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PROLOGUE : "I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not."

Lucille Ball

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Richard J Woulfe, Cratloe House whose funeral took place on Monday May he rest in peace.

GLORACH MUSICAL BREW: “Glórach goes international on Wedneday, October 18at 8pm when it hosts An International Musical Brew featuring The 4 Malina Brothers from The Czech Republic. Although pre-eminent in the field of Bluegrass & Country Music, the Malinas are no strangers to Irish music having recorded and released The Rose of Killarney. Also, performing will be Munster based ‘Under the Radar’ who are no strangers to International tours having introduced Irish Ballads to Myanmar, Thailand and Germany. Foynes man Kevin McCarthy, who is well known on the Limerick musical circuit will entertain with his very popular style of music and singing. Frances Kennedy needs no introduction and will amuse and provoke with her side-splitting Seanchaí style monologue; she may even do the Ryanair song! And, finally, our very own songbird, Amanda Colbert will debut for your delectation and delight.” For bookings ring 087 1383940.

HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you to our Healing Retreat on Sunday, October 22, at 2.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Fr. Pat O’Sullivan, Limerick and Janice and Moss Carrig, Limerick with Confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Talk, Mass and Adoration and Laying on of hands for healing. Tea after in hall. All welcome….

B.A.G.S.: Abbeyfeale will finally have a Bingo venue of its very own when Glórach launches its Bingo At Glórach Service (B A G S) on Monday October 23 at 8.30pm and every Monday thereafter

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GOING FOR GOLD: Huge congratulations to Abbeyfeale Town Park and Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns and to Leen’s Hotel who won the Judges Award, the Most Improved/Incentive Awards and the Overall Runner Award at the Going for Gold Awards last week in the Strand Hotel in Limerick. those of you who may not have heard the final update from the Limerick Going for Gold Awards which took place at the Strand Hotel last night.
As Chairman of the Abbeyfeale Community Council said “ Just Imagine it, Abbeyfeale’s first time getting through to the final stages of Limerick Going for Gold Awards and 3 prizes are bagged on the night. Adare pipped us at the post to take the coveted First Prize”.

COLLECTION FOR MISSIONS: Sunday next October 22 is Mission Sunday, a collection will be taken up at all Masses.

CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.

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.

NEW RELEASE: Eibhlín Broderick who is the daughter of Eileen and Mike Broderick, Craloe has released her debut CD, My Silver River Feale. It is available to purchase in Ann Lyons shop, The Square Abbeyfeale and Pat Buckleys, Devon Road Cross Templeglantine. This could solve your Christmas gift dilemma in one fell swoop!

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.

WNESDAY CLUB: The Wednesday club would like to thank all those who supported the Tea Dance in aid of West Limerick 102 FM on Sunday last. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Thanks to the local business and individuals who donated refreshments and spot prizes. The event raised the sum of €260.

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.

DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.

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 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP will host ‘Messy Hands Messy Play’ on Tuesday, October 24 from 11am to 12.30pm, in St. Ita’s Hall. New parents and children are welcome on the day. 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.

AWARD: A huge congratulations to Kearney’s Bakery, Ballyhahill who got a bronze award at the Blas na hÉireann in Dingle for their Sliced Brown Bread. Kearney’s Bakery was founded by Daisy Fitzgerald’s daughters, Daisy is originally from Knocknasna. Abbeyfeale Abú.

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,

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School, Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply by text to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

FOOD BANK OPENS: The Sreet 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.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development or 061 412354 for an application form.

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

FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show on Thursday , October 19, in the Community Centre, Tournafulla commencing with a Cheese & Wine reception at 7:15pm, Fashion Show to start at 8pm, featuring local models. Outfits modelled will be from all the local boutiques.

MEN ON THE MOVE: A free Men’s exercise and activity programme runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks in Teach na Feile, New St, from 7-8pm in association with Limerick Sports partnership and the Men’s Shed. For further information ring 061:333600.

CLOTHES COLLECTION TO HELP LIGHT UP THE TOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON: You are invited to do an autumn clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes and old bed linen and clothes. This collection will take place from Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 30. Collection points include The Little Rascals shop and Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Further details from Gerardine Mann 087 7729690 And DenisCollins at 087 649 76 41.

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. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. . If you have a panic button from Community Alert 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. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. 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. 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, Marian Harnett.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch 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 Mae Flynn, Main Street, 2nd Anniversary. Mass Intentions for next weekend 7pm ( Garry McMahon Mass) Baby Tommy Moran Maryann & Tom Moloney & deceased family members. John Joe Broderick, Purt, Sunday 9.30am Patrick & Kit Riordan, Purt. Mary A.nn Mulcahy & Tom . 12pm Willie Maurice Hartnett, Knockbrack. 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.

WORLD MISSION DAY: On Thursday, October 19 at 8pm in The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly will speak on his experiences as a missionary in Africa and at home, inviting us all to “Reach out and spread the Joy”. Entrance is free and all welcome.

EXHIBITION BY TROCAIRE Palestine: A Home Truth, on the forced displacement of Palestinian communities in the West Bank, will take place at Killarney Library from October 16 – 21 during library opening hours. On Thursday, October 19 Trocaire will screen ‘This is Palestine’, a documentary featuring Riverdance founder John McColgan and his journey through the West Bank and Gaza. The screening takes place at 6.30pm. Free of charge.

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

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.

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.

PADRAIG POTT’S GUIDE TO WALKING AT ST. JOHN’S: A play written and performed by Seamus O Rourke on Wednesday, October 25. Set in seventies and eighties rural Ireland when rural folk lived in the auld house prior to bungalow bliss. The black and white bush t.v. brought changes as well as Charles Mitchell, Steve McGarett and Ironside. A story of nostalgia and innocence as well as happiness.

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.

CARTOON CAPERS: Listowel Library will host a ‘Cartoon Capers’ workshop

with author and iIllustrator Alan Nolan for children aged 8-12 on Thursday, November 2 (Mid Term) at 10.30 am. The workshop is part of the Children’s Book Festival which runs in Libraries all over Ireland in October / November this year. Advance booking is necessary by calling Listowel Library on 068-23044. This is a free event.

PARKINSON’S CONFERENCE Sunday, October 29 in the Malton Hotel Killarney, 10.15am. to 3.30pm. Guest speakers. Registration essential 1800359359 all welcome, free to attend and fell free to bring along a family member or carer.

SEANCHAI; Wednesday October 18 at the Seanchai Centre, Listowel there will be a lecture on Tim Enright: Forgotten Man of Listowel Letters, With Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Michael DeMordha, Vincent Carmody & Martin Moore.

We remember Listowel born Tim Enright, socialist and translator of the Great Blasket Island writers including Tomás Ó Crohan & Michael O Guiheen. The story of the Drumboe Massacre in which four anti-treaty IRA volunteers, including Enright’s uncle Daniel were shot dead in 1923, will also be recounted.

