PROLOGUE: Life is like a calendar. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And if things don’t work out Take another shot.

DEATHS: Sincere sympathy to the Quirke family, Killarney Road, Mairead and family on the death of Paddy Corridan, Kilmanahan and the family of the late Tamazin O’Brien, Clash. May they all rest in peace.

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC: On Friday, March 4th and on every second of Friday of the month thereafter (excluding bank holidays) a MABS Outreach Clinic will be held in St. Ita’s Hall from 9am -12.30pm. The contact number for appointments is 0818 072210 for the North Munster MABS Limerick Office. Those wishing to make an appointment must make the call themselves due to GDP.

SACRED FOREST TREE PLANTING: In Templeglantine beside the school Saturday, March 19. Come and help us to plant Irelands first micro forest. 1,150 trees in a third of an acre with EcoSikh, Reforest Nation and Templeglantine Community Development. Bring wellies and a spade! Refreshments will be provided.

1. Earth has more than 60,000 known species of tree.

2. A tree thought to have went extinct 150 million years ago was recently discovered growing in a valley near Sidney, Australia For reference Dinosaurs like T. Rex died out 66 million years ago.

3. Before trees earth had fungi with grew 30 feet tall. Ok not really a tree fact but so cool I thought I had to include it

4. Trees in a forest can ‘talk’ and share nutrients through an underground internet built by soil fungi. Sometimes called the wood wibe web, each tree acts like a neuron in the human brain giving a forest intelligence.

5. A large oak tree can consume about 100 gallons of water per day, and a giant sequoia can drink up to 500 gallons daily.

6. Trees help us breathe — and not just by producing oxygen. Trees in city’s remove air pollution and save lives, each year 4.2 million people die each year from air pollution.

7. Adding one tree to an open pasture can increase its bird biodiversity from almost zero species to as high as 80. Even more of a reason not to cut down fairy trees!

8. Trees can lower stress, raise property values and reduce crime rates. A large oak tree can drop 10,000 acorns in one year. So adopting just a few trees will one day become tens of thousands!( Reforest Nation).

GLÓRACH NEWS: Bingo every Monday evening at 8pm. Sean Keane in Concert Friday, March 12. A few tickets left, ring 087 1383940

MAINISTER NA FÉILE COFFEE MORNING: Abbeyfeale ICA will be hosting a Coffee Morning at Leen’s Hotel on Wednesday March 23 from 10-12.30pm in aid of Ukraine. All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Red Cross. Your support will be most welcome. Ni neart go chur le ceile.

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.

AN INTRO TO CLOTH NAPPIES, Limerick Free event at the Urban Co-op, Limerick on Saturday March 26 from 2-3pm. Contact Michelle at info to book.

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

ST PIO: Prayer meeting in Castleisland Church on March 15. Witness by: Mary Theme: “Trying to live a normal life against the backdrop of poor health”. Watch on church

VINTAGE RUN: Knockdown Vintage Club Annual Charity Vintage Run on Sunday, March 27.. This year the proceeds are in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance. Registration for Vintage will commence at 12 noon at the Knockdown Arms. The Vintage Runs begins at 1pm. Big Maggie & Billy will provide the entertainment.

OBERAMMERGAU from May 18-23 depart from Dublin. Accompanied by Spiritual Director, For Enquiries contact 01 8788159 or

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

CAMPA MHUIRE: Free online Catholic Faith Camp for children aged 5-12. The four day Summer Camp running from July 27th – 30th, Tuesday to Friday will include Music and Action Songs,

Arts and Crafts, into the Deep Bible Stories, games, drama, live streamed daily Mass and more. No need to register, check out

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

CANCER SUPPORT: Daffodil day takes place on March 25th.

WELL DONE MEENKILLY N.S.: The pupils of Meenkilly NS, Preschool & School Community showed exemplary Global Citizenship this week for their collection for the people of the Ukraine. Two van loads from the school community made their way to Killarney to join with the collections that were taken up in Killarney, Kenmare and elsewhere around South Kerry. Several truck loads have now left for Poland and the border with Ukraine.

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.

.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.

WRITING: Do you know any young people, aged 15 to 17, with a passion for writing? MoLI offers an annual five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 talented students around Ireland. This year’s Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary will take place from 18 – 22 July 2022 and participants will be mentored by award winning writer and poet Colm Keegan.

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:

HOOK LIGHTHOUSE in Co Wexford is offering visitors named ‘Patrick’ and ‘Patricia’ the chance to enjoy a free tour this St. Patrick’s Day. Purpose-built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational, it is the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the World.

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: Wednesday 10am Special Intention. Thursday 10am Margaret, Pat, Billy and Joan Killarney Road. Saturday 6.30pm Lisa Doran, Luton. Kitty Fitzgerald The Railway Bar. Ned and Peg Leahy, Millstream, Emmett and Ita their children. Sunday 10am Lukeen and Margaret and Sean Scanell, The Hill. Thomas and Jerry O’Connor, Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel. 12 noon Margaret Peg McCarthy. Monthly Mass for the sick of the parish will be celebrated at 10am on the last Friday of the month. Stations of the Cross every Friday morning at 9.30am. Confessions every Thursday morning after 10am Mass and Saturday evening from 6 -6.20 pm. St. Vincent de Paul have launched an appeal for volunteers, contact 01-8848246.

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.

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.

MANAGING YOUR CHILD’SBEHAVIOUR; Free workshop for parents/guardians of children aged 12 and under. Wednesday, March 9, 7.30pm, ETB Building, Abbeyfeale. Presented by Theresa Shanahan, Play Therapist. Bookings essential. Contact Mary 087 938 2883 or Stefanie 087 398 2925

COMMUNITY ALERT: We welcome the appointment of a new Community Garda. He is Garda Tommy Commane and we hope that he enjoys his time here in Abbeyfeale.

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