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Monthly Archives: November 2022

PROLOGUE: The elevator to success is out of order, you’ll have to take the stairs one step at a time.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Jeremiah Healy,Knocknasna whose funeral took place on Wednesday. May he rest in peace.We also offer our sincere sympathy to Sheila, John and Robert and the extended Cree family on the death of Lawrence. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathy to the family of the late Micheal Fahy Lyreacompane who introduced several generations of ladies to Yoga here in Abbeyfeale . May he rest in peace.

BEREAEMENT SUPPORT: Grief is the normal response that a person has, in the face of a life altering loss. The following information may be of support to you and yours in your loss. While not every grieving person needs counselling, every person who is grieving needs and deserves our support. Everyone grieves, and yet each of us will grieve differently.
Grief lasts as long as it takes us to accept and learn to live with our loss, and that’s
different for everyone. This does not mean that we try to put our loss behind us, but that
we now have to adjust to a life without the person that meant so much to us. As we
grieve, we try to make sense of what has happened while learning to live our life
without that person. For some people, that grief process lasts a few months. For others, it may take years. Even within a family, grief is different for each person, because everyone had a different relationship with the person we have lost. Most people cope with their grief
with the support of family and friends. Local community, parish, neighbours, can all
offer practical, emotional and other supports at this difficult time. If you are struggling with a life altering loss, please: Seek out good, clear information about grief & loss. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you grieve. Recognise the extent of your loss. Allow yourself to cope & grieve in a way that suits you. Try to sleep well, eat well and take gentle exercise. Try not to make major or rash decisions while you grieve. Accept emotional and practical support from friends and family. Get professional help if you are finding it too difficult.
Sometimes family and community support isn’t enough. Bereavement counselling may
be a support to you if your loss was unexpected, unexplained, possibly avoidable or
sudden; if your relationship with the person who has died wasn’t fully resolved, if you
are alone or feel unsupported in your grief, or if you have a lot of other stress in your
life. Bereavement Counselling Services: Bereavement Counselling is available through
the Limerick Social Service Centre, Tel. No 061-314111 and the Milford Care Centre.

FEALE CULTURE NIGHT: The inaugural Feale Culture Night was held at the Glórach on Saturday evening, opening with a memorable performance by the YouthTrad group. Under the guidance of Mícheál and Eibhlín Broderick, the group have come on in leaps and bounds since rehearsals commenced at the Glórach at the end of September and the hard work and dedication really showed on the night. Eibhlín and her brother Liam would duet beautifully on their version of the song, ‘Shenandoah’, while there were also excellent performances from the Ballybehy ensemble of sisters Sarah and Laura O’Donoghue and Susanne Quille, who were also joined on stage by Susanne’s daughter Chloe. Maurice O’Connell evoked the role of the Seanchaí in the retelling of the Desmond Love story, Seán and Lorcan played out a sporting vignette, while Jim Dennison, backed by Ríona Ní Curtáin on piano, and joined by the whole group, ended the night with a rendition of ‘The Wild Mountain Thyme’. From all involved with the Feale Culture Group, a massive thanks to everyone who participated in the concert, to the Glórach for the use of the venue and their support, to all the patrons who attended and supported our raffle, to the stage hands, ticket sellers and volunteers in the lobby. It was in the lobby that the night lingered on, with a large and richly-deserved repast held for all the participants.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Santa and Mrs Claus will visit the Square on Friday, November 25 at 6pm and our new Mayor, Councillor Francis Foley will switch on the lights this year. The following fundraiser is being held to help with the purchase of lights.:
Pub quiz on Friday December 2 at O’Rourkes Bar . All welcome.

ABBEYFEALE ON FILM AND IN CONTEXT; will be screening at Glórach Cinema, Abbeyfeale on Thurs & Fri, 24th & 25th at 8pm – Tickets €10. You will see extensive film footage, from 1963, of interviews with local people regarding the “Land Wars” and “A Day at the Fair”, as well as other footage relevant to Abbeyfeale.The film, also, looks at events & circumstances, both Nationally & Internationally, and their impact on everyday lives in the early and middle part of the last century.It, really, is an event not be missed and Abbeyfeale, Athea, Brosna, Duagh, Mountcollins, Templeglantine, Tournafulla & Knocknagoshel Churches are beneficiaries from ticket sales.Book on glorachabbeyfeale.com or 087 1383940.

