PROLOGUE: Confidence isn’t thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s realizing that you have no reason to compare yourself to anyone else."
Maryam Hasnaa.

DEATHS: Sincere sympathies to the families of the late Betty Nash, Knocknasna and the late Patrick Broderick, Dromtrasna Collins on their recent deaths. May they rest in peace.

FUNDRAISER FOR CANCER: An American style Tea Party Fundraiser for the Cancer Breast and Chemotherapy units in University Hospital Limerick is being held on Friday, September 20 in Fr Casey’s GAA Club, Abbeyfeale. 4 course meal & dancing to Paddy Quilligan. Tickets €25. Further details from Mary on 0876377310.

ARA NA FEILE: Abbeyfeale Active Retired Group will re-convene on Wednesday, September 11 at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre, (Old Tech) Mountmahon. New members welcome.

JOSEPHINE’S SET DANCING CLASSES: Autumn has arrived and set dancing classes at the GAA are starting on Wednesday September 18 with Josephine. 8pm for beginners followed by improvers at 8.45pm. Contact 0879267037.

UPCOMING CEILI’S IN TOURNAFULLA: Friday next, September 6 with the Kingdom Ceili Band. Friday, October 4 with the Striolan Ceili Band and Friday, November 8 with Taylor’s Cross. 9.30pm – 12.30am. Refreshments served. Admission €10. Raffle.

POKER RUN: Shannon Gleeson was in touch; “I’m holding a poker run on Sunday, September 29 in aid of the Hope Foundation. I am going to Kolkata in March 2020 and in order to go we have to fundraise roughly €3000. The Poker run is starting in Jack O’Rourkes Bar Abbeyfeale , Registration is at 10:30am and there is a prize for the best hand . €10 per bike !”

CONCERT IN DUAGH SPORTS AND LEISURE COMPLEX: “Bringing Back the Showbands with a Touch of Country” presented by Shaun O’Dowd on Thursday, September 5. A fantastic line up consisting of Ronan Collins, Sandy Kelly, Declan Nerney, Gina, The Conquerors. Doors open 7.00pm and Concert starts @8.00pm. Tickets €25 available from 087-2684540 or any committee member. Lots of Spot prizes, Full Bar Facilities as well as Tea/Coffee.

SEPTEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: First up on Thursday, September 12 is Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford. Emma received widespread critical acclaim for her debut album Quiet Giant in 2017 and last year won the RTE Radio One ‘Best Emerging Artist’ award at their inaugural folk awards. A concert not to be missed, Emma will be ably supported on the night by Trevor Sexton. Two days later, we switch genres, but the level of high quality musicianship will remain constant as Leroy Troy and his Hillbilly Trio come to town. Having wowed international audiences, they make their debut at the Glórach and suffice to say it’s rare a bluegrass group of this calibre come to Abbeyfeale so make sure to mark Saturday, September 14 in your diary. On Friday, September 20 we will hosting our annual Culture Night event. All events start at 8 pm, keep up to date with events on our facebook page,(and check out the very impressive video made by Linda for the September events) and for bookings or enquiries please contact 0871383940.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA: Sephira School of Music and Drama has opened at Main St where Annette’s Boutique used to be. All ages are welcome. Contact Ruth Joyce on 085 2052384 /info or look them up on Facebook.

ABBEYFEALE SHORTLISTED FOR PRIDE OF PLACE AWARD: Judges from the All-Ireland Pride of Place Awards Committee will be arriving into Abbeyfeale (Leens Hotel) at 9.20am on Wednesday morning along with representatives from Limerick City & County Council and others for the beginning of a Presentation on Abbeyfeale followed by a 3 hour Tour of the Community.

CLASSES IN THE OLD TECH MOUNTMAHON: The following courses have limited spaces starting in September: Level 5 Painting and Drawing Art Class, Demonstration cookery, Beginners sewing on a sewing machine. The following courses are starting up the middle of September: Beginners Computers for all ages, cookery, sewing, Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Beginners Woodturning, Woodwork, Furniture Making, Upcycling Furniture, Beginners Art, Payroll Manual & Computerised, Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised, Excel for beginners, Beginners Sign Language. If you wish to register for any of the above, please call Mary in the office: 06831198.

SET DANCE CLASSES: Set dancing for beginners with Timmy Woulfe have commenced on Monday nights in the Marian Hall, Moyvane at 8pm. Individual attention will be given where required.

Theatric Theatre School -drama, dancing, singing and prop making classes begin in Abbeyfeale on Monday, September 16 from 4-5pm. Performance of Oliver Twist will take place on the week of December 2. Suitable for ages 4-16. Places available. Now enrolling. Call Jo Jordan 087 6104224. Also visit us on Facebook.

IRISH DANCING CLASSES: Brendan Croghan TCRG ADCRG Former Lead Riverdance Teach na Feile Community Centre (Boys Old Nationsl School) New Street, Abbeyfeale Tuesday September 10 from 2;30 to 3:30 Juniors/Seniors 3;30 to 4:30 All Other Age Groups Contact Details: Brendan 086 8109819 .

