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PROLOGUE: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up”. Thomas A. Edison.

SALE OF PRODUCE: The annual sale of the produce from Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden will take place on Sunday July 22. It will be held in the grounds of the church following the 9.15am and 12 noon Masses. Proceeds will go to Fr. Tim Galvin for his áMission in South Soudan. Fr. Tim who is currently on holiday in Ireland may attend provided Kerry aren’t playing!

SUMMER OUTING: The 2nd annual summer outing organised by Abbeyfeale Community Alert was an unqualified success with 47 people travelling on Independence Day July 4 to the Gap of Dunloe and then Killarney town. We called into Teddy O’Connor’s on High Street, had dinner in Mac’s of High Street i Killarney town and finished up with Celtic Steps the Show on the beautiful scenic surrounds of Killarney Racecourse. A huge thank you to Emma Flynn who brought her concertina and entertained us all on the journey home, thanks too, to Billy and Tess Lane, assistant secretary Mary McArthur and Celine McNally for their singing, Billy Mangan for a most comfortable drive to and fro and most of all, to you who travelled, for your company. We’ll see you all again, please God, the last Sunday in November for our Christmas lunch followed by dancing to Paddy Quilligan.

SHOP LOCAL AND KEEP MONEY CIRCULATING IN ABBEYFEALE: I was in a more or less deserted Abbeyfeale town centre this morning and it got me thinking about what each one of us who live either in town or out in the hinterland could do to get the place buzzing again. Spreading our business, I think, would be a help so why not make a few stops when doing your shopping and help keep the small shops going. The big shops have a bit of everything and we tend to buy everything we need in the one shop but if we purchased the staples from the independent shops then we would be helping to keep them open. The reason they’re the bit dearer is that they cannot buy in bulk but they make up for being dearer by their support of local fundraisers, giving credit, putting stuff away and allowing you pay down bills. Think about it and next time you’re in town spread your custom.

JOHN SPILLANE AT THE GLÓRACH: The musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller and poet from Cork with the fine line of banter plays the Glórach on Friday, July 27. Tickets at €15 can be reserved on 087 1383940.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP: Annual Faith Camp takes place at St. Mary’s Boys N.S. from Tuesday, August 7 to Friday, August 10 each day from 10 – 3pm. It includes; Sport, Drama, Faith Lessons, Music, Art and plenty of fun. All children must be registered by Tuesday, July 31 with registration taking place on Wednesday, July 18 and 25 from 8pm at the school. First child €40 with subsequent children €25 each. Further information from Martina 087 2788834. Donations of food will be gratefully accepted.

SEISIÚN: The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows is at the Devon Inn on Thursday nights for the months of July and August starting at 8.30pm. These shows of traditional entertainment have proved very popular over recent years and are really enjoyed by all who attend, both local and visitor alike. A memorable night of top class song, music, dance and story is guaranteed comprising of a formal show in the first half and an informal second half where members of the audience are welcomed to join the performing group and provide a tune, song or step. Sometimes the night finishes with a set or a céilí dance.

MARQUEE IN BROSNA: We are promised a great nights entertainment with Lisa McHugh & Mike Denver next Friday July 13 from 7-11pm in Brosna Town. Funds raised will go towards the Renovation Fund and other important projects in Knockaclarig and Brosna churches.

A WALK TO REMEMBER: There will be a walk to remember all lost love ones on Ballybunion beach. Sunday July 15 at 1.30pm. All proceeds received on the day will be donated to The Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry.

TIPS ON CONSERVING WATER: Place a full litre bottle of water in the cistern in the toilet which will reduce the volume of water at each flush. Have shorter showers – an average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute, turn off the tap when washing your teeth. Use a basin to wash the ware and then use the water for watering the flowers. Pour the cold tea out of the pot on the vegetables. Only do a wash when you have a full load. Invest in a water butt under the down pipe.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: 11am – 12.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, St Ita’s Hall. New people always welcome. Contact Mary on 087 9382883.

BRUACH NA CARRAIGE: The Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel Summer programme starts with our highly acclaimed Seisiun each Tuesday night during July and August starting on Tuesday, July 3 at 9pm. Our Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years runs from July 23 – August 3. Children attending this camp who have not played music before will learn a few tunes on the whistle, those already playing will learn new tunes. They will learn some traditional songs and four or five ceili dances, all mixed with much fun and games. Our Sliabh Luachra Summer School will run on August 8-10 with advanced music classes, for information contact 087 2205566 or Email bruachnacarraige@Hotmail.com

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated. Notice the hedge at the side is being cleared. Help with this would be great.

