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Monthly Archives: August 2017

PROLOGUE: "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers."
Dave Barry.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to Noreen and family on the death of Timmie O’Rourke, Bogmount. May he rest in peace.

DRAMA CAMP: Under the guidance of Jo Jordan of Theatrix Theatre School, a drama camp was held at the Glórach for children last week and the astounding results were seen on Saturday evening with the children involved giving a superb performance in the production, which drew from the Roald Dahl canon. Excerpts from The BFG, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda were performed in a memorable show, and hopefully all involved will grace the Glórach stage in the near future.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX: All roads lead to Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex on August 31 next. A great night of music and fun to look forward to with Shaun O’ Dowd, Red Hurley, Crystal Swing, Gina of the Champions, The Conquerors, Keith & Lorraine all performing on the night. Contact 087 2684540 Doors open at 7.30 show starts at 8.30”.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH GARDEN: There will be a sale of produce, jams and home baking following 9.30am and 12 noon Masses on Sunday, September 10 with proceeds going to Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Next Sunday morning, September 3, Anneke Vreiling our local ecologist, will lead a walk on the Railway Line harvesting wild flower seeds. The group will meet at the Railway Bar gates at 11am and everyone is welcome.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

HERITAGE DAY IN ABBEYFEALE: Well done to the West Limerick Heritage Network and local members Margaret O’Connor O’Shea, Bernard Broderick and Maurice O’Connell for giving the 70 plus people who turned up and were transported from the reign of the Earls of Desmond to Daniel O’Connell’s visits to Leahy’s Inn and all in between, a great afternoon’s education and entertainment with loads of Vitamin D thrown in for good measure. The culmination in the Town Park of the unveiling of a plaque honouring the memory of three stalwarts of the committee who purchased the land and got a Park for Abbeyfeale brought a very memorable day to a close.

AT THE GLORACH: Our children’s film season continues next Sunday, September 3rd with the feelgood movie Trolls (2016). Plenty of catchy songs and a strong story, Trolls will be screening at 2.30 pm at the Glórach. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940.

OUTING TO SLIGO AND ENNISKILLEN: Are you interested in a 4 day trip to Sligo and Enniskillen (in conjunction with Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society) departing Newcastle West from September 11-14. The 4 day trip will take in Temple House castle and country house, the famous Carrowmore Passage tomb, Sligo Abbey, Sligo Museum, the Niland art collection, Yeats Memorial Building, a special reception by the Mayor of Sligo at County buildings, Creevekeel Court tomb, Lissadell House, Alpine Gardens, Drumcliff Yeats Grave, Museum and High Crosses, Lough Gill, Creevelea Franciscan Abbey, Parkes Castle, Glenfarne, Castlecoole National Trust House Enniskilleen, Skreen, Sophie Cooper 1822 monument, Boyle Cistercian Abbey, King House Boyle, Tulsk Visitor Centre and Rathcroghan Iron Age complex. The 4 day trip includes bed/breakfast and dinner in the 4 star Sligo Park Hotel and will have qualified historian tour guides. Entry fees are all included also for a total cost of €310. A trip not to be missed. Contact Pat O’Donovan, Newcastle West on 087-9977340.

FOOD CLOUD: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. FoodCloud 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 dconlon@wlr.ie

ADULT EDUCATION GUIDANCE SERVICE MOVES TO MOUNTMAHON: From Monday, September 4 Co. Limerick Adult Education Guidance Service will be based in LCETB FET Campus in Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale and LCETB FET Centre (MTI) on O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Please contact us for information or to arrange an appointment: Tel: 086 0242813, E-mail: learninginfolimerickcounty@lcetb.ie, www.limerickclare.etb.ie. Our Service is FREE to adults who want to return to education.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks. It will then start up again and hopefully, if enough people show interest, will run continuously. It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Dept. of Agr should be doing this, elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only 8 people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help. 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.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie.

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 adsarhq@gmail.com

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions will resume in September on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: The first meeting of the season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email limerick@nln.ie or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

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

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are be holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place 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 are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller. Congratulations to Pat Roche ,Newcastle West who was last week’s winner and takes home €492.

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

CITIZEN KANE AT THE GLÓRACH: It was groundbreaking in it’s time, has been regularly voted the Greatest film of all times in various polls, and even today seems fresh and powerful. If you haven’t seen Orson Welle’s masterpiece Citizen Kane before, then make your way to the Glórach Theatre next Wednesday, September 6th at 8 pm for a memorable cinematic experience. Supposedly based on the life of a newspaper magnate of the time (a modern day equivalent would be someone like Rupert Murdoch), whose rise to power is chronicled in this amazing film. Not to be missed, for bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940.

