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PROLOGUE: “Hath any wronged thee? Be bravely revenged: slight it, and the work is begun; forgive it, and it is finished. He is below himself that is not above an injury.” Kerry Examiner 1840’s via Nicholas Leonard.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!) There are family connections to Muhammad Ali here so who’s to say Donald Trump won’t turn out to be from West Limerick too.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Christmas Cantata in the Church of the Assumption on Thursday, December 14 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: The annual cake sale in aid of Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan was a huge success and we’d like to thank everyone for their support – especially the bakers and jam makers, the helpers and the buyers and Fr. Tony for the use of St. Ita’s Hall. Fr. Tim recently sent an email and we paraphrase it here; “I’m well thanks. Earlier in the year we had a bad drought. Thanks be to God since the end of July we have received decent rain. The countryside is green now rather than brown. In July opposition forces came to our area and there was fear among us and the people that there would be fighting. We evacuated the parish and closed the school for one week. The opposition forces passed by on their way to Ethiopia. Thankfully nothing bad happened. No fighting took place and we returned to the parish and reopened the school after one week. We started a project here a couple of months ago. We constructed a green house. Then a young man from Watergrashill in Co. Cork who works in Kenya came to put down pipes with drip irrigation. We have planted crops like onions, cabbage, carrots, kale, tomatoes, cowpeas, maize and green peppers. Unfortunately the maize didn’t germinate well, we are still waiting for the green peppers to show themselves but all others are doing well as well as weeds of course. I’m excited about this project. We get our tomatoes onions from a place in Kenya about 700 kilometres away so you can imagine the carbon footprint of that. This should add also to the nutrition standards for the school children who will benefit from these vegetables. We have nearly 400 school children with twice as many boys as girls. They top class will go to st 6 in 2018. There are three more years remaining before they finish their primary education.
I will finish here by wishing all the bakers and supporters a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for 2018. I pray for you all and you pray for me.”

GLÓRACH NOTES: PRO Lorcan Curtin says “Due to the children’s drama show with Jo Jordan taking place at the Glórach on the evening of Monday next, December 18 our next night of Bingo won’t take place until January 1, 2018. Thanks to everyone who has supported this venture to date, as mentioned before all monies raised from our Monday night Bingo will go towards resurfacing of the Car Park and also towards the insulation of the Glórach building. Thanks to all who attended our screening last Wednesday of the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet. Often cited as the finest adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, it was easy to see why, with two radiant leads, rich colours throughout and extremely well shot sword fighting scenes. We are scheduled to return in the New Year with a more recent release, the acclaimed 2015 film, Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, whilst on the music front, much interest has been expressed in the Sean Keane concert, which will be taking place on Friday, May 4 next year. Much to look forward to, for any queries or bookings don’t hesitate to call 0871383940.

HELP NEEDED: It’s distribution time again when the parish deliver parish calendars, Christmas Cards and boxes of envelopes to each home! Many hands make light work. We thank you for your help with this ministry in the parish.

CHRISTMAS RIBBON CEREMONY: A Christmas Ribbon Ceremony with prayers

and a remembrance service will be held at Reilig Ide Naofa graveyard @ 2pm on

Sunday, December 17. Ribbons and Candles will be available.

NEWS FROM THE ADULT LEARNING CENTRE ( OLD TECH): A Level 5 (Full Award) Course starting in January in Childcare early care and education practice at the Further Education & Training Centre, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. For further inquiries 068 31198.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Only one more card game left before Christmas, with lots of spot prizes to be won. Come along to Meenkilly School on Tuesday at 9.15pm for a great night’s entertainment in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Two teams tied for first place last week on 14 games: Sean Harnett, Eileen Reidy, Jimmy O Connell and Tom Neligan, Mossie Gleeson, Maurice Collins.

Table Prizes: Jack O Sullivan, Dan Reidy and Pat Collins.

Door Prize: Mary O Connell.

Raffle Prizes: Jackie Harnett, Eleanor Denihan, Donal O Connor, Jack O Sullivan, Seamus Collins.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

COMMUNITY ALERT: Please keep an eye on elderly neighbours, it need only be a telephone call or just dropping in for a few minutes on your way home from work but showing that you care could mean the world to someone. If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. The minute you buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. There was a glut of calls from oversees in the last week, this is a scam and if you answer or call back you will be charged premium rates so only answer calls from numbers you recognise. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day 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 and this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

NEWS FROM BRUACH NA CARRAIGE ROCKCHAPEL: Bruach Na Carraige will host a night of Christmas baking with celebrity chef Frank Moynihan Thursday, December 14 at 8pm.

LIVE CRIB IN DUAGH: The live crib is back again this Christmas. Located behind St Brigid’s church, the crib will be officially opened after 7.30pm vigil Mass on Saturday December 16. It will remain open to the public until Sunday January 7, 2018. Open daily 10.00am to 9.00pm.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan, Ted McCarthy and also the Nightingales so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 ‘The Gospel of Family’ as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis and families from all over the world in August. Limerick diocese invites you to visit the Gospel of families Icon which will be in Co Limerick from Monday, December 11th – 19. It will visit St John’s Cathedral Monday December11-13, St Peter & Paul Kilmallock on Thursday December 14 – 16 and the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Sunday December 17 – 19.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin. A huge thank you from the Board and volunteers at WL102fm for the proceeds from last week’s game in Meenkilly N.S.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions:

Wednesday 10am Fintan Morris Longford. Friday 10am Thomas O’Brien 20 Collins Park

Saturday 7pm John Hayes Fealesbridge. Peggy Woulfe Ballaugh. John Collins, Mary & son John & daughter. Margaret Enright. Ricky Loughnane Dromtrasna. Sunday 9.30am Patrick Flynn, Convent Road 1st Anniversary. Phyl O’Kelly Killarney Rd. 12 noon Jim (Power) O’ Connell 4 St. Ita’s Rd. Theresa DM O’Connor.

To book a mass contact the church 51915. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

KERRY CHAMBER CHOIR, ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS performing Handel’s Messiah (excerpts) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (excerpts) directed by Aidan O’ Carroll in the Friary, Killarney on Wednesday December 20 at 8pm. Tickets on the door or from the Friary Office – 064-6631334.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton and Special Guests, in aid of the Kilcummin N.S., on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Tickets €20 from Killarney Parish Office, Killarney Outlook, Kilcummin N.S, Kilcummin P.O. Also contact Tom 087 2890630.

TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT, The Friary Church, Killarney Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Tickets at The Friary or www.tommyfleming.com

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE THREE TENORS: Tuesday, December 19 at 8pm in Castleisland Parish Church. Tickets €20.

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PROLOGUE: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at mid-night in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour vouch safe O My God, hear my prayer and grant my petition. Advent Prayer.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Eileen Whelan nee O’Brien whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!)

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated and can be left at Batt Harnett’s, The Square. Otherwise contact any of the committee to arrange collection; Lorcan Curtin, Mairead Daly, Carina Prendeville or Marian Harnett.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: There have been great reports from the annual Carol Service held in the Church of the Assumption last Sunday night and it seems it was, as always, a wonderful night. Well done to all who took part – the five parish schools,

Riona and Helen, The Lost Souls (Soles?) and the parish choirs.

HELP NEEDED: It’s distribution time again when the parish deliver parish calendars, Christmas Cards and boxes of envelopes to each home! Many hands make light work. It is hoped you can help again this year. Distributors may collect the material on Thursday evening at 7pm Mass, or on Friday the Holy day (9.30 and 12 noon Mass), or at the weekend Masses or contact Anne to make alternative arrangements. We thank you for your help with this ministry in the parish.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Well done to the Christmas Lights committee who did such a great job of lighting the town this Christmas and to Doody Engineering for the wonderful Christmas tree which they made and which lights up the Square under the all seeing eye of Fr. Casey. Thank you to Kostal who sponsored the tree which will be a focal point in the town for many a long year to come. There was a huge crowd in the Square on Friday evening last to greet Santa who arrived on a sleigh to great glee from both the adults and children present. The PRO of the Christmas Lights committee sent the following report: “Thanks to Denis Collins, Jimmy Cahill, Marius Winncki, Maurice O’Connell, Paul Doody, Pakie Devine, Donal Murphy and his son Eoin Murphy who worked tirelessly to install the new Lights – all on their spare time and on a voluntary basis. We would like to thank Fr Tony Mullins and Ann O’Meara for helping us on a weekly basis while we were promoting our Christmas Events.
To our team in the square, Kevin Kenneally, Jim O’Shea, Adam from Mick’s Local, Sheila, Ali, Wioletta, Marie McElligott, Esther O’Connell, Mai Quinlivan, Johnny Walshe, Kori Goad, Chris Smith, Maura O’Connor, Mikey O’Connor, The Gardai, The fire brigade , Tony Noonan, Hilary Collins, Richard Gleeson, -James Collins, our three councillors , the volunteers who manned our food stalls and who did security, Paul Ward, anyone else who came and helped on the night and oh of course our special guests Santa and Mrs Claus ! We would like to thank all those who contributed time and money to our project. Thanks To all the businesses and organisations that hosted fund raisers for us also. We are very grateful to all the shops and households who have allowed us to plug in our Lights to their premises! We are still accepting bags of clothing and donations as this is a big expensive project needing a big budget to bring it to high standards!Finally on behalf of our Christmas Lights Group, Denis Collins, Hilary Collins, Marie McElligott, Kevin Kenneally, Gerardine Mann, Esther O’Connell and Jimmy Cahill — we would like to wish one and all a happy, peaceful and a safe Christmas and we’ll be back in the new year to begin again for 2018 !!!