CAROLS AT THE GLÓRACH: Susan Browne and the Broadford Youth Choir will perform a night of Carols on Friday, December 9.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: For the first time since 2019 we will be able to celebrate Christmas in our parish church without any restrictions. We are delighted to announce the return of the annual Christmas Concert. This year we are delighted to welcome to Abbeyfeale the singing group, ‘CELTIC BROTHERS’ formerly known as ‘The Willoughby Brothers’. They have entertained and endeared audiences for the past number of years and are delighted to bring their Christmas Show to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. Their repertoire features a blend of Irish Ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs that take their audience on an emotive musical journey. The Christmas Concert in Abbeyfeale will have many seasonal songs. The funds raised from the concert will go towards the St Ita’s Hall (Hall Ide Naofa), Renovation Fund. St Ita’s Hall is a very significant resource centre for the people of Abbeyfeale, and surrounding parishes and provides a wide range of support services for all members of the local community. St Ita’s Hall will be 100 years old in 2028 and significant renovations plans have been drawn up to update the building, so that it is fit for purpose and continues to serve the needs of the local community. Tickets are available in the church and are also on sale in many outlets throughout the town. Tickets can also be booked by calling 089- 4314765. Let’s shake off the restrictive spirit of Covid and get into the Christmas Spirit! It is time to celebrate and what better time of the year to get together than the lead up to Christmas the Feast of the birth of Jesus our Saviour.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: There will be a Market at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18 and the Christmas market is back on November 27th in Knocknagoshel with doors open at 12pm and proceeds going to the local meals on wheels service. To book a table phone 086 3487298 or knocknagoshelmow

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:”Copies of the relaunched book are on sale in Batts and in the Siopa Milsean at a very reasonable €8.

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November. Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December. Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past. Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: We hope to receive our first consignment of DVD’s and USB sticks towards the middle of next week. They will be on sale at the Day Care Centre, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean and will make an ideal Christmas gift. The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.

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. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through caraabbeyfeale If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come. 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”.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Tickets for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan cost €25 and are selling out fast. They are on sale in Kathleen’s Foodstore, An Siopa Milsean, Gourmet Green and the Post Office in Templeglantine. 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. A raffle will also take place on the date.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

BOOK LAUNCHES: A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna. daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book. It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread. The book is available in two well-known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’ here in town. Catherine will be launching her book on Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday, November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy. His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments. All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige. Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

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

REFLECTION DAY FOR ADVENT: ‘Waiting’ with a Difference’ , Saturday 26th Nov.
10:30am to 4pm, Glenstal Abbey. The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies (MIC) is offering an Advent day of recollection, facilitated by Sr Therese Fitzgerald, in the beautiful surrounds of Glenstal Abbey. The day will help us slow down and awaken ourselves to God’s treasures in unexpected places, deepening our awareness of God’s presence with us, by being more choiceful in how we wait. A contribution of €40 is requested for the day which will
include lunch. You can register your place at this link: https://
www.surveymonkey.com/r/AdventWaiting.

TRUE WOMANHOOD- A Day of Reflection for Women of All Ages. Saturday 26th November at St Saviour’s Dominican Church. Ph 085 2255796 or email limerick<mailto:limerick> for more details.

BOOK LAUNCH: , Tuesday, 22 November. Of Limerick Saints and Seekers is edited by David Bracken, Limerick Diocesan Archivist. The collection – featuring stories of the great and good people of Limerick from St Ita to the present day – celebrates the contribution
of people of faith, from this place, in every generation. We are part of a long tradition in Limerick and an awareness of that inheritance will help carry us forward with renewed hope and vigour. The book will be launched by Dr Liam Chambers, MIC on Tuesday 22 November at 7:30pm in Limerick Diocesan Centre adjacent to St Munchin’s College. All are welcome. ‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’: by Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys,

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.. Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure. Rambling house at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House is on the third Thursday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

TABLE TOP SALE:: In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale. Further information from 068 49799.

CELEBRATIONS IN ATHEA: The Golden Jubilee of Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be celebrated at the Top of the Town, Athea on Sat. Nov. 26th starting at 8pm.knockanurecommunity

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

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

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.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

CFR Course on 3rd Dec, run by N.E. Kerry Community First responders at Knockanure Community Centre, contact 087 686 3776

CRAFT & FOOD FARE: Duagh Sports Complex Sunday, 4th December 2022 12 noon to 4.00 pm.

CAROL CONCERT Hosted by Coláiste na Ríochta, Secondary School, in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Wednesday 14th December @ 7.30pm. Featuring Kerry Choral Union.

LOCAL HISTORY: ; Folklore and Local History with Tom Dillon- 11:00am – 12:00pm Friday, November 25th at Listowel Library –

This talk will focus on folklore and using local material from the Schools Folklore Collection will explore some stories and legends associated with Listowel and North Kerry. All Welcome,

https://www.kerrylibrary.ie/online-digital-archive.html

CRAFT Fair: Saturday 3rd December 11.00am at Ceol Corbraí Community Hall, Glin. 20 indoor tables available. To book call: John Sheahan 087-207-9268 or John Culhane 087-996-3282.

