PROLOGUE: There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."
Jose N. Harris

DEATHS: Sincere sympathies are offered to the families of the late Peg Doody, Kilconleas Upper and of the late Nora Mary O’Sullivan whose funerals took place last week. May they 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: Wednesday 10am Freda, Mary Jo and Margaret Fitzsimons and deceased family members. Saturday 11am Aoife Collins, Banard 2nd anniversary. 6.30pm Leah Harnett 10th Anniversary. Betty McCarthy 2nd. Anniversary. Sunday 9.15 Denis McEnery. 12 noon Ita Lewis, Richard (Dick) Murphy, Knocknasna. Micheal O’Connell, Dromtrasna.

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

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.

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.

FAKE NEWS: Glórach’s recent plea for a pair of “winkle pickers” hasn’t gone un-noticed in the corridors of power, A recent tweet from Donal Trump has advised that those individuals seeking asylum and work in the U.S. should consider Ireland as a destination as the country are advertising for “winkle pickers”. Could this be another instance of false news? Surely not!”

CALL FOR LOCAL VOICES INTO A NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING STRATEGY: The Dept. of Community and Rural Development have promised to bring about a National Volunteering Strategy. To this end Limerick Volunteer Centre are calling a Focus Group meeting in Newcastle West, in The Longcourt House Hotel, Thursday, January 24, at 7pm. We are aiming to discuss just 5 of the more important aspects at a number of tables. Local group contributions will be submitted for the composition of the strategy. This very interesting and interactive format will take no more than about 90 minutes. Anybody who is involved in any organisation as either a volunteer or a manager in West Limerick will be able to have their say in what should comprise an effective National Volunteering Strategy. To book a place go to or call 087 738 7481.

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. Membership is open to anyone and include turners of all levels from beginner to professional. Further information John Ryan 087 1260525.”

WE’VE COME TOO FAR TO FORGET WHO WE ARE”: Harnett’s have been in touch from all over the world since the idea of a second reunion was mooted way back in the autumn. They’re booking their seats, packing their bags, checking their passports and planning a trip to West Limerick for a whale of a celebration next July 11-14. There will be genealogy, workshops, local tours, a concert and gala dinner at The Devon Hotel as well as loads of opportunities to discover where their ancestors left from in the dim and distant past. We are going to celebrate our name and the fact that the Harnetts are a major part of the fabric of West Limerick history and society. Please spread the word and invite everyone – inlaws and outlaws included – 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. We’ll shortly be holding the first meeting for this year and want representation from all the different families to attend and help us

WRITING, KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUPS: The writing group is back on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Knitting and crochet begins Tuesday January 29 from 7 – 9pm in St.Ita’s Hall Main St. New members always welcome.

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 February 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17. Booking line 087 2743189.

SOCIAL DANCING AT THE LONGCOURT: The Micheal Collins Band will be the headline act for the first night back of Thursday social dancing in the Longcourt, NCW. Dancing from 9 -11.3pm.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS 18/01/2019: Winners with 12 games; Tom Lenihan, Connie Collins, Eddie O’Connor. Runner-up divided between four teams each with 12 games were; Bridie Collins, Dan Casey, Tommy Nelligan. Liam O’Connor, Jamsie McEnery, Beth Collins. Eamonn Scannell, Sean O’Connor, Bill Blair. Sean Harnett, Dan Dillane, Tom Murphy. Door prize; Mickie O’Connor. Table prize ; Noel Murphy, JD Foley, James Connell.Raffle winners were;Jamsie McEnery, Gobnaith Scannell, Beth Collins, JD Foley, Tom Murphy, Pat Collins.

CLASSES IN THE ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE (OLD TECH): The following are a small sample of the classes on offer in Mountmahon:, Computer Classes for beginners started 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.

SOCIAL FARMING:Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invited people to participate in the day to day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Rosemary, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290.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.

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.

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.

SHANNON ERNE PILGRIM WAY CONSULTATION: West Limerick Resources in partnership with local development companies and local authorities in thirteen counties, working in close collaboration with Waterways Ireland, are currently investigating the feasibility of developing an iconic international ‘Pilgrim Way’ based on the rich early Christian and Viking heritage of the Early Medieval period in Ireland. A consultation session is scheduled to take place in Limerick on Monday, February 4, from 6.30-9.00pm. This session aims to engage with tourism & heritage operators, community heritage activists, transport and activity providers, heritage guides and NGO sectors or anyone who can contribute to developing ideas for how an internationally significant Pilgrim Way might optimally function and operate along the entire Shannon-Erne. For further information or to register contact Suzanne, at West Limerick Resources, at srowley

THOMOND SOCIETY: The first lecture organised by the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society for the new year will be held in Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road,Limerick on 28 January 2019, in room T .1. 17 Tara Building Revival in Ireland’ at 8 pm. The lecture will be about ‘AWN Pugin and the Gothic Revival in Ireland’.

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 vest 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 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.

DESIGNER MINDS will be running a Primary Science, Design and Technology after-school club in Listowel. One hour of fun, hands-on, educational activities each week, for girls and boys who love to design, build and experiment. Starts week of January 21. Visit or call 087631 0411

RAPUNZEL: The Panto, The Community Centre Rathmore. Night shows at 7.30pm.
Saturday 26th & Wednesday 30th January 26, 30, 31. .. Matinees at 3pm. Sunday, January 27 and Sunday, February 3.Further Details & phone booking 0851351810. All proceeds to Kerry Patents & Friends Association.

OVERSEAS VOLUNTEERING TRAINING COURSE – Open To All! – This enjoyable course, run over 4 weekends from February to May, is for anybody who is interested in overseas or home volunteering at some stage or who just wants to learn more about global injustice issues and how we fit in. Training covers Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. and begins on 9-10 February 2019 in Dublin. Contact Viatores Christi 01-8689986 or email apply for more info

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.

PROGRESSIVE PATHWAYS FAIR 2019 Have you a disability, illness or additional support needs. Would you like information about Employment, Education, Training and Support options available to you. Come along to the free Event – Progressive Pathways Fair, Rose Hotel Tralee, Wednesday January 30th 12 -6pm.Free transport to the event available – check out routes, pick-up points and booking information on

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: Catholic Schools Week beginning on Sunday, January 27.