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Chairperson of Maurice O’ Connell expressed his delight at the turnout and support of the local Community for the switching on the Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights on a chilly but clear Friday night. “The excitement that emanated from the almost 2000 strong crowd of Children and Adults that packed the Square was so contagious you’d have to be made of ice not to get caught up in the enjoyment of it all” exclaimed Maurice. “The chorus of Wows that were heard from all age groups throughout the crowd when the lights were switched on and especially the newly designed Christmas Tree was a moment well worth waiting for” he said. This was followed shortly afterwards by Santa arriving into town on his Sleigh, escorted by a Garda Car and Fire Engine. Santa told Chairperson Maurice that the amazed look on children’s faces as he, Santa, pulled up and waved to everyone will be cherished by him for many years to come. The Council would like to offer sincere gratitude to members of Abbeyfeale Community Council, Abbeyfeale Christmas Lights Committee, Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, and Abbeyfeale Town Park. They also want to offer huge thanks to Hilary Collins, Gerardine O’Brien, Esther OConnell, Kevin Kenneally, Marie McElligott, Denny Collins, Jimmy Cahill, Wioleta Kelly, Alison Rae, Mary and Michael Lane, The Gardaí, The Fire Brigade, Kostal Ireland Gmbh, The Doody family – especially Paul, Leen’s Hotel, Chris Smith, Kori Goad, the numerous volunteers who helped out, the owners of premises who have supplied power for the Christmas Lights and all the wonderful children and their families who braved the chilly air to support the Communities efforts and to spend a few minutes with Santa and Mrs Claus. . “Again, it shows what can be achieved when various organisations and groups come together” Maurice added.

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9. 15pm sharp. The winners of last week’s game were Billy Broderick, Paddy O Sullivan and Sheila Breen. Runners-up: Noreen O Callaghan, Liam O Connor,and James Mc Enery. Table Prize: Noel Murphy, Seamus Collins and Matt O Connell. The winner of the Door Prize (a beautiful Spalted Beech Bowl turned by local craftsman Seamus Quinlan) was Paddy Sheehan. Raffle Tickets: Betty Curtin, Matt O Connell, Eoghan Lane, Con Lenihan, Noel Murphy, Pat Fitzgerald. Proceeds on the night were given to West Limerick 102. Just three more card nights before Christmas, see you in Meenkilly School on Tuesday night at 9.15pm.

GLÓRACH NEWS: The mood is buoyant here at the Glórach Theatre after finishing on such a high last Thursday with our production of The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. No rest for the wicked however, and it’s shoulders to the wheel once again with various events that will take up us to the holiday period. The last Bingo session of 2017 takes place on Monday, December 11 at 8.30 pm and we will be resuming again on New Year’s Day. On Wednesday, December 6, we will be screening the 1968 film, Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in the title roles, the film is regarded by many critics as the finest adaptation of this Shakespearean tragedy. Many readers may have studied this drama in school, so here’s a chance to refresh your memories of one of the most enduring love stories of all time, a love that transcended the feuding between the Capulet and Montague families, and while ultimately ending in tragedy, it was a love that was not in vain. The film begins at 8 pm and all are most welcome.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Scoil Mháthair Dé will perform their Christmas Cantata in the Church of the Assumption on Thursday, December 14 at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan, Ted McCarthy and also the Nightingales so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

RCCN (HOUSING) LTD: This is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

NEWS FROM BRUACH NA CARRAIGE ROCKCHAPEL: The Rockchapel Comhaltas based group Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra will present "Pulses of a Thousand Years" at Siamsa Tire on Sunday, December 10 beginning at 8pm. This is a traditional music journey through the history of Ireland from the arrival of An Tuaithe De Danann to the 1916 rising. It will present many old tunes starting with the first tune written in Ireland from the book of William Ballett published in 1583 and many of our old and forgotten dances. All proceeds will go to Brosna Parish Church renovation fund. Then on Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Bruach Na Carraige will host a night of Christmas baking with celebrity chef Frank Moynihan.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Several members attended the Community Alert Newcastlewest Garda District meeting in the Devon Inn this week. Diarmuid from Muintir na Tire told us about the two forty foot articulated trucks full of stolen property that was recovered in Tipperary this summer and how only seven items were reunited with their owners because people had not recorded serial numbers. It was emphasised that the minute we buy something in the line of electrical goods, machinery, bicycles, quads find the serial no. and record it even if it was only on a sticker on the inside door of a press. Muintir Na Tire have a log book for sale for just a fiver that you can use to make a record of all you possess and they are available from any member of Abbeyfeale Community Alert. If you see anything that makes you wonder if thieves are casing the area like a car that seems to be travelling around several times ring Abbeyfeale Station on 068 30010. If the Gardai on duty are out on patrol the call will be patched through to NCW who will call the car back to town. We would like to welcome our new Superintendent Eamon O’Neill to the NCW Garda District. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system. 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, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of a landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house close windows, turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. If you are going for a walk or cycle wear a hi viz jacket and bring a light – in this murky weather it makes the roads so much safer for everyone. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

DESERT DAY: You are invited to a quiet peaceful few hours away from your busy schedule to enter more deeply into the Advent season and to prepare for Christmas.

The day will consist of quiet prayer, reflection and will conclude with the Eucharist. Venue: Westbourne, Ashbourne Avenue on Saturday, December 9 from 10 – 5.15. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details and information contact Sr.Phyllis Moynihan at 0879636893 or Bernie at 0876803883 or Email: phymoy

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 ‘The Gospel of Family’ as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis and families from all over the world in August. Limerick diocese invites you to visit the Gospel of families Icon which will be in Co Limerick from Monday, December 11th – 19. It will visit St John’s Cathedral Monday December11-13, St Peter & Paul Kilmallock on Thursday December 14 – 16 and the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Sunday December 17 – 19.

CHRISTMAS RETREAT: Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat invites all young people between the ages of 16-35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat in the Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from December 8-10 next. Free meals and accommodation on site. Free buses will also be picking up from various areas throughout the country. For more information or to book your place go to www.youth2000.ie or call 003523 (01) 6753690.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin. A huge thank you from the Board and volunteers at WL102fm for the proceeds from last week’s game in Meenkilly N.S.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller. Last week’s winning ticket was sold by Ann Lyons, the Square to Tom Cahill, Cregg, Abbeyfeale who won €538.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions: Wednesday 10am William & Julie Madden-Dually. Vigil of Feast the Immaculate Conception Thursday 7pm. Vincent McNally. & Tony McNally R.I.P. Present & deceased members of the ICA. Friday 9.30am 12noon Nick & Eleanor Cotter Upper Purt Saturday 11am Julia & Gerard Kelly & Deceased Family Members. 7pm Bridget Healy, Lower Knocknasna. Ramey Leahy, New Street. John E O’Connell and his wife Mary Joe Sunday 9.30am Paddy Barry, Caherlane. Hannah Mai Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins. John Shannon, Main Street. 12 noon Tom Dillane, Kilconlea. Frank Foley, St Ita’s Road.. To book a mass contact the church 51915. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

LECTURE: Rathkeale & District Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Friday, December 8 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, New Line, Rathkeale. Topic: The Important Families of Lower Connello in the 1800s. Speaker: Br. John Feheney, a Presentation Brother and a native of Ballysteen, Co. Limerick. A former teacher and university lecturer, his publications include books on education, as well as on local and family history, which has earned him election as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. All are welcome. Admission free.

DUAGH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 10 in the church stables from 2pm to 5pm.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF KERRY RIGHT TO LIFE: Rose Hotel on Tuesday, December 12 at 7.30 p.m. Guest Speaker Katie Ascough former UCD Student Union President.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

RAMBLING HOUSE: Thursday, December 7 at 9 pm in Knockanure Community Centre. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshment will be served. Contact Ann Flavin at 086-3090948.

KNOCK Night Vigil: December 7/8 departing from Dero’s, Main Street at 3pm on December 7, €33, Contact 064 66 31251

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton and Special Guests, in aid of the Kilcummin N.S., on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Tickets €20 from Killarney Parish Office, Killarney Outlook, Kilcummin N.S, Kilcummin P.O. Also contact Tom 087 2890630.

TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT, The Friary Church, Killarney Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Tickets at The Friary or www.tommyfleming.com

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE THREE TENORS: Tuesday, December 19 at 8pm in Castleisland Parish Church. Tickets €20.


PROLOGUE: "It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer."
Albert Einstein.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins says; “Our great switch on is at 5.45pm on Friday, December 1. We have 2 young local high achievers doing the honours for us – Kori Goad and Chris Smith. After that, Santa will arrive and he and Mrs. Claus will meet local children in the Grotto. That night, in Mick’s Local, there will be a big Christmas Party to start everyone off for the festive season. The committee would like to thank everyone who made donations or who fundraised to light up the town this Christmas and invite everyone to take part in the big switch on this coming Friday evening.

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a timely reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally over the festive season. Keep our money circulating in our community and help Abbeyfeale to become great again (to paraphrase Mr. Trump!).

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE: The annual Carol Service in The Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale takes place on Sunday, December 3 at 7pm. There will be a raffle for hampers with proceeds to the Youth Ministry in the parish. Everyone welcome.

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION AT TODDY’S: Are you tired of overcooking or undercooking your Christmas dinner? Not sure how to properly cook a roast to the exact temperature to achieve maximum results every time. Well don’t worry, come and join us for formal information evening in our premises on Convent St. Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30pm. Everyone will receive a digital thermometer probe worth €25, gift bag for everyone plus a draw for a free €50 voucher. The evening will cover all aspects of the Christmas dinner. Cost of the evening will be €20 each. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place, phone or text 0872029395 or just call in and let us know.

NOONAN’S LIGHTS: Children’s Christmas party Sunday, December 3 at 4pm. All welcome. Santa has promised to make an appearance too.

