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 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 –

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:

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.

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.

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 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.

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.