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 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

GRANDPARENTS: National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, September 10 next. Archbishop Eamon Martin will be the chief celebrant. The pilgrimage promises to be a wonderful occasion for meeting and helping Grandparents with the mission of passing on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of families. For further information, please contact Catherine Wiley, Tel: 098 24877 www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.com.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Have your say! An Garda Síochána is seeking submissions for its 2018 policing plan. Log onto their website for details. It is an offence to purchase sex and it will no longer be the woman who is forced to sell her body that will face censure through the courts. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Do not return a call to any missed number beginning with a plus sign as more than likely you’ll be charged premium rates or have your credit eaten up. It’s just another scam – it’s a strange world out there anymore and there is always someone somewhere hoping to relieve you of your hard earned cash. If you have a strimmer or a lawn mower or a piece of machinery that cost you money then write down the number of it so that if it is stolen and the Gardai find it, ye can be reunited. Keep your Eircode beside the phone so that if you need to direct someone with a delivery to your house you can give it to them. 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. There are three new defibrillators in town courtesy of the grant application written by Maurice O’Connell and Trevor McCarthy of Abbeyfeale Community Council who are putting in a lot of time and effort to improve the facilities in Abbeyfeale. They will be located in the Town Park, at the Church and in the Square. I hope to be in a position to include contact no’s shortly. The older Defibrillators 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 whatwouldyoudo.ie 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.

MENTAL HEALTH IRELAND: Ten tips to boost your resilience. Have the courage to be imperfect. Take time out for yourself. Sign up for that course, join that club. Be active every day in as many ways as you can. Spend time with people who make you feel good. Laugh out loud each day. Get a good night’s sleep. Share the work load, get everyone involved. Try to be positive and focus on things you can control. Talk about your troubles and seek help early.

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, 068/5198. 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 Aidan Mason, Ballybunion (cattledealer) died recently. Thursday 10am Michael Griffin Ardagh. Friday 10am First Friday of the month, confessions following 10am Mass on Thursday. Saturday 11am Monica & Michael Collins Knocknasna. Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7pm Kathleen Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna North, Jimmy Sheehy, Kilconlea Upper, Jack O’Grady, Dromtrasna. Sunday 9.30am Mary B McEnery, Dromtrasna, Mary O’Donnell, New St. Month Mind. 12noon Kathleen Lane, Ballaugh.

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 takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm.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 catholicnews.ie, 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 catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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”.

PATTERN DAY: Ballyheigue Friday September 8.

KILLARNEY BRANCH KERRY HOSPICE FOUNDATION: Annual “Models in Recovery” fashion show @ INEC Tuesday, September 5, Special Guest TV3 Presenter Mr Noel Cunningham. Door and Raffle Prizes. Tickets €15, contact Pat Doolan 085 1543514 or INEC 064 6671555.

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8 next.This is a free event for families and all welcome – Please save the date and bring all your family, young and old, to the celebration! We will begin with the celebration of Mass together and finish in music and prayer. In between there will be food stalls, music and film, sports and family activities, information stalls and resources, as well as opportunities for prayer, contemplation and celebration together.

SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: Rambling House on Thursday, September 7 at 9pm. Everyone welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshments served. Contact Ann Flavin on 086/3090948.

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

KNOW MARY, KNOW JESUS, DARE TO BELIEVE” This is the title of a Catholic Young Adults Conference which is being held on September 2/3 in All Hallows, Dublin. This is a fantastic weekend packed full of interesting events and open to all 18-40 year old.

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

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.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary are going to Knock on Sunday, September 24 leaving The Church of The Resurrection, Killarney at 6.15 a.m. Pick up in Farranfore, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale. Contact: Patricia 087 9048659.

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.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

PLOUGHING: The National Ploughing Championship 2017 will be held at Tullamore from September 19-21 next.

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 www.worlmeeting2018.ie

CONCERT: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.

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PROLOGUE: "The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
Winston Churchill.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Seano Collins, Knocknacrohy whose funeral took place on Thursday. May he rest in peace.

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY CROSS ABBEY: The annual pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady of Fatima takes place on Sunday, August 27. A bus will leave from Abbeyfeale church at 10am. To book your seat contact Phil Herlihy 087 1445072.

ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE DAY: Sunday, August 27 next in association with National Heritage Week, The Heritage Council, West Limerick Heritage Network, Abbeyfeale Town Park, Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Gather by the Feale – Abbeyfeale Festival, and many other supportive Individuals and Groups “A Park, a Monk, an Earl and a Princess”
2 pm – Meet & Greet at Town Park. 2.15 – Depart on Bus. 2.30 – Arrive at Old Railway Station. Talk on Old Railway Station with Margaret O’Shea – 15 mins. Talk on Purt Castle / Earl Desmond with Billy Broderick 15 mins. Q & A – 5 mins. 3.15 – Depart on Bus. 3.30 – Arrive in Square. Talk on Old Abbey / Old Chapel with Margaret O’Shea – 10 mins. Talk on Fr Casey with Billy Broderick– 10 mins. Talk on Leahy’s Inn / Daniel OConnell / Princess Belgiojoso with Maurice O’Connell.– 10 mins. Q & A – 5 mins. 4.15 – Depart on Bus. 4.30 – Arrive in Town Park. Talk on Town Park , Ellis Estate and Special Presentation with Geraldine O’Brien. 4.45 – Talk on Biodiversity with Anneke Vrieling– 15mins. 5.00 – Refreshments and Music.
6:00 – End of Abbeyfeale Heritage Day Tour – Beginning of a Lifetime of Memories.
All are Welcome!!!

MENTAL HEALTH IRELAND: Ten tips to boost your resilience. Have the courage to be imperfect. Take time out for yourself. Sign up for that course, join that club. Be active every day in as many ways as you can. Spend time with people who make you feel good. Laugh out loud each day. Get a good night’s sleep. Share the work load, get everyone involved. Try to be positive and focus on things you can control. Talk about your troubles and seek help early.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX: All roads lead to Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex on August 31 next. A great night of music and fun to look forward to with Shaun O’ Dowd, Red Hurley, Crystal Swing, Gina of the Champions, The Conquerors, Keith & Lorraine all performing on the night. PRO Miriam Gaire says “ To date, we have completed the ground floor area and it is being utilised to great effect by the communities of North Kerry and West Limerick. We are now embarking on the last phase of our project and are endeavouring to complete the first floor section of the building. The finishing of our project has taken on a special significance since the passing of the late Fr Pat Moore. He was a director of the complex and it would be very fitting for us to finish and name the facility in his honour. We are also donating a sum of money from the sale of each ticket in memory of Fr. Pat to the Kerry Cork health link bus. Tickets are €25 each and can be purchased at the Duagh Post Office, shops and bars in Duagh as well as some outlets in Abbeyfeale and Ballybunion and from from the committee members. Contact 087 2684540 Doors open at 7.30 show starts at 8.30”.

CITIZEN KANE AT THE GLÓRACH: Citizen Kane up next on September 6, doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, admission €7.

OUTING TO SLIGO AND ENNISKILLEN: Are you interested in a 4 day trip to Sligo and Enniskillen (in conjunction with Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society) departing Newcastle West from September 11-14. The 4 day trip will take in Temple House castle and country house, the famous Carrowmore Passage tomb, Sligo Abbey, Sligo Museum, the Niland art collection, Yeats Memorial Building, a special reception by the Mayor of Sligo at County buildings, Creevekeel Court tomb, Lissadell House, Alpine Gardens, Drumcliff Yeats Grave, Museum and High Crosses, Lough Gill, Creevelea Franciscan Abbey, Parkes Castle, Glenfarne, Castlecoole National Trust House Enniskilleen, Skreen, Sophie Cooper 1822 monument, Boyle Cistercian Abbey, King House Boyle, Tulsk Visitor Centre and Rathcroghan Iron Age complex. The 4 day trip includes bed/breakfast and dinner in the 4 star Sligo Park Hotel and will have qualified historian tour guides. Entry fees are all included also for a total cost of €310. A trip not to be missed. Contact Pat O’Donovan, Newcastle West on 087-9977340.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to Lisa Shine and Muireann Hickey who came second in the Senior Duets at the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis at the weekend. Well done too, to the girls who did us proud at the National Community Games in Abbotstown last weekend – Mai Quinlivan, Amy O’Connor and Shauna Finn.

FOOD CLOUD: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. FoodCloud 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 dconlon@wlr.ie

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks. It will then start up again and hopefully, if enough people show interest, will run continuously. It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Dept. of Agr should be doing this, elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only 8 people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help. 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.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: On Saturday, August 26 we hope to visit the "Old Rail Trail" County Westmeath Greenway which links Mullingar with Athlone. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire 25mile/40km route will be provided (bike hire will be extra). Coach departs from Newcastle West, Market Yard at 8 a.m. with a breakfast stop in Birr and evening dinner in Moate included for €50 (bike hire will be extra). If interested please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm) without delay as all of our previous day trips have been fully booked.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

FILM CLUB AT GLÓRACH: Thanks to everyone who attended our screening of Finding Dory, our next children’s film will be Trolls, showing at the Glórach Theatre on Sunday, September 3at 2.30 pm. For more details, please contact 0871383940, children must be accompanied by an adult, all are most welcome.

