PROLOGUE: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Abraham Lincoln

DEATHS: We offer our Sympathy to the family of Richard O’Brien , Clash Road whose funeral took place on Wednesday and to the family of John O’Brien , 24 Paric Luachra whose funeral took place on Monday last. May they rest in peace.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: Celebrity concert this year by The Kilfenora Ceili Band. Takes place May 2-6, concert Sunday, May 5. Great interest this year in the Bones playing competition so all you aspiring world champions out there – get practicing.

HEAR THE AMAZING TRUE STORY OF ABBEYFEALE MAN: Marc McMeniman M.A., Author, Teacher, and Documentary Maker will be the speaker at the next meeting of Rathkeale and District Historical Society on Friday, February 22 at 8.30pm. He will speak on the incredible true story of Nazi Codebreaker Richard Hayes. The meeting takes place in the Community Arts Centre, New Line in Rathkeale and there you will hear the true story of Richard Hayes, the Librarian from Abbeyfeale who worked in Dublin and how he helped turn the tide of World War 11. . Admission Free.

THE CHASTITUTE: If you missed the Abbeyside Players production of the Chastitute they will be in in Tournafulla Community Centre Saturday, February 23. Seats to be booked in Tournafulla on 087 6496463.

EVENINGS OF REFLECTION: This year during Lent the Unit of Parishes (Abbeyfeale, Athea, Tournafulla/Mountcollins, Templeglantine) have organised two evenings of reflection to be held in Templeglantine on Thursday, March 7 and Thursday, March 14. We are privileged to have a woman who has made a remarkable journey in terms of Geography and Faith. She started life in South Africa as a Reformed Presbyterian “with a Baptist mother” and lead by the providence of God, human curiosity and a deep desire to be faithful, she came to work and live in Ireland, and then, followed three of her family into the Catholic Church.

Dr Jessie Rogers lectures in Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB CONCERT: Saturday, March 9 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm. Ella Marie O’Dywer, Nora Butler, Philip Enright, Daisy Kearney and many more.

HEALTH CARE: “Communicare Healthcare are looking for Healthcare Assistants in the Abbeyfeale area . Flexible working hours with excellent rates of pay. Contact Communicare today on 094 9259100, email maria.dixon or check out our website”


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT GLÓRACH: On Friday, March 8 we will be celebrating International Women’s Day at the Glórach Theatre with a concert from the group Cúisle, that comprises Susan Browne, Dan Sheahan, Catherine Horgan and Kevin McCarthy. A themed night, entitled ‘Iconic Songs, Iconic Women’, it will be a fantastic acoustic celebration of International Women’s Day with a wide ranging set of all time favourites such as Cyndi Lauper, Mary Black, The Cranberries, Barbra Streisand to name but a few. Tickets are going fast and can be booked at 0871383940.

INFORMATION ON BEREAVEMENT: Milford Care Centre & Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents will be holding a bereavement Information evening on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick.

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.

MARRIAGE OF CONNIVANCE: Abbeyfeale Drama Group finishes it’s very successful run in Fr. Casey’s with ‘Marriage of Connivance’ Thursday 21, Saturday 23 and Sunday, February 24. Doors open 7.15pm, Show 8pm sharp.

MAINISTIR NA FÉILE ICA: The club held their first, very well attended, guild meeting of the New Year in the Adult Education, Centre, Mountmahon on Tuesday, February 5 last. The next meeting with guest speaker, Sgt. Bernadette Leetch , Crime Prevention Officer will take place on Tuesday, February 26 at 8pm. It should prove to be a very useful and informative meeting and therefore Mainstir Na Féile ICA are issuing an open invitation to all those who would like to attend on the night. Fáilte roimh gach éinne.

DAY CARE CENTRE: The McCarthy Cup came to visit the residents of the Sheltered Housing last Monday and there was great excitement when Kevin and Ann Hennessy brought their 4 month old grandson to sit into the cup. Lunch is served at the centre 5 days a week and after partaking of a fine four course lunch I cannot speak highly enough of the quality, quantity and value for money.

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

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Preparations are underway for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade. To help with the costs of running the parade a church gate collection will be held before all Masses next weekend February 23/24. Your support would be greatly appreciated. A meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall next Monday,February 25 at 7pm to discuss details of the parade. Everyone 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.

