PROLOGUE : "I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not."

Lucille Ball

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Richard J Woulfe, Cratloe House whose funeral took place on Monday May he rest in peace.

GLORACH MUSICAL BREW: “Glórach goes international on Wedneday, October 18at 8pm when it hosts An International Musical Brew featuring The 4 Malina Brothers from The Czech Republic. Although pre-eminent in the field of Bluegrass & Country Music, the Malinas are no strangers to Irish music having recorded and released The Rose of Killarney. Also, performing will be Munster based ‘Under the Radar’ who are no strangers to International tours having introduced Irish Ballads to Myanmar, Thailand and Germany. Foynes man Kevin McCarthy, who is well known on the Limerick musical circuit will entertain with his very popular style of music and singing. Frances Kennedy needs no introduction and will amuse and provoke with her side-splitting Seanchaí style monologue; she may even do the Ryanair song! And, finally, our very own songbird, Amanda Colbert will debut for your delectation and delight.” For bookings ring 087 1383940.

HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Healing Retreat on Sunday, October 22, at 2.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Fr. Pat O’Sullivan, Limerick and Janice and Moss Carrig, Limerick with Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing. Tea after in hall. All welcome….

B.A.G.S.: Abbeyfeale will finally have a Bingo venue of its very own when Glórach launches its Bingo At Glórach Service (B A G S) on Monday October 23 at 8.30pm and every Monday thereafter


GOING FOR GOLD: Huge congratulations to Abbeyfeale Town Park and Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns and to Leen’s Hotel who won the Judges Award, the Most Improved/Incentive Awards and the Overall Runner Award at the Going for Gold Awards last week in the Strand Hotel in Limerick. those of you who may not have heard the final update from the Limerick Going for Gold Awards which took place at the Strand Hotel last night.
As Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Community Council said “ Just Imagine it, Abbeyfeale’s first time getting through to the final stages of Limerick Going for Gold Awards and 3 prizes are bagged on the night. Adare pipped us at the post to take the coveted First Prize”.

COLLECTION FOR MISSIONS: Sunday next October 22 is Mission Sunday, a collection will be taken up at all Masses.

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.

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.

NEW RELEASE: Eibhlín Broderick who is the daughter of Eileen and Mike Broderick, Craloe has released her debut CD, My Silver River Feale. It is available to purchase in Ann Lyons shop, The Square Abbeyfeale and Pat Buckleys, Devon Road Cross Templeglantine. This could solve your Christmas gift dilemma in one fell swoop!

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria: Applicants must reside in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine. The scholarship is provided on a means test basis and is for students of limited means. Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or Irish Music will be given preference in the application process. Application forms are available at local Secondary Schools in Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Tarbert and upon request from Woulfe Murphy Solicitors, Abbeyfeale Tel 068-31106. The minimum award will be €2,000 per annum. The maximum award will be €5,000 per annum. Students are entitled to apply for the award each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship for more than 4 years in duration.

WNESDAY CLUB: The Wednesday club would like to thank all those who supported the Tea Dance in aid of West Limerick 102 FM on Sunday last. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Thanks to the local business and individuals who donated refreshments and spot prizes. The event raised the sum of €260.

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. . For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP will host ‘Messy Hands Messy Play’ on Tuesday, October 24 from 11am to 12.30pm, in St. Ita’s Hall. New parents and children are welcome on the day. The Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

AWARD: A huge congratulations to Kearney’s Bakery, Ballyhahill who got a bronze award at the Blas na hÉireann in Dingle for their Sliced Brown Bread. Kearney’s Bakery was founded by Daisy Fitzgerald’s daughters, Daisy is originally from Knocknasna. Abbeyfeale Abú.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989,

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 by text to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Sreet 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.

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 development 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.

FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show on Thursday , October 19, in the Community Centre, Tournafulla commencing with a Cheese & Wine reception at 7:15pm, Fashion Show to start at 8pm, featuring local models. Outfits modelled will be from all the local boutiques.

