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 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:

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

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 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

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, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment.

To see the daily readings you may log on to and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated”.

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

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.