PROLOGUE: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS: Abbeyside Players are pleased to present ‘The Righteous Are Bold’ in The Glórach Theatre. March 31st and April 1,2,3,7,8,9.

OPENING: The Aqua Dome in Tralee will reopen to customers on Tuesday, March 15.

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE GARDA SIOCHANA: If you have any stories or memorabilia from bygone times the Gardai would be glad if you would share them.

THE RAILWAY IS BACK: The Fitzgerald family have been in touch “Looking forward to giving old friends and new a royal Railway welcome on Wednesday, February 23 as we reopen our doors with the fantastic Michael Collins Band ( Who Else Only The King). Dancing kicking off at 9.15pm. Also coming Wednesday March 2 Neily O Connor.

Only Wednesday dancing at moment. So polish the shoes, oil the joints and head to the Railway for the craic agus ceoil.”

GLÓRACH BING BACK INDOORS: PRO Lorcan Curtin reports “Two years ago, we were riding the crest of a wave. Our Monday night Bingo was running successfully, new volunteers and board members were bringing fresh impetus and drive, with a busy schedule lined up for the first half of 2020, and we were in rehearsals for a production of the powerful play, The Iron Harp. A tiny virus, although in the news daily, still seemed very far away at that stage. Within a few weeks, we, like the rest of the country, were locked down. While there was a nice novelty in taking a break from the Glórach, bills still had to be paid and great credit is due to Seán and Helen for planning and putting the infrastructure in place for drive-in Bingo, that opened at the end of that summer at the GAA ground, running until Christmas with a short break, and then an extended break until June of last year, running consecutively until last Sunday. A massive thanks to the GAA club for the use of their grounds and premises, and for the help their members gave us each Sunday. Thanks also to Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue for the efficient and safe parking of cars, and for bringing us sandwiches to keep us fortified. Thanks to everyone who came and supported us over the last two years and made this venture such a success. Two years ago, the Glórach had signs up acknowledging the Nations Front Line Workers, and at this juncture we acknowledge our own front line workers, our volunteers who have turned up on Sunday afternoons over the last two years and ensured the smooth running of the bingo. Our first Sunday was a glorious sun-kissed day, our final outing a combination of ferocious wind and King Lear like rain, maybe a sign from somewhere to move back indoors. It’s been a long two years, but we will remember and retain positive memories of the drive-in Bingo. Looking forward to seeing the crowds back at the Glórach Theatre, as we resume our indoor Bingo on Monday, February 28th at 8.30 pm.”

LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO THE GLÓRACH: No amount of storms were going to keep a large crowd away from the Glórach Theatre on Saturday night, and what a way to launch ourselves into 2022, with a memorable concert to linger in the memory. Buttevant native Alan Finn made his Glórach debut, and the supremely talented fiddle player was joined on stage by Seán Kelliher and Keelan McGrath, with the powerful voice of Annmarie O’Riordan being called upon at different stages of the concert, her version of Shanagolden resonating with the crowd before the interval. Plenty of toe-tapping and clapping to the sweet playing of Alan, Seán and Keelan, with many patrons very complimentary of the quality of sound, as well as the warmth in the auditorium. "Now I hope that in telling this story, I haven’t detained you too long" sang Annmarie, from the song, This story I tell you is True, but in truth, most of the audience would have happily stayed on another hour such was the quality of the music. Thanks to all who supported us on the night and also our raffle, looking forward to upcoming gigs in March.


Tickets selling fast for these two, Seán Keane has become synonymous with the Glórach Theatre on this side of the country, and returns again on Friday March 9th. All previous appearances were sold out so make sure to book tickets for a very special night with the Galwegian. Hot on the heels of this concert, Jon Kenny will be coming back to the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, March 19th with his one man show, Crowman,written by Katie Hollie. In a play filled with poignancy and humour, Jon gave a tour de force performance in the title role at the Glórach in early 2020, and we’ve looked forward to his return. Both shows commence at 8 pm, and booking is essential at 0871383940, or tickets can be purchased at An Siopa Milseáin or Abbey Tiles

DINNER: The Irish Sheepdog Trials Society are holding a celebratory Dinner Dance on Saturday,March 5 at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Dinner at 8pm followed with music by “The Best of Friends”. Tickets for the dinner dance are on sale. Tom O’Sullivan is only the fifth Irishman to win the Supreme Championship, the most coveted trophy in sheepdog trialling since it began in 1947 and will be attending.