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

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: The first meeting of the second season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email limerick@nln.ie or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

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

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For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
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For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
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‘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. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

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 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

COMMUNITY ALERT: Have your say! An Garda Síochána is seeking submissions for its 2018 policing plan. Log onto their website for details. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Do not return a call to any missed number beginning with a plus sign as more than likely you’ll be charged premium rates or have your credit eaten up. It’s just another scam – it’s a strange world out there anymore and there is always someone somewhere hoping to relieve you of your hard earned cash. If you have a strimmer or a lawn mower or a piece of machinery that cost you money then write down the number of it so that if it is stolen and the Gardai find it, ye can be reunited. Keep your Eircode beside the phone so that if you need to direct someone with a delivery to your house you can give it to them. 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. There are three new defibrillators in town courtesy of the grant application written by Maurice O’Connell and Trevor McCarthy of Abbeyfeale Community Council who are putting in a lot of time and effort to improve the facilities in Abbeyfeale. They will be located in the Town Park, at the Church and in the Square. I hope to be in a position to include contact no’s shortly. The older Defibrillators 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 whatwouldyoudo.ie 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.

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 adsarhq@gmail.com

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions 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, 068/5198. 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; Thursday 10am Tim Harnett Chicago & Dromtrasna Hartnett Saturday 11am Monica & Micheal Collins, Knocknasna. Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7pm Bridget White, Lower Knocknasna and deceased family members , James & Bridget O’Mara Church St. Jimmy Collins Main St. Sunday 9.30 am Teresa Lyons New Street, Jackie Hartnett, Months Mind, Dick O’ Mahony, Killarney Rd. 12pm Gerry Foley, St. Ita’s Rd. Anniv. James Thompson & Bill Harnett, Knocknasna.

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 takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm.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 catholicnews.ie, 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 catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in WestLimerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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”.

ST, ITA’FAITH CAMP: Thanks to all who organised and assisted with the recent faith camp that took place on the first week of August. Up to 70 children and young people took part in the camp and over 50 volunteers assisted in running the camp. Thanks to all the families who hosted visiting workers and volunteers. The camp was directed by Fr Patrick Cahill and was organised locally by the St Ita’s Faith Camp Committee. It was a great week in the life of the parish and will bring many blessings to all who were involved. We are already looking forward to next year’s camp.

AUCTION: O’Donovan and Associates are holding an auction of antiques and collectibles on Saturday, August 26 at 11am in their Newcastle west town centre auction rooms.
Included in this month’s sale are the contents of 2 local residence and a shop. Viewing is daily and online at www.odonovan.ie. All lots are for sale without reserve!

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 6 – Sunday October 8. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience

“KNOW MARY, KNOW JESUS, DARE TO BELIEVE” This is the title of a Catholic Young Adults Conference which is being held on September 2/3 in All Hallows, Dublin. This is a fantastic weekend packed full of interesting events and open to all 18-40 year old.

FREE FAMILY MINIBEAST SAFARI: Family Minibeast Safari with Limerick’s Biodiversity in schools expert Geoff Hunt in Coillte’s Curraghchase Forest park on Saturday, August 26, become a nature explorer using all your senses to take part in this Minibeast hunt for bugs, bees, butterflies, spiders, worms, frogs and more. This is a family event and booking with Seán Hartigan is essential, there will be a morning session starting at 11am and an afternoon session starting at 2pm, children to be accompanied by an adult.

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

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.

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 www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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, and a specially designed kid’s 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.


PROLOGUE: "Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro."
Dave Barry

ABBEY CLASSIC CHARITY CYCLE: A fundraising 60 k/110k cycle for Abbeyfeale Day Care Centre and Mid Western Cancer Foundation will leave from Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, August 20 at 10am. Registration at 8.30am.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK FOR NOVENA: Thursday, August 17. Fare is €20. A bus will travel and leave the The Square Listowel at 7am, The Church Bus Stop Abbeyfeale at 7.20am and The Bus Stop NewcastleWest at 7.35am. Book your seat on 0873966399 (9-6pm).

FINDING DORY: Thanks to all who supported our screening of Finding Nemo on Sunday, we’re sticking with Pixar and Disney for our next screening, Finding Dory, the critically acclaimed 2016 film that will be playing at the Glórach Theatre on Sunday, August 20 at 2.30 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult, tickets can be booked by ringing 0871383940. All are most welcome.

GRAVEYARD CLEAN: Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 17 @ 7.30pm..

HERITAGE WEEK IN ABBEYFEALE: “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. Sunday August 27 at

2 pm sharp! Meet and Greet at Town Park. 2.15 Depart on Bus. 2.30 Arrive at Old Railway Station – Talk on Old Railway Station – Talk on Purt Castle / Earl of Desmond – Q & A. 3.15 Depart on Bus. 3.30 Arrive in Square – Talk on Old Abbey / Thatched Chapel / Fr Casey – Talk on Leahy’s Inn / Daniel OConnell / Princess Belgiojoso- Q &A . 4.15 Depart on Bus. 4.30 Arrive in Town Park – Talk on Town Park – Talk on Ellis Estate – Q & A .5.15 Refreshments.