CROMWELL’S FORT: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have organised an evening outing to Cromwell’s Fort, Limerick on Wednesday, July 11. Contact John Elliott 086 3117161.

CAINT AGUS CRAIC: Castleisland Library are hosting an hour of caint craic & comhrá as Gaeilge on 8 Thursdays during June July & August from 1 -2pm. All adult are welcome to join in. It is not an Irish class, adults with very basic Irish are as welcome as fluent Irish speakers. Call in this summer and take part in Bliain na Gaeilge.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions. Thursday 10am Garrett Colliins, Askeaton. Friday 10am Christy Harnett, The Hill. Saturday 6.30pm Anne and Tom Moore. Sunday 9.15am Mairead McCarthy. Patrick O’Connor. 12 noon Jeremiah Healy and John Broderick, Knocknasna. Monday 7pm Maureen Woulfe, Cratloe Month’s Mind.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s. There’s only around a hundred copies left so get yours as soon as possible.

TAG RUGBY: A class in Tag Rugby for girls aged 8-14 will be held on Mondays in Kileline Grounds, NCW. Contact John 087 7528049 .

DUAGH GRAVEYARD: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 26 at 8p.m.

CLASS: A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

TARBERT HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31. The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at 068-36198.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed. Summer Outing tickets selling fast. Call to Kathleen’s Foodstore for yours. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. If you get a phone call that your computer needs fixin’ then hang up immediately – how would they know about your computer away out there in some foreign country. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat and lock the door when you’re in the car. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

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

AUCTION: O’Donovan and Associates are holding a highly important Auction of antiques and collectibles including the contents of the Late Ms. Mary Conlan (Merchant) of Main Street, Tulla and part contents of a period residence from Adare. The auction will be held on Saturday 21 July at O’Donovan Auction Rooms, 1 North Quay, Newcastlewest and will commence at 11am sharp. Included in this sale is period furniture, Waterford Crystal, Art including ‘The Ringmaster’ by Jack Donovan, oriental furniture, china tea services, bronze figures, Victorian cast iron garden urns, a wide variety of collectibles and a whole lot more.

90% of lots are without reserve! Online bidding and international shipping available.

Lots can be viewed online at www.odonovan.ie. For more information call 069 62713 ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHOP: If you have an hour or two to spare why not consider volunteering your time to help the work of St Vincent de Paul. If you are interested contact Fr Tony on 087-2600414. The Abbeyfeale shop will open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week between 10-4pm. Further information 087 1213560.

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

LYREACROMPANE RUN/WALK FOR ENABLE IRELAND: In what looks like becoming an annual event, the roads of Lyreacrompane will re-echo to the feet of walkers and runners on August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5. Last year’s 5/10K Walk/Run, as part of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, was so successful that the organisers have put it on the calendar of their event again this year. On this occasion, the charity chosen to benefit is Enable Ireland. The Walk/Run will start at ‘the Marquee’ beside the Four Elms Bar at 11am. The route is looped and, apart from helping a good cause, the walkers/runners will get an opportunity of taking part in a real rural Ireland walk/run and see Lyreacrompane at its best.

Participants can register at The Marquee between 9am and 10.45am on the morning. More info from 087 285 3570 or Lyreacrompane.com. Entry Fees are 5k walk/run – €10. 10k walk/run – €15. Children €5. Ask about special family rate. The first woman gets €50 and the first man €50. There will be Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both 5K & 10k runners and medals for all walkers and runners.

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PROLOGUE: "Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace."
Nikki Rowe .

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to his wife Angela and the family of the late Jack O’Rourke, The Square who died recently. May he rest in peace.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Huge congratulations to our own Sean Donovan Dromtrasna who along with Pat Hayes and Kieran Byrnes brought home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the recent Games.

JOHN SPILLANE AT THE GLÓRACH: The musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller and poet from Cork plays the Glórach on Friday, July 27. Tickets at €15 can be reserved on 087 1383940.

