PROLOGUE: "Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be."
Clementine Paddleford.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of the late Nicky Bowden, Dromtrasna Harnett whose funeral took place on Sunday. May he rest in peace.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Meets this first Friday in Philip Enrights, Church St. from 9pm.

COOKERY DEMOSTRATION: Our local craft butcher Toddy Mc Mahon has organised a night at the Day Care Centre on Monday, February 10 with the Head Chef of the Silver Rooms, NewcastleWest . Admission €20, demonstration from 7-30pm. Raffle and giveaways.

CRAFTY CORNER: If you would like to pass away a couple of hours in the company of friends, why not join us on Tuesday’ nights in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. We are a group of ladies who meet there each week for knitting and crochet practice. If you have never done any before don’t worry we have many experienced people more than willing to get you started. It’s a great social occasion and there is plenty tea and coffee and dainty stuff on hand. We return after the Christmas break on, Tuesday, February 11 from 7 – 9pm. Why not drop in any Tuesday night to meet us or call Madeline 087 9707989.

SNOOKER EXTRAVAGANZA: West Limerick 102 fm presents two snooker legends Denis Taylor and Steve Davis at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastlewest on Tuesday, February 18 next. This is your chance to see two of snookers biggest ever stars with a recreation of the famous 1985 world championship “black ball” final. The display will also feature amazing trick-shots and a question and answer session. Tickets are just €25 for general admission and €50 for VIP tickets and are available from the Longcourt House Hotel, West Limerick 102 Studios. Sheehans Road, Pat O’ Donovan and Associates, Key House, NCW or on Doors open at 6pm for VIPs and and 7. 30pm for general admission.

CAR BOOT SALE: A car boot sale and sale of pre loved clothes will take place at the Rugby Club, The Grove on Saturday, February 29 from 8 – 1pm as part of the Misery Team effort to fundraise for St. Ita’s Day Care Centre. Sellers 8am, Buyers 9am. Hi Ace Vans €15, small van and large cars €10, small cars €7. Public admission €2. No unaccompanied children, no animals or fowl for sale. Further information 087 6866450.

MUSICAL MEDLEY: Sean Walsh from Tournafulla is the youngest actor with Abbeyfeale’s Night at the OsKaRs and for his fundraiser he is holding a musical evening from 7-9pm at St. Ita’s Day Care centre on Sunday next, February 9. Everyone welcome.

BOTTLE TOPS: The adult education centre in Mountmahon are collecting bottle tops for an art project and would appreciate if you would drop yours into either the centre or into St. Ita’s Hall over the next few weeks.

LOVE KNOTS AT FR. CASEY’S: The latest offering from the Abbeyfeale Drama Group is a comedy by Jimmy Keary. It will be staged on Tuesday, February 4, Thursday 6, Saturday 8, Sunday 9, Tuesday 11, Thursday 13, Saturday 15 and Sunday February 16 at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Doors open 7.15pm, Show 8pm sharp. The Athea Drama Group have also chosen a play on the Luv theme which is also by Jimmy Keary. They will be going on stage with ‘Looking for Love’ on February 6,8,9,13, 15,16 in the Community Centre, Athea.

AUTISM FRIENDLY: West Limerick Resources SICAP programme in association with SuperValu and Abbeyfeale Community Council is looking to explore the option of Abbeyfeale becoming an Autism Friendly Town and Community. To understand and hear about what is involved in this, we are having a public meeting on Wednesday, February 5, in St Ita’s Day Care Centre (opposite Glorach) at 7:30pm. A member of ‘AsIAm, Ireland’s national Autism charity and advocacy organisation will be in attendance on the night. If you would like to attend, then please contact Dearbhla, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 6750869 or email dconlon to register your interest and book a seat.

VARIETY CONCERT; Featuring local talent and special guests in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Saturday, February 22. Doors open 7.30pm. Admission €15. Raffle. Proceeds to Abbeyfeale’s Night at the OsKaRs.