CITIZEN KANE AT THE GLÓRACH: Thanks to all who supported our screening of Casablanca on Wednesday, no matter how many times one watches that film it never ceases to enthral and entertain. Citizen Kane up next on September 6 and well done to Ellen Ring who won two tickets and a voucher for two meals at Leen’s for said date. Thanks also to Paschal O’Grady (of Tom and Paschal fame) who travelled from Limerick to help out with the draw and reminisce about his performing days, including many visits to Abbeyfeale.

LAUNCH OF WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES PROGRAMME IN KNOCK: Families representing each diocese will travel to Knock for this special day on Monday, August 21. A newly commissioned Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed in the Basilica following which, the Icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the WMOF2018 celebrations. Would you and your family like to join us on pilgrimage to Knock for this special day? Please let us know immediately – if we have enough interest, we will organise a bus! Call us on 061 315856 if you are interested -. It is also hoped to have a special ‘Witness Walk’ at 7pm, prior to the Novena evening Mass. This is to remember the witnesses and follows a route around the village and Shrine grounds followed by a special blessing in the Apparition Chapel. Very Rev Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin will highlight family life with ‘When Plates Fly! Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life’ and workshops will be facilitated by Fr Timothy Bartlett on how to make technology more family friendly.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks. It will then start up again and hopefully, if enough people show interest, will run continuously. It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Dept. of Agr should be doing this, elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only 8 people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help. 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.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: On Saturday, August 26 we hope to visit the "Old Rail Trail" County Westmeath Greenway which links Mullingar with Athlone. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire 25mile/40km route will be provided (bike hire will be extra). Coach departs from Newcastle West, Market Yard at 8 a.m. with a breakfast stop in Birr and evening dinner in Moate included for €50 (bike hire will be extra). If interested please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm) without delay as all of our previous day trips have been fully booked.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

NEW TOASTMASTER CLUB IN LISTOWEL: The first meeting of the second season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email limerick@nln.ie or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

SINGING CLUB NEWS: West Limerick singing club are delighted to announce that the Garry McMahon mass will be performed by the Listowel choir in Ennis Cathedral on Sunday morning August 20 @ 10.30 by the Bishop of Killaloe as part of FleadhCheoilnahÉireann. The choir will include 2 members of our singing club committee Owen McMahon and Philip Enright and will be broadcast live on Radio naGealtachta.

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

‘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. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

SEISIÚN IN TEMPLEGLANTINE: I’m afraid that the summer is coming to an end and there’s only two more nights left of the weekly Comhaltas Seisiún show at the Devon Inn onThursday 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.

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 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not return a call to any missed number beginning with a plus sign as more than likely you’ll be charged premium rates or have your credit eaten up. It’s just another scam – it’s a strange world out there anymore and there is always someone somewhere hoping to relieve you of your hard earned cash. If you have a strimmer or a lawn mower or a piece of machinery that cost you money then write down the number of it so that if it is stolen and the Gardai find it, ye can be reunited. Keep your Eircode beside the phone so that if you need to direct someone with a delivery to your house you can give it to them. 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. There are three new defibrillators in town courtesy of the grant application written by Maurice O’Connell and Trevor McCarthy of Abbeyfeale Community Council who are putting in a lot of time and effort to improve the facilities in Abbeyfeale. They will be located in the Town Park, at the Church and in the Square. I hope to be in a position to include contact no’s shortly. The older Defibrillators 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 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.

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 adsarhq@gmail.com

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month 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, 068/5198. 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 John & Margaret O’Connell, Kilconlea Upper & deceased family members . Thursday 10am Tim Harnett, Chicago & Dromtrasna Harnett 7.30pm Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass Friday 10am William & Nora Murphy, Kilmanihan. Saturday 11am Madge Griffin, Main Street . 7pm William Ahern, Ballybehy . Eily Mai Barry, Caherlane & deceased members of the Lane family. Michael O’Donnell, Bogmount Sunday 9.30am Maureen Dore Smith, Mike Dore and Joe Dore Knocknagoshel. 12noon D M O’Connor & Teresa O’Connor, Caherhayes . 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 takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm.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 catholicnews.ie, 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 catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in WestLimerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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”.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES LAUNCH: The launch of a one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place during the National Novena in Knock on Monday 21 August 2017. At the 3pm Mass that day each diocese will be represented by a family during the procession.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 6 – Sunday October 8. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience

“KNOW MARY, KNOW JESUS, DARE TO BELIEVE” This is the title of a Catholic Young Adults Conference which is being held on September 2/3 in All Hallows, Dublin. This is a fantastic weekend packed full of interesting events and open to all 18-40 year old.

