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://
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,
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.
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