PROLOGUE: Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance. Edgar Bergen.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Peggy Browne, Fealesbridge whose funeral took place on Thursday. May she rest in peace.

TRANSITION YEAR MUSICAL: The rescheduled Back in the Habit’ Thursday, March 8 at 7.30pm with doors open at 7pm. Tickets €10 on (068) 30631.

SNOW DAYS IN ABBEYFEALE: A huge thank you to the members of the Abbeyfeale community who came together to help when two neighbours died last week on the Hill and roads were cleared of lying snow to allow for funerals to take place. Thank you too, to the Lyons family from Purt, who cleared the church yard of snow which allowed people to attend Mass on Saturday night last in safety.

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

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry is hosting a special supper to mark the day on Thursday, March 8. The dinner will shine a light on leading female food producers with a menu that includes dishes incorporating ingredients from West Limerick and beyond. Pre booking for the €48.00 five course dinner is essential, ring 069 68508 or email

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4pm and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate from 3pm, they are responsible for their own insurance cover and will be required to sign a waiver to that effect. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry. Committee meeting St. Ita’s Hall Monday, March 12 at 7pm.

LISTOWEL TOASTMASTERS: An open meeting will take place in John B Keane’s on Thursday, March 8 from 8-10pm. Tea, coffee and sandwiches served. All welcome.

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD: Pope Francis has invited each Diocese to hold 24 Hours for the Lord during Lent. The Friars from Moyross, Limerick will lead 24 Hours of Adoration including Confessions at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel , on Friday, March 9 with Eucharist at 7.00 p.m. and continue throughout 24 Hours concluding with Vigil Mass at 6.15 p.m. on Saturday night. The church will be opened throughout the night.

RETAINED FIRE FIGHTERS: LCC have advertised a job vacancy for a retained fire fighter in Abbeyfeale. Application forms to be returned by Monday, March 12.

ALL IRELAND RALLY FOR LIFE: March to Save the 8th is taking place especially this year as our 8th amendment is under attack; it’s on March 10 in Dublin City Centre, be there! The aim of the Rally is to celebrate life and the message of life. To raise awareness of the hurt and damage that abortion causes to women, families and society. For further information link on to For the latest Choose Life Newsletter link on to Buses going from West Limerick to Dublin for the Pro Life Rally to save the 8th Amendment on Saturday, March 10. Booking Contact John on 087 1127477 or Fr. Tony on 087 2600414.

BRUAH NA CARTRAIGE: The Rockchapel based group Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra will present their new show "Music from The Manuscripts" in Bruach Na Cartraige Rockchapel on Friday March 16 at 8.30pm.

This show is a celebration of the music of local musicians Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount Rockchapel, and his father Dan Curtin, and their neighbour Dave Leahy Secondgloss Mountcollins who died in 1907. The manuscripts from all three were recently discovered. They give us an important glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra Music that predates that what prevails today, with many tunes that have not been heard or heard of for over one hundred years.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Community Alert, set up in on January 15, 1998 are celebrating 20 years in existence this year. It is made up of volunteers, all of whom are giving their time voluntarily helping our Community which is at the heart of who we are. We continue to provide this voluntary service so that the elderly in our community feel safe in their own homes. A new phone scam is doing the rounds – and it’s a bit smarter than some of the others, because it looks like it’s an Irish number at first glance. Though it starts with ‘087’, the calls are actually originating in Bosnia. If you answer or call back, you will be asked to hold while they redirect you to a more expensive number and your credit will be drained or a charge will be added to your phone bill. People have reported getting scam calls from 087 65560811, 087 65563769, 087 65609962 and other Bosnian numbers. The latest scam out of Australia features the harvesting of personal data when you return a missed call so we cannot emphasise enough to never ring back a missed call unless you recognise it. 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. 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, and nightclub and ask for Angela. 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. 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. 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.

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

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

GLÓRACH NOTES: Bingo continues every Monday evening in the Glórach beginning at 8.30pm. Due to the weather warning, our scheduled performance in Knockaderry as part of the West Limerick Drama Festival has been moved to this Thursday, March 8. If you didn’t get a chance to see our hilarious comedy, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary last November, then make your way to Knockaderry Community Hall this Thursday for a night of laughter that will banish the memory of the inclement weather last week. Most definitely our last performance of this play, the show starts at 8 pm and your support is most appreciated.

TALKS AT THE LIBRARY: 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. Booking essential on (068) 32488.

ANNUAL MUNCHIN’S COLLEGE RUGBY – 1968 SENIOR CUP REUNION|: A Reunion will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Munchin’s College winning the Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup for the first time in 1968. The ’68 Senior Cup Reunion Organising Committee invites all former pupils and teachers who were in St Munchin’s at that time to celebrate the historic Cup win. Please contact any of the following if you would like to attend the Reunion or you require further information: Michael O’Hehir, Bruff and Galway (086 3744980); Neilus Noonan, Fedamore (087 2123559); Mike Carroll, Kilmallock and Cork (086 347O586); John Moloney, Clonlara (085 8640731);Brian Cox, Limerick and Cork (086 8116925) Tony Sadlier, Limerick (087 8553666); Larry Moloney, Bruree and Thurles (086 3725934); Billy Gibbons, Limerick and Athlone (086 2594398); Ger Rowlands, Limerick and Athlone (090 6494217); Dave Quilter, President of St Munchin’s College (086 3919865);or Thady Coughlan (086 2557790).

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 TOWN THROUGH THE YEARS’: On Friday, March 9 a talk will take place at Rathkeale Arts Centre at 8.30pm. This will be one of a series of talks organised by Rathkeale and District Historical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome.During the course of the talk we will recall the businesses which traded in Rathkeale and remember the people who owned and ran the many successful commercial enterprises from 1820 to date. Rathkeale was once the largest town in County Limerick with a population of 4,995. The present population is 1,440.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, chat up a prospective partner and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.

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.

FINE INCREASE: The fine for parking in a disabled bay will increase from €80 to €150 from March 1.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday April 6 Dave Lawlor. Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

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

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 11am Pa Colbert, Killarney Road. 6.30 pm Peg McCarthy, Caherlane .Kitty Fitzgerald, Railway Bar 7th Anniversary. Lisa Doran, Luton. Ita O’Rourke, Mountmahon Month Mind. Sunday 9.15am Michael Walsh, Dromtrasna and his father Paddy Walsh Anniversaries at this time. Margaret, Sean & Lukeen Scannell. Mary Shannon, Main Street. 12noon Norrie Curtin, Kilconlea Lower. Lectio will take place every Tuesday morning after 10am Mass during Lent. 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.

SET DANCE CÉILÍ: A Set Céilí will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Friday March 9 from 9.30 pm. Sets will be called by Timmy Woulfe and music is by Donie Nolan. Admission €10. For more details visit

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.