PROLOGUE: "Good humour is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society."
William Makepeace Thackeray.

WEDNESDAY FILM NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star in The Quiet Man on Wednesday, July 5 at 8pm. Reserve your seat on 087 1383940. Upcoming classic movies to watch out for include: Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman on Wednesday, August 2, Citizen Kane starring Orson Welles and Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds on Wednesday, October 4.

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. T

‘THE MORE MONEY THAT’S IN; THE MORE YOU WIN’: West Limerick 102fm will be holding a fundraising 50/50 Draw withthe 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. Our winner this week was Martin Sutcliffe Templeglantine who received €332.

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 at the Devon Inn everyThursday 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: Registration for Faith Camp is taking place in St

Mary’s Boys School on Tuesday, July 18 from 7- 8pm and on Wednesday, July 19 from 8-9pm. The annual St. Ita’s Faith Camp takes place from Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4 2017. Confirmation children especially welcome. 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 are very grateful for your generosity. 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.

BEST OF LUCK CHRIS: Young Chris Smith from Abbeyfeale is currently in Turkey playing soccer with the International Junior Regions cup team. Chris, already a star performer with Abbey Utd was chosen to play for Ireland after 6 months of trials and everyone in Abbeyfeale joins with his family in wishing him well over the next week in Istanbul.

LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICES COLLECTION: The Limerick Social Service wish to thank you for your generosity towards the recent counselling collection which amounted to €625 . Counselling is available in Abbeyfeale Tel 061/314213 for an appointment.

HORSE AND PONY RACES A GREAT SUCCESS: The annual Horse and Pony Races was held on a balmy Sunday afternoon at Relihan’s Inch, Kilcara. Relihan’s Inch on the banks of the Feale River must be one of the most beautiful places in the West Limerick/ North Kerry area and last Sunday showed it in all its glory. It was a real family day out with face painting, bouncy castles and pony rides for the young ones, the matches on the big screen along with plenty of thrilling races and all followed by a disco in the big tent for the rest of us. Well done to the hardworking committee and a special shout out to Adrian Harnett and Colm Horgan who erected the race course on a green field site over several hard days last week and who are probably now engaged in dismantling it again and putting it away for another 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. Members are requested to submit, in writing, Places of Interest / Heritage etc in their own locality which they want included for discussion in the forthcoming agenda. This is an important meeting. It is in everyone’s interest to attend. Please take note of change of venue.

FARM SAFETY WEEK: Farm Safety Week will take place this year from July 24- 28. The campaign will focus on a different risk each day. Farmers will be encouraged to take some time during the week to assess the safety of routine tasks. The message for Farm Safety Week is that farm safety is a lifestyle not a slogan.

GRAVEYARD CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 17 @ 7.30pm. Clean up takes place every Tuesday, if you are available some evening please call, all help is greatly appreciated as the graveyard is quite large and needs constant weeding. So come along and join the group. All are welcome.

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 and 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.

SVP OPENING HOURS: The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. 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

TIMES PAST: Thanks to Jer Kennelly, Knockanure for the following: “The following letter appeared in the Cork Examiner of a recent date:–

Dear Sir—

In the name of our outraged people, I ask space to describe in some faint way, scenes perpetrated in the parish during the past ten hours, under the protection of the force of the Crown. Mr. Hobson, sub-sheriff to this county, at the head of a number of bailiffs, police, &c., started from New castle West, some hour last night, and after visiting several farms along the banks of the Feale, with a return of nulla bona, he ultimately reached the farm of the Widow Connors, on the property of the Hayes, minors, and there seized three old cows, the whole worldly goods of the wretched widow.

After having lodged the fruits of his night’s visit in pound, and after regaling himself and his bailiffs in some of the houses in this town, a start was made for Knockbrack, a place about a mile distance from here, where a family of the name of Harnett, who lived for over 300 years. From this once happy home, this family is now cast on the roadside to make room for the cattle of their landlords, Mr. James Esmonde, J.P., Dromenagh, Borrisokeane, county Tipperary, for one and a half-year’ rent. The arrangements of the police were carried out in the most elaborate manner. There were fifty police and two district-inspectors, one of whom, a Mr. Rice, of Kilfinane, being in supreme command, and I call him a commander par excellence. This officious policeman, after having put his men two or three times through some form of drill, ordered them to fix bayonets, surrounding the house, and take up every strategic position and remove every person who chanced to be near. The doomed man is eighty seven years of age. His poor wife got a stroke of paralysis some few months since. I was there to-day to administer the last sacraments, believing it necessary under the circumstances. Dr. Bolster, of Newcastle, who examined the man, believed him in danger, and ordered that he should not be removed. Still, Mr. Rice deemed it his duty to have me removed by force. At a subsequent stage of the proceedings, the daughter called me to administer thesacrament to her dying parents. I was again pushed back by M. Wright, D.I., Newcastle West, and when he seemed disposed, after my earnest entreaties, to allow me in, a policeman with fixedbayonet rushed up and reminded him of the order given by the superior officer. After the eviction party had passed on from this, to the house of an under tenant, I saw the dying man, and at his urgent request, I undertook to borrow the full rent and costs. Mr. O’Connor, P.L.G., with my authority, made the offer to the landlord, but he was refused. There was no power of redemption, because the tenant’s interest was sold out, and bought in by the landlord. Tonight the poor old man is in his 87th year, is in the very throes of death, his wife is paralysed, and his family dare not go near him, except at the risk of prosecution. This Mr. Esmonde evicted another member of the family for one year’s exorbitant rent on the 24th April, 1884. This honourable man supported his family by manual labour for nearly four years. He then got a position as a guard on the Listowel and Ballybunion Railway, but, after a few days, was killed in the discharge of his duty, adding yet another to the long list of victims of landlord rapacity. This day’s work is only the beginning of Mr. Esmonde’s clearances. He has reduced to the position of caretakers, eight or ten other families, all of whom, with one exception, are able and willing to pay their rents. But because one is unable, all must go. All hold under joint leases. Those tenants have made most liberal offers to Mr. Esmonde. They have made him an offer of 20 years purchase, which is more than he himself paid Mr. Brett for the property, twenty years ago. I could give another fact to prove the extreme harshness of this man, but reserve them for another occasion. I trust I have said enough to prove the necessity that exists for combination among the tenants of Ireland. WILLIAM CASEY, P.P.

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 whatwouldyoudo.ieWe 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.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on Friday night next, July 7 from 9pm.

SUMMER DAYS IN NEWCASTLEWEST: Sharon Noonan, presenter of the Best Possible Taste radio show and podcast on WL102fm, has put together a very interesting (and tasty!) walking food tour of Newcastle West. The next date for her tour is the Thursday, July 20. Bespoke tours are available on request.

Sharon can be contacted directly on M: +353 (0) 87 099 5741 or W:

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

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.

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. Thursday 10am Confessions following Mass. Friday 10am First Friday of the Month. Saturday 11am. Mary Keane, Kilmanihan & deceased daughters Eileen Judy and Margaret. 7pm Marie O’ Donnell, Kilconlea 2nd Anniversary & her son Michael 1st Anniversary. James O’ Grady Meenkilly. Paddy and Mai O’ Connor, Islandboy. Sunday 12pm T Thade O’Connor.

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”.

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.

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

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.

DUAGH GRAVEYARD MASS: The Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 27 at 8p.m.

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 Silver springs, Cork. More info: or call 089 239 8900