PROLOGUE: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Eunice Shriver.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Tess Collins, The Haven, Convent St. whose funeral took place last Friday. We also offer Teresa O’Donoghue, The Hill our sympathies on the recent death of her mother in Templeglantine.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . 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: Wednesday 10am Peter & Eileen O’Connell, Purt. Friday 10am Charles Fealey, The Hill and family members. Saturday 6.30pm Colm Mangan, Knocknagoshel. Con & Mary O’Mahony and William O’Sullivan. Sunday 9.15am Willie & Ciss Curtin, Meehahela. Riordan & Cahill Families. 12noon Luke Scannell, Clash Road. Joseph & Ita Riordan late of Ballybehy and their son Pat and daughter Pate late of Galway. Monday 30 @ 7pm Margaret & Con Flynn, Main Street. 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. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s. There’s only around a hundred copies left so get yours as soon as possible.

COMMUNITY ALERT: There is a new campaign on staying safe on the Internet. Its go to the search box and write in Be Safe Online. There’s loads of tips available.

JOHN SPILLANE AT THE GLÓRACH: For a wonderful night of original songs, traditional songs, Cork songs, songs tríd gaeilge, and plenty of banter and good stories to accompany them, make sure to make your way to the Glórach Theatre this Friday, July 27th to catch the legendary Cork singer songwriter John Spillane. The concert starts at 8.30 pm, and tickets can be booked at 0871383940.

SUPPORTING ABBEYFEALE: Please support the small businesses in our town so as to enable them to stay open. Don’t forget that they are the shop owners that support us when we are out looking for sponsorship to keep our sports clubs and youth facilities open. They are the people who are always willing to come up with a voucher or a bottle of wine for a spot prize but if we don’t support them they’ll all be gone. So the next time you want to buy an outfit or something for the house see what’s available in town first before heading for the city. Buying the basics like toilet rolls, milk, bread, newspapers, soap etc. in a small shop means a lot to them and helps keep the money circulating in the area.

BINGO AT THE GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at the Glórach from 8.30pm.

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: The 21st annual festival starts in Lyreacrompane on Friday August 3 with a ceili and continues all weekend with loads of activities including a dog show, a magic party for the youngsters, a run/walk for Enable Ireland and Tea in the Bog on Bank Holiday Monday. More information on bands in the Marquee etc from 087 2853570.

GRAVEYARD MASS: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on next Thursday, July 26 at 8p.m. A free shuttle bus service will be available from the local national school which Mass attendees are encouraged to make use of to reduce traffic congestion at the cemetery.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Annual Faith Camp takes place at St. Mary’s Boys N.S. from Tuesday, August 7 – Friday, August 10 and runs each day from 10 – 3pm. It includes; Sport, Drama, Faith Lessons, Music, Art and plenty of fun. All children must be registered by Tuesday, July 31 with registration taking place this Wednesday from 8pm at the school. First child €40 with subsequent children €25 each. Further information from Martina 087 2788834. Donations of food will be gratefully accepted.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. 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. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat and lock the door when you’re in the car. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! 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 of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. 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.

‘THE PRESIDENT’S GLASSES’ LIBRARY EVENT:An interactive book reading session of Peter Donnelly’s ‘The President’s Glasses’ will take place in Newcastle West Library on Wednesday, August 15. The event is free and suitable for parents and children aged 6-8 years and will run from 11am to 1pm, in connection with the West Limerick Resources SICAP programme, Newcastle West Library and the Desmond Credit Union. The morning will include an interactive story time, an art and craft activity and a surprise activity. Places are limited and registration essential. For more information, and to register for the event, please contact Damien on 087 9042477 or Niamh on 087 4477338 or West Limerick Resources CLG on 069 62222.

