative based at St. Ita’s Hall offers second chance education to early school leavers and this year their “Fresh Start” programme is offering three Major Awards :QQI Level 4 Retail Skills QQI Level 4: Information and Communication Technology, and QQI Level 4 Pathway to Employment. Contact Claire Monday-Friday on: 068 51790 /087 421 2459 for further information.

COLÁISTE ÍDE AGUS IOSEF NEWS: The TY students travelling to India with the Hope Foundation leave on Thursday, March 23. We wish them a safe journey and great experiences and salute their courage in moving so far outside their comfort zone.

GLÓRACH CONCERT: A renewed sense of energy is one of the certainties associated with the gradual emergence of spring, and here at the Glórach we’re feeling particularly energised and excited about our upcoming spring concert. Featuring on the night will be a mélange of different acts, including the harmonious singing of local group, The Lost Souls, the soulful jazz duo The Mysterious Mr Valentine and the sweet songs of Philip Enright. Add in Bella Ciao with their powerful ballads, Dinny Keogh with his mix of songs and the radical compositions of Stephen Wall, and you can be guaranteed a brilliant night of entertainment. The concert takes place at the Glórach Community Theatre on Friday, March 31, with curtains up at 8 pm. Tickets can be booked at 0871383940 and all are most welcome.

TABLE QUIZ: The Parents’ Council of St. Mary’s Boys’ School are holding a fundraising table quiz in Jim Lane’s Bar on Friday, March 24 at 9.00 pm, Quizmaster Paddy Quille, super raffle prizes, Drinks Hamper, Gift Vouchers. Your support would be appreciated.

COLLECTION: The Lourdes Invalid Collection will take place next weekend – March 25/26. Any sick person who may wish to travel with the pilgrimage should contact the Diocesan Office as soon as possible.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: The Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade went ahead as scheduled last Friday afternoon, despite the very bad weather. There had been fears that the event might have to be cancelled due to heavy rain and high winds. However, the organizing committee decided to let the parade continue and were delighted with the public response. TG4 did a short broadcast of the parade on its news program on Friday evening. It is available on the TG4 Player and also on the Abbeyfeale On Line website. Templeglantine Comhaltas got proceedings off to a lively start in The Square with some toe-tapping jigs and reels that soon attracted a large crowd, and even had a few hardy souls attempting to dance a half-set through the pouring rain! Conditions for playing live music were terrible but the Glantine players responded magnificently and were rewarded with loud and sustained applause at the end. The parade set off from Mountmahon just after 4pm and proceeded down along Main Street. It was led by the Grand Marshal himself, St Patrick, in the guise of Paddy Finucane. Following behind came an assortment of fire engines and vintage cars and tractors. Two Honda 50 motor bikes rekindled fond memories of distant days. The Men’s Shed built a brilliant replica of the last train to travel between Listowel and Abbeyfeale. Another float suggested pedal power as the answer to toxic waste. Donald Trump’s Mexican Wall was being built up, stone-to-the-board style, and looked pretty impregnable. Fleadh By The Feale advertised De Danann as their headline act this year and danced a lively polka. Athea Drama Group were also dancing in the rain and having a ball. The local Kostal factory and the various sporting and cultural organizations all got in on the act, making the parade a vibrant and colourful affair despite the atrocious conditions. And we must not forget the Rathkeale Brass Band who also braved the elements and put on a classic performance. Spectators came out in good numbers and huddled under umbrellas as they clapped and cheered the participants every step of the way. They were determined not to allow a bit of bad weather to spoil their enjoyment of the day. Prize for Best Float went to FitAll for Trump’s Wall. Best Decorated Window was won by Leen’s Hotel. Best Youth Entry was a close call between Fr Casey’s GAA Club, Abbeyfeale RFC and Abbeyfeale Utd FC, with the soccer players eventually getting the nod. The organizing committee would like to thank the following for their help and support; Main parade sponsors, Twohigs Supervalu, Abbeyfeale, and all the other sponsors. All of the participants without whom there would be no parade. The people who decorated their windows so tastefully. The crowds who gathered along the pavements and offered their support and encouragement as the parade passed by. Everyone who contributed to the recent church gate collection and supported the pub quiz. All Star Deliveries for supplying the stage, and The Fáilte for the loan of the steps. James Kennedy for the sound system. All of the politicians, clergy and other dignitaries who turned up to offer their support. Kathleen Collins of Jack Foley’s Bar for supplying food and refreshments. The local Gardai who kept the traffic running smoothly. The various stewards and all who assisted on the day. A big thank you to everyone concerned. Míle buíochas daoibh go léir!

DOG WARDEN VISITS ABBEYFEALE: Limerick City and County Council wishes to announce that its Dog Wardens are commencing a programme of inspections of dog licences throughout Athea, Abbeyfeale and Carrigkerry over the coming weeks. Dog owners will be required, on request, to produce a dog licence for their dog.

FUNDRAISERS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ACC): Bank of Ireland as part of their sponsorship of the Abbeyfeale Expo have offered to match the first €1,000 raised by the ACC so your support for the following fundraisers would be much appreciated. Friday, March 24 Texas Cards in the Cellar Bar 8pm. Lost Souls and friends in concert at Jack Ryan’s. Sunday, March 26 Doubles Dart Tournament in the Ploughman 7pm.

