Prologue: Nothing is impossible; the word itself says – I’m possible. Audrey Hepburn..

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to Mellissa and family on the death of Marie O’Leary, Inchinapoagh Brosna whose funeral took place on Tuesday. May she rest in peace. We also send our sympathies to the family of Eamonn Roche, New Street and Tournafulla who died during the week. May he rest in peace

JOB SEARCHING: The Rural Employment Service are hosting FREE ‘Tea Break Talks’ on Tuesdays in June speaking to employers & training providers in the following industries: Hospitality on June 15, Retail on June 22, and Administration on June 29. Registration links available on and Contact Finn Fitzgerald for further information 087 759 1951.

ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: St Ita’s Day Care Centre, Abbeyfeale are now doing Meals on Wheels. If anyone is interested or would like further information please contact Jane/Norma at 068 51850.

CONFIRMATION: Fr. Chris O’Donnell has produced 3 video lessons for Confirmation children and their families. The lessons are delivered by Johanna O’Brien and Eleanor O’Brien from Limerick along with Fr Chris. Both Johanna and Eleanor trained as teachers at Mary Immaculate College and have been involved in the Limerick Diocese’s Youth
Ministry programmes. Details will be posted on FB.

Cooperating to Succeed is an exciting new support programme for social enterprises being delivered by West Limerick Resources in partnership with South Tipperary Development CLG and South West Mayo Development Company. Through shared learning showcase events, Social Enterprises from from Limerick and around the country will explore future trends, innovative ways of addressing social issues and new ways of thinking about the way we live. The launch event will run from 11am – 1pm on Thursday June 10 via the Zoom platform. Participation is free of charge, but places are limited.

Register and ensure you are part of this unique and engaging event!

VIATORES CHRISTI: A faith-based development organisation have launched an online discussion forum. Free for everyone to join and to become a volunteer. To learn more visit

NCW: Olden Times – an online archive dedicated to telling the story of Newcastle West in Co. Limerick in words, photos and videos from the town’s proud history.

SCRAP: Glin GAA Club will be hosting a scrap collection over the next 2 weeks. All types of steel, galvanised sleeting, copper piping etc. No gas cylinders. Anyone wishing to drop off any scrap at the GAA grounds can do so on Wednesdays from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Anyone wishing to have scrap collected please contact James on 0872311156 or Jack on 0872289841.

DESMOND CASTLE, NCW: Outdoor tours only. Self-guiding access to ground floor of castle. Limited access to castle banqueting hall. Listowel Castle-Site closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

AUTISM ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021:– Thriving with Autism: This online conference offers interventions, skills and strategies to support people on the autism spectrum. Suitable for parents, families, caregivers, autistics, employers, educators, professionals, agencies, advocates and anyone with an interest in autism. Visit

CHURCH NEWS: Mass Intentions; Wednesday 10am Nell & Jack Gleeson, Killarney Road. No Saturday morning Mass. Saturday 6.30pm Francis Fealey, The Hill 1st Anniversary. Timmy & Bridget Harnett, Ballaugh. Sunday10am Margaret & Thomas Enright, Mountmahon and deceased members of the Enright family. Danny Foley the Hill. 12noon Peggy & Hauleen Foley, Ballaugh. St Anthony’s Novena each Monday evening during the 7pm Mass. First Communion and Confirmation Message from Bishop Brendan Leahy: “Regrettably, Confirmation/First Communion ceremonies planned for July 1-4 will have to be rescheduled. Public health advice, as communicated through the Taoiseach’s office, has indicated that First Holy Communions and Confirmations may take place in line with the gradual reopening of society, from 5 July onwards. I appreciate this will come as a great disappointment and inconvenience for many –children, parents, teachers and clergy but I believe we have no option but to follow this public health advice.” Trocaire Boxes/ donations can still be handed in to the church during Mass times. Thank you for your very generous contribution so far. The amount sent to Trocaire on your behalf was €12, 490. CHY4 forms Revenue rebate scheme. We are completing the 2020 Chy4 forms at the moment. Parishioners who received one and are thinking of signing would be greatly appreciated. Post it to Fr Tony. Last year the parish received over €20,000 from the revenue through this system at no extra cost to the parish. Sincere thanks to parishioners who continue to support the church through their weekly offerings. Your weekly contributions enable us to keep the parish functioning and we are grateful for that. As well as using the weekly envelopes, parishioners can also use the DONATE button on the parish website An increasing number of parishioners are opting to use this electronic donating system. It is a completely secure and confidential method of supporting the church. Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.

