PROLOGUE: "At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems — the answer for all the problems of the world — comes to a single word. That word is education."
Lyndon B. Johnson

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Catherine Mulcahy, Knockbrack and Cathal Mooney, Raheen who were married in Abbeyfeale on Saturday last. We wish them long years of happiness and health.

SINGING CLUB: The West Limerick Singing Club hold monthly sessions on the first Friday of each month. Next session on Friday, February 5 at 9pm in the Ramble Inn, Church St., Abbeyfeale.

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.

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.

TEA DANCING IN MONAGAE: The monthly tea dance takes place next Sunday, April 7 with dancing from 3-6pm to Micheal Cahill.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2019: 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 in West Limerick 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.

YOGA WITH MONIKA FOR BABIES/TODDLERS: At St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, on Thursday, April 4 & 11 from 11- 12.30pm. Monika’s background is Special Needs and children with additional needs are especially welcome. The benefits of children’s yoga include strength, coordination, flexibility, concentration and a sense of calmness. If you have any queries, please call Mary on 087 9382883. This is an initiative of West Limerick Resources CLG and Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group

CEILI: Tournafulla Development Association are holding a ceili in Halla Tadhg Gaelack Tournafulla on this Friday night April 5. Music by Taylor’s Cross Ceili Band. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

BINGO IN TOUR: We are holding a fund-raising Bingo in Halla Tadhg Gaelach. on Sunday, April 14 at 3pm sharp with €2,100 in prizes. Double book with two sheets costs €15. Single book with one sheet €13. Half books are available at €5. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID COURSE: Child and Infant First Aid takes place in St. Ita’s Hall Abbeyfeale on Wednesday , April 3 from 6 – 8pm., This is a 2 hour course covering -Treating a choking child/ infant- How to recognize Breathing Difficulties-Basic treatment of burns and scalds- Common medical emergencies. Followed by Question and Answer Session. Numbers are limited if you want to secure a place please call Mary on 087 9382883. This is an initiative of West Limerick Resources CLG.

TRAD FUNDRAISER: Laura O’Donoghue will be volunteering in Zambia, Africa with the Suas volunteer program this summer. Laura from Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale says “I will spend 2 months volunteering as a teaching assistant in some the most disadvantaged schools in the world. The majority of the children attending these schools are living in extreme poverty and education is really their only escape from the poverty cycle that profoundly exists in their community. I will be holding a Trad Music fundraiser in Halla Inse Bán in Templeglantine on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm. Tickets €10 will be available at the door. I really appreciate any support and I’d love if you could make it on the night”

. 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.

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.

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.

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.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS: Winners with 13 games were; Bridie Collins, Mossie Gleeson, Tommy Nelligan. Runners up divided between two teams each with 12 games were; Kate Lenihan, Gobnaith Scannell, Maura Scannell. Table prize; Margaret McAuliffe, Laurence McAuliffe, Pat Collins. Door prize; Gobnaith Scannell. Raffle; Maureen Fitzgerald x 2, Connie Collins, Eamon Scannell, Tom Murphy.

UPCOMING FIXTURES: Senior County Football Championship Round 2. Fr. Caseys Vs Adare, Friday April 5 in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 8pm.. Senior County Football Championship Round 1 : Fr. Caseys 2-17 St. Senans 1-09.

Last Friday evening Fr. Caseys travelled to Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale to take on St. Senan’s in round one of the county football championship. With a new management team and some new faces, Fr. Caseys were keen to hit the ground running and that’s exactly what they did in the opening quarter. After 15 minutes they had raced into a deserved 0-06 to 0-02 lead. David Ward and Darren Keane were commanding midfield and this gave us the perfect springboard for our lively forward line to run at St. Senan’s at will. In defence the main threat from Ian Ryan was being well marshalled by our youthful full back line of Adam Riordan, Ronan Sweeney and Tommy O’Keefe. The attacking runs from half backs Keith Harnett, Daniel Daly and John Riordan added further threat and Fr. Caseys were soon 0-10 to 0-03 in front. This lead was thanks to the accuracy of Jamie O’Connor from placed balls, a well taken point from championship debutant Rory O’Brien and a lovely long-range point from captain Daniel Daly. On 25 minutes Fr. Caseys put clear daylight between the teams when Billy Quirke burst through the defence and rifled the ball to the net. There was time for both teams to exchange points before the break, Jamie O’Connor on target again to increase his tally for the night. The half time score was Fr. Caseys 1-11, St. Senan’s 0-04.

After a perfect opening half and a 10-point lead, the half time team talk was surely to ask for more of the same. Outscoring their opponents by four points to two in the third quarter, Fr. Caseys now had a 12-point lead with 15 minutes on the clock. It was now time to ring the changes and with Fiachra Cotter and Cormac Roche joining the fray the team could only be strengthened. Cormac made an instinct impact with 1-01 from play in a 5-minute spell to put the contest to bed. With a 16-point lead entering the final 10 minutes, the only complaint on a near perfect performance from Fr. Caseys was that they may have eased off too early and it allowed St. Senan’s reduce the margin to 11 points before the final whistle. The full-time score was Fr. Caseys 2-17, St. Senans 1-09

Fr. Caseys will be delighted with such a commanding victory. While St. Senan’s were under strength on the night, the Abbeyfeale men moved with speed, showed great composure in front of goal and the work rate all over the field could not be faulted. Next Friday however will be a completely different test when they take on reigning county champions Adare who themselves recorded victory in round one with 5 points to spare over Monaleen. This encounter will tell the ultimate tale of the capabilities of this youthful Fr. Caseys team but a repeat of the energy shown in round one and we should be in for a very competitive tie. That game takes place on Friday night in Mick Neville Park, once more with an 8pm throw in. Your support as always would be greatly

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. Fr Shoji Vargihese 089/4431922 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 Éadaoim Carey. 6.30pm Phyllis Cotter. Michael Wall and deceased family members. Sean Enright, Purt. Timmy & Ita O’Donoghue, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.15am Hannah & John O’Donoghue, Knocknasna.

12noon Patrick Collins, Glenashrone Daniel J Murphy Main St & Killarney Road Paddy Woulfe, Kilconlea Lower. Dan Cronin, Kilmanihan. Monday, April 8 @ 7pm Bridie & Tom O’Connell late of London. Liam Flynn, Convent St. 2nd Anniversary.

Stations of the Cross will take place before Mass each Friday 9.45am during Lent.

This year the Chrism Mass will be celebrated in St John’s Cathedral, Limerick on Wednesday, April 17. The Mass will begin at 7.30pm. The Chrism Mass is the great annual gathering of the Diocese – lay faithful, religious, priests and Bishop, all gathered in the one Eucharist. Everyone renews their baptismal promises and the priests renew the promises made at Ordination.

ANAM CARA KERRY, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:20pm in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Refresh, Renew, Rekindle your marriage relationship on a Marriage Enrichment Weekend April 12-14 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 .

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).

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.