PROLOGUE: The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

DEATHS: We offer our sincere sympathies to P. J. Harnett, Bridge St. on the death of his father in law Jeffrey Bradshaw, Lacca East, Kilmorna, to Marie Sweeney, Killarney Road on the death of her sister Margaret Holt nee Tuohy in Swindon, to Maureen and Micheal and extended family on the death of D.P. Woulfe, Bridge Street and to Margaret Horgan, Springmount on the death of her mother Mary Howard, Tralee. May they rest in peace.

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES: Huge good wishes to our former parish priest, Canon John O’Shea who is celebrating 50 years in the priesthood. We loved him here in Abbeyfeale for the 14 years he was with us and thank God for the work he did here. He was interviewed by the Bishop ( the same man who moved him ),there is a video on FB on the Limerick Diocesan page and I have it shared to the Abbeyfeale Community page. In the video Fr. John remembers his years as a priest and speaks fondly of his time here. We wish him health and happiness and many more years of ministry.

NOONAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Tony Noonan was in touch with the great news that despite Covid and the lockdown Noonans Lights still raised € 9,872. 00 for charity in 2020. Tony, Hannah and Siobhan would especially like to thank all the National schools for their welcome and their contributions. They’re planning to be back bigger and better than ever in 2021.

GLÓRACH BINGO: Glórach was among the first, if not the first, to hold a Sunday Bingo in the GAA Car Park, Abbeyfeale last Sunday. Drive-In Bingo is one of the few outdoor events that can take place without an upper limit on attendance. People remained in their vehicles throughout the afternoon, other than when nature dictated otherwise, with the clubhouse remaining closed other than for toilet access. Although, on-line bingo had been a feature during lock-down, all present agreed that you can’t beat the Real McCoy for fun, frivolity and some folding cash for the lucky winners, of which there were aplenty given that a total €3,150 was paid out to those lucky enough to have their numbers called.

So, cancel all other engagements and turn up this Sunday, June 20 at 2pm to the GAA Car Park in Abbeyfeale to be in with a chance of winning some of the minimum prize money of €3,150. You won’t get a better offer and IT COULD BE YOU!

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: 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.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR LITURGY: Keeping The Alive Celebrating and Supporting the Work of Cantors in our Church. The Advisory Committee on Church Music invites you to take part in a Celebration by Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 from 7.30 —8.30 p.m. Included in the Event: Sharing the Experience of Cantors, Input on Repertoire, Copyright, Caring for your Voice.

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. 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. Following another update on the easing of Gov / HSE restrictions around Covid-19, the Church of the Assumption can now accept up to 130 people attending Masses only and up to 50 attending Weddings and Funerals. Stewards will direct you to hand-sanitising stations and then to your seat. Seats will be clearly marked. Stewards will also direct you to Holy Communion. For those who wish to stay in their cars in the Church Car Park, Mass will be broadcast on 107fm. For the time being we are suggesting that people come to Mass just once a week in order to allow everyone in the Parish the chance to attend Mass. The two metre social distancing rule still applies. 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. 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’, 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.

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

DESMOND CASTLE, NCW: Outdoor tours only. Self-guiding access to ground floor of castle. Limited access to castle banqueting hall.

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

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

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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: 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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