PROLOGUE: "Intelligence is knowing the right answer. Wisdom is knowing when to say it." Tim Fargo.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Patrick O’Brien, 16 Radharc Na Feile whose funeral took place on Tuesday. May he rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulation to Pádraig Horgan son of Rita and the late John who married Edel Kiernan in Clarecastle, Co Clare recently. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

SECOND HONEYMOON: Due to public demand, we are going on the road and taking Second Honeymoon to pastures new – Molly’s (our celebrity canine!) local stage in the Rock. Tickets are now on sale for our final show in Rockchapel Community Centre on Saturday, 21st April. Show begins at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. They can be booked by texting/calling 087 – 6818113. Booking is advisable.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning in Jack Foley’s Bar will take place in aid of Chernobyl Children from 10-1.30pm on Friday, April 20.

TEA DANCING: Afternoon Tea Dance with Mike Condon, Fr. Casey’s Abbeyfeale Sunday, April 22. Dancing 3-6 Admission €5. Raffle.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE LAUNCH: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale which takes place over the May Bank Holiday will be launched at Leens Hotel on Friday night next from 8pm. Everyone is welcome for a night of music, song and dance.

SET DANCE CEILI: West Limerick Set dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday next April 22 at 4pm…Music by Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter…all welcome. Teas etc served. Con 0876259340.

STAY SAFE: If casual traders call to your door or drive into your yard then why not give the Gardai a ring on 06830010 and alert them that these people are around – this is an integral part of our community helping the Gardai to keep us all safe.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT CELEBRATE 20 YEARS: The AGM of Abbeyfeale Community Alert took place on Wednesday, April 11. The following committee members were elected; James Stack Chairman, Mossie Gleeson Hon Sec. Mary McArthur Assistant Sec, Joint Treasurers Kathleen Collins, Marian Harnett. Sgt. Alberta McWalter NCW and Canon Tony Mullins PP both spoke on the value of Community Alert in the community and the time given by volunteers to help make their community a safer place to live. Following the AGM we had the five members (Retired Cllrs Sean Broderick and Micheal O’Kelly, John O’Sullivan who was a member of the original committee, Mossie Gleeson and Marian Harnett) who joined the committee when it was re started 20 years ago cut a cake to celebrate our twenty years of community activism. We also remembered past members who have died including the late Phil O’Kelly who was Chairperson for many years.

GRAND CELEBRITY CONCERT: This year’s Fleadh by the Feale takes place from Thursday, May 3 – Monday, May 7. The grand celebrity concert will take place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on Sunday, May 6 and features the Shandrum Céilí Band with support from the Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Band. Doors open 7pm with show from 8pm. Tickets & further information: Nora 086/2427003, Celine 087/7697672, Vincent 087/2443353 and Mary 087/7419343.

TIDY TOWNS; Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns are holding a meeting at Leens Hotel on Thursday, April 19 at 7pm. We are looking for volunteers to give a little of their time to help us this summer, either on the ground or behind the scenes, so if you have a little time to spare please come to the meeting as all help would be greatly appreciated.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm. Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm, thanks once again to our loyal patrons and Ann Curtin of the Coffee Pot for supplying scones. With the tremendous success of the Abbeyside Player’s production of Second Honeymoon and of our weekly bingo night, the mood is buoyant here but ultimately tempered by the reality that we need to raise €100,000 for repairs, renovations and upgrades to the grounds, buildings, and equipment. We thank you for your continued support in helping to both maintain this beautiful venue and also in helping to guarantee its future.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

NEW BUSINESS OPENS IN ABBEYFEALE: The Gateway Café at the Westering Inn offers fresh home cooked food served all day, ample parking and a warm welcome. Further information 0868745485.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: National Adoration Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday April 29. A bus will leave the church @7.30 am on Sunday morning. The cost is 20 euro. All interested contact one of these numbers (087)7758503 or (087)2673663.