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.

GOOD FRIDAY CLEAN UP: Following on from the roaring successes of the Team Limerick Clean-Up and TLC 2, we are delighted to announce that the clean-up, will take place again this year on Good Friday, April 14. Abbeyfeale parish were fantastic last year at TLC 2 and played such massive part in the event and we are hoping that you will once again be represented. For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: This year Abbeyfeale will celebrate the twenty-third Fleadh by the Feale traditional music festival, which takes place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1. We are delighted to announce that the headline act for this year’s “Celebrity Concert”, is one of Ireland’s finest traditional ambassadors, the maestro fiddle player “Frankie Gavin & De Dannan”. This band has toured Ireland extensively and Countries world-wide exciting their audiences with their energetic style of playing. This is a concert not to be missed. It will take place on Sunday, April 30 commencing at 8 pm in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, support will be provided by the talented music students attending the College. Tickets will be on sale from Slice of Life 068-32655, Abbey Tiles 068-31661 and Celine McNally 087-7697672.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The Wednesday Club – a women’s group based in Abbeyfeale – are hosting an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, April 9 from 3- 6 pm with dancing to Paddy Qulligan. All funds will go to the Air Ambulance service. The Air Ambulance service is based at Cork Airport and can reach any part of Munster within 30 minutes or less. It will cost €2,000,000 to run annually. Tickets are now on sale from committee members including Mary Mc Arthur and Madeline O’Connor 087 9707989.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: It’s competition time at West Limerick Toastmasters and the meeting of March 29 will be the regional contest. The three local clubs Killarney, Tralee and Newcastle West will compete to go forward to the district finals next month. Further information 087 7972855. Every one welcome on this special night.

OPT IN: Keep up to date with training, courses, workshop opportunities as they happen in Limerick & Tipperary with Opt In. The range of programmes listed are being rolled out by West Limerick Resources particularly under the SICAP Programme but also the ETB, LEO, Skillnets & LIT to name a few. Opt-In is a collection of courses and events aimed at helping rural dwellers find the means and skills necessary to increase their income generating options. Check it out – https://www.opt-in.ie

WEST LIMERICK 102 FUNDRAISING CARBOOT SALES: The April sales will take place on Saturday, April 1 and on Easter Sunday, April 16 at the Community Centre, NCW. Further information 06966200.

STARTING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: West Limerick Resources have organised a two-evening training course on “Starting a Social Enterprise”, which is recommended for Communities and budding entrepreneurs that are considering starting a social enterprise and/or creating employment opportunities in their communities. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 28 and Tuesday, April 4 from 7-10pm in the Desmond Complex. It is highly recommended that participants that register attend both evenings. It will not be possible to attend the second evening without having attended the first evening.

To register, please click on the link https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/starting-a-social-enterprise-tickets-32649319995 and register for each date

RATHKEALE AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Professor Judith Devlin will deliver a talk entitled “1917 – Russia in Revolution” on Friday March 24 at 8.30pm in the Arts Centre, area office of Limerick City & County Council, Rathkeale. A student of History and French, she spent the 1980s in the Department of Foreign Affairs (including a posting to Gorbachev’s Moscow) and since 1990 she had been in University College Dublin working on modern Russian History. 1917 was a troubled year in Russia – it was performing poorly in World War I, it had two revolutions, the abdication of Nicholas II the last Russian Czar and the rise of the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. Professor Devlin’s presentation will treat of this remarkable year in Russia’s history. All are welcome. Admission free.

OVER 50’S DANCE PROJECT: We at Dance Limerick – a non-profit arts organisation, funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council – are setting up a new dance project for people aged over 50, the project is called “Choral Moves”. It begins with a free dance taster session on Thursday, March 30 at 2pm at Dance Limerick, and then runs for six weeks from April 6 – May 14. Choral Moves follows the great success of a similar project we ran last year called “Here’s Looking at You, Kid”.
Here’s a link to short film about this project, so you can get a sense of what we’re about: https://vimeo.com/206217839

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: 98% of young people in Ireland use the Internet. Get information on how to protect them on webwise.ie An Garda Síochána has launched a dedicated phone line for the reporting of child sexual abuse. The phone line number is 1800 555 222. Text Alert forms available from any member of the committee. All persons aged 65 or over, living alone or with someone aged over 65 are entitled to a panic alarm system. The second phase of a drug information campaign aimed at students was launched by the Union of Students of Ireland (USI), in partnership with Drugs.ie and the HSE. The campaign focuses on harm reduction messaging and is aimed at young adults and students who use new psychoactive substances (NPS)*. This is the second step of an ongoing campaign to provide harm reduction information about NPS for students. Two posters have been designed supported by a social media campaign to give harm reduction advice and information on accessing support. For more information ; Drugs.ie

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

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.

"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.

