PROLOGUE: "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."
Bryant H. McGill

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a timely reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally. Support the fundraising efforts to light up the town this Christmas led by a voluntary committee who stand to gain nothing out of all the work they have put in but who want to make our community and local town welcoming and warm and inviting this Christmas. Support our local theatre whose small voluntary committee are working hard to pay down the debt that remains on the building and to insulate it and do up the parking area. Attend the weekly bingo, support the drama group whose play started last night. Buy your Christmas presents in Abbeyfeale, we have a fine selection of boutiques, hardware stores, beauty salons, hairdressers, toy shops etc. Ann Lyons has local CD’s and books which would make great gifts. There are vouchers available in most shops if you can’t think of a gift and these can be used over the year by the happy recipient. When you leave the local area and spend your money elsewhere that is taking from the whole community. Remember too, that when you travel out you have to buy petrol and food and all the time that you spend on the road you’ll never get back again. Abbeyfeale Abu – this is our place and we need to cherish it.

SENIORS LUNCH: A capacity crowd enjoyed a lovely lunch catered by Ann Kennedy last Sunday at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. This was followed by dancing to the laid back sound of Ballyduff’s Mike Condon. Abbeyfeale Community Alert would like to thank Ann Kennedy for the great food, the RSA who provided 100 high viz jackets which were distributed to everyone present, Jerry Lyons of the Fire Service who spoke on Fire safety and local Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue who assured all those present that Abbeyfeale Gardai are always available to help people and that if they ring the station on 068 30010 and the Garda on duty is out on patrol the call will be forwarded to NCW and the patrol car will be notified. Thanks too, to Derbhla Conlon Aherne from WLR who spoke about the supports that they offer seniors in West Limerick include a weekly phone call service, the Rose project where trained and vetted volunteers provide a monthly visitation service and finally the not for profit company RCCN ( Housing) Ltd which provides a cost effective housing maintenance and small repairs principally for the over 60’s and disabled. We would also like to thank all those who brought spot prizes for our raffle. A great community day out and please God a confirmed event in the social calendar from now on.

#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.

MEMORIAL MASS: A memorial mass will be held for deceased members of Kerry Ingredients, Listowel in St Michael’s Church, Lixnaw on Wednesday, November 22 at 8pm. All welcome.

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

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

BORD NA NOG PRESENTATIONS: Calling all U6 to U16 Boys and Girls for the Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg End of Year Presentations this Saturday evening at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse. Doors opening 7:30pm, Presentations 8pm followed by food and music. All are welcome.

ROSARY ON THE COAST: Don’t forget that there will be a Rosary said on Ballybunion Beach and Banna Strand next Sunday at 2.30pm and everyone is invited. The event is being undertaken to pray for ‘the preservation of the faith, including the protection of the unborn child.’

GLÓRACH NEWS: After a successful opening night on Tuesday, our comedy, The two loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary plays for a further six nights at the Glórach, with further shows on this Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30. A stellar and experienced cast that includes Donal Woulfe, Mary Murphy, Joan O’Connell, Domhnall De Barra, Frances Kennedy, Annette Mann, Chris Collins and Theresa O’Halloran bring the hilarious story of lovelorn bachelor Gabriel Foley to the stage. There’s only one way to find out if Gabriel’s quest for love will be satisfied, and that’s to come to the Glórach Theatre on one of the nights it’s on. Not to be missed, the show starts at 8 pm on each night and booking is highly recommended at 0871383940. Bingo continues every Monday at 8.30 pm at the Glórach. Many thanks to Canon Tony Mullins PP who gave his blessing to our endeavours last Monday, recalling his own memories of being involved in bingo fundraisers many years ago. While his busy schedule necessitated a brief blessing, he promised some Monday night in the future that if he would be free he would call in for a game. Great crowds have attended so far, and once again, thank you all for your support. The classic film screening returns on Wednesday, December 6 with our showing of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet. Rated by many critics as one of the finest film adaptations of the Shakespearean classic, the film starts at 8 pm and all are most welcome.

