PROLOGUE: "Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character."
Aaron Sorkin

DEATH: Sincere sympathies to the families of the late Nora Quirke, Ballaugh, Hugh Collins, Dromtrasna Collins, Joe O’Connor, Caherhayes and Patrick (Foxy Patsy) Harnett, Dromtrasna Harnett. May they rest in peace.

MASS: The first anniversary Mass for the late Canon James Neville will be celebrated on Monday, July 29 at 7pm. All parishioners are welcome.

CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: Athea will hold Saturday evening Mass at 5pm this weekend on account of the match.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ABBEYFEALE TOWN PARK: Last week, the park was presented with an International Green Flag by An Taisce at a special ceremony at Maynooth University. The International Green Flag Award will now see Abbeyfeale Town Park added to a list of Public Parks around the World deemed to be of exceptional standard. A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into bringing the park to this from the original decision to purchase the land over 20 years ago by a small group of people which included the late Dan Murphy and Mary O’Connor RIP. The work of board members and fundraiser extraordinaire Celine McNally alongside John O’Sullivan, Gerardine Mann O’Brien and James Harnett have also contributed to the success of the park. The publication of ‘ Abbeyfeale Park A nature guide’ written by Anneke Vrieling in 2012 has been one of the many highlights of the development of the park along with the funding received from Remembering Zoe for the upgrading of the Children’s Playground. The input of Fas supervisor Jim O’Connor cannot be forgotten and his passion for biodiversity long before it was fashionable was a contributing factor to the winning of this flag. A huge congratulations to all involved.

GLÓRACH: After two very successful concerts recently, we are delighted to announce that we will be holding a number of concerts over the next few months. First up on Friday, August 16 is the legendary Corkonian John Spillane. John played last summer at the Glórach and delivered a memorable set, including songs such as ‘The Dunnes Store Girl’, ‘Johnny don’t go to Ballincollig’ and ‘Dance of the Cherry Trees’, and many other favourites, as well as his customary banter and unique humour. The concert starts at 8 pm and tickets, which are €15, can be booked at 0871383940. Looking towards September, we have a fantastic array of entertainment during Listowel Race Week. Local trad group Fuinneamh are aptly named, given the energetic performances they are renowned for, and they will take to the stage at the Glórach on Saturday, September 7. On Thursday, September 12, acclaimed Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford makes her Glórach debut, a gig not to be missed, she played at Éigse Michael Harnett in 2018 and it was a wonderful night of music. Keep an eye on our facebook page for updates on all the concerts, look forward to seeing ye there.

FIRST FRIDAY REFLECTIONS WITH FR. SHOJI: On the First Friday of each month, Fr Shoji will lead an hour of Praise and Worship in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel beginning at 9.00am. He will lead parishioners in reflecting on the Word of God and will conclude with the Rosary. All parishioners are welcome, especially parents and children.

SEISIUN : Devon Inn on every Thursday night, begins at 8.30pm.

HARNETT MAGAZINE: Some Harnett Reunion magazines are still available at Ann Lyons Shop and from James Harnett, also the final items of Harnett merchandise are available at Heavenly Gifts.

BINGO: Bingo continues every Monday evening at 8.30pm at the Glórach.

PLOUGHING: The 88th National Ploughing Championships will take place in Fenagh in Carlow from September 17-19.

DUAGH MASS: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 25 at 8p.m.

SICAP ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883

DAN PADDY ANDY FESTIVAL: There is no better way to start a Festival than with Humour and Song – and that what will happen on Bank Holiday Friday night, August 2 when these two mighty entertainers, Bryan Murphy and Pat McCarthy, take to the stage in the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Marquee in Lyreacrompane. Bryan, a young man from Causeway has released several recordings recently, including a Christy Hennessy song ‘Denny St’. He is also much sought-after as a very humorous storyteller. He has been part of the sell-out Irish Rambling house Shows in England, Siamsa Tire and Killarney. Pat McCarthy is a well-established ballad singer, a member of the Irish Rambling House Show and Pat won the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition last year with a song penned by Lyreacrompane native, Joe Harrington – ‘The Road John Murphy Made’. After that great start, seven bands will provide music in the marquee for the rest of the Paddy Andy Festival not forgetting the annual, keenly contested, Waltzing Competition on Sunday afternoon. Pat McKenna and Glenshane Country from Derry is the star attraction this year and will be on stage on Sunday night.This year the proceeds of the annual 5K/10K Run/Walk go to the fund for the renovation of the old Glen Schoolhouse as a Heritage House for Lyreacrompane and the Stacks Mountains. While this project is well advanced there is still a lot of fundraising to be done to cover the substantial costs. The Heritage House will be a very positive development in the wider area and the Lyreacrompane Heritage Group is hoping that people will support the Run/Walk in big numbers to help add to the vital funds needed.The other event of note is the very popular Guided Bog Walk with tea and a sandwich in the bog and a chance to cut turf with a slean. This event offers a great chance for children to experience an old-time rural activity. It starts from the Marquee at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday. For info call 087 285 3570 and there is also and the Dan Paddy Andy Festival Facebook page.

