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 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

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:, 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 / or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 /

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 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 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 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

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

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 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, 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”.

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

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

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

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

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.