PROLOGUE: The Garden of Daily Living ; Plant 3 rows of peas – Peace of mind, Peace of Heart, Peace of soul. Plant four rows of squash; Squash gossip, Squash indifference, Squash grumbling ,Squash selfishness. Plant four rows of lettuce; Lettuce be faithful , Lettuce be kind, Lettuce be patient, Lettuce really love one another. Abbeyfeale parish newsletter.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Bridie Collins, Mountmahon whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT: All roads lead to Duagh Sports & Leisure Complex on Thursday, April 4 for The Irish Country Music Concert presented by Mike Gardner of Country Corner – Clare FM. A fantastic line up comprises The Ryan Turner Band, Louise Morrissey, Gerry Guthrie, Cathy Durkin, John Hogan, Michael Collins. Following on from the great success of last years "Showbands concert" this promises to be an event not to be missed. Doors open 7.30pm and Concert starts @8.30pm. Tickets €25 available from 087-2684540 or any committee member. Lots of Spot prizes, full bar facilities as well as Tea/Coffee.

LIAM FLYNN COMMEMORATION AT GLÓRACH: On the evening of Friday, April 5 at 7pm Glórach Community Theatre will be holding an event commemorating the late Liam Flynn, a renowned master of the craft of woodturning who achieved worldwide fame in his field. There will be an exhibition of some of Liam’s work and a short film made of Liam in his workshop in Abbeyfeale in 2011, documenting the process of woodturning. There will also be short presentations from Yvonne McEnery, Joe O’Keeffe and Mary Leahy. We are delighted to be hosting this event, especially as Liam was a great supporter of the Glórach Theatre, and hopefully in celebrating his work we may offer inspiration to budding local artists. Join us on Liam’s second anniversary to recognise his accomplishment in his craft and to celebrate a life well lived.

NOVELTY FUNDRAISER: 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.

MAINISTIR NA FÉILE ICA: AGM takes place on Tuesday, April 2 at 7.15pm in the the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon. Information Officer, Mary Canty is expected to attend and a full attendance of members in anticipated. A very informative talk on the planting, care and growing of vegetables – from the clove of garlic to the humble spud was given by Lorcan Curtin last Tuesday night. It was a very successful and light hearted talk and was enjoyed immensely by all present. We are looking forward to seeing all our members at the AG|M. Níl neart gan cuir le céile!!

ADORATION FOR LENT: Monday to Friday 8am – 9pm. Some vacant spaces on the chart.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The launch takes place on Friday, April 5 at the Ploughman Bar, The Square. Everyone welcome. The Celebrity concert this year is headlined by The Kilfenora Ceili Band who are celebrating 120 years on the road. The fleadh takes place May 2-6, concert Sunday, May 5. Highlights include Oiche Gaelige in Thomas TJ’s Thursday night, May 2 as well as the Art Competition prize giving in the Library. The Street Busking and the Ceili in Fr. Casey’s on Friday as well as the Wrenboys on the Gig Rig will get proceeding off to a rollicking start. Then on Saturday, May 4 there is a full day of Workshops, a youth trad session in Donal and Anns, a Sliabh Luachra session in Leen’s Hotel, more entertainment on the gig rig and spontaneous sessions could spring up anywhere so a pub trail is in order. Sunday, May 5 is another full on day between social dancing in the Square, Storytelling at St. Ita’s Hall, a tribute to the late Dan Murphy whose brainchild the Fleadh by the Feale was and then the highlight of the weekend the Kilfenora Ceili Band in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef. Monday and I’m worn out just writing it; another Ceili this time in the Square, a workshop on Bone playing, more entertainment on the gig rig and then the All Ireland Bone Playing competitions. There won’t be a cow milked for the rest of the week.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: Mary MacArthur in association with the Wednesday Club is holding a Tea Dance in memory of Mary’s late husband Hughie, in Fr Casey’s GAA Hall, Abbeyfeale from 3 – 6pm on Sunday, April 14. All proceeds to Milford Care Centre. Music by Mike Condon. Tickets €5 from 087 6377310. Raffle. All donations gratefully accepted.

CONCERT: A Variety Concert in aid of the Athea Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place in St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Sunday, March 31 at 7pm. Tickets €10. Fr. Tony has tickets for sale.

OPEN DAY: An invitation has been issued by the Board of St Ita’s Sheltered Housing to their Open Day on Saturday April 27. There will be a cup of tea in the Day Care Centre following the unveiling of a plaque in honour of the late Canon Neville whose brainchild the Sheltered Housing was. The evening will conclude with music by Lost Souls at The Winners’ Circle.

CANCELLATION: Frankie Gavin (of De Danann fame) and his band have had to cancel their commitment to play the Glórach on May 3 next.

