PROLGUE: Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.

DEATH: We offer our sincere condolences to Jackie and the sons, daughters and grandchildren of the late Eily Harnett, Purt whose funeral was held on Wednesday last. May she rest in peace.

SAVE THE DATE: Jimmy Buckley and his Band will be at the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex for an evening of Music on Friday, March 18. Further information 087 2684540.

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 that will bring the best in Traditional and folk music to the venue. 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. Look forward to seeing ye for a great night of music at the radically revamped theatre.

BINGO AT THE GAA GROUNDS: Lorcan Curtin writes; “A good turnout on Sunday with the Kerry crowd in ebullient form after the win over Dublin, and many leaving in an even better mood with many winners crossing west over the border. GAA grounds in immaculate condition, without even the sign of a few rushes on the edges to make a decent St. Brigid’s cross. After a joyous January, the weather has been decidedly mixed so far this month, but we will be there next Sunday, February 13th at the GAA grounds at the usual starting time of 1.30 pm.”

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING: 2 Day ‘Back To Work Basic Skills Training’ for Job Seekers on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25 in Newcastle West covering Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Chemical Awareness and Safe Use of PPE. Contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 to register

CAR BOOT SALE: A Car boot sale in aid of the Newcastle West Community Centre will be held on Sunday, February 20. They are accepting bric a brac donations, toys, clean clothing. No books, broken toys etc. They have limited stall spaces available and any enquiries to 069- 69584.

RESPECTING FUNERALS: A recent Facebook post by a Cork funeral director has asked pedestrians to stand and show respect as a funeral cortege passes and drivers to give way to allow the family follow the hearse.

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..

CHOIR: The Kingdom Gospel Choir are re-commencing rehearsals (fortnightly) starting on Friday 11th February from 8-9pm in the Friary Church Killarney. New members always welcome. No singing experience necessary. For more information contact Caoimhe on 0870669858.

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.

FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS FROM GALILEE TO JERUSALEM: Take the trip of a lifetime with Group Leader Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director Fr. John Newman in association with Premier Travel, Cork. Further information from Mícheál 086 8337681 or email info @ carpediemtours. ie

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.

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:

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

ANOTHER GOOD NEWS STORY FROM ABBEYFEALE: Great to see the finishing touches being put to the new WorkBase E-Hub in Abbeyfeale and looking forward to opening day. Well done to everyone at Abbeyfeale Community Council who were the initial drivers of this idea almost 6 years ago and a huge welcome to all those at #HQCoworking who will be managing the E-Hub on behalf of owners Innovate 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

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 10am Larry Corbett, St. Ita’s Terrace. Thursday 10am World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Friday 10am Blessing of the sick at this Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. No Saturday morning Mass. Saturday 6.30pm Peter Scannell, Clash. Jim Aherne Shanbally. Tom Aherne, Glenashrone Month Mind. Joe Murphy, 3 Radharc na Feile. Sunday 10am Mary Clancy, New Street 1st. Anniversary. Willie Riordan, Upper Purt. 12 noon Con and Lillie Reidy, The Hill and Dublin. 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.

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

COMMUNITY ALERT: “My name is Chloe O’ Neill, I work for a production company in Dublin called Oddboy Media and we are working on a program called ‘On the Road’ for RTÉ about road fatalities in Ireland and how to make the roads safer by doing research into what different counties in Ireland are doing to make the roads safer for the public.It is an early evening TV series which looks at ways in which we can make road travel in Ireland safer and greener; whilst reducing congestion and the harmful effects of vehicle emissions. We are looking for people to do an on camera interview with people who are living in Limerick who is part of a Action Group to do with Road Safety or a local who is really passionate about the future of our roads, or even part of a rural cycling group then we are keen to talk to you about the big ticket changes happening across both urban and rural Limerick with a focus on climate action, tackling congestion and using both pre-existing and proposed legislation to help with implementing changes and enforcement. We would really love it if you could show us around some of the locations in the city or rural areas benefiting from the changes. For example, new active travel infrastructure (bike tracks, segregated road systems, etc.), speed reduction measure, traffic calming, remote working hubs, etc. If this is something you would be interested in, please send me a private message or an email to chloeoneilldingle”

A Recent post on FB by Cllr. Liam Galvin “ Property Marking Machines to aid in reducing property crime across Limerick.

Limerick City and County Council is teaming up with An Garda Síochána, community groups across Limerick to help reduce the incidence of property theft.

The Council has purchased two property marking machines at a cost of €12,650 which can be loaned out to community groups who in turn organise property marking events in the localities.

The main objective of purchasing these machines is to reduce the level of property theft in Limerick city and county, reducing fear of crime and strengthening the partnership between communities, An Garda Síochána and the local authority.

How Property Marking works:

· The property machine works by stamping the person’s Eircode onto their item using a series of dots.

· As the Eircode is unique to the owner of the property, the item is easily tracked back to them if stolen.

· The depth and size of the dots is adjusted to suit the material to be marked, eg plastic, wood, carbon fibre etc. The only type of material it can’t be used on is that which might shatter on impact, such as glass or ceramics.

· Marking the property acts as a deterrent to thieves as they are likely to move on rather than risk getting caught with an item which can instantly be identified as not belonging to them.

Special training sessions provided by James O’Neill of Property Marking Ireland have taken place in UL Bohemians RFC grounds in Annacotty, for a total of 30 people from various community groups and the Community Department of the Council to showcase how the system works.

In addition 24 Gardaí have been trained in the use of the machines.

Launching the new initiative, Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Tom Ruddle said: “This is a wonderful initiative being led by Limerick City and County Council in partnership with the Gardaí and local communities. It is these small steps that we can all take that will make it difficult for opportunist thieves and travelling gangs to steal our property. It shows that we must all play our part to rid our areas of this nasty type of activity.”

“It is a very simple thing to do, mark your property and I would encourage community groups across Limerick to get in contact and to organise property marking events, to help prevent thefts and to protect our communities.”

Sergeant Noel Barry for Newcastle West Garda District said: This property marking initiative is important for two reasons. One is from the garda point of view in relation to recovering property and finding owners for the property and returning it to them, while the second reason is from a community engagement point of view and for the community themselves.”

“It’s a joint approach between An Garda Síochána and the community in that we meet up we get an opportunity to meet communities when we hold this event. So it’s going to increase engagement and we hope, increase the public’s perception of safety in an area as well. And it will result in reducing crime in areas as well.”

Initial areas covered are the Newcastle West Municipal District and Limerick City North, with it rolling out to other districts in the coming months.

Stickers saying that property has been marked are available when borrowing the machine. These add value, as they draw a would-be thief’s attention to the fact that the item is marked, and thus may deter the thief from going through with it.

The displaying of stickers have been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of theft in local authority areas that already use property marking machines.

The property marking machine can be booked through the Community Department of Limerick City and County Council.

It is available free of charge to community groups, sports clubs etc who wish to organise property marking events in their area. Full training is given to volunteers.

Contact Catherine Bowes Kelly (catherine.boweskelly) or Denise Scanlon (denise.scanlon) or Customer Services on 061 556000 for more details.”

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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