HELPLINES: Towards Healing is an organisation which provides telephone counselling and a counselling and psychotherapy referral service for people who have suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse when they were children, by persons working for the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Limerick Diocese supports the work of the Towards Healing service. The helplien can be contacted by calling: FREEPHONE 1800 – 303416 from anywhere in Ireland. Or visit their website www.towardshealing.ieThe HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the Health Services Executive. Our client group are adults who have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood with priority given to adult survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland. The Limerick service is based at ‘Ré Nua’, 6 Mount Vincent Terrace, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, phone number 061 411900, or Free phone 1800 234 115. Further information is available on http://www.hse-ncs.ie/en/ Limerick Social Service Council: offers a free confidential counselling service for individuals and families to support them in their personal growth. Counselling is provided by trained Counsellors and Family Therapists, at the Centre in Henry Street and an outreach service is also in Kilmallock, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale. For further information please contact 061-314111 / 314213, info@lssc.ie / http://www.lssc.ie/

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, April 6 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 : 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.

JUBILEE 2018: In June 2018 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church. A Golden Jubilee is a significant event in the life of any parish. The Pastoral Council are beginning to plan for the 50th celebrations. At this stage we are seeking any photographs of the construction phase of the building and any articles or publications covering the opening Mass and consecration ceremony.

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: Wednesday 10am Peg Cunningham nee Riordan Late of Ballybehy . Friday 10am Eva White, Killarney Road. Saturday 11am Neiley Sheehan 4th Anniv and his mother Madge Sheehan 12th Anniv. 7pm Peggy Moloney, Knocknasna 2nd Anniversary. Kitty & Sonny Doody, New Street . Jim & Nora Harnett, The Hill . Sunday 9.30am Fintan & Mary anne Collins, Knocknasna. Ita O’Connell, Killmanihan . Gretta O’Rourke & Maura O’Leary . 12noon Patrick & Mary O’Grady and family members and Brian McAleer .

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 .

24 HOURS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION & RECONCILIATION WITH THE FRIARS OF MOYROSS IN ST. MARY’S CHURCH, LISTOWEL Friday, MARCH 24 -SATURDAY, MARCH 25.

The programme is as follows: Friday, Mass 7pm. Special guided Holy Hour Talk on Our relationship with God, our Loving Father. Trust & surrender. Followed by Reconciliation 8-9pm. Adoration continues throughout the night. Confessions 9 – 12pm. Saturday; Confessions 8 – 10.am. Mass 10am, Special guided Holy Hour – Talk on Reconciliation followed by Reconciliation11 – 12noon. Adoration continues in the Church. Confessions 12noon – 4.30pm. Special Guided Holy Hour & Healing Service 4.30 – 6pm. Closing Vigil Mass followed by Benediction 6.15pm.

FUN RUN AND WALK: Glengurt N.S. Tournafulla are holding a 5km fun run & walk on Saturday, April 8. Registration will take place on Friday April 7 at Glengurt N.S. from 12.00-2.00 pm and on Saturday, April 8 from 9.30 to 11.00 at Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla. Race times: 5 K Runners: 11.30 and Walkers: 12 pm. All proceeds in aid of the Glengurt N.S. school shelter. Runners: 11:30, walkers: 12pm. Entry fee: Adults €10. Child: €5. Family: €20. We hope that the proceeds from this day will raise the final funding necessary to cover the ball court in the school, providing shelter for the children and a venue for outdoor classes, PE, sports and assembly throughout the year. This will benefit our children and future generations for years to come and we would greatly appreciate your support of this event.

GODSPELL THE MUSICAL: (Mary Immaculate Dramatic Arts Society) return to the Lime Tree stage with a tale for all times from Wednesday, March 22 -25 performing 7 shows with their Matinee shows at 11 O’ Clock and evening shows at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.limetreetheatre.ie or by calling 061 953 400 or by calling into the Lime Tree Theatre Box Office in Mary Immaculate College.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE FOR OLDER PEOPLE: The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a series of creative writing classes, featuring poetry and short story for older people – aged 55 plus – an age group that is often underrepresented in literature and writing activities. Many people, people who may have missed out on things in their life will through their participation in this course express their hidden talents through creative writing. Specifically it seeks to encourage the creativity of senior citizens in the run up to Bealtaine 2017 and beyond. In conjunction with the Limerick Writers’ Centre and supported by Bealtaine 2017, the facilitator, award-winning poet Ron Carey, will give friendly and personal support to each participant. At the end of the course Limerick Writers’ Centre will give consideration to publishing a book featuring the work produced. The book would be published in May during Bealtaine Festival 2017.

The workshops will be held at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick on Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, May 20 from10.30am to 12.30pm.

Fees for the 5 week course are €80 (€70 concession). Booking essential. Details limerickwriterscentre or Tel 087 2996409.

CONFERENCE: Building Rural Communities: Lessons from the World of Sport, is an Evening Conference taking place in MIC, Thurles, on Wednesday, March 29, which will look at the issue of regenerating rural Ireland. Speakers include Kerry football legend, Pat Spillane; Managing Director of the National Ploughing Championships, Anna May McHugh; Tipperary’s All Ireland winning manager Michael Ryan and rugby legend John Hayes. The Conference begins at 7p.m. in MIC St Patrick’s Campus (formerly St Patrick’s College) and tickets, costing €10 must be pre-booked through the College at 0504-21201.

