"Adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The annual collection for the Pro Life Movement will take place this weekend at all Masses.

CONTAINER GARDENING CLASS: This 6 week course is perfect to learn how to grow your own flowers, vegetables and herbs in containers. Get tips on the right soil, colour combinations and plants for sun and shade. Starting: Monday, March 11 from 1pm – 3pm in the Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale. Call 06831198 for more information.

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.

HARNETT REUNION: A meeting of the clan takes place in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursday at 9pm.

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, Frances Kennedy, Kileedy Comhaltas, Templeglantine Junior Plearacha Group and many more.

MEDLEY OF MUSICALS: Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Transition Year students are presenting their production of a “Medley of Musicals”this week. It will be held in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale on March 6/7 with the show starting at 7.30 pm each night. Tickets €10 from the school or Ann Lyons.

NUTRITION TALK: with Rebecca Steele, on Nutrition for parents of babies, toddlers, and preschool children, to take place in Abbeyfeale Library on Tuesday, March 19, from 11.45am to 12.30pm. Nutrition for baby’s growth and development, developing healthy eating habits from the start. Babies and toddlers are welcome to come along as play activities and snack will be provided. This is an initiative of Abbeyfeale Library and West Limerick Resources CLG. To book a place, please call Mary, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 9382883.

IRISH SPEAKING CLASSES: Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge are starting Adult Irish Speaking classes, commencing on Wednesday, March 6, tosnú 7:30pm at Leens Hotel. The main aim of these classes is to promote and encourage Irish Speaking in the locality from a very basic level to more advanced. We encourage anyone with an interest on brushing up on “na cúpla focal” to attend. The classes will run cost €30 for 6 weeks. Mar a deireann an sean fhocal “Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste”. For more information or to book your place contact Dónal on 068 31661 or email donalbox

FASHION SHOW; Spring /Summer Fashion Show – Community Hall Glin – Wednesday, March 13 – Prosecco & Glin slim (alcoholic free cocktail) with food tastings -.Fashions by;

Brides Boutique Glin, Esthers Boutique Abbeyfeale, Annette’s Adare, Mc Conell, Killaloe, Coco, Listowel, Bella Sola NCW, Caroline Mitchell limerick, menswear by Gatsby Newcastlewest., Caroline Mitchell Limerick, Menswear by Gatsby NCW. Modelling by the Holman Lee agency. Doors open & Reception @ 7pm. Show 8pm. Door prize, spot prizes. Best Dressed Lady. Tickets €15available from school 068 35344 or Maura 087 7539926.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Preparations are continuing for the annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will start from Mountmahon at 4pm and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. We look forward to another big entry of floats and novelties again this year, and already many businesses and clubs have signalled their intention to take part. Participants are asked to assemble at the Industrial Estate from 3pm and they are reminded that they are responsible for their own insurance cover and will be required to sign a waiver to that effect. Prizes will be awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Window and Best Youth Entry. The organizers would also like to thank all those people who contributed so generously to our recent church gate collection. Your support is greatly appreciated.

TRIP TO CONNEMARA: On Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 7a.m. to visit the Connemara Greenway. Our first stop will be for breakfast in the Forge, Moycullen. The Connemara Greenway is planned to run all the way from Galway to Clifden but our visit is to a 6km section which was only opened in 2018 ( It is very scenic and includes wonderful lakeside stretches. Our walk/cycle ends near Ballynahinch Castle which also has its own parkland and walks. In the afternoon we will continue deeper into Connemara to the Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel for tea and scones with time to relax. A full four course dinner at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis will be provided en route home. The cost for coach travel and the three food stops is €60 which is payable to Pat Condon, Upper Maiden Street, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. (Tel: 06962344 from 5-6pm). As our previous excursion was oversubscribed we recommend early payment to guarantee your reservation. Beidh fáilte romhat!

€2000 IN PRIZES: A monster Bingo will take place in Ratheenagh Community Hall on Sunday, March 17 at 3pm. Further details 087 2126136.

LOURDES: Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place this year from June 20 -25. All Assisted (Invalid) Pilgrims applications to be submitted to Lourdes Office before the end of April. Details and cost will be on the notice board at the entrance of the Church.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME FEBRUARY 19; Winners with 12 games were Dixie Quirke, Marian Quirke, Mossie O Donnell. Table Prize: Nicole Lane, Liam Lane, Con Lane. Door Prize: Marian Roche, J.J. Lenihan. Raffle Tickets: Christine O Donoghue, John Quirke(2), Paddy Finucane(2), Mossie Collins. February 26; Winners with 14 games were Noel Murphy, Jack O Sullivan, Dan Reidy. Runners up with 12 games were Noreen O Callaghan, Liam O Connor, James McEnery, Mossie O Donnell, Dixie Quirke, Marian Quirke. Table Prize: Shelia Breen, Pat Collins, Bill Blair. Door Prize: Sean Harnett, James McEnery. Raffle Tickets: Michael Cahill, Breda O Connell, Christine O Donoghue(2), Betty Curtin, J.J. Lenihan, Connie Brouder. The card game continues every Tuesday night, commencing at 9.00pm sharp. Looking forward to seeing all the regular (and new) card players on the night.