SEISIÚN: The new season of the Comhaltas Summer Seisiún shows commences at the Devon Inn on Thursday next, July 5 at 8.30pm. These shows of traditional entertainment have proved very popular over recent years and are really enjoyed by all who attend, both local and visitor alike. A memorable night of top class song, music, dance and story is guaranteed comprising of a formal show in the first half and an informal second half where members of the audience are welcomed to join the performing group and provide a tune, song or step. Sometimes the night finishes with a set or a céilí dance.

DANCE FOR CANCER LINK BUS: A fundraising dance will take place in Fr Casey’s Club house Abbeyfeale on Friday, July 6 in aid of the Kerry Cork Limerick Cancer Health Link Bus. Music is to the Premier Blue Boys with special guests Mike Mini Moore McCarthy, Marian Kirby, the Diamond sisters and Norah Hickey. Dancing is from 9 – 1am, finger food will be served and a raffle will take place. Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions. Saturday, July 7 11am James and John Bennis. 6.30pm Marie O’Donnell 3rd Anniversary, Micheal O’Donnell 2nd Anniversary. Thomas and Chrissie Coffey, Pairc Luachra. Jeremiah Moriarity, The Hill. Micheal O’Donnell, Bogmount. Sunday 12 noon Mary Ita Leahy, Meenaheala, Months Mind. Monday 7pm James O’Grady, Meenkilly.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s. There’s only around a hundred copies left so get yours as soon as possible.

CAINT AGUS CRAIC: Castleisland Library are hosting an hour of caint craic & comhrá as Gaeilge on 8 Thursdays during June July & August from 1 -2pm. All adult are welcome to join in. It is not an Irish class, adults with very basic Irish are as welcome as fluent Irish speakers. Call in this Summer and take part in Bliain na Gaeilge.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated. Notice the hedge at the side is being cleared. Help with this would be great.

TAG RUGBY: A class in Tag Rugby for girls aged 8-14 will be held on Mondays in Kileline Grounds, NCW. Contact John 087 7528049 .

CROMWELL’S FORT: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have organised an evening outing to Cromwell’s Fort, Limerick on Wednesday, July 11. Contact John Elliott 086 3117161. DUAGH GRAVEYARD: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 26 at 8p.m.

CLASS: A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

TIPS FOR SUMMER SECURITY FROM IFA: Don’t forget about home and farm security during the good weather, Limerick man and IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has advised.

“It is important to be vigilant about your home and farm security during the summer when homes are more likely to be unoccupied or accessible. Never assume that because you are at home or nearby, your farm or property is safe,” Richard advises.

Ten tips to keep your home and farm secure this summer

Lock windows on the ground floor level.

Ensure that, if you are opening windows on the first floor, they cannot be entered from a porch, drain pipe or a ladder left out.

Be clever about how you lock up and when going to bed at night; make sure that if you are leaving a window open, it is not accessible.

If you are working in the farmyard or garden, make sure you have locked all the doors and windows to your home as you may be easily distracted in your work

If you are working with power tools or gardening equipment be extra vigilant as you may not hear a person entering your property.

Carry a key with you; don’t be tempted to leave the key under a pot or stone near the door

If you are to the rear of the property your home may appear to be unoccupied which might draw a criminal’s attention

Consider setting the alarm if you feel that you may get distracted in your work or nod off while relaxing.

When you are finished working outside, make sure to put away the power tools and machinery. Take a few minutes to ensure the safety of your property.

Mark your property – overt and covert markings will deter criminals and can help to reunite you with stolen property if it is stolen and subsequently recovered.

BOOK LAUNCH: A large gathering assembled at the Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday last, June 29 for the much anticipated launch of a first collection of short stories by local man, Pat McLoughlin. The book, To Weave with Words, was launched by Patrick O’ Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Sheila O’ Regan, who was MC for the event, spoke in glowing terms about universal and eclectic content of the fifteen stories. Dr Paddy Fullam described the book as a superb mixture of humour and tragedy, of harmony and strife, of love and conflict and of loneliness and companionship. Minister O’ Donovan spoke about the clever plots and the twist in the tail of every story. He also highlighted the enormous contribution that Pat and his family had made to the local community. Dominic Taylor from the Limerick Writers’ Centre outlined the tremendous service that the Centre provides to the aspiring writers of the region. Sheila O’ Regan brought the launch to its conclusion by reading messages of congratulations from people who were unable to attend. The author, Pat McLoughlin, who was joined on the night by his family, said he was humbled by the enormous turnout and was amazed that the first print of his book was almost sold out. He also said that whatever profit he makes from the proceeds will go to the Friends of St Ita’s Hospital. The book was published by the Limerick Writers’ Centre and is available in the following shops: O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Limerick; Tony Hayes’s Shop, Newcastle West and Ann Lyons’s Shop, Abbeyfeale.

