PROLOGUE: "The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries."
Rene Descartes

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Betty Lane, Kilconlea Upr. Whose death occurred recently. May she rest in peace

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

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.

FINBAR WRIGHT: Tickets are selling fast for tenor, songwriter and poet Finbar Wright’s concert on Friday, February 9. He has only two Irish concert dates in his diary for 2018 and the first one is here in Abbeyfeale at the Church of the Assumption on Friday, February 9 so why not give a gift of a wonderful evening of music and song to someone you love and build up some kudos for Valentine’s Day. This is the man that has sung before Popes, Presidents, Kings and Queens, with the Irish Tenors, appeared on Good Morning America, sung with Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Jerry Lee Lewis and now he’s coming to Abbeyfeale to celebrate the Jubilee year of the Church of the Assumption. Profits from these annual concerts are used to support the youth of the parish through the youth ministry, youth clubs, and trips to Lourdes etc so parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles come out and support your young people. Doors open 7pm and show will commence at 8pm. Tickets available in numerous outlets as well as on the ticket line 089/4356981 where you can leave a message if you wish to place an order.

GLÓRACH NOTES: The inclement weather meant the attendance was a bit smaller than usual for our concert last Thursday but we still had a fantastic night of music from the groups Under the Radar and The Jimmy Bozeman Band, as well as an impressive dancing display from the Templeglantine Troupers before the interval. Thanks to all involved in the night and to all who attended. Bingo continues on Monday’s at 8.30 pm, while for all football, and in particular, Liverpool FC fans, we have a treat coming up on Wednesday, February 7, when we will be screening the film ‘Shankly: Nature’s Fire’. This 2017 documentary looks back at the legendary Bill Shankly, who, in his period as manager of Liverpool from 1959-74 won many honours and laid the foundations for future success. The film starts at 8 pm and all are welcome.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: Iolar Training is running some more free Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training courses in Newcastle West beginning on February 19/20. The courses are open to everyone and will run for two hours per week for five weeks. Training is aimed at beginners and new users and gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to use the internet. Last year, almost 500 Limerick city and county residents completed our free Digital Skills for Citizens courses going from learning how to switch on a computer to booking flights and making video calls. The core topics covered include: Safety & security, Using email, Using search engines and websites, Accessing government services online, Conducting everyday transactions, Using apps, Voice and video calls online. Optional modules include: Online shopping, online banking and security, Social media, Video, TV and radio online, Digital photography, Using YouTube instructional videos and advanced government services. Training is free for all participants. An Eircode (postcode) is required to register. For more information, or to reserve your place on the courses, please call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708.

PROPOSED AUTISM UNIT: Dromtrasna NS, Abbeyfeale, are seeking enquiries from any interested parents/guardians of children with ASD, with regards to establishing a co-ed Autism Unit. Please contact the school, at your earliest convenience, on 068-31822 or

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 took up the position of Activity Facilitator with responsibility for the implementation of a number of Activity Programmes for the Community. These Activity Programmes have begun 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

COFFEE MORNING: A fundraiser for youth ministry travelling to Lourdes will take place at St. Ita’s Hall on Saturday, February 10 from11-1pm. Please support.

TOWARDS OCCUPATION TRAINING PROGRAMME: There will be two open information mornings next week to provide more details and information to anyone interested in attending the 2018 Towards Occupation Programme: For Abbeyfeale, the information morning will be on Tuesday, January 23 from 10.30 – 12.30pm in the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale. For Newcastle West, the information morning will be on Thursday, January 25 from 10.30 – 12.30pm in the Community Centre, Newcastle West. Both mornings will provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the course, and also for you to give feedback about modules or activities you might be interested in taking part in. The training will begin on two mornings a week from mid-February in both Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West. For more details please call Finn on 087 759 1951 or email:

REGISTRATION: Fr Caseys Bord na nÓg are having their registration night for the 2018 playing year on Thursday January 25 from 7.45 – 9.00pm at the clubhouse. New players are very welcome and those that have not registered in the past are asked to submit a photocopy of their birth certificate. Your date of birth must be on or before 31/12/2013 to register. Registration fee is €30 per child or €50 for a family. All are very welcome.

“NOBODY’S TALKING TO ME”: This year’s offering from Abbeyfeale Drama Group will start its run in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Tuesday, February 13 and continue on February 15, 17.18,20,22, 24 and 25 next. Doors open 7pm. Show commences at 8pm sharp each night.

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.

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 11 – 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.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club will hold their annual traditional concert with special guest Anna Marie O’Riordan in Fr Caseys Gaa Hall, Abbeyfeale on Saturday March 10 @ 8pm. Admission €10.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: You can currently only book tickets for the 3 day Congress (1 day or 5 day), but when booking a congress ticket you can register for the free weekend tickets. Every person attending each event must be registered to gain access to that event. You can book as an individual (over 18), as a family or group, or as a priest. Where a family wishes to register, a single family leader can register all members together. When part of a family/group, all children under 18 are free but each person must be registered in order to receive their ticket. Costs for adults: 5 day ticket €68, 1 day ticket €38. Book at

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: “Given the increase in the numbers of people affected by influenza in recent weeks, it is opportune to remind ourselves of sensible practices. It is good to remember that those with ‘flu symptoms are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Those who are confined to home when ill can honour the Lord’s Day by praying along with the Mass broadcast by Parish Radio and on Parish webcams” Diocesan website. 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.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Society will hold its next meeting on Friday, January 26 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, New Line, Rathkeale. Local talks by local speakers. History of the Teskey Joinery works in Rathkeale,speakerDorothy Teskey. History of the People’s Bakery, Rathkeale, speaker Joe Binchy. Rural Electrification, speaker Jim Riordan. All are welcome. Admission Free.

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.

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.

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.

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 John Moore, Shanbally. Thursday 10am Freda, Mary, Joe and Margaret Fitzsimons. Friday 10am J. Dunne. Saturday 11am Aoife Collins 1st. Anniversary. 6.30pm Betty Mc Carthy 1st. Anniversary. Sunday 9.15am Denis McEnery, Dromtrasna. 12 noon Patrick Broderick Mountmahon. Bea and Jim Gardiner, Purt.

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.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Self Care Day : "Taking Time Out – Slowing the Pace": Anne Alcock, Saturday, February 10 from 10- 4pm. ‘ The Jesus Prayer’ by Bishop Brendan Comiskey Saturday, February 17 (Open to All) and Sunday 18 (this is a Special Day for those in AA/Recovery). Book now – 0667134276

FREE ASTHMA AND COPD ADVICE LINE: Speak to a specialist nurse over the phone about your or your child’s asthma or COPD. Free phone 1800 44 54 64 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to book an appointment

SOME EVENTS FOR THE MONTH AHEAD: Catholic Schools Week beginning on Jan 28. The Feast of St. Blaise (blessing of the Throats) Saturday, February 3, Novena to our Lady of Lourdes February 3-11. Ash Wednesday, February 14.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.