PROLOGUE: "We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams."
Jeremy Irons.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of JulAnn McCarthy, Meenkilly/ Collins Park whose funeral took place during the week.
May she rest in peace.

INFORMATION MEETING AT THE TECH: Intreo is a service from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection offering a practical, tailored employment supports service to assist with your recruitment needs. (a) Financial supports when creating new and additional jobs, through the JobsPlus Scheme (€7,500 or €10,000).(b) Recruitment and advertising of your vacancies through Workplace supports to assist Employees with Disabilities. (d) Our EURES service offers advice and assistance on recruiting and advertising job vacancies within Europe. Information evening: Monday, September 25 from 6pm-8pm at Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (Old Vocational School), Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. All are Welcome.

BUS TO FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick Diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8. There will be marching bands and a mobile farm, youth activities and child-friendly events, water zorbs and climbing walls, musical acts every hour and quiet prayer spaces, all brought together in a family Mass at 4pm on the steps of the Tara building in Mary I. A bus is being organised to travel to this event from Abbeyfeale, tel. the sacristy on (068)51915 during mass times or contact Fr. Tony Mullins with the names of family members interested in travelling.

FREE TALK: A talk on your Immune System Health will take place on Monday,September 25 at 7pm in TANGLES Hair & Beauty Salon on Main St. Abbeyfeale. All welcome.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School,Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply before Friday October 6bytext to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. An open evening will be held at the offices of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.

CULTURE NIGHT AT GLÓRACH: Culture night takes place throughout the county on this Friday, September 22 with venues throughout the land opening their doors for free events to the public. At the Glórach that evening from 7.30 to 9 we will be celebrating local writers, poets and actors with an informal evening of story, song, poetry and drama. So maybe you have a short story or poem, or an author whose work you love to quote or you might just like to come along and listen on the night. We look forward to seeing you there, beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.

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. Through the actions of O’Flaherty, many lives were saved and it will be an intriguing experience to see this tale told on stage. The play will be coming to the Glórach Theatre on the evening of Thursday, September 28 at 8.30pm, with a Q and A session afterwards. Booking is essential at 0871383940.

FOOD BANK OPENS: From Friday next, September 22 the Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

COURSES AT THE TECH: There are various part-time courses starting at the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre over the coming week, including woodwork, computers and horticulture. For further information, feel free to drop into the Centre (old VEC) or give a call at 06831198.

ST. PADRE PIO TRIDUUM 2017: A special Triduum will be held in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, NCW from 7-9pm on Wednesday, September 20, Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22 with Mass and Devotions, Blessing and Veneration of 1st class relic. Celebrant Fr. John Mockler of the Institute of St. Padre Pio’s Servants of Suffering. All welcome.

ARA NA FÉILE: Abbeyfeale Active Retirement will have their first meeting of the autumn on Wednesday, September 20 at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon. PRO Mary McGill says” Hope everyone enjoyed the Summer break and we look forward to a full and varied schedule for the next term”.

NORTH KERRY TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact or 0872193670.

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.

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. Ring Enda to book 087 4207708.

GLÓRACH FILM NIGHTS: Next up is ‘Singing in the Rain’ which will be screening on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Tournafulla’s Rachel Doody who is travelling to Calcutta next spring with the Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Transition Year students is organising a fundraiser on Saturday, September 23 – a 5K/10K Run Walk from the Tournafulla Community Centre, registration is from 10am with the race starting at 11.30am.

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

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/Sean Broderick, New St.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at or 061 412354 for an application form.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc start in the Top of the Town, Athea on Monday, September 25 from 8.30-10.30pm , Tuesdays in the Railway and Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, September 27 in Fr. Casey’s learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm. The session in October will be the launch of the Gary McMahon Singing Weekend.

BEREAVMENT EVENING: Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info before Wednesday, September 20 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

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 on Wedneday, September 20, 7.00 – 9.00 pm. For further details 086 0289958 or e mail maria.fitzgerald

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.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km.. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on Sunday, October 1. 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 and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. 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.

THRESHING CANCER: “Threshing Cancer’s annual Threshing, Vintage and family fun day in aid of Kerry Cancer Care Support is being held on Sunday, September 24 on the farm of Brendan Ferris, Beaufort @1pm. We hope to see you all there”

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. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 will shortly go on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. 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, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. 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, Marian Harnett.

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 for next weekend Saturday 7pm Connie, Eilish & Bridget Hartnett, Kilconlea Upper. Ellen Quille, Michael Quille Ballaugh. Margaret Barry, Cragg, Month’s Mind Sunday 9.30am Terry Morrissey and his grandparnets. David & Nora Morrissey. Ballymacgordan. Kevin Downes, formely Grove Crescent. 12noon Margaret Lane, Ballaugh 12th Anniversary. Billy O’Connell, Rea, Kilmorna.

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”.

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

LIAM O’CONNOR SHOW: A Liam O’Connor Spectacular with special guest Moya Brennan the voice of Clannad will take place at the Friary Church, Killarney on Sunday, October 1 at 7pm. Tickets €30.

ANAM CARA: Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to before Wednesday 20th September or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.

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

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.

POSITIVE AGEING WEEK: Monday, September 25– Sunday, October 1. Loads of events planned including taking a trip to Lisdoonvarna (which in my opinion would age anyone!).

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.

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

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 January 1, 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 August 18-29, 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

OUR OWN CANON TONY STARS IN CONCERT FOR PIETA HOUSE: 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.