PROLOGUE: "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck."
Dalai Lama.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Trish Kavanagh and John O’Brien who celebrated the sacrament of Marriage here in Abbeyfeale last Saturday. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

HOLY WELL: Rosary every Friday evening May. The annual Walk to the Well will take place on Sunday, May 26.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Next Saturday, the children of second class will receive Holy Communion for the first time. It is an important day in the lives of these children and for their parents and families. The Mass will begin at 11.00am and we ask all who are attending the Mass to take their place in the church by 10.45am. The church yard will be closed the evening before to facilitate parking on Saturday morning.

MAY DEVOTIONS: The month of May has traditionally been known as the month of The Blessed Virgin Mary. We are invited to honour her by reciting the Rosary daily. On Wednesday May 29 we will have a special service honouring our Blessed Mother which will include the crowning of Mary in Duagh Church.

COMMEMORATION: A commemorative Event involving the unveiling of a Heritage Plaque to Richard J Hayes, will take place in The Square, Abbeyfeale, on Saturday,May 18 @ 2:30pm Sharp. The event is being organised by Abbeyfeale Community Council.
Richard J Hayes was born where Bank of Ireland Abbeyfeale stands today. He went on to become a Director of The National Library in Dublin but unbeknownst to everyone at the time including his own family he also worked undercover as Captain Grey for the Irish Secret Service during WWII. He was responsible for the cracking of several German Nazi Codes during the War and is being credited by Governments on both sides of the Atlantic of being heavily involved in altering the course of World History and bringing WWII to an earlier conclusion than what would otherwise have been. His exploits as a “James Bond” type character during WWII only came to light following a documentary by RTE Radio 1 in Oct 2017 and the publishing of a book entitled “Code Breaker” by Marc McMenamin.

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.

GLORACH BINGO: Every Monday night at 8.30pm.

TABLE QUIZ: A table quiz in aid of Dementia Ireland will take place at the Winners Circle Bar on Friday, May 17 with quiz master Paddy Quille.

BOOK FLUID FORMS – LIAM FLYNN: We are going online with a crowd funding campaign to fund the publication of a full colour limited edition hard back book featuring the artwork of wood turner and artist Liam Flynn. This 118 page coffee table style book will feature over 85 images of Liam’s work. Essays by Roger Bennet and Yvonne McEnery. You can pre-order the book on our Fund:it site at €40 per copy. @ Besides the opportunity to purchase the book – please see the donor rewards for supporting the publication. Additional information at: Thank you for your support.

YOGA CLASSES: Yoga classes every Wednesday evening from 7 – 8.30pm. Yoga is a great activity; it gives you strength, flexibility and mind-body awareness. Contact Mike 087 2732591.

WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: The next meeting of West Limerick Mental Health Assoiation will be held in NCW on Wednesday, May 14 at 8pm in Maple Lodge, NCW,

THANK YOU FROM O’BRIEN TRUST FUND: The committee have been in touch to say :"On behalf of the O’Brien Trust Fund we would like to sincerely thank the people of Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas who contributed to the bucket collection last Friday and Saturday in the town."

HARNETT REUNION: A committee meeting has been called for Thursday, May 9 in St. Ita’s Hall at 9pm. New members always welcome. 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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The Gardai have warned of a new scam called Shoulder Surfing where the criminal is watching you enter your details at the ATM.

Cover your pin number anytime you enter it whether in a shop or outside the bank. Do not employ causal labour to do jobs around the house or yard without consulting with family members or neighbours who will put you in touch with reputable people. 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 €72. Please note that this fee has increased by €6 and 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. 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 31 in 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 James Collins, Dromtrasna Harnett Thursday 11am Funeral Mass for Maureen Browne RIP. Friday 10am Bridget O’Connell, New Street and deceased family members. Saturday 11am First Holy Communion. 6.30pm Henry McGill, Ballaugh &Kay & Tom Regan. . Pats, Bridget, Jeremiah & Danjoe Murphy, Banard, Michael, (Mick) Kelliher & Margaret Kelliher, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.15am Denis Barry, Clash Road, James Collins, Dromtrasna Harnett. 12noon Dick Fitzgerald & Mike Fitzgerald, Railway Bar 3rd & 5th Anniv. Jack Scannell, St Ita’s Terrace . Shelia & Timothy Murphy, Knocknagoshel. Easter Dues for the support of the clergy may be handed in during Mass times. Clerks Collection next weekend.

Mass cards are available in the sacristy during Mass times 068/ 51915. An Evening of reflection & prayer for Abbeyfeale Parish will be held at Ardfert Retreat Centre on Tuesday, November 26 from 7.30 – 10.30pm. Contact is Rita Horgan 086 3738626.

SUMMER OUTINGS: Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society’ Spring lectures are finished. The next series of lectures will commence in September, in the meantime the ‘Society’ have organised a series of outings from now until then. The following are the Summer outings; Sunday , May 19: A Half-Day Outing To Castleconnell and its environs. People who are interested should contact the organiser, Mary O’ Sullivan at 087 7008704 for further information. Wednesday May 29: Evening Outing to Mount Ievers/Sixmilebridge area. Those who are interested should contact the organiser, Dr. Paul O’Brien at 087 6641034 for further information.

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. Knockanure Thursday, May 2 at 8pm.

COMHALTAS: The Limerick County Fleadh will take place in Athea on the June Bank holiday weekend.

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

ST PIO Lixnaw; May prayer meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7.30pm.

The witness will be given by Adrian O’Connor from Cloghane, Castlegregory.

ROSARY FOR FAITH AND LIFE: Each day in May 2019, thousands of people from all around Ireland will gather at their local Grottos to recite the Rosary for Faith and Life in Ireland. To see the locations visit

CONCERT IN MOYVANE CHURCH: Aonghus McAnally and guests on Wednesday May 22. It will have stories, laughs, very special music and songs we all know.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES: Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, Tuesday, July 9 –

Thursday July 11 or Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11. Fare €140 including coach, boat and island. To book you seat contact Fitzpatrick’s of Listowel on 087 3966399 (9am to 6pm).

WE’RE GOING VINTAGE IN DROMIN ATHLACCA: Star Kids Creche and the Community Hall will hold a fundraising Vintage Run on Sunday May 26– Registration from 11.00am costing €20.00 – All Types of Vehicles most welcome. Family activities and refreshments to take place in the Community Hall after the run is launched at 12.00.

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.