PROLOGUE: "Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later."
Eloisa James

WELL DONE BRIDGET: Congratulations to Bridget O’ Flaherty, Knocknasna and Abbey Tyres, Mountmahon who won the Jackpot of €9,200 at Fr Casey’s GAA Weekly Spin & Win.

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.

CELEBRATE SPRING AT THE GLÓRACH: Last Friday night saw us celebrate spring in style at the Glórach Theatre, with a concert that encompassed a wide variety of musical styles. First up was acclaimed local group, Lost Souls, who got the night off to a good start with their beautiful harmonies complimented by backing on guitars and bass from Mick O’Donnell, Gary O’Keefe and D Dennison. Philip Enright followed up with three wonderful traditional songs, before Limerick based jazz duo The Mysterious Mr Valentine brought us to the interval with the mesmeric guitar playing of Rory Keane and the soulful vocals of Birgit Burhenne, with their interpretations of the songs ‘Under the Bridge’ and ‘Fifty ways to leave your lover’ being particular highlights. The genial Dinny Keogh opened up the second half with a medley of old favourites, before Stephen (Steo) Wall followed with a mixture of powerful and heartfelt songs. Bella Ciao gave us a rousing finish, with the trio of Batt O’Connor, Leo Hayes and Mick Lacey mixing trad, folk and country and delivering stirring renditions of ‘She moved through the Fair’ and the wonderful Shane McGowan composition, ‘Summer in Siam.’ A wonderful night, and what was extremely gratifying was the genuine warmth that all the musicians expressed towards the Glórach, and the desire to play there again in the future. A big thank you to everyone involved who made the night possible, to all the musicians who took part and finally to you, the public, who supported us last Friday and helped make the night such a special occasion.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: This year’s walk/run takes place in Newcastle West on Saturday, May 6 at 4 am, starting at The Desmond Complex (new venue) Gortboy. Seniors, Students (aged 16 & upwards) and unwaged €15. Children under 16 can register free but if they want a T-shirt it will cost €3.50. Groups of 5 or more can avail of a 20% discount. You can also register online at Registration will take place at Feale fit Mountmahon (opposite Kostal)Tuesday, April 4 from 6pm -8pm, Saturday, April 15 from 12am – 2pm and on Saturday, April 29 from 12am – 2pm. For further information contact Breda 087 7715734

TIDY TOWNS: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be taking part in the Limerick TLC Clean Up on Good Friday April 14 from 11am- 1 pm meeting in the square at 10.45am. We are looking for volunteers and all help would be much appreciated.

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.

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 before Friday, April 7.

DUAGH GRAVEYARD: We hope to begin working at the graveyard on Thursday night April 7 from 6pm onwards.

LAST CARD GAME IN MEENKILLY: A very successful card season is now coming to a close, with the last card game being held on Tuesday next 11 April, commencing at 9.15pm sharp. Tea and treats will be provided and there will be loads of spot prizes. The winners of last week’s card game, with 14 games were Marian Roche, Beth Collins and Dan Joe Casey. Two teams tied for second place: Sean O Connor, Paddy Sheehan, Gobnait Scannell and Mossie Gleeson, Tom Nelligan, Maurice Collins. Table Prize: Breda O Connell, Billy O Connell and Mary O Connell. Door Prize: Dan Reidy and Jack O Sullivan. Raffle Tickets: Dixie Quirke, Bridie Collins (x2) Danny O Connell, Liam O Connor, Gobnait Scannell

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: The next meeting of the network will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at 7.30pm in the West Limerick Resources boardroom. It is important that all members attend as there are important decisions to be made as we plan ahead.

ABBEYFEALE’S ROSE OF TRALEE CONTESTANT: Best of luck to trainee dentist, Abbeyfeale’s Nadine Smith who will be participating in the 2017 Limerick Rose competition. Nadine was crowned Queen of the Races 2016 at the Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony Races and as part of her prizes she was sponsored for the Limerick Rose. The event will be held at 7pm Saturday, April 15 in The Bunratty Castle Hotel. Tickets are €25 and should be purchased in advance due to high demand. We wish you all the luck in the world, Nadine who is a great community person here in Abbeyfeale.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Abbeyfeale is the place to be on the May Bank Holiday weekend where Traditional Musicians and Music Lovers are expected to converge on the town, some to participate in the various events and others to soak up the lively atmosphere at Fleadh by the Feale. It is also a fantastic opportunity for musicians and singers who wish to improve their standard of playing and singing to avail of the Master Workshops which take place on Saturday, April 29 at the earlier time of 11.00am-2.00pm. Some of Ireland’s finest tutors have been engaged to pass on their skills and techniques at this year’s workshops,