DARTS NIGHT: A fundraiser for the Christmas Lights will take place at the Ploughman Bar on Sunday evening, November 26 following the Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s

RAMBLING HOUSE: The last Rambling House at Fr. Casey’s for this year takes place on Monday, December 4 at 9pm. MC Benny Thade McCarthy has issued an invitation to all singers, dancers, musicians etc to attend.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

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.

CHRISTMAS RETREAT: Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat invites all young people between the ages of 16-35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat in the Newbridge College Co. Kildare from December 8-10 next. Free meals and accommodation on site. Free buses will also be picking up from various areas throughout the country. For more information or to book your place go to or call 003523 (01) 6753690.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Sunday, December 3 from 3-6pm with dancing to Declan Aungier. All welcome.

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.

LATE DR. HAYES: Local historian, Billy Broderick did some research and found that Dr. Hayes was born in the Bank of Ireland, The Square in 1902 but by 1911 when the next census was taken the family had moved elsewhere. His father was a Bank Manager here and his mother was from Longford. Thanks to Jer Keneally, Knockanure who first pointed out that this man, born in Abbeyfeale, was a code breaker for the British in WW2 and was a Director of the National Library. The following are some of the pieces from Jer’s original research: During wartime Europe, Dr Hayes and Colonel Dan Bryan, the head of Ireland’s intelligence service G2, led the secret Irish counter intelligence group to decode wireless messages being transmitted through Morse code from a house owned by the German Embassy.

“He masterminded the counter-intelligence program. He ensured Germany felt they could not certainly directly invade Ireland,” said Mr Hull.

Hayes has been referred to by MI5 as Ireland’s “greatest unsung hero” and the American Office of Strategic Services as “a colossus of a man”.

“The heroic thing about this, with both Dan Bryan and Dr Hayes, is they are doing this in some measure without their own government’s approval or knowledge,” said Mr Hull.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Richard James Hayes (born 1902, died 1976)[1] was a code-breaker during World War II and was Director of the National Library of Ireland.[1] Irish Press 1931-1995, Wednesday, May 01, 1940; Page: 6

A DOZEN YEARS ago, or so, Dr. R, J. Hayes of the National Library published a fascinating book on this subject— "Comparative ldiom: " (Hodges, Figgis)—from which I have drawn my examples.

He takes most of the great languages of Europe, and; traces resemblances and contrasts, in matters like this; for, as he says, one of the most interesting things about national languages is the light, that (see paper for more)

Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, November 30, 1940; 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.

Evening Herald 1891-current, Tuesday, April 01, 1941; Section: Front page, Page: 1

Copy of Newspaper on Silk

A copy of the “Bendigo Advertiser " printed on silk, published in Sandhurst. Australia, containing an account of the arrival of William Smith O’Brien in the city, was shown to members of the Bibliographical Society of Ireland by Dr.R . Hayes, National Library, at, a meeting in Dublin. Dr Hayes spoke on recent, acquisitions by the Library, including a manuscript translation of Giraldus Cambrensis by Richard Robinson.1575, earlier than the printed copy; relies of the Edgeworth family. Including manuscript poems, dated 1819 never printed.

Mr. B. F.Bowen read a paper on the " Comet" newspaper, published in 1831 by the Comet Club. Dublin. It ceased publication in 1883

Irish Press 1931-1995, Thursday, July 31, 1941; Page: 2


The romantic discovery by Dr. Hayes, Director of the National library, of two folios from the Tripartite Life of St. Patrick—lost for some three hundred- years—is one that will interest more than scholars and bibliophiles. Anything, however small, that is added to the scanty biographical material relating to Ireland’s patron saint, will be welcomed.

The Tripartite life, which is the foundation of all Patrician lore, was compiled before the end of the ninth century. It consisted, as its name implies, of three dissertations on the Saint’s life and death, which were intended to be recited at the annual three day festival held in his honour.

