PROLOGUE: “Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – from Wesleyan Chapel plaque in Church Street. Tarbert – 1830.

DEATH: We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Mattie Kelly, St. Ita’s Sheltered Houses, Convent St. who has died. A native of Rylane who went to England in the early 1950’s Mattie retired to live in Abbeyfeale in 2006 and took over the maintenance of the Church yard and the yard of the disused Convent building and for the following 14 years until Mattie’s health deteriorated he kept the place spotless, He was a great community man and is sadly missed. May he rest in peace.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE GLÓRACH: After tentative success in our two Autumn concerts, we’re really looking forward to this upcoming gig at the Glórach Theatre. Acclaimed Buttevant musician Alan Finn of Shandrum Céilí band fame, and who has played for former US President Barack Obama, will be making the journey to Abbeyfeale next month. He will be joined on the night by a stellar group of musicians that includes Keelan McGrath, Seán Kelliher and singer Annmarie O’Riordan. The gig takes place at 8 pm on Saturday, February 19th. Tickets are selling fast and can be bought at Abbey Tiles at an Siopa Milseáin, or by ringing 0871383940. We will be also selling some tickets at the drive-in Bingo next Sunday.

GLÓRACH BINGO: PRO Lorcan Curtin reports : “A great turnout once again, although the weather of the previous Sunday’s wasn’t replicated, with a cold, misty rain blowing in from the west. The tea at the interval for the volunteers was most welcome and invoked memories of the late, great Con Houlihan’s description of tea in the bog. Look forward to seeing ye at the GAA grounds next Sunday, February 6th, with the usual starting time of 1.30 pm”.

PILGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE May 25th ex Cork to Mostar. June.22nd. Ex Cork to Dubrovnik. September 14th ex Shannon to Mostar. Cost is €775. If you pay a deposit of €100 you will avail of €50 discount and secure your place. Balance of €625 can be paid 6weeks before departure. Contact Tom Dennehy for further information
on 0876468658..

TREES: The planting of trees donated by the Sikh Community in memory of Michael Max McAuliffe is due to take place on February 19th at Templeglantine.

ART: 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, closing date for our next Competition is Monday, 28th February 2022. A Kerry student was chosen as the overall winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition. There were over 25,000 entries for the competition, in its 66th year.

TALK IN CON COLBERT HALL, ATHEA: The Healthy Athea Club has invited Ciaran Carey, former hurling manager, selector and player and now working as an addiction counsellor to give a talk on, February 25th at Con Colbert Hall.

2022 ALL IRELAND EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE: Saturday 5th February at 2 p.m. live on Radio Maria. Speakers: Fr. John Mockler, Antoinette Moynihan and Fr. Morty O’Shea.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Catholic Radio with a full programme, daily of catechesis, prayer, daily mass, rosary, stations of the cross, angelus, etc. You can listen by tuning into Saorview on your Television Channel 210 / Internet:

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tues. 8th Feb. at 7:20pm in Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. Event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. *Subject to Government advise* See or call Info. Line on 01 4045378.

PADRE Pio, February Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday 15th February 7.30pm. Witness by: Liam Gowan of Waterford and Tralee, Theme: “Forgiveness in the face of personal disaster”.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE: Departing from Shannon to Mostar September 7th to 14th Half board accommodation full religious programme operated by Marian pilgrimages Fare €725 for names received before Jan 31st Details from John O Brien Group Leader Doon Co Limerick 086 8586304.

MOTORSPORT EVENT FOR CHARITY: Kerry motorsport community are running a car show at the Brandon Car Park in Tralee on February 13.

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

FESTIVAL: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival 2022, will take place this year from – March 24th to 27th. Closing date for entries to the writing competitions is February 28

WRITING: Kerry Writers’ Museum are now taking bookings from primary schools for their free creative writing workshops delivered by Fighting Words Kerry.

