PROLOGUE: "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine."
Lord Byron

MASS TIMES: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 9.15am & 12noon. Athea – Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 10.30am. Mountcollins – Sunday 11am. Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.30am. Tournafulla – Saturday 7.30pm.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: Fr Tony Mullins PP 087/2600414. Fr Brendan Duggan 087/0562674. Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office; Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety) 1980 303 302 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Irish Advocacy Network (Peer advocacy in mental health) 01 872 8684 Pieta House (Suicide & self-harm) 01 623 5606 IACP (Counselling & Psychotherapy) 01 230 3536 Shine: (Supporting people effected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560 . Counselling Appointment 061/314213. 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 Cornelius O’Rourke. Thursday 10am Special Intention. Friday morning No Mass. Friday 7pm Jamie McCoy, Collins Park Months mind. Saturday 11am J J Broderick, Ballybehy. Intentions for next weekend Saturday 6.30pm Sonny McCarthy, Caherlane. Nick & Eleanor Cotter, Upper Purt. Donal & Nell Fitzgerald and their son Patrick, Knockbrack . Bridget & Martin Mc Loughlin. Sunday 9.15am Kathleen O’Connor, Mountmahon Month Mind 12noon William Flynn and deceased family members. Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig Monday 3rd 7pm Deceased Members of the ARA. Month mind Mass for Barba Sicoicowska mother of Martha (working at ‘As you like it’ hair salon). Sympathy is extended to Martha and her family at this sad time.

TOWN PARK NEWS: At a meeting of Abbeyfeale Town Park Committee on Monday night last, it was reported that two husky dogs had been in the park on Sunday and had attacked Park users and their dogs. On investigation it was discovered that the dogs in question had knocked down a barrier and had broken into the park from an adjoining property. On contacting the owner of the property, the committee received assurances that the dogs have now been removed from the property and will not be returning. We wish to advise the public that should there be a recurrence of such an incident or any other infringement of their enjoyment of Abbeyfeale Town Park to please contact the park office on 087 928 2322. We want all our patrons to enjoy free and relaxed use of the park at all times.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIRS: Sunday December 2 from 1-5pm in Duagh Sports Complex. Over 30 stalls –Kiddies Corner –Crafts –Baking –Raffle etc. All welcome. Contact 087-2684540 or 087-9421862. Ruby’s, Saturday, December 8 from 12-4. Contact Angela 085 7324262

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: The third annual Christmas Lunch sponsored by Abbeyfeale Community Alert for the seniors in the community was a resounding success with over 130 people sitting down to a beautiful meal catered by Ann Kennedy. Chairman James Stack welcomed our new Superintendent – John Deasy – who took over the Newcastlewest Division recently and who mingled with guests following his speech. He was introduced by Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue who assured all present that Abbeyfeale Station is manned 24 hours a day even when it is not open. Fire Officer Jerry Lyons spoke on the importance of being aware of overloading sockets, smoking in bed, having a smoke alarm and a carbon monitor. We were then addressed by local solicitor Orla Dennison who told us of the importance of making a will so that your wishes can be carried out when you are no longer around. She also covered the tax implications for those inheriting. This brought to an end the serious business of the day and we continued with a raffle on the door tickets for the 29 spot prizes that had been donated by local businesses and individuals which enabled one in five people to go home with an early Christmas present. All those in attendance also received a high viz vest courtesy of the RSA and a special marker which can be used to mark property and which was supplied by Eircode. Dancing to the mellow sounds of Paddy Quilligan , followed by tea and Christmas cake and entertainment from the Flynn sisters, Tullig and Tess Lane Cahir brought the afternoon to a close. The general consensus as people left was Roll On 2019.

SWITCHING ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Santa Claus will be arriving in Abbeyfeale on Friday, November 30 at 6pm for the switching on of the Christmas Lights. Secretary of the Christmas lights committee Hilary Collins says that “There will be a variety of Christmas Stalls in the Square following the switching on of the lights”. She also wants to thank everyone from Abbeyfeale, Duagh, Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla, Mountcollins, Rockchapel, Brosna and Knocknagoshel who came out last year for the big switch on and she hopes to see everyone again this year. All are welcome! “

WINTER CONCERT: West Limerick Community Radio are hosting a variety concert in the Longcourt Hotel on Wednesday, November 28 at 7.30pm featuring Paddy O’Brien, Willie Relihan, Muriel O’Connor, Fran Curry, Dermot Lyons, Bunratty Harpists, Marion Kirby and more. Tickets €15 available from Pat Donovan, the Radio Station or John Harrold.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: The Fealebridge & Headley’s Bridge Creameries 49th Annual Social will be held at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Friday, November 30. Dinner at 8.30 pm. Music by the Neily O’Connor Band. Everyone welcome!

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: The annual carol service takes place in the Church of the Assumption on Sunday, December 9 from 7pm.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The Annual Church Gate Collection for St Vincent DePaul will take place on the first weekend of December. Your support is greatly appreciated.

FR. TIM RETURNS TO SOUTH SUDAN: Fr Tim Galvin wishes to thank you for your very generous support to his appeal toward Sudan last weekend. Fr Tim has returned to Sudan, we wish him every blessing and continue to pray for him and his mission. Thanks to Abbeyfeale for Africa group for organising the collection, their account is open in the Credit Union.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: St Ita’s Hall will be open to all on Friday, November 30 from 11am -3pm where Artisans throughout the area will be displaying the results of their talents in the form of some unusual and unique Art and Craft products. A must go-to Event for anyone interested in and supporting the glorious world of Arts & Crafts. All are Welcome!

