DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Nora Mary Enright, St.Ita’s Road whose funeral took place last week. May she rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations and best wishes for a long, healthy and happy life together to John Browne, Railway Road and Clare O’Connor, Mountcollins who were married recently.

ITA’S RAMBLING HOUSE TO CELEBRATE LIMERICK’S ALL IRELAND: Ita McQuinn is running a celebration night of Limerick songs, stories and music in Monagea Parish Hall on Friday, August 20 at 8pm sharp. You are asked to come in the Limerick colours – Green and White and all proceeds will go to charity.

REMEMBERING A PRIEST OF THE DIOCESE: Fr James Fitzgibbon (1803-1832) was a young Limerick priest who fell victim to the cholera epidemic. In early summer 1832, the cholera epidemic that for two years had raged through Europe, arrived in Limerick. Among the hundreds that fell victim to the disease, was Fr James Fitzgibbon (1803-1832), originally from St Mary’s parish. The young priest attached to St John’s Parish, ordained from
Maynooth in 1827, contracted the illness in the course of his ministry. He died on August 11, 1832 and a news report of the time reads ‘his funeral being attended by immense crowds’. A Limerick Herald editorial remarked, ‘Since the commencement of the awful malady that has terminated his career, his labours for the poor wereunceasing, both day and night… in his mission of love’. Buried in St John’s chapel, his remains were found to be incorrupt in 1861, when they were rein-terred inthe north transept of the newly constructed St John’s cathedral. We give thanks for the ministry of all those priests who have faithfully served God’s people in this place, especially in times of difficulty, and we invoke their intercession in this time of pandemic.

OSKARS: The Oskars will be taking place in the Devon Inn on Friday, October 21. This fundraiser for St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has been rescheduled from October 2020. All tickets will be honoured and if you were involved in the filming contact your producer.

BEAL NA MBLATH COMMEMORATIONS: Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Micheal Collins the commemoration will take place between Macroom and Bandon outside Kilmurry on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm. Oration will be shared by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste. If you plan on travelling the easiest route from Abbeyfeale is Millstreet, Macroom and turn off the Cork road at Kilmurry. In order to get parking close to the site of the ambush you would need to be there by 1pm. Bring a folding chair.

TALK: Radio Kerry 9 am on Sunday, August 21 after the news and death notices: Audrey Griffin talks about her journey as a born-again Christian and her book.

CLASSES IN THE TECH: The College of Further Education and Training, Abbeyfeale Campus is now accepting applications for a wide range of part-time courses commencing in September. These include Cookery, Art & Craft, Wood Turning, Upholstery, Furniture Restoration, Childcare, Local History, Genealogy and much more. For further details, and to apply, check out our website or call us on 06831198.

DRAMA CLASSES: Glórach have announced that there will be drama classes for children and teenagers taking place on Saturdays over the Autumn and Winter starting on Saturday, September 24 and run for ten weeks. To register email therese.prendeiville or text 086 1944852.

QUIT MID WEST: Quit Mid-West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service. FREE support is available by phone call, video chat or face to face at a clinic near you”. To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid-West on 065 6865841 or email quit.midwest

IRISH HEART CARDIAC REHAB PODCAST– A series bringing together experts in cardiac rehab and patients who have attended cardiac rehabilitation is available on podcast. Topics included are exercise, medication, healthy eating and the psychological impact of living with heart disease. If you have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, coronaryartery stenting or coronary artery bypass surgery –log onto for information and support’

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Nolan September 21-28.

Return flights from Cork. For details & bookings contact: Maura O’Keeffe Harcksen (Tralee) Tel: 066 7127143 or 087 1517696.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS: Voluntary service Community First Responders. Provide a quick response to certain types of emergency callouts. The North East Kerry CFR Group covers, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Athea, Duagh, Knockanure, and Listowel and parts of Moyvane, Ballylongford, and Tarbert. If interested in helping to get a group set up in Abbeyfeale contact 087 6863 726.

GREENWAY SHUTTLE BUS; It runs every hour from 12pm to 4pm between the hubs at Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Further details and reservations on 087 3726914 or

DO YOU NEED TO TALK: Contact Fr. Tony 087 2600414 or Mike Hayes on 087 7751386, the Samaritans 24 hour service on 116123 or Pieta House 24 hour service 1800 247 247.

GLÓRACH BINGO; The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seem to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm.

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

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

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC: On the second of Friday of each month (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.

MEALS ON WHEELS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ST. ITA’S DAY CARE CENTRE: Meals on Wheels are available from the Centre – to book a delivery ring 068 51850.

JOB OPPORTUNITY – HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY: Chaplains are professionals who provide spiritual, religious and emotional care to people in many different settings. As a chaplain, you will listen to people who are in a very vulnerable place. You’ll celebrate with families who have received great news. You’ll mark the beginning of lives, the end of lives and the many transforming moments in between. What training do I need? Board certification is required for employment as a chaplain. The Healthcare Chaplaincy Board (HCB) offers
certification to Roman Catholics who: 1 Hold a degree in Theology (NFQ Level 8). 2 Complete H Dip or Masters in Pastoral Theology (Healthcare Chaplaincy) or 3 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. 3 Successfully meet the HCB Standards for Healthcare Chaplaincy. Email: InformationHCBoard The Bursary is provided by the Bon Secours Health System.

YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR: applications and nominations for the annual FBD Young Farmer of the Year Awards now open.

CANCER BOWEL SCREENING: You can check if you are on the register online or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

ALL THE HAPPENINGS: TULLAMORE SHOW: Sunday, August 14. VINTAGE TRACTOR AND ANCIENT CAR RUN FOR THE AIR AMBULANCE: Knockanure Sunday, August 14. HERITAGE WEEK: August 13th -21st. REVIVAL FESTIVAL Listowel August 12 and 13. HARVEST FESTIVAL Knocknagoshel August 12– 15. PATTERN DAY: Ballybunion August 15. PUCK FAIR: Killorglin August 10-12. FAIR DAY: Kenmare August 15. DUBLIN HORSE SHOW RDS: August 17 – 21. NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ratheniska – Co. Laois, September 20 -22. LISTOWEL RACES: September 18-24. WALKING FESTIVAL Ballyduff August 12-15. ROSE OF TRALEE August 19 – 23. Full programme of events and gigs can be viewed by clicking on

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: If you intend travelling to Lourdes this September 22-27. You are now invited to fill out a booking form, which is available in the sacristy or from Fr Tony. A deposit of €250 per person is necessary to secure a place on the pilgrimage. The full fare for the pilgrimage will need to be paid to JWT by Wednesday, August 10. Staying at the Hotel La Solitude, complimentary group insurance cost €789. Pilgrims must be fully vaccinated to travel as part of this group.

GUIDED TOURS OF GLIN CASTLE AND GARDEN’S : Glin Castle and Garden guided tour on Sunday August 21 from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on the day for €10. The Glin Knights Visitor centre in the Square is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and read about the lives of the 29 Knights of Glin.

BEATIFICATION: Pope Francis is set to beatify, Pope John Paul I, on Sunday, September 4 at Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

ONLINE RADIO STATION: NCBI is delighted to launch an online radio station for blind or vision impaired listeners that broadcasts 24 hours a day. The content covers all aspects of living with sight loss from technology available to issues affecting the sight loss community to individual’s sharing their own stories and experiences.

ANAM CARA KERRY, the organisation that supports bereaved parents whether the death is recent or not, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:15pm in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee Co. Kerry. We also offer an online support group, and you can get further information on this by contacting us in info

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY (Cancer Support House) will run a 6-week Building Better Caregivers online course, commencing Tuesday, September 13 from 10.30am – 1pm. This course is to support a person caring for someone with cancer. Please ring reception on 0667192122, if you are interested in joining this free course or email siobhan

MEP FOR IRELAND SOUTH: Séan Kelly has been awarded the 2022 Energy Solutions Award in recognition of his work on supporting sustainable decarbonisation.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Jim Lyons’s Rambling House in Knockalougha is back on the third Tuesday of each month.

DANCING Ballybunion every Tuesday night from 7.30pm upstairs in the Community Centre.

WATER SAFETY: Swimming Lessons Glin Pier; Limerick County Water Safety are delighted to announce that swimming/lifesaving classes will take place this summer at Glin Pier (subject to availability of instructors).– Registration August 14 at 12p.m at Glin Pier.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA: Our Lady’s statue will be on Main Street, Killarney on Saturday, August 13 from 2.30 p.m, to remember Our Lady’s 4th visit to Fatima in August 1917. The Divine Mercy chaplet and the Holy Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. on the street. Everyone is welcome.

KNOCK: A Journey in Hope: National Novena at Knock Shrine from 14 – 22 August

A unique feature of this year’s Novena will be the ‘Synod Tent’, where members of the public will be invited to learn more about the Synod and what it means for all of us.

DR. MURPHY’S RETIREMENT FUNCTION: Sunday, August 28 has been chosen for Athea and District celebration of Dr. Kieran and Val Murphy’s contribution to the local community since 1984.

LOUGH DERG ONE DAY RETREATS: August 20, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29. Admission €45. Booking essential. 071 9861518.

BUS TO KNOCK: Sunday August 21st – Monday August 22nd Peggy Lynch’s Knock & Lough Derg overnight tour will travel to Knock. Further details from O’Callaghan Coach Holidays on 064 6631095.

THE LAUGHING BOY: The untold story of Irish song The Laughing Boy, written by Brendan Behan in memory of Michael Collins will air on TG4 on August 24 at 9.30pm. With an extraordinary afterlife it became the powerful left-wing anthem of resistance in Greece in the late Sixties. The film takes poet Theo Dorgan on an odyssey of his own, as he uncovers the truth of the story behind the song. It is a narrative that interweaves the tragic and bloody birth-pangs of both modern Ireland and modern Greece. But these histories are also bound together by something more profound and transcendent – the power of a song.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE GLÓRACH: Trevor Sexton and Ger O’Donnell, The Lost Souls, Daoiri Farrell, Culture Night in September, Damien Ó Kane and Ron Black and Aoife Scott, Denis Curtin and his band, Broadford Youth Choir. There are also a couple of plays booked in and it’s unknown what surprise s will be thrown up over the next few months in the newly painted venue.

