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WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Alisha Scannell & Paul O Connor who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage in Abbeyfeale on Friday, October 11 and to Marian Fitzgerald and John O’Connor who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage on Saturday, October 12 . We wish them every happiness in their married lives together.

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. For further information and online registration visit Acoustra, Limerick’s top wedding band will play the Winners’ Circle on Saturday, October 19 following the Dromtrasna Challenge. There will be a box for donations and a raffle. Please support.

GARY MCMAHON TRADITIONAL SINGING FESTIVAL: Abbeyfeale will be buzzing this weekend with the 11th Annual Gary McMahon Singing W/E taking place around the town. Gary Mc Mahon Mass on Saturday at 6.30pm, Sessions in Philip Enrights, Leens Hotel and Fr, Casey’s, new ballad writing competition and much more.

SCHOOL REUNION: A reunion of the Inter Cert Class 1972 & Leaving Cert Class 1974, Scoil Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale, will be on Saturday, October 26 in The Winning Circle, Bridge St, Abbeyfeale, starting from 9pm. It will give an opportunity to catch up with old friends. There is a small admission fee to cover light food. For further information contact Shelagh O’Connor Shelaghnic or phone 0833661779.

MICHEAL ENGLISH COMES TO CHURCH: A Christmas themed concert in the Church of the Assumption on Friday, December 6 will be headlined by country singer Micheal Enlish and supported by the Abbeyfeale Senior Choir under the direction of Dee Dennison. The very popular Lost Souls led by Dr. Mick O’Donnell will also perform on the night. Tickets at €25 are available by ringing the dedicated ticket line on 089 4356981 or from Moss the Farmers, Ann Lyons and O’Donoghues Spar. Doors open at 7pm.

CONGRATULATIONS: Josh Ennis, son of Kate Cotter nee Finucane, St. Ita’s Terrace and Scalp, Brosna and nephew of Paddy and Tadhy was Joint Captain along with Johnny Bell of Knocknagoshel of the North Kerry U 18 Joint Club team of Brosna, Knocknagoshel and Duagh who beat Beale in the North Kerry Final in Ballylongford recently. Any of you who knows Paddy’s championing of the Kerry Seniors will say that the apple did not fall far from the tree.

FUNDRAISING DANCE: Noonans Christmas lights for charity will hold a fundraising dance in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Bank Holiday Monday October 28, music by Michael Collins and his band. Dancing from 9.30, raffle on night, please support.

NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: The Board of St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing are planning to launch a major fundraising campaign shortly. It is hoped to hold a public meeting to recruit volunteers from the community to make a series of short films which will then be voted upon at an awards ceremony based on the Oscar ceremonies in Los Angeles. Details will follow on how you can get involved and help protect the future of the invaluable service that is St . Ita’s Day Care Centre and Sheltered Housing.

YOUTH CLUB REGISTRATION: Abbeyfeale youth club will hold a registration night for all second year students on Wednesday night from 8-9pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Registration fee €10. All youths must be accompanied by a parent/guardian Any enquires contact Noreen 087 2353306

CARE FOR THE CARER: Self Care Course for family carers 6 week programme “Time for You” Tuesday, October 22 from 10am—12 noon in the Desmond complex NCW. Tel 061310434 for more information.

YOUTH 2000: Youth 2000 have organised a retreat at St Brendan’s College, Killarney, on the weekend of November 1-3. Young people (16 to 35 years) are welcome to this retreat which is a three day event filled with music, talks, friends, prayer and craic. Come along to meet some new young people and experience your faith in a new and amazing way. ID required/donation only/book online at office

AGM: The AGM of Templeglantine Comhaltas craobh will take place at Halla Inse Bhán on Wednesday, October 16 at 8.15pm. All members are encouraged to attend as well as potential members, parents of pupils attending Comhaltas classes and anybody else who would like to support the advancement of our Irish music, song, dance, story and traditions. Beidh fáilte roimh gach duine. The traditional music classes continue on Monday nights. The adult improver music class has recommenced. Any other adult musicians who would like to join in should contact 08772443353 or 087 9654451. The traditional Singing classes take place on Wednesdays at 7pm with Catherine Broderick as tutor. New pupils are always welcome.

GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm. Upcoming concerts; Sunday, October 27 Sean Keane, Friday, November 1 Luka Bloom,. Friday, November 29 Sepheria. Open meeting of AA Wednesday, November 20 – everyone welcome, light refreshments served.

FR. CASEY’S CARD GAME: Cards have resumed on Friday nights in GAA Clubhouse @ 9pm.

SALE OF PRODUCE: As Pope Francis has designated October an Extraordinary Month of Mission there will be a sale of home baking, vegetables and jams after the two Sunday Masses on Sunday, October 20 with proceeds being shared between an orphanage in India in the diocese that our curate Fr. Shoji comes from and Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan. The date was changed from Sunday, October 13 due to unforeseen circumstances.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS: New members welcome. Contact Merce on 087 2053051.

ADULT IRISH SPEAKING CLASSES: Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge are starting back the very successful Adult Irish Speaking classes, commencing on Wednesday, October 23, tosnú 7:30pm at St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. The main aim of these classes are to promote and encourage Irish Speaking in the locality from a very basic level to more advanced. We encourage anyone with an interest on brushing up on “na cúpla focal” to attend. The classes will run from Wednesday, October 23, cost €35 for 8 weeks. Mar a deireann an sean fhocal “Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Béarla cliste”. For more information & enrolment contact Dónal on 068 31661 (between 9am & 5pm).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Develop your speaking skills and your self confidence 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.

VARIETY CONCERT: A variety concert will take place in Raheenagh Hall on Friday, October 18 headlined by members of the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Emma Marie Dwyer, Frances Kennedy and members of the local Comhaltas group. Doors open 7.30pm, Show starts 8.30pm. Admission €10.

JOSEPHINE’S SET DANCING CLASSES: Autumn has arrived and set dancing classes at Fr. Casey’s have started on Wednesday nights with Josephine. 8pm for beginners followed by F at 8.45pm. Contact 0879267037.

MONSTER BINGO IN RAHEENAGH HALL: Wednesday, October 23. Starts 8.30pm. €2000 in prizes.

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER: Articles and photos are invited to fealechurch before November 20 for inclusion in the Christmas newsletter.

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.

PARENTS MEETING: A meeting of parents whose children are in the First Communion Classes in our parish schools will be held on Thursday night October 17at 7.30pm. Any parent who wishes their child to receive Holy Communion next May must register their child at this meeting. The meeting will be held in the Girl’s School.

AMERICAN TEA PARTY IN ROCKCHAPEL: The annual tea party will take place in Rockchapel Community Centre on Friday, October 18. A hot meal will be served at 9pm sharp. A great night of music, dancing, fun and craic with the one and only Jerry McCarthy and Autumn Gold. If interested please ring Breeda O’Callaghan to book your tickets. Tickets are €20. Your support is very much appreciated.

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

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own car but all expenses are paid. If you have 2 free days a month (Monday – Friday) and an active email address we would love to hear from you. Please call Laura on 01 2310 594, email transport or go to for more information.

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.

SUICIDE PREVENTION MEETING: Connecting for Life Mid-West Suicide Prevention Seminar 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.

SET DANCE CLASSES: Set dancing with Timmy Woulfe on Monday nights in the Marian Hall, Moyvane at 8pm.

UPCOMING CEILI’S IN TOURNAFULLA: Friday, November 8 with Taylor’s Cross. 9.30pm – 12.30am. Refreshments served. Admission €10. Raffle.


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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Christmas Lunch Sunday, November 24, four course lunch, dancing to Paddy Quilligan, afternoon tea €20. Tickets on sale next week from committee members and the usual outlets. Tesco Abbeyfeale have given us their blue token collection for the next eight weeks so please place your tokens in the container as you leave the store. If, God forbid, you are the victim of crime report it to 06830010 and get a pulse number before you disengage. 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. Wear Hi Viz jacket when walking – no load to carry and could save your life as drivers are being blinded by the low sun. 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. Then, in year two you will also receive a bill for the monitoring fee so in year one the bill will be €90 and in year two and every other year after it will €162 approx. 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.

WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: A huge thank you to the large number of people who attended their recent seminar in the Longcourt Hotel and to the two speakers who gave very good presentations.

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 6.30pm 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 Margaret O’Connell. Friday 10am Eily & Tadgheen Harnett, Kilconlea. Saturday 11am Jimmy Sweeney, Dromtrasna Harnett. 6.30pm Garry McMahon Mass. Tim & Maureen O’Connor Fealesbridge . John Joe Broderick , Purt. Nora O’Connor, Knocknasna . Sunday 9.15am Patrick & Kit O’Riordan Purt . Fr Bill Lane & Sr De Pazzi. 12noon Mary Harnett and Betty McClusker, Dromtrasna Harnett. Tom & Joan Murphy, Ballaugh.

LECTURE: The Thomond Archaeological & Historical Society will host a lecture to be given by Dr. Derek Mulcahy in Room T. 1. 17 Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick on Monday, October 21 at 8 pm. All are welcome. The lecture will focus on Limerick’s Fife and Drum Tradition. The lecture will examine the evolution and activity of fife and drum bands from their foundation in the temperance movement of the 1840s, the period of O’Connell, to Parnell and on to the formation of the Free State. Equally important was the growing political involvement of the bands, especially from the second half on the nineteenth century until they abandoned politics in 1935. In order to learn more about this fascinating subject people are invited to attend, all are welcome.

JOY OF LOVE IN MARRIAGE: A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend will be held at The Lake Hotel Killarney from 15th -17th Nov. 2019. For info. and to book, visit or phone 064-6644319 or 0866095168



APPLICATIONS SOUGHT UNDER BROADBAND CALL: West Limerick Resources CLG wish to announce a Targeted Call for Innovative Use of Broadband and Broadband Applications. The Targeted Call information session will take place upstairs in Newcastle West Community Centre, Thursday, October 17, at 7.30pm. Deadline for Submission of Expression of Interest is Friday, November 15. For further information please contact Elaine Dillon, at West Limerick Resources, at edillon or 069 66296.

SICAP STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES: A free introductory level, fully interactive Strategic Planning for Social Enterprises workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 17 (split over two evenings so must attend both), from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. The workshops will cover the 4 key stages involved in developing a business plan; overview of strategic planning process, where your organisation is now, where it wants to be, what needs to be done and how to know when you get there. Attendees will learn the tools and techniques that can be used to gather and assess information, how to develop their organisation’s strategic vision, mission and aims and the format of the plan itself. Pre-registration essential by contacting Damien Ahern, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 9042477 or emailing damien.ahern

SICAP RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more contact 069 61316 / 069 62222, or call in to West Limerick Resources CLG, St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. Check out the RES Facebook page for the latest in employment and training opportunities in County Limerick & beyond

SICAP LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources provides ongoing support to Local Community Groups in the West Limerick area. Should your group require any support, guidance or training contact Damien on 087 9042477.

SICAP SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Support Officer Brenda Heath 069 66297 or email bheath A series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops are available covering Steps to Starting Your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health and Safety.

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.

SICAP EMPLOYER SUPPORTS: If you have potential job opportunities and would like to find out more about our supports and services or you would like to advertise for FREE in our weekly newsletter please contact Dee, on 069 62222 or email dcollins. We would love to hear from you.

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.

THE JOBS CLUB: We work with ‘job ready’ people who seek training and advice on job seeking skills and is open to unemployed people of all ages. It is a free and confidential service to help you plan, actively seek and secure realistic work opportunities by providing individual or group support and guidance sessions in all areas relating to looking for a job, particularly the preparation of CV’s, cover letters and interview techniques. We run weekly workshops on job-seeking skills (2 mornings). The Jobs Club is funded and contracted by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. For further information please contact Helen, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 069 77664/0871472330 or hlarkin

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, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 2727742.

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.