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

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 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 or email

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:

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

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

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

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

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

To see the daily readings you may log on to and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.The Adoration Chart is available behind the Tabernacle if you wish to commit for one hour a week in adoration during Lent. It is important to have a name down for every hour but could we have two or more names for every hour in case one couldn’t attend .

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:

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. 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.