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 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

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

"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 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 .

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.