FARM ACCIDENTS: There is a help line for those affected by farm accidents:

BIKE HIRE: Greenway bike hire now available at Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, details from 087 372 6914.

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

RETREAT: A four –day Medjugorge—style retreat will take place at Glencommeagh House of Prayer, Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary from the 18th to the 21st of August. For more information contact info or Tel 052-6133181.

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 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. Confessions every Saturday evening at 6pm. To book a Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 068 51915. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10 am For a Sick Child. Thursday 10am Margaret Woulfe, St Ita’s Terrace. Saturday 6.30pm Michael O’Donnell, Bogmount. Monday,August15 The Feast of the Assumption 10am Breda Walsh. 7pm Christina & Bobby McGinn. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10am Mass until 8pm every Friday. 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. In recent weeks parishes have been returning to basket collection at weekend masses. Here in the parish of Abbeyfeale, we plan to return to the basket collection in the near future. For this to happen efficiently we need six people per mass to help with the collections. We are seeking volunteers to help. If you can oblige, please leave your name and mass preference into the sacristy after Mass. We thank you in anticipation of your help. 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. 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 2.30p m and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon. 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 or ring 068/51915 during Mass time. For further information contact the sacristy after Mass or telephone 068-51915 any morning between 10.00am and 10.45pm.

PROMOTING ABBEYFEALE AND THE GREENWAY: A huge thank you to artist John Morris, Aoife Keogh of Spindoctors Mountmahon and the Barnagh Hub and our own James Joy for all their work in promoting both Greenways – a unique position for any town to be in . Keep an eye out for the wonderful murals.LISTOWEL LARTIGUE MONORAIL: The museum is located on the John B. Keane Road and is now open from 1pm. to 4.30pm., daily.

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day-to-day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Eadaoin, at West Limerick Resources CLG, on 087 366 3842 or email her eoconnell

BACK ON TRACK: Debt Solutions: Debt Relief Notice – You may be eligible for a DRN if a. Your unsecured debts are €35,000 or less. b, You do not have a mortgage or own a property or other large asset. c You have €60 or less left after reasonable living expenses each month – the Approved Intermediary will go through this with you. d. You meet the criteria for having very little assets apart from some essential items of value. e. You have not been granted a DRN before. Approved Intermediaries (AIs) can be found on www.

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.

PRIORY INSTITUTE: Two-week online Summer School 15th – 26th August. Find out more and register online

LIVING WELL: This is a programme for adults with long term health conditions. It is suitable for those over 18 and living with one or more long term health conditions or caring for someone with a long term health condition. It is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties. A free Living Well programme runs for 6 weeks with one workshop of two and a half hours per weekend. For further details contact Philip Hennessy on 087 1799396 or email philip.hennessy2 or Liz Cox on 087 1799392 liz.cox

COMMUNITY ALERT: BREAKING NEWS: Following a meeting of the committee recently it was decided to purchase a defibrillator to be erected in the Garda Station and a training course in the use of same to be organised. We also booked our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House so keep the date free – Sunday, November 28 with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan.An Garda Síochána would like to provide the following advice to the public in general when speaking with or intending to meet up with persons they have met online: Get a face picture from the person you intend to meet. Be very cautious of a person who doesn’t share a recent face picture with you, particularly after you have shared yours. If they don’t want to share a face picture, consider asking them to go on a live video call (many apps have this option built in so you don’t have to share your mobile number). Ask for their social media handles. Do you have friends in common on Instagram or Facebook? Be wary of new accounts with low follower count and few posts. Let friends know where you’re going – send a text to a trusted friend or in a group chat, include your live location so you can be found if you need help. Meet in a public place first. Take a few minutes to chat and feel confident you want to proceed before going somewhere private. Think before accepting food or drink. Unless you’ve seen them prepare it – it’s best not to accept to avoid being spiked. If an emergency unfolds, call 999. If something happens – report it! It seems that people are being contacted and threatened that pornographic content will be posted in their name. If you get a call contact the Gardai immediately. If you go to the beach leave nothing visible in your car and don’t put stuff in the boot after you park in case you are being observed – do it before you leave home. The best cure against ransomware remains diligent prevention. You are strongly advised to: Regularly back up data stored on your electronic devices.Watch your clicks – do you know where a link will take you? Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look important and credible. Ensure that your security software and operating system are up to date. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your user accounts. Limit the possibility to export large amounts of corporate data to external file exchange portals. If you do get caught out report it immediately. If you suffer from a gambling addiction there is a counsellor/psychotherapist available at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Further information from 068 23584. 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 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