PROLOGUE: Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have."
Thomas A. Edison.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: A meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall on next Monday, March 2 at 7pm to discuss arrangements for the running of this year’s Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. Everybody welcome. A big thank you to all who contributed so generously to our church gate collection at the weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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.

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.

“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, February 28 from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Fr Tony and Fr Shoji will be serving Indian Tea and Coffee (in china cups?). All are welcome.

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. Jon Kenny’s acclaimed show ‘The Crowman’ is sold out. There will be a waiting list – ring 087 1383940. After exploring one aspect of the War of Independence in last year’s Culture Night event, the Glórach Theatre will be going one step further this spring. In April, the Glórach Drama group will be relaunched with a production of the Joseph O’Connor play, The Iron Harp, a stirring and poignant drama set during the War of Independence. It was performed by a local group in Abbeyfeale almost sixty years ago, so this will literally be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this play. Rehearsals going well, with all the actors involved deeply impressed by the material, and even an odd tear has been shed when rehearsing the emotionally gripping scenes. Looking forward to early April, we’ll keep ye posted on progress.

CRAFTY CORNER: Tuesday nights from 7-9pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Knitting, crochet and tea.

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.

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.

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.

AFTERNOON TEA FOR A GREAT CAUSE: Sunday March 29 at 2pm you are invited to get together with some friends and have afternoon tea at the Devon in aid of Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry. In memory of family friends gone too soon. A great afternoon guaranteed & supporting such a wonderful cause. Tickets € 25 per person and available at the following locations; Devon Inn Hotel ,Templeglantine, Heavenly Gifts, AbbeyfealCut N Curl, Abbeyfeale , Pat Buckley’s Shop, Templeglantine, Fuschia, Abbeyfeale, Modini, Newcastlewest, JK Sports , Listowel ".

OPEN DAY AT CASTLEISLAND LIBRARY: National Library Open Day will be held on Saturday, February 29. This is part of a nationwide campaign to promote the varied services available at all libraries across Ireland. There will be free guided tours of Castleisland library at 11am and 3pm on Saturday. Staff will give a talk on all the services available. Castleisland Library is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Tel 066-7163403. E-Mail castleisland.

DESERT DAY: Prepare for Lent in the peaceful surroundings of Westbourne Convent on Saturday, February 29 from 10.30 – 5pm. Booking essential St Phyllis 087 9636893.

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

SONG CONTEST AT THE PLOUGHMAN: Friday, February 28 at The Ploughman. 12 singers will compete for the honour of being Abbeyfeale’s best singer.

APHASIA CAFÉ: Are you experiencing language difficulties after a stroke? The HSE in partnership with Kerry Stroke Support Group are commencing a Monthly Aphasia Café in Ballygarry House Hotel starting Wednesday, March 4 from 10.30 to 12 p.m. A Speech & Language Therapist will attend each meeting. 066 7199730 for further details.

CAPPAGH RAMBLING HOUSE: Friday, February 28.

PIONEER NATIONAL BALL: Saturday, April 4 in Menlo Park Hotel, Galway, for tickets & info, call Frances 086 3121695 or Sean 086 8648895.

KILLARNEY MUSICAL SOCIETY are performing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” in the Gleneagle INEC Arena on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27 at 8.00pm nightly. Doors open 7.30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night.

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.

CONCERT IN RATHKEALE: Rathkeale Community Council are organising a community concert on Monday, March 16 in aid of Rathkeale community. This will be a sit down concert and appearing on the night will be Shaun O’Dowd Gina of the Champions, the Conquerors and a special guest. Further information contact Donie O’Connor on 087-1458018.

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.

FILM ON AUTISM: “This is Nicholas – Living with Autism”. T116, Tara Building, Mary I campus. Wednesday, February 26 at 5.15pm

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: Advice from Gardai to prevent burglaries. Put the Alarm on, Lock all Doors and Windows, and Leave a Light on when leaving your home empty. It is also a good idea to set timer switches to turn lamps and radios on and off. By remembering these simple steps every time you leave your property, you will make it less attractive to burglars. Doors and Windows should also be locked even when you’re in, as thieves are opportunists, and it only takes them a few seconds to enter a property and steal items. Ring Abbeyfeale Gardai on 068 30010 (Three hundred ten) if you have concerns over callers/ travelling salesmen, 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.

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: Wednesday 7pm. Ash Wednesday and distribution of ashes. Saturday 6.30pm Denis Murphy. Pat Lyons, Killarney Rd. Padraig O’Cleirigh, Killarney Rd. Sunday 9.15 Johnny Lane 35th. Anniversity and Eily Lane New St. 12 noon Ted Mulcahy, Dromtrasna.

Monday 7pm Betty Reidy, The Hill 2nd Anniversary. Catherine Sugrue recently deceased.

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.

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.