PHONE CONNECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS : The Phone Connect project is a free community based telephone support service offered to older people in the West Limerick Area empowering them to remain independent in their own homes. The weekly service provides a listening ear to the elderly allowing them to share any worries or concerns and to be informed of any local events or services. West Limerick Resources is now seeking volunteers to make these phone-calls from a dedicated space where a mobile phone is available. All volunteers will be Garda Vetted and training will also be made available. If you would be interested in volunteering or require more information, we would be delighted to hear from you so call Damien at West Limerick Resources on 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842.

CLASS: A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

BACK2NEW FURNITURE POP UP SHOP NOW OPEN! Re-designed and re-imagined furniture available. Now open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am-4.30pm at Market Place (previously Citizens Information), Market Yard, Newcastle West.

SEISIÚN: The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows is at the Devon Inn on Thursday nights for the months of July and August starting at 8.30pm. These shows of traditional entertainment have proved very popular over recent years and are really enjoyed by all who attend, both local and visitor alike. A memorable night of top class song, music, dance and story is guaranteed comprising of a formal show in the first half and an informal second half where members of the audience are welcomed to join the performing group and provide a tune, song or step. Sometimes the night finishes with a set or a céilí dance.

OUTING: There will be history outing on Sunday, July 29 by the Thomond Historical and Archaeological Society. This half-day tour will focus on the places and people associated with the 1798 Rebellion in the Kilmallock/Kilfinane/Ballyorgan areas. The guide and speaker will be Nioclás Ó Dúinín, a local historian and expert on this topic. Non-members are welcome: meet at 2.30 pm outside the church in Kilmallock. Further details available at 087 6979163.

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.

BRUACH NA CARRAIGE: The Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel Summer programme starts with our highly acclaimed Seisiun each Tuesday night during July and August at 9pm. Our Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years runs from July 23 – August 3. Children attending this camp who have not played music before will learn a few tunes on the whistle, those already playing will learn new tunes. They will learn some traditional songs and four or five ceili dances, all mixed with much fun and games. Our Sliabh Luachra Summer School will run on August 8-10 with advanced music classes, for information contact 087 2205566 or Email

ST PIO 50TH ANNIVERSARY PILGRIMAGE: Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch has organised a pilgrimage to Italy from September 21-28, which will include two nights in Assissi, three nights in San Giovanni Rotondo and two nights in Rome. For more information or to obtain a booking form contact Fr. Pat on 087 6709491.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated.

GLIN CASTLE and Gardens will be open for guided tours on Sunday, July 29. Gates will open at 12 noon.

TIPS ON CONSERVING WATER: Place a full litre bottle of water in the cistern in the toilet which will reduce the volume of water at each flush. Have shorter showers – an average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute, turn off the tap when washing your teeth. Use a basin to wash the ware and then use the water for watering the flowers. Washing up liquid will do no harm to the plants and vegetable water will add nutrients to the soil. Pour the cold tea out of the pot on the vegetables. Only do a wash when you have a full load. Invest in a water butt under the down pipe.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

HERITAGE EVENT IN THE PLANNING: The Spirit of Abbeyfeale is there to provide people with a rewarding experience and a chance to share with others in our homeland heritage. This exciting start-up process is being put together now. The end product will be presented later on, at a time to be decided, here in Abbeyfeale. We aim to make Abbeyfeale a better place. Jim Dennison says; “ we warmly welcome people of all ages, free to enjoy our folklore, music,song, dance, mythology, stage skills and storytelling in a new top quality event. People are invited to discover, explore and greatly enjoy the “Spirit of Abbeyfeale” Being involved gives people the opportunity to express their own views, participate in decision making and in heritage activities. To find out more, or to be in and be involved, making contact is easy, at this time through the heritage subcommittee, Abbeyfeale Community Council.

TOUR OF WEXFORD: Why not join us for a 4 day tour of Wexford taking place from Monday, September 3, staying in a four star hotel. We will visit New Ross (including the famous Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre), Johnstown Castle Agri museum, Our Lady’s, Bunclody, Ferns, Loftus Hall, Ballyhack, the Father Murphy, Hook Head, the Kennedy homestead, 1798 rebellion centre, Enniscorthy Castle, Tintern Abbey and Kilmore. For further information contact Pat O’Donovan, Newcastlewest on 087 9977340 (Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society).