CHRISTMAS WALK: The annual Christmas Walk along the Great Southern Trail Greenway will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 12.30p.m.. Assembly is at the newly opened Longcourt House Hotel (formerly the Courtenay Lodge), St. Mary’s Road, Newcastle West. The hotel is on the N21 and the public bus services stop alongside it. Walkers will be transferred by courtesy coach to Barnagh from where they will walk the 6 miles [10km], all downhill and mostly along the old railway, back to the Longcourt House where they can enjoy seasonal mince pies, whipped cream and tea/coffee at their leisure. All walkers must wear visibility vests as the final section is through the streets of Newcastle West and involves crossing the busy N21 which must be crossed at the zebra crossing close to the hotel. Cyclists, with visibility gear, helmets and lights, are also welcome and we suggest that they also meet at the hotel at 12.30p.m. and cycle outwards along the Greenway for approximately one hour to Barnagh or beyond and then return in time to enjoy the refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne ar an lá.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL HISTORY: As Christmas is coming a nice gift to oneself or to family/friends would be the Great Southern Trail Limited’s newly published "Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years" by Liam O’Mahony which is laden with information about the Greenway’s railway history. It is not alone a personal memoir by Liam of the 1950’s to 1980’s railway finale but also reproduces several historic documents. These include a list of the 300 or so shareholders (many of which names are still to be found locally) in the Rathkeale & Newcastle Junction Railway Company which built the line to those towns 150 years ago. Another historic gem which is included is a chapter from "Through the Green Isle"; a Victorian era travel guide which extolled the historic attractions of Adare, Askeaton, Foynes, Ballybunion and Ardfert along with the then newly operational Lartigue railway in Listowel. Liam’s book is very well illustrated with thirty of the photographs being in colour. Twenty full colour railway posters advertising excursion trains to Dublin, Thurles, Cork, Killarney, Knock Shrine and Listowel Races during the 1950’s to the 1970’s will bring back memories to many. Copies of the book will be delivered throughout all of Ireland for €15 (inc.postage). Orders from all of Britain will be £17stg and from all other countries €20 due to overseas postal rates. The book has 187 pages including a 32 page colour section. Enquiries to Liam O’Mahony, 9, Bishop St., Newcastle West, Co.Limerick V42HT66, Ireland to whom cheques should be made payable[or phone/text 00353876471956]. If payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is preferred please email your name and address to lomahony@hotmail.com and you will be provided with the bank BIC and IBAN. Please remind the bank to include your name on the EFT. The book is also available for €15 at the following outlets: Sheehan’s(Post Office), Templeglantine; Pat Buckley’s Shop, Devon Road; Ann Lyons’ Shop, The Square, Abbeyfeale;

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated and can be left at Batt Harnett’s, The Square. Otherwise contact any of the committee to arrange collection; Lorcan Curtin, Mairead Daly, Carina Prendeville or Marian Harnett.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp.

GLÓRACH NEWS: There is just one final performance left in what was a very successful run of the Glórach Players comedy ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’. We’ve been talking for years about Dick Woulfe from Cratloe and how he should have trod the Abbey stage, well he has an able successor in his neighbour Donal Woulfe who stars as Gabriel Foley and who, with a very strong cast provide a lot of laughs to brighten these long winter nights. The final night is tomorrow night, Thursday, November 30 at 8pm and if you haven’t been to see it then don’t miss out and book your seat immediately on 087 1383940.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Bingo continues every Monday at 8.30 pm at the Glórach. Great crowds have attended so far, and once again, thank you all for your support. The classic film screening returns on Wednesday, December 6 with our showing of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet. Rated by many critics as one of the finest film adaptations of the Shakespearean classic, the film starts at 8 pm and all are most welcome.

SOCIAL FARMING: West Limerick Resources is delighted to support the development of Social Farming in the region – Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and parts of Kerry and Cork. Calling interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290. We look forward to hearing from you.

FEALEBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 48th Annual Social on Friday, December 1 at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine. A great night is in store as always. Music will be provided by Ui Bhriain, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

RAMBLING HOUSE: The last Rambling House at Fr. Casey’s for this year takes place on Monday, December 4 at 9pm. MC Benny Thade McCarthy has issued an invitation to all singers, dancers, musicians etc to attend.

DESERT DAY: You are invited to a quiet peaceful few hours away from your busy schedule to enter more deeply into the Advent season and to prepare for Christmas.

The day will consist of quiet prayer, reflection and will conclude with the Eucharist. Venue: Westbourne, Ashbourne Avenue on Saturday, December 9 from 10 – 5.15. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details and information contact Sr.Phyllis Moynihan at 0879636893 or Bernie at 0876803883 or Email: phymoy

MEENKILLY CARD GAME: Three teams finished level on 12 games: Julia Murphy, Catherine Collins and Con Lenihan: Christina O Donoghue, Eileen Finnegan and Maureen Roche: Liam Lane, Con Lane and Danny O Connell.

Table Prize: Billy Broderick, Sheila Breen and Paddy O Sullivan.

Door Prize: Marian Quirke.

Raffle Tickets: Mary Mc Carthy, Maurice Collins, Jack O Sullivan, J.J. Lenihan (x2)

The card game continues every Tuesday at 9pm.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Sunday, December 3 from 3-6pm with dancing to Declan Aungier. All welcome.

FR. LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: Newcastle West and District Lions Club present Fr. Liam Lawton in concert (with Desmond College choir) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, November 30. Doors open @ 7.30; concert @ 8.00pm.

ADULT SIGN LANGUAGE: A class in Adult sign language class has commenced in St. Ita’s Hall and will continue every Tuesday from 7.30pm – 9pm. This is a basic course for beginners to be followed by Level 1. For further information contact Breda on 087 7715734.

LADIES REQUIRED: There are classes in jives, waltzing, foxtrots etc every Tuesday in the Railway – there are any amount of men attending but quite a shortage of women so ladies please come along and show the men the one, two, three. Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

FUNDRAISER FOR FR. MARTIN MCCORMACK: An Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, January 14 to raise funds for Fr. Martin McCormack’s Projects in Swaziland. Fr. Martin, who is from Ballydesmond is a member of the Salesian Missionaries based in Pallaskenry. Music will be provided by Sheila Fitzgerald and Mike Sheehan, Ted McCarthy and also the Nightingales so a great afternoon’s dancing is assured to shake down the excesses of the Christmas. Admission is only €5 and a raffle will be held.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 ‘The Gospel of Family’ as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis and families from all over the world in August. Limerick diocese invites you to visit the Gospel of families Icon which will be in Co Limerick from Monday, December 11th – 19. It will visit St John’s Cathedral Monday December11-13, St Peter & Paul Kilmallock on Thursday December 14 – 16 and the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West on Sunday December 17 – 19.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

READING GROUP: St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the adoration chapel after 10 am Mass on Wednesday November 29. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS RETREAT: Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat invites all young people between the ages of 16-35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat in the Newbridge College Co. Kildare from December 8-10 next. Free meals and accommodation on site. Free buses will also be picking up from various areas throughout the country. For more information or to book your place go to www.youth2000.ie or call 003523 (01) 6753690.

CHRISMAS MARKET: There will be stalls in the Square from 6pm on Friday, December 1 with mulled wine, Christmas decorations, cakes, puddings, jams, marmalades and much more so hopefully if the weather obliges we will create a real Christmas atmosphere with a special Market while people wait to meet Santa and his Missus.

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981and leave a message if you wish to order tickets. The tickets would make an ideal Christmas present and a special gift envelope is available.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: Scam Alert! Live Line on RTE 1 would shock you with all the scams that are on the go especially now coming up Christmas – there was a lot of talk today about men calling to estates offering to clean gutters. Can I make a suggestion to those of us who are over 60, there’s a not for profit company based in NCW called RCCN (Housing ) Ltd who provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315.

ONE 4 ALL GIFT VOUCHERS: Be very careful when buying these vouchers from the Post Office, they need to be used within a time frame. They start to reduce in value by approx. €1.50 per month after the first 12 months.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system. 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, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. The installing company are required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. If you leave the house turn lights on and maybe invest in a timer for them. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions: Thursday 10am John & Susanne O’Brien. Confessions following Mass for First Friday. FIRST Friday 10am Purgatorial. Friday 7pm Dee Harnett, Kilconlea Upper. Saturday 11am Lena & Paddy Flynn, Craggane. Rosalie O’Callaghan, Kilmorna.

Intentions for next weekend 7pm Nell & Donal Fitzgerald and their son Patrick, Knockbrack. Sonny McCarthy, Caherlane. Noreen Flynn, Mountmahon Month mind. James O’Grady, Meenkilly. Sunday 9.30am Pat Moloney, 4 St Ita’s Terrace. Mary & Hughie Masterson. 12noon William Flynn and deceased family members. Bridget & Timmy Connell the Hill and their son Tim and daughter Mary.

Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

KNOCK Night Vigil: December 7/8 departing from Dero’s, Main Street at 3pm on December 7, €33, Contact 064 66 31251

ST PIO MASS & HOLY HOUR in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin, Saturday, December 2 @ 3pm. Relic available for blessings after.

SEANCHAÍ CENTRE: A talk on ‘Songs of People & Places of North Kerry’ by Peter Kelly will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday November 30 at 8 pm. This will be followed by Listowel Rambling House from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy an evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served. Admission is free to both events.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton and Special Guests, in aid of the Kilcummin N.S., on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Tickets €20 from Killarney Parish Office, Killarney Outlook, Kilcummin N.S, Kilcummin P.O. Also contact Tom 087 2890630.

TOMMY FLEMING CONCERT, The Friary Church, Killarney Thursday, December 14 at 8pm. Tickets at The Friary or www.tommyfleming.com

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH THE THREE TENORS: Tuesday, December 19 at 8pm in Castleisland Parish Church. Tickets €20.

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PROLOGUE: "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."
Bryant H. McGill

SUPPORT OUR OWN: Just a timely reminder that in order to keep money circulating in the local economy we need to shop locally, socialise locally and eat out locally. Support the fundraising efforts to light up the town this Christmas led by a voluntary committee who stand to gain nothing out of all the work they have put in but who want to make our community and local town welcoming and warm and inviting this Christmas. Support our local theatre whose small voluntary committee are working hard to pay down the debt that remains on the building and to insulate it and do up the parking area. Attend the weekly bingo, support the drama group whose play started last night. Buy your Christmas presents in Abbeyfeale, we have a fine selection of boutiques, hardware stores, beauty salons, hairdressers, toy shops etc. Ann Lyons has local CD’s and books which would make great gifts. There are vouchers available in most shops if you can’t think of a gift and these can be used over the year by the happy recipient. When you leave the local area and spend your money elsewhere that is taking from the whole community. Remember too, that when you travel out you have to buy petrol and food and all the time that you spend on the road you’ll never get back again. Abbeyfeale Abu – this is our place and we need to cherish it.

SENIORS LUNCH: A capacity crowd enjoyed a lovely lunch catered by Ann Kennedy last Sunday at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. This was followed by dancing to the laid back sound of Ballyduff’s Mike Condon. Abbeyfeale Community Alert would like to thank Ann Kennedy for the great food, the RSA who provided 100 high viz jackets which were distributed to everyone present, Jerry Lyons of the Fire Service who spoke on Fire safety and local Community Garda Roger O’Donoghue who assured all those present that Abbeyfeale Gardai are always available to help people and that if they ring the station on 068 30010 and the Garda on duty is out on patrol the call will be forwarded to NCW and the patrol car will be notified. Thanks too, to Derbhla Conlon Aherne from WLR who spoke about the supports that they offer seniors in West Limerick include a weekly phone call service, the Rose project where trained and vetted volunteers provide a monthly visitation service and finally the not for profit company RCCN ( Housing) Ltd which provides a cost effective housing maintenance and small repairs principally for the over 60’s and disabled. We would also like to thank all those who brought spot prizes for our raffle. A great community day out and please God a confirmed event in the social calendar from now on.

