PROLOGUE: "What if today you gave yourself permission to be outrageously kind? What if you extended as much good will and kindness as you can possibly muster to every person you meet? And what if you did it with no thought of reward? I’m sure of one thing: it will be a day you will never regret."
Steve Goodier.

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.

CITIZEN KANE AT THE GLÓRACH: The Orson Welles masterpiece, Citizen Kane shows at the Glórach Theatre on this Wednesday, September 6 at 8.00 pm. Viewed by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time, find out why it was such a groundbreaking piece of cinema by coming to the Glórach this Wednesday evening. Booking at 0871383940, or one can pay at the door. All most welcome.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Next Sunday morning, September 10 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.

COFFEE MORNING FOR KERRY HOSPICE: A coffee morning in the Ploughman Bar, The Square will be held as part of the national coffee morning 11 – 2pm on Friday, September 8 next. Donations of home baking, spot prizes etc. welcome.

TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the season is in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday next at 8pm and then in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact or 0872193670.

GOOD NEWS STORIES FROM ABBEYFEALE: Our own Nadine Smith, qualified dentist, singer, model, socialite and blogger will be one of the stars of a new RTE 1 series ‘Frock Finders’. The first episode will air on RTE1 Tuesday, September 12. Brian Scannell from Mountmahon arrived home recently from the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil with a Gold medal in the Solo Banjo playing competition. Huge congratulations to these two young people who are just some of the many youth in our community who make Abbeyfeale such a great place to live.

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.

SET DANCING: West Limerick Set Dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn Hotel on Sunday next September 10 at 4pm….Music by Donie Nolan / Taylors Cross….All welcome…teas etc served.

COOKERY CLASSES: Discover New Healthy Recipes while improving your Cooking Skills. New Course starting on Thursday September 7 for 6 weeks at LCETB Abbeyfeale. Contact Nora at 06831198.

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

ABBEYFEALE SELECTED AS A WILD CARD IN GOING FOR GOLD COMPETITION: The judges in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold have travelled the length and breadth of Limerick city and county visiting the communities involved in this year’s Challenge category of the competition.The visits have been to see the amazing work and dedication that volunteers across Limerick have for their localities, in making them better places to live, work and visit.The judges also have had the difficult task of selecting seven wildcards to join the five weekly winners as Challenge Category Finalists after they were chosen by public vote. The seven wildcard communities to go through to the grand final are (in alphabetical order): Abbeyfeale, Adare, Croom, Foynes, Kilfinane, Moyross and South Limerick City. They will join the communities of Athea, Galbally, Castleconnell, Oola and Hospital who were chosen during the weekly public votes. All 12 communities will compete in the Challenge Category of Limerick Going for Gold 2017 later in the Autumn.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: Culture night takes place throughout the county on Friday, September 22 and at the Glórach that evening we will be celebrating local writers with an informal evening of song, poetry and drama. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.

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

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: There is a new free Digital Skills for Citizens course taking place in Abbeyfeale library. The course will begin on Saturday, September 23 and will run each Saturday afternoon for five weeks, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm . The course is completely free to all participants – an Eircode is required to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available.

Topics covered will include: Safety & security online. Email. Search engines and webpages. Accessing government services online. Conducting everyday transactions online. Using Apps. Making voice and video calls online. Online shopping. Online banking and security. Social media. Video, TV and radio online. Advanced government services. Youtube instructional videos. Digital photography.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available. Enda O’ Callaghan

Senior Trainer. Phone: 089 420 7708 Email:

BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will resume after the summer break Thursday September 14 at 7.30 pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale.

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 /

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT GLÓRACH: The extraordinary story of the actions of Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who defied the fascists during World War II, will be brought to the stage in the one-man play, God has no Country by Killarney man Donal Courtney. The play will be coming to the Glórach Theatre on the evening of Thursday, September 28 next. Booking is essential at 0871383940.

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 on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

NORTH KERRY. COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION: Hobby Courses & QQI Qualification Courses . Enrolment for Night Classes will take place at the college in Listowel as follows. Wednesday, September 13 7.00 – 9.00 pm Monday, September 18 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Wednesday, September 20, 7.00 – 9.00 pm. For further details 086 0289958 or e mail maria.fitzgerald

ANAM CARA, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday, September 12 from 7.30 – 9.00 in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

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.

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 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.

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. For more information please contact: Aoife Walsh, Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Den-mark St, Limerick

HOPE FOUNDATION: Conor McAuliffe and Caoime Pegley from Abbeyfeale will be travelling to Kolkata next Easter. They will speak at all Masses on the weekend of September 16/17.

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. Never park on the hard shoulder to answer the phone or make a call as I was told by a fireman that you are only 15 minutes from death if you park there. Remember your car is not a phone booth – don’t make or answer calls while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. 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 but the man who takes advantage of the woman’s desperation. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. 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.

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|: Thursday10am Mike O’Sullivan , Colbert Terrace. Saturday 11am Tom Fitzgerald, Knocknasna . Mass Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 7pm Jack & Nonie Kelly, Knocknasna and their daughters Theresa, Mary B and granddaughter Lisa. Sunday 9.30am Kate Naughton, St Ita’s Rd and Denis Naughton, Mountcollins. 12noon Paul Collins Convent St & Limerick 4th Anniversary. Tom & Mary McAuliffe, Dromtrasna.

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”.

CELEBRATE CENTENERY OF FATIMA: Visit Of The National Statue Of Our Lady Of Fatima to St John’s Cathedral Friday, September 15 :10:00 AM – Mass 5:45 PM – Mass will be followed by Holy Hour with Meditated Rosary Saturday, September 16:10:00 AM – Mass 5:00 to 6:00 – Holy Hour with Meditated Rosary 6:00 PM – Vigil Mass Sunday, September 17: 8:00 AM – Mass (followed by Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary) 10:30 AM – Mass (followed by Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary) 12:00 AM – Mass (followed by Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary) 7:00 PM – Mass (followed by Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary). The green bus goes to Limerick on the hour and stops at the back of Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, it’s only 10 minutes walk from there to the Cathedral.

PATTERN DAY: Ballyheigue Friday September 8.

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.

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.

FREE CONCERT: The Franciscan Province of Ireland will run a series of free concerts at Friaries around the country as a thank you to all the people who have supported the work and ministry of the Franciscans. The date for the concert in Killarney is Friday, September 15 @ 7pm, which will be performed by Vincent Kennedy & Marina Cassidy.

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

MEETING FOR RETURNED LAY MISSIONARIES & VOLUNTEERS: Have you ever worked overseas as a volunteer or lay missionary in Africa, Asia or South America? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people to discuss issues of mutual concern? First meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 13 @ 7.30 p.m. in the John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd. Killarney. Email: jim.farrell or 083 8422468 to confirm attendance.

PLOUGHING: The National Ploughing Championship 2017 will be held at Tullamore from September 19-21 next. Tom O’Connor will be running a bus from Abbeyfeale on Wednesday contact him on 087 2632096.

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.