CAINT AGUS CRAIC: Castleisland Library are hosting an hour of caint craic & comhrá as Gaeilge on 8 Thursdays during une July & August from 1 -2pm. All adult are welcome to join in. It is not an Irish class, adults with very basic Irish are as welcome as fluent Irish speakers. Call in this summer and take part in Bliain na Gaeilge.

TAG RUGBY: A class in Tag Rugby for girls aged 8-14 will be held on Mondays in Kileline Grounds, NCW. Contact John 087 7528049 .

VISIT LADY GREGORY COUNTRY: Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society are hosting a full day’s outing taking in Kilmacduagh Round Tower and ancient monastery, Coole Park, the Kiltartan Gregory museum, the Thoor Ballylee Tower and Gorton Sunday, August 12. For further information contact Pat O’Donovan, Newcastlewest on 087 9977340.

TARBERT HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31. The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at 068-36198.

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.

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.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

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

LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE: Join us on Friday, August 24 for a magical trip around Co Limerick and a guided tour of places associated with the poets of the Gaelic tradition: Michael Hartnett; Daithi O Bruadair; Sean O Tuama and many more, taking in Newcastle West, Broadford; Ardagh/Athea; Bruree and Croom, – home of The Maigue. €15 per person. Contact
Contact Dominic at 087 2996409 or email

ST PIO PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO & ASSISI: on the 50th Anniversary of the death of St. Pio, with the Killarney St Pio Prayer Group September 21-27. For more information visit michaeldgclifford.

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.

RAMBLING HOUSE: at Seanchai, Listowel on Thursday, July 26 at 9.15pm.

LYREACROMPANE RUN/WALK FOR ENABLE IRELAND: In what looks like becoming an annual event, the roads of Lyreacrompane will re-echo to the feet of walkers and runners on August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5. Last year’s 5/10K Walk/Run, as part of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, was so successful that the organisers have put it on the calendar of their event again this year. On this occasion, the charity chosen to benefit is Enable Ireland. The Walk/Run will start at ‘the Marquee’ beside the Four Elms Bar at 11am. The route is looped and, apart from helping a good cause, the walkers/runners will get an opportunity of taking part in a real rural Ireland walk/run and see Lyreacrompane at its best.

Participants can register at The Marquee between 9am and 10.45am on the morning. More info from 087 285 3570 or Entry Fees are 5k walk/run – €10. 10k walk/run – €15. Children €5. Ask about special family rate. The first woman gets €50 and the first man €50. There will be Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both 5K & 10k runners and medals for all walkers and runners.

MEDJUGORJE: 7 nights October 10-17. Contact Annemarie Tydings, 0871013804.

ARDFERT Retreat Centre: Fr. Kilian Byrne, 6 Day Silent Retreat. Monday, August 13 – 19. . Information/booking contact: Helen – 0861678027

CONFERENCE: Catholic Women’s Conference Friday, July 27 and Humanae Vitae Conference July 28/29 (for everyone) in the Emmaus Retreat Centre Swords, Co. Dublin (close to M1 & Airport). For Bookings and more info please contact: Human Life International, Knock Tel: 094 9375993 – Email:

YOUTH 2000—CATHOLIC SUMMER YOUTH FESTIVAL: Cistercian College, Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. August 16 -19. A weekend

Of Fun, Faith and Friendship for 16 to 35 year olds. Live music, prayer and reconciliation, inspiring talks, workshops, drama and a chance to meet new friends. Donation only and free buses. To book your place or for more information contact office, phone 01 675 3690 or visit

STUDY THEOLOGY BY DISTANCE LEARNING: Flexible and Accessible Courses. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or online from the comfort of your own home and build modules towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. Application deadline September 25. Call 01 404 8124 or visit