Tutors are: Fiddle –Tara Breen/Niall Murphy; Flute – Gary Shannon;

Concertina – Paul Clesham; Accordion – Conor Moriarty; Banjo – Adrian McAuliffe;

Bodhrán – Eamon Rooney and Singing – Elle Marie O Dwyer. The classes are open to all age groups for advanced and improvers categories only. They are not suitable for beginners. This will be followed by a Youth Trad Session which is a new event on the programme which takes place at Donal & Ann’s Bar, Main Street commencing from 2.00pm-4.00pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Mighty Frankie Gavin and De Dannan Concert on Sunday, April 30 at 8.00pm from Slice of Life 068-32655; Abbey Tile 068-31661; Celine 087 7697672 and Mary 087 7419343. A Concert not to be missed!

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

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting Wednesday, April 5 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855.

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: Next sale Easter Sunday, April 16 at the Community Centre, NCW. Further information 06966200.

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.

FOOD CLOUD INFORMATION EVENING: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, West Limerick Resources has organised an Information Evening at our Offices at West Limerick Resources (next to Sean Hennessy’s) on Tuesday ,April 11 at 7.30pm in Newcastle West. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities in the area 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 on 069 66293 or email

DOMESTIC ABUSE: If you ever feel afraid of someone in your own home or someone you are dating, if you ever feel humiliated or put down, unable to ‘be yourself’ in your relationship you may be experiencing domestic abuse. Talking to someone can help you to decide what to do and help to keep yourself and your children safe. A Support Worker from ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services will meet a woman on a one-to-one basis by appointment, in Newcastle West, Kilmallock or Limerick, just phone 061 412354, or the 24 Hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504 and ask for an Outreach appointment. The location is private and the service is confidential. Supports offered are: Emotional Support; Safety Planning; Advocacy in accessing services; Court accompaniment; Accommodation. There is no charge for this service. Support Groups meet weekly and many women find it helpful to meet and talk with others who are or have been in similar situations. To find out more just ring Jess or Majellaon 061 412354.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Text Alert forms available from any member of the committee or at the Garda Station from community Garda Roger O’Donoghue. recommends parents to do the following if their child is being bullied. Don’t Reply: Young people should never reply to messages that harass or annoy them. The bully wants to know they have upset their target. If they get a response it feeds into the problem and makes things worse. Keep the Messages: By keeping nasty messages your child will be able to produce a record of the bullying, the dates and the times. This will be useful for any subsequent school or Garda investigation. Block the Sender: No one needs to put up with someone harassing them. Whether its mobile phones, social networking or chat rooms, children can block contacts through service providers. Report Problems: Ensure your child reports any instances of cyber-bullying to websites or service providers. Sites like Facebook have reporting tools. By using these, your child will be passing important information to people who can help eradicate cyber-bullying.

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 110am William and Julia Madden. Niamh and John James O’Donoghue. Thursday 10am Micheal Ahern and parents. Friday 7pm Mary D A O’Connor, 1st. Anniversary. Saturday 7pm Sean Enright, Purt. Patrick Lane and deceased family members, Grogeen. Larry Harnett and deceased family members. Sunday 9.30am Patrick and Tom McCarthy, Caherhayes. 12 noon Dan Murphy, Abbey Tiles and Killarney Rd.

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.

YOUTH 2000 KILLARNEY RETREAT: Young people aged 16-35 are invited to a residential retreat at St. Brendan’s College next weekend. Further information 0863066892.

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.

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.

KNOCK SHRINE PREPARES FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: Join us at Knock Shrine for a Family Day of Faith, Inspiration and Sharing on Saturday, April 8. Hear guest speakers Timothy Bartlett and Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien discuss what to expect for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Listen to families sharing testimonies of personal journey and challenges of family life. Taking place in the Rest & Care Centre from 11am with Mass at 3pm celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Activities and workshops will be provided for children (5 years and over) and young people attending. All are welcome.
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JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockaloucca.

ANAM CARA, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday, April 11 from 7.30 – 9pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haigs Terrace, Killerisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. 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.

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.

ult help. The age profile of the volunteers is currently dominated by over 60s with a number of diligent workers in their 70s and 80s. There is extremely sparse representation of under 40s in the grouping and this will have to be improved upon as the older members of the group cannot go on indefinitely. Please consider lending a hand throughout the year. All help would be appreciated