TARBERT HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31. The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at 068-36198.

A DAY FOR YOURSELF: "Mindfulness in Nature Day- Spend the day tuning in to the Elements in a beautiful setting in Glin, with Mindfulness teacher Ali Burnard. Sunday July 8, 10am-5pm. Lunch & warm, dry purpose-built Earth Lodge included! Call Ali on 087 6452227".

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed. Summer Outing tickets selling fast. Call to Kathleen’s Foodstore for yours. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. If you get a phone call that your computer needs fixin’ then hang up immediately – how would they know about your computer away out there in some foreign country. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat and lock the door when you’re in the car. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

BRUACH NA CARRAIGE: The Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel Summer programme starts with our highly acclaimed Seisiun each Tuesday night during July and August starting on Tuesday, July 3 at 9pm. Our Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years runs from July 23 – August 3. Children attending this camp who have not played music before will learn a few tunes on the whistle, those already playing will learn new tunes. They will learn some traditional songs and four or five ceili dances, all mixed with much fun and games. Our Sliabh Luachra Summer School will run on August 8-10 with advanced music classes, for information contact 087 2205566 or Email bruachnacarraige@Hotmail.com

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August – Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied.

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

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

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

LYREACROMPANE RUN/WALK FOR ENABLE IRELAND: In what looks like becoming an annual event, the roads of Lyreacrompane will re-echo to the feet of walkers and runners on August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5. Last year’s 5/10K Walk/Run, as part of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, was so successful that the organisers have put it on the calendar of their event again this year. On this occasion, the charity chosen to benefit is Enable Ireland. The Walk/Run will start at ‘the Marquee’ beside the Four Elms Bar at 11am. The route is looped and, apart from helping a good cause, the walkers/runners will get an opportunity of taking part in a real rural Ireland walk/run and see Lyreacrompane at its best.

Participants can register at The Marquee between 9am and 10.45am on the morning. More info from 087 285 3570 or Lyreacrompane.com. Entry Fees are 5k walk/run – €10. 10k walk/run – €15. Children €5. Ask about special family rate. The first woman gets €50 and the first man €50. There will be Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both 5K & 10k runners and medals for all walkers and runners.


PROLOGUE: "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away."
Stephen Hawking.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the wife and family of the late Francie O’Connor, Knocknasna who died recently. We also offer our sympathies to Dick and the family of the late Maureen Woulfe, Cratloe. . May they rest in peace.

COMMUNITY ALERT FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PRINCE CHARLES AND HIS DUCHESS: We are going to Killarney for our second annual summer outing via the Gap of Dunloe. We’re booked for a four course Early Bird dinner in Mac’s on High Street at 5pm giving us time to be back on the street for the parade which will finish the Independence Day celebrations. Finally we will travel by coach to the Racecourse for a night of Irish music, song and dance at Celtic Steps – the Show. Tickets at €40 each which cover the bus, dinner and show are available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. It’s going to be a great, jam packed day so first come, first served, tickets are selling like hot cross buns!

