PROLOGUE: Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it.-Alfred Brendel.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to Betty and all the Sheehan family, Knocknasna on the death of Paddy. May he rest in peace.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE: An upcoming foundation course in personal development this autumn will take place this Autumn. The Mid-West SCPD Application Form is now available on the website for downloading: .

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration in the main church every Friday, beginning after the 10.00am Mass – 6.00pm. Entrance through the front door of the church. Please note that when there is a Wedding Mass celebrated on a Friday, adoration will be from 4 to 6.00pm.

POEM IN HONOUR OF THE LATE TERESA: Teresa Riordan was in her 98th year when she died on June 23rd. last. She was a native of Abbeyfeale and when she married lived in Barnard. This poem, written by a young relation, was read at her funeral:

Nana Teresa lived to ninety seven,

a place she got above in heaven,

always a lady for the rosary,

evenings she’d say a decade or three.

She loved her holidays in Ballyagran,

down with her sister Joanie’s clan.

Or down to Anna in lovely Croom,

it was a good house for a lovely tune.

Eliah’s daily visits for a run down on the farm,

Teresa loved his craic and his charm.

She loved TV and radio Kerry,

her dog Shizzy and a wine to make her merry.

Teresa was a noted baker,

& very little time it would take her.

famous for her bread and her scones,

a serious operator when in her zone.

Nicola would call for a cup of tea,

In her kitchen Shauna and Caoimhe learned their one, two, threes.

Teresa loved an Irish tune,

Caoimhe on the concertina could be heard in the room.

Teresa had a great circle of friends,

on the phone to them for hours on end.

Neighbours in Banard from above and below,

would always stop by to say hello.

In her early years she milked many a cow,

It isn’t something you’d often see now.

We are living on the farm for 26 years,

Nana Teresa always treated us with love and great cheer.

A trip to Cissy for Saturday mass,

This is something she’d never pass.

First to the hairdresser and dress up in style,

up to receive from the centre aisle.

Years ago Dan and Teresa’s was the only house with a phone,

rarely were they in the house alone,

She’d always have a huge welcome for anyone who’d call,

adults and children both big and small.

Paud Woulfe and Mike Leahy would call every night

Teresa’s flowers and garden was a wonderful sight.

Jim Ahern used to call to fix everything,

while the nieces and nephews would drop by after a quick ring.

Teresa’s home help were super to her in Banard,

she’d love to see them pull into the yard.

A weekend away with James and Katherine in the Sheen Falls in Kenmare,

it was almost as good as a day with Dan at the fair

Her last six weeks were spent in the hill,

with Norette and Nana Riordan she got to chill.

She loved her drives to BallyB,

sitting in the mobile looking out at the sea,

On Wednesday you said goodbye to us,

like everything in life it was with little fuss.

We are sure you are reunited with your darling Dan,

Cissy, Ita and the rest of the Fam.

Rest in Peace Nana Teresa

VINTAGE: Knockanure Vintage Club are holding their Annual Tractor run on Sunday August 15th. Registration time 12 noon. Proceeds in aid of Kerry Hospice Foundation, Listowel Branch.

TRADITIONAL NIGHT IN THE ROCK: The Seisiún” is on in Bruach Na Carraige, Rockchapel every Tuesday during August. Due to restrictions, it is essential to book in advance by phoning 087 9921 119.

ABHAILE SCHEME: If you’ve fallen behind on your mortgage payments, you may be able to get help under the State – funded Abhaile scheme( a service to help home owners find a resolution to mortgage arrears). If your debt appears unmanageable, you may need to seek a debt deal – such as a Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA). You can find more information on PIA’s and other debt solutions from the Insolvency Service of Ireland at 076 1064 200 or online at

SAILING: A Limerick man Peter Lawless aged 52 who lives in Annascaul, wants to be the first Irishman to sail non-stop, around the world on his own, starting from Kilrush harbour later this month.

RACING: There will be racing on the beach at Ballybunion on Saturday, September 11. Time to be confirmed.

HERITAGE: West Limerick 102 fm will broadcast a series of programmes to mark this year’s Heritage Week from Saturday August 14 to Sunday August 22. People interested in participating this August are asked to get in contact with Shirley at 102fm, on 069-66200.

POETRY: On Thursday, 12 August, at 7pm, Moll in partnership with the Embassy and Consulates General of Ireland in the UK, presents the online launch of A History of Irish Women’s Poetry, a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of Irish women’s poetry from earliest times to the present day.

