PROLOGUE; If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING: “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support, but many people still try to quit alone”. This month our Stop Smoking Advisor Stacey gives some top tips for beating cigarette cravings! quit.midwest” PROLOGUE: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

BLAGUARDING ON THE GREENWAY: It seems that thumbtacks are being spread on the track so if you find them please report to the Garda Station 068 30010.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The Fleadh was a great success with huge crowds attending from all over the country and indeed competitors from the US and England. We were so lucky with the good weather. Congratulations to the winners of the busking and

FUNDRAISER FOR CRUMLIN: In memory of baby Layla McKenna, 23/02/’21 to 28/02/’21, lines are being sold locally in aid of Crumlin Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

SLIABH NOTES AT THE GLORACH: A fantastic night of music was enjoyed at the Glórach on Saturday night with Sliabh Notes appearing in the main concert of the Fleadh by the Feale festival. As well as being an extraordinarily tight group in terms of their playing, the banter on stage between Matt Cranitch, Donal Murphy and Tommy O’Sullivan made for great entertainment also. It was a pleasure to be involved with this iconic festival, and after a two year hiatus, it was refreshing and re-energising to see crowds of peoples on the streets of Abbeyfeale, as well as a large crowd at the concert. Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís.

GLÓRACH BINGO; The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seemed to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm. Prize money for the ‘house’ in eight of the games has soared from €70 to €80, aligning with the fine crowds that have attended since we moved back to the Glórach, and also courtesy of a generous Chairman.

BURSARY: Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College (MIC). The Nano Nagle Bursary Scheme includes 10 bursaries valued at €8,000 each, which are available for students participating on the MA in Christian Leadership in Education programme at MIC. The bursaries are funded by the Presentation Sisters (Northeast and Southwest).

Applications will close on 1 June.

ROSARY FOR MAY: Rosary at the Grottos, The Rosary will be prayed each day during the month of May at hundreds of grottos around the Island of Ireland. For details http://www.coastal In Abbeyfeale we will recite the Rosary in the Square at 4pm on Saturday, May 14 as part of the Rosary Rally throughout Ireland.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB: Delighted that the regular monthly club will take place on Friday, May 6 at 8pm in Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn.

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 GDPR.

SPRING CONCERT IN TRALEE FOR RECOVERY HAVEN: Kerry Choral Union Spring Concert at St Brendan’s Church, Tralee on Sunday, May 8th at 7.30pm. to raise vital funds for Recovery Haven Kerry. Tickets on sale from Recovery Haven’s Tralee at 5 Haig’s Terrace or at the door on the night.

A CHANCE TO WIN TWO GARTH BROOKS CONCERT TICKETS: PRO of the Christmas Lights committee Wioleta Kelly has been in touch: Hi, I’m Wioleta and I’m messaging you on behalf of the Abbeyefeale Christmas Lights Committee. We have a raffle where you are in with a chance to win 2 tickets for the Garth Brooks concert this September. All money from the raffle will go towards buying more lights for our town. Here is a link to our Facebook page

SPRING RACING: Killarney Races May Festival takes place from Sunday, 15 to Tuesday, May 17.

QUEEN OF THE MAY CONCERT: A concert will take place on Thursday, May 12 in St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Ave, Limerick at 8pm. Tickets €15 on the door. Further information 061 313401CARERS AVAILABLE: Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729. Website is

THIRD AGE CHARITY: ‘Failte Isteach’is a community project involving predominately older volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes. The project provides the necessary language skills to new migrants in a student centred, welcoming and inclusive manner while involving older volunteers and recognising their skills, expertise and contribution to the community. For more information log on to www.

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

KERRY FLEADH ; It will take place over two weekends, 11th/12th June and 18th/19th June and will be held in the Dúchas Comhaltas Centre in Tralee.

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

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

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

LOUGH DERG: The season has opened and all details of the Pilgrimage programme can be viewed on the website – included are the One Day Retreats, the Three Day Pilgrimage from 1st June – 15th August and the new Pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path. One day retreats will also take place during the months of August and September. Three Day Pilgrimages will commence in July and continue in July and August. Saturday, August 13 is the last day for pilgrims to begin the Three-Day Pilgrimage. For further information log on to or ring 071 9861518.

