PROLOGUE: "Correction does much, but encouragement does more."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

GLAS TRAINING COURSE: A training course for participants on the Glas Scheme will take place at The Railway Bar on Saturday, November 18 starting at 10am. Places must be pre booked by calling 087 9796914.

#RED WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday, November 22 next, in order to promote awareness and solidarity with persecuted Christians, we have been invited by Archbishop Eamon Martin and A.C.N Ireland to pray the Angelus at 12pm and 6pm in remembrance of both past and present martyrs and to wear a red tie or a red scarf as a symbolic reminder of all Christians who have suffered and died for their Christian faith.

Red Wednesday will see many landmarks illuminated in red worldwide, including Armagh Cathedral.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262

GRAVEYARDS COLLECTION: The Graveyards committee wish to thank you for your generous support to the collection last weekend. The amount collected was €1440.

MILFORD HOSPICE COLLECTION: Thank you to all who donated to the Collection for Milford Hospice the amount raised was €1641. Thank you too to all the collectors who made the Collection possible.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

LADIES REQUIRED: There are classes in jives, waltzing, foxtrots etc every Tuesday in the Railway – there are any amount of men attending but quite a shortage of women so ladies please come along and show the men the one, two, three. Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

FR. LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: Newcastle West and District Lions Club present Fr. Liam Lawton in concert (with Desmond College choir) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, November 30. Doors open @ 7.30; concert @ 8.00pm.

ADULT SIGN LANGUAGE: A class in Adult sign language class has commenced in St. Ita’s Hall and will continue every Tuesday from 7.30pm – 9pm. This is a basic course for beginners to be followed by Level 1. For further information contact Breda on 087 7715734.

KERRY CHORAL UNION CONCERT: Duagh Sports Complex presents "A Christmas Concert" with Kerry Choral Union @ St.Bridgets National School Hall, Duagh on Sunday, November 26 @7.30pm. Tickets €10 each.

VICTORY DINNER DANCE: Templeglantine Camogie Club are holding a Victory Dinner Dance on Saturday November 18 in the Devon Inn Hotel. Tickets are €25 and are available from Leens Hotel and Liz Cahill 087 2482844.

FEALEBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 48th Annual Social on Friday, December 1 at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine. A great night is in store as always. Music will be provided by Ui Bhriain, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

KERRY FOOTBALL STAR TO OPEN WINTER WONDERLAND: Kieran Donaghy the Kerry footballer will turn on the Noonan Family Christmas lights display which supports local charities on Friday night next, November 17 at 7pm. Santa will be there too to meet the children. Everyone welcome.

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 from 1-6pm. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover a three course 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.

PRAYER MEETING: St. Mary’s RC church, Knocknagoshel is the venue for Moss and Janice Carrig’s prayer meeting on Sunday, November 26 at 3pm. All welcome, further information on 087 1445072.

GLORACH NEWS: Almost all set for next Tuesday, November 21, when our hilarious production of the Jimmy Keary play, ‘The two loves of Gabriel Foley’ commences its run. Further shows on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30. Booking is highly recommended at 0871383940. Next month, our classic film club will be returning with a screening of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet on the first Wednesday in December. A screening programme for January to April of next year will be released shortly. In mid-January, we will be screening Shankly: Nature’s Fire, a must for Liverpool and soccer fans. With that in mind, Glórach has invited his Excellency Michael D Higgins to attend an event in Glórach if his calendar permits, for as well as being a poet, he is also an avid soccer fan and supporter of Galway United. Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. It has been very well received to date and we would like to say a big thank you to all our Bingo patrons.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated.

PARISH RETREAT: An Evening of Reflection & Prayer at Ardfert Retreat Centre for Abbeyfeale Parish, Tuesday, November 28 from 7.30pm-10.30pm. Contact: Rita Horgan 06831405.

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.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins writes: “It is exactly one year since the new Christmas Lights Committee was formed in Leen’s Hotel. The new committee comprised Denis Collins, Marie McElligott, Jimmy Cahill, Esther McElligott, Kevin Kennelly, Gerardine O’Brien and Hilary Colliins.What little Christmas Lights stock we inherited was in bad shape and it was 3 weeks to switch on – if indeed we were going to have anything to switch on!!