GREENWAY: Limerick Council will start work on a new Greenway car park at Station Road, Newcastle West in early 2023. Design teams have been appointed to design Greenway Hubs at the Ardagh Stationhouse and the Abbeyfeale Railway Goods Shed.

EDUCATION: Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) Programme at University Hospital Kerry starting January’23. 12 weeks, modules involving education, supervision, and a clinical placement. For further information contact Dr. Margaret Naughton 066-7184000 or email margaret.naughton2

.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: Wednesday 10am Confessions on Saturday evenings at 6.00pm and also after Mass on the Thursday before the Good Friday. A priest will be available after Mass on weekdays if a parishioner wishes to celebrate the sacrament. Mass Intentions for the coming week: Wednesday 10am Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke.
Thursday 10am Michael Scully London /Mountmahon
Friday 10am. Friday 7pm Annual Mass for those who died in 2022.
Saturday 6.30pm Tom Doody and deceased family members. Joe Kelly, Collins Park Months Mind.Dan Cronin, Kilmanihan West Brosna.. Joe Lyons, New Street Months Mind. Bridie & Sean Leahy Bogmount and their sonJohn and his wife Eileen who died recently.
Sunday10am Johnny & Mar y Flynn, Banard. 12 noon Peggy & Dan O’Riordan. Nick & Eleanor Cotter Upper Purt. Eileen O’Connor Main Street. Anne O’Connor Keating Dublin and the
Colbert & O’Connor families late of Main Street. 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 each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

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.

Grow Mental Health Information Session, Wednesday 16th November, 7pm to 8:30pm, at Grow offices, 33 Henry Street, Limerick.Grow is a mental health charity that provides free, friendly, community based, peer support groups for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue. Sharon Kleiser (Grow volunteer and
participant in our Lay Pastoral Ministry Programme), along with Mary Purcell (Grow Midwest Manager) and Amie Hughes (Grow Midwest Coordinator) are offering an information session on Wed 16th November for people from parishes across the
Diocese to learn more about supporting positive mental health and recovery. This is a great opportunity in the challenging times we are living in, to gain insight to strategies and supports that could be of benefit in our families and parish life. There is no
registration required, you will be welcome to attend and bring anyone who might
benefit with you.

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

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.

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 December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not respond to unsolicited calls, texts or emails. Never click on links in these messages. Keep your personal information to yourself – personal details like name, emails or credit / debit card information. Regularly access your account online to verify all transactions. Change passwords regularly and keep them private. Do not post personal information about yourself e.g. date of birth, where you live, family details on social mediaLearn 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: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. 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. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. 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.

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


PROLOGUE: The difference between money and time – you know how much money you have but never know how much time you have. Unknown.

A THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: Day is done- gone the sun from the hills, from the lake, from the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Thanks and praise for our days, ‘Neath the sun, ‘Neath the stars, ‘Neath the sky. As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Santa and Mrs Claus will visit the Square on Friday, November 25 at 6pm and our new Mayor, Councillor Francis Foley will switch on the lights this year. The following fundraisers are being held to support the purchase and maintenance of lightss
ARA coffee morning in Leens Hotel from 10am to 12pm on Friday next, November 18 organised and supported by the members of the Active Retired Group. There will be a
Church gate collection next weekend November19/20 and finally there will be a
Pub quiz on Friday December 2 at O’Rourkes bar . All welcome

CAROLS AT THE GLÓRACH: Susan Browne and the Broadford Youth Choir will perform a night of Carols on Friday, December 9.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: For the first time since 2019 we will be able to celebrate Christmas in our parish church without any restrictions. We are delighted to announce this week the return of the annual Christmas Concert. This year we are delighted to welcome to Abbeyfeale the singing group, ‘CELTIC BROTHERS’ formally known as ‘The Willoughby Brothers’. They have entertained and endeared audiences for the past number of years and are delighted to bring their Christmas Show to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. Their repertoire features a blend of Irish Ballads, popular classics and contemporary songs that take their audience on an emotive musical journey. The Christmas Concert in Abbeyfeale will have many seasonal songs. The funds raised from the concert will go towards the St Ita’s Hall (Hall Ide Naofa), Renovation Fund. St Ita’s Hall is a very significant resource centre for the people of Abbeyfeale, and surrounding parishes and provides a wide range of support services for all members of the local community. St Ita’s Hall will be 100 years old in 2028 and significant renovations plans have been drawn up to update the building, so that it is fit for purpose and continues to serve the needs of the local community. Tickets are available in the church and are also on sale in many outlets throughout the town. Tickets can also be booked by calling 089- 4314765. Let’s shake off the restrictive spirit of Covid and get into the Christmas Spirit! It is time to celebrate and what better time of the year to get together than the lead up to Christmas the Feast of the birth of Jesus our Saviour.

