PROLOGUE: Advent Prayer: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at midnight in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour vouchsafe O My God, hear my prayer and grant my petition.

OBITUARY: The death occurred last week of Tim Kelly, Ballincollig, Cork. He was husband of Anne O’Donnell, Devon Road, Templeglantine. Tim was a regular visitor to Abbeyfeale and Templeglantine and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: As part of our participation in the Night at the Oskars fundraiser for St. Ita’s DayCare we have a hamper worth €100 whose contents include a large homemade whiskey soaked Christmas cake and a pudding, whiskey, port, wine, groceries, sweets and biscuits to raffle. Cards are available in shops around town and lines cost just €2. Your support would be appreciated.

O HOLY NIGHT: Kerry Choral Union presents, O Holy Night Gala Christmas Concert at St. John the Baptist Church, Castle Street, Tralee, on Sunday, December 15 at 7.30 pm. Special guest Miriam Murphy – Soprano, Flautist – Susan Motherway, Ian Sexton – Accompanist and Directed by Sharon Reidy. Doors open 7.00 pm. Admission €15.

CONCERT: West Limerick 102fm Community Radio Grand Variety Christmas Concert in The Longcourt House Hotel on Wednesday, December 11 at 8pm. Admission €15. Doors open 7.30pm.

FUNDRAISER FOR ST. ITA’S DAYCARE: The Lost Souls will give a performance in the DayCare Centre next Sunday evening, December 15 at 7pm. Admission on the door €10. Refreshments served.

GATE CLOSED: The church gates will be locked each evening at 8pm for the winter months.

SCEENAGER CHOIR: We had a wonderful night of free entertainment in the Glórach on Thursday night with a performance from the newly formed senior teenagers choir. Everyone was on a high after participating in singing and drumming and spent a lovely hour afterwards in the foyer enjoying the refreshments and chatting. A huge thank you to West Limerick Resources who funded the night under the SICAP ( Social Inclusion and community activation programme) and to Damien Ahern who coordinated the whole evening.

WRENBOYS NEEDED: Paddy Finucane has put out a call for Wrenboys for the annual trip around the Hill on St. Stephen’s Day.

YOGA CLASS: Wednesday from 7 – 8.30pm Abbeyfeale Rugby Club. Ring Mike on 087 2732591.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: The landscape is lit up with the lights from Noonan’s lights which were officially switched on last Friday night. They have been chosen as one of Energias Christmassy homes – text House 1 to 51155 to vote for Noonan’s Lights.

SEARCHING FOR A FARMER: “I am working for Kite Entertainment (makers of Gogglebox, Ireland’s Got Talent and Fittest families to name just a few) and now we want to help rural Ireland find love. We are trying to develop a new dating series much like the BBC2 one ‘Love in the Countyside’. We understand those living and working in the countryside can often find it hard to meet someone special and someone that fits into their lifestyle. This brand new dating series wants to help rural singletons from across Ireland find their perfect partner. We want to match some rural romantics up with potential dates – dates that are willing to swap their city life for a more rural way. We want to help the hard working men and women of the agricultural industry, find true love. I was wondering if you know of any farmers that might be interested in chatting to me? Or anyone who works in the argi-industry? leah.wallace

MANCHESTER UNITED CLUB: Paddy Finucane is sending out a call to old and new members to join him in reforming the Manchester United Club in Donal and Ann’s Bar at 9pm on Friday, December 13.

PASSION PLAY: PILGRIMAGE 2020 to Oberammergau, Germany, Monday – Wednesday May 25 – 27, 2020 for the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. Return flights Dublin/Munich/Dublin with coach transfer Kerry/Dublin return. Cost is €905.00 Bed & Breakfast & 1 Evening Meal. Insurance €15 extra per person under 80 years. Accommodation on a share basis. Limited places available. Further details and booking form from Janice O’Sullivan 064 7758219 or email joskdp. Operated in conjunction with Marian Pilgrimages 01-878 8159 Licensed as a Tour Operator by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in compliance with UK & European regulations (TO142)

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: Fr. Casey’s, Sunday, January 12 from 3-6pm in aid of Fr. Martin Mc Cormack’s African Project. Music by Donie Walsh and Anthony. Admission €5. Raffle on the day.