HARNETT INTERNATIONAL REUNION 2019: Calling all Harnetts based West Limerick, North Cork and North Kerry. We are well into planning for our big weekend next July and we’d love you to get involved and be there to meet up with people from all over the world who share your DNA. We have a dedicated email address which you can use to get in touch; HarnettReunion2019 You can follow developments on our FB page too.

NEWS FROM THE GLÓRACH: Thanks to all who attended our screening of The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid on Friday last, with many travelling a considerable distance to make it to the Glórach. There were not disappointed with a fascinating film that provoked much reaction and debate afterwards, with many commenting on the farming methods of the main protagonist and as to whether he should have taken the money from the IDA rather than fighting them. Almost all were agreed it was nice to have a happy ending for once, as all too often in life the underdog can be brutally crushed. We were delighted to bring the award winning film to Abbeyfeale in what was only the second screening so far in Munster, although that will be soon to change as the film has played to packed out audiences in Dublin and the Midlands, as well as garnering awards at film festivals abroad. Ticket sales are moving briskly for our Seán Keane concert that takes place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm. Our concert in May with the same artist sold out rapidly and proved to be a truly memorable night of music, song and anecdotes. If you missed his previous appearance, make sure to book in time for this Christmas Concert by calling 0871383940.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: This will be a fundraiser for Fr. Martin McCormack’s African Project and takes place on Sunday, January 13 at Fr. Casey’s with dancing to Donie Walsh and Jer Enright.

SHOP LOCAL AND SUPPORT ABBEYFEALE: Business Survival and Job Retention have never been more important for rural Communities throughout Ireland. Abbeyfeale Community Council kindly asks that everyone throughout the Abbeyfeale area keep our wonderful Community in mind when thinking of Shopping, doing Business and/or Socialising. It’s a hugely important time of year for Business survival and Job retention throughout the Abbeyfeale area and every Euro spent locally is a vote of support to keep our Community alive. Also bear in mind the Abbeyfeale Gift Voucher which makes for a fantastic present at any time of year and can be spent in most Businesses throughout Abbeyfeale. The Abbeyfeale Gift Voucher can be purchased at Abbeyfeale Credit Union in denominations of €10, €20 and €50. Shop Local and support Abbeyfeale! Best Wishes to All!

MEETING: A meeting of Parish Pastoral Councils of this Area Unit will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 8pm in Abbeyfeale Church. Please make a note of this date in your diary as we would like as many as possible of the members to attend this information meeting on the new pastoral Area Unit Plan – a follow on from the Synod process. The Pastoral Area Team members are also invited to this meeting.

BOOK ON SALE: The Treaty Triumph celebrating Limerick’s All Ireland Hurling win is on sale at Ann Lyons’ in the Square.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: West Limerick Set Dancing Club are holding a Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s on Saturday, December 15 with music by Donie Nolan and Maura. Hot Food. Admission €20.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Hannah, Tony and Siobhan have the countryside blazing on top of the hill as you travel the old butter road to NCW. Take the children to bring the magic of Christmas alive, go yourself to bring back memories of the excitement and promise of Holy Seasons past and if you have a few bob to spare be sure it will be put to good use.

BAKERS REQUIRED: The annual cake sale in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin is on Sunday, December 9 in St. Ita’s Hall from 10-2pm and we’re calling on our usual bakers for their donations to this worthy cause.

COACH TO KNOCK FOR ALL-NIGHT VIGIL. Leaving Deros, Killarney Friday, December 7 at 3pm. Bookings at Deros before December 6. Phone – 064 6631251.

PASTORAL UNITS: Bishop Brendan has published a list of the Pastoral units.. We are Pastoral Unit 14 Abbeyfeale, Athea Templeglantine Tournafulla/Mountcollins. Our unit is not being changed. Bishop Brendan will issue a pastoral letter next weekend to explain the new arrangements in the Diocese. There will be 16 units across the diocese. Our area have already been working together and sharing resources eg Baptism teams, Funeral liturgy teams, Lenten/Advent talks. For parishes to remain viable a new model is necessary, where we as lay people and clergy have to work together to ensure that our faith continues to be kept alive and that we respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the parish, it is essential that more lay people take an active part in church activities.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER: Parishioners are invited to gather in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This prayer meeting will take place every Wednesday.

CRAFTY CORNER: Knitting and crochet group classes on Tuesday nights at St Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale. New members welcome. Just drop in.

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

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.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A Christmas rambling house will be held at Fr Casey’s club house Abbeyfeale on Thursday, December 20 in aid of the Chemotherapy Day Ward at Kerry General Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated and all singers, dancers, storytellers and musicians all welcome to attend. Doors open at 8.30 and show begins at 9pm. Spot prizes and Santa will also make a visit on the night.

PASTORAL UNITS: Bishop Brendan has published a list of the Pastoral units.. We are Pastoral Unit 14 Abbeyfeale, Athea Templeglantine Tournafulla/Mountcollins. Our unit is not being changed. Bishop Brendan will issue a pastoral letter next weekend to explain the new arrangements in the Diocese. There will be 16 units across the diocese. Our area have already been working together and sharing resources eg Baptism teams, Funeral liturgy teams, Lenten/Advent talks. For parishes to remain viable a new model is necessary, where we as lay people and clergy have to work together to ensure that our faith continues to be kept alive and that we respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the parish, it is essential that more lay people take an active part in church activities.

KERRY PARENTS & FRIENDS Presents a Gala Christmas concert in association with Kerry Choral Union on Sunday 16th Dec. in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. Tickets from parish office & Whelan’s Shop €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Now that the winter has truly arrived turn on your dims while driving to enable your car to be seen these murky dark days. If you have the wipers on then you should always have the lights on too. Ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650) if you are concerned about anti-social behaviour. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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