NOONAN FAMILY LIGHTS: The launch of the annual lights for charity takes place on Sunday, November 20 at 4.30pm in Templeglantine V94 YH7W.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: There will be a Market at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18 and the Christmas market is back on November 27th in Knocknagoshel with doors open at 12pm and proceeds going to the local meals on wheels service. To book a table phone 086 3487298 or knocknagoshelmow

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:” The relaunch of a sketch of the life of Rev. William Casey P.P. took place on Friday night last in the Glórach Theatre in the presence of a large crowd and two of the late J.D. Harnett’s granddaughters Miriam Collins and Bridget Harnett Sheeran. The republished book is on sale in Batts and the Siopa Milsean at a very reasonable €8 per copy. . Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Community Council Maurice O’Connell welcomed everyone and explained how the process began when he was searching for information to enable him to make a six minute promo video on Abbeyfeale focusing on the life of Fr. Casey. At the same time the Castleisland Heritage Committee were working on re launching JD Harnett’s book and following on from a fact finding visit to their headquarters Maurice and the Castleisland group joined forces and last Friday nights event was the culmination of their efforts. After a viewing of the very interesting video Maurice introduced former Minister for Justice and MEP Gerard Collins who had been invited to launch the booklet. Former Minister Collins then spoke as follows; “ I wish to extend a warm welcome to the members of the Castleisland District Heritage Committee some of whose members – John Roche, John Downey, Janet Murphy and Noel Nash are with us this evening. I would like to thank them very much for the invitation extended to me to officiate at this re-launch. They are very welcome to this side of the river Feale!! As a historical committee, they have produced an extensive body of work which includes 7 journals, 3 catalogues and 200 articles, all of which can be found on their website. Their work also includes a successful petition for the presidential pardon of John Twiss, granted by President Michael D Higgins on the 16/12/21. Their campaign for similar

presidential pardons continues – for Sylvester Poff and James Barrett.

The book we are re-launching tonight is the work of the Castleisland History Committee in collaboration with interested parties in Abbeyfeale. The original book was written by James

D Harnett and published in 1908. JD Harnett was an accomplished and successful businessman and father in law of my school teacher, Andrew Downey.

I remember JD……….tall, dignified gentleman wearing gold rimmed glasses, grey haired and wearing the old fashioned stand up collar. His brother, Richard Harnett was Provincial of the Holy Ghost Order who spoke at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Fr. Casey’s death – more of which later. The work by JD Harnett was published well over 100 years ago. It is described by the author as a sketch of Rev. William Casey. It was in itself an unbelievable achievement given that there were no computers, tape recorders, copying machines or

Google Search!! He was totally reliant on his own memory, anecdotes from others and possibly occasional notes. The biography of Fr. Casey is well known. His birthplace –

Castlequarter, Kilbehenny – is in Co. Limerick and not in County Cork as has been claimed!

He was the son of a tenant farmer, reared in the shadows of the Galtee mountains.It is a part of the County I know well as I was their Representative in the Dail for many years.

He arrived in Abbeyfeale in 1871 and one of his first tasks was to build a much needed wall around the Convent for the Mercy Sisters. It was a magnificent wall but one which went well

beyond his budget and his family legacy. As the son of a tenant farmer he understood very well the struggle for survival of the labourers, the lack of rights of the tenants and the hardship of losing the small amount of land they had – through evictions. The plight of those people was easily understood by him but the same injustices visited on those people moved him to action. Interestingly enough, he also understood the role of women in

the struggle for their ownership of the land. During this time, he established a working relationship with Michael Davitt which was acknowledged by Davitt in a letter in1901 when he congratulated Fr. Casey on the settlement agreed on the O’Grady estate where the tenants were reinstated to their own holdings on favourable terms – thus leading his people to the final ownership of their land. During his time in A/feale, Fr. Casey formed a Brass Band

which used to meet in the Temperance Hall down near Anthony Greaney’s property at the end of New St. On the 18th November 1896, people became aware that it was the Silver Jubilee of his arrival in Abbeyfeale. The warmth of the appreciation and respect for Fr Casey was demonstrated when people proceeded to his house with flaming torches – in a

