PROLOGUE: "People often ask me how would I like to be remembered and I answer that I would simply like to be remembered."
Roy Orbison

WEDDING BELLS: We congratulate Nora Anne Murphy, Kilmanahan and Micheál Scanlon, Templeglantine who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage here in Abbeyfeale on Friday, July 21. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

ACC MAKES SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT: Following a meeting on Wednesday, July 19 with officials from Limerick City and County Council, we are pleased to announce that Abbeyfeale is now included in a County-Wide pilot scheme which will see 4 CCTV Cameras installed along the Main Street and The Square. Work is scheduled to start before the end of the year.

SUCCESS AT THE MUNSTERS: Lisa Shine and Muireann Hickey came second in the Senior Duets at the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in Cork. They have now qualified for the All Ireland in Ennis for the fourth year in a row. We wish them the best of luck.

HERITAGE PLAQUES: A number of plaques were erected on Friday, July 14 around the Square and on Sunday an Italian couple stopped to stretch their legs while passing through and were amazed when they saw the plaque detailing the visit of Princess Cristina Belgiojoso to Batt Harnett’s which in times past was Leahy’s Inn. They got talking to the man who applied for the grant for the plaques – the Chairman of ACC and told him that they couldn’t believe their eyes as their daughter who is a teacher had done her thesis on the Princess and they were now ringing her to tell her that the Princess had been in Abbeyfeale in the dim and distant past.

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. If anyone would like to donate home grown produce or home baking we’ll be setting up outside the church during 9.30am Mass.

ABBEYFEALE PRODUCES ANOTHER WINNER: Well done to Gavin Dillon Power Lifter who competed at the International Powerlifting Federation – IPF in South Africa recently. He’s a son of Patricia and Bernie Dillon and Bridie Cotter Weir’s grandson from Collins Park. His grandfather Joe is a blow in from Offaly but we won’t hold that against him! In the past couple of weeks Abbeyfeale’s Kodi Goad has brought back a gold medal in Kickboxing from Italy– her connections are the Grady’s from Meenkilly and Chris Smith from Collins Park brought back silver from Turkey. We are very proud of all our sporting heroes who are bringing honors to Abbeyfeale.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Preface your next of kin’s number in your phone with ICE (In case of emergency). Should you be involved in an accident the services will be able to contact your loved ones. 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. If you are 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.

GRANT: University of Limerick electrochemist Dr Micheál Scanlon from Templeglantine has been awarded €1.5m European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Dr Scanlon is the only ERC award recipient in Ireland in physical sciences, and one of only three Irish-based researchers to be awarded an ERC Starting Grant this year.

GLÓRACH CHILDREN’S MATINEE: Many thanks to all who came on Sunday and supported our screening of the BFG, next up is the stellar film, Finding Nemo that plays at the Glórach on Sunday, August 6 at 2.30 pm.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS: A Cupán Tae and a slice of Dan’s special 20th anniversary cake! That’s what you can expect when you attend the opening event of this year’s Dan Paddy Andy Festival – the Irish Rambling House Show. The Festival, the 20th, is on over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and Thursday, August 3, is opening night with the first ever performance at the Festival by the Irish Rambling House – the show that has been traveling to England to entertain the exiles with music, song, dance , storytelling … and the craic, for many years. If laughter is the best medicine then the Irish Rambling House Show is the prescription. After the show there will be a roving microphone for a song or a story from the audience. It promises to be a real Irish Rambling House night and would be lovely for visiting exiles in particular. This year’s Festival, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, has all the usual events but the big news is that Declan Nerney and his mighty band is back in the Marquee on Sunday night, August 6. The event has been extended to five days with some new events such as Ger’s Mobile Animal Farm and for the first time in that part of Kerry there will be a Sheepdog Trial demo thanks to Brendan Ferris from Killorglin. Both children and adults will enjoy. And for the young folk Sylvano is back – as if by magic! You can dance yourself silly in the Marquee to some great bands. There is a Ceilí with Tim Joe and Anne O’Riordan on the Friday night, a dog show on Saturday and for those left standing after all that there is a Bog Walk on Bank Holiday Monday morning at 11am with a Falconry display, music and tea in the Bog. The other new event is the 5/10K Run/Walk with all proceeds to the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link Bus. This is a worthy cause and a lovely route. For information on this or any of the Festival events the number is 087 285 3570 or the Dan Paddy Andy Facebook Page