KILLARNEY PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP: The mitten of St. Padre Pio will be available for blessing at the 7.30pm Mass on Monday, February 17 at the Church of the Resurrection. All Welcome.

URGENT REQUEST FOR B/B ACCOMODATION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29: Following recent confirmation that Abbeyfeale is to become the Admin and Media HQ for the 2nd Round of the Irish Rally Forestry Championships on Sunday, March 1, there is an urgent need for Hotel and B&B Rooms within a 10 mile radius of Abbeyfeale Town. All owners with available B&B Rooms for Saturday, February 29 to email location and availability details to abbeyfealecommunityasap.

ABBEYFEALE AND SURROUNDING AREA CARDIAC FIRST RESPONDERS: An open meeting will be held in St. Ita’s Hall on Thursday, February 13 at 8pm sharp. It’s purpose is to set up a Local Cardiac Responder Group in association with the National Ambulance Service. Further information from 086 0757680.

MILFORD CARE CENTRE AND ANAM CARA: Bereavement Information evening on Thursday, February 13 at 6.45pm. Further information 085 2888888.

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

A MESSAGE FOR SUFFERERS OF COPD: ‘Thomas Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Physiotherapy Clinic, Main Street, Abbeyfeale here. I have just opened a new physiotherapy clinic in town. I have had a woman from town who suffers from severe COPD (breathing problems) get in touch with me to see whether I would consider running a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Class within the clinic. Basically this is an exercise type class for people with lung conditions. It involves a lot of education around breathing control. It would be a great social outlet too. I have previous experience of running such a class during my time working in Respiratory Physiotherapy in the NHS. The reason I am getting in touch is to see whether there would be enough scope numbers wise to run such a class? The woman in question suggested putting this in the notes as a lot of the more elderly who suffer with these conditions wouldn’t have Facebook etc.. I would be very keen to explore provision of this service to the people of Abbeyfeale and the surrounding areas. Chartered Physiotherapist 0877214265’ info

RING OF KERRY CHARITY CYCLE 2020: Please Cycle for New Alzheimer’s day care unit, Listowel / North Kerry area. To register online for Ard Chúram, Listowel. Tel: 0879521324 email: ardchuramrokcc

DEVELOPING FOOD NETWORKS WORKSHOP: A free Developing Food Networks Workshop with Fáilte Ireland and West Limerick Resources, will take place on Thursday, February 6, in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare, 10am-1pm. Registration essential by contacting Caitriona, at West Limerick Resources, 069 62222 or cscullyCOMMUNITY 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.

ST PADRE Pio Prayer Night, Friday, February 7 in Listowel. It begins with Rosary at 6.45 p.m. & Mass, Benediction is at 7.00 p.m.

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: Rambling House on Thursday,February 6 at 8pm. All welcome. Come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Adm free. Refreshments served. Ann 086/3090948.

GLÓRACH: Brigid’s day is over, and Daoirí’s day is coming up, with the acclaimed folk singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell coming to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, February 21. One of the foremost Irish folk singers at present, don’t miss your chance to catch this amazing singer and his wonderful take on various songs such as The Foggy Dew and Van Diemen’s Land. The following night, to paraphrase the late Terry Jones and the Monty Python Crew, something completely different. On Saturday 22, local jazz and traditional musician Helen Hasenfuss will be accompanying the Limerick Workshop Big Band who will be weaving a jazzy spell over the Abbeyfeale venue. On Friday 28 Jon Kenny will be coming to the venue with his one-man show Crowman, combining poignancy and humour in equal measure. While eternally famous for his many years as part of the d’Unbelievables, Kenny is an exceptional actor and anticipation is building up to his debut at the Glórach. All shows begin at 8 pm, tickets can be booked at 0871383940.

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.

ABBEYFEALE HARRIERS: The annual hunting festival takes place from Sunday, February 9 to Friday, February 14. Further information fromPaddy O’Grady 087 6258933.