GRAND VARIETY CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm are hosting a fundraising concert at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 8pm. It will feature Peter Burke, P.J. Murrihy, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Emily Clarke, Willie Relihan, Cllr. Micheal Collins and the wonderful Donal Ring Ceili Band. Tickets €15 available from WL102fm on 069 – 66200 and Ann Lyons, The Square, Abbeyfeale. It promises to be a great night of music and song and your support is earnestly requested.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

WILDLIFE EVENT: Local environmentalist Anneke Vrieling will lead a walk and talk on Bumblebees from 11am to 2pm on Saturday April 21, beginning at the Halla Inse Ban, Templeglantine. All are welcome. Organised in association with Living Limerick. For more information contact:

SEÁN KEANE AT THE GLÓRACH: It was a concert mooted many months ago, and despite many events at the Glórach taking up much of our energy, a slow but steady momentum has gathered around this event to the extent that tickets are moving at a considerable pace. Seán Keane comes to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, May 4 bringing his unique voice and rich repertoire of songs, including distinctive versions of Isle of hope, Isle of tears, Blackbird and this author’s personal favourite, The Tunnel Tigers. The concert starts at 8 pm, don’t miss what will be a very special night at the Glórach by booking at 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE ANGLERS: Local man Paddy Sullivan who is Chairman of Salmon and Sea Trout Recreational Anglers Ireland (SSTRAI) recently said “We are now seeing the benefits of state investment. We are receiving millions of Euro in financial support, this together with the expertise of state agency personnel, is helping to develop our angling sport throughout the country.” He continues; “Declining salmon and Sea-trout stocks are worrying, we must ensure we do all we can to protect them. I would also like to thank Irish Water for engaging with our affiliated clubs and providing leases and permissions for angling development projects. Through our combined efforts we can provide much needed facilities for our anglers of all ages. Angling is a cradle to grave sport and is available to everyone.” Paddy finished his speech saying; “Recreational angling is a vital economic activity in Ireland, supporting 11,000 jobs and bringing €800 million to the economy every year. (ESRI 2016).

HEALTHY HAPPY BABY/TODDLER BONANZA IN ABBEYFEALE LIBRARY: Limerick Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) in collaboration with West Limerick Resources will host a Happy Healthy Baby/Toddler Bonanza in Abbeyfeale Library on April 17 from 11am to 1pm. This is a FREE event open to all Parents and Toddlers but booking is essential as space is limited. To book a place please contact Mary, Family Support Abbeyfeale, West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883. 083-8892137.

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.

HERITAGE AUTUMN EVENT: The newly formed heritage Team Abbeyfeale aim to stage a production to showcase local talent, and show it as an autumn 2018 heritage event at the Glorach community theatre Abbeyfeale. For further information 0871383940 to input your ideas to help make this a successful community event.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue from 10-10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always very welcome.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: 066 7134276. Protection of Life: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday 11.00am-2.00pm. Lectio Divina: Fr. Brendan Clifford OP, Thursday April 26 from 7.00 – 8.30pm. Becoming a Caring Presence in Today’s World: Noticing and Nurturing Important Feelings in Our Body, Presented by John Keane, European Director of the BioSpiritual Institute, Friday 27 – Sunday 29. Book Now! Self-Care Day : "Tools to manage life’s every day stressors", Anna O’ Donoghue & Batty Garnett , Saturday, May 26 from 9.45 -4.00pm. Contact Anna 0879447105.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES: Limerick Pro Life Action now have a “Lifts for Life” scheme which is created to help Pro Life votes who have no means of transport. We need drivers to help take people, in their locality to the Polling Station on Polling Day to vote. If you are willing to help, please contact any of the following: Olive 085-7172970 John 087-1127477.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Learn to speak with confidence, make presentations at work, and much more at the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm.STARTING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: Social Enterprise puts people and community first, ahead of private or personal gain, using a business model that operates in a viable and sustainable way. Two information sessions, covering the basics of establishing your own Social Enterprise venture, will take place on Tuesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 8, in Newcastle West, from 7pm – 10pm. Open to Community & Voluntary organisations and individuals. Topics include; Introduction to Social Enterprise; Setting up and Financing a Social Enterprise; Needs analysis and researching ideas; Case Studies; Creating a Social Enterprise Business Plan. For further information contact Caitriona Scully, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 66298 or cscully@wlr.