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

COOKERY WITH NEVIN MAGUIRE: Saint Fergus’s N.S., Glin will be hosting a fundraising cookery demonstration with Nevin Maguire in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall Glin on Wedesday, November 8 at 8pm. Doors open @6.30.pm. with Artisan food fair. Complimentary wine& cheese reception Raffle ….Tickets@ €25..available from school office (068 34344 )

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JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. 086-7780664 or www.grow.ie

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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PROLOGUE: "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."Anthony J. D’Angelo.
DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Denis ( Dee) Harnett, Kilconlea Upr. whose funeral took place on Saturday. May he rest in peace.
CHURCH CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.
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.
NEW RELEASE: Eibhlín Broderick who is the daughter of Eileen and Mike Broderick, Craloe has released her debut CD, My Silver River Feale. It is available to purchase in Ann Lyons shop, The Square Abbeyfeale and Pat Buckleys, Devon Road Cross Templeglantine. This could solve your Christmas gift dilemma in one fell swoop!
EPILEPSY COLLECTION: A big thank you to all who stood at the gate and donated from organiser Celine McNally.The amount raised was 659.02.
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.
DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.
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 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.
ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP will host ‘Messy Hands Messy Play’ on Tuesday, October 24 from 11am to 12.30pm, in St. Ita’s Hall. New parents and children are welcome on the day. 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.
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
REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School, Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply by text to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.
FOOD BANK OPENS: The Sreet 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.
UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development or 061 412354 for an application form.
PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS: Devotions on the first Tuesday of the month in Monagae Church at 7pm. Blessing with 1st. class relic.
CONCERT AT GLORACH: A mix of local and international acts will be taking to the stage at the Glórach Theatre on Wednesday, October 18 at 8 pm for what promises to be a memorable night of music including bluegrass and traditional. For bookingsor more details please contact 0871383940.
FASHION SHOW: Tournafulla Camogie Club are holding a Fashion Show on Thursday , October 19, in the Community Centre, Tournafulla commencing with a Cheese & Wine reception at 7:15pm, Fashion Show to start at 8pm, featuring local models. Outfits modelled will be from all the local boutiques.
MEN ON THE MOVE: A free Men’s exercise and activity programme runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks in Teach na Feile, New street from 7-8pm in association with Limerick Sports partnership and the Mens shed, for more info ring 061:333600
CHURCH DOOR COLLECTION: The annual Youth service Collection will take place on the weekend of October 14/15.
CLOTHES COLLECTION TO HELP LIGHT UP THE TOWN THIS FESTIVE SEASON: You are invited to do an autumn clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes and old bed linen and clothes. This collection will take place from Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 30. Collection points include The Little Rascals shop and Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. Further details from Gerardine Mann 087 7729690 And DenisCollins at 087 649 76 41.
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. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. The day of leaving the key in the door or the door on the latch is gone unfortunately so get into the habit of locking both front and back doors when you are inside. That way if someone comes to the front door you know that if a second person is gone around the house they will not be able to come in behind your back. Invest in a safety chain so that you don’t need to open the door fully until you know who you have. If you have a panic button from Community Alert 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. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. 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. 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, 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 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. Thursday 10am Tim O’Connell, Knocknagoshel and late of the Hill – Months Mind. Friday 7pm Raymond Stryker. Saturday 11am Clara (baby) Tobin (birthday remembrance) Rip. Mass Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 7pm Tim & Maureen O’Connor, Fealesbridge. Matt & Josephine Daly . Margaret Healy and deceased family members, Grogeen . Michael Healy . Sunday 9.30am Theresa Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna. Timothy & Eileen O’Donoghue, Ballybehy. Fr Bill Lane and Sr de Pazzi. 12noon Ted Moloney, Ballymacgordan .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; 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”.
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.
DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.
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 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7pm.for Saint Padre Pio with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction after Mass.
PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.
COOKERY WITH NEVIN MAGUIRE: Saint Fergus’s N.S., Glin will be hosting a fundraising cookery demonstration with Nevin Maguire in Ceol Corbrai Community Hall Glin on Wedesday, November 8 at 8pm. Doors open @6.30.pm. with Artisan food fair. Complimentary wine& cheese reception Raffle ….Tickets@ €25..available from school office (068 34344 ).
JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.
GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.
MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

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PROLOGUE: Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. Jim Carrey

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of Kathleen Spillane St Ita’s Sheltered Housing whose funeral took place on Saturday. May she rest in peace.

CHURCH CHOIR: Do you like to sing? Would you like to be part of the Church Choir at Christmas? If the answer is yes, why not telephone Dori @ 085 8759948 or Anne Maria @ 086 8303774 for further information.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT THE GLÓRACH: They came from all over West Limerick and North Kerry last Thursday night to see Killarney man Donal Courtney perform the one man show he wrote and produced on the late Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – the Kerryman who saved 6,500 people from the Gestapo during World War 2 while based in the Vatican. The intimate venue with its great acoustics was the ideal place to learn about a piece of history that was mostly brushed under the carpet over the last 70 odd years and the Q and A session afterwards with Donal was informative, interesting and insightful. Well done Lorcan, John and Co.

BUS TO FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick Diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8. There will be marching bands and a mobile farm, youth activities and child-friendly events, water zorbs and climbing walls, musical acts every hour and quiet prayer spaces, all brought together in a family Mass at 4pm on the steps of the Tara building in Mary I. A bus is being organised to travel to this event from Abbeyfeale, tel. the sacristy on (068)51915 during mass times or contact Fr. Tony Mullins with the names of family members interested in travelling.

SINGING IN THE RAIN: Our monthly classic film screening at the Glórach occurs on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm with our showing of Singing in the Rain. Starring Gene Kelly, this 1952 film is regarded as one of the finest movie musicals ever made. We’ve a special treat on the night of the film, for before and after the screening, there will be live dance routines performed by teenage sensations, The Templeglantine Troupers, a match for Gene Kelly in his heyday! For bookings or enquiries, please contact 087 1383940.

TEA DANCE: Tea dancing resumes on Sunday, October 8 at Fr. Casey’s. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Teas served. This is a fund raiser for WL102fm organised by the Wednesday Club. Your support for our local community radio station would be 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.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Conor McAuliffe and Caoimhe Pegley from Coláiste agus Íosef Abbeyfeale who spoke at Mass last week and held a collection for their immersion program to Calcutta, India would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who donated to the cause. They raised a total of €2,884 over the three Masses. This is a massive sum of money and has aided them a huge amount in their fundraising. The people of Abbeyfeale are extremely generous and this money will greatly aid The Hope Foundations projects in Calcutta.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: Congratulations to Joanne & Kadie Colbert, Winners of Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Best Shop Front Summer 2017 Competition & Toddy & Sinead Mc Mahon, Winners of Most Improved Shop Front 2017. A big thank you to Fitall/Sigma Signs & Sheehy’s Hardware who sponsored the winning trophies.

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.

DROMTRASNA WALKS FOR MILFORD: On Saturday, October 21 the annual Walk/Run around Dromtrasna takes place. Registration at the school at 1pm. Hot food served afterwards. That night in the Winners Circle Pub, Bridge St. entertainment will be provided by Audio Circus and everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the day go to Milford Hospice.

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. Without the involvement of parents the Youth Club would simply not be open and we thank the current parents involved with the club for their interest and the time they give to running the club. The club leaders are planning with the help of new parents to open a club for second year secondary school students. We are now seeking the help of parents who are willing to give some time each week as volunteers with the club so that this age group can begin availing of the clubs activities. The club is based in St Ita’s Hall and is open on Friday and Saturday nights. By volunteering for this work you will ensure that this essential service for young people in our parish is continued. A short meeting for new parent volunteers will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday, October 2 at 8p.m. For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, October 4 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.

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School,Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply before Friday October 6 bytext to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. An open evening will be held at the offices of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.