LENTEN TALKS: The series of Lenten talks this year will invite local Limerick based charities to speak about the needs of the people that they offer support to. The names of these charities are familiar but we may not know what they offer to the people who come to them. It is an invitation to gain insight and open our hearts to people in need within our community. Wednesday March 15 Grow Support for mental health Wednesday, March 22 Bedford Row Project Support for prisoners and their families Wednesday, March 29 Doras Luimní Support for asylum seekers and refugees Location: Blessed Terence Albert Hall entrance on Dominic Street, opposite Costello’s pub Time: 7.30 Pm Donation of €5 invited The talks are organised by the Terence Albert Faith Formation group who promote adult faith development with a Dominican ethos. Enquiries to: 083 4748126.

EPILEPSY WORKSHOP AT TECH: A workshop on Epilepsy will be held in the Further Education and Training Centre on Wednesday April 5 from 7 – 9pm. The workshop is free to those living and working with children in the West Limerick Area. The workshop is suitable for Parents, Creche and Pre-school Staff, Healthcare workers Teachers and SNA’S & concerned family members. Early booking is essential West Limerick Resources 068 31198.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: The Faith Prayed: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday, March 29 –at 7.00pm.

LECTURE: A lecture on ‘The Brendan Voyage’ by explorer, historian & author Tim Severin will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday, March 30 at 7.30 pm. For more information tel. (068) 22212.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday March 30 from 9.30 pm. A great evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

PILGRIMAGES: Knock to New York Pilgrimage May 8-14 next. Knock Shrine will lead a historic pilgrimage from Ireland west Airport, Knock in May. Flight-only tickets are now available, price €599 (icl. taxes and charges) with Aer Lingus private charter. Full packages are also available which include flights, accommodation and itinerary. Contact Joe Walsh Tours for more information (01) 241 0800 or email: bronwyn.clinton or see E:infoThe annual pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place on the week of the June 21-26. Fully inclusive fare €719.00. Alba Hotel €709.00. Hospital Pilgrim Fare €609.00. (Applications Limited for this Section) Closing Date: April 30. For further details contact: Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Limerick Social Services Office. Tel: (061) 314 111 Early booking is highly recommended. Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office as usual is now open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND: The Irish Augustinians are hosting a Vocation Weekend from Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2. This will be in their Drogheda Community and is open to any interested male over the age of 18. The Augustinians have been in Ireland close to 800 years and our charism is "community" as well as seeking God with a "restless heart". For more information please contact Fr Colm O Mahonyosaon 086 88 45 747 or augustinianvocations

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

TALKS SERIES: The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College Limerick presents a series of lectures on: 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”.

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


PROLOGUE: The three C’s of life; Choices, Chances, Changes.

T. NA G. IN TOWN FOR THE PARADE: The ever popular Templeglantine Comhaltas will open proceedings with a toe-tapping session of music, song and dance in The Square. T na G will also be in attendance and hope to televise highlights from the parade later that evening. The parade is set to leave from Mountmahon at 4pm, and participants are advised to arrive at the start in good time.
It will be led by the Rathkeale Brass Band, and will proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand before disbanding by the council car park. Hopefully, crowds of spectators and supporters will line the footpaths to cheer on the various floats and entries. 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. We hope that the weather holds up and that the parade will attract a huge crowd as we celebrate the feast day of our patron saint.
Bí ann agus bí linn i Mainistir na Féile, Lá le Pádraig.

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.

REMEMBERING ZOË PROVIDES ST. PATRICK’S DAY SURPRISE FOR LOCAL CHILDREN: Work on a zip line and autism play area has finished in the Town Park. Funding was raised by the Remembering Zoë committee in honour of Zoë Scannell – a little Abbeyfeale girl who died following a tragic road accident almost three years ago and who made great use of the Town Park during her short lifetime. The autism area is receiving great feedback and is a an asset to all the families in the area who have family members affected by this condition. Now that the zip line is installed, all that the children who use the park daily need now – is sunshine.

ST. PATRICK’S NIGHT CEILI: West Limerick Set dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn Templeglantine on St. Patrick’s night at 9pm., music by Donie Nolan/Taylors Cross. All welcome, queries to Con…0876259340.

GLÓRACH CONCERT: A renewed sense of energy is one of the certainties associated with the gradual emergence of spring, and here at the Glórach we’re feeling particularly energised and excited about our upcoming spring concert. Featuring on the night will be a mélange of different acts, including the harmonious singing of local group, The Lost Souls, the soulful jazz duo The Mysterious Mr Valentine and the sweet songs of Philip Enright. Add in Bella Ciao with their powerful ballads, Dinny Keogh with his mix of songs and the radical compositions of Stephen Wall, and you can be guaranteed a brilliant night of entertainment. The concert takes place at the Glórach Community Theatre on Friday, March 31, with curtains up at 8 pm. Tickets can be booked at 0871383940 and all are most welcome.

EMIGRANTS COLLECTION: A collection for the support of our emigrants and the Irish Chaplaincy who work throughout the world with them will be taken up on St Patricks Day at all Masses in Abbeyfeale.

DOG WARDEN VISITS ABBEYFEALE: Limerick City and County Council wishes to announce that its Dog Wardens are commencing a programme of inspections of dog licences throughout Athea, Abbeyfeale and Carrigkerry over the coming weeks. Dog owners will be required, on request, to produce a dog licence for their dog.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Joint winners on Tuesday night were Sean O Connor, Paddy Sheehan, Gobnait Scannell and Mossie Collins, Michael O Kelly, Maurice Collins.

Table Prize: Marian Roche, Beth Collins, Dan Joe Casey.