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.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019: West Limerick Resources will host a ‘Free Home DIY & Basic Car Maintenance Demonstration’ on Thursday, March 7, at 7.30pm, in Feohanagh/Castlemahon Community Hall to celebrate International Women’s Day. On this evening we will bring women together, in a fun and interactive environment, giving them the chance to broaden their knowledge and feel confident when it comes to Home DIY & Car Maintenance. Free Raffle & Refreshments on the night. Booking essential by calling/texting Damien on 087 9042477 or Brenda on 087 7669952 or emailing damien.ahern or bheath

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Sgt. Bernadette Leetch , Crime Prevention Officer will give a talk to the ICA on Tuesday, February 26 in the old Tech at 8pm and they have issued an open invitation to everyone to come along – men and women. I have heard of two instances recently of people forgetting that they are wearing the panic button when they receive a shock as in a fall or in another case where their partner had a heart attack. It might be an idea to press the button once a week and speak to the operator and get you into the habit of using the device. You are paying for the service so use it. We often hear that the Gardai are not visible around the area but after running out of fuel at the side of the road below Cratloe Creamery late the other night I was only parked up ten minutes when a squad car arrived on routine patrol. The phone no. for Abbeyfeale Station is 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. Keep an eye on our FB page which is updated daily with all the latest on scams, money making rackets and fast ones. 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.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS:Winners with 15 games; Marty Murphy, Johnny Stack, Curly Harnett. Runner-up divided between three teams each with 13 games were; Patsy Healy, Tom Lenihan, Dan Dillane. Christine O’Donoghue, Eileen Finnegan, Gerard Murphy. Connie Collins, Eddie O’Connor, Patsy Kelly. Door prize was; Patsy Healy. Table prize was; Liam O’Connor, Beth Collins, Jamsie McEnery. Raffle winners were; Beth Collins, Laurence McAuliffe, Johnny Stack, Dan Reidy, Teddy Sullivan.

CONGRATULATIONS: Delighted to see that Scoil Ide agus Iosef are in the regional final of this year’ Junk Kouture competition. Log on to the site and vote for them and let’s try and bring the honours back to Abbeyfeale.

POST STROKE SERVICE: Ard Chúram Day Care Centre, Listowel is operating a Post Stroke Day Service with Physio and Nursing supports on Monday’s. This is a 8 to 12 week course which includes physiotherapy programme, nursing support, physical and mental stimulation programme. Morning tea and mid day meal provided. Cost €10.00. information Tel.Louise Harnett (Nurse Co-Ordinator) on 068 22986.

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.

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: Saturday 11am Maurice Regan, Meenkilly. 6.30pm Jimmy McCarthy . Peg Doody. St Ita’s Housing Month Mind. Sunday 9.15am Robert Browne,Church Street. 12noon Mrs Mary Foley, St Ita’s Road.

Eucharistic Adoration: Parishioners who are interested in spending some time in prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament are invited to fill out one of the Invitation cards and drop it into the box at the front of the altar.

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm.

PILGRIMAGE: Medjugorje from July 25- details 069 60375.

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

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.

NOVELTY FUNDRAISER: Duagh’s Unique Generation! On Friday April 5 next, Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex Committee will hold a novelty fund raising event. This will entail the showing of the popular film Despicable Me 3 in the sports hall – but with a twist!

The power to operate the film projector will not be taken from the national grid. Instead the power will be generated by local cyclists working,and pedalling- in teams of eight and hoping to supply between 80 to 100 watts of power. These cyclists don’t come cheaply!They need the sponsorship of the community – be on the lookout for sponsorship cards –and all money generated will go towards putting the finishing touches to the Complex.Duagh can now boast of two iconic buildings –St.Brigid’s Church –built shortly after the Great Famine with the pennies of our forebears – and the Sports and Leisure Complex costing over one million euro- thanks in no small measure to the generosity of the people of Duagh and surrounding parishes – and built during the greatest economic collapse to hit the western world in living memory.It is debt free and is there for the enjoyment of everybody in the community.Doors open @ 6.30pm with Film starts rolling @7.30pm. Shop providing Popcorn and refreshments also available.A fun filled evening of entertainment for young and old alike. Come along and enjoy this unique event.

‘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.

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