FREE FAMILY MINIBEAST SAFARI: Family Minibeast Safari with Limerick’s Biodiversity in schools expert Geoff Hunt in Coillte’s Curraghchase Forest park on Saturday, August 26, become a nature explorer using all your senses to take part in this Minibeast hunt for bugs, bees, butterflies, spiders, worms, frogs and more. This is a family event and booking with Seán Hartigan is essential, there will be a morning session starting at 11am and an afternoon session starting at 2pm, children to be accompanied by an adult.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX: All roads lead to Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex on August 31 next. A great night of music and fun to look forward to with Shaun O’ Dowd, Red Hurley, Crystal Swing, Gina of the Champions, The Conquerors, Keith & Lorraine all performing on the night. PRO Miriam Gaire says “ To date, we have completed the ground floor area and it is being utilised to great effect by the communities of North Kerry and West Limerick. We are now embarking on the last phase of our project and are endeavouring to complete the first floor section of the building. The finishing of our project has taken on a special significance since the passing of the late Fr Pat Moore. He was a director of the complex and it would be very fitting for us to finish and name the facility in his honour. We are also donating a sum of money from the sale of each ticket in memory of Fr. Pat to the Kerry Cork health link bus. Tickets are €25 each and can be purchased at the Duagh Post Office, shops and bars in Duagh as well as some outlets in Abbeyfeale and Ballybunion and from from the committee members. Contact 087 2684540 Doors open at 7.30 show starts at 8.30”.

YOUTH 2000: The Youth 2000 festival takes place at the Cistercian College, Roscrea from Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20. It is open to young people aged 16-35. All food and accommodation are provided for, all you need is a sleeping bag and a pillow. Donation requested. Further information from 01 6753690 or office@youth2000.ie

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

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.

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 www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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, and a specially designed kid’s 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.


PROLOGUE: Notice in church grounds; “Honk if you love Jesus, text if you want to see him.”

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Mary O’Donnell N.T., New Street whose funeral took place here on Friday. May she rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Emma Stack and Eamonn Cotter who celebrated the sacrament of marriage here on Saturday, August 5. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

BREAKING NEWS FROM ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Community Council under the stewardship of Chairman Maurice O’Connell and Secretary Trevor McCarthy have been credited with a number of initiatives in the Abbeyfeale area over the past 6 – 12 months but it’s the latest collaboration between the ACC, the Church Pastoral Council, the Tidy Towns Committee and the Town Park Committee, along with a top-up contribution from Councillor Francis Foley’s GMA Fund that has resulted in the successful overall funding and purchase of 3 high-end Defibrillators and 3 all-weather lockable Cabinets. The Defibrillators and Cabinets which were presented to the respective groups in Leens Hotel on Friday August 4 are due to be installed in the Church Grounds, The Square and the Town Park over the next couple of weeks. The lifesaving equipment was long overdue at these busy locations and will further compliment the Defibrillators currently located at the GAA, Soccer and Rugby Grounds along with the one located at the Abbeyfeale & District Search and Rescue. It’s another perfect example of how the coming together of various Voluntary Groups and individuals within a Community can result in the implementation of a successful project.

LAUNCH OF WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES PROGRAMME IN KNOCK: Families representing each diocese will travel to Knock for this special day on Monday, August 21. A newly commissioned Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed in the Basilica following which, the Icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the WMOF2018 celebrations. Would you and your family like to join us on pilgrimage to Knock for this special day? Please let us know immediately – if we have enough interest, we will organise a bus! Call us on 061 315856 if you are interested -. It is also hoped to have a special ‘Witness Walk’ at 7pm, prior to the Novena evening Mass. This is to remember the witnesses and follows a route around the village and Shrine grounds followed by a special blessing in the Apparition Chapel. Very Rev Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin will highlight family life with ‘When Plates Fly! Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life’ and workshops will be facilitated by Fr Timothy Bartlett on how to make technology more family friendly.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: On Saturday, August 26 we hope to visit the "Old Rail Trail" County Westmeath Greenway which links Mullingar with Athlone. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire 25mile/40km route will be provided (bike hire will be extra). Coach departs from Newcastle West, Market Yard at 8 a.m. with a breakfast stop in Birr and evening dinner in Moate included for €50 (bike hire will be extra). If interested please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm) without delay as all of our previous day trips have been fully booked.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

FINDING NEMO AT THE GLÓRACH: The magical world of Pixar animation comes to our local theatre with the screening of Finding Nemo on Sunday, August 6 at 2.30 pm, as part of our children’s matinee summer season. The film received universal critical acclaim, so don’t miss the chance to see this oceanic adventure on the big screen on Sunday. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks. It will then start up again and hopefully, if enough people show interest, will run continuously. It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Dept. of Agr should be doing this, elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only 8 people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help. 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.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email limerick@nln.ie or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