Door Prize: Seamus Collins, Joan O Grady.

Raffle Tickets: Maurice Collins, Liam O Connor, Breda O Connell, Mossie Collins, Eileen Reidy, Jer Roche.

The card game continues every Tuesday night commencing at 9.15pm sharp. On Tuesday the 21 March the card game will be held in aid of the Men’s Shed, Abbeyfeale. Loads of spot prizes on the night. See you there!

FUNDRAISERS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ACC): Bank of Ireland as part of their sponsorship of the Abbeyfeale Expo have offered to match the first €1,000 raised by the ACC so your support for the following fundraisers would be much appreciated. Friday, March 24 Texas Cards in the Cellar Bar 8pm. Sunday, March 26 Doubles Dart Tournament in the Ploughman 7pm.

MOCK WEDDING: Well done to Nicole Prendeville Doyle, who along with her grandmother Carina, ran a very successful fundraiser last weekend prior to her trip to Uganda to do missionary work in June. We wish Nicole a safe journey and wonderful experiences this summer.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS; A massive €26,700 was raised this year. Tony and family would like to thank all those who donated and supported them and voted for them during the Energia competition for the best Christmas Display. They received €4,000 to add to the pot making this their best year yet raising money for local charities.

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.

GOOD FRIDAY CLEAN UP: Following on from the roaring successes of the Team Limerick Clean-Up and TLC 2, we are delighted to announce that the clean-up, will take place again this year on Good Friday, April 14. Abbeyfeale parish were fantastic last year at TLC 2 and played such massive part in the event and we are hoping that you will once again be represented. For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: This year Abbeyfeale will celebrate the twenty-third Fleadh by the Feale traditional music festival, which takes place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday, April 27 – Monday, May 1. Each year the committee work extremely hard to bring the best of traditional entertainment to the area. We are delighted to announce that the headline act for this year’s “Celebrity Concert”, is one of Ireland’s finest traditional ambassadors, the maestro fiddle player “Frankie Gavin & De Dannan”. This band has toured Ireland extensively and Countries world-wide exciting their audiences with their energetic style of playing. This is a concert not to be missed. It will take place on Sunday 30th April commencing at 8 pm in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, support will be provided by the talented music students attending the College. Tickets will be on sale next week from Slice of Life 068-32655, Abbey Tiles 068-31661 and Celine McNally 087-7697672. Further information in relation to other events will be announced shortly.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The Wednesday Club are hosting an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, April 9 from 3- 6 pm with dancing to Paddy Qulligan. All funds will go to the Air Ambulance service. Tickets are now on sale from committee members including Mary Mc Arthur and Madeline O’Connor.

PILGRIM STATUE VISITS ABBEYFEALE: This year marks the 100 anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. On 11 January this year, Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to each continent, to appeal for prayer and reparation for world peace and to promote the sanctity of family life in our world. One of the statues blessed on that day will be brought to Abbeyfeale on Friday, March 24 by representatives of the Alliance of the two Hearts. Mass will be celebrated at 7pm and there will be an opportunity for people to come and pray before the Centennial Statue prior to the 7.00pm Mass and for a short while afterwards.

WEST 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.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: An Garda Síochána has launched a dedicated phone line for the reporting of child sexual abuse. The phone line number is 1800 555 222.This confidential freephone line will be manned on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This is a freephone number meaning that there will be no cost to callers from calling this number. An Garda Síochána encourages victims of child sexual abuse to report any such incident at the earliest opportunity including those incidents of an historical nature. In conjunction with the launch of the phone line, An Garda Síochána has also published a guide on the options available to people wishing to report child sexual abuse and sexual crime. Text Alert forms available from any member of the committee. All persons aged 65 or over, living alone or with someone aged over 65 are entitled to a panic alarm system.

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

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

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.

"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.

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. You are invited to dress in green and the theme of the meeting will be green! Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

BORD NA nOG : 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.

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: Vigil of St. Patrick’s Day Thursday 7pm Peter Healy The Hill, St. Patricks Day Masses at 9.30am and 12noon Eileen & John their sons John and Danny and Grandson James Taylor O Riada Mass in Irish. Saturday 7pm Paddy and Kit Donavan their Daughters Catherine and Stacia & son in law John Brennan and Grandson John. Sunday 9.30 John C (Jackie) & Bridget Daly Anniv 12noon

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 .

FUN RUN AND WALK: Glengurt N.S. Tournafulla are holding a 5km fun run & walk on Saturday, April 8. Registration will take place on Friday April 7 at Glengurt N.S. from 12.00-2.00 pm and on Saturday, April 8 from 9.30 to 11.00 at Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla. Race times: 5 K Runners: 11.30 and Walkers: 12 pm. All proceeds in aid of the Glengurt N.S. school shelter.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A special session of Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on St. Patrick’s Day, from 3 to 6 pm. A great afternoon of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling is guaranteed and audience participation is welcome. Admission is free, tea/coffee served.

FILM SCREENING: Transition Kerry Food & Biodiversity Group invites you to a film screening of ‘Symphony of the Soil’ by Deborah Koons Garcia.
Find out why our soil is such a precious resource that we depend on and need to value more than ever as it is predicted that we have only 60 years of productive soil left on the planet to feed a growing human population. This film highlights the possibilities of creating healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet…Thursday, March 16 @ 7.00pm in Siamsa Tíre. For more information, contact Niamh @ 086 7247066. These events are free and all are welcome – Tá fáilte roimh gach duine (Donations are appreciated for the running of these events).