Celebratory procession, I hasten to add!!! Fr Casey, a modest man, was totally unprepared for such a demonstration but was greatly appreciative of the gesture. On the 50th anniversary of Fr Casey’s death, in 1957, a special commemorative ceremony was held in Abbeyfeale. A parade of over a mile long from the Vocational School to the newly specially floodlit statue of Fr Casey was led by the Buttevant Brass Band. The brother of JD Harnett, Rev Dr. Richard Harnett was given an enthusiastic welcome when he addressed the crowd. He

had been a witness to many of the evictions carried out locally and recalled many stories of Fr. Casey who “fought the landlords” and won for the tenants. Fr. Casey was, in fact,

described by a foreign journalist as “the supplicated ruffian” This commemoration was organised by the newly formed Abbeyfeale Development Association, led by Solicitor Richard Woulfe who presided at the ceremony in the presence of JJ Collins, TD, then Chairman of L C C, my father, and a number of the clergy. As a young man, I was also present at that commemoration. A Radharc Programme in 1963 included contributors who, at

that time, still remembered Fr Casey and his work. Unfortunately, 65 years later, the memory of Fr. Casey is now close to extinction. It is to be hoped that this relaunch will surely awaken new interest in Fr. Casey and his work. I have here a cane of Fr. Casey’s which was passed to the parents or grandparents of Richard (Dick) Woulfe. It was givento my wife and I by Elaine Woulfe, Richard’s widow, for safekeeping until such time as a suitable venue can be found for it in Abbeyfeale.” The evening then concluded with some light refreshments which were enjoyed by all.

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ONE WOMAN SHOW: Frances Kennedy, she of the great singing voice and the earthy humour is hosting a one woman show at St. John’s, Listowel on Friday, November 18. She’ll send you home with a smile on your face.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: It’s been three long years, but after the successful show for Culture Night in September 2019 little did we think it would be this length of time before we hit the Glórach Boards again. Celebrating the themes of community and culture, the show aims to celebrate the best of our culture and heritage, and will feature acclaimed local musicians and singers, and also a retelling of one of the most famous love stories of all time. The show will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 19th and tickets can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November. Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December. Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past. Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: We hope to receive our first consignment of DVD’s and USB sticks towards the middle of next week. They will be on sale at the Day Care Centre, Batt’s in the Square and An Siopa Milsean and will make an ideal Christmas gift. The DVD’s will retail at €10 each and the USB sticks at €15.

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. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through the caraabbeyfeale If you are looking for an unusual gift for your loved one who is far from home this Christmas this will surely put a smile on their face and they will make a collector’s item in time to come. 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”.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Tickets for our annual Christmas Party in Fr. Casey’s Club House with dancing after lunch to Paddy Qulligan will cost €25. They will be on sale in Kathleen’s Foodstore, An Siopa Milsean, Gourmet Green and the Post Office in Templeglantine. 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. A raffle will also take place on the date.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

SHAKESPEARE, ABBEYFEALE & GLÓRACH: ( The author of the following words does not wish to be named but suffice to say I’d ate it before I’d be able to put it together!)

“Now is the winter of rising prices. Made glorious summer by a viewing of Abbeyfeale on Film and In Context At Glórach for a modest €10.To go, or not to go,To learn of past sorrows; That is the question. For in that viewing of Abbeyfeale on Film & In ContextIs a consummation, devoutly to be wished, Of identity with our forefathers. Do not put off ‘til the ‘morrow,What can be done before the ‘morrow.So, without artifice, see a screening of Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context. Lest our forefathers become poor players. That strutted upon a stage of conflict And are heard no more .Let that almighty struggle be a tale signifies the glory of the Gael. Is this a film promotion that I see before me? I have not seen thee – yet feel I must.Art thou, not evidential vision of past heroics And not a false creation.Thou marshall’st me the way to Glórach for Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context. So that mine eyes can see the glory Of the freedom that flows from deeds of valour. Once more unto the Glórach, dear friends. To do our forebears proud in memory.If it be a sin to honour valour Then, we must be the most offending. For having viewed Abbeyfeale on Film & In Context We must proclaim far and wide;That they shall not be forgot In this or any other time.{If ‘twere good enough for the great man,Then who are we to argue?!}Book on glorachabbeyfeale.com or 0871383940 Screening 8pm – Nov. 24/25/30; Dec. 1/10/11.”

COURSES FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS: LEO Limerick and the Entrepreneurs Academy are offering a new course for female entrepreneurs designed to help them grow their business. The course is hybrid with a mix on networking and online events into the start of 2023. 16th November – Attitude for Growth (Virtual) with Denise Horan
23rd November – Branding for Growth (Virtual) with Denise Horan
30th November – Problem Solving for Growth (Virtual) with Felicity Mccarthy For more information please visit CONNECT for female entrepreneurs – Local Enterprise Office – Limerick

DANCE: Templeglantine Community Council of Muintir na Tíre will hold a Céilí at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 18 music will be provided by Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band. This is a fundraiser to support Halla Ínse Bán.

BOOK LAUNCHES: A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book. It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread. The book is available in two well known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’. Catherine will be launching her book in the Castle Oaks Hotel in Castleconnell on Saturday, November 19th at 7.30pm. The following Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday,November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy. His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments. All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige. Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

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

KERRY INGREDIENTS MASS: A Mass for deceased workers will be held in Lixnaw Church on November 16 at 7.30 p.m.

MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UHK: This includes those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services. We also remember at this Mass past employees of UHK who have died. It will take place on Monday, November 14 at 7pm in St. John’s Church. Mass will also be live streamed on www.churchservices.tv/tralee or www.stjohns.ie

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys,

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.. Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure. Rambling house at Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm. All musicians, singers’ dancers and storytellers are most welcome to attend.

Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House, next monthly rambling house on Friday, November 18, at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm.

BOOK: FORGING THE DANCE’ is the name of a new book written by Fr. Pat Ahern to be launched on Friday next, November 18th, in Siamsa Tíre at 5pm. It is the story of Fr. Pat’s life and achievements as a priest of the Diocese and includes the story of the founding of Siamsa Tíre and the building of the new theatre. The book is on sale at the Parish Centre, Tralee

.TABLE TOP SALE:: In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale. Further information from 068 49799.

CRAFT & FOOD FAIR will be held on Sunday, November 20 in Ballylongford Parish Hall. Doors open 10.00am to 4.00pm.

CELEBRATIONS IN ATHEA: The Golden Jubilee of Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be celebrated at the Top of the Town, Athea on Sat. Nov. 26th starting at 8pm.knockanurecommunity

‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’: by Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

PRAYER MEETING IN CASTLEISLAND: Padre Pio Prayer meeting Castleisland on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at 7.30pm.

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

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

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.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

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: Wednesday 10am Deceased members of the McSweeney Family . Friday 10am, Lizzie Morris, Legga, Moyne, Co. Longford. Saturday 6.30pm Connie Harnett, Collins Park. Baby Tommy Moran . Sunday 10am Mary Kelly, Knockaboul & Co Down . 12 noon Michael Reidy, Bogmount/Meenkilly 9th Anniversary. Margaret O’Connor, Kilmanihan 1st Anniversary. Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig, Raj Anand late of UK. Dan Francis & Ellen O’Connor, Main street.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. 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 each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

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.

Grow Mental Health Information Session, Wednesday 16th November, 7pm to 8:30pm, at Grow offices, 33 Henry Street, Limerick.Grow is a mental health charity that provides free, friendly, community based, peer support groups for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue. Sharon Kleiser (Grow volunteer and
participant in our Lay Pastoral Ministry Programme), along with Mary Purcell (Grow Midwest Manager) and Amie Hughes (Grow Midwest Coordinator) are offering an information session on Wed 16th November for people from parishes across the
Diocese to learn more about supporting positive mental health and recovery. This is a great opportunity in the challenging times we are living in, to gain insight to strategies and supports that could be of benefit in our families and parish life. There is no
registration required, you will be welcome to attend and bring anyone who might
benefit with you.

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

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.

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 December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre. Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Do not respond to unsolicited calls, texts or emails. Never click on links in these messages. Keep your personal information to yourself – personal details like name, emails or credit / debit card information. Regularly access your account online to verify all transactions. Change passwords regularly and keep them private. Do not post personal information about yourself e.g. date of birth, where you live, family details on social mediaLearn 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: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. 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. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. 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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DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the family of the late Joe Kelly, Collins Park who died recently. May he rest in peace.

GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: The annual Parish Christmas Concert starring the Celtic Brothers formerly The Willoughby’s takes place in the Church of the Assumption on Sunday 11th of December 7.30pm. Tickets will go on sale next weekend. More details will be announced during the
week. Proceeds in aid of St Ita’s Hall Renovation Fund.

RELAUNCH OF “A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF RE. WILLIAM CASEY P.P.:” It’s been 114 years since J.D. Harnett’s book "A Sketch of the Life of Rev William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale" was first published in 1908, following the death of Fr. Casey himself in December 1907. Copies of the original book are extremely rare and difficult to come by, and yet so sought after that a collaborative approach between different individuals and Groups on either side of the Limerick / Kerry border has now resulted in the research and republishing of this iconic biography, along with some additional content and images.
Endearingly referred to as the "Peoples Priest" and well known for attracting thousands of people at monster meetings during the late 1800’s / early 1900’s, Fr Casey was a national icon and a passionate promoter of The National Land League and the fight for tenants’ rights.

Special guests will be in attendance and refreshments will be served on the night.

The relaunching of "A Sketch of the Life of Rev William Casey P.P. of Abbeyfeale" will take place at the Glórach Theatre, Convent Rd, Abbeyfeale V94 H9C8 on Friday, November 11 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and all are welcome.

ONE WOMAN SHOW: Frances Kennedy, she of the great singing voice and the earthy humour is hosting a one woman show at St. John’s, Listowel on Friday, November 18. She’ll send you home with a smile on your face.