FOOD BANK OPENS: From Friday, September 22 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.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from October. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

RAYMOND FENNELLY WRITES: “She stood beside the pedestrian crossing at Joy’s Corner, laden down with bulging bags of shopping, waiting for the traffic to slow down
“Are you going across, missus?” I asked, taking her by the elbow and helping her slowly over as the cars stopped to allow us through. She still clung on to the shopping.
“There you are, missus.” I said, depositing her safely on the other side.
“Thank you, young man,” she replied. “but less of the ‘missus’. Its ‘miss’ you should be calling me, for I have never met the man that could tie me down yet.”
“You should read Fifty Shades Of Grey” I murmured, but she ignored the jibe.
“Aren’t you the lad that do be doing the bit of writing?” she asked, looking up at me.
“I do put pen to paper occasionally.” I admitted modestly. (There are those who would claim that I have much to be modest about.)
“I have a brother in New York that do read your stories every week.” she said. “Paddy Joe thinks you are great craic but of course the poor old devil was never really right in the head.”
“What part of New York is he in?” I asked.
“The Bronx.” she answered. “He is there with the last forty years and not a bother on him. Do you think you could give him a mention in your next bit of writing?” she continued. “He’d be delighted with that.”
“Of course I can,” I took out a biro that I always carry with me in the off-chance that someone might ask for my autograph. “Now, what is his name?”

“Paddy Joe.” she replied.

“Paddy Joe what?” I persisted.
“Paddy Joe.” she said again. “How many Paddy Joes do you think there are in The Bronx?”
“Quite a few, I imagine.”
“Well, just put down Paddy Joe. We don’t want to give out too many details for fear that Trump might also be reading your stories and gets it in to his thick head to send poor Paddy home. That fella has it in for the Irish – so he has. Him and his fecking wall, and we trying to abolish the border over here!” I’ll see what I can do.” I promised.
“Good man.” she said. And with that, she hoisted her shopping bags and disappeared down Church Street.
So, Paddy Joe in The Bronx, whoever you are, (and you know who you are) your sister in Abbeyfeale says hello.
And if American immigration officials should suddenly begin deporting every Paddy Joe in The Bronx, then New York will come to a standstill – and we will get the blame!

LAUNCH OF GARY MCMAHON WEEKEND: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm. The session in October on Friday, October 6 will be the launch of the Gary McMahon Singing Weekend.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development@adaptservices.ie or 061 412354 for an application form.

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

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

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For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
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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. Now that the nights are longer than the days it’s time to think about home security. The day of leaving the key in the door or the door on the latch is gone unfortunately so get into the habit of locking both front and back doors when you are inside. That way if someone comes to the front door you know that a second person is not around the back trying to get in behind your back. Invest in a safety chain so that you don’t need to open the door fully until you know who you have. If you have a panic button from Community Alert 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. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. 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 will shortly go on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. 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. 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, 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 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

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; Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7p.m. Bill, Bridget & John Joe Collins, The Hill. Tommy & Delia Nelligan, Bridge St & Mary Nelligan, Collins Park Sunday 9:30 Margaret Culhane, Knockbrack, Johnny & Peggy Stack, Craughatouke, Moynsha. 12p.m. JulieAnn McCarthy, Meenkilly Month’s Mind Tom & Joan Murphy Monday October 9 7pm Marian Shannon Murphy Main St. 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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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”.

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.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 6 – Sunday October 8. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience@gmail.com

DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.

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.

SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

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

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

CELEBRATING MARTIN LUTHER’S REFORMATION: The Irish Province of the Augustinian Friars in association with the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, present a Conference Marking the Fifth Centenary of Martin Luther’s Reformation on Saturday, October 7 in Mary I.

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VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

OUR OWN CANON TONY STARS IN CONCERT FOR PIETA HOUSE: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.


PROLOGUE: ‘A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.’ Denis Waitley.

CULTURE NIGHT: Thanks to all who attended, contributed and helped in the organisation of our event for Culture Night last Friday. Held in the intimate atmosphere of the foyer at the Glórach Theatre, a diverse evening of poetry, drama, story and song was held, and what emerged in many of the pieces was a definitive sense of locality, with many references to local historical events and to some of the wonderful present day things that make Abbeyfeale such a special place.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT THE GLÓRACH: The amazing story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty’s actions during World War II is brought to stage by Killarney actor, Donal Courtney. Based in Rome, O’Flaherty organised escape routes for many POW’s, political dissidents and Jews from the clutches of the Nazis. Courtney, who mentored world famous actor Michael Fassbender when he was based in Killarney, wrote and performed the play in 2013 during a festival to commemorate the Monsignor. The popularity and acclaim it received has seen the play travel far beyond the Kingdom, and it comes to the Glórach Theatre for one night only on this Thursday, September 28 at 8.30 pm, with a Q and A session to follow. Booking recommended at 0871383940.

SINGING IN THE RAIN: Our monthly classic film screening at the Glórach occurs on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm with our showing of Singing in the Rain. Starring Gene Kelly, this 1952 film is regarded as one of the finest movie musicals ever made. We’ve a special treat on the night of the film, for before and after the screening, there will be live dance routines performed by teenage sensations, The Templeglantine Troupers, a match for Gene Kelly in his heyday! For bookings or enquiries, please contact 087 1383940.

TEA DANCE: Tea dancing resumes on Sunday, October 8 at Fr. Casey’s. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Teas served. This is a fund raiser for WL102fm organised by the Wednesday Club.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: A collection for the Irish Epilepsy Society will be taken up next weekend at all Masses.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc start in the Top of the Town, Athea on Monday, September 25 from 8.30-10.30pm, Tuesdays in the Railway and Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, September 27 in Fr. Casey’s learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

SHOP FRONT AWARDS: The inaugural Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Shop Front Awards will be held in Leens Hotel this Thursday, September 28 @ 9pm.This event is supported by Abbeyfeale Community Council. Best Shop Front Summer Award 2017 – Sponsored by Fitall / Sigma Signs. Most improved Shop Front Summer Award 2017 – Sponsored by Sheehy’s Hardware. Everyone welcome.

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. Without the involvement of parents the Youth Club would simply not be open and we thank the current parents involved with the club for their interest and the time they give to running the club. The club leaders are planning with the help of new parents to open a club for second year secondary school students. We are now seeking the help of parents who are willing to give some time each week as volunteers with the club so that this age group can begin availing of the clubs activities. The club is based in St Ita’s Hall and is open on Friday and Saturday nights. By volunteering for this work you will ensure that this essential service for young people in our parish is continued. A short meeting for new parent volunteers will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday, October 2 at 8p.m. For more information contact Kate on 087-6210490 or Fr Tony on 087-2600414.

BUS TO FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick Diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8. There will be marching bands and a mobile farm, youth activities and child-friendly events, water zorbs and climbing walls, musical acts every hour and quiet prayer spaces, all brought together in a family Mass at 4pm on the steps of the Tara building in Mary I. A bus is being organised to travel to this event from Abbeyfeale, tel. the sacristy on (068)51915 during mass times or contact Fr. Tony Mullins with the names of family members interested in travelling.

READING GROUP: A meeting of St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the Adoration Chapel after 10 a.m. Mass on Wednesday September 27. New readers always welcome.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, October 4 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.

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School,Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply before Friday October 6 bytext to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

CHOIR: The adult church choir will resume rehearsal on Wednesday, September 27 at 8pm in the Church, in preparation for the Christmas season. All members are requested to attend.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. An open evening will be held at the offices of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.

FOOD BANK OPENS: From Friday, September 22 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.

NORTH KERRY TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development@adaptservices.ie or 061 412354 for an application form.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm. The session in October will be the launch of the Gary McMahon Singing Weekend.

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

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on Sunday, October 1. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

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.