HARNETT REUNION: Preparations are now in full swing for the reunion in July. Many Harnetts are travelling from overseas, with bookings already secured from New Zealand, the U.S.A., Italy and the U.K. We would love to include all Harnett families in West Limerick/North Kerry in this event. Please contact us on Facebook of by email : harnettreunion2019 for information. All welcome. Abbeyfeale will be decked out in the blue and gold Harnett colours for the festival. There will be genealogy, bus tours, a concert, a gala banquet and a memorial Mass, all at different venues around West Limerick/North Kerry. Please spread the word far and wide. The event is open to everybody, whether Harnett, Hartnett or other. For our previous reunion in 2012 we published a magazine with the family stories and histories, along with photographs and articles of local interest. We would now like items for this year’s magazine. Do you have any photographs or stories that you would like included? It is important that all families are represented. So please, take a look in your attic or the chest under the bed and see if you have an item for publication and use the email address or Facebook to contact the committee. We will need the items in good time for publication and we are willing to photocopy documents and return the originals immediately.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS HUNTING FESTIVAL REPORT: With the Hunting season coming to a close soon the Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to thank everyone for their support over the season and for last month’s Hunting Festival. Hunt clubs from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Westmeath participated in the weeks hunting and provided great entertainment. Furthermore hunt supporters from all over Ireland and beyond enjoyed the weeks sport and socialising at this annual get together. A donation has been made to Kerry Hospice. The Abbeyfeale Harriers would like to give a special thanks to all those that supported the hunt festival including; The clubs that participated, The hunt followers who came from all over Ireland and beyond, The publicans who kindly sponsored the food after each hunt, Sponsors, The Scartaglin Harriers for hosting the hunt meet in Scartaglin, and most importantly to the farmers and landowners in the areas that were hunted and who have always been very supportive. All of your support is greatly appreciated. We would like to wish everybody good health and fortune for the coming year, and we’ll look forward to meeting up at the hunting festival again next year.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS March 22: Winners with 14 games were; Kate Lenihan, Gobnaith Scannell, Maura Scannell. Runners up divided between two teams each with 13 games were; Tom Murphy, Sean Harnett, Dan Dillane. Tom Lenihan, Patsy Healy, Dan Scanlon. Table prize; Ann Cahill, Betty Curtin, Eileen Huxley. Door prize; Dan Reidy. Raffle; Nono Cahill, Kathleen O’Keeffe, Dan Dillane, Seamus Collins, Maureen Fitzgerald, Damien Lawlor, Katie White, Sean Harnett, Billy Riordan, Davy Murphy.

BINGO AT THE GLORÁCH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm.

PRO LIFE TRUST COLLECTION: Many thanks to all who donated and who manned their recent collection . A sum of €617.30 was raised.

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!

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.

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.

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.

UNDERSTANDING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Is a one-day interactive workshop for those working or volunteering with 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.

LEXIO DIVINA: Lexio Divina after Friday’s 10am Mass. Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of scripture is read, and then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God. Everyone welcome.

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

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: Make sure you’re visible on the road while walking, wear a high viz jacket no matter what the hour. Turn on your parking lights while driving; they won’t drain the battery unless, of course, you forget to turn them off like me when parked up. Don’t be isolated, there are two open days every week ( Tuesday and Wednesday) in St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing with morning tea and scones, lunch, afternoon tea, entertainment, bingo, cards and opportunities to socialise and the full package just €15. Contact 068 51850 for further information. Loads of groups who meet during the day including the Active Retirement, a crafters group and the Wednesday Club. Contact Mary O’Connor on 087 9382883 for details. 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 gives 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. If you hit the button by mistake and the monitoring company answer it’s what they are paid for and you do not have to apologise. 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.

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.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME RECRUITING POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: West Limerick Resources CLG have a number of vacancies on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). Participants on the scheme work 19.5hrs/week and receive a top-up payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. To participate on the scheme you must fulfil the following criteria: Be actively farming over 1 hectare of land; Have a valid herd number; Proof of application for the EU Basic Payment Scheme for the current year and be in receipt of Farm Assist, Jobseekers Allowance or other qualifying payments. Spouses, children, brothers and sisters of the herd owner can also join the scheme if they meet relevant criteria. One person allowed per herd number only. For further details contact Tom or Michelle, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 069 61316 or E-mail: rsswlr. Successful eligible candidates will be placed on a panel from which vacancies will be filled.

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 Patrick (Sonny) O’Sullivan, The Hill. Mary B Kelly, Knocknasna. 6.30pm James & Bridget O’Mara, Church Street. Sunday 9.15am Gerard & Bridget O’Donnell, Ballaugh 12noon Bridget Naughton nee Foley. Peg Cunningham nee Riordan late of Ballybehy & Galway.

Stations of the Cross will take place before Mass each Friday 9.45am during Lent. Schools Collections will take place on March 30/31. 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

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Refresh, Renew, Rekindle your marriage relationship on a Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 12th – 14th April 2019 in Cork. 086-8334382- 087-2162436

NATIONAL PIONEER BALL: Saturday, April 6 at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, commences with Mass in the Pallotine Retreat Centre at 6.30pm. Enquiries to 086 0669391or 086 3642619 .

DAY OF MEDITATION/RELAXATION with Eileen Nash pbvm: Give yourself the Gift of a day away from the busyness of everyday life! Get in touch with yourself, with creation and with God. 10.30am — 3.30pm on Sat 30th March 30 . Booking required. Nano Nagle Birthplace outside Mallow. Phone 022 26411

HELPING TO HEAL THE WOUNDED HEART: A talk on Grief & Loss will be hosted by Claire Forde, Bereavement Counsellor, at The Rose Hotel on Friday, March 29 from 7.30pm -10pm. For more contact :0879399818. SKY 588, Virgin Media 815, eircomeFibre 589 or watch online

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE AND SAN GIOVANNI Leaving Dublin September 15 for 6 nights (3 night at each shrine). Contact Michael Clifford (085 1309835) or Marian Pilgrimages (01 8788159).

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.

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.

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.