DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen Healy, The Hill whose funeral took place on Monday. May she rest in peace.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: There was glamour, there was glitz, red carpet and champagne at the Devon Inn last Friday night in a grand culmination to a coming together of a community determined to raise funds to keep St. Itas Sheltered Housing and Day Care Centre at the heart of Abbeyfeale. A wonderful night was had by all and if you missed out there will be a DVD on sale shortly that will tell the story of what can be achieved when people of all ages have the passion to help and assist the elderly to remain in their local environment.

ALL SOULS DAY: Parishioners will find purgatorial lists in their weekly box of envelopes. These lists should be brought to the church next weekend so that all names can be included in all Masses on All Souls Day. Mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 2 at 10.00am and at 7.00pm. During the year each priest in the diocese is obliged to offer 15 Masses for the Holy Souls, all those listed on the purgatorial list.

BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club meet at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre every Thursday from 7.30pm. New members welcome.

CARA: Cara are all about the Creative Arts Raising Abbeyfeale – a dedicated group set up to promote and showcase Abbeyfeale through the arts. The idea is to use the arts to lift the profile of Abbeyfeale on a local, regional and national level. The calendar “Abbeyfeale – The Bare Essentials” is their first project. The official launch of the 28 page glossy calendar which showcases Abbeyfeale in a way you’ve never seen before takes place on Saturday, October 29 in Fr. Casey’s GAA Club House with doors open at 7.30pm. This is an over 18 event. Sales will not only benefit the Irish Cancer Society but will enable CARA “to create a dedicated fund for future artworks and creative projects in the Abbeyfeale streetscape”.

GLÓRACH NOTES: First up, congratulations from the Glórach to all of those involved in the Abbeyfeale Oskars night at the Devon Inn on Friday, it was a fantastic night of entertainment and a magnificent embodiment of the tremendous community spirit of this town and parish. Lots of excellent acting talent on display in the films on the night, and hopefully some of those involved may have caught the bug and take to treading the boards with local drama groups. Until then, we’ve two very interesting one-act plays coming up this weekend at the Glórach. Limerick based collective Tiger’s Eye Theatre Company present ‘It’s always the quiet ones’, a drama mixing black humour, intrigue and questions of morality, and got very positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our near neighbours in Knocknagoshel take up the baton in the second half of the show, with the Spike Players presenting ‘Purple Mountain Heather’, a humorous and at times, poignant story of an old woman’s life spent in the Black Valley. Don’t miss a chance to support new writing, the plays take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, with curtains up at 8 pm. Tickets can be booked at or by calling 0871383940. Look forward to seeing you there.

FAMILY CINEMA NIGHT: Duagh Sports Complex on Saturday, October 29 at 7pm – a family cinema night with popcorn and prizes for the best dressed. Admission €5.

MEN ON THE MOVE: This a six week programme open to men who want to get back into physical activity in a fun, social, group environment. It focuses on improving functional fitness through strength, aerobic, flexibility and mobility and will run from Thursday (7-8pm), October 27 until Tuesday (7.30 -8.30pm), December 6 inclusive at Abbeyfeale GAA Sports Complex. The six week programme costs a total of €10 per person.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm. We are grateful to all those who give of their time to this devotion. The Parish Adoration Committee are now establishing a second day of Adoration in the parish beginning on All Souls Day Wednesday, November 2. If you are willing to give some of your time to this devotion we ask you to sign the schedule which is located on a table at the rear of the sanctuary area. Adoration can only take place if there are enough people (at least 4) in the Blessed Sacrament.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

FREE musical, dance and poetry performance at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West on Sunday evenings in October at 6pm.

GOOD NEWS FOR LIMERICK: Plans are in train by biopharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to create over 300 new jobs and spend €400m in a major manufacturing facility at Raheen, Limerick.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – THE MUSICAL: Castlemahon Hall over the next two weekends.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUB: We are hoping to have the Parish Youth Club up and running very shortly. There is a need for parent volunteers to help with the running of the club. If you have some time and are willing to help contact Noreen Cullinane on
Messenger on 087-2353306.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: The dates for Confirmation and First Communion were announced this week. Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Leahy on Friday 10th March and First Communion will be celebrated on the 13th and 20th of May.

REOPENING OF ABBEYFEALE MART: A sale will be held every Saturday so please support. For further information 087 6903172/ 087 9480484.

SET DANCING:With Timmy Woulfe Monday nights at 8pm in the Marian Hall, Moyvane, Fr. Casey’s Club house Wednesday nights.

A DATE FOR THE DIARY: The Lost Souls will be in concert in the Glórach on Saturday night November 12. Book your seat on 0871383940.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Keep Sunday, November 27 free for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan. Tickets are just gone to the printer and will cost €25. There will be goodie bags for everyone in the audience and talks from the local Fire Station Officer and our new Community Garda Tommy Commane.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Graveyard Church gate Collection will take place on the weekend of November 5/6. Your support is greatly appreciated.