COMMUNITY SUBSTANCE MISUSE TEAM: A free and confidential service for under 18’s and their families impacted by substance misuse is provided on the first Wednesday of the month in St. Ita’s Hall from 2.30pm – 5pm. Contact Kristeen Laing 086 4141854.

NEW COURSES STARTING IN JANUARY 2020 IN THE OLD TECH: The following new classes are starting up at the start of January 2020: Beginners Computers for all ages, Demonstration cookery, Machine sewing, Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Upcycling Furniture, Beginners Art, Payroll Manual & Computerised, Arts and Crafts, Beginners Horticulture, Pilates and Creative writing. If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or log onto www.learningandskills.ie.

CINEMA: Documentary on Listowel cinema owner will be shown at the Classic Cinema, Listowel on Thursday, December 12th at 8.15pm.

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

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.

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

FR CASEY’S SPIN AND WIN: Mark Collins – €50, Mike O’Brien – €50, Eilish O’Flaherty – €50. The jackpot is now €3,700 and the draw takes place at the clubhouse Monday December 16 at 9:15pm. The spinners are as follows: Joe Fitz, Bill Daughton, Angela McEnery. In addition to our weekly Spin & Win draw, we will start our annual draw for Christmas hampers. Each week for 4weeks, we will draw 5 names. These names will be then entered into a draw for eight hampers. This week’s 5 names drawn are; Amy & Aoife, Denise Harnett, Maureen Lane,Willow Enright, Hannah O’Connor.Results of Card-Game from Friday December 6 : Winners with 12 games were; Maura Scannell, Kate Lenihan, Teddy Sullivan. Runners up divided between three teams with 11 games each were; Mike Shine, Diarmuid Shine, Sean Harnett. Sean O’Connor, Paddy Sheehan, Dan Scanlon. Liam Murphy, Bill Blaire, Jerry O’Connor. Table prize winners were; Dan Casey, Mossie Gleeson, Tommy Nelligan. Door prize winner was; John Lyons. Raffle prize winners were; Toddy O’Connor, Mikie O’Connor, Frank Curtin, Diarmuid Shine, Liam O’Connor.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Tesco Abbeyfeale have given us their blue token collection for eight weeks so please place your tokens in the container as you leave the store. Be security conscious: Take photos of your valuables and security mark them with your postcode and house number. This can deter thieves and help the police to recover stolen items. Set a timer to switch your lights on and off at varying intervals when you’re out to make it look like someone is at home. Stay well this winter, get the flu jab, invest in a good warm cap and wear it to keep the heat from escaping out through the top of your head, wear layers: Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air between them. Try and stay active as this gets the blood coursing and keeps your feet and hands warm. 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.

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.

GLÓRACH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Suitable for parents/care givers and children aged birth to 4 years including children attending pre-school. This group is an opportunity to meet other parents and play time with your baby/toddler. This is a free service and priority is given to those in receipt of social welfare payment or living in social housing. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

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.

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.

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 www.cancer.ie for more information.

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 Morning Mass at 11am. Wednesday 10am William & Julia Madden Dually. Thursday 7pm Girls School Cantata. Saturday 11am Fintan Morris, Longford. 6.30pm Peggy Woulfe, Cratloe, Ballaugh. Helen Stack, Brosna. Joan Ahern, Moss Keane, Nora & Denis Keane. Joe Cotter, Purt. Ricky Loughnane, Dromtrasna. Mary Morrissey, Ballaugh. Sunday 9.15am John D Collins & Mary Ita Collins and son John and daughter Margaret Bogmount. Thomas O’Brien 20 Collins Park 4th Anniversary. 12 noon Mick Scanlon. Jim O’Connell 4 St Ita’s Road Frank Foley St Ita’s Road. John D Murphy, Ballaugh.

READING GROUP: St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the Adoration Chapel on Wednesday December 11 morning @ 10.30. All welcome.

B-ALERT GROUP: Anyone wishing to join the Knockanure B-Alert group contact Danny on 087/6863726.


ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel, The first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45pm,

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