PROLOGUE "The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it."
Dudley Moore:

DEATH: We offer sincere sympathy to the family of the late Mary Dan G. Harnett, Main St. whose funeral took place last week. May she rest in peace.

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: Saturday 6.30pm Teresa Harnett, Dromtrasna Collins 1st Anniversary. Maurice and Nora O’Connor, Knocknasna. Micheal Roche, Church St. Sunday 9.15am Betty Lane, Kilconlea 1st. Anniversary. Bea and Jim Gardiner, Upper Purt. 12 noon Catherine Murphy, Clash Road. Monday, January 21 7pm Willie Maurice Harnett, Knockbrack.

Novenas: St Anthony Monday evenings at 7pm Mass, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Friday mornings at 10am Mass.

ATTENTION BEEF FARMERS: A meeting of the new Beef Plan Movement will be held in Kilmallock Mart on Tuesday, January 22 at 8pm. This will be the first meeting to be held in Limerick and everyone is welcome. Membership fees for the Beef Plan Movement group are just €10 to help cover administration costs. The new group has over 15,000 paid up members since its inception in October 2018. Its National Chairman is Eamon Corley and the Limerick reps are David Murphy 087 6142761 and Paddy O’Sullivan 087 8199720. Further information is available on or on its FaceBook page.

KEEP FIT FOR THE OLDER PERSON: Brenda Cahill 087 2255676 is starting Osteofit® classes in Newcastle West in the Desmond Complex on Mondays at 2pm from next Monday, January 14 with the first class free. Osteofit® is suitable for men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

CONRADH NA GAEILGE FESTIVAL: Tionól (Irish language and Music w/e) Chontae Luimnigh present the first, hopefully of many gatherings of Folklore, Music, Poetry and History of Abbeyfeale through the Irish Language in Fr. Casey’s Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 with daily admission just €5 per day. The official opening takes place on Friday from 7pm followed by a lecture from Séamus Ó Coileáin from Athea and ending with a traditional music concert with the Murphy family, Riona Ní Churtáin, Denis Curtin and the Flannery Sisters. Saturday’s programme includes lectures, a bilingual walking tour of Abbeyfeale and a traditional music session. All are welcome.

WOODTURNERS WORKSHOP: Limerick and District Woodturners – one of whose founder members was the late Liam Flynn, Convent St. – will hold their first workshop of 2019 at the Crescent College, Dooradoyle on Thursday, January 24 from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Their programme for the year includes taking part in the Chapter Challenge, a competition run in conjunction with the Annual Woodturning Seminar to be held in Limerick next October. They have won this competition three times and hold the All Ireland Trophy for the craft of woodturning. Membership is open to anyone and include turners of all levels from beginner to professional. Further information John Ryan 087 1260525.

CLASSES IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE (OLD TECH): The following are a small sample of the classes on offer in Mountmahon: Upcycling Furniture Tuesdays started last week, Computer Classes for beginners starting Tuesday, January 22, Abbeyfeale Wellness Monday January 28. Then in February it is hoped to run classes in Container Gardening, Up cycle your wardrobe, Healthy Meals in 10 minutes as well as an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Industry, Wood Turning Level 3, Care Skills Level 5, Special Needs Assisting. Then in April classes will run in Child Health and Well Being and from Plot to Plate.

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, 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 3, 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.

‘AT LAST’ THE BOOK: is for sale in Ann Lyons’s, The Square. It tells the story of Limerick’s long wait for All Ireland Hurling Glory.

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.

A FEAST OF DRAMA: The Abbeyside Players take to the Glórach stage with their production of the famed John B Keane play, The Chastitute on Thursday, January 31. 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. As soon as The Abbeyside Players finish their run the Abbeyfeale Drama Group take the stage with ‘Marriage of Connivance’ from February 12.

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.

MONAGAE RAMBLING HOUSE: 2nd Monday of the month.

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

WINKLE PICKERS NEEDED: Props are always a problem when a play is in rehearsal and especially when the play is set in the 50’s like ‘The Chastitute’ by John B. Keane where the main protagonist is a sharp dresser determined to impress the females. A pair of winkle pickers, preferably size 8 would do wonders for his chances, he thinks, and the wardrobe department would love to be able to provide them. If you have a pair from your days on the razz then we’d love to hear from you on 087 1383940.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS JANUARY 11: Winners with 15 games; Liam O’Connor, Jamsie McEnery, Bath Collins. Runner Up divided between three teams each with 12 games were; Noel Murphy, Margaret Murphy, JD Foley James Connell, John O’Donnell, Pat Sullivan Laurence McAuliffe, Margaret McAuliffe, Pat Collins .Door prize won by; JD Foley . Table prizes winners; Sean Harnett, Tom Murphy, Dan Dillane. Raffle winners were; JD Foley, John O’Donnell, Kathleen McCarthy x 2, Sheila Breen.

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.

ATHEA DRAMA GROUP: This year’s production is The Lonesome West .We wish to remind everyone that this play is recommended for over 12s due to strong language and adult themes. The play will be staged at Con Colbert Hall, Athea on Feb 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th & 17th.

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.

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, you’ll increase your visibility and be much safer on the roads. You can get a free high viz jacket at the Garda Station and they only cost a couple of euro at any rate. By the way I’m not advocating that you join the yellow jacket movement only that you make yourself much safer during these dark murky days and evenings. If you have a panic button from our committee wear it, either on your wrist or around your neck, it will be of no use if it’s hanging over the bed post and you on the kitchen floor or facing an intruder. If you set it off by mistake, what about it, that’s the service you are paying for and having a nice friendly interaction with the person who answers might make both your days! 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

HEALING MASS: 1ST. Monday of the month in Macroom church. Rosary 7.30pm, Mass 8pm. Celebrant Fr. John Keane CC.

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.