TRIP: Great Southern Trail August 31 visit to Ardmore, Dungarvan and Youghal, On Saturday, August 31 a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West at 8a.m. to visit the South Coast.

Our first stop will be for breakfast in the Round Tower Hotel, Ardmore, Co.Waterford ( After a walk along the lovely beach in Ardmore we will continue along the South Coast to beyond Dungarvan from where we will walk the downhill section of the Waterford Greenway which includes a tunnel, viaduct and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

En-route home we will stop in the historic seafaring town of Youghal for a full four course dinner at the Red Store ( .

The cost for coach travel and the meals is €55 which is payable to Pat Condon, Upper Maiden Street, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.(Tel: 06962344 from 5-6pm). As our previous excursions have been oversubscribed we recommend early payment to guarantee your reservation. Beidh fáilte romhat!

BOOK: A second collection of short stories entitled ‘From Head to Tale ‘has been published by Newcastle West man, Pat Mc Loughlin. The book is available at Anne Lyons’s shop and the proceeds will go to Friends of St Ita’s.

CLEAN UP: Reilig Ide Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-8pm. More help is always appreciated as the graveyard is quite large. In order to help with this families are encouraged to maintain their own graves and one near yours if that family is no longer able to. We appreciate any help you can give. The annual Mass in Reilig Ide will take place in August.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: The club meet on the first Friday of each month in Philip Enrights The Ramble Inn, Church Street from 9pm.

REEK SUNDAY: The annual national pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick ‘Reek Sunday’ takes place on Sunday, July 28. Mass will be celebrated on the summit of the mountain on the hour with the first Mass at 8am and the last Mass at 2pm. Confessions will be available on the summit from 7:30am to 2pm.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher Trust is making number of scholarships available to students of the parishes in this area for studies at third level. The students must be of limited means. The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet certain criteria. For information email closing date for applications is August 31.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Don’t post holiday pictures on FB until you come back, turn off your location on your smart phone so no one can check if you are out. If something sounds too good to be true then more than likely it is so be careful out there. Never give banking details, pin numbers etc. to anyone, the bank will not ring looking for them and they are the only ones who should look for them. Take care on the roads and make sure that you are visible to other road users so if walking wear a high viz jacket and after dusk carry a torch and if driving turn on your lights if the wipers are on. Lock the doors of your car when you are inside, do not leave a handbag visible on the seat. When you are at home keep the two doors locked so that if someone calls a second person cannot enter the house through the back door while you are occupied at the front door. 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, Michael 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.

HELPLINE FOR MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: A new helpline has been set up and will operate 36 hours a week on 1800816588.

BRUACH NA CARRAIGE SUMMER CAMP:. The annual summer camp is on from July 15 – 26 from 10 am – 2pm for children between 6 and 15 years where they will be introduced to playing music, singing, ceili dancing, games and fun. Each day from 2.30 to 6pm there will be solo traditional step dancing classes with Sarah and Maurice O Keeffe. Further information from 087 2205566.

SESSION: The Bruach Na Carraige summer Seisiun is now on, and will run each Tuesday night during July and August at 9pm.

SICAP ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

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.

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

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:

AUTUMN PILGRIMAGE: Places on the Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes are filling up quickly. If any parishioners are planning to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes in September they need to book in the coming two weeks. Booking forms are available in the sacristy. The pilgrimage will depart from Shannon Airport on September 19 returning on September 24. For further information contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

LISTOWEL GUIDED WALKS: The Listowel Guided Heritage Walk will take place each Saturday at 11 am during July & August. The walk will depart from Kerry Writers’ Museum/Listowel Tourist Office in the Square. Admission is €5 per person and includes a complimentary tea or coffee at Castle View Café. Children 15 years and under are free.

THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: The Killarney St. Pio Prayer Group are organising a 9 Day Pilgrimage visiting Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Garden of Gethsemane, Dead Sea and Mount Tabor. Departing November 7. Contact Michael Clifford 086 1309835.

SUPPORT WORKER: Mary Danaher, the parish parent support person, works from the parish office building 4 day a week Monday to Thursday. She is always available to help, listen, encourage or support parents. Tel her office on 068/31019 and leave a message if she is not in.

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.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES 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).

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.