PROLOGUE: Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.

DEATH: We offer the sympathy of Abbeyfeale parish to Mrs. Foley and all the Foley family on the death of Fr. Joe last weekend. Fr. Joe was a well-loved curate here from 2013 to early 2017. His empathy, warm personality and sense of fun endeared him to us all. Old and young felt at ease with him and loved him for his sincere interest in them. His reverential Masses said with such conviction were a blessing to those of us lucky to be present. We can assure you, Mrs. Foley and family, that Fr. Joe is held in the highest esteem and will never be forgotten here in Abbeyfeale. 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: .

INVITATION: You are invited to attend Abbeyfeale Community Council AGM on Thursday, September 16 at Fr. Casey’s G.A.A. Clubhouse @7.30 p.m. ACC has secured the investment of over six hundred thousand euro for our community in the past five years. Projects include The new Business Hub, walkways in Abbeyfeale Town Park, heritage signage, provision of defibrillators and many more. Abbeyfeale is about to undergo momentous changes with the implementation of the new traffic management plan, the development of the Greenway and the proposed Abbeyfeale bypass.

Have your voice heard now. Join the ACC – at the heart of Abbeyfeale. Stronger together!

GLÓRACH BINGO: Thanks to all the patrons who turned up for our drive-in Bingo, held earlier to facilitate viewing the All-Ireland Final. Comhghairdeas to the Limerick Hurlers on their terrific triumph, similar to John Kiely’s men we strive to run our drive-in Bingo and all Glórach events as professionally as possible. Unlike the Limerick team, we don’t mind an odd rebel win, as evidenced by winners who travelled to the GAA grounds in Abbeyfeale from Macroom and Buttevant last Sunday. We will be starting at the normal time of 2 pm on this Sunday, August 29th and hopefully the good weather predicted will extend to the weekend.

CELEBRATING PAT FEELEY ON LYRIC FM: Throughout the month of August, The Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm will celebrate the documentary work of Pat Feeley, formerly of Mountcollins and the Boys National School Abbeyfeale. Pat travelled the hills, mountains and roads of Ireland capturing ordinary stories of Irish life and culture in his own inimitable way. This Sunday at 6pm in The River Men, a documentary originally broadcast in 1981, Pat Feeley meets with people from all walks of life as he travels along the banks of the River Feale which has its origins in Co. Cork.

All of these features on Pat Feeley can be listened to again on the RTE Lyric FM Player.

CAR BOOT SALE: There will be a Car Boot Sale on Saturday, August 28 from 8am on the grounds beside Aldi and on the road to the GAA pitch and the entrance to the Demesne in NCW .

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.

TRIATHLON: The annual Triathlon in Glin cancelled again this year.

LIMERICK WOMEN’S MARATHON: The Virtual Limerick Women’s Marathon will take place on September 25/26.

CHARITY Cycle on the Limerick Greenway on Saturday, September 11 in aid of Little Blue Heroes Foundation.

VEHICLE RUN: Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Vehicle run, begins at the Mart in Castleisland at noon on Sunday, September 5.

TRAINING: Cycle Against Suicide are working to train and deploy a network of ‘Community Buddies’ into communities in Kerry and all across Ireland. The Community Buddy programme is peer to peer support and is centred around a structured but supportive conversation in a safe and non-judgemental space. It allows an individual to discuss how they are coping or not coping and working with the Buddy to discuss (and co-produce) ways of moving forward to overcome the challenges. The training to become a Community Buddy is 2 full days or four evenings currently being delivered via zoom. Full details are available at:

COURSE: Recovery Haven Kerry are starting a six-week course titled ‘Building Better

Caregivers’. This course starts on Tuesday, September 14 and is an online

programme for those supporting a loved one with cancer. If you are interested

in this course, please contact Reception on 066 7192122 for more details.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION: Wednesday, September 1. Opening Prayer & Event in the Town Park, Tralee at 3pm.

LATIN MASS will be offered on Sunday next, August 29 at 1.00pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass, Tralee, by Fr. Martin Hegarty. For more information contact LatinMassTralee

LEGION OF MARY: To celebrate the 100 years of the Legion of Mary on Tuesday, September 7th there will be an online worldwide consecration to Jesus through Mary on September 8, preceded by 33 days of preparation nightly at 8 p.m. on Zoom. ID: 8114083503. Password: 876433.

RADIO MARIA: broadcasts Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Hour etc daily. It has many interesting programmes.. 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. For info visit

FOOD FAIR: Listowel Food Fair will be held from Thursday, November 4 until Monday, November 8 – Family & Children, Festivals, Food & Drink. Since its inception in 1995, the Listowel Food Fair has continued to develop successfully and is now an established event in the calendar of Kerry festivals.

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.

FESTIVAL: Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council and Tralee Chamber Alliance will be running the 2021 Park Festival at Pearse Park in Tralee over August 19-29. Details are now available on

OLYMPICS: Paralympian from Killarney, Jordan Lee will compete in Tokyo 2021 on Sunday, August 29 at 11am Irish Time.

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.

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 087-2533030 fealechurch Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. The parish office will be closed for the next week. 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.

DIPLOMA : in Theological Studies from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. This one-year, on-line blended learning Level 8, 65 ECTS credits programme gives a foundation in Theological Studies to students who hold a primary degree in another discipline. It meets all the Teaching Council of Ireland’s requirements for the teaching of Religious Studies at post-primary level. Further details visit admissions Tel: 01 7083964.

WEST LIMERICK DIGITAL MARKETING TRAINING PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources in partnership with West Limerick Tourism are delighted to be able to offer you/your business the opportunity to attend the West Limerick Digital Marketing Training Programme, starting Monday, September 6. Do you struggle to see a return on your digital marketing activity? Do you want to know how to streamline processes and get a better return for your time and money? Register for this free initiative and you will: be able to create a robust integrated digital marketing strategy that will earn you a high return; know what channels are best for your business and be able to use them more effectively; get advice that is specific to your business and your business goals; be able to create digital campaigns using channels that best suit your business and your customers; discover what works by measuring and optimizing social media campaigns; make the businesses website visible to larger audience thanks to Search Engine; optimisation (SEO) techniques; learn by doing – this course is very practical and hands-on. Please be advised this course is limited to 12 participants as it includes intensive training sessions for you with the trainer. Register today by emailing Elaine at edillon

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.

Further information on all our activities and projects is available on or check out our Facebook page:

COMMUNITY ALERT: A lady from Abbeyfeale lost the bones of €1,000 recently to a scam caller, purporting to be the Fraud Officer from her bank. It seems he had so much information that the woman, described to me. as a very astute person was persuaded to allow access to her bank account. I, myself fell for a friend request from a local man this week on Facebook and the following day got a message about the great financial opportunity he could organise for me. I rang him only to be told that his account had been hacked and that all his 70 plus contacts had received the same great offer. 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.

• 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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