PROLOGUE: Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark. Zen Proverb.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the Moloney family on the recent death of Patsy Moloney, Bantry. May he rest in peace.

CONGRATULATIONS:Ailish McCarthy and John Riordan who celebrated the sacrament of Marriage here in Abbeyfeale on Friday, September 10. We wish them every happiness in
their married life together..

MASS FOR FR. JOE: The 10am Mass on Friday will be celebrated for the late Fr. Joe
Foley, our beloved curate, who died recently.

LITTLE BLUE HEROS: Congratulations to our community Garda Roger O’Donoghue who was one of a group of Gardai who cycled from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale as part of a fundraiser for the Garda charity Little Blue Hero’s. Abbeyfeale Community Alert were delighted to present Garda Superintendant Aileen Magnier with a cheque on their arrival in Abbeyfeale.

LOCAL AUTHOR LAUNCHES NEW BOOK: A new collection of short stories by Pat McLoughlin has just been released. The title of the book is ‘Just One More Thing’. Multi award winning writer, Donal Ryan, described the stories as “humane, empathetic and blessedly sincere; adding that the collection was a joy to read. The book is available at ‘An Siopa Milslean’ (Mary Flynn’s), Abbeyfeale or online at Like Pat’s previous three books all proceeds will be donated to local charities.

COVID-19: Change in Restrictions from Monday, September 6 religious ceremonies can take place using 50% of the place of worship’s normal capacity. Here in Abbeyfeale this means that we can accommodate up to 500 people for Mass. For marriage ceremonies the number of people allowed to attend is 100. In order to maintain safety, we suggest that no more
than 6 people sit in any one seat. People living in the same household may sit together. Stewards will continue to direct people to seating and we ask you to follow the
guidance of the church stewards, so that we don’t have a situation where people are all gathered together in one section of the church and other areas of the building are
empty. Those attending Mass are still required to wear face masks as we are in an enclosed area and all visitors to the church should continue to sanitize their hands.
Windows will remain open for ventilation purposes. As the autumn approaches and the temperatures drop, parishioners are urged to wrap up well. Some seats will remain
closed off to help maintain some distance between people attending Mass. Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should not attend Mass. You should self-isolate and contact your doctor for advice. Now that we have additional capacity we encourage more parishioners to attend Mass in the church. Like Pat’s previous three books all proceeds will be donated to local charities.

HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY PEOPLE PETITION: The Season of Creation runs from September 1 (World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4 (the feast of St. Francis of Assisi). Amid numerous crises which have shaken our world, the theme this year is “Restoring Our Common Home”. During this season we are asked to join together to celebrate creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action. After the Season of Creation there will be UN meeting on Climate Change in November of world leaders in Scotland (known as COP 26) and another UN Conference of world leaders on Biodiversity is scheduled to take place in China during Spring 2022.
In preparation for these UN meetings a petition known as the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition which has been endorsed by the Vatican Department for Integral
Human Development and is now available at for dioceses, parishes, and individuals to sign. It is envisaged that this petition with
signatures will be presented by Pope Francis to the Presidents of these upcoming UN conferences.

SYMPATHY TO FR. SHOJI: Parishioners are saddened to hear of the death of Mary Tutti Varghese, mother of Fr Shoji Varghese. Mrs. Varghese died suddenly at her home in Kerala, India, last Sunday. Fr Shoji returned home this week to attend her funeral. We offer our prayerful sympathy to Fr Shoji and to his family. May she rest in peace.

GLÓRACH BINGO: Great weather again last Sunday for our weekly drive in Bingo at the GAA grounds, with Mary Smith taking up the mantle of calling the numbers. Thanks to all our patrons for their continued support, and we look forward to seeing you all next Sunday at the usual starting time of 2 pm.

GLÓRACH CONCERT: For the first time since Daoirí Farrell played here in February 2020, live music made a comeback last Friday at the Glórach with Breaking Trad delivering a memorable gig as part of FealeFest.The venue looked resplendent after the renovations, and our socially distanced crowd (limited to just over 50) couldn’t get over how warm the auditorium was. With a mixture of polkas, instrumentals and a mixture of a well known songs with their own unique twist, the trio of Niall Murphy, Donal Murphy and Mike Galvin gave a performance for the ages, joined towards the end of the evening by young local musicians including Keavagh O’Donnell, Caoimhe Murphy, Ella Murphy and the Flynn sisters Maria and Emma. The concert can be viewed on the Glórach Youtube page, and will hopefully be the first of many as we move towards the longer nights of deep Autumn and Winter. Thanks to all involved, and to the LCETB for their support in making this event possible.

WORKSHOP IN ST. ITA’S: As part of FealeFest, a workshop was held in the courtyard of St Ita’s Hall on Saturday Afternoon, celebrating the culture and song of the Travelling community. John Coffey described growing up in Abbeyfeale in the 1970s and ’80s, what a wonderful town he felt it was back then, and the various games played by the Traveller kids on the Clash Road at that time. John set the scene for a diverse afternoon of entertainment with two fine songs, before the younger generation of the local Traveller community mixed it up with pop, rap and country. Thanks again to the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s Local Creative Youth Partnership for delivering this event and the music workshops held at the Community Education Centre. Here’s hoping this won’t be a one off event, but rather an annual feature on the Abbeyfeale social calendar.

