PROLOGUE: Lord keep me as the apple of your eye; Hide me in the shadow of your wings. I sing as I arise today! I call on my creators might: The will of God to be my guide, the eye of God to be my sight, the hand of God to be my stay, the shield of God to be my strength, the path of God to be my way. Prayer of St. Patrick.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Dónal Murphy writes: A super concert was had last Saturday night at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale with the mighty Seán Keane & band. A packed crowd were enthralled by the wonderful songs & tunes performed by Sean & the lads. Thanks to all the people that came along. Next up is a fundraiser for the forthcoming Fleadh by the Feale on Saturday next, March 19 at 8pm with the mighty young local band Fuinneamh taking stage along with some songs from the mighty Denis Curtin Music, Tickets on sale now so please support this event raising funds for the Abbeyfeale music festival at start May. Tickets can be booked on 087 1383940.

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.

RAMBLING HOUSE: A big welcome back to Ita McQuinn and her Rambling House which will take place in Monagae on Friday, March 18 at 8pm. Singers, Musicians, Dancers and Story tellers and audience all welcome.

SACRED FOREST TREE PLANTING: A large crowd turned up to help with the tree planting in Templeglantine last Saturday before the rain came and planted 1.150 trees in one hour beside the school making it Irelands first micro forest with EcoSikh, Reforest Nation and Templeglantine Community Development. Well done to all concerned.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Bingo every Monday evening at 8pm.

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.

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. Collections will take place outside Tesco and Super Valu.

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.

FAMILY FUN CINEMA NIGHT, MARCH 19: Don’t miss out on this cinema experience suitable for both children and adults. Saturday, March 19, doors open at 6.30pm. Movie starts at 7pm. €5 entry. Refreshments and popcorn can be purchased on the night.

SHOW: Emer Dunne Folk Music Show at St. John’s Theatre, Friday March at 8pm. Join this talented musical trio for a night of song and music. Sing along with well known and loved folk songs. Also featuring local talent.

SPIKE PLAYERS KNOCKNAGOSHEL TRAVEL TO CAMP: Our own Seamus Lane whose performance in the Spike Players ‘For Better and For Worse’ will go down in the annals of drama in West Limerick/North Kerry will have one final night on stage on Saturday, March 26. If you missed him you on stage in Knocknagoshel you have another chance to follow him to Camp and don’t say no one told you!

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


WALK: Welcome to Wild Work in West Limerick! The Knights Walk in Glin has been chosen as a location “Would you like to explore biodiversity in the Irish landscape. Our trainers will bring you into nature to experience West Limerick wild spaces first-hand. Here you can learn through seeing, touching and interacting with the natural world. With our approach, your outdoor learning will be supported by online interactive learning and tailored virtual reality experiences, to ensure a fun and fulfilling programme.” Open to all ages. Fill out the application on the link below. Knights Walk Glin. Every second Saturday in Glin starting 14th May – 23rd July 2-4 pm, limited spaces –

SWIM: A fundraiser for Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue on Sunday March 20 at the Ladies Beach at 12 noon. Money raised going to the Ballybunion Sea and cliff rescue, also donate online at

SIVE: The Lartigue Theatre Company new production of John B. Keane’s Sive at St. John’s from April 7-12.

RING OF KERRY CYCLE: It’s back – the Ring of Kerry Cycle and will take place on Saturday, July 2.

LOUGH DERG: Sunday 1st May this years Pilgrimage season opens with a full Pilgrimage programme and booking is now live on our website! This includes the One Day Retreats, the Three Day Pilgrimage from 1st June – 15th August and the new Pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path.

TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS: A latin Mass will be offered on Sunday, March 27, Laetare Sunday Fourth Sunday in Lent at 1:00pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, by Fr. Martin Hegarty CC. More info from LatinMassTralee

SOCIAL DANCE CLASS: Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.30pm.. Further information from 087 7206449. Timmy Woulfe has resumed classes in Moyvane Hall every Monday night at 8.30pm.

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.

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. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 11am Confirmation Dromtrasna NS 2pm Confirmation Meenkilly and Knocknasna. Wednesday 6.30pm Vigil Mass for St. Patrick’s Day. Anniversary Mass for Peter Healy, The Hill. Thursday 10am and 12 noon St. Patricks Day. Saturday 19 is the Feast Day of St. Joseph. Sunday 10am Ita O’Connell Kilmanahan. Patrick Sonny O’ Sullivan, The Hill. 12 noon Patrick, Nora and Betty Collins, Meenkilly. 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. Welcome back to the parish Senior Choir who will sing the O’Riada Mass at the 12 noon Mass on St. Patrick’s Day. A special collection will be held on the weekend of March 26/27 for the people of Ukraine.PR

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.

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: 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. The National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) are warning the public to be vigilant against an ongoing smishing scam targeting people’s bank cards. Following the recent devastating floods in Sydney Russell White, the founder and chief executive of the Australian Road Safety Foundation said in the unexpected event of a flood emergency just three items could mean the difference between life and death. He said an emergency hammer was critical, allowing motorists to smash car windows and escape from a submerged vehicle and that people should also carry a water proof torch and a foil blanket. "Those windows in cars are very tough to break and can often be almost impossible to do just with physical strength, so you do need something to make that job easier," he said. "If you do have something like that [emergency hammer] on board, make sure it is easy to get to; don’t have it locked in a boot or out of reach.Top of Form 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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