ST. ITAS DAY CARE: Open to visitors every Tuesday. Morning Coffee and scones. Lunch, music and dancing. Contact Jane on 068 51850. Meals on Wheels are available and can be booked in advance.

CHURCH NEWS: Abbeyfeale is part of the parish pastoral unit that consists of Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla and Mountcollins. Contact numbers are as follows:
Fr Willie Russell Tel 087/2272825. Fr Tony Mullins Tel 087/2600414 Fr Denis Mullane Tel 087/2621911. Fr Dan Lane Retired Tel 087/2533030. There is always a priest from one of the other pastoral areas on emergency call on Sundays and his name and number is published on the parish website and also on the weekly newsletter. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Thursday 10am James O’Sullivan and Parents. Friday 10am Frank Woulfe, Knocknasna. Saturday 6.30pm John Leahy, Bogmount Month Mind and his wife Eileen Leahy died June 21. Eileen Cahill, Dromtrasna Collins Months Mind. Margaret & William Meehan and their daughter Catherine Main Street. .Tom Lou Ahern and deceased members of the Ahern Family. Sunday 10am Eileen & Patrick Roche, Killarney Road. James J and Margaret Collins Convent Street and their son Mossie. Peggy and Michael Tattan Killarney, Sunday 12noon Jacques Collins & Jim Collins & Rebecca Leahy. Joan White & Maureen Creamer Catherine Dillane, Kilmanihan 30th Anniverary. Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the First Friday. A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. Fr Mullins and Fr Russell would like to thank all who contributed to the
recent Autumn Dues collection. Your continued support is very much appreciated. If you are interested in either being a Reader of the Word or an Eucharist Minister contact Fr Tony Mullins or the sacristy before or after Mass. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of eachmonth at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE: It was Indian Summer weather on Saturday and contributed to a very successful Dromtrasna Challenge. Well done to the organisers and participants.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

BODHRAN Competition, Will take place on October 29th at 6p.m. in the Top of the Town, Athea.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An Afternoon Tea Dance will be held on Sunday, October 30th in Ballybunion Community Centre from 3pm-5pm in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.

SOCIAL: Comfort for Chemo Hope Social will be held on November 12 in Tralee Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Contact 087 175 7885 or email info

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AUTUMN SCHOOL IN BRUFF: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn School Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. A festival celebrating Irish culture and diaspora with a focus on Bruff’s connection with the Kennedy family and in particular, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

ATHEA FAIR DAY: FAIR: There will be a Fair in Athea on Saturday, November 5t.h.

VOLUNTEER WITH LIMERICK WEST SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB: Limerick West Special Olympics club are seeking volunteers to accompany adult athletes on a bus from the Abbeyfeale area to Bocce training in Newcastle West and home again on Tuesday evenings. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with bocce training (similar to bowls) each week. Our athletes have competed at both regional and national level so you could learn a fun new game with a great group of people! If you have some time to spare on a Tuesday evening we would be delighted to hear from you. Drop in to the Community Centre, NCW at 7pm to meet us or ring Deirdre at 0863628629 for more information.

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.

45 CARD DRIVE: The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.

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.

DUAGH: From the First Sunday in Advent (November 26th/27th) St. Bridget’s Church, Duagh will have just one weekend Mass. Saturday, November 19th will be the final Saturday Vigil Mass. There will be Mass every Sunday morning at 11.30am and in the Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane at10.00 a.m.

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY AUTUMN SCHOOL IN BRUFF: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Autumn School Friday 28th – Monday 31st October. A festival celebrating Irish culture and diaspora with a focus on Bruff’s connection with the Kennedy family and in particular, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

LISTOWEL BINGO: Bingo is back Sunday night in the Plaza, Church St, at 8.30pm. Welcome back to all old and new players.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month Nov, and Dec.’22 at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

FOOD Fair Listowel, October 28 –

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT W/E: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2022.
Venue: The International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit

WITCHES WALK ON RATHKEALE GREENWAY: Join witches, ghouls and others for bonfire, storytelling and a scary walk on Monday, October 31st at 6pm. Check out the kids disco in Rathkeale House Hotel earlier, admission to the disco €5.

JOHNNY CASH AND JUNE CARTER THE TRIBUTE SHOW: It’s all happening at the Tintean Theatre on Friday, October 28. Doors open 7pm. Contact for details 068 27972.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Learn your Eircode – if you have to call for help it will take the services straight to your door. Write ICE before your next of kin’s number in your phone so if you cannot communicate the services will be able to contact your next of kin. 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: If you are feeling vulnerable contact Pieta House 061 484444/ Samaritans 116123/061 412111. 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. 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. TeenTxt-Text: TEEN to 50101.

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