#RED WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday, November 22 next, in order to promote awareness and solidarity with persecuted Christians, we have been invited by Archbishop Eamon Martin and A.C.N Ireland to pray the Angelus at 12pm and 6pm in remembrance of both past and present martyrs and to wear a red tie or a red scarf as a symbolic reminder of all Christians who have suffered and died for their Christian faith.

Red Wednesday will see many landmarks illuminated in red worldwide, including Armagh Cathedral.

MEMORIAL MASS: A memorial mass will be held for deceased members of Kerry Ingredients, Listowel in St Michael’s Church, Lixnaw on Wednesday, November 22 at 8pm. All welcome.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262.

FOURTH ANNUAL CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The fourth annual swim takes place in Ballybunion on Monday, January 1 at 1pm. Funds raised will go to the Cardiology Unit in Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital with donations being made to the Hope Foundation and the Lourdes Youth Group. There will be a raffle on the day and hot food will be served in Thomasins, Lisselton.

BORD NA NOG PRESENTATIONS: Calling all U6 to U16 Boys and Girls for the Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg End of Year Presentations this Saturday evening at Fr Casey’s Clubhouse. Doors opening 7:30pm, Presentations 8pm followed by food and music. All are welcome.

ROSARY ON THE COAST: Don’t forget that there will be a Rosary said on Ballybunion Beach and Banna Strand next Sunday at 2.30pm and everyone is invited. The event is being undertaken to pray for ‘the preservation of the faith, including the protection of the unborn child.’

GLÓRACH NEWS: After a successful opening night on Tuesday, our comedy, The two loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary plays for a further six nights at the Glórach, with further shows on this Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30. A stellar and experienced cast that includes Donal Woulfe, Mary Murphy, Joan O’Connell, Domhnall De Barra, Frances Kennedy, Annette Mann, Chris Collins and Theresa O’Halloran bring the hilarious story of lovelorn bachelor Gabriel Foley to the stage. There’s only one way to find out if Gabriel’s quest for love will be satisfied, and that’s to come to the Glórach Theatre on one of the nights it’s on. Not to be missed, the show starts at 8 pm on each night and booking is highly recommended at 0871383940. Bingo continues every Monday at 8.30 pm at the Glórach. Many thanks to Canon Tony Mullins PP who gave his blessing to our endeavours last Monday, recalling his own memories of being involved in bingo fundraisers many years ago. While his busy schedule necessitated a brief blessing, he promised some Monday night in the future that if he would be free he would call in for a game. Great crowds have attended so far, and once again, thank you all for your support. The classic film screening returns on Wednesday, December 6 with our showing of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet. Rated by many critics as one of the finest film adaptations of the Shakespearean classic, the film starts at 8 pm and all are most welcome.

DARTS NIGHT: A fundraiser for the Christmas Lights will take place at the Ploughman Bar on Sunday evening, November 26 following the Afternoon Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s

RAMBLING HOUSE: The last Rambling House at Fr. Casey’s for this year takes place on Monday, December 4 at 9pm. MC Benny Thade McCarthy has issued an invitation to all singers, dancers, musicians etc to attend.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Tickets are on sale for a mega raffle in aid of Recovery Haven at Esther’s Main St. and Ann Lyons’s, The Square. Prizes include tickets for Nathan Carter at the INEC, Afternoon Tea for two at the Hayfield Manor Cork, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Silver Springs, €50 fuel voucher from Moloneys and much, much more. Tickets €10 each or three for €20.

LADIES REQUIRED: There are classes in jives, waltzing, foxtrots etc every Tuesday in the Railway – there are any amount of men attending but quite a shortage of women so ladies please come along and show the men the one, two, three. Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

CHRISTMAS RETREAT: Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat invites all young people between the ages of 16-35 to a Catholic Weekend Retreat in the Newbridge College Co. Kildare from December 8-10 next. Free meals and accommodation on site. Free buses will also be picking up from various areas throughout the country. For more information or to book your place go to www.youth2000.ie or call 003523 (01) 6753690.

MONAGAE TEA DANCE: Sunday, December 3 from 3-6pm with dancing to Declan Aungier. All welcome.

FR. LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: Newcastle West and District Lions Club present Fr. Liam Lawton in concert (with Desmond College choir) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, November 30. Doors open @ 7.30; concert @ 8.00pm.

ADULT SIGN LANGUAGE: A class in Adult sign language class has commenced in St. Ita’s Hall and will continue every Tuesday from 7.30pm – 9pm. This is a basic course for beginners to be followed by Level 1. For further information contact Breda on 087 7715734.

KERRY CHORAL UNION CONCERT: Duagh Sports Complex presents "A Christmas Concert" with Kerry Choral Union @ St.Bridgets National School Hall, Duagh on Sunday, November 26 @7.30pm. Tickets €10 each.

LATE DR. HAYES: Local historian, Billy Broderick did some research and found that Dr. Hayes was born in the Bank of Ireland, The Square in 1902 but by 1911 when the next census was taken the family had moved elsewhere. His father was a Bank Manager here and his mother was from Longford. Thanks to Jer Keneally, Knockanure who first pointed out that this man, born in Abbeyfeale, was a code breaker for the British in WW2 and was a Director of the National Library. The following are some of the pieces from Jer’s original research: During wartime Europe, Dr Hayes and Colonel Dan Bryan, the head of Ireland’s intelligence service G2, led the secret Irish counter intelligence group to decode wireless messages being transmitted through Morse code from a house owned by the German Embassy.

“He masterminded the counter-intelligence program. He ensured Germany felt they could not certainly directly invade Ireland,” said Mr Hull.

Hayes has been referred to by MI5 as Ireland’s “greatest unsung hero” and the American Office of Strategic Services as “a colossus of a man”.

“The heroic thing about this, with both Dan Bryan and Dr Hayes, is they are doing this in some measure without their own government’s approval or knowledge,” said Mr Hull.

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Richard James Hayes (born 1902, died 1976)[1] was a code-breaker during World War II and was Director of the National Library of Ireland.[1] Irish Press 1931-1995, Wednesday, May 01, 1940; Page: 6

A DOZEN YEARS ago, or so, Dr. R, J. Hayes of the National Library published a fascinating book on this subject— "Comparative ldiom: " (Hodges, Figgis)—from which I have drawn my examples.

He takes most of the great languages of Europe, and; traces resemblances and contrasts, in matters like this; for, as he says, one of the most interesting things about national languages is the light, that (see paper for more)

Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, November 30, 1940; Page: 5

HEAD OF NATIONAL LIBRARY Limerick Man’s Post

Dr. Richard J. Hayes, Thornfield, Sandymount. Dublin, has been appointed Director of the National Library in succession to Dr. R. I. Best, who has been appointed to the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Dr. Hayes, who was born in Abbeyfeale, was educated at Clongowes Wood College and Trinity College. He was the first student of Trinity to take three Moderator ships in one year when in 1924 he took Modern Literature, Celtic Languages, and Philosophy in that year he entered the National Library as Assistant Librarian, and four years later took his LL.D. degree.

He has had several works published, including three volumes in Irish by An Gum.

Evening Herald 1891-current, Tuesday, April 01, 1941; Section: Front page, Page: 1

Copy of Newspaper on Silk

A copy of the “Bendigo Advertiser " printed on silk, published in Sandhurst. Australia, containing an account of the arrival of William Smith O’Brien in the city, was shown to members of the Bibliographical Society of Ireland by Dr.R . Hayes, National Library, at, a meeting in Dublin. Dr Hayes spoke on recent, acquisitions by the Library, including a manuscript translation of Giraldus Cambrensis by Richard Robinson.1575, earlier than the printed copy; relies of the Edgeworth family. Including manuscript poems, dated 1819 never printed.

Mr. B. F.Bowen read a paper on the " Comet" newspaper, published in 1831 by the Comet Club. Dublin. It ceased publication in 1883

Irish Press 1931-1995, Thursday, July 31, 1941; Page: 2

HIDDEN TREASURE

The romantic discovery by Dr. Hayes, Director of the National library, of two folios from the Tripartite Life of St. Patrick—lost for some three hundred- years—is one that will interest more than scholars and bibliophiles. Anything, however small, that is added to the scanty biographical material relating to Ireland’s patron saint, will be welcomed.

The Tripartite life, which is the foundation of all Patrician lore, was compiled before the end of the ninth century. It consisted, as its name implies, of three dissertations on the Saint’s life and death, which were intended to be recited at the annual three day festival held in his honour.

The missing leaves, long given up for lost, were found in an old book in a house near Dublin.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Saturday, May 29, 1943; Page: 3

Flew To Lisbon For Irish Books]

Dr. Richard Hayes, of the National Library, returned last night from Lisbon, where he attended the six-day auction of the library of Jorge O’Neill, of the family of the Counts de Tyrone, descendants of the O’Neills of Ulster. Dr. Hayes was sent by the Government to search for Irish books and manuscripts, and travelled by air from and to Foynes. Interviewed by an IRISH PRESS reporter, he said that the library included an enormous collection of books, most of them relating to Ireland and the Irish abroad. He had to face keen, opposition from Portuguese booksellers, whose interest in Irish books amazed him. Prices went high, but he secured over 100 rare volumes for the National Library. While in Lisbon Dr. Hayes searched the libraries and archives. In the National Library of Lisbon and in the Archives he discovered documents, hitherto unknown, and arranged to have them photographed. In the Bibliotecha d’Ajuda, in one of the Royal Palaces, he made friends with the librarian, a grandson of " Miss Murphy, of Cork." In order to attend the auction Dr. Hayes had to leave Ireland -without seeing the catalogue. There was the likelihood that this branch of the O’Neill family, which settled in Portugal in the 18th century, might have carried ancient manuscripts, or documents, of intense interest to Irish historians. As it turned out, the only manuscript sold was a copy of Keating’s Foras Feasa, of which there are many texts here already.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Thursday, October 07, 1943; Page: 2

Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director of the National Library of Ireland, has been appointed by the Government as a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Evening Herald 1891-current, Saturday, December 09, 1944; Page: 2

LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Professor F. E. Hackett was re-elected President, and Dr. E. J. Hayes, National Library of Ireland, and Mr. James Wilkie, Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, Vice-President, at the annual general meeting of the Library Association of Ireland, held at the Country , Shop, St. Stephon’s Green, yesterday.

Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, November 12, 1949; Page: 7

NATIONAL LIBRARY DIRECTOR LEAVES FOR U.S.

Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director of the National Library, by an arrangement with the Rockefeller Foundation, has left for the U-S. to study libraries and library methods there. Among the centres he intends to visit are New York, Princeton, Washington, Boston, Providence, New Haven, Michigan, and Chicago.

The National Library has already recorded on microfilm over a million pages of documents of Irish historical interest in England and the Continent, but so far the vast quantity of material in America has been untapped.

During his ten weeks visit to the States. Dr. Hayes will found the Friends of the National Library of Ireland, a society which, it is hoped, will help to collect and microfilm documents in America for the archives of the National Library.

Irish Examiner 1841-current, Thursday, April 12, 1951; Page: 7

LIBRARY ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE

Mr. Eugene Carberry, Librarian, Cork City, was re-elected president of the Library Association of Ireland at the annual general meeting in Dublin. Other Executive Board Officers elected were: Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director, National Library.; and Mr. James Barry, Vice-Presidents; Mr. G. Byrne . Dublin Municipal Service. Hon. Auditor; Mrs. M. K. McGurl, M.A., Librarian, Co. Meath, representative to An Chomhairle Leabharlann. Members elected by postal ballot were, (see paper for list)

Irish Press 1931-1995, Friday, April 17, 1959; Page: 2

Dr. R. J. Hayes, Director of the National Library (left), examines one of a six-volume edition of the works of Handel presented to the library yesterday by the German Minister, Dr. F Prill (right), on behalf of his Government. The composer’s bicentenary is being celebrated this year.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Tuesday, March 19, 1963; Page: 8

AS GUIDES

The office of the Director of the National Library, Dr. Richard Hayes, is not spared from the crowding of books and documents and records.

"A library’s business", he told me is not just with books. It’s job is to collect information. It only has books because there is information in them and also because they provide guides to other forms of information."

The core of the National Library’s collection of over 500,000 books was the collection of the Royal Dublin Society which was taken into state care in 1877. The books were then housed in the R.D.S. premises at Leinster House. The new building to house the Library was completed in 1890.

As the largest public library in Ireland it aims to provide a general survey of all branches of knowledge but its specific interest is in Irish books, books about Ireland and Irish manuscripts and records. Information, as Dr. Hayes suggested, is no longer confined within the covers of books. There are, for example, in the library over 200,000 photographic plates including the famous collections of Poole, mainly pictures of people, and Lawrence, chiefly pictures of places.

Irish Independent 1905-current, Tuesday, November 15, 1966; Page: 11

DR. RICHARD J. HAYES, Director of the National Library, and a member of An Chomhairle Ealaion (the Arts Council) for many years, has not sought reappointment to the Council for a further term of office. The Government has appointed Mr. James J. Sweeney, Curator of the Houston Art Gallery in Texas, to replace Dr. Hayes on the Arts Council. Mr. Sweeney, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, lives for part of each year in Co. Mayo. Five of the six outgoing Ordinary Members of the Council have been reappointed for a term of five years in accordance with the Arts Act, 1951.

Irish Press 1931-1995, Monday, August 07, 1967; Page: 3

DR. Richard James Hayes, director of the National Library of Ireland, has retired after 44 year service. Dr. Hayes joined the staff as an assistant librarian in 1923. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he had a distinguished academic record and became a specialist in comparative Linguistics

His knowledge of European languages is immense and he wrote a book on the subject and also a French-Irish dictionary.

FEALEBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 48th Annual Social on Friday, December 1 at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine. A great night is in store as always. Music will be provided by Ui Bhriain, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

PRAYER MEETING: St. Mary’s RC church, Knocknagoshel is the venue for Moss and Janice Carrig’s prayer meeting on Sunday, November 26 at 3pm. Rosary will commence at 2.30pm in solidarity with the rosary in Ballybunion and Banna. All welcome, further information on 087 1445072.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated.

PARISH RETREAT: An Evening of Reflection & Prayer at Ardfert Retreat Centre for Abbeyfeale Parish, Tuesday, November 28 from 7.30pm-10.30pm. Contact: Rita Horgan 06831405.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins reports; “Our great switch on is at 5.45pm on Friday, December 1. We have 2 young local high achievers doing the honours for us – Kori Goad and Chris Smith. After that, Santa will arrive and he and Mrs. Claus will meet local children in the Grotto. That night, in Mick’s Local, there will be a big Christmas Party to start everyone off for the festive season.” There will be stalls in the Square with mulled wine, Christmas decorations, cakes, puddings, jams, marmalades and much more so hopefully if the weather obliges we will create a real Christmas atmosphere with a special Market while people wait to meet Santa and his Missus.

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981 leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp. The game on Tuesday, November 28 will be a fundraiser for our local community radio station WL102fm and the radio station are looking for your kind support please.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

MY SILVER RIVER FEALE: The debut CD by talented local singer Eibhlin Broderick is available for sale in Ann Lyons’s The Square.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

PIETA HOUSE ‘MISNEACH’: Pieta House’s annual ‘Misneach’ event returns for its second year to Mungret Church on Sunday, November 26 at 4pm. Creating a space for us to both honour and celebrate those we have lost, and to reconnect with our loved ones, ‘Misneach’ is timed to fall between November, traditionally a time for remembrance and reflection, and December, a month of celebration, hope, and joy. The event is designed to nourish hope, lift spirits, and help welcome the Christmas season with a sense of optimism and promise.Misneach is a free, non-denominational event, and all are welcome to attend. For further information, please email karen.oshea@pieta.ie, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. Two members of the committee attended a Pobal workshop in Killarney last week to hear about the changes with the senior citizens security system. There are a few changes, first of all the form that you are asked to sign no longer requires details of your income. The monitoring of the system will be free for the first year and then will revert to the current rates. The age limits have not changed so once you reach the age of 65 and 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 for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are entitled to the system. 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, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. Another change is that all committee members will have to be Garda Vetted before the end of the year. The installing company are now required to provide identification on their equipment, their vans and their staff and before you admit anyone to your house you should ask for this identification. The company also offer a button which can be installed near the front and back doors for a once off payment – this is nothing to do with either Pobal or Abbeyfeale Community Alert and is just between the installing company and the client. The idea is that it offers extra security when answering the door. Now is the time to prepare for winter so make sure you have draught excluders around windows and doors, outside lights working, a supply of batteries, a couple of hot water bottles, know where the stop cock is for the water supply and above all get your chimney cleaned. We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass intentions: Friday 10am Michael Scully London & late of Mountmahan. 7pm Annual Bereavement Mass. Saturday 11am Ellen & William Herlihy .

Saturday 7pm Patie Lane, Kilconlea ,Tom Doody Kilconlea Upper .Mary Kelly (nee Brick) Athea & Co. Down. Tadhgean Harnett, Kilconlea. Sunday 9.30am Dick & Rhona Danaher, Church Street. 12pm Connie Hartnett, Collins Park. Mary Ellen and Lizzie Mulcahy Kilmahihan .To book a mass contact the church 068 51915 during Mass times.

Adoration for the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 26 from 5-7pm. All welcome

Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

DANCE IN DEVON INN: There will be a a fundraising dance in aid of The Hope Foundation organised by students in Hazelwood College who are travelling to Calcutta next Spring. It will be held in the Devon Inn Templeglantine, on Friday, November 24 at 9pm. Admission is €5 for adults (children free) and there will be a raffle on the night. Music will be provided by the Mountain Road céilí band. Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The will hold the next meeting on Friday, November 24 at 8.30 pm, in the Community Arts Centre, Rathkeale with a lecture on ‘The life of Gerald Griffin’ . The speaker will be Dr. Milo Spillane, retired Secondary School Teacher. Dr. Milo has a keen interest in local history and received his PhD from University of Limerick for his study of “The Life and Times of the 4th Earl of Dunraven” All are welcome

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SEANCHAÍ CENTRE: A talk on ‘Songs of People & Places of North Kerry’ by Peter Kelly will take place in the Seanchaí Centre, Listowel on Thursday November 30 at 8 pm. This will be followed by Listowel Rambling House from 9.15 pm. Come along and enjoy an evening of traditional music, song, dance & storytelling. Audience participation is welcome and tea/coffee and refreshments are served. Admission is free to both events


PROLOGUE: "Correction does much, but encouragement does more."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

GLAS TRAINING COURSE: A training course for participants on the Glas Scheme will take place at The Railway Bar on Saturday, November 18 starting at 10am. Places must be pre booked by calling 087 9796914.

#RED WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday, November 22 next, in order to promote awareness and solidarity with persecuted Christians, we have been invited by Archbishop Eamon Martin and A.C.N Ireland to pray the Angelus at 12pm and 6pm in remembrance of both past and present martyrs and to wear a red tie or a red scarf as a symbolic reminder of all Christians who have suffered and died for their Christian faith.

Red Wednesday will see many landmarks illuminated in red worldwide, including Armagh Cathedral.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT: Abbeyfeale Bereavement Support Group Tel. 068/31230 or 068/51984 or 068/31262

GRAVEYARDS COLLECTION: The Graveyards committee wish to thank you for your generous support to the collection last weekend. The amount collected was €1440.

MILFORD HOSPICE COLLECTION: Thank you to all who donated to the Collection for Milford Hospice the amount raised was €1641. Thank you too to all the collectors who made the Collection possible.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

LADIES REQUIRED: There are classes in jives, waltzing, foxtrots etc every Tuesday in the Railway – there are any amount of men attending but quite a shortage of women so ladies please come along and show the men the one, two, three. Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

FR. LIAM LAWTON IN CONCERT: Newcastle West and District Lions Club present Fr. Liam Lawton in concert (with Desmond College choir) in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newcastle West, on Thursday, November 30. Doors open @ 7.30; concert @ 8.00pm.

ADULT SIGN LANGUAGE: A class in Adult sign language class has commenced in St. Ita’s Hall and will continue every Tuesday from 7.30pm – 9pm. This is a basic course for beginners to be followed by Level 1. For further information contact Breda on 087 7715734.

KERRY CHORAL UNION CONCERT: Duagh Sports Complex presents "A Christmas Concert" with Kerry Choral Union @ St.Bridgets National School Hall, Duagh on Sunday, November 26 @7.30pm. Tickets €10 each.

