PROLOGUE: "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it."
Oprah Winfrey.

HAVE NO REGRETS ON MONDAY NEXT: Don’t miss out on the Jubilee celebrations for 50 years of the Church of the Assumption on Friday, February 9. Finbar Wright and a 12 piece orchestra which will include Ronan Browne, the Irish musician and composer who plays the Uilleann Pipes guarantee a wonderful night of music and song. Tickets €30 each or €50 for two will be available on the door. Doors open 7pm. Show 8pm.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: There will be a collection at all Masses next weekend for the Lisnagary Association Limerick.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to William Reynolds, a student at Cólaiste Íde agus Iosef who has just received a cheque and certificate as award for his essay in a nationwide competition organised by the Law Department in UCC.

BALLAUGH WRENBOYS SAY THANKS: The Ballaugh Wrenboys wish to thank sincerely all those who supported them on last St. Stephan’s Day. The Wrenboys collected €2,000 with Nano Nagle Listowel receiving €500, Milford Hospice €500 and Abhaile Respite Listowel €1,000. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Billy Mangan coaches for his use of his bus on the day and also to the driver James Mahony. Finally we would like to express our appreciation for the warm enthusiastic welcome in the houses we visited. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.

CHILDHOOD CANCER: Survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer, their families and friends are welcome to a survivorship meeting in the Clayton Hotel, Cork on Thursday, February 15 at 5.30pm. This meeting is to discuss the health concerns and long-term follow-up of survivors. For more information contact Patricia McColgan at 086 2532819 or info. admin.

FINANCIAL REPORT: “The Christmas Lights Committee have placed a copy of the financial report for viewing at the Library and Pia Scannells window on Church Street. Everyone is welcome to read it and to contact the any committee member if they have queries or concerns.

”WORLD DAY OF THE SICK: This year the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes falls on Sunday, February 11 and here in Abbeyfeale, on this our Jubilee year, we will have a special blessing for the sick in the parish at the 12 noon Mass. We ask you to offer a lift or assistance to anyone in your area who would like to be in church for the blessing of the sick.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS ANNUAL HUNTING MEET CARD: Sunday, February 11 at 11am at Walsh’s Bar, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry, Joint Meet with Fedamore Harriers & Dromore Harriers. Memorial Meet for Jackie O’Grady with Macroom Foxhounds at DP Lyons Bar, Abbeyfeale on Monday, February 12. A joint meet on Tuesday, February 13 at the Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla between Lismore Harriers and South Tipperary Harriers. Wednesday, February 14 at Lyons Bar, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry A Memoria; Meet for John O’Connor & Anthony Cronin with the Carraigshane Harriers. Thursday, February 15, there will be a Joint Meet between Rooves Bridge Harriers & Rockfield Harriers at Shanahan’s Bar, Strand, Co. Limerick. The final meet will be on Friday, February 16 at O’Connor’s Bar Knocknagoshel between Tory Harriers & Mullinavat & District Harriers. All meets at 11am. Food kindly sponsored by publicans. Hunting is on foot and the quarry is fox – Cap €10 per meet. Please show respect to Landowners and their property at all times. Enquiries: Doug McGuinness (Hon. Sec. Abbeyfeale Harriers) 087 6829044or Paddy O’Grady 087 6258933. Supported Charity The Irish Cancer Society.

HAVE A BITE BEFORE FINBAR WRIGHT: Leen’s Hotel are offering a special deal for those attending the Jubilee concert with Finbar Wright in The Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Friday, February 9. A three course meal and a ticket for the concert for only €40. Dinner starts at 5.30pm. Bookings 068 31121.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: There will be a meeting at the Desmond Complex of the pastoral councils in the Ide Naofa and Our Lady’s Pastoral Area on Wednesday, February 21 at 7.30pm. The focus of this meeting will be on furthering the Synod proposals in the Pastoral Plan on Team Ministry.

CAREBRIGHT: CareBright are running a Healthcare Training Programme (Internship) in Newcastle West over a five week period. The training starts on Monday, February 26. The programme includes QQI L5 Care Skills, Manual Handling, C.P.R. and Work experience in the community. This will equip people who want to return to the workforce with the relevant skills, experience and employment in the community on successful completion of the internship programme. If interested email C.V to hr by Monday, February 12.

KNOCKNASNA N.S.: Due to popular demand, further copies of “Caoga Blian ag Fás” have been printed and the final ten copies are available to purchase from Anne Lyons sweet shop Abbeyfeale or Scoil Naomh Pádraig – Knocknasna 0879601506. The book contains nearly a hundred photos taken over the last fifty years at Scoil Naomh Pádraig – Knocknasna.

CONGRATULATIONS TO P.E. DEPARTMENT IN LOCAL COLAISTE: Colaiste Ide agus Iosef has been selected as one of the 50 pilot schools to deliver P.E. as a Leaving Cert subject from September, 2018.

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 day’s Mass will be 11am & 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

“NOBODY’S TALKING TO ME”: This year’s offering from Abbeyfeale Drama Group is a comedy by Tommy Marren. This is a hilarious play based on a couple that are 50 years married but haven’t spoken for the past 10 years! The story unfolds with a few twists and ends happily ever after. It 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.