LOST SOULS AT THE GLÓRACH: Heavenly harmonies will be the order of the evening at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 12th as the Lost Souls take to the stage. The group are no strangers to the venue, nor to the Abbeyfeale public who have seen them in memorable gigs in the past in McEnery’s Bar and the Church. Over the past eleven years the group has cultivated a wide following, with their tight musicianship, soaring vocals and easygoing style. Mixing it up on guitars will be Dr Mick O’Donnell and Gary O’Keeffe, with D Dennison keeping a steady rhythm on bass. The Abbeyfeale version of ‘The Commitments’ singers is made up of Noreen Cotter, Orla Dennison, Martina McAuliffe and Kelly Hartnett, with the possibility of a few guest appearances by other acclaimed local vocalists during the night. Covering artists as diverse as Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and the Cranberries to name but a few, the Lost Souls always put a unique stamp on the songs and very definitely make them their own. Always open to experimentation, they stunned patrons at the concert for Ukraine last May with their electric version of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd, a definite first in the Church of the Assumption! Expect an eclectic mix this Saturday as the Lost Souls make a welcome return to a venue ideally suited to their sound. Don’t be disappointed and make sure to book tickets at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: It’s been three long years, but after the successful show for Culture Night in September 2019 little did we think it would be this length of time before we hit the Glórach Boards again. Celebrating the themes of community and culture, the show aims to celebrate the best of our culture and heritage, and will feature acclaimed local musicians and singers, and also a retelling of one of the most famous love stories of all time. The show will take place at the Glórach Theatre on Saturday, November 19th and tickets can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940

NOVEMBER AT THE GLÓRACH: Local singer Denis Curtin makes a welcome return to the venue with various traditional musicians joining him on the night of Saturday 26th November. Abbeyfeale on Film kicks off on Thursday, November 24th, with further dates on the 25th, 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December. Archival footage of the town has been expertly brought together under one film, providing a rich delving into our not so distant past. Tickets for all events can be booked at www.glorachabbeyfeale.com or by calling 0871383940.

GLÓRACH RUMOURS WRITTEN BY JOHN NELLIGAN: ‘ Those of you who’ve been following my Glórach Rumours column will have noticed its absence from last week’s paper. Well, wonder no more, as I will now reveal how I’ve been scammed, so to speak, throughout this whole business. My mole has confessed that after a particularly busy day working on the grounds of Glórach,he suffered sunstroke, which affected him in numerous ways – one of which was a bad case of Bobby Ewing syndrome. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that particular syndrome, should Google “Dallas, Bobby Ewing shower scene”. In any event the upshot of the affliction for my mole was that he would wake up from a dream, every Friday morning that appeared so real to him that he believed that the detail of the dreams must have occurred in real time. So, the fallout from his nocturnal ramblings is that we’ve all been misled in a most egregious fashion. I’ve told him that to mislead a respected and long-standing member of the Press, such as myself, is quite unforgiveable and that there may be consequences for him. Further investigation on my part has determined that there is a film project in the offing titled “Abbeyfeale on Film &amp; In Context” and that it will be screened at Glórach on the following dates: Nov 24 th , 25 th &amp; 30 th and Dec 1 st &amp; 10 th at 8pm. Tickets cost €10. Booking on either telephone 087 1383940 or on-line at glorachabbeyfeale.com With the cost of production and promotion having been sponsored, it means that all ticket proceeds will go the 8 local churches, each receiving 10% of the take, and Glórach receiving the remaining 20%. So, this is an event that is well deserving of your support. It is being described as 85 minutes of both film and content that captures the people, events and circumstances that guided our journey to where we are today. The description that accompanies the publicity material is as follows: “When the timecomes for the history of Abbeyfeale, across the early and middle parts of the last century of the last millennium, to be written, it will draw heavily from the content that is now available for viewing in our film. If, as we’re told, a static picture paints a thousand words, then a moving picture – as films were first described – has the facility to capture and convey an ethos that would, otherwise, require a billion words to describe! Ours is such a film, in that it contains 50 minutes of quality footage that looks at life, in its many and various forms, in Abbeyfeale, through first-hand accounts of the, then, contemporary and historic events, that moulded a people, a community and a nation. The remaining 35 minutes will depict in words, music and film footage, Sunday observance, entertainment on the Sabbath, the plight of the emigrant, the despair of the dispossessed and marginalised, the impact of the Easter Rising and, finally, how our National Anthem – as Béarla agus Gaelige – came into being.The flame of freedom, for Ireland, was doused with water on many occasions – but never quenched. It, now, behoves the generations born in the 1950s and thereafter, to reacquaint ourselves with our local and national history so that we may imbue our families and friends with a history of the struggles of our ancestors, whose valour and unceasing pursuit of a Republic for Ireland enables us to enjoy the unfettered freedom that is now our privilege.”I’m told to expect a piece for next week’s paper, which, believe it or not, will draw on Skakespeare’s many references to Abbeyfeale and the film in question in some of his soliloquys. I’m agog with anticipation – although such a tale wouldn’t be out of place in an Eamon Kelly, seanchaí story. Finally, our condolence to the family of Eamon Kelly, on the recent death of Maura Kelly, a fine actress, whose performances on stage were a pleasure to behold.’