We soldiered ahead and put up what we had. The result was decidedly underwhelming. The New Year had the desired effect and we set about organising the gathering of money and the purchasing of new features. We had great fun poring over catalogues of magnificent Christmas lights as we tried to keep within a certain budget. We started with a wonderful donation from the Strictly Come Dancing Event that had been held a few months previously but it was really just the beginning. The capital outlay on something like this is huge and, as a committee, we decided that we would not go into debt but we would have lots of plans to light up Abbeyfeale in a way that would make the town pleasing to the eye!! Right now, the features are going up on the poles. Unfortunately, the ESB does not take kindly to their poles being used, so for this year, we are only using the poles that belong to the County Council. With Jimmy and Denis leading the team – out working every evening, we had to ensure that we had good Insurance – expensive Insurance, as it turns out! We asked Doody Engineering, Abbeyfeale, to create a tree for us – one that would not wear away and have to be replaced in 4/5 years. What we will have now should last for 50 years!! We are about to put thousands of bulbs on it. It should be so bright, it will be seen from Mars!! We have plans for more lights next year. We would like to extend some nice lights down New Street and Bridge Street but in the meantime we are having funfilled fundraisers. On November 18, in Jack Ryan’s there is a Donkey Derby, there is a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s GAA on Sunday, November 26 and later on that evening there is a Darts Night in the Ploughman. Our great switch on is at 5.45pm on Friday, December 1. We have 2 young local high achievers doing the honours for us – Kori Goad and Chris Smith. After that, Santa will arrive and he and Mrs. Claus will meet local children in the Grotto. That night, in Mick’s Local, there will be a big Christmas Party to start everyone off for the festive season. Our last fundraiser for the moment is a Pub Quiz at Matt McCoy’s on Friday, December 8 with lots of facts and fun and spot prizes.

A big THANK YOU to all of those who have supported us to date. It is very much appreciated. Happy Christmas!!”

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent 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 089/4356981 leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

COMPLAINTS RE: DOG FOULING: There has been a number of complaints recently about dog fouling on footpaths and on the Great Southern Trail. We have also been told that a number of dogs are being walked without a leash on the trail. The authorities at Limerick Co. Council have been informed.

SHORT-TERM FOR NOVEMBER: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

MASS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Saturday, November 18 and Mass will be celebrated for all those who have lost their lives on that evening at 7pm.

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

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.

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.

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.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL 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. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

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 15 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.

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.

INTERCULTURAL EVENING: West Limerick Resources would like to invite you to an ‘Intercultural Evening’ on Thursday, November 16. Come along and take part in a unique African Drumming workshop or taste some foods from around the world. Children are also more than welcome to attend, to take part in an arts & crafts workshop or to get their face painted! We are also welcoming any musical acts (that fit within our multi-cultural theme) who would like to perform on the night, to get in touch with us by contacting Damien/Stefanie on 069 62222. The event will take place from 7-9pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.

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.

ADULT ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB. West Limerick Resources will run a 10 week English Conversation Club for Adults at the Newcastle West Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7pm -8:30pm. The Club will run for 5 weeks before Christmas (November 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6) and will continue for five weeks in 2018 (January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7). This Club is free of charge and all nationalities are welcome. To book your place please contact Damien 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842 at West Limerick Resources.

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, one of which is that the first year of monitoring will be free. 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; Thursday 10am Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke. Friday 10am Denis, Michael, Bridget and Hannah Cronin. Saturday 11am Con O’Connor, Knocknagoshel. 7pm Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack. Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Kathryn Broderick, Lower Purt . Sheila Horgan, Convent Road Anniv. 9.30am Michael Finnucane, St Ita’s Ter. Michael Reidy, Meenkilly 4th Anniversary. Eileen Casey, Knocknasn. 12noon Finton Hoare, Knockbrack 9th Anniversary. Lizzie Morris, Longford 2nd Anniversary, Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig. Monday, November 20 7pm Michael Finnucane, St. Ita’s Terrace and NY Month Mind. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

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.

DANCE IN DEVON INN: There will be a a fundraising dance in aid of The Hope Foundation organised by students in Hazelwood College who are travelling to Calcutta next Spring. It will be held in the Devon Inn Templeglantine, on Friday, November 2 at 9pm. Admission is €5 for adults (children free) and there will be a raffle on the night. Music will be provided by the Mountain Road céilí band. Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

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.