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A meeting of Listowel & District Historical Society will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Monday March 20 at 8 pm. New members welcome.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE FOR OLDER PEOPLE: The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a series of creative writing classes, featuring poetry and short story for older people – aged 55 plus – an age group that is often underrepresented in literature and writing activities. Many people, people who may have missed out on things in their life will through their participation in this course express their hidden talents through creative writing. Specifically it seeks to encourage the creativity of senior citizens in the run up to Bealtaine 2017 and beyond. In conjunction with the Limerick Writers’ Centre and supported by Bealtaine 2017, the facilitator, award-winning poet Ron Carey, will give friendly and personal support to each participant. At the end of the course Limerick Writers’ Centre will give consideration to publishing a book featuring the work produced. The book would be published in May during Bealtaine Festival 2017.

The workshops will be held at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick on Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, May 20 from10.30am to 12.30pm.

Fees for the 5 week course are €80 (€70 concession). Booking essential. Details limerickwriterscentre or Tel 087 2996409

LENTEN TALKS: The series of Lenten talks this year will invite local Limerick based charities to speak about the needs of the people that they offer support to. The names of these charities are familiar but we may not know what they offer to the people who come to them. It is an invitation to gain insight and open our hearts to people in need within our community. Wednesday March 15 Grow Support for mental health Wednesday, March 22 Bedford Row Project Support for prisoners and their families Wednesday, March 29 Doras Luimní Support for asylum seekers and refugees Location: Blessed Terence Albert Hall entrance on Dominic Street, opposite Costello’s pub Time: 7.30 Pm Donation of €5 invited The talks are organised by the Terence Albert Faith Formation group who promote adult faith development with a Dominican ethos. Enquiries to: 083 4748126.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: The Faith Prayed: Fr. Sean Sheehy, the remaining Wednesdays in March – 15/22/29 at 7.00pm.

PILGRIMAGES: Knock to New York Pilgrimage May 8-14 next. Knock Shrine will lead a historic pilgrimage from Ireland west Airport, Knock in May. Flight-only tickets are now available, price €599 (icl. taxes and charges) with Aer Lingus private charter. Full packages are also available which include flights, accommodation and itinerary. Contact Joe Walsh Tours for more information (01) 241 0800 or email: bronwyn.clinton or see E:infoThe annual pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place on the week of the June 21-26. Fully inclusive fare €719.00. Alba Hotel €709.00. Hospital Pilgrim Fare €609.00. (Applications Limited for this Section) Closing Date: April 30. For further details contact: Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Limerick Social Services Office. Tel: (061) 314 111 Early booking is highly recommended. Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 from June 21-26. The Lourdes office as usual is now open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. All details concerning the Pilgrimage Tel 061/314111.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND: The Irish Augustinians are hosting a Vocation Weekend from Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2. This will be in their Drogheda Community and is open to any interested male over the age of 18. The Augustinians have been in Ireland close to 800 years and our charism is "community" as well as seeking God with a "restless heart". For more information please contact Fr Colm O Mahonyosaon 086 88 45 747 or augustinianvocations

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

TALKS SERIES: The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College Limerick presents a series of lectures on: 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”.

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


PROLOGUE: A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. Tom Wilson.

LAST CHANCE: There was such a demand for seats and so many people turned away that the crew of ‘A Wake in the West’ are coming together on Sunday, March 12 at Fr. Casey’s for one last performance. Doors open 7.00pm.

ABBEYFEALE TOWN PARK: To mark National Tree Week 2017 we are organizing a Nature and Forest Walk here in the Town Park in Abbeyfeale, on Saturday, March 11 at 12 noon. Our local nature experts Anneke Vrieling, Lorcan Curtin and Tony Kennelly will attend on the day to speak about the social, economic and environmental benefits of Forestry and natural habitats. Everyone welcome. Dress for the great outdoors. "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now" Anonymous

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Dancing to Noel Cronin at Fr. Casey’s, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, March 12 from 3 -6pm. Admission €5. Teas served.

TOWN EXPO: Coláiste Íde agus Iosef was a hive of activity last week for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo with 131 businesses, artisan producers, community and farming organisations setting up stalls and meeting and greeting their customers, neighbours and friends over two days. A huge thank you must go to Barry O’Leary, Diane Browne and staff from the local branch, Liam Murphy, Joan Collins, Elaine and staff from the Coláiste and Maurice O’Connell, Chairman of Abbeyfeale Community Council and his committee members for all the work that went into the organisation, setting up and dismantling of the Expo. Thank you too, to Fr. Tony Mullins PP for the use of the church car park and to the local businesses who sponsored prizes, tickets and food. It was a joint affair and brought the whole community together for a weekend of fun, friendship and networking. Well done, the only question remaining is when will the next one be!