COURSE IN RADIO PRODUCTION: An 8 week full time course in radio production starts on August 14 at the National Digital Skills Centre, Tralee. Refine your practical skills in broadcast pre-production, live broadcast production and audio post. Progression to 50 Digital Skills (Radio Production) programme also an option.Links:http://kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie/course/radio-broadcasting-foundation-course/Enquiries:john@radiokerry.ie

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK FOR NOVENA: Thursday, August 17. Fare is €20.A bus will travel and leave the The Square Listowel at 7am, The Church Bus Stop Abbeyfeale at 7.20am and The Bus Stop NewcastleWest at 7.35am. Book your seat on 0873966399 (9-6pm).

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

WEST LIMERICK RESOURCES WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER OF STAFF: Edward O’Shaughnessy has been employed as Employment and Project Development Officer as part of the Rural Employment Service. His focus will be on Youth employment. The Rural Employment Service (RES) staff will meet you on a 1:1 & support you to create a career plan. Talk to us today on 069 61316 or check our page www.facebook/wlr.res for all breaking news, jobs, training & education opportunities here in the West Limerick area and further afield. These initiatives are funded by West Limerick Resources under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

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, miniskirts 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.

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.

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
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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 StriolanCeili 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. Maureen Power, Rathkeale was this week’s winner and got €376 – 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 ComhaltasSeisiún 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.

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 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep your Eircode beside the phone so that if you need to direct someone with a delivery to your house you can give it to them. 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 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.

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 adsarhq@gmail.com

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on Friday night next, August 4 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, 068/5198. 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 Timothy & Elizabeth McAuliffe, Mountmahon. Thursday. 10am Margaret Woulfe, St Ita’s Terrace Saturday 11am John Horgan, Killarney Road . Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7pm Mary Ann Walsh, Dromtrasna. Timothy Murphy Caherlane. Maurice & Catherine O’Connor Grogeen and family members . Sunday9.30am Tom & Danny Foley, The Hill. 12noon e Ann Fitzgibbon, Caherlane 4th Anniversary. Sean & Hannah Cahill, Knocknasna, Anne Moore, Kilconlea Lower Month Mind. 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 takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm.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 catholicnews.ie, 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 catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in WestLimerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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”.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES LAUNCH: The launch of a one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place during the National Novena in Knock on Monday 21 August 2017. At the 3pm Mass that day each diocese will be represented by a family during the procession.

FAMILY FUN DAY: A Family Fun Day will take place in The Square, Listowel on Sunday, August 13 from 11 am – 5 pm. Includes live music, craft & food fair, museum & castle tours, bouncy castle, magic show, face painting, dog show competition and much more. Entry is free to all events and is hosted by Love Listowel in conjunction with Seanchaí – Kerry Writers’ Museum.

DUAGH SPORTS COMPLEX: All roads lead to Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex on August 31 next. A great night of music and fun to look forward to with Shaun O’ Dowd, Red Hurley, Crystal Swing, Gina of the Champions, The Conquerors, Keith & Lorraine all performing on the night. PRO Miriam Gaire says “ To date, we have completed the ground floor area and it is being utilised to great effect by the communities of North Kerry and West Limerick. We are now embarking on the last phase of our project and are endeavouring to complete the first floor section of the building. The finishing of our project has taken on a special significance since the passing of the late Fr Pat Moore. He was a director of the complex and it would be very fitting for us to finish and name the facility in his honour. We are also donating a sum of money from the sale of each ticket in memory of Fr. Pat to the Kerry Cork health link bus. Tickets are €25 each and can be purchased at the Duagh Post Office, shops and bars in Duagh as well as some outlets in Abbeyfeale and Ballybunion and from from the committee members. Contact 087 2684540 Doors open at 7.30 show starts at 8.30”.

YOUTH 2000: The Youth 2000 festival takes place at the Cistercian College, Roscrea from Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20. It is open to young people aged 16-35. All food and accommodation are provided for, all you need is a sleeping bag and a pillow. Donation requested. Further information from 01 6753690 or office@youth2000.ie

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

ACTIVE Retirement Day at Knockanure Community Centre, takes place on Monday 14th August 2017. Music by Stevie Donegan. All Welcome. If attending it is important to please ring office on 068/49799. New members especially welcome.

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

COOKARAMA KIDS SUMMER COOKING CAMP August 9-11 from 10am. to 1pm. Daily, Cólaiste na Ríochta, Listowel. To book or for more info contact Jill on 0879815181.

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 www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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, and a specially designed kid’s 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.


