PROLOGUE: The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it’s the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking.

DEATHS: Nora Mai Fitzpatrick nee Ward late of Abbeyfeale who died in Dublin, Joe Harnett of Lucan and late of Abbeyfeale, Nora Morrisroe, late of Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale who died on December 22. Mary O’Connor, Caherhayes who died on December 27.
We extend our sympathies to their families. May they rest in peace.

JUGGING: Bank ‘Jugging’ is a theft method where customers of financial institutions are watched by persons who wait for them to come out of the financial institution with a bank bag, coin box or bank envelope that looks like they may have a large amount of cash. The customer may then be followed with the thief looking for an opportunity to steal the cash, maybe by breaking into their car or a distraction theft from the victim directly.

An Garda Síochána have been targeting Criminal groups involved in this type of crime. In a recent operation, 3 males were arrested at the end of November 2021 and subsequently charged with multiple offences before the courts. These males are currently remanded in custody. During the course of that Garda operation, the contents of a number of Bank Accounts were frozen and €110,000 Cash was recovered.

If you are carrying out cash banking transactions please take the following general advice:

Be aware of your surroundings, especially if something seems strange as you enter the bank.

Conceal your bank deposit bags, coin boxes or envelopes as you enter and leave the bank.

Take your bank bag or envelope with you into your next destination. Don’t hide it in your vehicle.

Always vary your routes and times for cash drops and collections.

Consider using electronic funds transfer rather than depositing or withdrawing cash.

If you feel like you are being followed, call 999 and drive to a Garda station.

DUAGH LIVE CRIB: is open daily 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. thanks to Duagh Tidy Towns Committee. You are asked to adhere to all protective public health guidelines that are in force at the moment. Donations are in aid of local charities.

SWIM: The annual “Connie Hartnett Memorial Swim” in aid of Milford Care Centre took place at the Ladies Beach Ballybunion on New Year’s Day. Donations to Contact Kathleen on 086 3151 447 for more information.

WRITE A SHORT STORY: If you are a member of the ICA you might consider entering their competition to write a short story entitled “The Window” max 2,000 words, the closing date is January 28 for entries.

SUPPORT: Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:20pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. Subject to change in accordance with government advice. For more information, see or call the Information Line on 01 4045378.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: on June 15 – 22 flying Cork to Dubrovnik (morning flight) with Aer Lingus staying in Hotel Leone. Spiritual Director Fr. Ted Sheehan. COVID insurance cover included in cost. Contact Sean at 0862959380.

GLORACH BINGO: Resumes Sunday January 9 at 1.30pm in Fr. Casey’s Carpark.

CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0761 07 5780 or by email on limerick

BOOKS: "Mountcollins and its Vicinity, a 440 page book, by Larry Begley, is now on sale at Siopa Milseàn, Mosses (Killarney Rd.), Twohigs Supervalu, Pat Buckleys & Sheehans P.O. Templeglantine, Tournafulla & Brosna shops, and the Creamery Mountcollins. The book deals with the varied history of Mountcollins and its Vicinity including topics such as: Landlords, Placenames, Roads, Evictions, Moonlighters, Faction Fighting, Whiteboys, Rockites, Protestant Church in Fealesbridge, Pubs, Shops, Old trades and professions and many many more.
Please contact sales for local orders, sales/delivery requests and other general queries.The book can also be bought online by visiting Delivery available Nationwide and to the UK, USA & Australia." Also on sale in the Siopa Milseán is a book by Timmy Woulfe from Athea entitled ‘As tough as tathfhéithleann’ – a rare and beautiful collection of Irish words and phrases.

CHURCH NEWS: Thursday next is January 6, the celebration of
The Epiphany of the Lord, also known as Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan.
The Vigil Mass for the feast will be celebrated at 7.00pm on Wednesday, January 5. Mass on the 6th will be celebrated at 10.00am and at 7.00pm. All are welcome. 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.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Test your fire alarm once a week. (Fire )

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: Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland Email:
alex 01 210790. 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. . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: info
Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email info@childrensgriefcentre.

DO YOU HAVE NEWS: If there is something you’d like covered in the Abbeyfeale notes please contact me on 087 6866450 or email me on marianharnett1