BOOK LAUNCHES: A local girl, Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book. It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Catherine qualified as a nurse but continued with more studies in Reflexology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other therapies. The book gives us an insight into Catherine’s life and the influences that shaped it combined with practical information – a real treasure to be read and reread. The book is available in two well known shops ‘ An Siopa Milséan and ‘ Heavenly Gifts’. Catherine will be launching her book in the Castle Oaks Hotel in Castleconnell on Saturday, November 19th at 7.30pm. The following Saturday, November 26th she will be signing copies of the book in ‘Nature’s Hand’ – the health shop in the Crescent Shopping Centre between 11am – 1pm. Then on Saturday,November 26th, Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel will be host to a book launch by local man Pat Mulcahy. His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his colourful and eventful life spanning his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Pat was co-founder of Project Children, an organisation responsible for bringing over 23,000 children from the troubles of Northern Ireland to the US for a six week break. The launch begins at 8pm with entertainment from local musicians followed by refreshments. All proceeds will go to Rockchapel NS and Bruach na Carraige. Pat’s mother was Eileen Mulcahy (nee Moriarty) from Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. It’s a very small world as Pat’s wife, Kathleen Beirne whom he met in the US is my neighbour from Co. Longford .

ABBEYFEALE’S NIGHT AT THE OSKARS: A DVD will be on sale shortly.

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. Calendars on sale throughout the town and are currently making their way to ex pats all over the world through the caraabbeyfeale They will make a collector’s item in time to come. 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”.

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 €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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: : Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

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.

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.

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

DANCE: Templeglantine Community Council of Muintir na Tíre will hold a Céilí at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 18 music will be provided by Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band. This is a fundraiser to support Halla Ínse Bán.

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.

KERRY INGREDIENTS MASS: A Mass for deceased workers will be held in Lixnaw Church on November 16 at 7.30 p.m.

MASS FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE DIED IN UHK: This includes those who have died in the hospital, those who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who have died within the Palliative Care Services. We also remember at this Mass past employees of UHK who have died. It will take place on Monday, November 14 at 7pm in St. John’s Church. Mass will also be live streamed on www.churchservices.tv/tralee or www.stjohns.ie

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S: A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright. The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up, The Old Rugged Cross, Golden Rose, Some Enchanted Evening, Panis Angelicas, Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border, The Dying Rebel, I Fall To Pieces, The Rose, Bendemeer ‘s Stream, Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckleys, Templeglantine.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Knockalougha on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month..

‘ONCE UPON A ROAD’: by Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city.

PRAYER MEETING IN CASTLEISLAND: Padre Pio Prayer meeting Castleisland on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at 7.30pm.

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY – are starting a new 6-week programme called Cancer Thrive and Survive at the Family Resource centre in Castleisland Wednesday, November 9th from 10.30am-1pm. This free Programme offers you a sense of confidence and a chance to learn self-management skills when moving on from your cancer treatment. For more information call 0667192122.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Leahy on Friday 10th March and First Communion will be celebrated on the 13th and 20th of May.

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

LEARN TO DANCE: Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm. Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot. Everyone welcome.

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.

PRAYER MEETING: Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

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: Wednesday 10am John and Margaret O’Connell, Meenkilly and their daughter Maureen Burke. Thursday 10am Peg O’Donoghue, Convent Street Anniversary..
Friday 10am Michael & Kathleen & Julie Colllins & David, & Cathy & Aeneas Lane.
Saturday 6.30pm Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack. Donal & Nell & Patrick Fitzgerald Knockbrack. Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna. Kathleen Healy, The Hill Months Mind. Sunday 10am Ita O’Connor, Rathorna 2nd Anniversary.12noon Shelia O’Connor. Nora Canty Fealebridge & James Canty London
Johnny & Maureen Joy and their granddaughter Miriam Joy Fitzgerald. .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. 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 each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times. The Annual Mass for all those who died since this time last year will be celebrated on Friday 25th of November at 7.00pm. During Mass a candle will be lit for each person who has died during the past twelve months and a member of their family will be invited to bring the candle to the altar.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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: Senior Line Friendly Listening Service 1800 804591. 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. Mental Health Ireland – Helpline 01 2841166. Alzheimers Society, Information and Emotional Help – 1800341341.AMEN( male victims of domestic violence) 0469023718. 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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