PROLOGUE: "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
Charles W. Eliot.

DEATHS : We offer our sympathy to the family of Hannah Browne, Knocknasna and the family of Kitty Flynn, Coolaneelig both of whom died in the last week. May they rest in peace.

CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to jockey Paddy Harnett, son of Adrian and Louise Ballaugh, who recently had his first winner at Tipperary races.

MORE CONGRATULATIONS: Delighted to hear that Katie O’Connor and Liam Broderick were both winners at the All Ireland Fleadh.

COFFEE MORNING: Abbeyfeale’s Wednesday Club are hosting a coffee morning in Steve Smith’s Ploughman from 11-1pm on Friday, September 13 with all proceeds to Kerry Hospice Foundation.

AGM OF ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Do you know that since its inception just over three years ago, Abbeyfeale Community Council has overseen investments totalling €500,000.00 into the community. Our AGM takes place on Thursday, September 12 in the upstairs meeting room at Leens Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Come along and join the ACC dynamic team. There are many important issues regarding the future of Abbeyfeale including the new traffic management plan. You can be part of that future. The time commitment is just ten meetings per year, each of one hour duration. Together we can make Abbeyfeale better.

GLÓRACH: It’s a busy weekend at the Glórach with Emma Langford and local man Trevor Sexton performing there on Thursday night and international bluegrass group Leroy Troy and his Hillbilly Trio making their first visit on Saturday night. Book your tickets on 087 1383940. Then on Friday September 20 we have Culture night, tickets are free but need to be prebooked.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Canon Ned, the man with the hat, who opens and closes the church every day, who puts out the baskets for collections, who sings in the church choir celebrated a significant birthday recently and we want to wish him long life and good health for many years to come.

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.

OPEN NIGHT AT COLAISTE IDE AGUS IOSEF: The Open night for Sixth Class students will be on Tuesday, October 8. Parents and students are welcome from 6.50 pm and tours of the school will begin at 7.00 pm. The Principal will address parents at 7.45 pm and this will cover all the relevant topics about enrolling in school. You can enrol that evening or further enrolment will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 9.30 – 11.30 am To enrol you will need to provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate and proof of their PPSN number.

ABBEYFEALE BOOK CLUB: St. Ita’s Hall Wednesday, September 11 from 7.30 -9pm. Second Wednesday of every month from September – June. All welcome. Refreshments served.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Develop your speaking skills at West Limerick Toastmasters. First and third Wednesday of the month September – June in the Desmond Complex from 8 – 10pm. New members welcome. Contact Charles 087 7972855.

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.

ICA: PRO Kathleen Leahy writes “The not so great Summer is over and Autumn days are here again – so our thoughts turn to indoor pursuits to fill our upcoming long winter nights. Mainister na Feile ICA will fill the void when they reconvene on Tuesday, September 17 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon at the earlier time of 7pm.
We are looking forward to a full house, old and new members will be very welcome, so do come and join us. You will not regret it – faílte rombh gach éinne.”

GREENWAY TRIP: We had a lovely day visiting Youghal, Ardmore and the Waterford Greenway recently. Huge thanks to Liam O’Mahoney NCW for all his work putting the trip together.

CONCERT IN AID OF SUICIDE AWARENESS: Red Hurley, Dickie Rock, Susan McCann, Owen Mac, Kathy Durkin, Shaun O’Dowd, Emily Clarke and Micheal Collins will all perform in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Thursday, October 3. Doors open 7pm, show 8pm, tickets €30. A donation will be made to Pieta House. Further information from 061 605100.


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 !”

SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA: Sephira School of Music and Drama has opened on Main St . All ages are welcome. Contact Ruth Joyce on 085 2052384 /info or look them up on Facebook.

CLASSES IN THE OLD TECH MOUNTMAHON: The following courses are starting Mid September: Wood-turning for Beginners, Payroll Manual & Computerised Level 5, Care of the Old Person Level 5 Healthcare Support Module, Painting and Drawing Level 5 Art Class, Mosaics Art Class. If you wish to register for any of the above, log onto or call Mary in the office: 06831198. Limited Spaces. Mary 06831198.

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 .

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.

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.

READING GROUP: St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the Adoration Chapel on Wednesday September 9 @10.30 a.m.

