PROLOGUE: "Tip your server. Return your shopping cart. Pick up a piece of trash. Hold the door for the person behind you. Let someone into your lane. Small acts can have a ripple effect. That’s how we change the world."


Owing to the withdrawal of funding by the DEASP, the Board of Management have regretfully decided to close the Day Care Centre temporarily. The Board are conducting a comprehensive review and restructuring of the organisation.

BOOK: A book is being produced called Fluid Forms; Liam Flynn and will be published in November. will launch a campaign on April 29 to help with its production and there will be four pieces of Liam’s work for sale on the website. This will give people an opportunity to pre order a copy of the book and should they wish, to acquire a piece of his work.

ADORATION FOR LENT: Monday to Friday 8am – 9pm.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Confessions after all ceremonies during Holy Week and on Holy Saturday from 11-12 noon. Mass of the Last Supper Thursday, April 18 at 8pm. There will be no morning Mass on Holy Thursday. Good Friday Ceremonies at 3pm and Stations of the Cross at 8pm. Blessing of Baskets 12 noon Holy Saturday. Vigil Mass 9pm Holy Saturday 9pm. Easter Sunday Masses 9.15am and 12 noon. Trocaire Boxes can be handed in to the Sacristy over the next weeks; please do not leave them unattended.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS: Novena begins on Good Friday. Devotions Sunday, April 28 in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale starting with Confessions at 2.30pm.

TEAM LIMERICK CLEAN UP: Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns will be talking part in the Team Limerick Clean Up on Good Friday April 19 from 11- 1pm. We will be meeting in the Square at 10.45am and we are looking for volunteers, all help would be greatly appreciated. The Knockbrack Road CleanUp also takes place on Good Friday from 1-2.30pm.

TRAD FUNDRAISER: Laura O’Donoghue will be volunteering in Zambia, Africa with the Suas volunteer program this summer. She has organised a Traditional Music Concert to be held in Halla Inse Bán in Templeglantine on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm. Performers on the night include; The Ballaugh Wren Boys, Fuinneamh, Templeglantine Céilí Band, Seamus O’Rourke Dancers, and many more. Tickets are €10 for adults and €5 for children and they will be available on the door. A raffle will also be held 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.

FUNDRAISER FOR THE HOSPICE: Organiser Mary McArthur reports; “What an afternoon we had in Fr. Casey’s yesterday. I’m totally blown away with the support. Hughie would have been very proud. The event raised €1,136.20. Thank you to Mike Condon for the wonderful music, to Emma & Marie Flynn & Shauna O’Donoghue for their stories and music during the interval. Thanks also to Nicola, Madeline, Peggy, Alice,Marie & Eileen for their help with teas, door and raffle & Noel Murphy & bar staff. Thanks to the following for donations of spot prizes. Abbeyfeale Farmers Market,Abbeyfeale Community Alert, Ann Lyons, Benny Thade Mc Carthy,Claire Moloney, Helen O’Donnell, Mary Morrisey, Madeline O’Connor,Marian & Margaret Harnett,Sue Lyons, Steve Smith The Ploughman’s Bar, Sean O’Donoghue, Tea & Tales and Ward Waste products. Thanks too to Murphy’s Bakery, Super Valu & Tesco and some of those already named above donations of cakes, tarts, buns etc. Thanks to those who sold tickets for me, and all who came along to make the event the success it was. Lastly and no means least a huge thank you to those who couldn’t come and sent monetary donations.”

FLEADH BY THE FEALE 2019: Abbeyfeale is gearing up for one of the biggest weekends of the year with people travelling from all over Ireland and further afield to attend and some to participate in Fleadh by the Feale over the May Bank Holiday . The Celebrity concert this year is headlined by The Kilfenora Ceili Band who are celebrating 120 years on the road and who recently launched a new album. Some of the many 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 with Donie Nolan in Fr. Casey’s on Friday as well as the Wrenboys on the Gig Rig will get proceeding off to a rollicking start. There will also be the monthly Singing Session in The Ramble Inn from 9.30pm on Friday night. 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 with the Templeglantine Comhaltas Group and Scully’s Music School, Newmarket and of course, need I say, spontaneous sessions could spring up anywhere so a pub trail is in order. Sunday, May 5 is another full on day between social dancing/ceili dancing in the Square from 2pm (indoor venue on standby if it rains), Storytelling at St. Ita’s Hall at 3pm, Tournafulla Comhaltas on the gig rig, 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 in the Square (indoor venue on standby if it rains), 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.

