PROLOGUE: "To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens."
F. Scott Fitzgerald.

DEATHS: There will be a Month’s Mind Mass on Saturday March 14 in Our Lady of Lourdes, Scartaglen at 10am for Catherine Mc Guirk late of Bantry and Scartaglen who was a sister of Mary Morrissey, Ballymacjordan.

RESCHEDULED CAR BOOT SALE: We cancelled the first car boot sale because of the orange wind warning so hopefully this will be luckier. It will take place on Saturday, March 14 at the Rugby Club, The Grove V94 X685. Gates open for sellers at 8am and for buyers at 9pm. No animals/fowl. No unaccompanied children. Sellers: Cars, Caddy Vans 10, Hi Ace Vans €15. Buyers €2. Contact 087 6866450

AFTERNOON TEA FOR THE PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT: “ A lovely idea to get a group of friends/ family for afternoon tea at the Devon Inn Hotel in aid of Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry Sunday March, 29 at 2pm . In memory of family friends gone too soon. A great evening guaranteed & supporting such a wonderful cause. Tickets € 25.

AGM: West Limerick 102fm Community Radio Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the Longcourt House Hotel on Monday, March 30 at 7pm. All are welcome

HARNETT/HEALY 100th ANNIVERSARY: Sunday, September 20 next at 6.05pm we intend to mark the centenary of the murders of these two men by Thomas D. Huckerby of the Black and Tans. We are asking that family and friends will take this as advance notice and notify people abroad.

TALK ON BEEKEEPING; Wednesday night, March 14 at the Day Care Centre with Seamus Quinlan at 7pm. Admission €5. Raffle and refreshments.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: Less than 30 tickets left on sale to the Abbeyfeale’s Night at the OsKaRs in the Devon Inn on Friday, March 20. Get them from Jane at the Day Care Centre. Fundraisers include: Wednesday, March 11 we have a talk on bee keeping and saving the bumble bee in the Day Care Centre from 7-9pm, a fun dancing competition at the Railway on the Friday, March 13 and the rescheduled Car Boot Sale at the Rugby Club is on Saturday March 14 from 9-1pm followed on the Sunday by the Rugby Match at the grounds. Also on Saturday night there will be an Art and Prosecco Night in the Day Care Centre. Then on Monday there is an Over 30’s soccer match against Carrickerry at the grounds at 7.30pm and a Donkey Derby at JD’s at 9pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Following on from the great success of the first Rambling House in the Day Care Centre it has been decided to have one monthly with the proceeds going to the Day Care and Sheltered Housing. This month it will take place on Saturday, March 28 from 8pm but will probably revert to the last Friday night of the month subsequently.

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

SALE OF PRE LOVED CLOTHES: A sale will be held at the Day Care Centre on Saturday, March 28 from 10-2pm with all proceeds to Abbeyfeale’s Night at the OsKaRs.

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

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: The latest scam are emails offering you a cure for the Coronavirus. Don’t even click on them only press delete. Keep washing your hands, try not to touch your face and drink loads of water. Never, ever give your password or confirm personal details to anyone on the phone or on email. Remember that there is a faceless person sitting at a computer somewhere in the world hoping to relieve you of your hard earned cash so disappoint them by not reacting. Ring Abbeyfeale Gardai on 068 30010 (Three hundred ten) if you have concerns. Keep your eircode by the phone, if the emergency services have to come to your house then this will send them directly to your door. 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 Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Marian 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.

HELPLINES: 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.

HELPLINE FOR MEN SUFFERING DOMESTIC ABUSE: A new helpline has been set up and will operate 36 hours a week on 1800816588. AnyMan is a support service specifically for men and they offer advice for men dealing with domestic abuse situations. Contact them on 01 5543811.

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.

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.

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.

SUICIDE FIRST-AID: A two-day workshop focusing on skills building in the area of suicide first-aid will take place at the Listowel Family Resource Centre on March 11/12 next. The ASSIST programme is designed to provide participants with opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. It encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid. The programme runs from 9am-5pm daily. To book, log on to

MICHEAL ENGLISH COMES TO DUAGH: Sean O’Dowd will be the support act in Duagh with Micheal English on Friday March 27. Book your tickets at €25 on 087 2684540. This fundraiser will help finish the work on the Duagh Sports and Leisure Centre. Full bar facilities, tea and coffee available. Lots of spot prizes on the night.

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 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 Saturday 11am Michael Corbert Daughter Margaret & Patrick & Margaret & Jack O’Sullivan. 6.30pm Ned & Peg Leahy, Millstream, their son Emmet and daughter Ita and deceased family members. Jerry O’Connor & Thomas O’Connor. Sunday 9.15am Sean, Margaret & Lukeen Scannell. The Hill. 12noon Kitty Fitzgerald, The Railway Bar. Stations of the Cross will take place before Mass every Friday during Lent at approx. 9.40am. Adoration continues on Monday to Friday from 9am- 9pm.

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 – Saturday 7.30pm Templeglantine – Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10.00 am. Tournafulla – Sunday 11am

LENTEN DAY OF RECOLLECTION: Redemptorist Monastery, Limerick on Tuesday, March 31 starting at 11am with coffee at 10.30am and closing at 4pm. It will be facilitated by Fr. Raphael Gallagher, CSSR.

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.