BRINGING BACK THE SHOWBANDS: The concert in Duagh last week was a great success and a most entertaining programme was provided by the committee of the Duagh Leisure Centre.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE 2019: Dromtrasna Challenge 2019 in aid of Milford Care Centre and St. Ita’s Day Care Centre Abbeyfeale takes place on Saturday, October 19. The event consists of a 2K Kids Run, 4K Walk, 5K and 10K chip timed runs. Finisher medals for participants in all events.

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

UPCOMING CEILI’S IN TOURNAFULLA: 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.

NATIONAL CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: As the calendar runs down on our National Culture Night on Friday, September 20th, Glórach, through its staging of a Scoraiocht, is fully in the embrace of the imperative to treasure our Local & National Culture by affording local exponents of our internationally admired traditions in the field of music, song, dance, and storytelling, the opportunity to regale family, friends and neighbours with their considerable talents as performers and entertainers. (Admission to all such events, nationwide, is free.) Previous articles provided a taster of what’s in store for you and in this one we offer the full menu. The musicianship of Michael, Liam & Eibhlin Broderick, Donie Lyons, Jerry Broderick, Domhnall de Barra, the Flynn sisters and Ian Sheehy will transport you through a magic mist and deliver you to Tír na nÓg, if only for a brief time. For your further delight, Lorcan Curtin, Carmel O’Donnell and Sean Liston will enact the tribulations of the Meenaheala creamery workers strike from 1919; a rendition of “The Road to Abbeyfeale” from Sive will remind you of the machinations of the local “matchmaker of marriages”; the Templeglantine Dance Troupers, under the direction of Seamus O’Rourke, will mesmerize with their nimbleness of feet through Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes and Polkas; along with Eibhlin Broderick you can experience a swim in “My Silver River Feale”; Marie Flynn will recite “The Tulligoline Lament”, which deals with forced emigration from early last century; Liam Broderick will sing “10 Minutes Too Late”; Dromtrasna’s own darling, Siobhan Foley will sing the delights of “The Darling Girl from Clare”; Marian Harnett will act as Bean an Tí . You can indulge your urge to sing as you join in the chorus of songs such as “Will You Go Lassie, Go” and “I’ll Tell Me Ma”. And, it doesn’t end there, as we’ll premiere a song extolling the skills of the blacksmith entitled “Meade’s Forge” (the forge was housed in what is now Golden Scissors), as well as having, our own 12 year old songbird, Katie O’Connor honour, remember and pay tribute to absent family and friends through her singing of “I’ll See You In My Dreams”. As seating is limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone, you can reserve your seat by calling the Glórach line on 0871383940!

COLLECTION FOR CANCER: Mary Morrissey and Norma O’Connor would like to say a sincere thank you to all those who donated and those who manned the gates for her recent church gate collection for cancer. The sum of €1420 was raised.

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.

ARDFERT: Fall Adult Religious Education Programme: Fr. Sean Sheehy, 10 week Certificate Course: Group Leader training to lead discussions on Faith, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer Catechesis based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Wednesdays 7.00pm – 8.30pm beginning We

SUICIDE PREVENTION MEETING: Connecting for Life Mid West Suicide Prevention meeting will take place in the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Thursday, October 24 from 7-9pm. Information contact Ciara Dempsey ( resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Limerick Ciara.dempsey or 061/461262.

MEMORIAL CONCERT: Kathy Casey Byrne Memorial Concert in aid of Mid Western Cancer Foundation & Irish Youth Foundation. The Concert will take place at St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Friday, October 4 @ 7.30 p.m. Full details to follow. Concert produced by Fr. Tim Curtin, Sean Moriarty & Theresa Doyle Mc Mahon.

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.

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: Now that the winter is on the way check your personal alarm is working by pressing it and engaging with the monitoring service – that’s what you are paying the yearly monitoring fee for. Make sure outside lights and smoke alarm are in order. When using your credit card in a shop or at an ATM shield your pin number as you key it in. Be wary of being distracted and if you are and your card goes missing notify the bank immediately. If you write a cheque cross it ‘a/c payee only’. If you go on holiday post no pictures on social media until you’re home because there is a clause in most insurance policies now ( in the small print ) that you cannot notify the criminal that your house is empty and waiting for them to call. Invest in a house alarm too so that when the area is being cased the sight of an alarm does tend to make them go further. 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.

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:. Saturday 6.30pm Jack O’Grady, Dromtrasna South. Sunday 9.15am Frank Collins, Banard. 12noon Hannah Mai Scannell, St Ita’s Terrace Joe O’Flaherty and Mossie Flaherty.

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