CAPPAGH DRAMA GROUP: This year we take to the stage with the hilarious comedy ‘Move Over Mrs Markham’ by Ray Cooney. Set in a posh upstairs flat, this riotous play is full of twists and turns, rather risqué and guaranteed to have you rolling around in the aisles. We’re delighted to be joined by some new cast members this year.
So save the dates…Saturday March, 9 and Sunday, March 10. Doors open at 7pm, play starts 7.30pm sharp. Tickets €10, at the door.

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

FR. CASEY’S CARDS MARCH 1: Winner with 15 games were; Fenton Quirke, Kathleen McCarthy, Maureen Fitzgerald. Runners up with 12 games were; Liam O’Connor, Beth Collins, Jamsie McEnery. Door prize was; Diarmuid Shine. Table prize was; Cyril Morrissey, Marion Morrissey, James Connell. Raffle winners were; John Lyons, Noel Murphy, Dan Brosnan, Gerard Murphy, Eileen Finnegan, Bill Blaire, Sean O’Connor. Upcoming Fixtures; County Football League Division 1. Fr. Caseys Vs Monaleen, Saturday March 9 in Monaleen at 1pm. Recent Results; County Football League Division 3: Fr. Caseys 0-08, Ballylanders 6-15. County Football League Division 1: Fr. Caseys 2-16, Ballysteen 3-12. Fr. Caseys Senior Footballers started their 2019 campaign last Friday night when they took on Ballysteen in the opening round of the County League under lights in Abbeyfeale. In front of a sizeable crowd and the first competitive adult game under the new lights, Fr. Caseys were keen to gain revenge on a Ballysteen team that ended their 2018 championship run last September. Fr. Caseys made the perfect start scoring four points without reply in the opening 10 minutes. Ballysteen replied with a brace to narrow the gap to two points after 15 minutes. Despite the high tempo, scores had been at a premium but then in a 5-minute spell the crowd were treated to 3 goals. It was Fr. Caseys that rattled the net first when Rory O’Brien cut through the Ballysteen defence and off loaded to Sean O’Donnell who made no mistake with a well taken goal. At the other end Ballysteen had the perfect reply with two quick goals, both opportunistic and Fr. Caseys were now behind for the first time in the game. In the last 10 minutes of the half Fr. Caseys lost their way and were outscored 5 points to 1 by Ballysteen to trail 1-05 to 2-07 at the break. A big second half performance was required and that’s exactly what the Abbeyfeale men delivered. The opening quarter of the second half belonged to Fr. Caseys, outscoring their opponents 7 points to 2 to leave the teams level with 15 minutes remaining. Ballysteen weren’t going to lie down however and battled bravely to restore an advantage. When Ballysteen struck for their third goal with 6 minutes left, leaving 4 points between the teams it looked like game, set and match for the visitors. Trailing by three points and heading to injury time, Kieran Foley found sight of goal from 14 yards and took his opportunity to rattle the net and level the scores once more. Deep in injury time Fr. Caseys made one final push forward and when Jamie O’Connor got his chance his lofted a beautiful kick from 40 yards between the posts to steal an unlikely but deserved victory for Fr. Caseys. Next up is an away trip to Monaleen. Hopefully the winning run continues. The final score was Fr. Caseys 2-16, Ballysteen 3-12.

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.

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

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Sgt. Ber Leetch was out with the ICA last Tuesday. This is a flavour of what she said: Keep vegetation around the house low so that callers can be seen from the road. Try and have access to the back of the house restricted, people should call to the front door . Lock the garden shed with a good lock, if you have a bicycle then lock it with a lock that is at least 10% of its value. Photograph Jewellery. Do not hide cash, jewellery, ipads etc in the hot press or the bedroom. Bolt a safe to a solid wall. The greatest sign of occupancy are lights, buy a timer so that they will switch on even if you’re out. If someone calls offering to clean your gutters, paint your chimney, replace ridge tiles on the roof or any number of other jobs tell them that you only deal with RCCN (Housing ) Ltd., the not for profit company based in NCW who provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315. Senior Help Line is a free confidential listening service provided by trained older volunteers on 1800804591and its open daily from 10am – 10pm. ‘So if you’re older and want information or just to hear a friendly voice then give them a call. You can also register with WLR 069 62222 who provide a locally based service. 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. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one. If someone comes to the door that you are not comfortable with you can use the panic button to summons help. 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.