VICTORY DINNER DANCE: Templeglantine Camogie Club are holding a Victory Dinner Dance on Saturday November 18 in the Devon Inn Hotel. Tickets are €25 and are available from Leens Hotel and Liz Cahill 087 2482844.

FEALEBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 48th Annual Social on Friday, December 1 at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine. A great night is in store as always. Music will be provided by Ui Bhriain, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

KERRY FOOTBALL STAR TO OPEN WINTER WONDERLAND: Kieran Donaghy the Kerry footballer will turn on the Noonan Family Christmas lights display which supports local charities on Friday night next, November 17 at 7pm. Santa will be there too to meet the children. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 1-6pm. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover a three course lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur.

PRAYER MEETING: St. Mary’s RC church, Knocknagoshel is the venue for Moss and Janice Carrig’s prayer meeting on Sunday, November 26 at 3pm. All welcome, further information on 087 1445072.

GLORACH NEWS: Almost all set for next Tuesday, November 21, when our hilarious production of the Jimmy Keary play, ‘The two loves of Gabriel Foley’ commences its run. Further shows on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30. Booking is highly recommended at 0871383940. Next month, our classic film club will be returning with a screening of the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet on the first Wednesday in December. A screening programme for January to April of next year will be released shortly. In mid-January, we will be screening Shankly: Nature’s Fire, a must for Liverpool and soccer fans. With that in mind, Glórach has invited his Excellency Michael D Higgins to attend an event in Glórach if his calendar permits, for as well as being a poet, he is also an avid soccer fan and supporter of Galway United. Bingo continues on Monday nights at 8.30 pm. It has been very well received to date and we would like to say a big thank you to all our Bingo patrons.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated.

PARISH RETREAT: An Evening of Reflection & Prayer at Ardfert Retreat Centre for Abbeyfeale Parish, Tuesday, November 28 from 7.30pm-10.30pm. Contact: Rita Horgan 06831405.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. Secretary of the Christmas Lights committee Hilary Collins writes: “It is exactly one year since the new Christmas Lights Committee was formed in Leen’s Hotel. The new committee comprised Denis Collins, Marie McElligott, Jimmy Cahill, Esther McElligott, Kevin Kennelly, Gerardine O’Brien and Hilary Colliins.What little Christmas Lights stock we inherited was in bad shape and it was 3 weeks to switch on – if indeed we were going to have anything to switch on!!

We soldiered ahead and put up what we had. The result was decidedly underwhelming. The New Year had the desired effect and we set about organising the gathering of money and the purchasing of new features. We had great fun poring over catalogues of magnificent Christmas lights as we tried to keep within a certain budget. We started with a wonderful donation from the Strictly Come Dancing Event that had been held a few months previously but it was really just the beginning. The capital outlay on something like this is huge and, as a committee, we decided that we would not go into debt but we would have lots of plans to light up Abbeyfeale in a way that would make the town pleasing to the eye!! Right now, the features are going up on the poles. Unfortunately, the ESB does not take kindly to their poles being used, so for this year, we are only using the poles that belong to the County Council. With Jimmy and Denis leading the team – out working every evening, we had to ensure that we had good Insurance – expensive Insurance, as it turns out! We asked Doody Engineering, Abbeyfeale, to create a tree for us – one that would not wear away and have to be replaced in 4/5 years. What we will have now should last for 50 years!! We are about to put thousands of bulbs on it. It should be so bright, it will be seen from Mars!! We have plans for more lights next year. We would like to extend some nice lights down New Street and Bridge Street but in the meantime we are having funfilled fundraisers. On November 18, in Jack Ryan’s there is a Donkey Derby, there is a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s GAA on Sunday, November 26 and later on that evening there is a Darts Night in the Ploughman. Our great switch on is at 5.45pm on Friday, December 1. We have 2 young local high achievers doing the honours for us – Kori Goad and Chris Smith. After that, Santa will arrive and he and Mrs. Claus will meet local children in the Grotto. That night, in Mick’s Local, there will be a big Christmas Party to start everyone off for the festive season. Our last fundraiser for the moment is a Pub Quiz at Matt McCoy’s on Friday, December 8 with lots of facts and fun and spot prizes.

A big THANK YOU to all of those who have supported us to date. It is very much appreciated. Happy Christmas!!”

FINBAR WRIGHT CONCERT: It’s 50 years next year since the Church of the Assumption was opened and to celebrate the Jubilee Year we are having Finbar Wright in Concert on Friday, February 9, 2018. Tickets available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop,Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Kathleen Foodstore in Convent Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle west and the butcher shop in Ardagh. Contact 089/4356981 leave a message if you wish to order tickets.

COMPLAINTS RE: DOG FOULING: There has been a number of complaints recently about dog fouling on footpaths and on the Great Southern Trail. We have also been told that a number of dogs are being walked without a leash on the trail. The authorities at Limerick Co. Council have been informed.

SHORT-TERM FOR NOVEMBER: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

MASS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Saturday, November 18 and Mass will be celebrated for all those who have lost their lives on that evening at 7pm.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its

current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a

vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We

acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their

commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and

involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 0876210490.

INTERCULTURAL EVENING: West Limerick Resources would like to invite you to an ‘Intercultural Evening’ on Thursday, November 16. Come along and take part in a unique African Drumming workshop or taste some foods from around the world. Children are also more than welcome to attend, to take part in an arts & crafts workshop or to get their face painted! We are also welcoming any musical acts (that fit within our multi-cultural theme) who would like to perform on the night, to get in touch with us by contacting Damien/Stefanie on 069 62222. The event will take place from 7-9pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

ADULT ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB. West Limerick Resources will run a 10 week English Conversation Club for Adults at the Newcastle West Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7pm -8:30pm. The Club will run for 5 weeks before Christmas (November 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6) and will continue for five weeks in 2018 (January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7). This Club is free of charge and all nationalities are welcome. To book your place please contact Damien 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842 at West Limerick Resources.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced, one of which is that the first year of monitoring will be free. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Thursday 10am Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke. Friday 10am Denis, Michael, Bridget and Hannah Cronin. Saturday 11am Con O’Connor, Knocknagoshel. 7pm Jack & Mary McKenna, Knockbrack. Patrick & David O’Connor, Caherhayes. Kathryn Broderick, Lower Purt . Sheila Horgan, Convent Road Anniv. 9.30am Michael Finnucane, St Ita’s Ter. Michael Reidy, Meenkilly 4th Anniversary. Eileen Casey, Knocknasn. 12noon Finton Hoare, Knockbrack 9th Anniversary. Lizzie Morris, Longford 2nd Anniversary, Michael O’Shea, Coolaneelig. Monday, November 20 7pm Michael Finnucane, St. Ita’s Terrace and NY Month Mind. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following weeks Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard.

DANCE IN DEVON INN: There will be a a fundraising dance in aid of The Hope Foundation organised by students in Hazelwood College who are travelling to Calcutta next Spring. It will be held in the Devon Inn Templeglantine, on Friday, November 2 at 9pm. Admission is €5 for adults (children free) and there will be a raffle on the night. Music will be provided by the Mountain Road céilí band. Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.


PROLOGUE: "A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween."
Erma Bombeck

DEATH: Sincere sympathy is offered to MaryJo and the extended Flynn family on the death over the weekend of Noreen, Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. May she rest in peace.

ARA COFFEE MORNING: The active retirement group will host a coffee morning at Leen’s Hotel on Friday next from 10.30 -1pm to help raise funds for the Christmas Lights.

PUBLIC ORDER: Should you be affected by or witness an anti-social event – on the street, in your property, at your business, in the Town Park etc. – it is recommended that you call the 24 hour line in Newcastle west on 069 20650 to log your complaint. This type of low level nuisance crime needs to be reported so that the Gardai can be made aware that it is happening. So, if someone walks out in front of your car, or you see someone in your garden or on your wall make the call. Limerick County Council also operate a 24 hour free phone number 1800 283 064 dedicated for Anti Social Behaviour reporting.

FEALEBRIDGE AND HEADLEY’S BRIDGE SOCIAL: Fealebridge and Headley’s Bridge Co-Op will hold their 48th Annual Social on Friday, December 1 at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine. A great night is in store as always. Music will be provided by Ui Bhriain, and there will be plenty of spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets are available at both creameries and also from staff and committee members.

WINTER WONDERLAND: Christmas is coming and from Friday, November 17 – Sunday, January 7 the annual Noonan family charity fundraiser will illuminate the hills over Templeglantine with twinkling lights and Santa’s, sleighs and reindeer will mysteriously appear out of the gloaming. The crib will as always take centre stage on the lawn with the Blessed Mother gazing, in rapture, at the Saviour of the world while Joseph stands protectively by her side. The true meaning of Christmas is to be found in these hills.

INTERCULTURAL EVENING: West Limerick Resources would like to invite you to an ‘Intercultural Evening’ on Thursday, November 16. Come along and take part in a unique African Drumming workshop or taste some foods from around the world. Children are also more than welcome to attend, to take part in an arts & crafts workshop or to get their face painted! We are also welcoming any musical acts (that fit within our multi-cultural theme) who would like to perform on the night, to get in touch with us by contacting Damien/Stefanie on 069 62222. The event will take place from 7-9pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The annual church gate collection in aid of WL 102fm will take place at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12.

LIGHT UP ABBEYFEALE. The lights will be switched on in the Square on Friday, December 1 so keep that evening free as there will be loads happening like stalls, mulled wine, Santa and much more.

JOHN COLLINS RUNS FOR MILFORD: John Collins, Clash is travelling to Athens to run in the Athens Authentic Marathon in Greece under the Banner of the Dromtrasna Challenge in aid of Milford Hospice Care Centre, on Sunday, November 12. It’s a very worthy cause and he’d be happy to receive sponsorship.

COMPLAINTS RE: DOG FOULING: There has been a number of complaints recently about dog fouling on footpaths and on the Great Southern Trail. We have also been told that a number of dogs are being walked without a leash on the trail. The authorities at Limerick Co. Council have been informed.

ADULT ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB. West Limerick Resources will run a 10 week English Conversation Club for Adults at the Newcastle West Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm. The Club will run for 5 weeks before Christmas (November 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6) and will continue for five weeks in 2018 (January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7). This Club is free of charge and all nationalities are welcome. To book your place please contact Damien 087 9042477 or Stefanie on 087 3663842 at West Limerick Resources.

