PROLOGUE: When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. Jean – Paul Sartre.

DEATH: We offer our sincere sympathy to Patrick O’Connor and his family, Knockbrack on the sudden death of his wife of almost 50 years Margaret. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE STANDS WITH UKRAINE: Pavel who works with Nicky Cotter, Dromtrasna is, along with his friends, organising containers of essential supplies to be sent to the Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Details are in the link.

There is a collection point in Killarney but An Siopa Milsean will accept items from the list (blankets, sleeping bags, camping mats, towels, shampoos, shower gels, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary products,A nappies, toilet paper, dry foodstuffs, pasta, rice, tinned meat, fish and vegetables, baby food, chocolate, tea and coffee) and Pavel will arrange for them to be taken to the collection point.

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

BEREAVED FAMILIES: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 8th March 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. We also offer an online support group and you can get further information on this by contacting us in info

CANCER: Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House will run a 6 week ‘Thriving and Surviving’ course online via Zoom commencing Wednesday March 2nd from 10.30 am – 1 pm. The course is to help support people recovering after cancer treatment. If you are interested or would like to know more about this course, then please contact Reception on 066 7192122.

CHELTENHAM PREVIEW NIGHT; Cheltenham Preview Night – both virtually and in Christy’s The Well in Listowel on Tuesday March 8th will be in aid of the Listowel Branch of Kerry Parents and Friends.

WOMEN’S DAY: International Women’s Day (March 8) celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

DRAMA; The new dates for Dancing at Lughnasa in Athea are Thursday, March 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th. There are seats available on all these nights, ring 087- 6926746.

JOBS ON LOUGH DERG: A number of Seasonal employment opportunities at Lough Derg for this summer. Application Forms are available: hr.

BE INFORMED: Catholic TV series called “Divine Mercy” – Episode 3 – “The Suffering Servant” – 10-week series. Please use Zoom Link –

to join on Friday, 4th March. Please contact 0879218946 – 0871277659 – 0872452283

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.

GLÓRACH BINGO: PRO of the Glórach writes ; “Great to be back indoors again, with many commenting on the new carpet in the foyer fitted by McElligotts furniture, giving the whole place another lift. Bingo takes place at the Glórach every Monday night at 8 pm.

Due to circumstances entirely beyond our control, the play Crowman, starring Jon Kenny, will not be taking place as previously scheduled for March 19th. We hope to have Jon back at the venue in the near future and apologise for any inconvenience caused to patrons who were looking forward to the event. All roads lead to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, March 11th as songmaster Seán Keane makes a welcome return to the venue. Tickets are selling fast for the genial Galwegian, but a few can still be got at An Siopa Milseáin and Abbey Tiles, or by ringing 0871383940 to book. The concert starts at 8 pm, we’re all looking forward to another memorable night of music and song.

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: The St. Patrick’s Day committee under the chairmanship of Cllr. Francis Foley are organising the Parade after a two year hiatus. It will travel at 4pm from Mountmahon past the viewing platform in the Square. To book your space contact Francis on 087 6391305.

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

PLAY: The Spike Players Knocknagoshel proudly present ‘For Better or For Worse’ 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.

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.

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

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:

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. Ash Wednesday Masses at 10am and 7pm. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am and 7pm. Thursday 10am Kathleen Clarke nee Kelly, Knocknasna. Saturday 6.30pm Michael and Teresa Devine, their daughter Teresa and deceased members of the Devine and Geraghty families. Margaret (Peg Doody) O’Connell, New St. Bridget Rowley, Months Mind. Sunday Johnny Lane, New Street. Ted Mulcahy, 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. Confirmation for the children of Knocknasna and Dromtrasna will take place on Wednesday, March 16.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: “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.

MILFORD HOSPICE ANNUAL 10KM RUN/WALK:Takes place on Sunday, March 13 with the start in the Kilmurry student village behind UL Sports Arena. Further information from 061485859/485860.

HI DIGITAL Learn essential skills at Hi Digital. It’s a step by step course designed for anyone who needs a bit of help developing their digital skills, particularly those who have rarely or never been online ( often 65+). It has been developed as a free online course by Vodafone Ireland Foundation, in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE. To register email hidigital @ or freephone 1800203030.

COMMUNITY ALERT: On Friday night last the committee of Abbeyfeale Community Alert invited Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue and his wife to Leens Hotel and made a presentation to him marking his retirement after almost 15 years as Community Garda in Abbeyfeale . Chairman of Community Alert James Stack said that Roger was always available and willing to visit elderly people in our community and he thanked him for his service to Abbeyfeale that often went beyond the call of duty. Roger in reply said that he loved his time in Abbeyfeale and would miss the people that he had the pleasure of knowing during his 18 years here. Roger then introduced us to his replacement Community Garda Tommy Commane who will take up his new appointment this week. We want to wish Roger a happy, healthy and long retirement.

“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.

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

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.

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.

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