PROLOGUE: Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. Mark Twain.

JOHN COLLINS RUNS FOR MILFORD: John Collins, Clash is travelling to Athens to run in the Athens Authentic Marathon in Greece under the Banner of the Dromtrasna Challenge in aid of Milford Hospice Care Centre, on Sunday, November 12. It’s a very worthy cause and he’d be happy to receive sponsorship.

GLORACH NEWS: There was a fantastic turn out on our first night of Bingo at the Glórach, Bingo continues every Monday evening at the Glórach from 8.30 pm and takes place this coming Monday, November 6. Preparations are well underway for our upcoming dramatic production, as Bingo-goers can attest to as they will have seen the set up the last two Mondays. Unfortunately we won’t be screening a film in November due to the set being in situ but we will be showing again in December once the play is finished.The long evenings are truly upon us now, not that it seems a major transition given the appalling weather we’ve had over the last two months. One means of warding away the introspective gloom that winter brings is by having a good laugh, and we hope to provide that for you at the Glórach Theatre with our upcoming production of the hilarious Jimmy Keary play, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. Concerning the love life (or lack of it) of forty-something bachelor Gabriel Foley, and his trials and tribulations as he has to contend with two very different women vying for his attention. The play opens on Tuesday, November 21 and continues on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25,

Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 of the month.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp.

WINNERS: Congratulations to St Mary’s Boys N.S. on winning the West County final during the week.

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 0876210490.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

PRAYERS IN THE GRAVEYARDS: Sunday November 5 in St Mary’s 2.30pm, The Square 2.45pm and St. Ita’s at 3pm. The annual collection for the Graveyards will be taken up this weekend at all Masses.

PHOTO WANTED: Author Pat Shaughnessy from Templeglantine is writing his second book and is looking for a picture of Bidsy Barrett’s long thatched house where the Adult Education Centre (the old Tech) is now. Contact Pat on 06984136 if you can help him.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY RACES: The committee were delighted to present Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Meenkilly N.S., Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed and Crumlin Childrens Hospital with sponsorship cheques following their very successful race meeting last June. A great night was had by all in Donal and Ann’s on Saturday night last.FINBAR WRIGHT: Tickets are selling already for the Finbar Wright concert in Abbeyfeale church Friday, February 9 next. Celebrating his greatest hits and all of your favourite music, Finbar will be joined by an impressive line-up of fine musicians on the night. The Finbar Wright concert is the first in a number of events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Parish Church on Convent St. To reserve tickets call 089- 4356981. Tickets are available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop, Killarney Road, Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle West and the Butcher Shop in Ardagh. Contact: Fr Tony Mullins 087-2600414 for further information.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB SING FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Our special thanks to Philip and Marie Enright of the Ramble Inn who are hosting a singing night on Friday November 3at 9pm. All proceeds in aid of the Christmas Lights Fund. A great night is promised with a great raffle and fantastic spot prizes on the night. Your support is greatly 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.


WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 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. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur. We need to have numbers for the caterer by November 12 so please purchase your ticket this week.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 1 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.

RAMBLING HOUSE HOSTS BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR KAY: Kay Moloney nee O’ Donoghue, Croagh and formerly of Sugerhill, Tempaglantine will celebrate her 93rd Birthday at Benny Thade’s Rambling House on Monday, November 6 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Kay is hoping for a huge turnout of musicians, singers, dancers etc. as a DVD will be recorded but she especially asks for no presents just your presence.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

TABLE QUIZ: An Meitheal Co-op will be holding a Community Kitchen Fundraiser table quiz. It will be taking place in The Corner House, Dromcollogher on Friday, November 10 at 9pm. There will be great prizes and a raffle. €20 per table.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: A free course is being provided by West Limerick Resources at the Desmond Complex, NCW on the Wednesdays in November covering all aspects of starting a new business. Contact Breda Heath on 06962222.

C.D. LAUNCH: Our own songstress Eibhlín Broderick from Cratloe will be launching her first C.D. on Saturday November 4 in Fr. Casey’s GAA clubhouse. A session will follow so all musicians are invited to bring their instruments. A mighty night of music, song and dance is promised.

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.

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.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT& TODDLER GROUP: 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.

DO WE KNOW THIS MAN: Richard James Hayes (born 1902, died 1976) was a code-breaker during World War II and was Director of the National Library of Ireland. The Irish Independent of Saturday, November 30, 1940 printed the following piece on page 5:

Dr. Richard J. Hayes, Thornfield, Sandymount. Dublin, has been appointed Director of the National Library in succession to Dr. R. I. Best, who has been appointed to the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Dr. Hayes, who was born in Abbeyfeale, was educated at Clongowes Wood College and Trinity College. He was the first student of Trinity to take three Moderator ships in one year when in 1924 he took Modern Literature, Celtic Languages, and Philosophy in that year he entered the National Library as Assistant Librarian, and four years later took his LL.D. degree.

He has had several works published, including three volumes in Irish by An Gum.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, implement the Rural Social Scheme in West Limerick. The scheme aims to provide part time flexible employment opportunities to low income farmers by utilising their skills and talents on community and not for profit projects. If you are: (a) 25 yrs or older, (b) currently in receipt of Farm Assist, (c) have a herd number, a copy of your EU Basic Payment application and are in receipt of a qualifying payment from social welfare rsswlr

FOOD BANK OPENS: 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.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

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. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. 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. 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. There are new terms and conditions recently announced and we will bring you news of them as soon as they are to hand. 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, Denis Collins, 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: 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; Wednesday: Feast of All Saints Masses at 9.30am and 12 noon. CONFESSIONS FOLLOWING ALL MASSES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. Thursday Feast of all souls. Masses at 10am and 7pm. First Friday 10am Purgatorial. Saturday 11am Maurice Griffin, Main Street 1st Anniversary. Richard J Woulfe, Cratloe House Month Mind. Vigil Mass 7pm.

Bridget McEnery & James McEnery, Kilconlea Upper. David Healy, Killarney Rd

Fiona Murphy, London & Ballaugh died recently. Sunday 9.30am Billy Harnett, Dromtrasna. Peter O’Connell, Purt. James Harnett, Purt. 12noon Johnny Lane, Kilconlea Upper. Bridget & Patrick Cleary, Main St. & Birmingham. Kathleen Spillane, St Ita’s Housing.

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.

LIAM LYNCH COMMEMORATION: The Hogan /Ryan / Lynch Sinn Fein Cumann will host the Annual Liam Lynch Commemoration on Sunday, November 5 at 1.30pm at the monument in Anglesboro.

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


will be presented to Loreto Sister Orla Treacy at 8p.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the

Killarney Avenue Hotel. The Annual Mass honouring Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty Sunday, November 5 at 10.30am in St Mary’s Cathedral is being broadcast as Gaeilge on Raidio na Gaeltachta, in conjuction with Oireachtas na Samhna, being held in Killarney from November 1-5.

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.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’ Volume 2 by Brother John Feheney on Sunday, November 12 at Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy.

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.

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.