UNICEF: “Get a Vaccine/Give a Vaccine.” It hopes to deliver 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable families, in the poorest countries, including Health workers and the most high-risk people on our planet. UNICEF is inviting us to sponsor a present of the Vaccine to those in the Third World. The vaccine is freely accessible to us, and we don’t even have to pay for it. So many in the poorest countries have no access to it. Already, in appreciation of how lucky we are in comparison to them, the cost of almost 2,000,000 vaccines for people in the Third World has been donated.
What a nice way to put into practice the message of the Gospel ; – Of loving one another as He loved us and expressing that love by showing kindness to those who are in
no position to pay us back. If you would like to be part of this there are a few ways;- You can send your donation by post to Freepost, UNICEF Ireland, 33 Lower Ormond
Quay, Dublin D01 R283. By Phone; (01) 878 3000; By Email; info

FURTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING CENTRE, MOUNTMAHON, ABBEYFEALE (THE OLD TECH): The following free courses still have some spaces left: Sewing for Beginners, Beginners knitting, Payroll Manual & Computerised (Level 5), Bookkeeping manual and computerised (Level 5), Childcare Level 5, Healthcare Level 5, Sign Language, winter window box gardening, making a podcast, Upcycling Furniture, Local history. Please call the office on 06831198 for more information, Email: fetabbeyfeale or register at

DIP IN THE NIP: The fundraiser in aid of Recovery Haven will be held on September 18, details from Recovery Haven Tralee 066 7192122.

STORYTELLING: Listowel International Storytelling Festival returns in-person to Listowel from September 17th to 19th. Now in its 3rd year the festival will feature a packed programme of events including storytelling sessions & workshops, story & history walks, music sessions and children’s storytelling. We are especially thrilled to have acclaimed storyteller Maria Gillen as our Artistic Director for the festival. Our full programme will be available soon, but follow our Social Media pages or visit for updates on special guests and events.

BEGINNERS WEB DESIGN FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: West Limerick Resources in conjunction with Limerick Local Enterprise Office is offering a free introductory course to WordPress website design to local businesses. Targeted at those with little or no experience, participants can learn how to create and manage their own simple website. Course takes place online from 10am-1pm on September 27and October 4 & 11. To book a place email agrigg or phone 069 66295

TRAILS MAINTENANCE TRAINING: West Limerick Resources in conjunction with Sports Ireland is offering a three-day (9.30am-4.30pm approx.) trails maintenance course from Wednesday September 29th to Friday October 1st. Training will consist of one day classroom based instruction followed by two days on site training and will cover a range of topics related to the development and maintenance of local walking tracks and trails. All training will take place in the vicinity of Ashford and is free of charge, but places are limited. For more information or to register email Suzanne on srowley. Funded under the LEADER Programme.

PADRE PIO: September Devotions Castleisland (3rd Tuesday) Tuesday 21st September at 7.30pm. Witness by John Greene (formerly of Radio Kerry and Kerry today) Theme – ” Tackling depression and how God works in mysterious ways”. Watch live on

BLACKSMITHING Fair will be held at Ballylongford on the 25th and 26th of September, it will be a family friendly weekend.

NORTH KERRY, WEST LIMERICK: SMART VILLAGES, STRONGER COMMUNITIES: This initiative is jointly led by NEWKD and West Limerick Resources in association with KPMG Future Analytics and University College Dublin and addresses the unique challenges facing Ireland’s rural regions by unlocking innovative new solutions for the sustainable growth and development of rural communities within the North Kerry – West Limerick region. The project will involve a combination of detailed data analysis, extensive public consultation and capacity-training workshops will be used to co-produce an integrated development plan for the North Kerry – West Limerick region. Over the course of the project, the team will seek to engage with communities across Causeway, Ballyduff, Ballybunion, Ballylongford, Tarbert, Duagh , Moyvane, Brosna, Knocknagoshel, Listowel, Ballydonoghue, Lixnaw, Finuge, Abbeyfeale, Turnafulla, Mountcollins, Templeglantine, Athea/Carrigkerry, Glin, Loughill/Ballyhahill, Ardagh and Shanagolden. The project will officially launch with an online event entitled “Co-Developing Smart Villages – Towards Stronger Rural Communities” which will take place over two morning sessions on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1.

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!will be launched shortly.

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.

CHURCH NEWS: Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219. 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. To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Mass Intentions: Friday 10am Fr. Joe Foley. No Saturday morning Mass Saturday 6.30pm Kieran Curtin, Monareulta, Ballybehy Month Mind.
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.


Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option. Advance booking is essential. For further information email info or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518. Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co Donegal. F94 N289

ANAM CARA would like to invite you to join us for an online Bereavement Information and Support Evening taking place Thursday, September 16 at 7pm. This event will give you an opportunity to hear a Bereavement professional talk about the difficult challenges and many milestones grieving a child of any age has on you and your family. If you would like to join us please register here info or 085 288 8888.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CENSUS 2022: A Census of Population will be held on April 3, 2022. The Central Statistics Office requires persons to fill various roles for the duration of the Census.]

.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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