"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."
Og Mandino

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Peg Colbert, Main Street whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

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: Freephone 116 123, text 087 2609090 (rates apply), email or visit Samaritans on 20 Barrington Street, Limerick.

Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Friday August 31. 10am Micheal Griffin. 7pm Fire Brigade Celebrate 50 years. Saturday 11am Tess Collins, Convent Street Months Mind 6.30pm James & Bridget O’Mara, Church St. Mike Doran Months Mind. Jimmy Sheedy, Kilconlea Upper. Sunday 9.15am Mary B McEnery, Dromtrasna. 12noon Sean Cahill & Hannah Cahill, Knocknasna.

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.

KNOCK: Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday, September 23. Coach leaving the Church Abbeyfeale at 7am sharp. Cost: €20 paid beforehand to ensure a seat. Please contact: Bernard Broderick 068 31565 Sean Broderick 068 31213 Michael Lane 068 32757 087 298084. David Davy 087 0994272.

FIRE BRIGADE 0PEN DAY: Fifty years ago in 1968, a group of men formed the first crew of Abbeyfeale Fire Service. To date 36 members have served the town and its community and to mark this 50th anniversary a special Mass will be held this Friday August 31 at 7pm. Then on Saturday September 1 the Fire station will open to members public from 12 – 4pm.There will be a display of some old equipment that was used in 1968 and some of the new equipment used today. The Fire Service plays a very important role in the town and the surrounding community so why not come along and bring the kids and see for yourselves the role it plays.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC CLASSES: Information night and enrolling for a new season of traditional music classes organised by Templeglantine Comhaltas will take place at Halla Inse Bhán 7.15-8.30pm on Monday next, September 3. This will cater for registering of new pupils as well as those who have been attending previously. The music classes have a dedicated team of tutors who cater for most instruments associated with traditional music. All information concerning the commencement of classes will be given at enrolling on Monday next. It is important that existing pupils who are returning for the new season be registered at the enrolling night so that arrangements can be put in place for the commencement of classes. The classes have been very successful over the years, enabling pupils to participate in a wide range of activities and getting much enjoyment from their involvement. Enquiries re classes 087 9654451.

ABBEYFEALE CELEBRATES HERITAGE DAY: A sincere thank you to everyone who helped make Abbeyfeale Heritage Day a success. Tom Enright as Patrick Harnett, Lorcan Curtin as Jeramiah Healy, Richie Roach as the Black & Tan Thomas Huckerby, Ruairi Dennison and Jimmy Dennison as the Cistercian Monks and of course the divine Riona Curtin as Princess Cristina di Belgiojoso. Thanks to Conor Lyons of Lyons Drapery and Angela OGrady of the Bobbin Case for the supplying of Outfits. Thanks to Niamh Ní Lochlainn for her talk on the Bean Feasa / Wise Woman Joan Grogan from Athea.
Thanks to Olive and Maurice Sheehan of Leens Hotel for the refreshments afterwards.
A huge thank you to everyone to turned out to support the event.

BREAKING NEWS: There is going to be another Harnett Reunion and this time it’s going International! It will be based at the Devon Inn Hotel on the weekend of July 11-14 next year and a programme of events is currently being put in place. There will be rooms to book, travel arrangements to make, connections to re-establish so spread the word to everyone you know who has left these shores over the years. We want to make it the biggest and best family re-union in Abbeyfeale next year.

ELEANOR MC EVOY IN CONCERT AT THE GLÓRACH: Eleanor McEvoy the Irish singer/songwriter who composed the song "Only a Woman’s Heart" will perform at the Glórach on Friday, August 31 at 8.30pm.

Excitement is high and tickets €20 are flying out the door so get onto 087 1383940 and reserve your seat asap.

BRINGING BACK THE SHOWBANDS CONCERT: Duagh Sports & Leisure Complex Thursday, August 30 with Paddy Cole, Linda Martin, Ronan Collins, Shaun O’Dowd, The Conquerors, and Keith & Lorraine. This is in memory of the late Fr. Pat Moore who was one the directors of the complex. A donation from each ticket will go toward the Kerry/Cork Health Link bus. Tickets are available from the following numbers. 087-2273755 or 087-2684540. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.30 start.


ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: Helga Henn is delighted to announce that she has her usual fine selection of locally grown vegetables for sale on Friday mornings. The Men’s Shed hope to attend the Farmers’ Market on Friday, September 7 with a selection of handmade goods. Jon, Morgan, Seamus, Helga and I as well as the members of the Men’s shed look forward to your welcome support.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE: Catholic Grandparents Association Knock Shrine 2.30pm on Sunday, September 9. Everybody welcome to honour & thank Grandparents alive & dead for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio – Combined Choirs of Knock Parish – The Tuttle Family – Dana sings ‘Our Lady of Knock’. A bus will leave the Cathedral in Killarney on Sunday, September 9 at 7am via Tralee and Listowel. Hope to pick up in Abbeyfeale at 8.15am. Enquiries to O’Shea’s 066 7180123.

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

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The Wednesday Club are hosting a fundraising tea dance in Fr.Casey’s Club House on Sunday September 9 from 3- 6pm. This event is being held on behalf of 4 year old Shane Enright from Athea Co Limerick. Shane was born with a number of serious health problems including cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, kidney problems. He is in constant leg pain as his spine is not growing properly. All money raised will go towards the extension of the family home to meet Shane’s basic needs. This little boy needs all the help he can get to make life a little more comfortable for him. Tickets for this event can be had from or donations can be made to members of the Wednesday club care of St Itas hall or from Madeline O’Connor. Convent St. Your support would be greatly appreciated by the family of this lovely little boy. A raffle will also be held on the day. Music will be by The Billy O’Brian band with special guest BIG MAGGIE. Tickets can also be got from Benny Thade McCarthy who is helping to organise the event.

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.

CHALLENGE: The 5th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. The Dromtrasna Challenge offers a unique opportunity to all members of the community to get involved through our 2K Kids Run, 4K Walk/Run and 10K Run. There is something for everyone in this year’s event. It doesn’t end there; having conquered the Dromtrasna Challenge, the after party will take place in The Winners Circle Abbeyfeale at 10pm. Entertainment will be provided by Pulse, a band that combines world-class musicianship with one of Ireland’s finest vocalists. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund.

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

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650.) My first cousins daughter works in the National Call Centre and recently told me that the most important thing when you make an emergency call is to be able to quote your eircode. They can dispatch an ambulance to your door instantly with the eircode so have it beside the phone or written on the back of your mobile phone. Talking of eircodes there is a new company who can mark your property with your eircode – tractors, quads, tools – should they be stolen and subsequently recovered then the Gardai will be able to hand them over to their rightful owners. Check out or James on 052 9152895. Never, ever post holiday snaps on Facebook while you are still away, it seems that if you are broken into, the insurance company may not have to pay out, check the small print on your policy. 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. 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.

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 and following Mass.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME RECRUITING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: West Limerick Resources is compiling a list of individuals interested in joining the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). Participants on the scheme work 19.5hrs per week and receive a top up payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. To participate on the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria: Be actively farming over 1 hectare of land; Have a valid herd number; Proof of application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year and be in receipt of Farm Assist, Jobseekers Allowance or other qualifying payments. Spouses, children, brothers and sisters of the herd owner can also join the scheme if they meet relevant criteria. Only one person allowed per herd number. For further details contact Tom or Michelle at West Limerick Resources on 069-61316 or Email: Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.

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.

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).

TARBERT HOUSE: is 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.

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WOMEN’S PENSIONS MEETING to be held Wednesday, August 29 in the Listowel Arms Hotel at 7pm. All are welcome. This is an action meeting for Pension Equality. We urge all women to attend. WOMEN’S PENSIONS MEETING to be held Wednesday, 29th August in the Listowel Arms Hotel at 7pm. All are welcome. This is an action meeting for Pension Equality. We urge all women to attend

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

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.

LIVING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES? Let us help. 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 Killarney. A day time and an evening time course will begin in Killarney in mid-September.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes 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.

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.

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

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES led by Bishop Ray Browne will take place from September 2-7 ex Kerry Airport cost €785. To book call Janice O Sullivan on 064-7758219 or email joskdp@eircom.

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

DANIEL O’CONNELL: Summer School begins at Cahersiveen on August 31 next.