PROLOGUE: "The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living."
Roy T. Bennett

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to his mother Patsy and the family of Padraig O’Cleirigh, Killarney Road whose funeral took place recently. May he rest in peace.

BEREAVEMENT MASS:. Abbeyfeale Parish Bereavement Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 22 at 7pm. Olive Foley will speak on loss and bereavement. Names of those who have died over the year and names of people from outside the parish that you would like remembered should be submitted to the Sacristy during the coming fortnight. Tel 068/51915 during Mass times.

MEETING: A discussion on issues affecting rural West Limerick will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Wednesday November 13 at 7.30pm following presentations from Sergeant Ber Leetch Crime Prevention Officer for Co. Limerick, Ms. Deirdre Barrett who will be speaking on Family Support and Safety and Barry Carey a member of IFA’s Crime Prevention Executive. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.

SCHOOL REUNION: A reunion of the Inter Cert Class 1972 & Leaving Cert Class 1974, Scoil Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale, will be held 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 English 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.

FEALESBRIDGE SOCIAL: Friday, November 22 at the Devon Inn. Tickets on sale at the creamery.

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.

NEW BOOK: Mary Cogan launched her book, A Minute of Your Time recently.. This is a book of Mary’s ‘Just a Thoughts,’ as aired on Radio Kerry over the last number of years. Each Thought is beautifully illustrated with photos taken by Mary. It will be in Flavin’s, Woulfe’s and Eason in Church Street, Listowel. Mary will be hitting the road next week, so if you know of a bookshop or other outlet that would like to stock it, let Mary know on her email or Facebook, listowelconnection She is also selling it to the diaspora through PayPal. If you want to buy it this way, contact her at listowelconnection The book will cost €20 and the P&P is €8 if you are abroad, and €6 within Ireland. It may also be available in Abbeyfeale at the usual outlets.

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.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: West Limerick Athletic Club came into being following a meeting at the home of Ann and the late Christy Cullinane, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale in 1979. At that time no senior athletic club existed in West Limerick and the new club catered for athletes from Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale, Dromcollogher and other parts of West Limerick. Many of the founding members were from Abbeyfeale, including Seán and the late Dee Harnett, Kilconlea Upper, Donal Harnett, Bridge Street, the late Christy Harnett, The Hill, Dan and James Harnett, Killarney Road, the Lyons brothers Noel, Maurice, John and Joseph, Dromlegach, Eamon Dalton, Purt and John Joe O’Donnell, Meenkilly, all members of West Limerick teams that won various county championships. A celebration of the founding of West Limerick A.C. takes place on Saturday, November 9 at Rathkeale House Hotel. Dinner at 7.00 p.m. Tickets €30.

CALLING ALL ABBEYFEALE PEOPLE IN LONDON: Abbeyfeale association in London are holding their annual dance on Saturday, October 26 in the Chiswick Catholic Club.

CLASSES: Some places are available on the following classes in the Further Education & Training Centre, Abbeyfeale (The Old Tech): Beginners Art Class, Beginners Upcycling Furniture, General cookery class (demonstration), Christmas cookery class (Demonstration), Christmas Arts & Crafts. If you wish to register for any of the above, call Mary in the office: 06831198.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights committee are starting to prepare for Santa’s visit on Friday November 29 . We are appealing for help to put up the lights and there will a number of fun events to help with our fund raising, details of these events will appear shortly.

GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm. Upcoming concerts; Sunday, October 27 Sean Keane, Friday, November 1 Luka Bloom, Friday, November 29 Sepheria. Crime Prevention Meeting Wednesday, November 13. 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.

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).

COMMUNITY ALERT: Christmas Lunch Sunday, November 24, four course lunch, dancing to Paddy Quilligan, afternoon tea €20. Tickets on sale from committee members and the usual outlets.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

ICA|: Since returning to the Adult Education Centre Mountmahon in mid September Mainistir na Feile ICA are a busy bunch. They organised keep fit classes with Joe Weir at Feale Fit, Mountmahon on Monday mornings and for the more adventurous bowling in nearby Tournafulla funded by the Go for Life grant. A very interesting and informative talk was given on the history of Abbeyfeale dating back to 1188 by Maurice O’Connell, Chairman of Abbeyfeale Community Council. It was well attended and truly enjoyed and appreciated. The Guild’s Golden Jubilee celebrations ended with a meal in NCW on October 8 last. A craft night is organised for November 19 next. We are always looking for new members who will be made most welcome. Do come and join us in our many and varied activities. Slan go foil.

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.

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

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS CLASS: We are running a 6 week Christmas Crafts class. This will be a hands on class making everything christmassy to deck your home with some DIY Christmas decor!! Starting on Tuesday, November 5 from 10.30am – 12.30pm until Tuesday, December 10. To register for this free class, log onto, select the location as Abbeyfeale, click on course code: 241312 Christmas Crafts and Apply now or call 06831198

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 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.

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: Wednesday 10am Timmy & Mary Broderick Main Street and deceased family members. Saturday 6.30pm Noreen Daly, Ballybehy Month Mind . Patrick Nash, Knocknasna 1st Anniv. Margaret & William Meehan and their daughter Catherine Main Street. Tom Lou Ahern, Shanbally and deceased family members. Sunday 9.15am Jacques Collins & Jim Collins & Rebecca Leahy & Joan Griffin. Tommy & Delia Nelligan & Mary Nelligan. 12noon Connie Healy, The Hill .

CELEBRATING CANONISATION: The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies, The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College in association with The parish community of Ballybrown Patrickswell Present a very special evening to honour the canonisation of John Henry Newman Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman John Henry Newman’s canonisation provides us with an opportunity to mark this occasion in Limerick and in particular Ballybrown, as Newman has very real links with the locality. Newman was a close friend of William Monsell, (Lord Emly), the Anglo-Irish landowner who resided at Tervoe, Clarina. Newman visited Limerick twice in his life and on the first occasion he stayed in Tervoe House from 3rd to 9th August 1852. It was there that he completed The Idea of a University, and the altar on which he celebrated Mass is now located in the parish church of Ballybrown. We have invited Bishop Fintan Monahan and our own local historian, Matthew Potter to present a very special evening: Venue: Parish Resource Centre and Parish Church Ballybrown. Date: Wednesday 23rd October. Time: 7p.m. “Tracing the Historical Connections” Matthew Potter, Dr. Matthew Potter is curator of Limerick Museum and is author of ‘William Monsell of Tervoe, 1812–1894: Catholic Unionist, Anglo Irishman’ 8p.m. A homily on “A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for out Time” by Bishop Fintan Monahan Bishop Fintan is Bishop of Killaloe and is author of ‘A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for Our Time’ Mass, with the Ballybrown choir will be celebrated on the ‘Newman Altar’ by Bishop Fintan 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



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.