NATIONAL PLOUGHING ASSOCIATION: The NPA executive has announced the “difficult decision” it has made to cancel the 2021 trade exhibition this year. The World Ploughing Contest due to be held in Ireland to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the championships has also been cancelled.

RURAL REGENERATION: The purpose of the fund is to support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in our towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas.
Please be advised that the third Call for Category 2 applications to the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is now open which relates to project development and enabling initiatives. The deadline for applications is July 16. For more information contact West Limerick Resources.

PADRE PIO: June Devotions Castleisland on Tuesday, June 29 at 7.30pm. Witness will be given by Amanda Devine who is the senior Padre Pio Tour Guide, based in San Giovanni Rotondo. Amanda walks in the footprints of Padre Pio every day.

RETHINK IRELAND: Since our first year of operations in 2016, we have created a €65 million social innovation fund. We’ve partnered with companies, trusts, foundations, families and individuals to create 30 funds tackling issues such as inequality and educational disadvantage. We have supported 246 social innovations, which have reached 408,624 people. We’ve created over 500 jobs and helped almost 1,000 people experiencing disadvantage into employment.

WARNING: There are currently fraudulent SMS messages in circulation claiming to be from DHL. These messages are not from us! As a matter of principle, we do not ask for any data or to download apps via SMS.

RECOVERY HAVEN CANCER SUPPORT: If you or someone you know is in need of support contact 066 7192122.

LOUGH DERG 2021: Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional 3 Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to“ Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on July 3-5. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office (0353) 719861518 or

CHURCHES REOPEN: Fr. Tony writes: The two-metre social distancing rule still applies. Stewards will direct you to the hand sanitizing stations and then to your seats. The seats will be clearly marked. Three individual people from different households to a seat. Families from the same household may sit together. The stewards will direct you to Holy Communion and at the end of Mass we are asking people to exit the church gradually and safely. Should the church be filled parishioners will be able to hear Mass in the car park through the Car Park Radio. Tune your car radio to 107FM. For Holy Communion we ask you to remain in your car and Holy Communion will be brought to you. We ask you to follow the guidance of the stewards at all times. The church will need to be cleaned thoroughly after each time that it is used. The cleaning of the building after each Mass is essential to maintain safety and prevent the spread of the virus. Please use sanitiser, available at entrances and exits to the church· Social Distancing must be adhered to at all times and please wear your mask for added safety. The Church will be divided into ‘pods’ (of no more than 50 persons in each), giving us welcome extra capacity· Each Section has its own entrance / exit route with strictly no movements between ‘pods’· The ‘Sign of Peace’ remains suspended for the moment and arrangements for Holy Communion, observing social distancing as they were last time· Numbers for Weddings and Funerals are limited to 50. It is not in the power of the priest to change this. It is the ‘law of the land’, so please do not exceed or ask for exception. The current Mass schedule will remain in place for the summer months.

SEARCH FOR VOLUNTEERS: West Limerick Mental Health Association are always searching for volunteers and they say “Our volunteers play a crucial role in our organization and our community. Without the dedication of volunteers, many projects offered by our local branch would not be possible. We truly appreciate the dedication and initiative of those who unselfishly contribute their time and energy to further our mission. Volunteering is at the core of our organization. It is about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community at large; it is working with others to making a meaningful contribution to a better community. 11Give the gift of yourself, your time, your effort, and discover the benefits of volunteering. You are always welcome. Contact : westlimerickmha

CHURCH RADIO107FM: The signal from the Church Radio has been extended to a radius of 3 miles approximately. Parishioners can tune into all Masses and Church ceremonies on 107FM. This service will be of benefit to parishioners who do not have access to the internet and the church webcam. We ask you to assist elderly parishioners in tuning in their radios.

WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: WLMHA have a Face Book page open to the public. Log on and share for news of courses, help lines, inspirational words etc.

COMMUNITY RADIO: WL102fm are relying on tickets sales for their weekly draw to keep them on air as this is the only fundraiser that they can hold at the minute. Tickets are available in Kathleen’s Food Store, Convent St., Mikey’s stall in the Square, Moss the Farmers’ and also in the Siopa Nua.

NOTICE TO PUBLIC: As a result of the Coronavirus, all West Limerick Resources events, Training Courses, Workshops and Face-to-Face Meetings are postponed until further notice. Staff are available to respond to clients and community groups by email or phone in relation to West Limerick Resources work and projects. Please check our Website on or Facebook on for further updates or contact the main office landline 069 62222 with any queries and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE: Are you interested in developing or expanding your social enterprise? Have you an innovative approach to addressing community needs? ‘Cooperating to Succeed’ is an imaginative yet practical programme designed to support social entrepreneurs, providing a year-long training and support package, tailored to your current needs. For further information please contact kmurray or 069 66294.

COMMUNITYALERT: An Garda Síochána at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau wish to alert the Public to an ongoing Text Message Scam focused on gaining access to personal bank accounts. An Garda Síochána supported by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) are advising consumers to be on the alert to a text message or ‘smishing’ scam in which victims receive a text appearing to be from their bank asking them to confirm personal details or click on links to unfreeze their account. Gardaí at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) wish to advise that the focus of the criminals in this latest scam is to obtain personal information that will allow them to steal money from bank accounts. Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan, GNECB stated that ‘banks and other financial entities will never make unsolicited contact with individuals asking for personal details, account numbers, 4-digit pin number or passwords.” He warned ‘that people receiving unsolicited communications looking for these personal details should not reply to text messages, emails or other communications. They should contact their bank independently to check on the validity of the communications they have received before taking any action’.

Niamh Davenport, who leads the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) FraudSMART programme, offers the following advice to consumers: "Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts which appear to be your bank especially those asking for personal details or payments. Your bank will never ask for your personal information so never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but don’t be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks. The scammer will try to rush you, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.”I found the following message on my FB page last week and thought it was well worth sharing to give people an idea of what to expect when they get a scam call; “ “On Friday 14th May at approx 11am , I was on my way to Tralee when my phone rang. The number came up 0833364543. They said I owed the department of Social Welfare 30,000 euro and that the solicitors acting for them would be around to take a statement and serve me with court papers unless I pressed a key on my phone . At that stage I switched my phone off. The accent was not Irish, more foreign , with good English. As I don’t have any dealings with the department, I was not all worried.” In my opinion, the safest thing to do is not to answer the phone if you don’t recognise the number – if they want you they’ll leave a voice mail. 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 or if you spend long periods of the day on your own 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. There may be some confusion over the word free – the equipment which costs in the region of €400 is provided free of charge by Pobal as is the first year of monitoring but after that you will be charged by the installing company for the monitoring. I have not included the phone numbers of the committee in this notice but if you want to get a panic button then ring Abbeyfeale Garda Station on 068 30010 and they will contact one of us. 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 with a deposit of 6 months payable on the day of installation.. 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. If you wish you can arrange a direct debit and pay this amount off monthly. Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Chairman Seamus Stack, Secretary Mossie Gleeson, Assistant Treasurer Kathleen Collins, Assistant Secretary Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Catherine Daly, Maurice O’Connell, Assistant Treasurer Marian Harnett.

.HELPLINES: If you are experiencing domestic abuse, jo Aware (Depression & Anxiety 016617211. National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247or text HELP to 51444. 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 affected by mental ill health) 01 860 1620 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222. ACCORD; are now offering over the phone counselling for couples, Individuals & family members during this time of unprecedented stress & pressure during these weeks of COVID-19. Call: 01 5313331. Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 St Vincent De Paul Tel 087/1213560. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. .

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