PROLOGUE: Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago, that as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to engage your brain! Dave Barry.

ANNIVERSARY: Canon Neville celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination on June 22 last by saying the 10am Mass. He received a rousing round of applause from the congregation who are all so appreciative of the fact that we have a daily Mass in Abbeyfeale. Canon Neville always makes himself available to help out in the parish despite the fact that he is enjoying a well-deserved retirement. A Prayer for Priests: Keep them I pray Thee, dearest Lord, Keep them, for they are thine- Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine. Keep them for they are in the world though from the world apart, when earthly pleasures tempt, allure, Shelter them in Thy heart. Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain. When all their life is sacrifice for souls seems but in vain. Keep them, and O remember Lord they have no one but Thee Yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty. Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily, they caress. Their every thought and word and deed, deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

BEST WISHES TO CHRIS SMITH: Chris who plays with Abbeyfeale United and is a grandson of Pa and Mrs. Smith, Collins Park has travelled to Istanbul with the Irish Team to play in the International Junior Regions Cup. We wish him every success.

BANK OF IRELAND BRANCH WILL BE SELF SERVICE: There will no cash services offered in the 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.

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 launched their Summer Matinee Season with a very successful screening of The Lion King on Sunday last, 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. To book tickets or further information, please ring 0871383940, we look forward to seeing you there.

‘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.

LAUNCH OF NEW CD: Donie Lyons, singer and musician has a CD on sale in Ann Lyons, Main St. The official launch will take place in Abbeyfeale in the autumn.

SEISIÚN IN TEMPLEGLANTINE: All those in the locality who enjoy a good night of Irish traditional entertainment will welcome the return of the weekly Comhaltas Seisiún show which will commence at the Devon Inn on this Thursday night at 8.30pm. The show consists of top quality music, song, dance and story provided by a talented group of artistes, many of whom have won All Ireland honours. The traditional show is aimed at both locals and visitors and is very enjoyable. Towards the end of the programme of entertainment there is an informal segment where members of the audience may perform if they so wish.

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. The Faith Camp collection last weekend was €1072.87. We are very grateful for your generosity. We are 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.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK: The monthly meeting of West Limerick Heritage Network takes place on Wednesday, July 5 at Newcastle West Community Centre @ 7 .30 pm. All members encouraged to attend. Please take note of change of venue.

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.

1ST. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FUNDRAISER: The Christmas Lights committee were delighted with the support they received at their first fundraiser to help them light up the town next Christmas. This is something that will benefit everyone – businesses, families, the entire community so it was great to see everyone out and enjoying themselves for a good cause. A big thank you to Mary and Paudie Fitz for the selection of finger food which was enjoyed by all and to Pat Quille for the ‘interesting questions’.

BEST WISHES: Congratulations to Fr. Casey’s U14 Girls who won silver in the Feile final in Cavan this weekend.

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. This is a day out for all the family with face painting, pony rides and a bouncy castle for the children, Queen of the Races and best dressed competition for the ladies, GAA on the big screen for the gents and a barn dance for everyone! This s year’s race card will feature artwork from the overall winner of the National School competition. Judges favourites will be displayed at the races. All funds raised are donated to local charities. First race will be at 12.30pm. Admission €7, children free.

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.

ADAPT: The Domestic Abuse Services extends sincere thanks to the local volunteer collectors and all those who supported the recent collection in Abbeyfeale. €653.89 was collected in Abbeyfeale and will go to maintain the supports for women and their children where domestic abuse is their experience. Remember there is a 24 hour Freephone Helpline 1800 200 504 and 24 hour safe refuge in Limerick. A worker meets women 1-2-1 each week in West Limerick by appointment. All services are confidential. There is no excuse for domestic abuse and together we can break the silence.

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: A waiting list will operate for the Summer Outing on July 26 as the bus is fully booked at the moment. All those who booked seats are asked to pay Joint Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Convent St. at their earliest convenience. 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 087 7452110. 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. Saturday 7pm Moss Keane Knockbrack. Jamesy & Nora Dennison, Convent St. Tom Moore, Kilconlea. Sunday 9.30am John Michael Kennelly, Knocknasna. Debbie Brosnan. 12pm Eileen Chris Foley. Willie & Ciss Curtin. Jack & Ellen Healy, Buckley Cross. Peters pence collection next weekend July1/2. Final Call for CHY forms. We thank all whose have sent their forms in. A reminder if you still wish to do so?? MASS TIMES IN THE PASTORAL AREAS OVER THE SUMMER: Abbeyfeale;Saturday evening @ 7pm, Sunday at 9.30am & 12noon . Athea; Saturday evening @ 7pm, Sunday @ 11am. Templeglantine; Saturday evening @ 6pm Sunday Morning @ 10.30am. Tournafulla; Sunday morning 11am. Mountcollins; Saturday evening @ 7.30pm. 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”.

GARDEN FETE: The annual garden fete to support Rathfredagh takes place on the grounds on Sunday, July 2. A great family day out.

A WALK TO REMEMBER: On Sunday July 9 at 1pm sharp, a walk is being organised on Ballybunion beach to remember all lost love ones. All proceeds received on the day donated to children’s cancer charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie. Registration from 12noon. With balloon release at 12:45hrs. Please join us for A Walk to Remember. Everyone welcome. Thanks to everyone who supported a Walk to Remember last year and for your continued support.

RALLY FOR LIFE: Dublin Saturday July 1 at 2pm at Parnell Square Dublin city centre. Please come along to stand together to SAVE mothers and babies from abortion. Please join us. Ph. 01 8730465, All Welcome. Bus from Limerick Ph. 061 322065 086 1542832 Philip.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Ballyhahill Parish Hall every Monday night at 8.30pm.

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.

PILGRIMAGE WALK TO MUCKROSS ABBEY: on Monday, July 3. This walk will begin at 6.30pm on Muckross Rd near the Lake Hotel, with Annual Cemetery Mass at the Abbey at 7.30pm.

THE RELICS OF ST TERESA (MOTHER TERESA) OF CALCUTTA: Veneration in Killarney Cathedral on Saturday, July 8 from after the 6.15pm Vigil Mass to 10pm (ending with Night Prayer) & Sunday, July 9 from after the 12 noon Mass to 8pm.

ANNUAL LADIES RETREAT AT GLENSTAL ABBEY: The Annual Ladies Retreat at Glenstal Abbey on 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.

SHEP: Personal development course beginning the end of October to mid-May in Killarney – a one year part time course, a journey understanding life & relationships. Places must be booked – contact Deidre 087 7728089.

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.

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.

AUTISM: Cork Autism Conference – Understanding Autism, Empowering Potential on Sunday, September 17 from 8.30am – 5.30 at Clayton Hotel Silversprings, Cork. More info: or call 089 239 8900