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.

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 may be 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.

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 in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday, May 4 P.J. Murrihy. Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and.Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R.Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed.

The following is some advice on how to deal with Bogus Traders/Callers taken from An Garda Siochána’s Crime Prevention Information Sheet. “Tell the caller you never employ trades people cold calling to your door. Ask them to leave documentation which should contain name, address, phone no. including a land line and a V.A.T. registered number. Never leave strangers unsupervised in your home.” Further information on www. or email Housing Aid for Older People Scheme which is 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. There 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. If someone does call to your door or drive into your yard then why not give the Gardai a ring on 06830010 and alert them that these people are around – this is an integral part of our community helping the Gardai to keep us all safe. 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. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. 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.

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

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. 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

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

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.

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: Saturday 11am. Josephine Lyons late of Cedarville. 6.30pm Michael O’Hanlon Collins Park. Bridie & Joe Fitzgerald and deceased family members. Julia & Chris Fealey, Convent Road. Jerry Collins, Clash. Sunday 9.15am Kathleen Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. Josie Doherty, Tournafulla. Will Joe,& Mary Collins and their son Billy, The Hill. 12 noon Mary O’Conor, Knockbrack Month Mind.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. Pastoral Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 24 @ 7.30pm in the sacristy.

KILLARNEY FRIARY CONCERT: Kerry Chamber Choir Orchestra and guests under the direction of Aidan O’ Carroll perform Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Vivaldi’s Gloria and popular sacred choral pieces in the Friary, Fair Hill on Friday next, April 20th, at 8pm. All are welcome. Tickets €15/€10 available at the door or in advance from the Friary office. Children accompanied by an adult go free.

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.

VOLUNTEERS IN AFRICA: Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on the 17th of June for two weeks, assisting in teaching English, sports, games, arts, crafts, etc. No Experience required, no age restriction, supervision provided. Ring 086 8520271.

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

UP COMING EVENTS: Holy Communion May 24. Tralee Races Point to Point, Ballybeggan Racecourse May 26. To book a stall Sinead 087 6906104.

DOON CONVENT REUNION: A reunion (for anyone who attended St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Doon up until 1965) will be held on Tuesday, July 10th 2018 in Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Co Tipperary starting about mid-day. Further information is available from our website:

CLASSES: Qigong classes at Hollytree Clinic with Alan Sheehy. Starting on Friday, April 13 from 10:30 – 12pm for 6 weeks, Cost €75. Contact Alan on 087 2480 723 or Hollytree Clinic on 087 707 1080. The clinic is located next to the Courthouse, on Bishop’s St., NCW. Therapeutic Kung Fu classes starting on Tuesday, April 17 from 7 – 8:15pm for 6 weeks, €75. Contact details as above.

DUAGH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION are looking for photographs or memories of the late Fr Pat Moore (R.I.P.) PP that we can use to commemorate his time ministering in the parish of Duagh/Lyre on our very special memorial evening on Saturday, May 5 in Duagh to mark his 1st anniversary . If you have any that you would like to share please contact Sandra on 087 6718377 before Friday, April 26.

HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture entitled ‘Sinn Féin Food Committee vs. the Earl of Listowel’ by historian, author & Listowel native Kay Caball will take place in the Seanchaí -Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel on Sunday April 22at 7 pm. The lecture will mark the centenary of this significant event in Listowel’s history. For more information tel. (068) 22212 or visit

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Centre on Thursday April 26 from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy a free evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served.