RATHKEALE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: will hold its next meeting, on Friday, November 10 at 8.30 pm in the Community Arts Centre, Rathkeale. The topic under discussion will be Limerick Lace with Speaker: Dr Matthew Potter, Historian at Limerick Museum and Archives, and Hon. Fellow of UL History Department. Dr. Potter is an experienced researcher and author of many books, including “Amazing Lace.” All are welcome.

SET DANCING: West Limerick Set Dance Club ceili in Devon Inn on Sunday, November 12 at 4pm. Music is by Rise the Dust on their first visit to West Limerick. All Welcome, teas served. Tickets for our Annual Christmas Party Ceili in Fr. Casey’s are available now for Saturday December 9 in Fr Caseys GAA Club Further information from 0876259340….0864081793….0872803928.

GLORACH NEWS: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30 pm, with our next night being on November 13. Great crowds so far, nice to meet new acquaintances and old faces.

Rehearsals for our upcoming play are simmering nicely, the only worry now is making sure we peak during the opening week! Our production is The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary, a hilarious tale of a bachelor farmer struggling to find love, and having to choose between two very different women, family friend Chrissy or the sassy, if slightly snobbish, Hazel. The play opens on Tuesday, November 21 and continues on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 of the month.

SHORT-TERM FOR NOVEMBER: Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. You can do likewise!

MASS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is on Saturday, November 18 and Mass will be celebrated for all those who have lost their lives on that evening at 7pm.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA CAKE SALE: The annual cake sale for Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan takes place on Sunday, December 10 from 10-1pm at St. Ita’s Hall. All donations of home baking are very much appreciated.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its

current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a

vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We

acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their

commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and

involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 0876210490.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: The next meeting on Thursday, November 9 at 8pm will include the Annual Honey Show with judging by Redmond Williams and a talk on the History of Beekeeping with Jim Ryan at Mungret GAA Clubhouse.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

PHOTO WANTED: Author Pat Shaughnessy from Templeglantine is writing his second book and is looking for a picture of Bidsy Barrett’s long thatched house where the Adult Education Centre (the old Tech) is now. Contact Pat on 06984136 if you can help him.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 1-6pm. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur. We need to have numbers for the caterer by November 12 so please purchase your ticket this week.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education & Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

RAMBLING HOUSE HOSTS BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR KAY: Kay Moloney nee O’ Donoghue, Croagh and formerly of Sugerhill, Tempaglantine will celebrate her 93rd Birthday at Benny Thade’s Rambling House on Monday, November 6 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Kay is hoping for a huge turnout of musicians, singers, dancers etc. as a DVD will be recorded but she especially asks for no presents just your presence. All proceeds from this months Rambling House go to Kori Goad who is travelling to NY to defend her World Championship win in Rome during the summer.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

TABLE QUIZ: An Meitheal Co-op will be holding a Community Kitchen Fundraiser table quiz. It will be taking place in The Corner House, Dromcollogher on Friday, November 10 at 9pm. There will be great prizes and a raffle. €20 per table.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

DO WE KNOW THIS MAN: I have had a couple of leads re the story of Richard James Hayes born in Abbeyfeale in 1902 and who died in 1976. Thanks to Billy Broderick, Killarney Road I will shortly have some news to relate.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, implement the Rural Social Scheme in West Limerick. The scheme aims to provide part time flexible employment opportunities to low income farmers by utilising their skills and talents on community and not for profit projects. If you are: (a) 25 yrs or older, (b) currently in receipt of Farm Assist, (c) have a herd number, a copy of your EU Basic Payment application and are in receipt of a qualifying payment from social welfare rsswlr

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced, one of which is that the first year of monitoring will be free. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Friday 10am Jim McGill Anniversary. Saturday 11am Clara (baby) Tobin Knocknagoshel. 7pm Billy Buckley, Knockbrack. Kathleen O’Connor, Knocknasna. Sean & Bridie Leahy, Bogmount. Maureen Smith, Knocknagoshel. Sunday 9.30am Kathy Scanlon. 12noon Sheila O’Connell, Kilconlea Lower. Dick Murphy, Knocknasna. DanFrancis, Nell O’Connor and daughters Eileen & Anne late of Main Street. Lectio Divina scripture meditation on the following week Sunday gospel will take place during the four weeks of Advent. Starting on Tuesday, November 28 from 8.15 – 9pm. This is a good way to prepare for Christmas spiritually.

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’ Volume 2 by Brother John Feheney on Sunday, November 12 at Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.


PROLOGUE: Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. Mark Twain.

JOHN COLLINS RUNS FOR MILFORD: John Collins, Clash is travelling to Athens to run in the Athens Authentic Marathon in Greece under the Banner of the Dromtrasna Challenge in aid of Milford Hospice Care Centre, on Sunday, November 12. It’s a very worthy cause and he’d be happy to receive sponsorship.

GLORACH NEWS: There was a fantastic turn out on our first night of Bingo at the Glórach, Bingo continues every Monday evening at the Glórach from 8.30 pm and takes place this coming Monday, November 6. Preparations are well underway for our upcoming dramatic production, as Bingo-goers can attest to as they will have seen the set up the last two Mondays. Unfortunately we won’t be screening a film in November due to the set being in situ but we will be showing again in December once the play is finished.The long evenings are truly upon us now, not that it seems a major transition given the appalling weather we’ve had over the last two months. One means of warding away the introspective gloom that winter brings is by having a good laugh, and we hope to provide that for you at the Glórach Theatre with our upcoming production of the hilarious Jimmy Keary play, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley. Concerning the love life (or lack of it) of forty-something bachelor Gabriel Foley, and his trials and tribulations as he has to contend with two very different women vying for his attention. The play opens on Tuesday, November 21 and continues on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25,

Sunday 26, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 of the month.

CARD GAME: Meenkilly school card game every Tuesday 9pm sharp.

WINNERS: Congratulations to St Mary’s Boys N.S. on winning the West County final during the week.

YOUTH CLUB NEWS: Abbeyfeale Youth Club will be opening shortly for its

current members. The Youth Club through its sporting and social activities provides a

vital service for young people in our parish and for surrounding parishes. We

acknowledge the excellent leadership of the club leaders and we thank them for their

commitment over the years. Key to the success of the Youth Club is the support and

involvement of parents. . For more information contact Kate on 0876210490.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: It will soon be time to light up the town for Christmas and the afternoon tea dancers in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse are holding a fundraiser for them on Sunday, November 26 next. Music by Noel Cronin, teas served, mega raffle. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Hope to see you all there.

BOXEXERCISE CLASS FOR CHILDREN: A boxerercise class for children aged from 6 upwards will take place at FealeFit, Mountmahon every Saturday morning from 9.30am. Contact Shane 0872891015.

PRAYERS IN THE GRAVEYARDS: Sunday November 5 in St Mary’s 2.30pm, The Square 2.45pm and St. Ita’s at 3pm. The annual collection for the Graveyards will be taken up this weekend at all Masses.

PHOTO WANTED: Author Pat Shaughnessy from Templeglantine is writing his second book and is looking for a picture of Bidsy Barrett’s long thatched house where the Adult Education Centre (the old Tech) is now. Contact Pat on 06984136 if you can help him.

ST. ITA’S DAYCARE CENTRE: The Day Care Centre located near the Church and beside the Glórach Theatre hosts two open days every week. An open invitation has been issued to anyone who would like to join them for a four course lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays followed by dancing, bingo, cards and afternoon tea. The cost is just €10 per person. They also say that the Day Care Centre Bus and care are available to provide transport where possible.

ABBEYFEALE HORSE AND PONY RACES: The committee were delighted to present Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, Meenkilly N.S., Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed and Crumlin Childrens Hospital with sponsorship cheques following their very successful race meeting last June. A great night was had by all in Donal and Ann’s on Saturday night last.FINBAR WRIGHT: Tickets are selling already for the Finbar Wright concert in Abbeyfeale church Friday, February 9 next. Celebrating his greatest hits and all of your favourite music, Finbar will be joined by an impressive line-up of fine musicians on the night. The Finbar Wright concert is the first in a number of events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Parish Church on Convent St. To reserve tickets call 089- 4356981. Tickets are available at the following outlets in Abbeyfeale, Moss Harnett’s Spar shop, Killarney Road, Twohig’s Supervalue, O’Donoghue’s Spar shop, Ann Lyon’s, The Square and Sean Broderick’s New Street. Tickets are also on sale in Templeglantine at Pat Buckley’s shop and at the Post Office in Templeglantine. Tickets are also on sale at All Seasons Ladies Fashions, Bridge Street, Newcastle West and the Butcher Shop in Ardagh. Contact: Fr Tony Mullins 087-2600414 for further information.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB SING FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Our special thanks to Philip and Marie Enright of the Ramble Inn who are hosting a singing night on Friday November 3at 9pm. All proceeds in aid of the Christmas Lights Fund. A great night is promised with a great raffle and fantastic spot prizes on the night. Your support is greatly appreciated!!

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc have started on Tuesdays in the Railway and then on Wednesdays in Fr. Casey’s you can learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

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WEST LIMERICK HERITAGE NETWORK JOURNAL: The Networks second journal is now on sale in local shops and pubs. This Journal would make an ideal gift, especially for family members, far from home this Christmas. It comprises 32 articles relating to local history and local people. A good read is guaranteed.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Keep Sunday, November 19 free for Community Alert’s 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. Tickets are also available at the Garda Station and from Cllr. Francis Foley, Mossie Gleeson, John O’Sullivan and Mary McArthur. We need to have numbers for the caterer by November 12 so please purchase your ticket this week.

ABBEYFEALE CRAFTY CORNER: Meets every Tuesday evening in the West Limerick Resources Hub Room based in the Further Education& Training Centre Abbeyfeale, from 7pm to 9pm. New members are welcome. Contact West Limerick Resources on 068 31198 or Madeline on 087 9707989.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, November 1 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking in public, this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

RAMBLING HOUSE HOSTS BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR KAY: Kay Moloney nee O’ Donoghue, Croagh and formerly of Sugerhill, Tempaglantine will celebrate her 93rd Birthday at Benny Thade’s Rambling House on Monday, November 6 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Kay is hoping for a huge turnout of musicians, singers, dancers etc. as a DVD will be recorded but she especially asks for no presents just your presence.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR DEAD: The annual Bereavement Mass will be celebrated in Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, November 24 @ 7pm. Names of parishioners, deceased during the past 12 months will be read out during Mass. Names of deceased relatives from outside Abbeyfeale Parish may be submitted to the Church prior to November 19 by calling 068/51915 during Mass times. “The life of one we love is never lost… its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched” The late Donal Walsh’s mother, Elma will speak at the Mass.

