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 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 –

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 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:

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: 98% of young people in Ireland use the Internet. Get information on how to protect them on 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 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 ;

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.

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 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, /

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 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 .


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 – 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 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.