PROLOGUE: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. Plato

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: Thursday 10am Colaiste Mass for beginning of school year. Friday. 10am Purgatorial for the First Friday, confessions following Mass on Thursday morning. Saturday 6.30pm Dee Harnett, Kilconlea Upper 1st Anniversary. Vera & Patrick O’Connell, Purt. Joan & Moss Fitzgerald, Ballaugh. Rebecca Leahy Month’s Mind.

Sunday 9.15am Margaret Culhane, Knockbrack. Richard Woulfe, Cratloe West. Johnny & Peggy Stack, Craughatouke. 12noon Ned O’Connell, Kilconlea Anniv.

October is the month of the Rosary. 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.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Bill Cahill, 5 Hillview Drive whose funeral took place on Thursday. May he rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Laura Gittins and Mathew Tyler who celebrated the sacrament of Marriage in Abbeyfeale on Saturday, September 22 and to Breda Harnett and Sean O’Flaherty who celebrated the sacrament of marriage here on Saturday last. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

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. A Public Consultation Workshop has been organised with Limerick CCC Design and Delivery Department in Leen’s Hotel on Tuesday, October 2 from 4-8pm .

HARNETT REUNION INTERNATIONAL: The 2nd Harnett Reunion is going international and taking place on the weekend of July 11-14, 2019. It will be based in the Devon Inn and a full programme of events are currently being planned. The next meeting of the organising committee will take place on Thursday, October 10.

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’ and to Breast Cancer Ireland.

HONOUR FOR MAURA: Congratulations to concertina player, Maura O’Connor, Knockbrack, Abbeyfeale on being selected on the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert group which will be starting off on a fourteen venue concert tour to the four provinces. Nineteen year old Maura is daughter of Vincent and Mary O’Connor and she is a second year student at Mary Immaculate Training College. Maura became All Ireland Champion on the concertina at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 in Ennis. She is a member of the Templeglantine Comhaltas craobh. The touring group consists of sixteen top class artistes, musicians, singers and dancers, most of whom who have won All Ireland honours. Maura’s many admirers and friends as well as all who enjoy an outstanding night of traditional entertainment will have an opportunity on Wednesday, October 17 when the touring group will visit Templeglantine’s Halla Inse Bán. Tickets for the concert are now on sale and can be got at Sheehy’s Hardware, Ann Lyon’s shop, Buckleys shop, Devon Road, Joan Hickey, Mountcollins and from Comhaltas members.

COFFFEE MORNING: The Hope Foundation Coffee morning will be held at St. Ita’s Hall on Friday, October 12 from 10.30am. All proceeds in aid of The Hope Foundation .

SENIOR CHOIR: The Adult Choir will resumes activities in preparation for the coming season on Wednesday, October 3 in the Church at 8pm. All members are requested to attend. New members welcome. For further information contact Dee at (068) 31118

JUBLIEE YEAR NEWSLETTER: It is intended to produce a Christmas Newsletter this year. Articles and reports and good wishes from the different organisations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication are requested. Please submit to the parish office via email; fealechurch.

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.

SHEP – THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT: An Introduction to Personal Development, at West Limerick Resources office in St. Ita’s Hall, Convent St, Abbeyfeale, begins Monday, October 15, from 10am to 12.30pm, for 8 weeks. Registration is essential or for further details, contact Adrienne, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087-2773294.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASS: Develop your skills in Reception & Office Admin, a new course L4 Office Skills is starting at FET Centre Abbeyfeale (Old Tech), contact Mary at 06831198.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: As Fr. Tim Galvin is in the area at the moment, Abbeyfeale for Africa are having a few fundraising events to help with his Mission in South Sudan. On Friday, October 26 there will be a pub quiz in J.D’s pub in Church St. On the weekend of November 17/18 Fr. Tim will speak on his work at the 12 noon Mass, there will be a church door collection and following the Mass there will be a gathering for light refreshments at St. Ita’s Daycare Centre. Then, as usual in early December, the annual cake sale takes place in St. Ita’s Hall. We ask for your support and look forward to assisting Fr Tim with much needed funds as he returns to his parish in South Sudan.