TABLE QUIZ: An Meitheal Co-op will be holding a Community Kitchen Fundraiser table quiz. It will be taking place in The Corner House, Dromcollogher on Friday, November 10 at 9pm. There will be great prizes and a raffle. €20 per table.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: A free course is being provided by West Limerick Resources at the Desmond Complex, NCW on the Wednesdays in November covering all aspects of starting a new business. Contact Breda Heath on 06962222.

C.D. LAUNCH: Our own songstress Eibhlín Broderick from Cratloe will be launching her first C.D. on Saturday November 4 in Fr. Casey’s GAA clubhouse. A session will follow so all musicians are invited to bring their instruments. A mighty night of music, song and dance is promised.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria: Applicants must reside in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine. The scholarship is provided on a means test basis and is for students of limited means. Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or Irish Music will be given preference in the application process. Application forms are available at local Secondary Schools in Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Tarbert and upon request from Woulfe Murphy Solicitors, Abbeyfeale Tel 068-31106. The minimum award will be €2,000 per annum. The maximum award will be €5,000 per annum. Students are entitled to apply for the award each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship for more than 4 years in duration.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: St Vincent de Paul shops are a very important aspect of the service SVP provides. Not only do they provide people with new and lightly worn items at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is recycled directly back into the community. Abbeyfeale Vincent’s shop is now under new management and is seeking the help of volunteers to help run the shop. If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. We wish the new shop manager and her team every success. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT& TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent & Toddler Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall In Abbeyfeale from 11am to 12:30pm. New people always welcome. This group is a great way to introduce your child to a pre-school environment, teaching them to play and share with other children and a fantastic way for parents to make new friends as well. Activities each week include singing nursery rhymes, painting/colouring, table-top art and crafts, also messy play, which encourages children’s imagination and they learn about different textures & help develop their motor skills (hand eye co-ordination). Parents have time to chat, with a cup of tea, sing and play also. Please contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

DO WE KNOW THIS MAN: Richard James Hayes (born 1902, died 1976) was a code-breaker during World War II and was Director of the National Library of Ireland. The Irish Independent of Saturday, November 30, 1940 printed the following piece on page 5:

Dr. Richard J. Hayes, Thornfield, Sandymount. Dublin, has been appointed Director of the National Library in succession to Dr. R. I. Best, who has been appointed to the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Dr. Hayes, who was born in Abbeyfeale, was educated at Clongowes Wood College and Trinity College. He was the first student of Trinity to take three Moderator ships in one year when in 1924 he took Modern Literature, Celtic Languages, and Philosophy in that year he entered the National Library as Assistant Librarian, and four years later took his LL.D. degree.

He has had several works published, including three volumes in Irish by An Gum.

RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, implement the Rural Social Scheme in West Limerick. The scheme aims to provide part time flexible employment opportunities to low income farmers by utilising their skills and talents on community and not for profit projects. If you are: (a) 25 yrs or older, (b) currently in receipt of Farm Assist, (c) have a herd number, a copy of your EU Basic Payment application and are in receipt of a qualifying payment from social welfare rsswlr

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Street Life Food Bank will provide food for families and individuals in West Limerick. The Bank will be open on Fridays at the Newcastle West Bible Fellowship, North Quay from 10am. If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their family then the Street Life Food Bank is there to help. Further information from 086 2157975.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.

WEST LIMERICK 102FM: Every Monday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm tune into a little bit of Heaven with Fr. Kevin.

WEEKLY DRAW FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO: West Limerick 102fm are holding a weekly fundraising 50/50 Draw with the raffle taking place live on air in the West Limerick 102fm. Studios. Each week the pot from the sale of the raffle tickets will be divided equally between the person whose ticket is drawn and the station. Tickets only €2 each are now on sale in Ann Lyons, The Square and Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have been a victim of crime call the crime victims helpline on Freephone 116 006 between 10—5.30pm Monday to Friday. There are a number of scam phone calls on the go at the moment. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . Leave a light on in the house when you go out, lock all windows and doors. Invest in a house alarm. Make sure that you have a sensor light that comes on if someone comes into the yard and also lights around the house. Check the battery in your flash light and have it to hand rather than candles which can be dangerous. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert this is a good time to check its battery. Wear it on your wrist – if you trip and fall or feel dizzy or sick or are frightened by a caller press the button. The monitoring company will answer immediately and get one of your nominated contacts to go to you if necessary. Don’t worry about pressing the button by mistake, that’s the service you are paying for and if you only want to hear a friendly voice that’s ok too. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Tickets at €12 are on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. There will also be a talk on fire safety from the local Fire Officer and on keeping safe from our Community Gardai Roger O’ Donoghue. Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis as there will be less than 100 spaces available at Fr. Casey’s. We have been asked to remind people that once they reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 then they are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert but there will be a monitoring fee to be paid yearly to the installing company, this fee includes insurance against breakages and is currently €80. If you do not want the insurance cover then the fee is €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a quarterly fee of approx. €56. This works out cheaper that the rent of the landline which is currently €25 per month. There are new terms and conditions recently announced and we will bring you news of them as soon as they are to hand. If you are a victim of or have witnessed domestic abuse then log onto whatwouldyoudo.ie We constantly update our FB page with local alerts and information on keeping safe so do keep an eye on that. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Joseph Foley CC Tel: Mobile: 087 – 2618412. Parish Church 068/51915. Parish Office: Open 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tues. – Fri. (068) 31133 Email: fealechurch@eircom.net Limerick Social Services: 061-314111. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425 Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203, 068/ 31262, 068/5198. Parish Support Worker 068/31019 St Vincent De Paul 087/1213560. To book a Mass intention telephone the church 068/51915 during Mass times. Counselling Appointment 061/314213. Accord NCW 069/61000. Samaritans: 061 – 412111 or Free phone 1850609090 A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-814342551984 Console 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Mass Tuesday –Friday 10am. Saturday 11am. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions; Wednesday: Feast of All Saints Masses at 9.30am and 12 noon. CONFESSIONS FOLLOWING ALL MASSES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. Thursday Feast of all souls. Masses at 10am and 7pm. First Friday 10am Purgatorial. Saturday 11am Maurice Griffin, Main Street 1st Anniversary. Richard J Woulfe, Cratloe House Month Mind. Vigil Mass 7pm.

Bridget McEnery & James McEnery, Kilconlea Upper. David Healy, Killarney Rd

Fiona Murphy, London & Ballaugh died recently. Sunday 9.30am Billy Harnett, Dromtrasna. Peter O’Connell, Purt. James Harnett, Purt. 12noon Johnny Lane, Kilconlea Upper. Bridget & Patrick Cleary, Main St. & Birmingham. Kathleen Spillane, St Ita’s Housing.

To book a Mass intention telephone the church number 068/51915 during Mass times. Novena prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Adoration takes place each Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6-8pm and on Tuesday& Friday from 8.30am to 10pm. As due to data protection laws, priests can no longer go to the reception desk in local hospitals and get a list of parishioners who are patients, you are requested to contact Fr. Tony if you wish him to visit. Faithcast is the new weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is published every Monday and is available on catholicnews.ie. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. To see the daily readings you may log on to www.abbefelaeparish.ie and click on daily reading on the home page. Log onto www.churchservices.tv/abbeyfealeparish for the church webcam. You can now watch all services from home if you have access to a computer. You are asked to use car parking spaces in the Church car park before you start parking in the middle of the yard. Invitation from Fr. Mullins: “I want to extend an open invitation to all parishioners, particularly young people to share their God given talents with the community. We are always in need of Musicians, Singers, Readers of the Word, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Flower arrangers, Collectors and Stewards. You may have IT skills which we need to help us use social media in bringing God’s message to parishioners. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

LIAM LYNCH COMMEMORATION: The Hogan /Ryan / Lynch Sinn Fein Cumann will host the Annual Liam Lynch Commemoration on Sunday, November 5 at 1.30pm at the monument in Anglesboro.

LOURDES: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust are now accepting applications for their Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Young people aged 11-30 years with a variety of special needs including physical and medical conditions, learning difficulties or a young person who may have experienced some challenge in their life are all eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is October 31. Further information at 086 1030740or 087 2809833 after 5pm

HUGH O’FLAHERTY MEMORIAL WEEKEND: The Humanitarian Award

will be presented to Loreto Sister Orla Treacy at 8p.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the

Killarney Avenue Hotel. The Annual Mass honouring Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty Sunday, November 5 at 10.30am in St Mary’s Cathedral is being broadcast as Gaeilge on Raidio na Gaeltachta, in conjuction with Oireachtas na Samhna, being held in Killarney from November 1-5.

HALOWEEN PARTY NIGHT – A FUNDRAISER: This is a fundraiser not to be missed for Milford Hospice and The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, November 3. A night full of good food and wine, music, craic, fun, games and lots of prizes and surprises. There will be competitions for best dressed, best masquerade mask, best Halloween outfit and much more. Dance the night away to Keep in Touch band and DJ. Special guests on the night are Elma, Fionnbar & Jema Walsh of Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. All proceeds going to Milford Hospice and The Mid-Western Cancer Foundation, two worthy cancer charities in the Mid-West. Tickets are €55 per person. Please contact Joan O’Sullivan 069 82166/ 086 1625960, Geraldine Mulvihill 087 2036112 or Lisa Ruttle 087 9544848.

KNOCK HOUSE HOTEL: A Weekend with Marian Carroll at Knock House Hotel ‘I was Cured at Knock’ taking place on Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 at Knock House Hotel. Call Karen (094) 93 88088 for more information.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Good Seed, Fertile Soil’ Volume 2 by Brother John Feheney on Sunday, November 12 at Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT KNOCK: Saturday, November 18 at 7.30pm sees the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah at Knock Basilica. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn with soloists, Soprano Claudia Boyle, Alto Anne Marie Gibbons, Tenor Julian Hubbard and Bass Christopher Cull together with Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTE lyric fm. Tickets available now at www.knockmessiah.com and at the Witness to Hope office Knock Shrine and Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport.

ST PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Listowel is on the first Friday of every month. The ceremony begins with the Rosary at 6.45 pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.