PROLOGUE: "The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life."
Henry Ford.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Anne Moore, Kilconlea Lower whose funeral took place during the week. May she rest in peace.

SALE OF PRODUCE FROM PARISH COMMUNITY GARDEN: We will sell whatever is ready to harvest as well as jams, cakes, breads and scones on Sunday, July 30 outside the church after the 9.30am and 12 noon Masses and donate the proceeds to Trocaire.

NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR TROCAIRE: A special collection will be taken up on the weekend of July 22/23 to help with famine relief in Africa. As you know, prolonged drought has led to severe food shortages across East Africa. Approximately 25 million people are in need of emergency assistance. Trócaire in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia focuses on food and water, while in Somalia they are also running health clinics treating people for malnutrition, cholera and other associated health issues. The money raised will go directly to Trócaire’s emergency response, which is helping to deliver food, water, healthcare and other life-saving aid to people affected. Severe drought, driven by climate change, is currently affecting Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia and this has resulted in failed harvests and the widespread death of livestock. Approximately 25 million people have been left facing severe food shortages. Conflict has exacerbated the effects in South Sudan and Somalia, with areas in both countries now on the verge of famine. Announcing the collection, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said the situation is critical and urged support for the collection from parishioners. “ With the failure of successive rains and a prolonged drought having taken hold of the region, just surviving has now become the main challenge facing people in large parts of east Africa,” he said. “Millions of people in the region are facing starvation. The crops have failed and animals are dying because of a lack of grazing and water. The large number of people affected may shock us, but we must realise that behind these stark numbers are real people: mothers and fathers unable to provide for their hungry children. Bishop William Crean said “I am acutely aware that Abbeyfeale Parish has already been more than generous towards Trocaire in your recent Lenten returns. I thank you sincerely for this and assure you that we are skilfully and resourcefully using these funds so that they can have the widest reach, the greatest effect and the best results for those suffering most in our world through various forms of injustices. As well as those affected by the emergency appeal, I also ask that you keep the staff and partners of Trocaire on the front line responding to this humanitarian crisis in your prayers at this time. Their selflessness and courage is reaching out to those in need on behalf of the Irish church give me great hope in the midst of what can often seem an insurmountable and overwhelming task. Once again, I thank you wholeheartly for your valued support.” Yours in Christ Bishop William Crean You may use the spare envelope at the back of you box of envelopes or any envelope and mark you name or number on it if you wish. Abbeyfeale’s Lenten Trocaire collection this year amounted to €9709.

VIKING BOXING CLUB: The 2nd annual Tournament will take place on Sunday, July 23 in the Clubhouse on Colberts Tce., off Main St. Open to all clubs. Weigh in from 11am to 12. First fight 1pm. Further information from Denis 087 7614462.

ABBEYFEALE GOLF SOCIETY: This Saturday, July 22 is Captain Noel O’Hanlon’s big day in Castleisland Golf Club. We invite all golfers – members and non-members – to join us on the day. For tee time, text your name before 9pm on Thursday, July 20 to 087 6632910.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS: Contractors have erected a number of Heritage Plaques on behalf of ACC which commemorates Places and People of historical importance in Abbeyfeale. They are located around the Square and are the first of a number to be erected over the coming months.

80’S NIGHT AT FR. CASEY’S: Put it in the diary. A back to the 80’s Disco will take place as a fundraiser for facilities development at Fr. Casey’s GAA clubhouse on Saturday, August 12 beginning 9.30ish. Leg Warmers are optional, mini skirts are a given , glitter and glam, velour, big earrings and spandex can be resurrected if you want to win a prize for your get up. Finger food will be served and there will be loads of spot prizes.

SUMMER TIME IS COMPETITION TIME: The Tidy Towns committee in conjunction with Abbeyfeale Community Council are running a competition this June and July for Best Shop Front and Most Improved Shop Front. Trophies have been sponsored by Fitall/Sigma Signs and Sheehys Hardware. There will be a voucher for the overall winner in each category sponsored by Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns with the winners

CÚL CAMP: Calling all 6-13 year olds again this year for the Kellogg’s sponsored GAA Cúl Camp which is taking place at Fr Casey’s GAA in Abbeyfeale on August 14-18.Bookings are done on-line, just google Cúl Camp and follow instructions thereafter.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library beginning on Friday, July 21 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. The course will run every Friday for five weeks and it aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet. The course will cover internet security, emails, search engines and websites, accessing government services, conducting everyday transactions, shopping, banking and security, and voice and video calls online. Digital Skills is free to all participants and beginners are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablet PCs if available. Call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708 for more information or to book a place.