KNOCKNASNA ABU: Well done to Faith Kennelly who attends Knocknasna N.S. and who was the winner of the Primary Schools Poetry competition during the Bank of Ireland Expo held over the weekend in Abbeyfeale. As well as winning the first prize of a tablet Faith was also celebrating her 10th birthday on Friday so warm congratulations to her and all her family. Faith is daughter of Declan and Karen Kennelly, Knocknasna and granddaughter to proud grannies Kathleen Kennelly and Nell Woulfe, Glin. Faith who took to public speaking, in front of a packed hall, like a duck to water told a clearly enthralled compere Marty Morrissey that she plans to be a Barrister when she grows up. Watch this space!

COMMUNITY ALERT: Abhaile is a new service offered by MABS to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. You can contact the MABS Helpline 0761 07 2000, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WARMER HOMES: IRD Duhallow, a Community Based Organisation based in Newmarket Co Cork, operates the Warmer Homes Scheme in North Cork, South Limerick and all of County Kerry. This scheme provides attic and cavity wall insulation services to help improve the energy efficiency of homes while also reducing fuel bills. This service is free of charge: If you are in receipt of any one of the following payments, you may be eligible to receive insulation services free of charge Fuel Allowance or Family Income Supplement Jobseekers Allowance (for more than 6 months and have children under 7 years or One Parent Family Payment. Houses must be owner occupied and constructed before 2006. Contact IRD Duhallow on 029 60633 for further details.

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. Rev. Mother Concepta has arrived home from Africa and is taking charge of the religious ceremony much to the chagrin of the bride who had no notion of saying the obey word and was planning using the following: Paddy, do you take Mary, to be your partner in the adventure that lies ahead?
Do you promise to walk by her side to the ends of the earth?
To love, encourage, and support her in her every endeavour?
Do you commit to opening yourself up completely to her and share with her your entire being?
To share her laughter as well as tears?
Do you take her as your wife for now until the end of time?

There was war in Knockbrack all week with Rev. Mother Concepta leading the charge and the night promises more of the same. Abbeyfeale Drama Group will be playing a leading role in this Mock Wedding event so need I say more – it will be a howl. Further information 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.

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

DOG WARDEN VISITS ABBEYFEALE: Limerick City and County Council wishes to announce that its Dog Wardens are commencing a programme of inspections of dog licences throughout Athea, Abbeyfeale and Carrigkerry over the coming weeks. Dog owners will be required, on request, to produce a dog licence for their dog.

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 it is unlawful for a person to keep a dog without a dog licence. Please note that persons found in ownership of a dog for which they do not have a licence may be liable for a fine of €100.00.A dog licence costs €20.00 and can be purchased at Limerick City and County Council offices at Merchants Quay, Limerick, at Dooradoyle, Limerick, at any Limerick City and County Council Area Office, at any Post Office or online at http://doglicence.limerick.ie/

GLÓRACH THEATRE: An evening of musical delights featuring city and county acts including Philip Enright, Bella Ciao and The Mysterious Mr. Valentine will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Friday March 31. It promises to be a night not to be missed so make sure to keep that date free in your diary.

FUNDRAISERS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ACC): Bank of Ireland as part of their sponsorship of the Abbeyfeale Expo have offered to match the first €1,000 raised by the ACC so your support for the following fundraisers would be much appreciated. 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: A big thank you to all who took part in the Table Quiz in Cryle View Bar on Friday night. Preparations are continuing for the annual 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. The next meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday. March 13 at 7pm. All are welcome.

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.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: The winners of the card game on Shrove Tuesday night, with fourteen games, were Billy O Connell, Breda O Connell and Mary O Connell. Runners-up, with twelve games were Eileen Reidy, Billy Lane and Donal O Connor.

Table Prize: Bill Blair, Jerry O Connor and Tim Harnett.

Door Prizes: Bridie Collins, Margaret Mc Carthy.

Raffle Tickets: Jack O Sullivan, Eileen Finnegan, Paddy O Sullivan, Kathleen Lenihan, Noreen O Callaghan, Dixie Quirke.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday night at 9.15 sharp, le cúnamhDé.

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.

GOOD FRIDAY CLEAN UP: Following on from the roaring successes of the Team Limerick Clean-Up and TLC 2, we are delighted to announce that the clean-up, will take place again this year on Good Friday, April 14. Abbeyfeale parish were fantastic last year at TLC 2 and played such massive part in the event and we are hoping that you will once again be represented. For further information, please email tlc@limerick.ie or call 061496200.

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. 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.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: The March meeting of County Limerick Beekeepers Association will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 8pm in Mungret GAA Hall. The speaker Billy O’Rourke will speak on the topic Flora for Bees.

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

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS 2017 REPORT: The Abbeyfeale Harriers 2017 Hunting Festival has concluded for another year. Hunt clubs from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Armagh, Tyrone and Wexford participated in the weeks hunting. Hunt supporters from all over Ireland and beyond enjoyed the weeks sport and socialising at this annual get together. A donation has been made to the Irish Cancer Society. The Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to give a special thanks to all those that supported the hunt festival including: The clubs that participated. The hunt followers who came from all over Ireland and beyond. The publicans who kindly sponsored the food after each hunt. The Scartaglin Harriers for hosting the hunt meet in Scartaglin. And most importantly to the farmers and landowners in the areas that were hunted and who have always been very supportive. All of your support is greatly appreciated. We would like to wish everybody good health and fortune for the coming year, and we’ll look forward to meeting up at the hunting festival again next year.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning to individuals around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more you can contact Finn or Lynne at West Limerick Resources on 069 61316 or Adrienne & Dee on 069 62222. Keep up to date with us on Facebook: www.wlr.ie/facebook

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

INTERNATIONAL 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.