POOL TOURNAMENT: A pool tournament will take place at The Elm Bar, Duagh over the weekend of August 5/6. It is a fundraiser for Karla Stack who has Lyme disease. It will start at 8pm, entry fee 10 per player with €100 for the winner. A raffle will also be held.

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

CASABLANCA AT THE GLÓRACH: Our monthly film screenings continue at the Glórach Theatre next week with our showing of the 1942 film, Casablanca, one of the most iconic movies of all time. Set at the height of World War Two, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca essentially revolves around the premises of Rick’s Café and Nightclub, where a diverse group of characters pass through and where the cynical and bitter owner will ultimately have to make a life-changing decision. Storytelling at its best and one not to be missed. For the Casablanca night there will be a prize on offer of a three course early bird dinner for two people at Leen’s Hotel on the evening of the screening of Citizen Kane plus free entry to the screening of Citizen Kane on September 6, also for two people. All correct answers to a simple quiz question will have free entry to our draw. Look forward to seeing ye at the Glórach Theatre on Wednesday, August 2 at 8 pm for the screening of Casablanca. For bookings or enquiries, please contact 0871383940.

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.

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

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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. Nicola Hogan was this week’s winner and got €454 – a great payback for €2. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

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: 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

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

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; Wednesday10am Charlie Fealy and deceased family members. Thursday 10am Patjoe & Mary Woulfe, St Ita’s Terrace. Mass Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 7pm Margaret Woulfe, Kilconlea Lower. Sunday 9.30am Margaret & Con Flynn, Main St. Gerard O’Brien, Ballybehy. 12noon Luke Scannell, Clash Road. Colm Mangan, Knocknagoshel. 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”.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX: Thursday, August 31 the Showbands are coming to Duagh. Shaun O’ Dowd, Red Hurley, Crystal Swing, Gina of the Champions, The Conquerors, Keith & Lorraine will all perform on the night in memory of the late Fr Pat Moore, who was one of the Directors of the Complex. A donation from each ticket will go to Kerry Cork Health Link Bus. Tickets available from committee members, local shops & Post office.

SWIM FOR CHARITY: Annual Charity Swim across the Shannon on Saturday July 29 at Glin.

VISIT GLIN CASTLE: Glin Castle & Garden Guided Tour on Sunday, August 6.

PAINTERS; Any painting contractors interested in submitting a quotation for the painting of Moyvane Church are asked to submit their quotations on or before August 4 to Amanda Coulson, Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, c/o The Parish Office, Moyvane.

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.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE—GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY: Welcome to a Guided Participative Experience facilitated by: John Dunne & Kathy Cunningham July 28-30. Contact 0667134276. Enrich your Faith: Foyer of Light, Charity and Love. Preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne, August 7-13. Contact Helen 0861678027

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

MILFORD HOSPICE FAIR: For 40 years, Milford Care Centre has provided the best possible hospice care to the people of the Mid-West. We have always relied on the strength and support from our community in order to serve our patients and their families from counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. On August 27 next we will hold our 32nd Annual Harvest Fair on the grounds of University of Limerick Sports Arena with a theme of family fun. The fun starts at 11.00am.This year we will have ice-cream, music everywhere, kids entertainment, raffles, a specially designed kids zone with activities planned for the younger ones including a brand new puppet show, and lots of other fun activities for the young at heart. We also have a BBQ, cakes stall, pancakes, pig on a spit, popcorn, cool drinks, the wheel of fortune, many stalls selling lots of goodies, and lots lots more…We really hope you can come and join us this year with your friends and family to make it the biggest Harvest Fair yet, help us continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients and their families for another 40 years and more.