PROLOGUE: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
Michael Jordan

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Parish Office: Parish Church 068/51915 Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000 Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Saturday 6.30pm Patrick Moriarty. Ewen (Hughie) MacArthur Month Mind. Billy O’Connell, Rea Kilmorna. Sunday 12 noon Kathleen Spillane, St Ita’s Housing 1st Anniversary. Monday 7pm Marian Shannon (Murphy) 4th Anniversary.

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.

SOCIAL HOUSING FOR ABBEYFEALE: Plans for the proposed Social Housing in Colbert’s Terrace/New Street are now available (on request) for viewing in Abbeyfeale Library. Deadline for submissions on Part 8 Development is October 10.

HARNETT REUNION INTERNATIONAL: A meeting will take place in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, September 27 at 8.30pm to discuss plans for an International Harnett Reunion to be held in July 2019. Everyone welcome.

WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS: A Speech and Language Workshop for Parents of Autistic Children will be held in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale on September 27 from 6.30 – 8.30pm. The Speech and Language Therapist will deliver workshop on Managing Anxiety, Sibling & Peer Social Inclusion, Teaching a child to understand, Teaching a child to express themselves and Teaching conversion. Booking essential Contact West Limerick Resources Nora on 068 30849 or Mary on 087 9382883.

CHALLENGE: The 5th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 20, starting at Dromtrasna National School, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the ‘Miriam Joy Cancer Treatment Fund.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: A group of friends of the late Joan O’Keeffe, Ballymacjordan have come together to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General which was a great support to Joan during her illness. They plan on holding an afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, October 28 with dancing to Mike Condon from 3-6pm and ask for your kind support.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS: Fresh from their sell out run of ‘Second Honeymoon’ Abbeyside players under the direction of Merce Hobson have commenced rehearsing ‘ The Chastitute’ by John B. Keane.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Adam, Keely and Roisin would like to thank the people who gave so generously to the collection last weekend in aid of The Hope Foundation, an overwhelming amount of €5070 .20 was collected. Looking forward to seeing you

at our coffee morning at St. Ita’s Hall on Friday, October 12 from 10.30am.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: This free course aims to support individuals, families, community workers and local community volunteers to be better equipped to understand drug and alcohol issues in their local area. To find out more about this course, an Open Evening will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at 7pm in West Limerick Resources office, St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The Course itself starts on October 10 & will run weekly for 13 weeks in Newcastle West. This course is organised in conjunction with the Mid West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and West Limerick Resources CLG. Registration is essential. For more information please contact Eddie O’Shaughnessy, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 653 5156 or email:

IRISH DANCING CLASSES: Every Thursday evening with Jimmy Hickey in the Community Centre, New Street.

LETTER FROM BISHOP LEAHY: Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I just want to let you know that, following the Pastoral Plan’s proposal of team ministry and our consultations since last Christmas, I am now working on a list of possible pastoral units, that is, groups of parishes that would work more closely together. To that end, I am meeting in these weeks with priests and, next month I hope to meet with Pastoral Councils with a view to getting feedback on the proposed new pastoral units. It’s an important time for us as we put in place new arrangements to best serve our mission in the future. I ask for your prayers.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carrig will hold a prayer meeting at 3pm in St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel on Sunday, October 7 next. Prayers, hymns and healing session.

CRAFT CO-OP: Abbeyfeale Craft Co-op has resumed in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 11- 2pm. New Member’s Welcome. Any information required contact Mary 087 2237363.

LOCAL DIRECTOR: Last Monday night RTE 2 screened an award-winning short film entitled “Kubrick By Candlelight,” a light-hearted romp behind the scenes of Kubrick’s classic film, Barry Lyndon, which was filmed in Ireland in 1973 and starred Ryan O’Neill. In the closing credits on Monday night, eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted that local film maker, Steve Fennelly, son of Breda and Raymond, The Hill was named as Art Director. Steve runs his own media company, Strangelight Media, which deals mainly with corporate and commercial videos. He has been involved in several short and feature-length films and also in some current television programmes. Samples of his work can be viewed online at

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

SOCIAL DANCING: Learn to waltz, jive, slosh etc. with Josephine at The Railway every Tuesday from 8pm.

SOCIAL DANCING: Johnjoe Herilihy will host dancing in the Kerins O’Rahilly Clubhouse in Tralee every Wednesday night from 9 – 11.30pm. He will also host a dance in the Longcourt Hotel NCW every Thursday night from 9 -11.30 from Thursday, October 4 next. Dermot Lyons will provide the music on October 4. Further information 087 9735113.

