PROLOGUE: "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone."Reba McEntire.

DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathy to the families of the late Pa Reidy, Meenkilly, Ann McCarthy Rothery N.T, Knocknasna and Creggane and Fr. Pat Moore P.P. Duagh. May they all rest in peace.

SHOW STOPPERS: Scoil Mháthair Dé Performing Arts Society presents Show Stoppers at Colaiste Íde agus Íosef on Friday night, May 5 at 7pm. Admission Adults €10, children €5.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: WL102fm will hold their monthly Saturday market on Saturday, May 6. Gates open 8am. Car €5, Van €10, Large Van €15. Further information Bernadette 069 66200 or email

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The monthly meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday,May 4 at 7.20pm in Leens Hotel.

KILEENAGH HOLY WELL: The Rosary will be recited at the Holy Well in Kileenagh each Friday evening during Mary’s Month – May. If it’s too far for you to travel to – there is also a rosary recited every weekday evening at 7.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel all year round by the Legion of Mary and in the main Church every Saturday evening at 6.30opm before the Vigil Mass.

GRAVEYARD SPRING CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa spring clean is on every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help always welcome.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The 23rd Fleadh by the Feale was an outstanding success this year and all credit must lie with the committee who filled the town with people, music, song and dance. The weather too, played its part and for once the rain fell everywhere else but here.

DAY NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA: The Legion of Mary and the Adoration Committee are inviting you to join them in a 9 day Novena of rosaries to Our lady of Fatima beginning on Thursday May 4 and ending on Friday May 12 . Rosary begins each evening @ 7.30pm in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Fr Tony will celebrate Mass in honour of our Lady on her feast day Saturday May 13@ 11am. Please encourage others to come as we pray and place our petitions before our heavenly Mother.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY Eileen O’Brien, Bridge Street will host her annual Tea Day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland on Monday, May 8 from 2pm to 6pm. All are welcome. Goodies Galore!!!

TABLE QUIZ: Cleary’s Bar, Goat Street, Newcastle West Friday, May 5 at 9.00 p.m. €5 per person. Spot prizes and raffle! Proceeds in aid of local community radio West Limerick 102fm.

CHANGE OF VENUE: The West Limerick Heritage Network are now meeting at The Red Door, The Square, NCW at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 3.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Our annual Church Gate collection will be taken up at all Masses on May 6/7. We appreciate your support. Advice re Cyber bullying of young people: Don’t reply, the bully wants to know they have caused upset – if they get a response it feeds them and makes them worse. Keep all messages so that there is a record if the Gardai or school gets involved. Block the caller by contacting the service provider. Sites like Facebook have reporting tools so use them. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Plans are underway to hold a summer outing for the elderly in our community, keep an eye on the notes each week and the FB page for further details. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Brody and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

SPINATHON FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS; Friday, May 5 is Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day. Fealefit Strength &Conditioning, Mountmahon are holding a Spinathon on the day 7am – 10pm to help raise funds. We need people to fill slots and keep our stationary Spin bikes going for 15 hours. No level of fitness required, just need to keep those pedals turning at your preferred pace. It is €5 for a 15 minute slot and you can do as many as you wish. Contact Shane 0872891015 or Kadie 0877771552 for further details.

SVP: We are recruiting volunteers for our new St. Vincent De Paul shop in the town. The shop will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. The shop will have two shifts – 10.00 – 1.30pm and 1.30 – 5.00pm. If you have some time to give and would like to be part of our team or need more information please contact us on 087 1213560. We would love to have you work in our shop. The work and time you will give to the Vincent de Paul as a volunteer in our shop will be invaluable. By this work you will be making a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Volunteering is a gift to the community.

FEALEFIT OFFERS TRAINING PACKAGE: Fealefit Strength & Conditioning are offering a young Athlete between the ages of 12-16 the opportunity to win a Training package worth €2500 and take their training to the next level & compete at a higher level in their chosen field whether it be an individual or team sport! We are delighted to have teamed up with Adrenalin Sports who will kit out the chosen athlete with footwear, apparel and accessories. We will coach, track, liaise, monitor & develop the individual’s functional movement and strength & conditioning capabilities relevant to their sport and age and help them to progress. They will have unlimited use of our facilities, constant functional assessment & fitness testing, nutritional advice and one to one sessions every week with our team of trainers. This is an excellent opportunity for a young local athlete to excel under our guidance. Send us an email to Fealefit on your sporting / training background & why you would excel at this opportunity.