NATIONAL CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH; Our National Culture Night is slated for Friday, September 20. Glórach will play its part by hosting a Scoraiocht, which we’re describing as an opportunity for local people to meet up, make merry and be entertained by the cream of local entertainers and performers. We invite you to soak up the energy, the sensuality, the spectacle and the sólás na beatha that is the very essence of Irish Dance, Music, Song and Drama. In last week’s article, we promised further insight into what’s in store for you; well, here goes, you can experience an enactment of the drama that was the Meenaheala creamery workers strike that took place in the early part of the last century. You can dip your toes into a bygone era when David Browne introduces you to the characters in John B’s play, Sive, through his much-admired rendition of “The Road to Abbeyfeale”. And, through Amanda Colbert’s singing of “The Old Stone Wall”, a song written by Klondyke Lyons, a travelling showman, around 1905, you can sense, even at this remove, that basic need for friendship, camaraderie and perhaps escapism from what were difficult times. There’ll be plenty of lively songs as well and more on those next week when we’ll, also, tell you what the Templeglantine Troupers have in store for you.All Culture Night events offer free admission, but Glórach will go a stage further and offer its patrons a glass or a cup of something along with a little food to enhance the evening’s experience. Whereas we all know about DNA, who’s heard about CNA in the context of an evening’s entertainment? Email your answer to glorachabbeyfeale and the best response will receive a spot prize or maybe a booby prize on the night of the show. And, finally, don’t forget to reserve your seat by calling the Glórach line on 087 1383940.

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR CITIZENS COURSE: If you are interested in learning basic computer skills such as Introduction to the Internet, Emails, using Online Services i.e. Motor Tax, Banking, Use of Apps, Social Media and Online Shopping, then this FREE course could be for you. Digital Skills for Citizens Course will run over 5 Wednesday afternoons, in Newcastle West Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm. Contact Adrienne on 087 277 3294 to register.

MANAGING STRESS IN OUR DAILY LIVES: FREE 8-week programme starting on Monday, September 30, in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale, from 10am to 12.30pm. This programme will look at the physical and emotional effect stress has on us, how it affects our quality of life and relationships, and to establish positive stress management techniques, all delivered in a fun and informal atmosphere. Contact Adrienne on 087 277 3294 to register.

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 9am.

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.

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day to day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Rosemary, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290.

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


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.

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

BACK2NEW COMMUNITY UPCYCLING / RE-DESIGNED FURNITURE: Are you spring cleaning your home or workplace? We are currently looking for sound items of office & home furniture; large shelving units, large desks, under desk storage, storage cabinets, occasional tables, plant pots, garden benches, garden chairs, coat stands. Quirky items are welcome. Our re-designed and re-purposed furniture/community retail store is open every Monday (9.30-1.30pm), Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (9.30am-5.30pm) at The Weigh House, Market Yard, Newcastle West. We also provide a re-design service. For further information, please contact Michaela Donegan on 087 2727742

CORK AUTISM CONFERENCE 2019; Autism: No Limits, Just Possibilities, Sunday September 22, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, Cork. The conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Autistic Adults, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism. More info here: or call 089 239 8900.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not give personal details over the phone to anyone and don’t engage with callers who want to fix your phone or your computer or sort out a difficulty with your bank account. You’ve all heard the saying ‘a fool and his money are easily parted’, well if you give out personal details then expect to part. 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.

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.

LISTOWEL RACES ACCOMMODATION: Appeal for anyone in greater Listowel and including Ballybunion and anywhere between the surrounding areas may have a room or a well presented house for let for Race Week. Contact Margaret at the Race Week Office on 0874355363.

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 A l-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. Daily Mass 10am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday except in the event of a funeral when Mass will be at 11am. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon.. Mass Intentions:. Thursday. 10am Michael O’Sullivan, Colbert Terrace Charlie Conefrey. Friday 10am James Shine, London. Saturday 11am Tom Fitzgerald Knockbrack. 6.30pm Juliann McCarthy, Meenkilly & Collins Park. J J Broderick Ballaugh. Kathleen Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna North. Ted Moloney, Ballymacgordan . Sunday 9.15am Monica & Michael Collins and deceased Family members of the Collins & McCarthy Families. Maureen Higgins nee Collins. Kate Naughton, St Ita’s Road & Denis Naughton Mountcollins. Terry Morrissey and his grandparents David & Nora Morrissey. 12 noon Paul Collins Limerick & Main Street . Jack O’Grady, Dromtrasna South.

Baptismal team meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10 in Tournafulla/ Mountcollins at 8pm in the sacristy. Contact Teresa 087/1513565

RECOVERY HAVEN: Prostate Cancer Support commences Wednesday, September 18 and a Thriving and Surviving Programme starts Monday, September 16 (for people recovering after cancer treatment). If you are interested in the courses, please contact Reception on 066 7192122.

ARIES: Advancing Recovery in Ireland Education Service serving the Mid West region. If you have an interest in mental health, well-being and recovery, please make a note of our free workshops in St. Ita’s Community Hall, Convent St., Abbeyfeale, on Thursday 28th November and 5th December from 2pm – 5pm. To book a place contact Mike O’Neill on 085-8768517 or at michael.oneill8. For more information visit

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

WEEKEND RETREAT IN THE BURREN SEPTEMBER 13-15: A guided journey through the Burren to experience the silence and beauty of this unique landscape through walking mindfully on ancient pathways or limestone pavements. Get to know some of the rare flora and appreciate our rich faith heritage in one of the ancient sacred sites. Further information Noirin 087 945 9151 or Mary 087 970 1130