COFFEE MORNING: A fundraiser for youth ministry travelling to Lourdes will take place at St. Ita’s Hall on Saturday, February 10 from 11-1pm. Please support.

PROPOSED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN: Submissions must be made in writing by Thursday, February 8 at 4pm to The Planning Department, Limerick City and County Council.

IBD: Founded in 1984, The Irish Society for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease (ISCC) is the patient-to-patient support group for people who are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Ireland. We are a member of the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA). Our medical patron is Professor Colm Ó’Moráin, who is the current president of United European Gastroenterology. The ISCC is delighted to announce that we have two public meetings scheduled for spring 2018. These meetings are a fantastic opportunity to meet and share stories with others who are impacted by IBD. Both meetings will have a number of IBD guest speakers in attendance. Cork – Hosted by Prof Fergus Shanahan Consultant Gastroenterologist Cork University Hospital. Takes place in the Main Lecture Hall, Cork University Hospital on Saturday, February 10 from 1.30pm. There will also be a second meeting in the Salthill Hotel on Saturday, April 21 again beginning at 1.30pm. All welcome.

LEADER FUNDING INFORMATION SESSION: The Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020 aims to support the development of rural areas by funding a range of community projects and eligible innovative rural enterprises. West Limerick Resources invites Individuals, Businesses and Community groups to attend an information session regarding recent changes on the LEADER programme, the updated application process and available funding for 2018. The session will take place in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, on Thursday, February 8, at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Following the information session, one to one application clinics will take place in Newcastle West (February 19), Askeaton (February 21) and Abbeyfeale (February 27). The application clinics can be booked by contacting or calling 069 66296. West Limerick Resources is the implementing partner for the LEADER Programme on behalf of Limerick LCDC.

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.

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues on Monday evenings at 8.30 pm at the Glórach Theatre, we would like to thank you for your continued support into the New Year and it has been great to see new faces as well. On this Wednesday, February 7at 8 pm we will be screening Shankly: Nature’s Fire, a 2017 documentary on the legendary Liverpool FC manager, Bill Shankly. A socialist and a man of the people, few managers elicited the degree of warmth felt towards him by the clubs supporters. The Scot, who managed the club between 1959-74, helped raise the Merseyside club from its slumber, winning two leagues, two FA cups and the old UEFA cup in 1973. His groundwork laid the foundations for the club’s utter dominance of the game from the mid 1970’s to the early ’90’s, and given how potent a force they were back then it’s hard to believe that Liverpool have not won the league in 28 years. Contributors to the film include Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Roger Hunt, Irvine Welsh and Kevin Keegan. A must for all Liverpool and football fans and for anyone with a general curiosity, we look forward to seeing you at the Glórach this evening. Tickets on the door, for any enquiries, please call 0871383940.

‘PRETEND SICK’: Athea Drama Group will perform their new play in the Community Hall, Athea on February 15, 17,18,22,24,25. Doors open 7pm. Show 8pm.

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.

LOOKING FOR WORK: Are you a looking for work or interested in returning to work? Employability Limerick supports people with an injury, illness or disability to secure and maintain employment. We cover Limerick City and County. Please contact us on 061 493095 or email for more information.

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.

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: Ask for Angela ; If you are out in company and feel vulnerable there is a new initiative where you can approach a member of staff in a pub, restaurant, nightclub and ask for Angela. The member of staff will recognise that you feel in danger and call you a taxi and see that you get home safe. An egg was thrown at a car travelling past Fr. Casey Close on Monday night last at 8.15pm. If this happens to you please pull over, lock your doors and call 068 30010. All calls are logged and by you ringing you are helping to build up a picture of anti social behaviour. An avalanche of scam calls are hitting some people, only answer a call you recognise and never ring back. New regulations concerning braking, lighting and weights on agricultural vehicles came into effect on January 1. 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. 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.

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.

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: Thursday10am Nollaig Ahern Knocknagoshel who died recently. Friday 7pm An Evening of Music & Song with Finbarr Wright and Guest. Intentions for next weekend Saturday 6.30pm Peter Scannell Clash Rd. Jim Ahern Shanbally. Madeline Murphy New Street / Leens Hotel Sunday 9.15am Betty Breen. Nell O’ Mahony Collins Park. Mary Mann Church St. 12 noon Blessing of the sick during Mass. 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

RAMBLING HOUSE session hosted by the Beaufort Pioneer Centre in Beaufort Community Hall on Saturday February 10. Doors open at 8.30pm. All Welcome.

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: 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.

BEREAVMENT TALK: Milford Care Centre and Anam Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, are hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in Limerick. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges their family may face after the death of a son or daughter. Please note this event is open to all bereaved parents, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death. This will take place in Milford Care Centre, Castletroy on Thursday, February 15 from 7-9pm. We would appreciate if you could RSVP to before Wednesday, February 14 or contact us on 01 4045378. – 085 2888 888