GLÓRACH: After the great success that was our concert last Friday evening, we would like to acknowledge a few people. First and foremost, the two performers, Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley for giving such a fine performance. We would like to thank all the volunteers both front of house, on the raffle, backstage and on the lights, and also a special mention to Leo Hayes for his help with the sound aspect of things. Thanks to Noreen Barry for donating a prize and also for providing the delicious cake that was savoured at the interval. And finally, thank you, the patrons who supported the concert and made the evening such a special occasion.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO DO THIS SUMMER: Castleisland Library will host an hour of caint craic & comhrá as Gaeilge on 8 Thursdays during June July & August from 1 -2pm starting on Thursday, June 28. All adult are welcome to join in. It is not an Irish class, adults with very basic Irish are as welcome as fluent Irish speakers. Call in this Summer and take part in Bliain na Gaeilge.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year on Sunday, July 1 at Relihan’s Farm, Kilcaragh, Duagh with the first race at 12:30pm.
This is the 12th running of the event which is run in aid of local charities and once again the committee would like to thank our generous sponsors. Money raised over the last 11 years has been donated to local charities in West Limerick and North Kerry.
These races are similar to what you will see on television with the difference being that our jockeys are aged from 8 to 16 and are the future flat and national hunt champions in Ireland and England. In recent years Leading jockeys Jack Kennedy, Oisin Murphy and Conor King have graced the turf of Abbeyfeale races and learned the trade prior to hitting the track proper. Full bar and food facilities will be provided with live GAA games on the big screen. Live music in the marquee after racing. The day is aimed as a real family day out so hopefully people will turn out in large numbers on the banks of the River Feale for what is guaranteed a most enjoyable family fun day with a difference.

ELEANOR SHANLEY AT THE GLÓRACH: Accompanied by Stockton Wing founder member Mike Shanahan Eleanor Shanley held the almost full theatre in the palm of her hand during a mesmerising performance last Friday night. She’s funny and witty and boy can she hit the high notes. More of the same, please Mr. Nelligan.

BOOK LAUNCH IN LONGCOURT: Pat McLoughlin NCW retired a few years ago and has written a book of short stories entitled ‘To Weave with Words’. Minister Patrick O’Donovan who has no plans to retire will launch it on Friday, June 29 at 8pm in the new hotel in NCW. It should be a good night. All welcome.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s. There’s only around a hundred copies left so get yours as soon as possible.

OUTING TO MIZEN HEAD: A huge thank you to Ann Downey, Josephine Halpin and the members of the ARA na Feile who organised a wonderful day out to West Cork last week. The weather was glorious, the company, food and scenery was excellent and we all, with no exceptions, enjoyed sitting back and letting Joe Cotter take us through the narrow roads, tunnels and mountains of West Cork. Mizen Head was amazing and only for Ann and Co. I for one would never have got to see it.

DUAGH GRAVEYARD: Annual Graveyard Mass will be held at Duagh Cemetery on Thursday, July 26 at 8p.m.

KERRY, CORK, LIMERICK CANCER LINK BUS: A fundraising dance will take place in Fr Casey’s Club house Abbeyfeale on Friday, July 6 in aid of the Kerry Cork Limerick Cancer Health Link Bus. Music is to the Premier Blue Boys with special guests Mike Mini Moore McCarthy, Marian Kirby, the Diamond sisters and Norah Hickey. Dancing is from 9 – 1am, finger food will be served and a raffle will take place. Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

CLASS: A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

MUSICAL MAGIC: Scoil Mháthair Dé Performing Arts Society Show Our show ‘Musical Magic’ takes place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 .00 p.m. It promises to be an evening of fun, talent and great entertainment.

THANK YOU: Milford hospice thank most sincerely the volunteers who gave their time on the day of the recent national collection, and the generosity of the Abbeyfeale community who gave a total of €2835.

GRAVEYARD: Clean up at Reilig Ide Naofa on every Tuesday evening for one hour, it is beautiful to see your family grave well maintained. Your help is greatly appreciated. Notice the hedge at the side is being cleared. Help with this would be great.

TARBERT HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31. The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at 068-36198.

LOCAL PRIESTS HOME ON HOLIDAY: Welcome home to Fr Tim Galvin and Fr John Moloney who are holiday and concelebrated at the Jubilee Mass last Saturday.

MINISTRY TRAINING: Contact Aoife Walsh on awalsh@ldpc.ie if you would like to participate in the new round of training with the diocese beginning in September.

CONFERENCE IN CORK: A Mental Health and Addiction workshop with Dr. Gabor Maté called: Health and Healing with Mind-Body Unity in UCC, Cork Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 1. Dr. Maté is a World Leading Expert on Mental Health, Addiction, Health, Parenting, ADHD, Trauma & Childhood Development. More info: www.bookwhen.com/gabormate or 0861719311

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 12:30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral when it will be 11am.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue – from 8am – 10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always welcome.

POST OFFICE MOVE: The post office is now located in Tuhoig’s SuperValu on Bridge St., Abbeyfeale.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STUDY: West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RZ8BHVS.

