PROLOGUE: "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries."

–A.A. Milne

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the husband and family of the late Ita O’Rourke, Mountmahon whose death occurred recently. We also offer our sympathy to the family of the late Norrie Curtin, Kinconlea Lower on her recent death. May they both rest in peace.

PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN: Those interested in joining the Pro-Life Campaign are invited to an open meeting in St. Ita’s Hall on Wednesday, February 21 at 7.30pm.

HORSE AND PONY AGM: After 12 successful years, the Abbeyfeale Horse and Pony race committee are looking forward to this year’s races at Relihans Inch on Sunday July 1. The committee invite new members to attend our AGM Tuesday, February 27 at 9pm at Leens Hotel. Everyone welcome.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: A meeting of the Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday, February 19 at 7pm. Anyone interested in helping out with the parade is invited to attend. Also the annual church gate collection takes place on the weekend of February 24/25. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

JUNK KOUTURE: Coláiste Ide agus Íosef have two enteries in the Junk Kouture competition. Log onto the site and search them out and vote each day up to and including Friday.

“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! Our Parish Clerk shows a whole different side to himself as the hard done by husband and as for Canon Seamus Lane watch out as he may soon be appearing on an altar near you. Richie Roche played a blinder too and as for the females on stage – words fail me! We went on Sunday night and the hall was packed by 7.30pm, I have been advised that there will be no extra nights so if you want to see it be sure and go either on Thursday, February 22, Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 next. Doors open 7pm. Show commences at 8pm sharp each night.

DUAGH MISSION: Mass Saturday, February 24 at 7.30pm, Sunday 11.30am (Blessing of Babies and Young Children at this Mass). Weekday Masses Monday to Friday 7.30am and 11am. Evening Services Sunday, February 25 at 7pm. Monday, February 26 at 8pm. Tuesday 8pm Healing Service. Wednesday 28 at 8pm. Thursday March 1 at 8pm. Friday, March 2 at 8pm Youth Service. It will be led by the Redemptorists, Limerick.

JOHNNY BARRETT TRIBUTE: A special two and a half hour tribute show will be shown on the big screen in St Johns Theatre in Listowel on Friday, February 23 @ 8pm. It includes footage of Johnny performing from the 1980’s in dance halls in Kerry Clare and Limerick where he entertained thousands of people. It is hoped to raise enough funds to erect a monument in his home town of Charleville in his honour.

TALKS AT THE LIBRARY: Healthy Ireland at Abbeyfeale Library supported by W LR presents a series of Talks on Health and Well Being. 1. General Nutrition with a focus on Food Intolerance & Healthy Meal Planning for busy people/cooking for one will take place on Wednesday, February 28 in Abbeyfeale Library from 7- 8pm. Presented by Sid Sheehan Chef and Nutritional Therapist. Sid has been a chef for many years working in many fine restaurants in Kerry. He then qualified in Nutritional Therapy and wholeheartedly understands the effect both negative and positive on our bodies by the food we eat. 2. Our Anxiety and Connecting with Teenagers will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 7 – 8 pm. Presented by Anthony O Shaughnessy ACI/APCP. Anthony has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years. He is a graduate of the National Counselling Institute of Ireland and of Trinity College Dublin. Over these years, he has worked with people of all ages, supporting their emotional needs in times of crisis. This is a Healthy Ireland Initiative, supported by your local library and West Limerick Resources. Upcoming events Healthy, happy baby bonanza in April. All these events are FREE and all welcome, booking essential on (068) 32488 to accommodate numbers.

TRANSITION YEAR MUSICAL: The Transition Year in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef are proud to present this year’s musical "Back in the Habit" a comedy based on the hit musical Sister Act. This not to be missed musical will take place in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef on Thursday March 1 & Friday March 2. Doors open at 7pm and the curtains will be drawn at 7.30 pm sharp. Tickets are only €10 and can be booked at reception during school hours or by calling (068) 30631. Don’t miss this Holy show or you’ll be nun the wiser.

MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION: Benny Thade McCarthy Duagh, his mother Ann and the Kerry Cancer Support Group would like to express a huge thanks to each and every one of you from North Kerry, West Limerick and North Cork for your kind and generous support of their fundraising Variety concert that was held in Fr Casey’s Abbeyfeale on February 5. A grand total of €8,505 was raised and will go directly to the Kerry Cork Limerick Cancer Health Link Bus. A big thank you to all the singers and musicians and storytellers who gave up their time so generously for the occasion and to Mary and Pat for their sound system and the use of their band equipment. Thanks too, to the car park attendants, to Noel Murphy and staff for their kindness, the local drama group for the use of their stage and to Kevin Daly who operated the video and Photographer Paul Ward for their professionalism. They also want to thank all the local papers and radio stations who promoted the event. A big thank you to Josie, Ann and Kay for taking care of the door on the night and to Sean for his help with the raffle, Thanks too, to all those who helped sell the tickets for the event and the raffle and to all the local business for their beautiful spot prizes and to all the other people who brought spot prizes and who send donations on the night. Finally, a huge thank you to the brilliant audience who packed the hall. A Dvd costing €15 can be ordered by contacting Benny Thade on 0879918546 with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cork Limerick Cancer Health Link Bus.

