PROLOGUE: “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy and happiness to ourselves and others. Parish Newsletter.

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 10.00 am. 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 affected 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 Charlie Conefrey, San Franscisco 1st Anniversary. Saturday 11am Memorial Mass Philip Guiney died in Australia. 6.30pm Jimmy Quirke, Kilconlea Upper. Jack Riordan, Main Street. Mary & Hughie Matterson. Nora O’Keeffe, Graigue. Patrick O’Connor Month Mind Sunday 9.15am Bridie Moriarty, Abbeyfeale Hill. Adoration resumed on Tuesday.

COLLECTION: Social Services collection next weekend. Envelopes are available in your box. Counselling and a parent support worker are available in the parish office here in Abbeyfeale funded by the Social services in Limerick. For an appointment;

Parish Support Worker 068/31019 Counselling Appointment 061/314213.

SNOOKER EXTRAVAGANZA; Ken Doherty v Steve Davis at the Longcourt Hotel in aid of WL102 and Friends of St Ita’s. Thursday, January 10, standard tickets €20 euros, doors open 7.30pm, show 8pm.

READING GROUP: St. Ita’s Reading Group meets in the Adoration Church on Wednesday January 9 @ 10.30 a.m.

GRANAGH PLAYERS: This year, our producer, Jimmy Sheehy has chosen ‘ The Informer’ by Tom Murphy, adapted from a book written by Liam O’Flaherty (1896-1984). The action takes place in Dublin in the early 1920s after the Irish Free State came into being.

Tom Murphy, who adapted the play, only passed away in May 2018.

Performances over two weekends – Friday, January 18, Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20 and again on Friday January 25, Saturday January 26 and Sunday January 27 at 8pm nightly in Granagh Community Centre, V35C584. Admission Adults €10 and Students €5. Children U12 Free. Shop and Raffle each night.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE/GAELIC LEAGUE; a branch has been re-established in Abbeyfeale. Members welcome. Further information Éamonn 086 3903244.

SHEP – THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT: Two new programmes available in West Limerick, ‘Effective Communication for Better Relationships’ in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, begins on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 25). ‘An Introduction to Personal Development’ in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, begins on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 10.00am to 12.30pm for 8 weeks (to March 20). Please contact Adrienne at West Limerick Resources on 087-2773294/aoconnell for further details and to register your interest.

POST BOX; There is a second post box in town – at the side of O’Donoghue’s Flower shop on Convent St with a collection Monday to Friday at 4.45pm each day.

DREAMS: The Limerick GAA DVD is for sale in Ann Lyons’s, The Square.

CALLING PARENTS: Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883

SUNDAY MASS IN DUAGH: Fr. Jack O’Donnell is offering an extra Mass at the weekend in Duagh Church each Sunday at 11.30 a.m. between now and Easter.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM; The 5th annual Connie Harnett memorial swim was held in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day. The weather on the day was exceptional. Over 200 swimmers took to the water with as many more spectating. Great music was provided by DJ Pat O’ Donnell. Balloons, bubbles and the colour yellow were the order of the day. Plenty of chats and catch ups were had over cups of tea and the odd hot whiskey provided by Mike and Seamus. Billy Mangan brought his bus as usual and a call to Tomaisins in Lisselton for a bit of food and the raffle kept everyone going until they got back to Abbeyfeale. A very successful day for very worthy charities.

OPEN DAY: Mary Immaculate College will hold its January Open Day on Saturday, January 12 from 10am-1pm. The MIC Open Days showcase the wide range of programmes that the College has to offer. For more visit


ABBEYFEALE SPORTS COMPLEX BOOKINGS; The newly refurbished hall is available for bookings Monday – Sunday. Ring the office on 068 31799 Monday to Friday 9 -4,

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. Abbeyside Players are currently rehearsing John B. Keane’s The Chastitute and will be on stage on Thursday, January 31, Friday, February 1, Saturday, February 2, Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10. We will also be travelling to Tour on Saturday, February 23 and back again to the Rock Saturday February 16. To reserve your seat phone 087 1383940.

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.

NEW CD:A new CD was launched byJim Lyons in recent weeks, it contains a diverse collection of songs from the past – some very well-known and more not-so-well known. They are performed in the old style – as they would have been sung in times gone by. The collection is available in Snow’s, Ballingarry; Dillane’s, Kilconlea; O’Connor’s, Duagh and from Ann Lyons, Abbeyfeale. You can also contact Jim on 087-9096085.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: 2nd Monday of the month. Next rambling house January 14 at 8pm.

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

THE CHASTITUTE: Just over three weeks to go before the Abbeyside Players take to the Glórach stage with their production of the famed John B Keane play, The Chastitute. Capturing the plight of love hungry farmer John Bosco McLaine and his doomed attempts at romancing, the play is quite humorous but also critical of the repressive mores that tormented the mind of the title character. Denis Hobson reprises a role that he so often played in the past, and is joined by a stalwart cast in this production that will open on Thursday, January 31 at the Glórach at 8 pm. Directed by Merce Hobson, there is much local interest and already enquiries about tickets.

IS YOUR NAME HARNETT: Back in 2012 a small group of people got together and organised a Harnett Reunion in order to celebrate our name and the fact that the Harnetts are a major part of the fabric of West Limerick history and society. Much to our surprise people joined us from all over Ireland and abroad. Since that time Harnett relatives have visited the area each summer and we have had many requests for another reunion. So we are now planning Harnett Reunion International for July 11-14, 2019. We are currently assembling our programme, which will include genealogy, workshops, local tours, a concert and gala dinner at The Devon Hotel. We hope to have everything in place for a great event. We would be delighted if you could spread the word and invite everyone to join us in the spiritual home of the Harnetts in West Limerick next July. Email HarnettReunion2019 for further information or check out Harnett Reunion FB page to keep up to date with all the plans for a fantastic weekend July 11-14, 2019.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Senior Help Line 1850 440444 for the price of a local call – open 10 am – 10 pm 365 days a year. There are a lot of scams on the go at the moment but if you remember never to give personal details, pin numbers etc to callers or by email you should be safe enough. When driving use your dims and if walking wear a high viz. If you have eggs thrown at your car do ring 068 30010 – there is no point in saying that there is no Garda around if they are not told of the problem. There was a house robbed in the Square last Saturday in the afternoon, if you saw anything suspicious please ring the Garda Station on 0068 30010. 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.

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.

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.

TALK: Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, will give a public talk at the clergy assembly on Wednesday January 9. The venue is the Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, beginning at 8pm and concluding by 9.30pm. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

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

WEEKEND OF PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIP AND HEALING on Saturday February 2 and Sunday February 3 at Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville Co. Cork. Keynote Speaker: Ros Powell (Catholic Christian Evangelist U.K.). Talks: Fr. John Keane CC (Cloyne Diocese); Fr. Tony Emeka MHM (Cameroon), and Msgr. Finbarr O Leary (Ecuador Missions). Admission to the event is free but pre-booking is necessary. To book please contact: Celia 087 2405568 Mary 087 2898518 Nuala 086 1544075 Tom 087 6468658 Pat 087 2505528.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity beginning on Friday, January 18. Catholic Schools Week beginning on Sunday, January 27.