PROLOGUE : "Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy."
Isaac Newton

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of Timothy T. O’Connor, Kilmanahan whose death occurred recently. May he rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA VARIETY CONCERT: We are holding a variety concert in the Glórach on Friday, June 16 as a fundraiser for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan. Artistes will include ; Comedian Katie Moloney, The Broderick Family, Shauna O’Donoghue and friends, Riona Curtin and The Cantors, Nicole Doyle Prendeville and Trad friends and The Flynn sisters. Admission €10. Booking essential on 087 1383940.

ART EXHIBITION: Abbey Art Group are holding an exhibition of their work in the Library from Friday, June 16 – Friday, June 23. The official opening is at 3pm on Friday, June 16 and is open to friends, family and all members of the public. All the Art work on display is by the members who have been attending the classes held on Thursdays at the Adult Education Centre (The Old Tech) under the expert guidance of tutor Maureen Barry Fitzgerald. The exhibition will include a variety of styles and images and is well worth a visit.

RETIREMENT: Best wishes to Dan Shine, Knconlea who is retiring as Housing Foreman with Limerick Co. Council this week after 34 years. We wish himself and Mary many happy health filled years of retirement.

PARISH OUTING WITH COMMUNITY ALERT: Tickets at €35 are now on sale for a day trip on Wednesday, July 26 to Dingle which will include a trip around Slea Head and a four course Early Bird dinner in Jim McCarthy’s award winning restaurant Chart House. Jim is originally from Feale View and his restaurant has been named one of the 100 best Irish restaurants by The Sunday Business Post for 2017. The bus will leave at 9am from Convent St. and return at 9pm. Interest is high so if you would like a seat please ring Mary 0876377310, Kathleen 0876253154 or Marian 0876866450.

‘THE MORE MONEY THAT’S IN; THE MORE YOU WIN’: West Limerick 102fm will be holding a fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place weekly live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each on sale now in local shops and West Limerick 102fm offices, Pat O’Donovan offices, North quay, Newcastle West, Ann Lyons Abbeyfeale and Beauty Bliss Rathkeale. Call us on 06966200 for further information.

GLORACH FILM CLUB: PRO Lorcan Curtin reports: “A great crowd turned up for the showing of the classic film, Ryan’s Daughter at the Glórach Theatre last Wednesday, very positive feedback overall, and delighted to say that we will have any heating issues in the auditorium rectified for our next film, The Quiet Man, which will be showing on Wednesday, July 5. Look forward to seeing you there for this classic John Ford film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.”

LAUNCH OF NEW CD: Donie Lyons, singer and musician has a CD on sale in Ann Lyons, Main St. It will be officially launched at the monthly singing night in Philip Enrights on the first Friday in August.

ANNUAL NOVENA: Limerick’s Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help takes place from June 16 – 24 with 10 sessions each day. The theme of this year’s Novena is “Home isn’t a Place, It’s You and Me.” The focus will be on Family Life. Check out times of Masses, healing service, children’s Mass etc. on

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Registration for the annual St. Ita’s Faith Camp which takes place from Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4 will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 7pm – 8pm and Thursday, June 15 from 8 – 9pm at St Mary’s Boys School. 2017 Confirmation children especially welcome. We are also asking families to host our visiting volunteers this year. We need bed and breakfast accommodation for the volunteers who come from afar – all other meals will be supplied at the School. We welcome any person who is 15 years or over to volunteer for the camp as much help is needed during our 4 days. Contact Martina 087 2788834 or Lorraine 086 3765751.

MEET UNDER FR. CASEY: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be meeting in the Square this Wednesday from 7pm-8pm. We are looking for new members & would welcome anyone who has an hour to spare to come & join us.

MILFORD CARE CENTRE AND ANAM CARA: Anam Cara are holding a Bereavement Information evening on Tuesday, June 20 from 7-9pm in Milford Care Centre. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. RSVP to by Monday, June 19 or call 01 4045378.

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

SUMMER SETS IN NORTH KERRY: Summer sets in Clounmacon Community Centre commenced Monday, June 12 at 8:30pm. Minimum skill required. Three tutors. Further information 087-9451247.

FIRST AID COURSE: A First Aid course will take place on Saturday, June 17 from 12 noon to 4pm in Rathkeale Community Centre covering all aspects of First Aid including CPR. €20 per person with all proceeds going to WL102fm. Further information 069 66200.

SUMMER CAMPS 2017: West Limerick Resources summer camps are open to children aged 6 to 12 years. Participants must have completed senior infants. Activities include Sports, Games, Dance, Arts & Crafts. All camps are free of charge and healthy snacks and drinks are also provided. Priority is given to those in receipt of Social Welfare. Abbeyfeale Camp on July 5 & 6, 10am – 2.30pm. All children must be pre-registered. Please contact Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 4477338 or Mary on 087 9382883 for details.

