PROLOGUE: "My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."
Erma Bombeck.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy on the death of Kathleen O’Brien, New Street and Clash.

May she rest in peace.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

TOWN PLAN: The proposed traffic management plan is on view in the Library. Limerick County Council will be available in town on Thursday, January 18 from 12-8pm to discuss the proposals and to take submissions.

CHILDRENS THEATRE CLASSES: Jo Jordan is back for a new term on January 14 . You can register on or ring Jo to book a place (087) 610 4224.

NEW MASS TIMES FOR 2018: Saturday evening Mass will now be @ 6.30pm and Sunday morning Mass will be at 9.15am. No change to the 12 noon Mass. Holy days morning Mass will be 11am & 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan and Ted McCarthy. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

HEALTHY ABBEYFEALE: Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded funding by Healthy Ireland towards the setting up of a 10 week "Healthy Abbeyfeale – Spring 2018" pilot project. Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. Fitness Instructor Joe Weir will take up the position of Activity Facilitator with responsibility for the implementation of a number of Activity Programmes for the Community. These Activity Programmes will begin on Monday, January 15 and run for approximately 10 weeks. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone living in the Abbeyfeale area to join one of these free Activity Programmes. It’s so important to be able get out and about, meet new friends and have a chat while keeping fit and healthy. Activities include Teen Tone, Walk and Talk School Drop, Day Care Centre Session for the Elderly, Session for the Active Retirement Group in the Town Park and much more.For more information, contact Fitness Instructor Joe Weir on 087 454 5434 ASAP or email

PUBLIC MEETING: Eamon and Marie Roche New St. request the support of New Street residents and the general public, at a meeting in the Glorach Theatre on January 16 at 8pm to discuss (topics/issues) regarding the potential loss of their property due to ongoing problems in relation to the River Feale. All are welcome.

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues every Monday night at the Glórach Theatre from 8.30 pm onwards, with a few extra surprise prizes over the coming weeks. On Thursday January 18 we will be staging what promises to be a memorable concert, with appearances from the groups, Under the Radar, The Templeglantine Troupers and The Jimmy Bozeman Band. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm. For a wonderful night of traditional, folk and bluegrass music, don’t hesitate to call 0871383940 to book your tickets.

ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

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 Annette’s Adare, All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

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

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.

MEETING ON POLICING: The Commission on the Future of Policing is undertaking a series of regional open evenings throughout January. These are informal opportunities for representatives of community and interest groups, as well as individuals, to meet members of the Commission and discuss their views on the future of policing in Ireland. The regional open evening for Limerick will take place on Monday, January 15B from 6-8 pm in Thomond Park.

CONCERT: There will be a concert in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel on Saturday, January 13 at 8.30pm featuring Tony O Connell on concertina and Brid Harper on fiddle. They will also launch their new CD "Live and well" at this concert. Sincere sympathy is offered, from all at Bruach Na Carraige to the family of the late

Margaret O Brien (nee Curtin), formerly of Stagmount Rockchapel whose death took place recently in Elbenny, Missouri USA. She was daughter of famous musician Dave Dan Curtin. Dave Dan and his father Dan Curtin left a legacy of music in the form of manuscripts. Dan Curtin`s manuscripts recently discovered in the National Traditional Music Archive in Dublin dating back to around 1850 give a glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slide that so predominant now. Margaret went to the USA in 1948 taking a book of her father’s manuscripts and a book of manuscripts from a family friend David Leahy of Secondgloss Mountcollins with her. In 2014 she donated these manuscripts to the Bruach Na Carraige archive. These tunes are again being played by young musicians in Rockchapel.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Protect your mobile phone by downloading the IMEI Number – press star, hash, 06, hash, this unique no. will allow your phone to be traced if stolen. Write ICE (in case of emergency) in front of your next of kin’s contact details so that if you are involved in an accident or incapacitated someone can check who to contact. If you ever have eggs thrown at the windscreen don’t put on the wipers or attempt to wash them off as your view will be obstructed. Drive to a safe place before stopping. It is so important to know your Eircode, if an ambulance is called to your home it makes it so much simpler for the dispatcher based in Dublin if they have the code. Write it by your land line, store it in your mobile phone – it’s no load to carry but could save vital minutes and maybe your life. Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. 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 also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. 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 and 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 a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are 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. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. 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. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. 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.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

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

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.

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SOCIAL SERVICES COLLECTION: The annual collection for Limerick Social Services will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Counselling and a parish support worker are available here in Abbeyfeale Parish Office.

SELF CARE DAY: A day offering wellness skills that can nourish our physical and emotional wellbeing. Ardfert Retreat Centre Saturday, January 20 from 9.45 – 4pm. Book your place 066 7134276.

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.

DATE FOR THE DIARY: All roads lead to Abbeyfeale on Monday, February 5 for a variety concert in aid of the Kerry, Cork and Limerick Cancer Link Bus in Fr. Casey’s. Artists on the night include : Mike (Mini Moore) McCarthy , Just William(Reidy), Eddie Carey , Frances Kennedy, Doris Shire , Chrissie Roche, Pat McCarthy, Eibhlin And Liam Broderick , Mary And Pat Bucke and Ray Lowe. Admission €10, tickets on the door. Doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm sharp. Raffle and spots. Further information Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

FOOD BANK: 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.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. Priest on Duty for Emergency only (Sunday) Fr. Noonan (087)6796217. Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Tom Enright, Rathoran, Kilmorna 1st. Anniversary. Friday 10am Noel Downey, Church Street. Saturday 11am Requiem Mass Micheal Greaney, New Street who died recently. 6.30pm Jimmy Quirke, Kilconlea Upper. Jack Riordan, Main Street. Bridie Moriarty, The Hill. Sunday 12 noon James Smith, 31 Collins Park.

To book a mass contact the church 51915.

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.

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.

CATCHING YOUR BREATH: Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick on Saturday January 20 from 10am – 4.30pm. Join us for a day exploring and restoring freedom in your breath through gentle activities, chant and mindfulness in the peace laden atmosphere of Glenstal Abbey. Fee €95, includes workshop, materials, lunch, teas and coffees. For further information please call Niall on 086 243 8028.

Workshop leader: Niall Kelly is an organisation consultant, executive coach and a certified Alexander Technique. He runs workshops in Glenstal, around Ireland and abroad. Niall also teaches on the MA in Ritual Song and Chant in the University of Limerick and on a number of other programmes.

PRAYER MEETING: Maranatha prayer ministry are holding a Prayer Service in St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle on Sunday, January 21 with guest speaker Bishop Brendan Leahy. The afternoon gets underway at 2.30pm and will include Mass, Adoration, Confession and the Rosary.