PROLOGUE: "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
Phyllis Diller

DEATH: We offer our sympathies to the family of Nellie Lynch, nee Collins Meenkilly whose funeral took place on Friday. We also offer our sympathies to the family of Jackie (Tady) Hartnett, Dromtrasna who was laid to rest on Monday. May they rest in peace.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: On Saturday, August 26 we hope to visit the "Old Rail Trail" County Westmeath Greenway which links Mullingar with Athlone. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire 25mile/40km route will be provided (bike hire will be extra). Coach departs from Newcastle West, Market Yard at 8 a.m. with a breakfast stop in Birr and evening dinner in Moate included for €50 (bike hire will be extra). If interested please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West 069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm) without delay as all of our previous day trips have been fully booked.

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. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT’S SUMMER OUTING: 50 people left Abbeyfeale last Wednesday morning heading for Dingle. We were blessed with the weather even though if you went by the forecast you’d be heading off in waders. First stop was Inch Beach for a bracing walk followed by morning coffee at Sammy’s then back on the bus for a wonderful trip around Slea Head and lunch at the Blasket Interpretative Centre and a film in their theatre on life on the Blasket Island. After a quick call to Louis Mulcahy’s Pottery we headed back to Dingle for a couple of free hours to go out to see Fungie or visit the Dingle Distillery or the Aquarium and then it was time to have dinner in Jim McCarthy’s Chart House. Jim is from Feale View and runs a restaurant that has won several awards and is currently named the top restaurant in Kerry. We had a great meal and happy and replete set off for home well before dark with plans already being hatched to meet up again for a Christmas party.

FINDING NEMO AT THE GLÓRACH: The magical world of Pixar animation comes to our local theatre with the screening of Finding Nemo on Sunday, August 6 at 2.30 pm, as part of our children’s matinee summer season. The film received universal critical acclaim, so don’t miss the chance to see this oceanic adventure on the big screen on Sunday. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks. It will then start up again and hopefully, if enough people show interest, will run continuously. It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Dept. of Agr should be doing this, elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only 8 people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help. 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.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email limerick@nln.ie or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

CASABLANCA AT THE GLÓRACH: Our monthly film screenings continue at the Glórach Theatre Wednesday, August 2 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, and to help us on the night with the draw is Paschal O’Grady, one half of the legendary Limerick comedy duo that was Tom and Paschal. Many locals will have fond memories of seeing Tom and Paschal perform their set many years ago, and they also played at the Sports Complex in 1991 when Bibi Baskin came to town with RTE to do a feature on Abbeyfeale. For bookings or enquiries, please contact 0871383940.

COURSE IN RADIO PRODUCTION: An 8 week full time course in radio production starts on August 14 at the National Digital Skills Centre, Tralee. Refine your practical skills in broadcast pre-production, live broadcast production and audio post. Progression to 50 Digital Skills (Radio Production) programme also an option. Links: http://kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie/course/radio-broadcasting-foundation-course/Enquiries:john@radiokerry.ie

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK FOR NOVENA: Thursday, August 17. Fare is €20. A bus will travel and leave the The Square Listowel at 7am, The Church Bus Stop Abbeyfeale at 7.20am and The Bus Stop NewcastleWest at 7.35am. Book your seat on 0873966399 (9-6pm).

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: The festival is 20 years old and will start on Thursday August 3 with a special Irish Rambling House Show. This year’s Festival, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, has all the usual events and plenty of new ones and includes Ger’s Mobile Animal Farm, Sylvano the Magician, Sheep Dog Trial Demo, Ceili with Tim Joe and Anne, Bog Walk, Falconry Display, Dog Show and Declan Nerney in the Marquee on Sunday night, August 6. One of the new events is the 5/10K Run/Walk with all proceeds to the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link Bus. 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, miniskirts 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.

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.

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. Maureen Power, Rathkeale was this week’s winner and got €376 – 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.

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 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep your Eircode beside the phone so that if you need to direct someone with a delivery to your house you can give it to them. 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 whatwouldyoudo.ie 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.

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 adsarhq@gmail.com

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on Friday night next, August 4 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 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; First Friday of the month. Mass at 10am. Confessions on Thursday after 10am Mass. Saturday 7pm Eileen & Owen Doody, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.30am Tom Browne, Knocknasna 12noon Morrie & Paddy Kennedy, Kathleen & Jerry Herlihy and their son Danny. 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 takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday & Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. 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 catholicnews.ie, 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 catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish 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”.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES LAUNCH: The launch of a one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place during the National Novena in Knock on Monday 21 August 2017. At the 3pm Mass that day each diocese will be represented by a family during the procession.

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.

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 info www.loughderg

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

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 www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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, and a specially designed kid’s 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.