100 YEARS OF THE LEGION OF MARY: 33 DAYS FOR OUR LADY: To celebrate 100 years of the Legion of Mary there will be an online worldwide consecration to Jesus through Mary beginning on August 5th. Tune in nightly at 8 p.m. on zoom. ID: 811 4083
3503. Code: 876433.

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICE is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to info. Closing date is Friday, August 27.

LEADER OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: The LEADER Transition Programme is now open for applications for eligible community and enterprise projects. Grant aid for capital works is currently available to all at a rate of 75% to a maximum €200,000 however funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Funding is also available for eligible training and A&D projects. Please note conventional retail, agriculture, childcare, healthcare and on-going running costs are among the areas ineligible for LEADER funding. For more information or to discuss your ideas please contact one of our development officers: Caitriona Scully (Tourism and Food Projects) – cscully Elaine Dillon (Community Projects) – edillon Suzanne Rowley (Enterprise Projects) – srowley

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.

ARTS FESTIVAL: Ballybunion Arts Festival September 9 – 12 will host a diverse programme of Theatre, Poetry, Performance Art, Music, Visual Art & workshops for artists and audiences. Kerry Writer in Residence Máire Holmes will host an Irish language poetry workshop on September11in Ballybunion Community Centre. More details (

NEWSLETTER: For the month of August the Parish Newsletter will not be published. The Newsletter will resume again in September. Our thanks to all the shops and businesses in the parish who over the past few months have helped to distribute the Newsletter. We are grateful for their assistance.

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 Youth 2000 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 Youth 2000 office atoffice or 00353 (0) 1 6753690.

GLÓRACH BINGO AT FR. CASEY’S: Welcome back to PRO Lorcan Curtin and sincere sympathies to him on the death of his father Kieran recently. He reports: Drive-in Bingo continues each Sunday at 2 pm at Fr. Casey GAA grounds. Gender equality is well established in terms of the Bingo callers, with duties alternating between Tom Madigan and Mary Smith, whilst the prize money remains consistent as ever. Once again, we would like to thank all volunteers and patrons for their continued support.

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES: Blended learning combines online modules with some on campus learning, allowing theparticipant the flexibility to fit in learning around their other life commitments. This course is from St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Interested? Find out more online at
higher-diploma-in-theological-studies. Programme content: Systematic,
Christian Ethics, Scripture, Foundations of Worship, World Religions,
History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion & Secular Belief System.

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 068 -31133. The parish office will be closed for the next two weeks .To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Chy4 forms 2020: If you intend to fill in and sign the CHY4 form you received in the post before Easter this year, you may return it to Fr Mullins . We thank all of you who have already completed the form and returned it. We expect to get up to €24,000 this year all because of your generosity. If you have lost the form contact Fr Tony. Thanks to all who contribute to the parish collections.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated. A special word of thanks to the committees/ volunteers who take great care of the graveyards. There is an account in the credit union for donations to assist in their work.

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: Gardaí have received reports of persons receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána. The number calling appears to be the phone number of a genuine Garda station.

An Garda Síochána will never make contact with members of the public in this fashion.

There are several stages to these scam calls:

1. The person receiving the call is subjected to a pre-recorded or automated message that prompts them to select an option.

2. The person is then put through to a person alleging to be a member of An Garda Síochána.

3. The scammer either looks for personal information or informs the person that their details have been involved or linked to a crime.

4. After giving over personal details the victim receives a follow up call from another scammer seeking more details on behalf of An Garda Síochána (This call appears to be coming from a genuine Garda station number)

On receipt of these call, the advice of An Garda Síochána is as follows:

• Do not engage with the caller.

• Do not return the call.

• Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc.

• Never transfer money.

• Never disclose personal or financial information.

• Hang up and end the call.

Unoccupied properties are being targeted, so if you are going away on holidays please consider the following crime prevention advice:

• Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.

• If possible leave a car in the driveway, this gives the impression someone is at home.

• Cancel delivers such as milk and ask someone to collect your post.

• Lock away wheelie bins, ladders and other tools that could be used to climb or force an entry.

• Keep your garden tidy, and if you’re away for a prolonged period ask someone to cut your grass.

• Secure any garden sheds with good quality locks, and independently secure bikes and other high value items. Consider marking high value items with your Eircode or other property marking system.

• Cash and Jewellery remain the targeted items. Don’t keep large amounts of cash at home, and either take your jewellery with you or invest in a good quality safe.

• Consider installing a Video Doorbell. These are becoming very affordable and allows you to remotely answer a caller to your door; which again gives the impression someone is at home.

If you are 65, you 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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