SVP OPENING HOURS: The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

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. If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. 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 will shortly go on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. 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. 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, 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 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

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 Sr. Joan Curtin. Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday 7pm Patrick Moriarty, Caherlane Mary & Maurice Nash & Daughter Rita & Son Michael. Sunday 9.30 am Nora & Patrick O Connell. 12pm Dan Murphy, New Street Riverside & Leens Hotel, Ned O’ Connell, Kilconlea Lower.

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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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”.

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.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 6 – Sunday October 8. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience@gmail.com

PRO-LIFE Protect the 8th workshop Limerick Protect the 8th talk and training with Sarah Ekada, Paddy Manning and Michael Dwyer of Family & Life on Thursday September 28 in The South Court Hotel at 8pm. All welcome!"

LIAM O’CONNOR SHOW: A Liam O’Connor Spectacular with special guest Moya Brennan the voice of Clannad will take place at the Friary Church, Killarney on Sunday, October 1 at 7pm. Tickets €30.

DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.

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.

SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

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

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

OUR OWN CANON TONY STARS IN CONCERT FOR PIETA HOUSE: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.


PROLOGUE: "We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams."
Jeremy Irons.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of JulAnn McCarthy, Meenkilly/ Collins Park whose funeral took place during the week.
May she rest in peace.

INFORMATION MEETING AT THE TECH: Intreo is a service from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection offering a practical, tailored employment supports service to assist with your recruitment needs. (a) Financial supports when creating new and additional jobs, through the JobsPlus Scheme (€7,500 or €10,000).(b) Recruitment and advertising of your vacancies through www.jobsireland.ie.(c) Workplace supports to assist Employees with Disabilities. (d) Our EURES service offers advice and assistance on recruiting and advertising job vacancies within Europe. Information evening: Monday, September 25 from 6pm-8pm at Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (Old Vocational School), Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale. All are Welcome.

BUS TO FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick Diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8. There will be marching bands and a mobile farm, youth activities and child-friendly events, water zorbs and climbing walls, musical acts every hour and quiet prayer spaces, all brought together in a family Mass at 4pm on the steps of the Tara building in Mary I. A bus is being organised to travel to this event from Abbeyfeale, tel. the sacristy on (068)51915 during mass times or contact Fr. Tony Mullins with the names of family members interested in travelling.

FREE TALK: A talk on your Immune System Health will take place on Monday,September 25 at 7pm in TANGLES Hair & Beauty Salon on Main St. Abbeyfeale. All welcome.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, September 20 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.

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School,Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply before Friday October 6bytext to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. An open evening will be held at the offices of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.

CULTURE NIGHT AT GLÓRACH: Culture night takes place throughout the county on this Friday, September 22 with venues throughout the land opening their doors for free events to the public. At the Glórach that evening from 7.30 to 9 we will be celebrating local writers, poets and actors with an informal evening of story, song, poetry and drama. So maybe you have a short story or poem, or an author whose work you love to quote or you might just like to come along and listen on the night. We look forward to seeing you there, beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT GLÓRACH: The extraordinary story of the actions of Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who defied the fascists during World War II, will be brought to the stage in the one-man play,God has no Country by Killarney man Donal Courtney. Through the actions of O’Flaherty, many lives were saved and it will be an intriguing experience to see this tale told on stage. The play will be coming to the Glórach Theatre on the evening of Thursday, September 28 at 8.30pm, with a Q and A session afterwards. Booking is essential at 0871383940.

FOOD BANK OPENS: From Friday next, September 22 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.

COURSES AT THE TECH: There are various part-time courses starting at the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre over the coming week, including woodwork, computers and horticulture. For further information, feel free to drop into the Centre (old VEC) or give a call at 06831198.

ST. PADRE PIO TRIDUUM 2017: A special Triduum will be held in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, NCW from 7-9pm on Wednesday, September 20, Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22 with Mass and Devotions, Blessing and Veneration of 1st class relic. Celebrant Fr. John Mockler of the Institute of St. Padre Pio’s Servants of Suffering. All welcome.

ARA NA FÉILE: Abbeyfeale Active Retirement will have their first meeting of the autumn on Wednesday, September 20 at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon. PRO Mary McGill says” Hope everyone enjoyed the Summer break and we look forward to a full and varied schedule for the next term”.

NORTH KERRY TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: There is a new free Digital Skills for Citizens course taking place in Abbeyfeale library. The course will begin on Saturday, September 23 and will run each Saturday afternoon for five weeks, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The course is completely free to all participants – an Eircode is required to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available. Ring Enda to book 087 4207708.

GLÓRACH FILM NIGHTS: Next up is ‘Singing in the Rain’ which will be screening on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Tournafulla’s Rachel Doody who is travelling to Calcutta next spring with the Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Transition Year students is organising a fundraiser on Saturday, September 23 – a 5K/10K Run Walk from the Tournafulla Community Centre, registration is from 10am with the race starting at 11.30am.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary are going to Knock on Sunday, September 24 leaving The Church of The Resurrection, Killarney at 6.15 a.m. Pick up in Farranfore, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale. Contact: Patricia 087 9048659/Sean Broderick, New St.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development@adaptservices.ie or 061 412354 for an application form.

LEARN TO DANCE WITH JOSEPHINE: Classes in sets, waltzing, foxtrots etc start in the Top of the Town, Athea on Monday, September 25 from 8.30-10.30pm , Tuesdays in the Railway and Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, September 27 in Fr. Casey’s learn sets from 8.30 – 10.30pm. Further information from 087 09267037.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm. The session in October will be the launch of the Gary McMahon Singing Weekend.

BEREAVMENT EVENING: Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info before Wednesday, September 20 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

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

NORTH KERRY. COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION: Hobby Courses & QQI Qualification Courses . Enrolment for Night Classes will take place at the college in Listowel on Wedneday, September 20, 7.00 – 9.00 pm. For further details 086 0289958 or e mail maria.fitzgerald

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IRELAND WALK: Sunday morning walk in aid of muscular dystrophy Ireland will take place on Sunday, October 15 from Loughill Resource Centre, Loughill at 11.30 am. Distance 5km or 10km.. All proceeds go to MDI. Sponsorship card’s available or register on the day. Further details from 0877539926.

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on Sunday, October 1. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

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.

SVP OPENING HOURS: The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

THRESHING CANCER: “Threshing Cancer’s annual Threshing, Vintage and family fun day in aid of Kerry Cancer Care Support is being held on Sunday, September 24 on the farm of Brendan Ferris, Beaufort @1pm. We hope to see you all there”

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. 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 will shortly go on sale at Kathleen’s Quick Pick, Convent St. and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. 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. 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, 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 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

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 for next weekend Saturday 7pm Connie, Eilish & Bridget Hartnett, Kilconlea Upper. Ellen Quille, Michael Quille Ballaugh. Margaret Barry, Cragg, Month’s Mind Sunday 9.30am Terry Morrissey and his grandparnets. David & Nora Morrissey. Ballymacgordan. Kevin Downes, formely Grove Crescent. 12noon Margaret Lane, Ballaugh 12th Anniversary. Billy O’Connell, Rea, Kilmorna.

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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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”.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse. The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork from Friday October 6 – Sunday October 8. For Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexperience@gmail.com

LIAM O’CONNOR SHOW: A Liam O’Connor Spectacular with special guest Moya Brennan the voice of Clannad will take place at the Friary Church, Killarney on Sunday, October 1 at 7pm. Tickets €30.

ANAM CARA: Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Wednesday 20th September or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.

SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

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

POSITIVE AGEING WEEK: Monday, September 25– Sunday, October 1. Loads of events planned including taking a trip to Lisdoonvarna (which in my opinion would age anyone!).

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between August 18-29, 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

OUR OWN CANON TONY STARS IN CONCERT FOR PIETA HOUSE: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.


PROLOGUE: Knowledge is the safest form of treasure to accumulate – no thief can rob you of it.

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to Ned and the family of Eileen Murphy, Glenashrone and late of Kilcummin whose funeral took place on Wednesday, August 30 to The Sacred Heart Church, Lyreacrompane. May she rest in peace.

REUNION OF CLASS OF ’84. Did you sit your Leaving Certificate at St. Josephs Secondary School, Abbeyfeale in 1984 or were you part of that class along the way? If so, do join us at our reunion celebrations on Friday night October 20 @ 8pm, in "The Winners Circle Bar”. Tickets €10 to cover finger food and DJ. Please reply before Friday October 6 by text to any of the following numbers: Annette 087 2025359, Maura 085 8473160, Christiane 087 9421608 or Mary 087 2724388.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: The Diocesan Meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held in Abbeyfeale on Wednesday, September 13. Mass will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament chapel at 8:00pm followed by meeting in St. Ita’s Day Care Centre.

COMMUNITY ADDICTION STUDIES COURSE: A course will run in NCW from Wednesday, October 11 for 13 weeks, it costs €50 and is free to those on a social welfare benefit. The course aims to give families, individuals, community workers the tools to deal with and the understanding of drugs and alcohol in their community. An open evening will be held at the offices of West Limerick Resources on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm. For further information contact Dearbhla 069 66293.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A chance to catch this 2017 release that received widespread critical acclaim. Starring Emma Watson as Belle, and Dan Stevens as Beast, the film plays at the Glórach Theatre on this Sunday, September 17 at 2.30 pm

as part of our children’s matinee series. All children must be accompanied by an adult, for bookings or enquiries please ring 0871383940.

CULTURE NIGHT: Culture night takes place throughout the county on Friday, September 22 with venues throughout the land opening their doors for free events to the public. At the Glórach that evening from 7.30 to 9 we will be celebrating local writers, poets and actors with an informal evening of story, song, poetry and drama. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT GLÓRACH: The extraordinary story of the actions of Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who defied the fascists during World War II, will be brought to the stage in the one-man play,God has no Country by Killarney man Donal Courtney. Through the actions of O’Flaherty, many lives were saved and it will be an intriguing experience to see this tale told on stage. The play will be coming to the Glórach Theatre on the evening of Thursday, September 28. Booking is essential at 0871383940.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH COMMUNITY GARDEN: A huge thank you to all those who supported the sale of produce from the garden last Sunday. It was a dreadful day of wind and rain but we were still able to lodge €309.92 to the Abbeyfeale for Africa account in the Credit Union.

GARDENING COURSE: Have you an interest in Gardening or Landscaping. A Horticulture QQI Level 4 Course is starting at the LCETB centre, Abbeyfeale in September please contact 06831198 for further details.

ST. PADRE PIO TRIDUUM 2017: A special Triduum will be held in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, NCW from 7-9pm on Wednesday, September 20, Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22 with Mass and Devotions, Blessing and Veneration of 1st class relic. Celebrant Fr. John Mockler of the Institute of St. Padre Pio’s Servants of Suffering. All welcome.

ARA NA FÉILE: Abbeyfeale Active Retirement will have their first meeting of the autumn on Wednesday, September 20 at 2pm in the Adult Education Centre, Mountmahon. PRO Mary McGill says” Hope everyone enjoyed the Summer break and we look forward to a full and varied schedule for the next term”.

TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the season is in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670. West Limerick Toastmasters will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex. If you feel unsure about speaking this is the club for you. Practice amongst your peers in a safe learning environment.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: There is a new free Digital Skills for Citizens course taking place in Abbeyfeale library. The course will begin on Saturday, September 23 and will run each Saturday afternoon for five weeks, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The course is completely free to all participants – an Eircode is required to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available.

CELEBRATING THE ALL IRELAND FLEADH WINNERS: A Traditional Session will take place at the Ramble Inn on Saturday night, September 16 at 9.30pm to celebrate the All Ireland winners Maura O’Connor, daughter of Mary and Vincent, Knockbrack, and Brian Scannell son of Mary and Billy, Mountmahon. All are welcome.

TREES CUT DOWN IN THE SQUARE: There was shock and disappointment when the trees were cut down the other morning. Abbeyfeale Community Council have been in touch with Limerick County Council who say they will be replaced shortly and that it was necessary to cut them because of the ever increasing size of the wind turbines that transit through the town at night.

GLÓRACH: Thanks to all who turned out for our showing of Citizen Kane on Wednesday last, the monthly film screening has become an established staple of the Abbeyfeale social scene since its inception in the Spring. Acknowledgement was made at the end of the film of all who have sponsored us to date, a massive thanks to you all for donating towards the eye-catching film posters that have adorned the town in the last few months. Next up is ‘Singing in the Rain’ which will be screening on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 pm.

HOPE FOUNDATION: Conor McAuliffe and Caoime Pegley from Abbeyfeale will be travelling to Kolkata next Easter. They will speak at all Masses on the weekend of September 16/17. Tournafulla’s Rachel Doody who is also travelling is organising a fundraiser on Saturday, September 23 – a 5K/10K Run Walk from the Community Centre, registration is from 10am with the race starting at 11.30am.

ABBEYFEALE SELECTED AS A WILD CARD IN GOING FOR GOLD COMPETITION: The judges in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold have travelled the length and breadth of Limerick city and county visiting the communities involved in this year’s Challenge category of the competition.The visits have been to see the amazing work and dedication that volunteers across Limerick have for their localities, in making them better places to live, work and visit.The judges also have had the difficult task of selecting seven wildcards to join the five weekly winners as Challenge Category Finalists after they were chosen by public vote. The seven wildcard communities to go through to the grand final are (in alphabetical order): Abbeyfeale, Adare, Croom, Foynes, Kilfinane, Moyross and South Limerick City. They will join the communities of Athea, Galbally, Castleconnell, Oola and Hospital who were chosen during the weekly public votes. All 12 communities will compete in the Challenge Category of Limerick Going for Gold 2017 later in the Autumn.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

TESCO REMOVE BASKETS AND INTRODUCE BLUE WHEELIE BASKETS: A number of people have mentioned their disappointment that the baskets, which they prefer, have been removed from the Abbeyfeale branch and placed behind the desk where you must queue to get one.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary are going to Knock on Sunday, September 24 leaving The Church of The Resurrection, Killarney at 6.15 a.m. Pick up in Farranfore, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale. Contact: Patricia 087 9048659/Sean Broderick, New St.

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC ABUSE: ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Limerick, will run a 1-day course ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’ in Abbeyfeale on Tuesday, October 24 from 10 – 5 p.m. The training is experiential and interactive and is suitable for anyone who works with women and families in a professional or voluntary capacity. Please contact Deirdre at development@adaptservices.ie or 061 412354 for an application form.

OPEN NIGHT: Free Public Information Night regarding the use of Defibrillators this coming Wednesday, September 13 from 7pm-9:30pm at the Search & Rescue HQ, Killarney Road, Abbeyfeale. All Welcome.