CHURCH GATE COLLECITON: Epilepsy Ireland Annual church gate collection for Epilepsy Ireland will take place at all Masses next weekend.

SINGING WEEKEND: The Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend will take place in The Ramble Inn and Leens Hotel, Abbeyfeale from Friday, October19 – 21. The official opening by Darragh O’Shea, retired Kerry GAA player, will be at 8pm on Friday, October 19 in the Ramble Inn followed by a singing session. Saturday afternoon we have a singing session of songs that honour GAA legends past and present from the 32 counties of Ireland. This will be followed by Mass @ 6.30pm in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale which will feature the Abbeyfeale church choir performing Afrain ná Riocht as composed by the late Garry McMahon. The Sunday afternoon concert in Fr Caseys GAA hall at 3pm will honour the Carrig sisters Kitty and Nora. A full programme of events for the weekend can be found on our brochure which is available in the Ramble Inn.

BOOK LAUNCH: A book on the betrothal (marriage) of Mary and Joseph by local author, Paraic Maher, will be launched at St Michael’s College Listowel on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30pm. The book is a beautiful presentation of the betrothal, featuring artwork from churches all around Ireland including Our Lady of the Rosary Parish church on the Ennis Road, Limerick, and the parish church in Cahersiveen. The book will be presented, by the musician, composer and founder of Siamsa Tíre, Fr Pat Ahern and the renowned stained glass artist from Brosna, Mr James Scanlon. All are welcome to attend.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING WORKSHOP: West Limerick Resources CLG will host a workshop for community groups on ‘Safeguarding – Children First Act 2015 & Children First National Guidance 2017’ on Thursday, October 25, at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West, from 7pm – 9.30pm. Community groups working with children are required to develop specific policies and procedures on how to create a safe environment to prevent deliberate harm or abuse to children. This workshop will provide an overview of Children First Legislation, developing Child Safeguarding Statements and accompanying risk assessments. Booking essential by contacting Damien, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 9042477 or by emailing damien.ahern

WORKSHOP: A presentation by John Lonergan (Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison) on ’ How to be Happy and Content’ will take place at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Wednesday, October 17 at 7.30pm. It has been organised by West limerick Mental Health Association. Admission is free.

LECTURE ON HOLY WELLS Holy Wells of North Kerry, Thursday, October 4 at 8.00pm in Ardfert Retreat Centre. (0667134276).

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: eoshaughnessy

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

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.

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.

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

WALK: The new Community of Brendan the Navigator are organising a short pilgrim walk at 10.30am from Ardfert Cathedral on Saturday, October 6 to Wether’s Well reflecting on St. Brendan and his influence on our own spiritual journey; bring packed lunch walking shoes and high-vis jacket; finishing about 3pm. Led by Archdeacon

Simon Lumby Church of Ireland, Killarney .Tel 086 870 3997.

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

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.

BEREAVMENT MEETING: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:20pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

ATTENTION PARENTS: The Dominican Sisters will be offering Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious education programme for children ages 3 – 9. The courses will begin in October. Interested parents can email limerick or ring 085 2255796 for more information.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP: The first Friday of every month in Listowel. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND: Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land December 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.

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.

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 apply 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.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce to work through the grief process in a safe and confidential environment. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 12 – 14. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience

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

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: rsswlr. Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK AUTUMN SERIES OF TALKS 2018: on Thursday Evening @ 8pm at Killarney House, Topic—” The Salmon—A species under Threat” Speaker Prof Tom Cross. Admission Free.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE (0667134276) What does God want me to do with my life? Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday, October 3 from 7.00 -8.30pm. Celebrate your Faith with videos: Thomas Merton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer & others. Elizabeth Gilmartin, Mondays, starts October 15 from 7.30-9.00pm. Jesus & the Gospels (Denis McBride) Programme: Elizabeth Gilmartin, Tuesdays, starts October 16 from 2.30 – 4.00pm.