PROLOGUE: Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen Spillane St Ita’s Sheltered Housing whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

CHURCH CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT THE GLÓRACH: They came from all over West Limerick and North Kerry last Thursday night to see Killarney man Donal Courtney perform the one man show he wrote and produced on the late Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – the Kerryman who saved 6,500 people from the Gestapo during World War 2 while based in the Vatican. The intimate venue with its great acoustics was the ideal place to learn about a piece of history that was mostly brushed under the carpet over the last 70 odd years and the Q and A session afterwards with Donal was informative, interesting and insightful. Well done Lorcan, John and Co.

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.

SINGING IN THE RAIN: Our monthly classic film screening at the Glórach occurs on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm with our showing of Singing in the Rain. Starring Gene Kelly, this 1952 film is regarded as one of the finest movie musicals ever made. We’ve a special treat on the night of the film, for before and after the screening, there will be live dance routines performed by teenage sensations, The Templeglantine Troupers, a match for Gene Kelly in his heyday! For bookings or enquiries, please contact 087 1383940.

TEA DANCE: Tea dancing resumes on Sunday, October 8 at Fr. Casey’s. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Teas served. This is a fund raiser for WL102fm organised by the Wednesday Club. Your support for our local community radio station would be appreciated.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Conor McAuliffe and Caoimhe Pegley from Coláiste agus Íosef Abbeyfeale who spoke at Mass last week and held a collection for their immersion program to Calcutta, India would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who donated to the cause. They raised a total of €2,884 over the three Masses. This is a massive sum of money and has aided them a huge amount in their fundraising. The people of Abbeyfeale are extremely generous and this money will greatly aid The Hope Foundations projects in Calcutta.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: Congratulations to Joanne & Kadie Colbert, Winners of Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Best Shop Front Summer 2017 Competition & Toddy & Sinead Mc Mahon, Winners of Most Improved Shop Front 2017. A big thank you to Fitall/Sigma Signs & Sheehy’s Hardware who sponsored the winning trophies.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the shop. If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and involvement of parents. Without the involvement of parents the Youth Club would simply not be open and we thank the current parents involved with the club for their interest and the time they give to running the club. The club leaders are planning with the help of new parents to open a club for second year secondary school students. We are now seeking the help of parents who are willing to give some time each week as volunteers with the club so that this age group can begin availing of the clubs activities. The club is based in St Ita’s Hall and is open on Friday and Saturday nights. By volunteering for this work you will ensure that this essential service for young people in our parish is continued. A short meeting for new parent volunteers will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday, October 2 at 8p.m. For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, October 4 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 6 bytext 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.

FOOD BANK OPENS: From Friday, 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.

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 October. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and for information or to register.

RAYMOND FENNELLY WRITES: “She stood beside the pedestrian crossing at Joy’s Corner, laden down with bulging bags of shopping, waiting for the traffic to slow down
“Are you going across, missus?” I asked, taking her by the elbow and helping her slowly over as the cars stopped to allow us through. She still clung on to the shopping.
“There you are, missus.” I said, depositing her safely on the other side.
“Thank you, young man,” she replied. “but less of the ‘missus’. Its ‘miss’ you should be calling me, for I have never met the man that could tie me down yet.”
“You should read Fifty Shades Of Grey” I murmured, but she ignored the jibe.
“Aren’t you the lad that do be doing the bit of writing?” she asked, looking up at me.
“I do put pen to paper occasionally.” I admitted modestly. (There are those who would claim that I have much to be modest about.)
“I have a brother in New York that do read your stories every week.” she said. “Paddy Joe thinks you are great craic but of course the poor old devil was never really right in the head.”
“What part of New York is he in?” I asked.
“The Bronx.” she answered. “He is there with the last forty years and not a bother on him. Do you think you could give him a mention in your next bit of writing?” she continued. “He’d be delighted with that.”
“Of course I can,” I took out a biro that I always carry with me in the off-chance that someone might ask for my autograph. “Now, what is his name?”

“Paddy Joe.” she replied.

“Paddy Joe what?” I persisted.
“Paddy Joe.” she said again. “How many Paddy Joes do you think there are in The Bronx?”
“Quite a few, I imagine.”
“Well, just put down Paddy Joe. We don’t want to give out too many details for fear that Trump might also be reading your stories and gets it in to his thick head to send poor Paddy home. That fella has it in for the Irish – so he has. Him and his fecking wall, and we trying to abolish the border over here!” I’ll see what I can do.” I promised.
“Good man.” she said. And with that, she hoisted her shopping bags and disappeared down Church Street.
So, Paddy Joe in The Bronx, whoever you are, (and you know who you are) your sister in Abbeyfeale says hello.
And if American immigration officials should suddenly begin deporting every Paddy Joe in The Bronx, then New York will come to a standstill – and we will get the blame!

LAUNCH OF GARY MCMAHON WEEKEND: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm. The session in October on Friday, October 6 will be the launch of the Gary McMahon Singing Weekend.

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

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.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions 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.

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. The day of leaving the key in the door or the door on the latch is gone unfortunately so get into the habit of locking both front and back doors when you are inside. That way if someone comes to the front door you know that a second person is not around the back trying to get in behind your back. Invest in a safety chain so that you don’t need to open the door fully until you know who you have. If you have a panic button from Community Alert wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. 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; Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7p.m. Bill, Bridget & John Joe Collins, The Hill. Tommy & Delia Nelligan, Bridge St & Mary Nelligan, Collins Park Sunday 9:30 Margaret Culhane, Knockbrack, Johnny & Peggy Stack, Craughatouke, Moynsha. 12p.m. JulieAnn McCarthy, Meenkilly Month’s Mind Tom & Joan Murphy Monday October 9 7pm Marian Shannon Murphy Main St. To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times.

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”.

KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.

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

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.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

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.

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

CELEBRATING MARTIN LUTHER’S REFORMATION: The Irish Province of the Augustinian Friars in association with the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, present a Conference Marking the Fifth Centenary of Martin Luther’s Reformation on Saturday, October 7 in Mary I.


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.