PROLOGUE: All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to Ted and family on the death of Mary White, Tournafulla. May she rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Brid O’Rourke Ballaugh and Kieran McCarthy Knockbrack who got married on Friday and to Bernadette McCarthy and Mark O’Brien who were married on Saturday. We wish them every happiness in their married lives together.

MUNSTER UNIVERSITY: The Technological University based in Tralee has secured €2,219,980 in funding to provide 837 places under the Government’s Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiatives for the academic year 2021/2022.

POSSIBLE JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Cyber Ireland reports that 48 % of companies have open or unfilled cyber roles.

EMPATHY PROJECT; To date we have trained 248 teachers and 65 Youth workers, bringing the Story Exchange model to thousands of young people nationwide. To learn more log onto:

CLASSIC MOVIEPLEX REOPENS: The Listowel cinema has reopened after 6 months closure and looking forward to welcoming back all their customers. There are two shows daily – 4.30pm and 8.15pm. Bookings can be made online on and you can also just turn up but come early. For further information call 068 22796. It is an ideal venue to spend some time away from our rainy summer and supporting a local venture at the same time. Use it or lose it.

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY: The First World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday 25th July. Pope Francis reminds us to value our grandparents and elderly and, in recognition of their role, the Pope has now instituted an annual World Day into the Church calendar to be celebrated on the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. Think this week of how you can show appreciation to your grandparents or an elderly relative or neighbour. Perhaps a visit or a telephone call would be appropriate.

A MESSAGE FROM FR. TONY: “Guidance on attending Mass; Since the parish church opened up in May to allow people attend Mass, the numbers attending have increased significantly, especially at weekends. This is good news and very encouraging. However, we have to ensure that it is safe to do so for everybody. Because of the ongoing restrictions and the expected Delta wave we need to remind parishioners that we are limited in the number of people who can actually attend Mass within the church at any one time. We have a responsibility to follow seriously the guidance of the HSE for the opening of churches. We ask parishioners where possible, to attend Mass during the weekdays, where there is ample room at the moment for additional people to attend Mass, rather than Sunday morning or Saturday evening. Once the maximum number of people allowed to be within church has been reached, a sign will be placed at the door informing people that the church is full. Parishioners then have the option of attending Mass in their cars and tuning into the church radio 107FM. Holy Communion will be brought to you at Communion time. Stewards are obliged to implement these rules and we ask you to follow the directions of the stewards at all times. Church doors and windows have to remain open at all times to ensure proper ventilation. We appreciate how important it is for parishioners to be able to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion, but in order to be as safe as possible and to ensure that our churches remain open into the future, we all need to do our bit in complying with the requirements at this time.

CAMPA MHUIRE: Free online Catholic Faith Camp for Children aged 5-12.The four day Summer Camp from Tuesday July 27–Friday July 30 will include Music & Action Songs, Arts & Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, Games, Drama, Live streamed daily Mass and more! No need to register, check out
RECOVERY LOAN FUND LAUNCHED: Community Finance Ireland has announced a £/€10 million All-Island Recovery Loan Fund, its first all-island loan scheme. The fund will offer flexible loans of £10,000-£250,000 (NI) and €10,000 to €500,000 (RoI) to community sector organisations including faith-based groups, sports clubs and social enterprises.

PAYMENTS C19: The word on the street is that there is a lot of Covid around these parts so this information with thanks to Jer Keneally, Knockanure may be timely: “The personal rate for this payment is €350 per week, as compared with the normal Illness Benefit rate of €203. It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating due to being a probable source of infection, and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If a person has been certified for less than 10 weeks, they will be paid for the duration of their certificate.”

REEK SUNDAY: The annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick, will be going ahead this year in an extended format from Wednesday to Saturday all through July. Pilgrims are asked to plan their climb well in advance, and to choose a weekday when Croagh Patrick is quieter. The Reek Pilgrimage normally takes place on the last Sunday in July.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR ABBEYFEALE TOWN PARK: A box for donations to help keep Abbeyfeale Town Park open has been affixed to the wall of the public toilets in the park. A Go Fund Me page has also been set up. The park which has proved to be such a godsend during the lockdown is struggling because the usual fundraising activities it depends on for support have had to be curtailed. It is used daily by hundreds of people and takes a lot of upkeep so funds are urgently required.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER RETREATS: This year the summer retreats for Youth2000 are back. For the Munster Area there are three retreats happening this summer all during the same weekend from 13th-15th August and they take place in Limerick, Cork and Waterford. Places need to be booked through the Youth2000 office atoffice or 00353 (0) 1 6753690.