A DAY FOR YOURSELF: "Mindfulness in Nature Day- Spend the day tuning in to the Elements in a beautiful setting in Glin, with Mindfulness teacher Ali Burnard. Sunday July 8, 10am-5pm. Lunch & warm, dry purpose-built Earth Lodge included! Call Ali on 087 6452227".

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed. Summer Outing tickets selling fast. Call to Kathleen’s Foodstore for yours. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. If you get a phone call that your computer needs fixin’ then hang up immediately – how would they know about your computer away out there in some foreign country. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat and lock the door when you’re in the car. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

BRUACH NA CARRAIGE: The Bruach Na Carraige Summer programme starts with our highly acclaimed Seisiun each Tuesday night during July and August starting on Tuesday, July 3 at 9pm.Our Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years runs from July 23 – August 3. Children attending this camp who have not played music before will learn a few tunes on the whistle, those already playing will learn new tunes. They will learn some traditional songs and four or five ceili dances, all mixed with much fun and games. Our Sliabh Luachra Summer School will run on August 8-10 with advanced music classes, for information contact 087 2205566 or Email bruachnacarraige@Hotmail.com

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

OUTING: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have organised a full-day outing to the Burren Community Archaeology, Co. Clare on Sunday, July 1. Anyone who is interested please contact the organiser: Mary Kenehan 086 8053452 or email: marykenehan@gmail.com

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Ticketing is a two-step process: 1. Registration June 25. 2. Print tickets at a later date. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August – Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied.

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 11am Funeral Mass for Jack O’Rourke, The Square. Saturday 6.30 pm Julia Madden. Richie Fealey, Cryle View Manor. John Michael Keneally, Knocknasna Sunday 9.15am David Leahy, Maurice Griffing & Mick Collins. Eileen Chris Foley, Dromtrasna. Debbie Brosnan, Devon Rd. 12noon Requiem Mass for Margareet Reidy, a sister of Paddy, Johnny and Kevin who died recently in England.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. If you know of someone in hospital please notify Fr. Tony.

LYREACROMPANE RUN/WALK FOR ENABLE IRELAND: In what looks like becoming an annual event, the roads of Lyreacrompane will re-echo to the feet of walkers and runners on August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5. Last year’s 5/10K Walk/Run, as part of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, was so successful that the organisers have put it on the calendar of their event again this year. On this occasion, the charity chosen to benefit is Enable Ireland. The Walk/Run will start at ‘the Marquee’ beside the Four Elms Bar at 11am. The route is looped and, apart from helping a good cause, the walkers/runners will get an opportunity of taking part in a real rural Ireland walk/run and see Lyreacrompane at its best.

Participants can register at The Marquee between 9am and 10.45am on the morning. More info from 087 285 3570 or Lyreacrompane.com. Entry Fees are 5k walk/run – €10. 10k walk/run – €15. Children €5. Ask about special family rate. The first woman gets €50 and the first man €50. There will be Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both 5K & 10k runners and medals for all walkers and runners.

KERRY STROKE SUPPORT GROUP invite those who have had a stroke or their carer to their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 29 in Baile Mhuire Day Centre Tralee at 11.15am to 1pm. Dr Anna O’Sullivan Senior Psychologist HSE South will give an input on the ‘Emotional Impact of a Stroke’. For further information please contact 087-3586451.

PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.


