PROLOGUE: "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."
Arnold Bennett.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Willie Pa O’Connor, Collins Park whose funeral took place last weekend. May he rest in peace.

DOCUMENTARY: ‘By the Feale’s wave Benighted’ – The tragic love story of Thomas Fitzgerald and Catherine McCormack. A 15th century love story produced by WLR 102fm’s Shirley O’Regan and narrated by Maurice O’Connell, Abbeyfeale Community Council Chairman it will air on Friday, February 14 (St. Valentine’s Day) at 11am.

CONFIRMATION: On Wednesday, February 19, Bishop Brendan Leahy will visit the parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. Since September the children have been preparing enthusiastically with their teachers in school and have also participated in the parish programme ‘Confirming our Children’. We thank the parents and families of the children for their support and encouragement.

IRISH MUSIC CONCERT: "Tionol” Irish Music Concert in Abbeyfeale: Conradh na Gaeilge Abbeyfeale are organising a weekend of Irish Lectures & an Irish Music Concert at end of February. Lectures start at 10am Saturday, February 29 and feature Micheál ó Muircheartaigh, Jim McNamara, Maurice O Connell, Muireann nic Amhlaoibh & Billy mac Floinn. CeolchoirmVenue: Fr Caseys Gaa Clubhouse on Saturday, February 29, Concert Starts : 8:00pm, (Doors 7:30pm) : The concert features: Steve Cooney (guitar) Muireann nic Amhlaoibh (vocals & flute)Dónal Murphy (accordion) & the Murphy FamilyDenis Curtin (vocals)Greta Curtin (concertina) & Jessie Healy (fiddle)Adm: €15 proceeds go towards Conradh na Gaeilge, Mainistir na Feile
Ticket Reservations: Abbey Tiles, Abbeyfeale 068 31109 / Ann Lyons Shop Find us on Facebook: Conradh na Gaeilge Abbeyfeale for more info.

MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: AnyMan is a support service specifically for men and they offer advice for men dealing with domestic abuse situations. Contact them on 01 5543811. (Miriam, Irish Country Living).

GLÓRACH EVENTS: Bingo on every Monday evening at 8.30 pm. Daoirí Farrell coming on Friday, February 21 with Jon Kenny arriving in Abbeyfeale a week later on Friday 28th with his acclaimed one-man show, Crowman. The play, which set in a sparsely decorated kitchen feels like a window into the soul of a lonely bachelor. (With, maybe, a slight leaning into John Bosco McLaine from John B’s The Chastitute or, even, a Hitchcockian theme from the 1963 film, The Birds). A crow-hating man who noisily tries to shoo the blighted birds away, Dan measures out his life by the number of funerals he attends every week. They are social occasions, not to missed, with the added bonus of refreshments. Dan, who vacillates between high comedy by mimicking TV celebrity chefs, and pathetic admissions – including attending Mass just to connect with another human by shaking hands, is a master at distraction. But, one day, on hearing a death announcement on the radio, his world is shattered. While Kenny is brilliant in the role; Katie Holly’s script, which is strong and conjures up a life of quiet desperation gives this master practitioner of his art the freedom to meander through the full range of emotional turmoil. Not since Charlie Chaplin, have we seen an actor who combines and is equally adept at characterization and physical comedy – a rare talent and one not to be missed. Tickets cost €20 and to book your seat, call 087 1383940 or email glorachabbeyfeale The Limerick Workshop Big Band gig on February 22 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

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 ticketstop.ie 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.

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 February 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 13, 15,16 in the Community Centre, Athea.

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.