ICA: Mainistir na Feile ICA held their A.G.M. on Tuesday, April 2 last. All members were in attendance and all out going officers were re-elected for the coming year. Information Officer Mary Canty was fulsome in her praise of the work carried out during the past year. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30 in the Adult Education Centre at the earlier time of 7pm. Events, activities and speakers for the coming year will be fully discussed. Fáilte romhaidh go léir.

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. The Sagart pilgrimage will take place from September 19 for 5 nights. Fr. Tony has the details.

GLÓRACH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Glórach Theatre is a registered charity, and is staffed totally by volunteers. In over fifteen years of existence we have had many highs and lows but one constant has been the dedication of volunteers in keeping the theatre running. At this moment in time, it would be fair to say that the Theatre is in a healthy position in terms of events and activities, but with the number of volunteers we have at present that situation is certainly not sustainable into the future. We are extending a call out to people who may wish to get involved, be it as a director at board level, helping out in catering, event management, drama and various other posts. Even if you can only offer a short amount of time each month, it would be much appreciated. The Glórach is a beautiful theatre and has given many a rewarding experience to volunteers in the past and hopefully will do so well into the future. For those who may be interested in getting involved, feel free to call us at 0871383940, to message us on facebook or to call to the building on an occasion we are holding an event, we look forward to welcoming ye into the fold.

HARNETT REUNION: Preparations are now in full swing for the reunion in July. Carina Prendeville is currently working on our second magazine and is looking for family pictures, stories, histories. You can contact her on harnettreunion2019 We have a full programme organised for our visitors but it is also open to anyone to join us. We will have booking details shortly. 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 and we are looking forward to a great weekend July 11-14.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS: Winners with 14 games were; Mickie O’Connor, Willie McAuliffe, Mike Leahy. Runners up divided between two teams each with 13 games were; Tom Murphy, Sean Harnett, Eileen Huxley. Table prize; Maura Scannell, Sean O’Connor, Teddy Sullivan.Door prize; Tommy Nelligan. Raffle; Sheila Breen, Gerard Murphy, Jeffery Fitzgerald, Eddie O’Connor, Mossie Gleeson.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: There will be an afternoon tea dance in Fr. Casey’s on Sunday, May 19 with dancing to Mike Condon. All funds will go to Laura O’Donoghue’s volunteering trip to Zambia with Suas.

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.

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

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: The annual church gate collection takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend with funds collected going towards the summer outing and Christmas lunch. If you have a smart phone, download the Cairde App from Muintir Na Tire which gives alerts and information. If you are away on holidays do not post pictures on FB until you return so that no one is aware that your house is unoccupied. I heard a story this week about an elderly lady out for a walk in town who asked a group of young lads to move in order that she could walk on the pavement and who was shouted at and verbally abused and who now feels that she cannot go out for a walk on the main street. If that ever happens to you or to anyone belonging to you please ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and report it – if the Gardai don’t know these things happen then they cannot cut it in the bud. 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 West Limerick Resources on 069 62222 who provide a locally based service. 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: Easter Sunday 9.15 am Will Joe, Mary and Billy Collins, The Hill. Micheal O’Hanlon. Kathleen Gleeson, Kilconlea Lwr. 12 noon Richard Tobin, Convent St. 10th Anniversary. Dick O’Mahony, New Street. Joan O’Keeffe, Graigue. Patrick Reidy, Meenkilly. Gerry Collins, Clash Road. Easter Monday 7pm Bridie Collins, Mountmahon Month’s Mind.

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.

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

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

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Meet every First Friday in Philip Enrights The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm.

GOOD FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN – will take place on Good Friday in the Community Centre, Tarbert at 10.30am. All proceeds will go to the Kerry Hospice and Palliative Care Unit in Tralee. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Alternative: Good Friday: Meditation on the Passion of Our Lord: The Knights Walk at 4pm. Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Crawford.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND led by Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch. September 24—October 2. For further details contact Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch on 087 220 0114.