PROLOGUE: "Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble."
Sidney J. Harris

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Tom (Will Joe) Collins, The Hill who died recently in London and whose funeral took place in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale.. May he rest in peace.

SAN RITA WELLNESS: Friday mornings in St. Ita’s Hall from 10-11am. Contact 087 6718377.

HAVEN: If you have a problem with alcohol or drugs you are welcome to join a confidential group called Haven who meet on Thursday nights from 7 – 8.30pm in the parish office. For further information contact 087 7662865/087 4270374.

SAFE JOURNEY: We wish Fr. Shoji a safe journey and a great visit with his family in India this January. He’ll be sorely missed here in Abbeyfeale but we’ll be watching for his return.

SIVE AT THE GLÓRACH: The Abha Bhán Players, under the direction of Eleanor McSweeney and Caroline Gee intend staging the play Sive in the Glórach on Friday, January 24 and Saturday 25 at 8pm. This group came 1st in the West Limerick Drama Festival in Knockaderry last year. The male members of the cast include Brendan Stack, Pat Noonan, Tony O’Shaughnessy, Terence McSweeney, Martin Halpin and James Chawke. There are two female casts. Laura Kerin, Helen Hayes and Jayne Daly take to the stage on Friday night while Laura Kerin will join Peg Prendeville and Norma Nolan on the Saturday night. All support will be appreciated. Bookings can be made by ringing 0871383940. Admission charge is €10.

SONG CONTEST AT THE PLOUGHMAN: Steve Smith will be in Misery which is one of the films in Abbeyfeale’s Night at the OsKaRs and as part of his fundraising efforts for St. Ita’s Day Care his family are organising a Song Contest. Singers, who will be sponsored, will be asked to compete on the night of Friday, February 28 at the Ploughman in the Square. So, if you are addicted to the Eurovision and often thought you’d better yourself now’s your chance! Further information and for your chance at fame contact 087 9247533.

ROAD WORKS: Road works on the Kilmorna Road. A full road closure will be in place fromWednesday, January 8 -10. Monday 13 – Friday 17, and Monday 20 – Friday 24 from 8am to 6pm on each day. Info Padraig 086/6072159.

NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: The films have been chosen – Fr. Ted, Forrest Gump, The Golden Girls, Sister Act, The Quiet Man, Misery and The Calendar Girls. Rehearsals will commence on Tuesday evening, January 14 with all actors and actresses being contacted by the producer of their film with the time to be the Day Centre. The first of the fundraising events will take place in Thomas T. J’s on Friday, January 17 at 9pm with a table quiz and raffle. Sunday, January 26 Pia has a Flower Arranging Demonstration organised for Tea and Tales and there’s a Darts Tournament in Jack O’Rourkes. Then on Friday, January 31 we will be bag packing in Twohigs Super Valu and later that day Mary McArthur has a Rambling House organised in the Day Care Centre from 8.30pm. Singers, musicians, storytellers will be welcome. Mary will also be selling lines for €2 and raffling a load of blocks from Cotters Firewood and a load of turf so if you’re feeling the chill in the air this is a chance to banish the winter blues. Still time to get involved, extras will be needed, contact Jane at St. Ita’s Day Care on 068 51850.

BRANDING & MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS: This free one-day course will provide an introduction to market research, branding, public relations and digital marketing. Delivered by Terry Harmer of NLC Training and supported by Limerick Local Enterprise Office it is open to all new and existing businesses operating in the Limerick area. Venue: Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West. Date and Times: Monday, February 17, 10am-4pm. Light lunch provided. Pre-booking is essential. Register on-line at rdp. For further information contact Suzanne, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 79114.

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR: Granagh Players present a Comedy – ‘ The Government Inspector ‘in Granagh Community Centre. V35C584 on Friday, January 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26. Friday, January 31st and the first weekend in February. 8pm. Tickets on the Door. Adults E10. Students E5.

ST. ITA’S NIGHT: The annual celebration of St. Ita’s feast day takes place in Raheenagh Hall on Wednesday, January 15 with dinner catered by Kingdom Catering and dancing to Micheal Collins. Meal served at 8pm sharp. Tickets €30. Reserve your tickets with Mary Anglam on 086 1649099.

ABBEYFEALE FARMERS’ MARKET: We regret to announce the death of our stallholder Anna Costello from Glin who had been with the Market since it was established in April 2003. We offer sincere sympathy to her family and especially to her brother Morgan who drove her up every Friday and loaded and unloaded the car each week. Anna, a real lady if ever there was one will be sadly missed by her friends in Abbeyfeale and her many loyal customers.

RAMBLING HOUSE IN AID OF THE OSKARS: Each actor in the OsKaRs for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been asked to fundraise and as part of her fundraising Mary McArthur has organised a Rambling House for Friday, January 31 at the Day Care Centre. Singers, musicians, storytellers will be most welcome.

MICHEAL ENGLISH COMES TO DUAGH: Be sure and mark March 27 in your diary and book your tickets asap.

NEW COURSES STARTING IN JANUARY 2020 IN THE OLD TECH: The following new classes are starting up in January 2020: Demonstration cookery, Cookery for Special Diets (Gluten free etc), Childcare QQI Level 5 & 6, Healthcare QQI Level 5, Arts and Crafts, Beginners Horticulture/Vegetable crop production(Gardening-Learn when and how to set seeds, care for plants etc), and Creative writing (Different forms of Creative Writing styles such as short stories, poetry, drama, short sketches and plays).

If you wish to register for any of the above free classes, please call Mary in the office: 06831198 or log onto

WOOD TURNERS: The secretary of the Kerry Chapter of the Irish Woodturner Guild is Bob Cosgrave and he has issued an invitation to local woodturners to come to their monthly meeting in Tralee on the second Tuesday of each month between 7-10pm. Contact Bob Cosgrave 087 2833507 for further information.

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

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.

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

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

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

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: We are getting daily warnings of scams – there is a cohort of people out there who will never do a day’s work in their life time and who spend their every waking hour trying to come up with ideas for how to relieve the rest of us of our hard earned cash. So, don’t answer the phone unless you recognise the number, if they want you let them leave you a message and then you can return the call. Never, ever give banking details to anyone. When you go out wear a high viz jacket no matter what hour, make yourself visible to motorists. If you are driving put on your lights and especially if it is raining. Lock your car when parking it up, leave nothing of value visible, if driving lock the doors. Get a house alarm, buy a timer for lights so that the house looks occupied when you are out. These are all sensible things to do and will help to deter the criminal. Ring Abbeyfeale Gardai on 068 30010 ( Three hundred ten) if you have concerns over callers , if the phone is unattended the call will be answered in NCW and the local squad car will be notified. When 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.

MARANATHA HEALING RETREAT: St. Paul’s Dooradoyle. Mass 5pm. Sunday January 19.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: Ex Cork June 30-July 7. Half Board €725. Contact 086 2959380 asap as just a few places remaining.

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.

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.

ST. ITA’S READING GROUP: Wednesday in the Adoration Chapel at 10.30pm. New members welcome.

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 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. Friday 7pm Nora Mary O’Sullivan. Nollaig Ahern, Knocknagoshel. Saturday 6.30pm Betty Lane, Kilconlea. Peg Doody, Kilconlea. Patrick Lane, Ballaugh Months Mind. Micheal Roche, Church St. Sunday 9..15 Jim and Bea Gardiner, Upr Purt. 12 noon Catherine and John P. Murphy.

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.