The missing leaves, long given up for lost, were found in an old book in a house near Dublin.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Saturday, May 29, 1943; Page: 3

Flew To Lisbon For Irish Books]

Dr. Richard Hayes, of the National Library, returned last night from Lisbon, where he attended the six-day auction of the library of Jorge O’Neill, of the family of the Counts de Tyrone, descendants of the O’Neills of Ulster. Dr. Hayes was sent by the Government to search for Irish books and manuscripts, and travelled by air from and to Foynes. Interviewed by an IRISH PRESS reporter, he said that the library included an enormous collection of books, most of them relating to Ireland and the Irish abroad. He had to face keen, opposition from Portuguese booksellers, whose interest in Irish books amazed him. Prices went high, but he secured over 100 rare volumes for the National Library. While in Lisbon Dr. Hayes searched the libraries and archives. In the National Library of Lisbon and in the Archives he discovered documents, hitherto unknown, and arranged to have them photographed. In the Bibliotecha d’Ajuda, in one of the Royal Palaces, he made friends with the librarian, a grandson of " Miss Murphy, of Cork." In order to attend the auction Dr. Hayes had to leave Ireland -without seeing the catalogue. There was the likelihood that this branch of the O’Neill family, which settled in Portugal in the 18th century, might have carried ancient manuscripts, or documents, of intense interest to Irish historians. As it turned out, the only manuscript sold was a copy of Keating’s Foras Feasa, of which there are many texts here already.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Thursday, October 07, 1943; Page: 2

Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director of the National Library of Ireland, has been appointed by the Government as a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Evening Herald 1891-current, Saturday, December 09, 1944; Page: 2


Professor F. E. Hackett was re-elected President, and Dr. E. J. Hayes, National Library of Ireland, and Mr. James Wilkie, Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, Vice-President, at the annual general meeting of the Library Association of Ireland, held at the Country , Shop, St. Stephon’s Green, yesterday.

Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, November 12, 1949; Page: 7


Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director of the National Library, by an arrangement with the Rockefeller Foundation, has left for the U-S. to study libraries and library methods there. Among the centres he intends to visit are New York, Princeton, Washington, Boston, Providence, New Haven, Michigan, and Chicago.

The National Library has already recorded on microfilm over a million pages of documents of Irish historical interest in England and the Continent, but so far the vast quantity of material in America has been untapped.

During his ten weeks visit to the States. Dr. Hayes will found the Friends of the National Library of Ireland, a society which, it is hoped, will help to collect and microfilm documents in America for the archives of the National Library.

Irish Examiner 1841-current, Thursday, April 12, 1951; Page: 7


Mr. Eugene Carberry, Librarian, Cork City, was re-elected president of the Library Association of Ireland at the annual general meeting in Dublin. Other Executive Board Officers elected were: Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director, National Library.; and Mr. James Barry, Vice-Presidents; Mr. G. Byrne . Dublin Municipal Service. Hon. Auditor; Mrs. M. K. McGurl, M.A., Librarian, Co. Meath, representative to An Chomhairle Leabharlann. Members elected by postal ballot were, (see paper for list)

Irish Press 1931-1995, Friday, April 17, 1959; Page: 2

Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director of the National Library (left), examines one of a six-volume edition of the works of Handel presented to the library yesterday by the German Minister, Dr. F Prill (right), on behalf of his Government. The composer’s bicentenary is being celebrated this year.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Tuesday, March 19, 1963; Page: 8


The office of the Director of the National Library, Dr. Richard Hayes, is not spared from the crowding of books and documents and records.

"A library’s business", he told me is not just with books. It’s job is to collect information. It only has books because there is information in them and also because they provide guides to other forms of information."

The core of the National Library’s collection of over 500,000 books was the collection of the Royal Dublin Society which was taken into state care in 1877. The books were then housed in the R.D.S. premises at Leinster House. The new building to house the Library was completed in 1890.

