PROLOGUE: "The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy."
Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: A public meeting will take place in the Day Care Centre on Tuesday, November 19 at 8pm. It will be attended by staff from Kevin Rowe Events to explain how the Night at the Oskars works. We hope 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. It is hoped to run the Night at the Oskars as a fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing and Day Care Centre which provides a very necessary service to the elderly in our community.

PREVENTION WORTH A POUND OF CURE: The phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., and was his advice to fire-threatened Philadelphians back in 1736. That same advice carries even more weight today than it did almost 300 years ago. How many times have we had to utter or have heard uttered those two simple, but profound, words “if only” as the lead-in to the description of an outcome, brought about by the commission of criminal acts, that could have been averted or completely avoided. As a means of helping with putting in place such preventative measures, you are cordially invited to attend a presentation at Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, November 13, which will deal with three main topics: 1. Crime Prevention in general; 2. Making your Farm or Rural Property more secure; 3. Family Support and Safety within the Home.Whereas, we can’t guarantee the presence of the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, we can guarantee the presence of our three speakers, namely Sergeant Ber Leetch – CPO, Henry St., Limerick, Garda Station; Barry Carey – Irish Farmers Association and Deirdre Barrett from ADAPT. The presentation, which will include a Q & A exchange, will start at 7.30pm and run for no more than 90 minutes. After which light refreshments will be served in the foyer. Glórach and you – making life in our community a little safer and a little more enjoyable

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TABLE QUIZ: The Christmas Lights committee will hold a table quiz in Jack O’Rourke’s Bar on Saturday, November 16. All support will be much appreciated.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale to support Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 8 at St. Ita’s Hall from 9-1pm. Calling all our usual bakers and supporters. Home baking can be left into Batt’s in the Square for collection or delivered to the Hall on the morning of the 8th.

ARA COFFEE MORNING: Abbeyfeale’s Active Retirement Group are hosting a coffee morning on Friday, December 6 with the proceeds being donated to the Christmas Lights.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC CLASSES ATHEA: Tutor Michael Broderick, Top of the Town Friday nights; Beginners 7.15 – 7.45pm, Advanced 7.45 – 8.15pm.

YOGA: Fr. Casey’s GAA, Thursdays 8pm -9pm. €55 for 5 weeks. Phone 085 2441321. See Facebook: Studio 12 Petals.

ANNUAL VISIT OF SANTA TO ABBEYFEALE: He’s on his way and hopefully will arrive on Friday, November 29 around 6pm for a recce to check which children have been naughty or nice. There will be great excitement in the Square with stalls and music and Mrs. Claus and the elves directing operations.

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.

KNOCK ALL NIGHT VIGIL: Pro-Life Vigil on Dec 7th/8th Saturday Midnight to Sunday Morning departing Dero’s Main St at 3pm on Dec 7th. Contact Deros 064 6631251.

CONCERT IN THE ROCK: Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel presents ‘Uaine’ featuring Tony O’Connell, concertina, Bríd Harper, Donegal, fiddle, Lisa Butler, Carlow, singer, Paul Meehan, Armagh, guitar on Friday, November 9 at 8:30 pm.

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 €25. Dancing to Neily O’Connor. Meal served at 8.30pm.

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.

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.

GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm. Friday, November 29 Sepheria. Crime Prevention Meeting Wednesday, November 13. Open meeting of AA Wednesday, November 20 – everyone welcome, light refreshments served. Seenager choir (Senior Teenagers over 55). 5 places left for facilitated singing and African Drumming Sessions for the 6 week programme which is on for the next 4 Thursdays from 11am – 12.30pm. Contact Damien Ahern on 087 9042477.

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

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.

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.

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: Abbeyfeale ICA meet at the Adult Education Centre Mountmahon. A craft night has been 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.

SICAP FUNDING SOCIAL ENTERPRISES WORKSHOP: This free workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 12, from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. The workshop will cover the following topics; identifying funding sources/funding bodies, examining funders’ requirements and procedures and outlining how to deal with feedback and queries from funders. Pre-registration essential by contacting Damien Ahern, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 9042477 or emailing Damien.ahern

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.

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 David Healy, Killarney Road. Thursday 10am Tim & Mary McCarthy and deceased family members Friday 10am Margaret & John O’Connell Meenkilly and their daughter Maureen Burke Saturday 11am Daniel Francis & Nell O’Connor Main Street. 6.30pm Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna. Bridie & Sean Leahy and family Bogmount. Maureen Smith, Knocknagoshel. Michael & Josephine Reidy and their daughter Margaret. Sunday 9.15am Fred Tobin Adare & Main Street. Nick & Eleanor Cotter, Upper Purt . 12noon Kathy Scanlon. Sheila O’Connell Kilconlea. Eileen O’Connor and Anne Keating Main Street. The next Baptismal team meeting will take place in Abbeyfeale sacristy on 12th Nov @ 8pm.

Indulgences at the Commemoration of all Souls From 12 O’clock noon on 1st Nov until midnight 2nd Nov., all who have confessed, received Holy Communion, and prayed for the Popes intention( One our Father and Hail Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed

This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed. Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following 1st Nov. Holy Communion may be received on any day from 1st Nov. to 8th Nov. The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from 1st to 8th Nov. The conditions mentioned above apply also for this.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Fire Fall-Charismatic Prayer Meeting every Mon. 7.30pm. Parish Retreat Evening: Causeway and Kilmoyley Parishes, Tues. 5th Nov. 7.30pm. Growing as Followers of Jesus Christ: Dr. Jessie Rogers, Sat. 16th Nov. & Sat. 7th Dec. 10am-2pm. Remembrance Mass for our Bereaved: Fr. Donal O’Connor, Tues. 19th Nov. 7.30pm. Listening to the word of God – Experiencing Life in all it’s Abundance: Fr. Patsy Kelly MSC, Sat. 23rd Nov. 10am-2pm. Advent Retreat: Fr. Mossie Kelliher SMA, Fri. 13th to Sun. 15th Dec. Bookings essential Phone: 0667134276

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

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.