PROLOGUE: Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Denis Murphy, The Hill whose funeral took place last Sunday. We also offer our sympathy to the family of Mary L O’Connor, Knockbrack who died during the week. May they both rest in peace.

LIMERICK AND DISTRICT WOODTURNERS: Mickey Dunne is a well know leading exponent and maker of Uilleann Pipers, he will discuss the challenges of making the pipes at a workshop in Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle on Tuesday, March 27 from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Further information or Vice Chairman John Ryan 087 1260525. Our own Liam Flynn RIP was a founder member of the group.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Now that the weather is improving (!) and the days are getting longer Helga Henn with her home grown vegetables will be in the Square every Friday.

THE JOY OF LOVE PROGRAMME: A facilitated community discussion on the joys and challenges of family life in Ireland today. An opportunity to reflect on the relevance of our Christian faith in living out family life today. This meeting will take place at the Community Hall in Templeglantine on Wednesday, March 14 at 7.30p.m. It would be great to see you there. You will be most welcome. The meeting is open to everyone. Bring a friend.

GLÓRACH NEWS: After a rigorous selection process, Molly, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel from Rockchapel will star in the Abbeyside Players production of Sam Cree’s comedy ‘Second Honeymoon’ alongside a sterling cast under the direction of Merce Hobson. Angeline O’Donnell who plays her besotted owner said “I am delighted that Molly has been chosen, she has great stage presence and acts like a dog with a future”. It is expected that she will bring a large following from the Rock and that seats will be at a premium so get in fast and book on 087 1383940 for shows beginning Wednesday March 28 and continuing on Thursday, March 29 as well as Thursday April 5, Friday April 6, Saturday April 7 and finishing up on Sunday, April 8. Doors open 7pm and show starts 8pm sharp. Admission €10.

CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club monthly ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday, March 18 at 4pm. Music by Eddie Lee and Pat Casey, teas served, all welcome.

DIABETES IRELAND AT CASTLEISLAND LIBRARY: On Wednesday, March 14 at 11am Pauline Lynch Regional Development Officer Diabetes Ireland will give a general talk on Diabetes. This talk is for Adults and is part of the Healthy Ireland at your Library initiative. For more information on this talk or any other services available at the library call in or phone 066-7163403. The Library is open from 10am to 5pm Tues to Saturday.

THE TWO LOVES OF GABRIEL FOLEY: With the inclement weather forcing the rescheduling of the festival, we finally took to the stage at Knockaderry Community Hall on Thursday last with our production of the Jimmy Keary comedy, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. It was not without a certain degree of trepidation, given that we had not performed the play since last November and many of the cast members had been involved in different productions since. We needn’t have worried as all involved gave tremendous performances, eliciting much laughter from the considerable crowd that attended. It was great to get feedback from adjudicator, Tony McCleane Fay, who gave an in depth analysis on his interpretation of the play and the acting. Lots of positivity, constructive criticism and interesting pointers. We were also extremely well looked after by the organising committee, and any drama group travelling to Knockaderry can be certain of one thing; they will be well fed! The finale on Sunday night saw us pick up two awards, with Best Stage Make-Up going to Theresa O’Halloran and Best Stage Management going to Martin Tobin and Lorcan Curtin. A great experience overall, thank again to the organising committee, the audience that supported us, Seán O’Connell for the immense work he did with the set, and all the cast and crew who gave up their time and gave their all for this one-off event.

SKILLS FOR CITIZENS WORKSHOP: Come along to The Red Door, NCW on Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 2pm to meet Enda O’Callaghan from IOLAR Training who will give workshops to adults on The Digital Skills for Citizens IT Programme as part of Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2018. There will be demonstrations on Digital Skills for Citizens, File Management, Word Processing and Spreadsheets. Sign up with Enda for future Free IT course. Admission is FREE and all are welcome.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2018: The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4.30pm on account of the Rugby match. It will then proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate from 4pm, 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.

BRUACH 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.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

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.

EASTER CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Easter Cantata, "Jerusalem Joy" in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday, March 21 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 7.30pm in the sacristy.

PARKING AT MASS IN ABBEYFEALE: Parking in the church area. Please co-operate with parking regulations. Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines. Parking while at Mass on this roadway is causing traffic congestion. Members of the Men’s Shed are volunteering in the Church Yard to assist with parking for a few weeks. Please adhere to their advice and make the best possible use of the church car park. From now you are liable to get a ticket if you park incorrectly. Also keep the centre by the main gate free in case of emergency.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3- Monday, May 7. The Celebrity Concert this year will be in the Church of the Assumption. It features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band on Sunday, May 6 with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information Nora 086/2427003 Celine 087/7697672 Vincent 087/2443353 Mary 087/741934.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage maybe had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims-All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

SAY THE ROSARY AT A MASS ROCK: Rosary at Mass Rocks for Life and Faith. On March 18 a rosary will be said at the Mass Rock in Ashford Ballagh at 2.30pm. The Rosary will be led by Fr. John Keating.

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. . The AGM will be held at Leens Hotel on Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm. New members are very welcome. 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. 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.

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).

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

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: Eve of St Patricks Day: Friday 6.30am Ned & Peig Leahy and their son Emmet Millstream.. Peter Healy, the Hill 5th Anniversary. St Patrick’s Day: Saturday 9.15am Peggy & Timmy Tobin. Intentions for next weekend Saturday 6.30pm Paddy & Kit Donovan and their daughters Catherine & Stasia & son in law John Brennan & his son John, Dromtrasna Harnett Jerry & Thomas O’Connor, Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel . Sunday 9.15am Nora & Patrick & Betty Collins, Meenkilly. 12noon Tom Scanlon, Athea. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. 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.

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

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

KILLARNEY MUSICAL SOCIETY is proud to present its 33rd production – "Sweet Charity”, commencing on Wednesday, March 14. The Matinee show is at 11am Wednesday, March 14 followed by 3 nightly shows at 8pm each evening Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16. Ticket prices are: €15 for the Matinee and €25 for the evening shows. Family ticket is €60 (2adults +2 children). For ticket sales contact 0871342314.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS LIVE ON RTÉ TELEVISION & RTÉ RADIO 1: The St. Patrick’s Day on RTÉ TV & Radio is being broadcast live simultaneously from St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Saturday next. Please note that the regular 11.30 a.m. Mass is taking place at the earlier time of 11.00 a.m. to suit the RTÉ schedule times. This is a great honour for Listowel Parish and indeed for the Parish Folk Group. Canon Declan will be the celebrant and it will be bilingual.