RACING: Listowel Races June Festival take place on June 4th, 5th and 6th.

TEACHING: If you are interested in teaching refugees online on a flexible basis, you’ve come to the right place! Teachers either teach English / English conversation to adults or support schoolchildren who need some extra help in a range of subjects. To get started, fill out the sign-up form below and, once there is a suitable student, RefuNet will get in touch to connect you. You are then free to arrange the classes at a time that suits you both. We ask teachers to commit to at least one hour of lessons a week for at least three months, although the time of the classes can vary between weeks.

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.

ORCHARD FOSTERING: Ireland is experiencing a shortage of foster carers, and we need your help. If you would like to help support a child or young person in need, contact Orchard Fostering today on(021) 2038332 or visit

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.

CONCERT; Kerry Choral Union Spring Concert at St Brendan’s Church, Tralee on Sunday, May 8th at 7.30pm. to raise vital funds for Recovery Haven Kerry. Tickets on sale from Recovery Haven’s Tralee at 5 Haig’s Terrace or at the door on the night.

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:

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: If you are interested in travelling to Lourdes this September 22-27 contact Fr. Tony. Staying at the Hotel La Solitude, complimentary group insurance, cost €789. Pilgrims must be fully vaccinated to travel as part of this group.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The Lost Souls and guests will perform at a concert in the Church of the Assumption Abbeyfeale on Friday, May 27 with proceeds to Ukraine. Details to follow.

BEREAVED: Anam Cara Kerry, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday 10th May at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. We also offer an online support group further information by contacting us on info

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 limerick

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: Thursday 10am Lena and Paddy Flynn, Creggane, Duagh. Saturday 6.30pm Jeremiah Roche, Caherhayes 1st. anniversary. Paddy Leahy, Banard 1st. anninversary. Micheal Houlihan, Ballaugh 1st. anniversary. Mick Fox Harnett, Knockadireen, The Hill. The local Pastoral Area includes the parishes of Abbeyfeale, Athea,Tournafulla, Mountcollins and Templeglantine. Fr Denis and Fr Tony are assisted in the overall running of the five churches in the pastoral area by the Pastoral Area Council. The Pastoral Area Council is comprised of representative of the five churches in the area along with the priests of the area. There are 16 Pastoral Areas in the diocese. In the very near future there will be just two priests serving in each pastoral area in the diocese. Some of the changes taking place in the parish of Abbeyfeale include new arrangements for funerals and baptisms.

After consultation with the Pastoral Area Council, and the parish councils in each of the five parishes, it was agreed, that due to the number of Sunday Masses celebrated in the five
churches in the area, it will no longer be possible to have funeral Masses on a Sunday. This has been the case in the diocese of Kerry for some years. We are also asking families
who are bereaved, where possible, to continue with the practice of bringing the remains of the deceased to the church on the morning of the funeral Mass, rather than the night before. Over the coming weeks we will see a greater involvement of lay people in the leading of the prayers at funerals, such as the prayers for the deceased in funeral homes, in the family home of the deceased and at the burial ceremony. Adoration will continue in the Blessed Sacrament chapel each Friday from 11am to 8pm. There is a chart behind the Tabernacle where you may fill in your name and the time you will cover. New Arrangements for the celebration of Baptisms: From the first weekend in June the following will be the
arrangements for baptisms in Abbeyfeale and Athea churches. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30pm and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. Baptisms booked in prior to these new arrangements will
be celebrated on the date they are booked for. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses. Ring 068/51915 during Mass time. We thank parishioners for their understanding and support in these new arrangements.

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: COUNSELLOR / PSYCHOTHERAPIST (GAMBLING) David McSweeney, Listowel Family Resource Centre, Ballygologue John B. Keane Rd. Listowel. 0873684490 / 06823584.

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, 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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