THANK YOU: Sr’s. Consilio & Agnes Fitzgerald of Cuan Mhuire, Bruree, would sincerely like to thank the parishioners of Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas for their very generous contribution of €660.00 in our recent church gate collection. It is much appreciated in these hard times. To our loyal collectors we would like to extend a sincere thank you who year after year stand out in all kinds of weather for this worthy cause. Without them we would not be able to continue, so thanks again to everyone who helped out and contributed. Also to Cannon Tony Mullins PP thanks very much for allowing us hold our annual church gate collection.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY RACES: The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year by kind permission on the lands of John and Anthony Relihan on Sunday, July 2. We expect the usual high standard of racing with some of the best and future champions of racing taking part. The hard working committee is busy preparing and we would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued help and support in making this one of the biggest meetings in the Southern region. We are also running a Queen of the Races competition with the winner going on to represent us in the Rose of Tralee qualifying heats. Well done to Nadine Smith who was our representative and did a great job this year, entry is free for this so anyone interested in entering please contact Donal McAuliffe or Martina Kelly in Duagh. There is also a colouring competition in association with all the local schools and on the day the winners will be on show in the marquee. There will be a full bar and hot food available with a barn dance taking place after racing. For any enquiries please contact a committee member.

SVP: We are delighted to report that the St. Vincent de Paul shop has opened on Main St. and will be open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm. Further information 087 1213560.

TRAINING IN USE OF DEFIBRILLATOR: It is planned to train up a group of people in the use of defibrillators. If you would be willing to receive the training please email with your details and contact number to

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: Wednesday, June 14 at 8pm.

SOCIAL FARMING – West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming, please contact us on 069 62222. We look forward to hearing from you.

CAR BOOT SALE NEWS: Chairman Pat O’Donovan and the Board of West Limerick 102fm Community Radio would like to advise our regular traders and loyal customers that due to the rapid decline in the Car boot trade over the last twelve months, it is with regret, that we have taken the decision that this fundraiser will be discontinued.

The Board and volunteers would like to thank all who supported our Car boot fundraisers over the last 11 years. A special thank you to Mary Lynch NCW, Graham Duncan Ballylin, Ardagh and John O’Sullivan Meenkilly Abbeyfeale for all their help over the years. We would also like to thank the board and staff of the Newcastle West Community Centre for all their support over the years. We hope that the community and beyond will continue to support our other various fundraisers which are vital to the survival of your Community Radio.

FOOD CLOUD: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the Food Cloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. Food Cloud 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. 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. Please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email

SEARCH ON FOR STORYTELLERS: The organisers of the Sean McCarthy Memorial Festival, held every August Bank Holiday weekend in Finuge in North Kerry are hoping to reach out to Storytellers and invite them to take part in the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition which is part of the weekend. They say; “We are trying to reach out to the storytellers of Ireland and abroad to let them know that, the competition is now open for entries. We are delighted to say, that we have been attracting a very high calibre of storytellers for the last twenty four years. Eamon Kelly himself was a wonderful supporter of our festival.

If you know someone who would be interested in entering the Mick McCarthy storytelling competition and being in with a chance to win €1000, we would be delighted to hear from them.

If you require more information, our website is, or you can call 068 40203.”

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 –

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 or To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please log onto our website and enter your email address in the subscription box.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of every month.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: If you are travelling in Europe this summer be sure to apply to the HSE for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You can apply by post or online, further details on the HSE website. The card entitles the carrier to the same access to healthcare as locals when travelling in an EU or EEA country. Defibrillators in Abbeyfeale are located at the Search and Rescue Headquarters and also at Fr. Casey’s, the Rugby Club and the Soccer grounds. Should you require one in an emergency contact Christy Kelleher 0877452110. Should you be affected by or witness an anti social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastlewest on 069 20650 to log your complaint. You can also log your complaint on the 24 hr free phone no 1800 283064. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. 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. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy 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.

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

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 –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Intentions for the week: Saturday 11am Clara (Baby) Tobin, Loughfouder. 7pm John Leahy, Corner House. Sunday 9.30am Tim and Margaret Finnucane and daughter Margaret, St. Ita’s Terrace. 12 noon Dan and Madge Cusack and deceased family members.

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 Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

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”.

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: Marian Pilgrimages, June 28 – July 4. €679. Depart Dublin. Colin Hayes, Castlematrix 087 7923037. SIAMSA TÍRE are holding auditions for young people aged 7 – 12 on Saturday, June 17 from 10am – 2pm at Siamsa Tíre Theatre. Audition is by appointment only, so please call 066)7123055 to make an appointment.

CHARISMATIC CONFERENCE: Celebrate 50 years of Charismatic Renewal in the Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m., concluding with Mass at 6.30 p.m. This is a one-day national event. Tickets: €20.

THE RELICS OF ST TERESA (MOTHER TERESA) OF CALCUTTA: These will come to Killarney Cathedral on Saturday July 8 & Sunday July 9. Details to follow.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: A Day with Mary: Celebrate the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima preached by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dan O’Riordan P.P. Castleisland, Saturday, June 17, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

PILGRIMAGE TO PIETRELCINA AND SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO with the Killarney St Padre Pio Prayer Group September 18- 22, Group organiser Michael Clifford. Contact Marian Pilgrimages 01 8788159

LIVING THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA Retreat on Saturday, June 17 from 9- 4pm in Queen of the Divine Will Oratory, Camp. Rosary, Mass, Adoration, Confessions. Bring a packed lunch.

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

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

MASS ON INISFALLEN ISLAND AND ABBEY: Friday, June 16 at 6.30 p.m. Boats leave from Ross Castle from 4.30 p.m. onwards. It is open to all and is a lovely opportunity to join our prayer now with the rich tradition of the monks of old..

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.