COMPUTER CLASSES FOR CITIZENS: Topics covered will include: Safety & security online. Email. Search engines and webpages. Accessing government services online. Conducting everyday transactions online. Using Apps. Making voice and video calls online. Online shopping. Online banking and security. Social media. Video, TV and radio online. Advanced government services. Youtube instructional videos. Digital photography. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available. Enda O’ Callaghan Senior Trainer. Phone: 089 420 7708 Email: iolar.secure@gmail.com

BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will resume after the summer break Thursday September 14 at 7.30 pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale.

WINTER CLASSES: Courses starting up next week at the Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre, including of course the gardening course. Anyone passing by Mountmahon will have seen the sign by now, for details of all courses feel free to call 068-31198.

LIMERICK BEEKEEPERS: September lecture in Mungret GAA Hall, Thursday, September 14 at 8pm with Micheal Maunsell on the subject of winter preparations.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm.

BEREAVMENT EVENING: Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info before Wednesday, September 20 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

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

NORTH KERRY. COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION: Hobby Courses & QQI Qualification Courses . Enrolment for Night Classes will take place at the college in Listowel as follows. Wednesday, September 13 7.00 – 9.00 pm Monday, September 18 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Wednesday, September 20, 7.00 – 9.00 pm. For further details 086 0289958 or e mail maria.fitzgerald

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

.PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

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. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

SVP OPENING HOURS: The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING: The Youth Ministry Team in the Diocese will be delivering a Youth Ministry Training Programme beginning in September 2017. This course is aimed at adults (aged 21+) volunteers or professionals who have an interest in working with children or young people in a parish or school setting. For more information please contact: Aoife Walsh, Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Den-mark St, Limerick 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Never park on the hard shoulder to answer the phone or make a call as I was told by a fireman that you are only 15 minutes from death if you park there. Remember your car is not a phone booth – don’t make or answer calls while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. It was a week of mayhem on the roads with 5 deaths on one day alone so we must all take responsibility for our behaviour when we go out on the road – rushing, tiredness, distraction all contribute to making driving one of the most dangerous things that you do anyday. It is an offence to purchase sex and it will no longer be the woman who is forced to sell her body that will face censure through the courts but the man who takes advantage of the woman’s desperation. A warning has been issued to people travelling to Benidorm about always keeping their luggage in front of them and accepting no offers of help to carry it – it’s probably the wrong time of year to be talking about this but bear it in mind if you are travelling anywhere – there’s always someone who wants to relieve you of your hard earned cash wherever you go. r photos so tried to hide their faces. You can clearly see one face and the other (unsure if it is male or female) has a distinctive tattoo on the right leg.
They work in 2 different ways. They will either pretend to help you down the stairs of the Sol Ocas whilst robbing your hand luggage of money and valuables or they will watch you get your suitcase from the coach and whilst you are waiting for your friend/partner to get theirs they will again open up your hand luggage and take everything. Please make sure you have your wits about you when getting off the coach. Keep your suitcase and hand luggage in front of you and push it to the hotel instead of pulling it. Do not accept any help from people you don’t know and finally if these people approach you don’t be scared to scream and shout as they do not like a commotion 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 will shortly go on sale and will cover lunch and dancing to Mike Condon. Further information to follow. 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 which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. 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, 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 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

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 8pm St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Saturday 11am Margaret O’Connor, Lotts, Knocknagoshel. Mass Intentions for next weekend Saturday7pm Hannah Mai Scannell. Dan, Eileen, Marie & Denis Collins Dromtrasna. Sunday 9.30am Frank Collins, Banard. 12 noon Johnny Carroll, Doon Tralee who died in a road traffic accident outside Abbeyfeale recently.

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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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”.

CELEBRATE CENTENERY OF FATIMA: Visit Of The National Statue Of Our Lady Of Fatima to St John’s Cathedral Friday, September 15 :10:00 AM – Mass 5:45 PM – Mass will be followed by Holy Hour with Meditated Rosary Saturday, September 16:10:00 AM – Mass 5:00 to 6:00 – Holy Hour with Meditated Rosary 6:00 PM – Vigil Mass Sunday, September 17: 8:00 AM – Mass (followed by Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary) 10:30 AM – Mass (followed by Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary) 12:00 AM – Mass (followed by Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary) 7:00 PM – Mass (followed by Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary). The green bus goes to Limerick on the hour and stops at the back of Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, it is only 10 minutes’ walk from there to the Cathedral.

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8 next. This is a free event for families and all welcome – Please save the date and bring all your family, young and old, to the celebration! We will begin with the celebration of Mass together and finish in music and prayer. In between there will be food stalls, music and film, sports and family activities, information stalls and resources, as well as opportunities for prayer, contemplation and celebration together.

DANCE AND DVD LAUNCH: A dance in aid of Millstreet and Kanturk Hospitals with music by Heart to Heart, Mike Condon, Noreen Ashe, Noel Cronin Band among others takes place on Friday, October 13 next from 9pm at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk. Admission €10.KanSHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

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

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

NEWS FLASH : NEW SCIENTOLOGY CENTRE: The centre which is to open and train hundreds of converts is just weeks away from opening in south Dublin, TheJournal.ie has learned. The centre is to be opened as an Ideal Organisation which the Church of Scientology (CoS) say is “configured to provide the full services of the Scientology religion to its parishioners, while also serving the community with social betterment and outreach programmes”.

FREE CONCERT: The Franciscan Province of Ireland will run a series of free concerts at Friaries around the country as a thank you to all the people who have supported the work and ministry of the Franciscans. The date for the concert in Killarney is Friday, September 15 @ 7pm, which will be performed by Vincent Kennedy & Marina Cassidy.

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

RECOVERY HAVEN KERRY CANCER SUPPORT HOUSE are holding a 7 week Prostate Cancer Support Programme commencing Monday, September 11, from 7-9 pm. Also, a Men’s Cancer Support Group, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, from 7-9 pm commencing Wednesday, September 13(only for men with Cancer ). Contact 066 7192122.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

MEETING FOR RETURNED LAY MISSIONARIES & VOLUNTEERS: Have you ever worked overseas as a volunteer or lay missionary in Africa, Asia or South America? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people to discuss issues of mutual concern? First meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 13 @ 7.30 p.m. in the John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd. Killarney. Email: jim.farrell or 083 8422468 to confirm attendance.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of 1st January 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between 18th and 29th August 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

CONCERT: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.


PROLOGUE: "What if today you gave yourself permission to be outrageously kind? What if you extended as much good will and kindness as you can possibly muster to every person you meet? And what if you did it with no thought of reward? I’m sure of one thing: it will be a day you will never regret."
Steve Goodier.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH GARDEN: There will be a sale of produce, jams and home baking following 9.30am and 12 noon Masses on Sunday, September 10 with proceeds going to Fr. Tim Galvin’s Mission in South Sudan.

CITIZEN KANE AT THE GLÓRACH: The Orson Welles masterpiece, Citizen Kane shows at the Glórach Theatre on this Wednesday, September 6 at 8.00 pm. Viewed by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time, find out why it was such a groundbreaking piece of cinema by coming to the Glórach this Wednesday evening. Booking at 0871383940, or one can pay at the door. All most welcome.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Next Sunday morning, September 10 Anneke Vreiling our local ecologist, will lead a walk on the Railway Line harvesting wild flower seeds. The group will meet at the Railway Bar gates at 11am and everyone is welcome.

COFFEE MORNING FOR KERRY HOSPICE: A coffee morning in the Ploughman Bar, The Square will be held as part of the national coffee morning 11 – 2pm on Friday, September 8 next. Donations of home baking, spot prizes etc. welcome.

