PROLOGUE: "I hope your only rocky road is made with chocolate."
Amanda Mosher

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Anna Mai Lane whose funeral took place Tuesday. Also to the family of Mary Hickey whose funeral took place on Monday. May they rest in peace.

MASS TIME: Mass Times in the Pastoral Area Unit; Abbeyfeale – Saturday 6e.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 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: Thursday 10am Elizabeth, John, Moss O’Connor and Elizabeth O’Sullivan. Saturday 6.30pm Peter Scannell, Clash Road . Sunday 9.15am Mary Mann, Church street . Nell O’Mahony, Collins Park.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Congratulations to Mary Bridget O’Riordan, Purt Yard who celebrated her 100th Birthday on Monday, February 4. We wish her every blessing on her birthday.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THE CHASTITUTE: Enjoy a 4 course dinner at Leen’s Hotel followed by a rip roaring performance of John B Keane"s The Chastitute at Glórach for just €30. This special offer is available on Thursday February 7. To book for both – call the Glórach line 087 1383940. Abbeyside Players with John B. Keane’s The Chastitute are on stage on Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10. It continues its run in Rockchapel on Saturday, February 16 and finishes up in Tournafulla on February 23.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: This year our camp takes place in St Mary’s Boys school from Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1. We will need volunteers – Adults 18 +and also Youths aged 14 – 17 yrs. Host families will also be needed to accommodate our visiting volunteers. Information 087-2788834.

SECOND YEAR YOUTH CLUB: Meet every Friday night from 8 – 9.30pm.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS ANNUAL HUNTING FESTIVAL: Sunday, February 10 – Shanahan’s Bar, Strand, Co. Limerick. Joint Meet; Ballybrown Harriers and Tipperary Foot Harriers. Monday, February 11- Fleming’s Bar, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry. Joint Meet; Rockfield Harriers and Rooves Bridge Harriers. Memorial Meet for John O’Connor and Anthony Cronin. Tuesday, February 12 – Naughtons’ Bar Mountcollins, Co. Limerick Brosna Foxhounds. Wednesday, February 13 – The Goalpost Bar, Tournafulla, Co. Limerick. Carraigshane Harriers. Thursday, February 14 – Walsh’s Bar, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry. Joint Meet; Lismore Harriers and South Tipperary Harriers. Friday, February 15 – DP Lyons Bar, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Joint Meet; Bridgetown Harriers and Minerock Harriers. Memorial Meet for Jackie O’Grady. All meets at 11am. Food kindly sponsored by publicans. Hunting is on foot and the quarry is fox – Cap €10 per meet. Please show respect to landowners and their property at all times. Enquiries: Doug McGuinness (Hon. Sec. Abbeyfeale Harriers) 087 6829044 or Paddy O’Grady 087 6258933.Supported Charity – The Irish Cancer Society.

SET DANCING WEEKEND: West Limerick Set Dancing ceilis; Friday February 8 at Devon Inn with music by Taylors Cross 9 till late. Saturday, February 9 ceili at 9pm with The Striolan Ceili Band. Sunday, February 10 Afternoon Ceili with Johnny Reidy from 2- 5pm. Workshop on Saturday from 10.30 – 12.30pm and 2 – 4.30pm.

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.

MARRIAGE OF CONNIVANCE: Abbeyfeale Drama Group takes the stage in Fr. Casey’s with ‘Marriage of Connivance’ February, Tuesday 12, Thursday14, Saturday16, Sunday 17, Tuesday19, Thursday 21, Saturday 23 and Sunday, February 24. Doors open 7.15pm, Show 8pm sharp.

COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee morning will be held at the Gate way café the Western Inn Feale’s Bridge Abbeyfeale on Thursday, Valentine’s Day February 14 from 11 – 2pm where all the proceeds are going towards the chemotherapy day ward at UHK. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

“THE LONESOME WEST”: Athea Players take to the stage with ‘The Lonesome West’ on Feb 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, and 17. Suitable for over 12’s. Admission €10. Telephone/ text bookings only 087 2743189. Doors open 7.30pm.

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.

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

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.

IS YOUR NAME HARNETT: “We’ve come too far to forget who we are” Plans are starting to take shape for our first international reunion. 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.

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.

MORNING READING: Writers, readers and singers are invited to Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel on Thursday, February 7 from 11 am for an ‘Open Mic’ reading. Admission is free.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS: Winners on January 25 with 13 games; Bridie Collins, Pat Sullivan, John O’Donnell. Runner-up with 12 games were; Mossie Gleeson, Dan Joe Casey, Tommy Nelligan. Door prize winner was; Liam Murphy. Table prize; Liam O’Connor, Beth Collins, Jamsie McEnery. Raffle winners were; Joan Murphy, Mossie Gleeson, Frank Curtin, Margaret McAuliffe, Eamon Scannell. Winners on February 1 with 14 games; Katie Lenihan, Maura Scannell, Gobnaith Scannell. Runner-up with 12 games were; Liam Murphy, Joan Murphy, Jerry O’Connor. Door prize won by; Eamon Scannell. Table prize winners; Pat Collins, Pat Sullivan, John O Donnell.Raffle winners were; JD Foley, Connie Collins, Sean O’Connor, Bridie Collins, Curly Harnett.

AFTERNOON TEA: Castle View Café at Kerry Writers’ Museum is hosting St. Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea on Thursday February 14th from 2 to 4 pm. The event will include a Prosecco reception, a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of pastries accompanied by a selection of teas. Entertainment will feature a piano recital. Tickets are €20 and can be booked by phoning 068 22212 or emailing info.

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm.

PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje from July 25- details 069 60375.

SUPPORT: Anam Cara Kerry the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info before Monday, February 11 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

RAMBLING House on Thursday, February 7 in Knockanure Community Centre. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshment will be served. Contact Ann Flavin at 086-3090948.

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

ST ITA’S FAITH CAMP, This year our camp takes place in St Mary’s Boys school from Monday, July 29 –Thursday, August 1. We will need volunteers -adults 18yrs +and also youths aged 14 –17 yrs. Info: -087-2788834

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.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Monagae 2nd. Monday of the month. Knockalougha, Duagh on the third Tuesday of every month.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: If you ever get stuck in a strange area and have to ring for help give the number which is written on the nearest ESB pole to the telephone operator and they will be able to locate you. Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Use the marker that you got at the Seniors Christmas lunch. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. There was a glut of calls from oversees in the last week, this is a scam and if you answer or call back you will be charged premium rates so only answer calls from numbers you recognise. 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.

‘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.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Christian Spiritual Development Course-The Beatitudes: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday 7pm to 8.30pm. Be Still & Know: Fr. Louis Hughes O.P. Saturday, February 9 10am to 4pm. Life in the Spirit: Moss & Janice Carrig, Tuesdays – starts February 19 from 7.30pm to 9pm. Bookings: Call 0667134276.

DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE: The 28th. Conference takes place on the weekend of February 23 and 24 in Dublin. Email divinemercyconference for further information.