PARENT AND BABY INFORMATION EVENT: West Limerick Resources CLG, in connection with the Newcastle West Library, are hosting a Parenting and Baby Information Event on Thursday, March 7, from 10.30am-12.30pm. This is a Free event and open to all parents, babies and expectant mothers. Join us in the Library to find out about supports available in West Limerick. The morning will include baby massage & yoga demonstrations and advice, kids’ activities and much more. For more information please contact Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 62222.

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.

KERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA from May 10 -17. Led by Fr. Noel Spring. Enquiries to Maureen Harty 066 7131328.

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: Friday No Morning Mass 7pm Anna Mai Lane, Killarney Road Month Mind. Saturday 11am Mick, Patrick, & Margaret Corbett. Margaret & Jack O’Sullivan. 6.30pm Peggy McCarthy, Caherlane. Michael Walsh and his parents Dromtrasna . John & Niamh O’Donoghue. Sunday 9.15am Lisa Doran, Luton. Sean, Margaret & Lukeen Scannell, The Hill. 12noon Mary O’Connor, Knockbrack 1st Anniversary. Richard O’Brien, Clash Road Months Mind. Monday 7pm Eileen O’Brien, Bridge St. Months Mind. Lourdes invalid Collection will take place on March 23/24. Schools Collections will take place on March 30/31. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Having revised the Eucharistic Adoration for Lent it has been decided it will be for 12 hours a day 8am –8pm. Monday to Friday. Lent a season of Grace; Lenten reflections Special Programming Throughout the Lenten Season, reflection on the Gospel reading of each Sunday in Lent from the parish church of Ardagh in Carrickerry, Sundays at 11.30am Monday at 7.30-pm Wednesdays at 10.30am Saturdays at 12.30pm ( 30mins) Available on SKY 588, Virgin Media 815, eircomeFibre 589 or watch online

GLÓRACH: Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm.

KNOCKANURE RAMBLING HOUSE: Community Centre, Thursday, March 7 at 9pm.

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

GROW COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT IN IRELAND. Meet on Wednesday’s at 8pm in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel. This programme is open to all and is free of charge. No introductions needed. Just come along. For more information, contact Jerry, 086 0271990.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE May 28 – June 4 ex Cork. 15 places remaining. €725.00 half board. €200.00 deposit secures place. Staying in locally owned Hotel Leone, 3 mins from St. James Church. Spiritual director Fr. Sean Corkery. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.

UNDERSTANDING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Is a one-day interactive workshop for those working or volunteering with young people. The workshop is designed to provide participants a deeper understanding of the factors that influence youth mental health. Examples will also be provided of the signs of youth mental difficulties influencing safety Participants will also learn about help seeking patterns amongst young people. The programme is designed and run by Jigsaw. The programme runs at Listowel Family Resource Centre on March 21 from 9.30am-4.30pm. Contact 068 23584.

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

‘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.

PARENTS ‘PARENTING WHEN SEPARATED PROGRAMME’: A six week free ‘Parenting When Separated Programme’ starts in Newcastle West, Wednesday, March 27 to May 15, (excluding Easter break) from 10am-12.30pm, in the Family and Community Hub (in Newcastle West Community Centre, opposite Aldi). The programme aims to solve co-parenting problems, help parents to help children cope with the impact of separation, both emotionally and practically, and to enhance communication between the parent and child and the child’s other parent. To find out more, please contact Niamh, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 069 62222.

BACK2NEW COMMUNITY UPCYCLING / RE-DESIGNED FURNITURE: Are you spring cleaning your home or workplace? We are currently looking for sound items of office & home furniture; large shelving units, large desks, under desk storage, storage cabinets, occasional tables, plant pots, garden benches, garden chairs, coat stands. Quirky items are welcome. Our re-designed and re-purposed furniture store is 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. We also provide a re-design service. For further information, please contact Michaela Donegan on 087 2727742.

COLÁISTE ÍDE: Lá Oscailte – Open Day All-Irish Post Primary Boarding School for Girls 9 Márta/March from 1- 4pm.

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.

ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE, TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS are looking for older people who would like to become familiar/better users of their computers, laptops, mobile phones (iPhones & Smart), iPads and tablets. They tutor during their LOG ON LEARN class, on a one to one basis every Tuesday morning from 9am-11am for a period of approx. 6/8wks, commencing this Tuesday excluding Easter holiday weeks. If you are interested and can commit to attending each week please contact the school to get your name down for this very popular course which is Free of Charge, Tel No. 064 6631021