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 You can register on Friday, May 5 at The Red Door Newcastle West from 4 pm to 9 pm. Late registrations also taken at the Complex on the night. For further information contact Breda 087 7715734.

REMEMBERING ZOE: A darts tournament will be held at the Ballintemple Inn, NCW on Friday, May 5 to raise funds for Remembering Zoë. Entry €10. Contact Caroline on 0872569050. It’s just a fortnight until the third Remembering Zoë Cycle Challenge around the 8 parishes which surround Abbeyfeale to be held on Sunday, May 14 – there are 3 routes: 110 km, 75 km or 40 km and online registration is now open – you can register by clicking on ; By registering on-line you are automatically entered in a draw for the following spot prizes: €100 voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, Killarney and a €100 voucher for iBikes Cycle Shop, Killarney. All participating cyclists will receive a specially designed finisher’s medal. Then on Sunday, May 28 the annual Fun Day takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse and grounds with gates open at 2pm. The committee are delighted to report that Zoë’s Zip Line has finally opened for children’s use at Abbeyfeale Town Park and is zipping across the landscape from morning to night.

FR.CASEYS LADIES GAA FEILE FUNDRAISER: Please donate your unwanted clothes & textiles to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Girls U14 team who have qualified for the Feile finals in Cavan in June. Any REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bed linen, soft toys are accepted. Please drop off bags at the GAA complex on Sunday mornings, 10.30-11.30 am between now and the end of May. Contact Mike 0872279922, Ha 0861071620, Laura 0871651529 or Pat 0879030745 if you need any assistance.

‘FREE TO BE’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE (PART 1): West Limerick Resources (SICAP) will roll out the very popular ‘Free to be’ Personal Development Course (Part 1) in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, starting Monday May 8 from 10 – 12 noon, for 6 weeks finishing on June 19. This course is free to anybody in receipt of social welfare payments, those who feel they would like to be part of a group, parents, parenting alone, people living in a disadvantage area or who have children with learning difficulty. This programme is about well-being which benefits you and your family. If you are interested in attending please book a place with Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883 or contact Nora at West Limerick Resources on 068 31198. Booking is essential.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The last of the tea dances for this season takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 21 with dancing to Noel Cronin. Funds raised go to Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12.30pm. New people always welcome. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

COMMUNITY NATTERS: West Limerick Resources are now producing a monthly community newsletter entitled ‘Community Natters’. With this newsletter, we hope to reach out to the many community groups in our area and communicate some useful hints and information as well as highlighting some new and interesting projects happening around us. As always, we are hoping to engage with as many voluntary organisations as possible, so please feel free to get in touch with any member of the team at West Limerick Resources if you have any events/projects currently happening in your community. Please let us know by emailing us at damien.ahern or dcleary. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website and enter your email address in the subscription box.

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

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters on Wednesday, May 3 in the Desmond Complex NCW. Further information 087 7972855. The newly formed club in Listowel holds their next meeting on Thursday, May 18 at the Listowel Arms Hotel . Contact 087 2193670.

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. Thursday 10am Henry McGill & Kay & Tom Regan. Friday 10am Purgatorial . Saturday 7pm John & Stasia McGill and deceased family members. Mary Lyons and deceased family members. Sunday 9.30am Denis O’Brien, Purt .John & Noreen, William & Eileen Leahy, Ballaugh. Denis & Joan Collins & Margaret Connaughton . 12noon Pro Populo

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration has resumed. It will continue then as usual every Tuesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome. We thank you all for making our Perpetual Adoration such a success. Because of your commitment to an hour per week we are able to continue this wonderful gift we have in our Parish. 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. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on

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. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

PADRE Pio Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

MAUREEN IS OFF ON HER TRAVELS AGAIN: She’s taking a bus to Inishboffin and if you have the free travel you won’t have to pay on the ferry. The bus will pick up en route in Listowel, Abbeyfeale, NCW, Rathkeale, Adare and the South Court. Early booking is essential 087 9845102.

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.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: The monthly rambling house in Monagae Community Centre takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.