CONCERT IN DUAGH: Jimmy Buckley and band will be in the Sports Complex Duagh on March 18th. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm, Tickets available at usual outlets or phone 087 9421862.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Chairman of the organising committee Cllr . Francis Foley writes; “Over the last number of days I have had a number of people contact me regarding the running of the St Patrick’s Day Parade this year. After discussion with the committee we have decided to run the parade as normal this year! We look forward to seeing everyone out enjoying the celebrations again this year after a 2 year break.

SMALL GRANTS SCHEME: The Community Groups, Organisations & Minority Sports small grant scheme will provide funding to support these groups to return to sport and physical activity following the various lockdowns during Covid. Sports clubs are excluded from this grant scheme as each National Governing Body (NGB) of sport, has secured funding to support their own clubs. Minority sports clubs, who do not have paid staff in their national organisation can apply to this fund.Who Can Apply? Limerick based Community Groups, Organisations & Minority Sports, who deliver sport and physical activity opportunities in their local communities. This scheme was designed to support community centres, men’s shed groups, youth organisations, community-based centres, community walking groups, Go4Life and active retirement groups, scouts & girl guides and minority sports i.e. Dragon Boating, Pétanque, Ultimate Frisbee, Lawn Bowls, Underwater hockey. Commerical Organisations / Individuals are not eligible to apply. Please note that the closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm Monday 7th March, 2022 PROLGUE: If you can’t have what you like, you must like what you have.

PLAY: The Spike Players Knocknagoshel proudly present ‘For Better or For Worse’ February 25, 26, 27th & March 4, 5, 6th at 8pm in Knocknagoshel Community Centre. To reserve tickets call 087 705 0670.

DAY CARE CENTRE: Now open to visitors every Tuesday. Contact Jane on 068 51850.

SOCIAL DANCE CLASS: Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.30pm.. Further information from 087 7206449.

TREE PLANTING IN TEMPLEGLANTINE: The planting has been postponed due to Storm Eunice.

HOT DESK: WorkBase E-Hub at Old Bank Building on Main Street is now open for Business. For full details and pricing on Private Office Suites, Meeting Room, Hot-desks etc contact Ken Tobin on 086 816 2105.

PLAY: Athea Drama group, are back with Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel in Con Colbert Hall. Evening shows on Wednesday, 23, Thursday, 24, and Saturday, February 26. The doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm each evening. Booking is necessary. The tickets cost €10 and ring 087- 6926746 .

SIAMSA TIRE CONCERT featuring Danny O’Mahony & Steve Cooney on Friday, 25th February – 8.00pm. Tickets available from Siamsa – 0667123055.

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

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..

PASSION Play back again at Oberammergau, from June 14 to 26, 2022.

BOOK: Dr Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh is author of Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services (Wordwell Books, 2021).

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:

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.

CITIZENS ADVICE: They are available to deal with queries Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.15pm and can be contacted by phone on 0818075780 or by email nlimerick

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: Saturday 6.30pm Denis Muphy The Hill 4th Anniversary. Kate Curtin, Dromtrasna Collins. Sunday 10am Tom and Mary Flynn and deceased family members. Jack Joe Foley and his wife Bridget and Mossie Foley and Danny Harnett. 12 noon Michael O’Connell, Dromtrasna. 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. Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of abuse will take place on Friday, February 25. PRIESTHOOD – Zoom with Seminarians and Priests on Tuesday 1st March @ 8pm there will be an opportunity for young men to join in on a Zoom meeting to find out more about priesthood and to hear directly from two young men who are currently studying for the priesthood in our National Seminary in Maynooth. The event is being run by the National Vocations Office. Further information and registration details can be obtained by emailing info or by visiting

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
Redman. During Lent the Adoration will take place in the Blessed Sacrament Church on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am -8pm. A sheet for putting down your promise to cover an hour is available at the back of the altar.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 6: Buy tea, coffee, chocolate, bananas, cocoa etc and help support farmers in the third world with fair prices for their produce. www.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Police received a report from a male who had entered a competition on Facebook to win an iPhone. The entry fee was £2, but after checking his bank account they had in fact taken £130 from him. As tempting as these competitions are, always satisfy yourself that it is a legitimate company and not a scam.The majority of burglaries take place in unoccupied homes. The following are some of the things a burglar looks for:

  • No lights on at night, or just ‘dead’ lights on (porch, hall)
  • Lights on constantly during the day
  • Blinds pulled down, or curtains across during the day
  • A build-up of papers and/or flyers in the letter box
  • A build-up of letters in the hall or porch visible from outside
  • A build-up of milk on the door-step
  • Front gates closed and no car in the driveway
  • Notes left for delivery men or callers
  • Uncut lawn and untidy garden

“Kerry Martial Arts School is opening classes in Listowel. IContact 085 8403898/0872636820 for further information.”

Limerick City and County Council is teaming up with An Garda Síochána, and 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.”

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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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