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. The awards ceremony will take place in the Devon Inn on Friday, March 20 and tickets at €30 are on sale from the Day Care office. The purpose of the OsKaRs is to raise funds for St. Ita’s Day Care and Sheltered housing and each actor in the 7 films is asked to bring in €500. Other streams of income include sponsorship of the event, of the films and of the awards with local companies and businesses being approached. A souvenir booklet will be produced with full page adverts costing €200 and half page for €100. Fundraising events are being organised daily by the actors and the following is by no means a comprehensive list of all those that are planned. There will be a music session in Naughton’s Bar, Mountcollins on Saturday, February 8 from approx 9.30pm. Sunday, February 9 in the Day Care Centre from 7-9pm Sean Walsh, Ballycommane has a ‘Musical Medley’ evening. Monday, February 10, Star of the Golden Girls Toddy McMahon, is holding a Cookery Demonstration in the Day Care Centre with the Head Chef from the Silver Rooms, NCW. A 5k walk on the Great Southern Trail is pencilled in for 11am on Sunday 16 organised by Forrest Gump actors. Noreen Cotter will have a stall at the Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market selling crafts on Friday, February 21 during her Mid Term break. Then on Saturday, February 22 there will be a concert in Fr. Casey’s at 8pm organised by The Golden Girls. An Eighties Disco at the Cellar Bar and Mag Foley Riordan will be climbing Mount Brandon. Friday, February 28 a Song Contest in the Ploughman and a Car Boot Sale in the Rugby Club on Saturday, February 29 from 8-1pm.

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

AGE WELL: A seminar on Monday, February 10 at the Rose Hotel Tralee. This free community event will be delivered by leading Irish expert on ageing, Professor Rose Anne Kenny at The Rose Hotel from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

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 be better yourself now’s your chance! Further information and for your chance at fame contact 087 9247533.

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.

APPLICATIONS CONTINUE TO BE SOUGHT UNDER LEADER: The current Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020 will close at the end of the year. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year from eligible community projects and local businesses SUBJECT TO FUNDING AVAILABILITY. While a large proportion of the programme budget is now fully committed, limited funding remains available under a number of sub-themes including: Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Rural Youth, Biodiversity, Water and Renewable Energy. To enquire if your project idea would be eligible please email rdp or contact West Limerick Resources LEADER team immediately on 069 62222.

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

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.

CLOUNMACON CENTRE DANCING every Thursday night with Josephine O Connor, at 8.15pm. Everybody welcome.

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: An installer of panic buttons said during the week that we should remind people to check that their batteries are not run down. It would be a terror to need the button and then discover that it is dead. 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, on the phone or by email or text and this includes your pin number which you should memorise. 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 especially if it is raining. Lock your car when parking it up, leave nothing of value visible, if driving alone 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.

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.

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.

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. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am John Collins, Dromtrasna. Friday 10am Jim Coney. Saturday 11am Lil, John, Moss and Lizzie O’ Connor. James O’Sullivan. 6.30pm Peter Scannell Clash Road. Jerry O’Riordan, Dromtrasna. Mary and Tommy Mann, Church St. Sunday 9.15 Peg Woulf2, Kilconlea. 12 noon Dan, Francis and Nell O’Connor, Main St.

Perpetual Help Novena on Friday’s @ 10am. St Anthony’s Novena each Monday evening @ 7pm Mass Baptismal team meeting in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, February 11 in the Sacristy at 8pm. Parents are encouraged to attend

PASSION PLAY PILGRIMAGE 2020: Oberammergau, Germany, Monday, May 25-27 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)

CATHOLIC EDUCATION COURSE FOR TEACHERS: Will take place in Tralee Education Centre on Wednesday, February 5 from 5-7pm. This free course will focus on the key messages to teach children about the Catholic faith. For info and booking, see

RETROUVAILLE: A Lifeline for Married Couples. Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts February 7-9. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info@retrouvaille.ieor visit

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.