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.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: will hold its next meeting on Friday, February 23 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, New Line. Rathkeale Topic: "Local Sporting Heroes". Speaker:

Historian, John Cussen, All are welcome. Admission Free.

CARD GAME: Prize Winners of the Fr. Casey’s Bord Na nÓg Card Game & Draw held on February 9: Door Prize: Patrick Murphy. Table Prize: Paddy Sullivan, Dan Reidy, Sheila Breen. Raffle Prizes: Sheila Power, Padraig Power, Paudie Murphy, Mick O’Shea, Toddy O’Connor. Ticket Draw Prize Winners: Martina O’Connell, Mairead Hartnett, Lee Collins, Seano O’Connor, Sarah O’Brien, Ita Hartnett, Jim Lane, Marie Lane, Robert Casey, Stephen Moran. Special thanks to all who sold tickets & donated Spot Prizes. A special thanks to the Buckley Family for gifting a fabulous hamper.

Best of luck to our U14 panel and mentors whose first game of the season is this Sunday away to Oola in the quarter final of Feile 2018.

Congratulations from all at Fr .Caseys Bord na nÓg to Marc, Tom and all the Nolan family on their brilliant win in Clonmel in the Derby with Silent Whisper. Marc is a member of our U14 panel and Tom is a mentor on the same team.

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 committee if they have concerns or wish to offer help.

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.

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

‘POOR JIMMY’: Spike Players present a comedy in 3 acts by P.G.O’Dea in Knocknagoshel Community Centre on Friday, February 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25. Curtain up at 8pm.

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.

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 every Monday at 8.30 pm and your support as ever is greatly appreciated. We would like thank everyone to date for their support, and also for their generosity. This was displayed last week with the donation for raffle of two bottles of Bailey’s and also two tickets for the Abbeyfeale Drama group production of ‘Nobody’s talking to me.’ A truly special vibe at the Glórach on Monday evenings, and newcomers are always welcome.

‘PRETEND SICK’: Athea Drama Group will perform their play in the Community Hall, Athea on Thursday, February,22 Saturday 24 and Sunday, February 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

GARDA NOTICE: The Gardai have asked us to inform parishioners that parking is prohibited on the road leading into Cedarville. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Recently an ambulance had difficulty in getting through. Your cooperation would be very much appreciated.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in 2008, is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily, to help the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. A recent post on Face Book features a screen shot of a very realistic looking Banking 365 home page but advises that it is actually a hack and under no circumstances do not re enter your details. BOI will never send you a text looking for you to log on and re-enter your details.

If someone arrives into your yard or to your door wanting to sell you a power washer or the like take their registration and ring the Gardai on 068 30010 or in the unlikely event that you can’t get through then ring 069 20650. Remember there is no such thing as a free lunch so how can you expect a bargain of a washer, more than likely it’s stolen. 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. If you feel isolated and would like a friendly voice on the end of the phone ring the Farm and Rural Stress line any evening between 6-10pm for a chat. 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.

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: 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 and Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday and Friday from 8.30am- 10pm. Mass Intentions: Saturday 6.30pm Mossie Regan, Caher. Pat Lyons, Killarney Road. Sunday 9.15am Jim and Nora Fealy, Ballaugh. 12 noon. Tom W. Flynn and deceased relatives. Mary Foley 3 St. Ita’s Road and Bridget Naughton nee Foley. Padraig O’Cleirigh. Monday, February 19 at 7pm Madeline Murphy, Leens Hotel. Lectio will take place every Tuesday morning after 10am Mass during Lent. 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.

LIVING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES Book a place on our free X-PERT course (6 weeks, 2 ½ hours). The course is run by HSE Community Dietitians. Visit or call 087 673 4035 to book a place on an upcoming course in Listowel.” ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: ‘Growing Old gracefully: (open day) Facilitated by Kathy Cunningham Saturday, February 24 from 9.45am-4.00pm. Book now – 0667134276.

ABORTION – IS IT HEALTHCARE: Medical Information evening with Professor Patricia Casey (Psychiatrist), Dr John Monaghan (Obsterician Gynaecologist), chaired by Dr Andrew O’Regan GP (University Lecturer). Sunday, February 25 at 6pm in the Rose Hotel, Tralee. This is a great opportunity to inform ourselves on this most important issue.

ANNUAL STRICKEEN MOUNTAIN CHARITY EVENT Sat 3rd March Registration at Kate Kearney’s Cottage from 10:00am -11:00am. Dance that night in Kate Kearney’s. Contact Mary on 087-2227188 .

PRO LIFE RALLY: You are urged to attend the rally to save the 8th amendment on Saturday, March 10 at 2pm Parnell Sq. Dublin. All that is needed for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing. If you are travelling ring Marie on 0879361812.

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

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: ex Cork May 31 to June 7 €719.00 pps half board. 15 places still available. €200.00 deposit secure seat. Spiritual Director: Fr. Sean Corkery, Contact: Sean 0862959380.

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