TOASTMASTERS: The first meeting of the season is in the Desmond Complex on Wednesday next at 8pm and then in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Thursday, September 28 at 8pm. Further details contact wwwtoastmasters.org or 0872193670.

GOOD NEWS STORIES FROM ABBEYFEALE: Our own Nadine Smith, qualified dentist, singer, model, socialite and blogger will be one of the stars of a new RTE 1 series ‘Frock Finders’. The first episode will air on RTE1 Tuesday, September 12. Brian Scannell from Mountmahon arrived home recently from the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil with a Gold medal in the Solo Banjo playing competition. Huge congratulations to these two young people who are just some of the many youth in our community who make Abbeyfeale such a great place to live.

COURSE OPPORTUNITY: Exciting opportunity to learn new skills in a local course in Abbeyfeale with The Abbey Heritage Project. Learn about Retail Skills, Computer skills and Employment opportunities in one full time free course from September 2017. Training Allowance available to eligible participants. Contact Adrienne O’Connell at West Limerick Resources on 087 2773294 and aoconnell@wlr.ie for information or to register.

SET DANCING: West Limerick Set Dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn Hotel on Sunday next September 10 at 4pm….Music by Donie Nolan / Taylors Cross….All welcome…teas etc served.

COOKERY CLASSES: Discover New Healthy Recipes while improving your Cooking Skills. New Course starting on Thursday September 7 for 6 weeks at LCETB Abbeyfeale. Contact Nora at 06831198.

ADULT EDUCATION GUIDANCE SERVICE MOVES TO MOUNTMAHON: From Monday, September 4 Co. Limerick Adult Education Guidance Service will be based in LCETB FET Campus in Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale and LCETB FET Centre (MTI) on O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Please contact us for information or to arrange an appointment: Tel: 086 0242813, E-mail: learninginfolimerickcounty@lcetb.ie, www.limerickclare.etb.ie. Our Service is FREE to adults who want to return to education

ABBEYFEALE SELECTED AS A WILD CARD IN GOING FOR GOLD COMPETITION: The judges in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold have travelled the length and breadth of Limerick city and county visiting the communities involved in this year’s Challenge category of the competition.The visits have been to see the amazing work and dedication that volunteers across Limerick have for their localities, in making them better places to live, work and visit.The judges also have had the difficult task of selecting seven wildcards to join the five weekly winners as Challenge Category Finalists after they were chosen by public vote. The seven wildcard communities to go through to the grand final are (in alphabetical order): Abbeyfeale, Adare, Croom, Foynes, Kilfinane, Moyross and South Limerick City. They will join the communities of Athea, Galbally, Castleconnell, Oola and Hospital who were chosen during the weekly public votes. All 12 communities will compete in the Challenge Category of Limerick Going for Gold 2017 later in the Autumn.

BRING A BIT OF ROMANCE BACK INTO YOUR MARRIED LIFE: Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts October 6-8. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email info or visit www.retrouvaille.ie.

CULTURE NIGHT AT THE GLÓRACH: Culture night takes place throughout the county on Friday, September 22 and at the Glórach that evening we will be celebrating local writers with an informal evening of song, poetry and drama. Beidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.

OUTING TO SLIGO AND ENNISKILLEN: Are you interested in a 4 day trip to Sligo and Enniskillen (in conjunction with Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society) departing Newcastle West from September 11-14. The 4 day trip will take in Temple House castle and country house, the famous Carrowmore Passage tomb, Sligo Abbey, Sligo Museum, the Niland art collection, Yeats Memorial Building, a special reception by the Mayor of Sligo at County buildings, Creevekeel Court tomb, Lissadell House, Alpine Gardens, Drumcliff Yeats Grave, Museum and High Crosses, Lough Gill, Creevelea Franciscan Abbey, Parkes Castle, Glenfarne, Castlecoole National Trust House Enniskilleen, Skreen, Sophie Cooper 1822 monument, Boyle Cistercian Abbey, King House Boyle, Tulsk Visitor Centre and Rathcroghan Iron Age complex. The 4 day trip includes bed/breakfast and dinner in the 4 star Sligo Park Hotel and will have qualified historian tour guides. Entry fees are all included also for a total cost of €310. A trip not to be missed. Contact Pat O’Donovan, Newcastle West on 087-9977340.

FOOD CLOUD: West Limerick Resources is delighted to announce that we are working to support the FoodCloud Initiative in the West Limerick Area. FoodCloud is a simple yet ingenious idea whereby working with local supermarkets for the aim of reducing food waste and restoring community spirit based on shared food. We would like to hear from Community Groups or Charities in the area who would be in a position to support this initiative, by receiving the food donations for their own work or indeed for further distribution within the community. Please contact Dearbhla at West Limerick Resources on 069 66293 or email dconlon@wlr.ie

FREE COMPUTER AND INTERNET TRAINING COURSE: There is a new free Digital Skills for Citizens course taking place in Abbeyfeale library. The course will begin on Saturday, September 23 and will run each Saturday afternoon for five weeks, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm . The course is completely free to all participants – an Eircode is required to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available.

Topics covered will include: Safety & security online. Email. Search engines and webpages. Accessing government services online. Conducting everyday transactions online. Using Apps. Making voice and video calls online. Online shopping. Online banking and security. Social media. Video, TV and radio online. Advanced government services. Youtube instructional videos. Digital photography.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet if available. Enda O’ Callaghan

Senior Trainer. Phone: 089 420 7708 Email: iolar.secure@gmail.com

BRIDGE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club will resume after the summer break Thursday September 14 at 7.30 pm in the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer Brenda Heath. We are currently rolling out a series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops for all those considering this route including workshops on Steps to starting your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health & Safety. If you wish to find out more please contact Brenda Heath at West Limerick Resources on 069 66297 / bheath@wlr.ie or our support Worker Dee Collins on 069 62222 / dcollins@wlr.ie.

GOD HAS NO COUNTRY AT GLÓRACH: The extraordinary story of the actions of Kerryman Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who defied the fascists during World War II, will be brought to the stage in the one-man play, God has no Country by Killarney man Donal Courtney. The play will be coming to the Glórach Theatre on the evening of Thursday, September 28 next. Booking is essential at 0871383940.

SINGING NIGHT IN PHILIP ENRIGHTS: The monthly singing night at The Ramble Inn takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9pm.

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

NORTH KERRY. COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION: Hobby Courses & QQI Qualification Courses . Enrolment for Night Classes will take place at the college in Listowel as follows. Wednesday, September 13 7.00 – 9.00 pm Monday, September 18 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Wednesday, September 20, 7.00 – 9.00 pm. For further details 086 0289958 or e mail maria.fitzgerald

ANAM CARA, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Tuesday, September 12 from 7.30 – 9.00 in Recovery Haven, 5 Haig’s Terrace, Killierisk, Tralee, Co. Kerry. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall inAbbeyfeale 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. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

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

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time Courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment. If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills. Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme. To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email limerick@nln.ie or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

PIONEER GATHERING: The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland’s House Hotel in Adare on October 1, 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

Adm €10

For more info contact Denis 087 7614462
Tea,coffee and Barbecue

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. Call 06966200 for further information. Books of 12 tickets are available from the station for €20 so two free tickets to the seller.

SVP OPENING HOURS: The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING: The Youth Ministry Team in the Diocese will be delivering a Youth Ministry Training Programme beginning in September 2017. This course is aimed at adults (aged 21+) volunteers or professionals who have an interest in working with children or young people in a parish or school setting. For more information please contact: Aoife Walsh, Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Den-mark St, Limerick 061-400133awalsh@ldpc.ie

HOPE FOUNDATION: Conor McAuliffe and Caoime Pegley from Abbeyfeale will be travelling to Kolkata next Easter. They will speak at all Masses on the weekend of September 16/17.

