PROLOGUE : "Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself."
C. JoyBell C.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Teresa Keane, Kilmanihan whose funeral took place during the week. . Sincere sympathy also to Nancy and the Condon family on the death of Paddy. May they rest in peace.

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.

FUNDRAISER FOR ST. ITA’S SHELTERED HOUSING AND DAY CARE CENTRE: The Lost Souls will perform in the Winners Circle on Saturday night from 9pm and a raffle will take place to help raise some funds. Everyone has been talking about the difficulties at the Centre recently so this will give people a chance to help out.

COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee Morning in aid of Chernobyl Children’s fund in Jack Foley’s, Abbeyfeale, on Friday, April 26. Proceedings commence at 10.30am and finish at 2pm. All support greatly appreciated.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS: Devotions Sunday, April 28 in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale starting with Confessions at 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: St Ita’s Day Care Centre will host an afternoon on Saturday, April 27 to unveil a plaque to the late Canon Neville whose brain child the centre was. Proceedings will get under way from 2.30pm and following the short ceremony there will be a cup of tea for everyone in the Centre.

HARNETT REUNION: They’re coming from the four corners for the second reunion of the Harnett clan July 11-14. Orange Day is even cancelled as there will be so many Harnetts travelling from the north. Carina Prendeville is currently working on our 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.

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.

FR. CASEY’S CARDS: First and second prizes divided between four teams with 13 games; Mossie Gleeson, Tom Lenihan, Patsy Healy. Sheila Breen, Paddy Sullivan, Dan Reidy. Dan Scanlon, John Quirke, James Harnett. Noel Murphy, Eddie O’Connor, Connie CollinsTable prize; Maureen Fitzgerald, Kathleen McCarthy, Fenton Quirke. Door prize; Teddy Sullivan. Raffle; Maura Scannell, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Tom Lenihan, Teddy Sullivan, Sean O’Connor.

CONGRATULATIONS: Scoil Rince Ínse Bhán were recently crowned Under 30’s World Champions. Vincent and Noreen Sheehy’s son Ian is one of the group members.

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.

SINGING CLUB: Deidre Scanlon will be the special guest at the May session of West Limerick Singing Club which takes place during Fleadh by the Feale in the Ramble Inn. Singers, storytellers and listeners welcome from 9pm.

ICA: Kathleen Leahy a member of Mainistir na Feile ICA was the National winner of the ICA Creative Writing Competition 2019. 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.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY: Madeline O’Connor in association with the Wednesday club is holding a tea day on behalf of above society on Wednesday May 1st at St.Ita’s hall Main St. Abeyfeale. from 10. 30 -1. 30pm.We will have a raffle on the day for some lovely prizes. Come in and enjoy a cuppa with some of our dainty treats. All money raised is used to support people in the area with dementia. Your support would be much appreciated.

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 someone comes to your house and you feel uncomfortable around them press the panic button – the fact that someone starts asking are you all right should help to move them on. 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 people are unaware that your house is unoccupied. Invest in a light timer switch too. If anyone approaches you in town on the street or in one of the car parks with boxes of knives for sale do not engage. Batt has knives enough for everyone. 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 nip 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.

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. Ticket €25 Junior €12.50 (must be accompanied by an adult). 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; 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. Tickets for the celebrity concert available in the Health Food store and Murphy’s Tiles and on the door on the night.

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.

INVITATION FROM P.P: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated Contact Fr Tony.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOP. Free workshop in Kilcornan Community Hall, Monday, April 29, from 8pm-9.30pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please contact Elaine at edillon or call 069 66296, at West Limerick Resources CLG. Gifts for all attendees on the night!

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.

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.

MEDJUGORJE CONFERENCE AND DAY OF PRAYER with Sr. Briege McKenna Saturday, August 31in Neptune Stadium, Cork. Tickets €20.00 available on . Enter discount code EARLYBIRD for discount price of €15.00 available until May 31. All tickets purchased included in entry for free pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Cork or Dublin. Booking fees apply. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.

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: Wednesday 10am Mary and John Sheehy. Saturday 6.30pm Bridie and Joe Fitzgerald and deceased family members. Jim and Nora Harnett, The Hill. Julie and Chris Fealey Convent Rd. Sunday 9.15am Denis and Ellen Collins and deceased family members Purt. Patrick and Tom Mc Carthy, Caherhayes. Sean and Sheila Finnerty and deceased family members, The Hill. 12noon Sean O’Mahony, Caherhayes. Paddy O’Loughlin, Dromtrasna.

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.

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.