MATINEE SUNDAYS: The Big Friendly Giant is the next film in the children’s matinee season at the Glórach.

The 2016 re-make of The BFG, based on the Roald Dahl novel, and directed by Stephen Spielberg, is screening at Glórach on Sunday July 23 at 2.30pm. For bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940. Glórach hopes that support for their Summer Matinee Screenings will increase so that, at the very least, the door take will cover costs. Even if your children have already seen the film, the big screen experience is at a much higher level of enjoyment and makes a subsequent viewing all the more rewarding and pleasurable. Our tiered seating, big screen projection, cinema shop and friendly and inviting atmosphere makes for an enjoyable occasion for both adult and child. We need and welcome your support. Thank you.

CINEMA NIGHTS AT THE GLORACH: Next cinema night is August 2 when Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will be the classic film offering. Reserve your seat on 087 1383940.

CROAGH PATRICK: Reek Sunday takes place on the last Sunday in July each year. In 2017 Reek Sunday takes place on Sunday July 30. Please note that there are changes in the Mass times this year, with Masses being celebrated on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you are travelling, please note the following: All pilgrims should heed the instructions of the Mountain Rescue Teams, Order of Malta and An Gárda Síochána at all times.Pilgrims should follow the instructions and guidelines issued by Mayo Mountain Rescue

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

CEILI: A Charity Ceili is being held in Knockaderry Resource Centre on August 11 at 9.30pm. Music is by the Striolan Ceili band. A raffle will be held with spot prizes galore. Tea will also be served. All profits will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society. Contact Teresa 0879427259 or Deirdre on 0861630201. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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. Bookings on 087 6104224.

‘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.

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 every 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: Registration for Faith Camp is taking place in St

Mary’s Boys School 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.

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.

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.

SVP OPENING HOURS: The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING: The Youth Ministry Team in the Diocese will be delivering a Youth Ministry Training Programme beginning in September 2017. This course is aimed at adults (aged 21+) volunteers or professionals who have an interest in working with children or young people in a parish or school setting. The aim of the training is to train people to deliver youth ministry programmes and events within their own parishes, to empower and encourage people at local level to take on leadership roles in the area of youth ministry. To offer practical support and resources as well as grounding people in the theory and theology of youth ministry. The course will be held on Thursday nights from September to December 2017 beginning on September 21. Weekend Residential Retreat October 14/15. There will also be one day of Safeguarding Training on November 11. The Course Content will include: Introduction to Youth Ministry, Prayer & Worship, Pilgrimage & Residential, Children’s Liturgy & Sacramental Preparation, Altar Servers, Special Liturgies & Youth Masses, Confirmation Retreats, Pastoral Care & Mental Health, Music, JPII Awards & Justice Projects. For more information please contact: Aoife Walsh, Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Den-mark St, Limerick

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

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: We have had four cancellations for the summer outing to Dingle. Join us on the bus leaving from the church on Wednesday, July 26 at 9am, stopping at Inch for coffee, and then doing a tour of Slea Head before being dropped back to Dingle with time in the afternoon to shop. . We will have the Early Bird Dinner at 5pm in Abbeyfeale native Jim McCarthy’s Chart House restaurant which has just been named the top restaurant in Kerry before returning to Abbeyfeale for 9pm. Bookings can be made with Mary McArthur 087 6377310, Kathleen Collins 087 6253154 or Marian Harnett 087 6866450. 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.

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:

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: There will be no devotions for August but they will resume in September on the 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. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Wednesday 10am Liz & Mick Mulcahy, Late of Killarney Rd. & daughter Kathleen. Thursday10am Nell & Francie Healy & Deceased family members Friday. 10am Christy Hartnett, The Hill . Mass Intentions for next weekend Sat 7pm Mathew O’Connor, Dromtrasna. Sunday 9.30am Larry Collins, Killarney Rd. Fionnuala O’Donnell, 5th Anniversary. Jim & Nora Fealy, Ballybehy. 12pm Jerimiah Healy Knocknasna & John Broderick Adelaide & Knocknasna Ministers for July 23rd

The Parish office will be closed next week. . 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”.

LOUGH DERG 2017: You may begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Sunday, August 13. Advance booking is not necessary. There are various travel options available countrywide. The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality. Telephone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9851518 (from NI 00353 71 9861518). Email: info www.loughderg

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

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

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

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.

ST MARY OF THE ANGELS BEAUFORT & ST JOHN OF GOD KERRY SERVICES: Golf Classic (Teams of 4 € 200 ). Friday, August 11 in O’ Mahonys Point, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Contact 087 1338702.

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.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of 1st January 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between 18th and 29th August 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to