PROLOGUE: An Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward. after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha."
Robert Braul

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to Sr. Delia, Kieran and Con Curtin on the death of their sister Maureen Airey of Ballingarry. May she rest in peace.

JOHN SPILLANE COMES TO THE GLÓRACH: Preparations well underway for our concert with John Spillane on Friday, August 16. The Cork singer songwriter was brilliant in his concert at the Glórach last summer, and brings an astounding pedigree, having composed over 200 songs and an opera since 1977. Original songs mixed with old Cork favourites and Irish songs many of us learned at school, and a great sense of humour peppered throughout the night are the hallmarks of a good John Spillane gig and is a tantalising prospect for mid-August, especially now that our Hurlers have exited the All-Ireland race. Tickets can be booked for this gig at 0871383940, but move fast as our last two concerts sold out.

SEISIÚN IN ‘GLANTINE: The Comhaltas Séisiún weekly shows of traditional entertainment continue at the Devon Inn on Thursday nights, 8.30pm. It provides an ideal night out for both locals and visitors and all who enjoy traditional music, singing, dancing and story. In the second part of the show members of the audience may join in with the performing group for a tune, step, song or story.

CONCERT IN DUAGH: The Conquerors, Shaun O’Dowd, Ronan Collins, Sandy Kelly, Declan Nerney in concert on Thursday, September 5 in Duagh Sports Complex. Tickets Geraldine 087 2684540.

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.

SEPTEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Looking towards the Autumn, we’ve a packed schedule for September, including local traditional group Fuinneamh playing at the venue on Saturday, September 7. , Limerick singer songwriter Emma Langford will be making her Glórach début on Thursday, September 12 and a new venture for us two days later into the world of bluegrass music with the acclaimed Leroy Troy and his Hillbilly trio coming to town on Saturday 14. All concerts start at 8 pm, keep an eye on our facebook page for updates, and if you have any enquiries or wish to book a ticket, don’t hesitate to call 0871383940,

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.

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

CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE DEFENCE FORCES: Sarsfield Barrack in Limerick will host a tour and information morning on Monday, August 12 for those interested in a career with the Defence Forces. Prebooking essential so contact Finn on 087 7591951.

WELLNESS AND FASHION EVENING: An evening of Wellness and Fashion takes place at the Longcourt Hotel, NCW on Friday August 16 with doors opening at 6.30pm. Further information from Sandra on 087 6718377.

DIPLOMA IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL STUDIES: Closing date for applications for the course running in UL is Friday August 16. Contact Dr. Sancha Power on 061 234297 or email sancha.power

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS: The group are delighted to announce that their next production will be ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Brian Friel. New members are always very welcome. Rehearsals will commence shortly. Further information mercehobson

TRIP: Great Southern Trail August 31 visit to Ardmore, Dungarvan and Youghal is now sold out.

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.

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.

SESSION: The Bruach Na Carraige summer Seisiun is now on, and will run each Tuesday night during 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:

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 days 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.