Pupils will create an original story & get it published with illustrations by one of their volunteer tutors. Suitable for pupils from 3rd-6th class. More details (

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: Wednesday 11am Funeral of Mrs. Eily Harnett, Purt. Thursday 10am Feast of St. Blaise and blessing of candles. Saturday 6.30pm Willie Pa O’Connor, Collins Park. 2nd Anniversary. John Joe Lane, Ballaugh 1st. Anniversary. Jerry O’Riordan, Dromtrasna Harnett. Sunday 10am Mary Mann, Church St.

Baptisms Saturday 5pm or Sundays 1pm. Monthly Mass for the sick of the parish will be celebrated at 10am on the last Friday of the month. In the event of a funeral the Mass will change to the previous Thursday. Covid 19 limits on capacity for indoor and outdoor events will no longer apply. As some people may continue to have concerns, we are asking people who attend Mass to continue to wear masks, to sanitise their hands and to continue to receive Holy Communion on the hand only.

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS: Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land May 23 – June 2. Group Leader, Micheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Scripture Scholar) in association with Premier Travel, Cork. Contact Mícheál at 086 8337681 or email info @

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in the main church every Friday from after the 10.00am Mass until 6.00pm. In the event of a funeral Mass on a Friday Adoration will begin at 12.30pm. We advise parishioners to wrap up well as the some of the church windows will be open for ventilation purposes. “In worship, God captures your heart; when He’s got it, then the real work begins.”- Matt

ARE YOU PLANNING TO GET MARRIED: Accord the Catholic Church Marriage support service is currently offering a four-module interactive Marriage Preparation Programme via video link. This programme is offered to couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church during Covid19 and is facilitated by professionally trained Accord Facilitators. The final part of this preparation for marriage requires the couple to meet in person with the priest or deacon from the parish of the Bride. In order to participate in the programme couples will need access to the cloud platform Zoom preferably on a laptop or PC. All programme materials are sent by post to the address indicated on the booking form prior to the commencement of the programme. The Virtual Marriage Preparation Programme is collaborative between the couples and the Accord facilitating team. All couple discussions are completely private and confidential. In order to maximise the benefits from the programme couples are encouraged to book their marriage preparation programme a minimum of six monthsin advance of their wedding date. As programmes are delivered through Zoom you are welcome to book through any Accord Centre. We very much look forward to welcoming you on an Accord Marriage Preparation Programme. For further information contact ACCORD at 01 5053112 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or Email : marriagepreparation Newcastle West Office Tel 069-61000
Accord CLG Online Counselling Accord also offers support to couples or individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage. In addition to in person counselling, Accord are also offering Online Counselling. For further information email on their dedicated Email Address onlinecounselling@accord.ieThe local office for ACCORD in West Limerick is located at the Parish Centre, Newcastle West, Tel 069-61000.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The latest scam according to Liveline today is getting a call asking you to buy Google Play Cards, scratch off the cover over the pin number and text them back with the number – it seems they cost multiples of euros and if one or two people a day fall for this it would be a nice little earner. The other one is that they text you on social media and say that they’re your son or daughter and that they’ve lost their phone and borrowed one and would you contact them back on this new number. Eventually they will get to the nub of the matter and say that they’ve lost their credit card in the back of the phone and will you pay a couple of bills that are due today by 4pm and they’ll pay you back tomorrow. A suggestion made by Joe Duffy is that if you get this type of a message ask them a security question ie: what is your mother’s maiden name or your confirmation name – you get my drift. 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, #CoerciveControl reach out and talk to someone you trust. Call or Text our support team on 057 9351886/0860419154. COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: The support line is open every day, 8am-8pm, by calling 081 822 2024. Hospice Bereavement Line 1800807077 Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm. Jigsaw support line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). It will provide free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults who live in the Republic of Ireland. Text 50808 to receive support from a volunteer. Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support Tel: Freephone 1800 80 48
48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email: supportmail A helpline for Men suffering domestic abuse operates 36 hours a week on 1800816588. Men’s Aid (Amen) 01 5543811 Monday – Friday 9-5pm. 24 hour helplines for women suffering domestic abuse 1800 341900 or Adapt 1800 200504. Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. AA 061/311222 Al-Anon 086/8143425. Parent Support worker 068/31019. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans Freephone 116123 or text 087/2609090 or email jo 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.

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