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

from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.TABLE QUIZ: A Table Quiz to help fundraise for the Christmas Lights will take place at the Winners’ Circle Pub on Friday, June 23 at 9pm. There will be plenty of spot prizes and loads of craic so please turn up and help make Abbeyfeale look festive next December.

ART EXHIBITION: Abbey Art Group are holding an exhibition of their work in the Library from Friday, June 16 – Friday, June 23. 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 includes over 70 pieces in a variety of styles and images and is well worth a visit.

BANK OF IRELAND BRANCH WILL BE SELF SERVICE: There will no longer be cash services offered in the Abbeyfeale Branch from August 16. Self-service banking and financial advice will be on offer each week day. If you need coin, cash exchange or foreign exchange you will have to go to a neighbouring branch ie Newcastlewest or Listowel between 10am -12.30pm or to Tralee or Killarney for service from 10am – 4pm. Foreign exchange is available at the Post Office and the Credit Union

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: A huge thank you to all those who attended our summer variety concert in the Glorach last Friday night. Thank you too, to the performers and to those who donated spot prizes, purchased raffle tickets and helped with the catering. It was a great night.

PARISH OUTING WITH COMMUNITY ALERT: Tickets at €35 are almost sold out 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. Please drop the ticket money to Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. before July15. There are just 2 seats left so if you would like to travel please ring Mary 0876377310, Kathleen 0876253154 or Marian 0876866450.

GLÓRACH NEWS: There are plans to hold a Musical Theatre Summer Camp with Jo Jordan of Theatrix Theatre School August 21-25 from 11am – 1pm. Places are limited so book today on 087 6104224. The Cinema Club are launching their Summer Matinee Season with a free screening of The Lion King on Sunday next June 25 with two shows 2pm and 4.15pm. Thereafter matinees will take place every second Sunday with The Jungle Book screening on Sunday, July 9 at 2.30pm. The next Wednesday Film Night will be on Wednesday, July 5 at 8pm with John Wayne’s The Quiet Man.

‘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. Congratulations to Billy Harnett, Abbeyfeale who won the first draw and got €410. Call us on 06966200 for further information.

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: The annual St. Ita’s Faith Camp takes place from Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4 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.

THE INSPECTORS ARE COMING! The Tidy Towns committee are asking that people would make an extra special effort this week and next brushing the pavements, maybe touching up the paintwork, putting up flower baskets etc. It would be great if we could improve on our marks this year.

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

FIRST AID COURSE: A First Aid course will take place on Saturday, July 8 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.

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. Jim’s Bar Duagh along with Donal and Anns Bar Abbeyfeale and Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony Races commitee are now accepting entries for the 2017 Queen of the races. Interview night Saturday, June 24 in Jim’s Bar Duagh. Contact Martina for details on 086 3573069. Girls aged between 18 and 26 who are single and have not previously participated in the Rose of Tralee are invited to enter. Every participant will receive a professional photograph and a sash with name of business they represent. Queen of races will be presented with a Tiara sash, champagne and entry to Rose ofTralee.

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

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: Often referred to as ‘sextortion’ or ‘webcam blackmailing’, the online coercion and extortion of children – a form of digital blackmail where sexual information or images are used to extort sexual material, sexual favours or money, has skyrocketed in the past years, but remains largely underreported. In a report released today by Europol, it is revealed that victims as young as 7 years old are being targeted online. When targeting a minor, offenders have two main motivations: A sexual interest in children, where the objective of the extortive exchange is the procurement of sexual material (photos and/or videos depicting the child) or a sexual encounter offline; An economic interest, where the objective is to gain financially from the extortion. Based upon information collected by the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline, Europol’s report reveals that female child victims are being blackmailed more significantly for sexually explicit material (84%) compared to their male counterparts (53%). The latter are more so targeted for financial gain (32% compared to 2% for female child victims), a relatively new trend in the field of online child sexual abuse. Another such trend is the perpetrator’s demand for the targeted child to include other children, such as siblings or peers, in the images/videos. In such cases, even those children who use safe practices in the online environment or younger children who may not use the Internet yet can be targeted this way. The personal and psychological toll on the victims of this crime is not to be underestimated: cases are known where children have harmed themselves, showed suicidal behaviour or committed suicide after falling victim to this crime. Many acts of online coercion and extortion of children go unreported as a result of the embarrassment regarding the material provided to the perpetrator or lack of awareness by victims that they have been subject to a criminal offence. In response to this worrying phenomenon, the European law enforcement community has joined forces to launch a campaign, #Say NO", supported by Europol, to give advice to those who have been, or are likely to be targeted, and to strengthen reporting and support mechanisms.

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.

SUNFLOWER DAY: On behalf of Milford Hospice, we would like to thank our wonderful team of volunteers and the generosity of the people of the Abbeyfeale area who contributed to the Sunflower Hospice National Collection. The total raised on the day was €2,743.99.

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

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.

ABBEYFEALE TAKING PART IN HERITAGE DAY AUGUST 27: “A Park, a Monk, an Earl and a Princess” is an intriguing look at Abbeyfeale’s Natural Heritage of today as well as having a look into the past and those who walked our streets 200-800 years ago. Starting at Abbeyfeale Town Park 2pm sharp.

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

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.

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: Wednesday 10am Peter & Eileen O’ Connell. Thursday 10am Dorothy Follows RIP. Friday 10am Con & Eileen Harnett, Cragg. Saturday 7pm John Joe Healy, Caherlane. Richard Fealy, Cryle View Manor Sunday 9.30am David Leahy, Mick Collins & Maurice Griffin. Bridget & Maurice Hartnett, Dromtrasna. Richard Glesson, Kilconlea Lower Michael Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins Sunday 12pm Brian McAleer Bea Gardiner, Upper Purt

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”.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday June 29 from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy a free evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served.

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.

ANNUAL LADIES RETREAT AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: The Annual Ladies Retreat at Glenstal Abbey on Tuesday, June 27 or Wednesday, June 28. Relax, reflect, pray and enjoy the company of others in the peaceful and beautiful surrounds of the monastery. Cost €45. To book your place, call Reception – 061 621005

RALLY FOR LIFE: Rally for Life Dublin Saturday, July 1 at 2pm in Parnell Square Dublin. Please come along to stand together to SAVE mothers and babies from abortion. Please join us. Ph. 01 8730465, All Welcome.

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

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.

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.

HEALING SERVICE: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our 6th Anniversary Maranatha Healing Retreat on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2.30pm at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Rev. Fr. Charles Benoit, Monks of Moyross, Limerick with beautiful Spirit Filled Praise and Worship Music and Song, Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing. Tea after in hall. All welcome……

PREPARATION FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: On Thursday, July 13 a one day conference entitled, Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family. The Conference takes place in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. To book a place at the conference go online to or call Deirdre on 061 204507. This event is part of the preparations for the World Meeting of Families. The diocese is delighted to welcome Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna, as the key-note speaker.

Limerick Sings International Choral Festival 2017: Limerick Sings International Choral Festival 2017 will take place from June 22-25, 2017. Come join us for a great fun weekend of singing, sightseeing and entertainment!