WEST 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. You are invited to dress in green and the theme of the meeting will be green! Admission €5 which covers cost of refreshments and rent of the room. Further information from Gerard Mannix on 087 2193670.

BORD NA nOG : 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.

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 Saturday 11am Pa Colbert, Killarney Road. 7pm Ned & Peggy Leahy & Emmet Leahy Anniv. Peg McCarthy, Cahirlane. Michael Walsh, Dromtrasna Kitty Fitzgerald, Railway Bar. Sunday 9.30am Sean, Margaret & Lukeen Scannell. Monday 7pm Betty Breen Month Mind. Confirmation Programme will take place on Sunday, March 12 at 10.30.am

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 .

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.

DESERT DAY DURING THE SEASON OF LENT: A Desert Day will take place in Westbourne, Ashbourne Avenue on Saturday, March 11 from 10.30 – 5.30pm. The day will give you an opportunity to enter more deeply into the season of Lent in the peaceful surroundings of Westbourne Convent. There will be time for quiet prayer, reflection, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and will conclude with the Eucharist. Booking is essential as places are limited. For information contact: Sr. Phyllis Moynihan at 0879636893 Email: phymoy@yahoo.co.uk

LENTEN TALKS: The series of Lenten talks this year will invite local Limerick based charities to speak about the needs of the people that they offer support to. The names of these charities are familiar but we may not know what they offer to the people who come to them. It is an invitation to gain insight and open our hearts to people in need within our community. Wednesday, March 8 Adapt House Support for women and children suffering domestic abuse Wednesday March 15 Grow Support for mental health Wednesday, March 22 Bedford Row Project Support for prisoners and their families Wednesday, March 29 Doras Luimní Support for asylum seekers and refugees Location: Blessed Terence Albert Hall entrance on Dominic Street, opposite Costello’s pub Time: 7.30 Pm Donation of €5 invited The talks are organised by the Terence Albert Faith Formation group who promote adult faith development with a Dominican ethos. Enquiries to: 083 4748126.

INVITATION: The Environmental Pillar is hosting an interactive seminar in Limerick at the Savoy Hotel Limerick, Henry St, Limerick with Liadh Ní Riada MEP on Friday, March 10 from 1- 4pm. The seminar will cover a number of different topics around your rights as an EU citizen. Tea, coffee and sandwiches on arrival. A brief introduction to the Environmental Pillar. The EU institutions and EU Directives: A short overview. Access to Information on the Environment (AIE): What it is, how to use it. The Circular Economy: EU working to make the world a more sustainable place.

RATHKEALE& DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The next talk on Friday, March 10 at 8.30 pm will be on "THE 1641 REBELLION " Speaker: Dr. Jack Fennell of University of Limerick. He is a researcher specialising in literary history, popular literature and folklore. His book Irish Science Fiction was published in 2014 by Liverpool University Press.Venue: Arts Centre, Carnegie Library, Rathkeale. All are welcome.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND: The Irish Augustinians are hosting a Vocation Weekend from Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2. This will be in their Drogheda Community and is open to any interested male over the age of 18. The Augustinians have been in Ireland close to 800 years and our charism is "community" as well as seeking God with a "restless heart". For more information please contact Fr Colm O Mahonyosaon 086 88 45 747 or augustinianvocations

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.

OLDER PERSONS CONCERNS: MIC is delighted to announce that the Annual MA in Education & Wellbeing of the Older Person Free Public Lecture Series will take place on March 10 from 6.30pm-9pm in T204, Tara Building, MIC. According to Liz Early, MA in Education and Well-being of the Older Person programme co-ordinator; “These lectures are a must for all those interested in issues affecting older people in society today.’ All Talks are free to attend but pre-booking is required. For more information and to book Email: liz.early

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.

ANAM CARA: supporting bereaved parents. Next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday, March 14 from 7.30 – 9pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haigs Terrace, Killerisk, Tralee. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

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.

HEALING MINISTRY: A weekend of praise, worship and healing – Rochestown Park, Cork. March 11/12. Main celebrants Fr Michael Fitzgerald and Fr John Keane with Maria Vadia healing ministry. Begins at 10am both days. Further info: Celia 087 2405568/Pat 087 2505528. For buses contact Geraldine 085 1683618/Darren 087 7994045.

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

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

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

PILGRIMAGES: Knock to New York Pilgrimage May 8-14 next. Knock Shrine will lead a historic pilgrimage from Ireland west Airport, Knock in May. Flight-only tickets are now available, price €599 (icl. taxes and charges) with Aer Lingus private charter. Full packages are also available which include flights, accommodation and itinerary. Contact Joe Walsh Tours for more information (01) 241 0800 or email: bronwyn.clinton or see E:infoThe annual pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place on the week of the June 21-26. Fully inclusive fare €719.00. Alba Hotel €709.00. Hospital Pilgrim Fare €609.00. (Applications Limited for this Section) Closing Date: April 30. For further details contact: Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Limerick Social Services Office. Tel: (061) 314 111 Early booking is highly recommended

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.

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 12from 12.45 p.m. to3.00p.m.atthe Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.