GLÓRACH BINGO AT FR. CASEY’S: PRO Lorcan Curtin writes; “An earlier start at the sun-scorched GAA grounds on Sunday, where dreams of hurling and hay, sea and sand permeated the heated air. Not before a good game of bingo though, and with a few split checks, we gave out €3,200 in prize money, and we were glad to have started earlier, in order to witness an astounding second half performance from Limerick in defeating Tipperary. Back to the 2 pm start this Sunday, July 25th, no guarantees with Abbeyfeale weather but an afternoon of safe fun and consistent prize money is promised as always.”

BARNAGH GARDENS: A big shout out to Olive and Maurice Sheehan and family who have re-opened Barnagh Gardens to act as a Greenway Hub. This hub and the restaurant Platform 22 on the top of Barnagh along the Limerick Greenway offers complimentary parking, two children’s playgrounds, wonderful food and great views as well as coffee which is the real deal and a menu that showcases food locally sourced in West Limerick – food such as Rigney’s Farm granola. You will also find Spindoctors from Mountmahon there with adult hybrid and electric bikes, children’s bikes as well as child seats. Book their bikes online at

GRAVEYARD CLEANING: A clean up takes place every Tuesday evening weather permitting at Reilig Ide Naofa from 7-8pm. Families are encouraged to attend to their family graves it would help to keep the graveyards looking as well as they are. Thanks to all the volunteers who look after the three graveyards in the parish.

WEEVER FISH: You are advised to wear footwear on the beach in Ballybunion due to an influx of weever fish which have been known to induce allergic reactions and even anaphylactic shock.

POETRY: Éigse Michael Hartnett begins on Thursday, September 30 in Newcastle West. Website:

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.

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. Priest on Call during the summer months Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030I. fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068ers -31133. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Michael Broderick died in Perth in February 2021.Thursday 10am Eily Broderick. No Saturday morning Mass 6.30pm Matthew O’Connor 13th Anniversary. Sunday10am Fionnuala O’Donnell, Caherhayes Anniversary. Maureen McCarthy, Caherhayes 10th Anniversary. 12noon William (Billy) O’Sullivan, Ballybehy Month Mind. Monday 26th Canon James Neville 3rd Anniversary. Charlie Fealey and deceased family members. Paddy Flynn & Frankie T Flynn Main Street. Frankie died in Perth. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume here in the parish on Friday, July 23. Adoration will begin after the 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm each Friday. It will take place in the Adoration Chapel. “A Holy Hour of adoration helps bring everlasting peace to your soul and in your family. It brings us personal peace and strength. It brings us a greater love for Jesus, for each other, and for the poor. Every holy hour deepens our union with Him and bears much fruit. Mother Teresa of lCalcutta.

LOUGH DERG: The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the Lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest. Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre. A guided walk experience will be offered on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st July, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. Further dates for these guided walks will follow for late August and early September. For bookings and further information email in-fo or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518.

SPRINGBOARD 2021: 12,000 courses are being provided, details from 1800 303 523.

SCHOLARSHIP available from Danaher McGrath Trust, details from local schools.

VACCINE ETHICS AND EQUITY: Those who have received their full vaccination are encouraged to donate the price of a vaccine to Unicef to enable a person in the Third World to have equal opportunity with those of us lucky enough to live in the First World.

RADIO MARIA: Radio Maria is an Irish Catholic Radio station that has grown in strength and popularity in recent years. It broadcasts Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Hour etc. daily. It has many interesting programmes. Many people tune in to pray with them. The easiest way to tune in is via the television, Saorview channel 210, (if you go forward one channel from RTE1 you get RTE2, if you go back one from RTE1 you get Radio Maria). There is also a mobile App. All details are on their website,

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

WEST LIMERICK MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: WLMHA are sponsoring Wellness Wednesday from 11.05- 11.30am on WL102fm. They also 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: |Now that summer has finally arrived stay hydrated and don’t go out without being plastered in factor 50. There was a song sung by Noel Coward “Only mad dogs and English men go out in the midday sun” so take his advice and shelter from the real strong sun from 12 noon to 5pm. 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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