PROLOGUE: If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."
Fred Rogers.

WELCOME BACK: We’re delighted to welcome Fr. Shoji who is back from his trip home to India where the days were over 30 degrees. He’s in for a bit of shock but at least he missed Ciara and Dennis.

THIRTY PLUS CHARITY SOCCER MATCH: Abbeyfeale v Carrickerry Saturday, February 29 at 7pm at the Abbeyfeale Grounds. Proceeds to St. Ita’s Day Care OsKaRs.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: St. Patrick’s Day collection at all Masses next weekend.

“COFFEE WITH THE CANON” A coffee morning in aid of the St Ita’s Day Care Centre and in association with Abbeyfeale goes to the Oscars, will be held at the Parochial House on Friday 28th of February from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Fr Tony and Fr Shoji will be serving Indian Tea and Coffee (in china cups?). All are welcome.

FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. A two hour workshop on Monday next, February 24 will explore ways to look after your mental health and well being at Ceol Cobrai, Glin. To book contact Mary Danaher 085 7753095.

SEPARATE BEDS IN KNOCKNAGOSHEL: Friday, February 21, Saturday 22 and the final night Sunday 23 with doors open at 7.00pm. Booking line 087 1801118. Written by Sam Cree so guaranteed a good laugh.

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.

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, February 28 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

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.

PROFITABILITY – COSTING AND PRICING METHODS FOR SMALL BUSINESS: This free three-hour training course will include topics such as business systems, pricing, cash flow, accounting procedures, to improve your business needs. Delivered by Professional Accounting Solutions and supported by Limerick Local Enterprise Office, it is open to all new and existing small businesses operating in the Limerick area. Venue: Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West, on Tuesday, March 24, 10am-1pm. Pre-booking is essential by registering on-line at rdp. For further information contact Suzanne at West Limerick Resources CLG on 069 62222

SICAP ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday only, 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, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 9382883.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: Some of the films are in the bag and the remainder will be filmed next weekend. 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. Noreen Cotter will sell her Easter crafts at Julie O’Brien’s house in Bridge Street on Friday next. 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. Tuesday, February 25 a Coffee Morning at the Day Care is to be confirmed . Later that day there will be a Card Game at Meenkilly NS. Wednesday 26 Cards at the Devon. Friday, February 28 Coffee with the Canon at the Parish Priest’s Residence, and a Song Contest in the Ploughman. Car Boot Sale in the Rugby Club on Saturday, February 29 from 8-1pm. Over 30’s Soccer Match at 7pm at the Soccer Grounds. |On Wednesday March 4 we’ll have a gardening talk and sale of plants in the Day Care Centre at 7pm. Friday March 6 a raffle at Philip’s Singing Night, The Lost Souls in Leens and a Poker Classic in JD’s. Saturday, March 7 Paul Murphy has a Pop Up Restaurant in the Day Care, Sunday March 8 a Tea Dance at Fr. Casey’s .Then, the following Wednesday we’ll have a talk on bee keeping at 7pm. Friday, March 13 Jeremiah Roche will be the compere of a dance competition at the Railway with music by DJ Pat O’Donnell – novelty prizes for waltzes and jives. Saturday, March 14 Art and Prosecco Night at St. Ita’s Day Care ( if you drink enough prosecco you won’t know your art from your elbow). Sunday March 15 Abbeyfeale RFC v Skibbereen RFC 2.30pm on the Rugby grounds. Monday, March 16 A Donkey Derby – details to be confirmed and no real donkeys will be harmed.

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

SONG CONTEST AT THE PLOUGHMAN: It’s no longer “ Who shot JR” but who shot Steve Smith aka Buster the Sherrif in Misery. Anyway before he left us he organised a song contest and it’s all happening on Friday, February 28 at The Ploughman.

CAPPAGH RAMBLING HOUSE: Friday, February 28.

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.

LATIN MASS: The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee on Sunday, February 23 at 12.00 Noon. More info from LatinMassTralee

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

FREE HSE-RUN EVENING COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES in Killarney starting on March 11 and every Wednesday evening thereafter for 4 weeks from 5.30-8pm. Ph: 064-6670763 or 087 1234035

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

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Love Yourself, Heal Your Life: Juliana Murphy, Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1. Workshop based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. Contact 0872915343. Change Your thinking Change Your Life: Juliana Murphy & Anne O’ Donnell, 6 week Personal Development Course, starts Tuesday, March 3 from 7.30pm-9.00pm. Contact 0872915343. The work of Byron Katie: Clodagh O’Mara, Friday, March 6-8 Contact 0863741017. The Art of Allowing: Fr. Louis Hughes OP, Saturday, March 7 from 10am-2pm. Phone: 7134276. A Creative Writing Weekend Retreat: Madge O’Callaghan, Residential weekend of writing using the AWA method. Friday, March 20 -22. Contact 0863218848.

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: If you’re single and on Tinder beware of romance scams. If he looks for money or wants to meet up join Macra and meet a real man with road frontage. 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 do not put a key under the mat or the flower pot, pick somewhere that is not so obvious, 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.

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.

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: Wednesday10.30am Confirmation Ceremony. Thursday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Friday 10am Lay Led Liturgy. Saturday 11am Mossie Regan, Meenkilly. 6.30pm Bob Browne Church Street . Tom Will Joe Collins, the Hill and London Month s Mind. Sunday 12noon Luke ( Stanley ) O’Brien, Colbert Terrace. Tom Flynn and deceased family members.

Perpetual Help Novena on Friday’s @ 10am.St Anthony’s Novena each Monday evening @ 7pm Mass. Trocaire boxes are available at the doors of the church. Perpetual Help Novena on Friday’s @ 10am.St Anthony’s Novena each Monday evening @ 7pm Mass.

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)

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.