As the largest public library in Ireland it aims to provide a general survey of all branches of knowledge but its specific interest is in Irish books, books about Ireland and Irish manuscripts and records. Information, as Dr. Hayes suggested, is no longer confined within the covers of books. There are, for example, in the library over 200,000 photographic plates including the famous collections of Poole, mainly pictures of people, and Lawrence, chiefly pictures of places.

Irish Independent 1905-current, Tuesday, November 15, 1966; Page: 11

DR. RICHARD J. HAYES, Director of the National Library, and a member of An Chomhairle Ealaion (the Arts Council) for many years, has not sought reappointment to the Council for a further term of office. The Government has appointed Mr. James J. Sweeney, Curator of the Houston Art Gallery in Texas, to replace Dr. Hayes on the Arts Council. Mr. Sweeney, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, lives for part of each year in Co. Mayo. Five of the six outgoing Ordinary Members of the Council have been reappointed for a term of five years in accordance with the Arts Act, 1951.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Monday, August 07, 1967; Page: 3

DR. Richard James Hayes, director of the National Library of Ireland, has retired after 44 year service. Dr. Hayes joined the staff as an assistant librarian in 1923. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he had a distinguished academic record and became a specialist in comparative Linguistics

His knowledge of European languages is immense and he wrote a book on the subject and also a French-Irish dictionary.

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.

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. Rosary will commence at 2.30pm in solidarity with the rosary in Ballybunion and Banna. All welcome, further information on 087 1445072.

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.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins reports; “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.” There will be stalls in the Square with mulled wine, Christmas decorations, cakes, puddings, jams, marmalades and much more so hopefully if the weather obliges we will create a real Christmas atmosphere with a special Market while people wait to meet Santa and his Missus.

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.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp. The game on Tuesday, November 28 will be a fundraiser for our local community radio station WL102fm and the radio station are looking for your kind support please.

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.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

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. The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

PIETA HOUSE ‘MISNEACH’: Pieta House’s annual ‘Misneach’ event returns for its second year to Mungret Church on Sunday, November 26 at 4pm. Creating a space for us to both honour and celebrate those we have lost, and to reconnect with our loved ones, ‘Misneach’ is timed to fall between November, traditionally a time for remembrance and reflection, and December, a month of celebration, hope, and joy. The event is designed to nourish hope, lift spirits, and help welcome the Christmas season with a sense of optimism and promise.Misneach is a free, non-denominational event, and all are welcome to attend. For further information, please email, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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.

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.

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.

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. Two members of the committee attended a Pobal workshop in Killarney last week to hear about the changes with the senior citizens security system. There are a few changes, first of all the form that you are asked to sign no longer requires details of your income. The monitoring of the system will be free for the first year and then will revert to the current rates. The age limits have not changed so once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are entitled to the system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation 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. Another change is that all committee members will have to be Garda Vetted before the end of the year. The installing company are now required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. 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: Friday 10am Michael Scully London & late of Mountmahan. 7pm Annual Bereavement Mass. Saturday 11am Ellen & William Herlihy .

Saturday 7pm Patie Lane, Kilconlea ,Tom Doody Kilconlea Upper .Mary Kelly (nee Brick) Athea & Co. Down. Tadhgean Harnett, Kilconlea. Sunday 9.30am Dick & Rhona Danaher, Church Street. 12pm Connie Hartnett, Collins Park. Mary Ellen and Lizzie Mulcahy Kilmahihan .To book a mass contact the church 068 51915 during Mass times.

Adoration for the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 26 from 5-7pm. All welcome

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.

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 24 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.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The will hold the next meeting on Friday, November 24 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, Rathkeale with a lecture on ‘The life of Gerald Griffin’ . The speaker will be Dr. Milo Spillane, retired Secondary School Teacher. Dr. Milo has a keen interest in local history and received his PhD from University of Limerick for his study of “The Life and Times of the 4th Earl of Dunraven” All are welcome


SEANCHAÍ CENTRE: A talk on ‘Songs of People & Places of North Kerry’ by Peter Kelly will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday November 30 at 8 pm. This will be followed by Listowel Rambling House from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy an evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served. Admission is free to both events