MEN ON THE MOVE: A free Men’s exercise and activity programme runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks in Teach na Feile, New St, from 7-8pm in association with Limerick Sports partnership and the Men’s Shed. For further information ring 061:333600.

CLOTHES COLLECTION TO HELP LIGHT UP THE TOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON: You are invited to do an autumn clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes and old bed linen and clothes. This collection will take place from Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 30. Collection points include The Little Rascals shop and Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Further details from Gerardine Mann 087 7729690 And DenisCollins at 087 649 76 41.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

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. . 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 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. 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 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. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. 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;. Friday 10am Mae Flynn, Main Street, 2nd Anniversary. Mass Intentions for next weekend 7pm ( Garry McMahon Mass) Baby Tommy Moran Maryann & Tom Moloney & deceased family members. John Joe Broderick, Purt, Sunday 9.30am Patrick & Kit Riordan, Purt. Mary A.nn Mulcahy & Tom . 12pm Willie Maurice Hartnett, Knockbrack. 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 Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

WORLD MISSION DAY: On Thursday, October 19 at 8pm in The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly will speak on his experiences as a missionary in Africa and at home, inviting us all to “Reach out and spread the Joy”. Entrance is free and all welcome.

EXHIBITION BY TROCAIRE Palestine: A Home Truth, on the forced displacement of Palestinian communities in the West Bank, will take place at Killarney Library from October 16 – 21 during library opening hours. On Thursday, October 19 Trocaire will screen ‘This is Palestine’, a documentary featuring Riverdance founder John McColgan and his journey through the West Bank and Gaza. The screening takes place at 6.30pm. Free of charge.

LOURDES: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 years with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is October 31 . Further information at 086 1030740or 087 2809833 after 5pm

HALOWEEN PARTY NIGHT – A FUNDRAISER: This is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar & Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds going to Milford Hospice and The Mid Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O’Sullivan 069 82166/ 086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.

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.

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.

PADRAIG POTT’S GUIDE TO WALKING AT ST. JOHN’S: A play written and performed by Seamus O Rourke on Wednesday, October 25. Set in seventies and eighties rural Ireland when rural folk lived in the auld house prior to bungalow bliss. The black and white bush t.v. brought changes as well as Charles Mitchell, Steve McGarett and Ironside. A story of nostalgia and innocence as well as happiness.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

CARTOON CAPERS: Listowel Library will host a ‘Cartoon Capers’ workshop

with author and iIllustrator Alan Nolan for children aged 8-12 on Thursday, November 2 (Mid Term) at 10.30 am. The workshop is part of the Children’s Book Festival which runs in Libraries all over Ireland in October / November this year. Advance booking is necessary by calling Listowel Library on 068-23044. This is a free event.

PARKINSON’S CONFERENCE Sunday, October 29 in the Malton Hotel Killarney, 10.15am. to 3.30pm. Guest speakers. Registration essential 1800359359 all welcome, free to attend and fell free to bring along a family member or carer.

SEANCHAI; Wednesday October 18 at the Seanchai Centre, Listowel there will be a lecture on Tim Enright: Forgotten Man of Listowel Letters, With Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael DeMordha, Vincent Carmody & Martin Moore.

We remember Listowel born Tim Enright, socialist and translator of the Great Blasket Island writers including Tomás Ó Crohan & Michael O Guiheen. The story of the Drumboe Massacre in which four anti-treaty IRA volunteers, including Enright’s uncle Daniel were shot dead in 1923, will also be recounted.

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.

COOKERY WITH NEVIN MAGUIRE: Saint Fergus’s N.S., Glin will be hosting a fundraising cookery demonstration with Nevin Maguire in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall Glin on Wedesday, November 8 at 8pm. Doors open with Artisan food fair. Complimentary wine& cheese reception Raffle ….Tickets@ €25..available from school office (068 34344 )


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. 086-7780664 or

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