GRANDPARENTS: National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, September 10 next. Archbishop Eamon Martin will be the chief celebrant. The pilgrimage promises to be a wonderful occasion for meeting and helping Grandparents with the mission of passing on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of families. For further information, please contact Catherine Wiley, Tel: 098 24877 www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.com.

COMMUNITY ALERT: If you have a security system in place from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, contact the committee member who organised it, for a free carbon monoxide alarm courtesy of Airtricity. Never park on the hard shoulder to answer the phone or make a call as I was told by a fireman that you are only 15 minutes from death if you park there. Remember your car is not a phone booth – don’t make or answer calls while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. It is an offence to purchase sex and it will no longer be the woman who is forced to sell her body that will face censure through the courts but the man who takes advantage of the woman’s desperation. Keep Sunday, November 19 free for our 2nd. Annual Christmas Party which will be held this year in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse. 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 which is currently in the region of €65. If you do not have a land line the company will organise a sim card for a mobile phone for a monthly fee of approx. €12 on top of the monitoring fee. 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, Neily Lyons, Marian Harnett and Garda Roger O’Donoghue.

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 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

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|: Thursday10am Mike O’Sullivan , Colbert Terrace. Saturday 11am Tom Fitzgerald, Knocknasna . Mass Intentions for next weekend: Saturday 7pm Jack & Nonie Kelly, Knocknasna and their daughters Theresa, Mary B and granddaughter Lisa. Sunday 9.30am Kate Naughton, St Ita’s Rd and Denis Naughton, Mountcollins. 12noon Paul Collins Convent St & Limerick 4th Anniversary. Tom & Mary McAuliffe, Dromtrasna.

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 either Fr. Joe or Fr. Tony if you wish them 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”.

CELEBRATE CENTENERY OF FATIMA: Visit Of The National Statue Of Our Lady Of Fatima to St John’s Cathedral Friday, September 15 :10:00 AM – Mass 5:45 PM – Mass will be followed by Holy Hour with Meditated Rosary Saturday, September 16:10:00 AM – Mass 5:00 to 6:00 – Holy Hour with Meditated Rosary 6:00 PM – Vigil Mass Sunday, September 17: 8:00 AM – Mass (followed by Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary) 10:30 AM – Mass (followed by Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary) 12:00 AM – Mass (followed by Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary) 7:00 PM – Mass (followed by Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary). The green bus goes to Limerick on the hour and stops at the back of Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre, it’s only 10 minutes walk from there to the Cathedral.

PATTERN DAY: Ballyheigue Friday September 8.

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY: Limerick diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday October 8 next. This is a free event for families and all welcome – Please save the date and bring all your family, young and old, to the celebration! We will begin with the celebration of Mass together and finish in music and prayer. In between there will be food stalls, music and film, sports and family activities, information stalls and resources, as well as opportunities for prayer, contemplation and celebration together.

SHEP: Certificate in Personal Development is being offered again in Killarney running from October 2017 to May 2018. For more information please contact Deirdre on 087 7728089 or email deirdre.osullivan@socialandhealth.com

KNOCKANURE COMMUNITY CENTRE: Rambling House on Thursday, September 7 at 9pm. Everyone welcome. Please come along and enjoy a great night of music, song and dance. Admission free. Refreshments served. Contact Ann Flavin on 086/3090948.

NATIONAL LEARNING NETWORK TRALEE are currently recruiting participants for their QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation and Exercise course. The course is free to individuals who are out of work due to illness, injury, those who have experienced a personal setback or early school leavers. Training and accommodation allowance provided. For further information, please contact NLN at 066 7122533 / 086 0404270 or kevin.smith@nln.ie

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

PADRE PIO: Prayer Meeting takes place in Lixnaw Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Devotions begin at 6.30pm with Rosary, Mass and Benediction followed by blessing with a first class relic.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The Legion of Mary are going to Knock on Sunday, September 24 leaving The Church of The Resurrection, Killarney at 6.15 a.m. Pick up in Farranfore, Castleisland and Abbeyfeale. Contact: Patricia 087 9048659.

JIM LYONS’S RAMBLING HOUSE: Held on the third Tuesday of the month in Knockalougha.

FREE CONCERT: The Franciscan Province of Ireland will run a series of free concerts at Friaries around the country as a thank you to all the people who have supported the work and ministry of the Franciscans. The date for the concert in Killarney is Friday, September 15 @ 7pm, which will be performed by Vincent Kennedy & Marina Cassidy.

GROW: Newcastle west Meeting (which serves the greater West Limerick area) is held every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at the Desmond Complex for anyone aged 18 or over. Anyone wishing to know more about GROW and our services please come to this meeting, check our website WWW.GROW.IE, or contact Eimear Purcell at 086-7780664.

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE ALUMNI REUNION 1957 TO 2012 on Saturday, October 7 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact alumni@mic.ul.ie

MEETING FOR RETURNED LAY MISSIONARIES & VOLUNTEERS: Have you ever worked overseas as a volunteer or lay missionary in Africa, Asia or South America? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people to discuss issues of mutual concern? First meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 13 @ 7.30 p.m. in the John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd. Killarney. Email: jim.farrell or 083 8422468 to confirm attendance.

PLOUGHING: The National Ploughing Championship 2017 will be held at Tullamore from September 19-21 next. Tom O’Connor will be running a bus from Abbeyfeale on Wednesday contact him on 087 2632096.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. Would you like to help organise this amazing event? We would be delighted to have you! We need a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Whatever your reasons or your focus, we know your skills and experience can help us and we would welcome your support in helping us create a successful, historic and joyous event. WMOF2018 volunteers will be assigned from a wide variety of roles to match their skills and experience. Tasks may include supporting information and welcome centres, transport hubs and event services at the major WMOF2018 venues. A volunteer must be a resident of the island of Ireland at the time of application. Be over 18 years of age as of 1st January 2018. Be sensitive and respectful of our Catholic ethos. Must apply for Garda vetting as part of the application process in line with the procedure laid down. Be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between 18th and 29th August 2018. (Shifts will last up to 8 hours and you will be given adequate rest time). Be available for three mandatory training sessions, starting before the end of 2017. The training sessions will be on Saturdays and will last 3 to 5 hours. They will cover Induction, Job and Venue Specific Training. Advance notice will be given of dates. Please note that registration is handled online. If you do not have access to email or a computer, please ask family members or friends for access to their computer and for assistance with the volunteer application process. Alternatively, you can access a computer and support in your local citizens information office or local library. For more details log on to www.worlmeeting2018.ie

CONCERT: The Agnes (Aggie) Kennelly Memorial Gala Concert in aid of Pieta House will be held in Saint Molua’s Church Ardagh on Friday October 6 at 8pm. The following Artists will take part. Mairead Buicke, one of Irelands leading Sopranos, with accompanist Jean O’Brien, Jean O’Brien, Anne Phelan, Violinist with R.T.E. Saint Molua’s Church Choir with Sean Moriarty choirmaster. The Priests, Fr. Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, and Fr. Liam Enright. Michael Nash, Limerick’s famous Tenor, Olivia Meehan, the 11 yr old with the magical voice, Michael and Fiona Collins on Mandolin, and Seamus and Johnny Hunt , N.C.W. Pipers. There will also be a raffle during the show. Tickets for the event are on sale at Tony Hayes N.C.W.