ADULT SET DANCING: The beginner’s class with Timmy Woulfe every Monday at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane is morphing into an advanced class from next Monday. Everyone welcome.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: This free course aims to support individuals, families, community workers and local community volunteers to be better equipped to understand drug and alcohol issues in their local area. To find out more about this course, an Open Evening will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at 7pm in West Limerick Resources office, St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The Course itself starts on October 10 & will run weekly for 13 weeks in Newcastle West. This course is organised in conjunction with the Mid West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and West Limerick Resources CLG. Registration is essential. For more information please contact Eddie O’Shaughnessy, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 653 5156 or email:

ICA: Abbeyfeale ICA guild resumed activities on Tuesday night last at the Further Education and Training Centre, Mountmahon from 7.30 – 9.30pm. The guild usually meet first and third Tuesday of the month (except September). Activities include Talks, Demonstrations and Workshops. New members welcome. Tel. Anne Maria 06831145 for details.

LISTOWEL TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the new season will be held at the Listowel Arms Hotel at 8pm on Thursday September 27.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650.) Contact any member of the committee should you wish to join our Text Alert Scheme. This was set up to immediately alert the community that an incident has occurred. The hope is that by raising awareness, people would keep a watchful eye out, contact the Gardai if they see something and thus help to deter criminal activity in our area. We have a current alert whereby you are advised to beware of bogus traders calling to homes re works from recent storm damage. 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.

RETROUVAILLE: Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Married Couples: Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 5 -7, 2018. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit

MACRA NA FEIRME: Castleisland Macra will be holding a recruitment night in Mc Carthy’s Bar on Friday, September 28 at 8pm. All welcome up to the age of 35, do not need to be a farmer.

GLIN FAIRY TRAIL: Official Opening on Sunday, September 30 at 2pm. Glin Fairy Trail is located at the rear of St. Paul’s via Knight’s walk entrance, at the start of the walk. Light refreshments, raffle, face painting and storytelling on the day. Come and celebrate the fairy magic. All welcome and please share!!

ROSARY AT THE COAST: Join tens of thousands of the faithful in Ireland to pray the Rosary on our coasts and other inland locations at 2.30pm, on Sunday, October 7. The people of many others countries will also pray the Rosary on their coasts/borders on that date, including the USA, Poland, Canada, India, the UK, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and more. Register your own location at coastalrosaryireland or text us at 087 278 6552. Mary, help of Christians, pray for us.

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND: Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land 19-27, 2018 (Last Remaining Places) Taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Last Supper Room and Calvary), Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, River Jordan, Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Contact James Treacy 061921470 or 0860572216 payments can be made in instalments before December.

AUTUMN NIGHT CLASSES, North Kerry College of Further Education, Upper Church Street, Listowel. Enrolment for our Autumn Night classes will take place at the college as follows: Wednesday, September 26 from 7.00-9.00 pm. Classes include:

Tai Chi , Intermediate Computers, Sign Language, DIY Skills, Bicycle Maintenance, Millinery – Make your Own Felt Hat, Make -up and Skin Care, Conversational Spanish, Art History-The Italian Masters, Nutrition for Well Being, Fairies of Ancient Irish Civilisation, Christmas Baking QQI Modules Level 5; Barbering, Healthcare Care of the Older and Palliative Care, QQI Level 6 SNA. Maria Fitzgerald 086 0289958.

PILGRIMAGE: Rome/San Giovanni Easter 2019 with Papal Ceremonies in Rome for the Easter Period 7 night’s €995 pps. Payments can be made in instalments contact James Treacy on 061921470 or 0860572216.

FAITH FORMATION: Adult Faith Formation classes, offered by the Dominican Sisters in St Saviour’s Dominican Church, Limerick. A comprehensive overview of the Catholic faith will be presented in 10 sessions. Come be a part of this special opportunity to grow in knowledge, faith, and community. The group will meet every Wednesday from 7 -8:30pm from October 3.

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

OVERSEAS VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED – Volunteer Carpenters, Builders, Media Specialists, Early Childhood Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Primary/Secondary Teachers, Accountants, Social Workers, Farmers…required for placements on Missions in Africa, SE Asia and the Caribbean. No previous overseas experience required, no upper age limit! Volunteer training programme begins 22nd September in Dublin – open to all! Contact Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email for more information.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE (0667134276) Parental Grief Retreat: Caroline Ni Dhuinn, Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents USA, Saturday, September 29 from 9 -6.00pm. to register or call 7125129.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S: National Conference is being held in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Cork on Saturday, September 22 from 10am –4pm.

CORK AUTISM CONFERENCE: Rethinking Autism, A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday Sept 30th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork. Conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and Aspergers

Syndrome. All are welcome. or call 089 239 8900.

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.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY: South Kerry Branch 16th Annual Walk, The Old Kenmare Road on Sunday, October 7. For Sponsor Cards, please contact, John O’Shea 087 2348824 or Pamela Walsh 087 9819242 .

RE-DESIGNED FURNITURE: Back2New re-designed and re-purposed furniture store is now open every Monday (9.30-1.30pm), Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (9.30am-5.30pm) at The Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West. Call in and have a look around our community retail store and you will be amazed at the unique furniture items for sale. Back2New also provide at re-design service, please contact Michaela on 087 2727742 for further information.

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.