PROLOGUE: "Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each."
Plato

JUBILEE OF CHURCH: The newly built Church of the Assumption opened on Sunday, June 23, 1968 with a special Mass celebrated at 12 noon by the late Bishop Henry Murphy and the late Canon Enright P.P. The Golden Jubilee of this event was celebrated here in Abbeyfeale on June 16, a week early because Bishop Brendan Leahy will be travelling to Lourdes next week with the Diocesan pilgrimage. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy, retired Bishop Donal Murray and Canon Tony Mullins P.P. and co celebrated by Canon John O’Shea our previous PP, Canon James Neville retired P.P., Monsignor Lane Patrickswell and native of Abbeyfeale, Fr. Bowen, Fr. Joe Kennedy former curate in Abbeyfeale, Fr.John Moloney London and St. Ita’s Terrace, Fr. Duggan Athea, Fr. Tim Galvin South Sudan and Kilmanahan, Fr. Willie Fitzmaurice Kilmallock and Fr. Fitzgibbons, Patrickswell. The Senior Choir, youth choir and Scoil Mhathair Dé N.S. school choir along with students of the five national schools who read the prayers of intercession assisted at the Mass which was attended by over 1,000 people. Family members of the late Bishop Murphy and Fr. Enright came from Ardpatrick and Shanagolden as did people who had grown up in the parish but were now living in neighbouring counties and countries. Fr. Tony Mullins PP in his message to parishioners said “On this weekend of celebration I would like to remember all the priests who have ministered in this parish over the years, and the priests and religious who have left here to share the Christian message with other people at home and abroad. I would also like to acknowledge the many parishioners who give of their time so generously each week in a variety of ministries in the celebration of the liturgy and in the many groups and parish committees who through their work and ministry help to sustain our faith community. On this Jubilee celebration weekend, I welcome all who have travelled home to join in our celebrations. I thank all who are helping to make it a happy and positive occasion for everyone”. A marquee was erected on the grounds and following Mass the congregation were invited by Canon Mullins for light refreshments and musical entertainment….

COMMUNITY ALERT FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PRINCE CHARLES AND HIS DUCHESS: We are going to Killarney for our second annual summer outing via the Gap of Dunloe. If Prince Charles can go to Killarney House then why not the people of Abbeyfeale, there won’t be a garden party laid on but there will be a street party to celebrate July 4 – Independence Day. We’re booked for a four course Early Bird dinner in Mac’s on High Street at 5pm giving us time to be back on the street for the parade which will finish the Independence Day celebrations. Finally we will travel by coach to the Racecourse for a night of Irish music, song and dance at Celtic Steps – the Show. Tickets at €40 each which cover the bus, dinner and show are available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. It’s going to be a great, jam packed day so first come, first served, tickets are selling like hot cross buns!

GLÓRACH SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT: We are actively preparing for the visit of Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley on Friday, June 22. A wonderful night of music and song is guaranteed with doors open at 7.15, concert starts at at 8.30pm, to book tickets at a very competitive €15 please contact 0871383940.

NOVENA: The Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help runs at The Redemptorists Limerick until Sunday, June 23. There will be 10 celebrations each day, beginning at 7am with the final celebration at 10.30pm.

HORSE AND PONY RACING: The annual Abbeyfeale races take place this year on Sunday, July 1 at Relihan’s Farm, Kilcaragh, Duagh with the first race at 12:30pm.
This is the 12th running of the event which is run in aid of local charities and once again the committee would like to thank our generous sponsors. Money raised over the last 11 years has been donated to local charities in West Limerick and North Kerry.
These races are similar to what you will see on television with the difference being that our jockeys are aged from 8 to 16 and are the future flat and national hunt champions in Ireland and England. In recent years Leading jockeys Jack Kennedy, Oisin Murphy and Conor King have graced the turf of Abbeyfeale races and learned the trade prior to hitting the track proper. Full bar and food facilities will be provided with live GAA games on the big screen. Live music in the marquee after racing. The day is aimed as a real family day out so hopefully people will turn out in large numbers on the banks of the River Feale for what is guaranteed a most enjoyable family fun day with a difference.

DOG SHOW: The Abbeyfeale Town Park Annual Dog Show took place on Sunday last. The Town Park Committee would like to thank the following: the park employees who prepared the park so beautifully for the show, all our voluntary committee members and other helpers who gave of their services on the day, our show judge Claire Sheehy, our chief organizer Norma Healy, John O’Connor who provided the sound system, and all those who donated prizes for our raffle We would especially like to congratulate Claire on her recent engagement and wish herself and Miney a wonderful life together. Finally, most important of all, we thank all of you for coming and supporting Abbeyfeale Town Park. The park is available to you free of charge 365 days per year and every euro profit from the dog show will go to the maintenance and development of this wonderful facility. We hope you enjoyed your day and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

BOOK LAUNCH IN LONGCOURT: Pat McLoughlin NCW retired a few years ago and has written a book of short stories. Minister Patrick O’Donovan who has no plans to retire will launch it on Friday, June 29 at 8pm in the new hotel in NCW. It should be a good night. All welcome.

KNOCKNASNA N.S. OPEN DAY: Children and parents walked 5km around the local area on Friday, June 15 dressed in blue to raise funds for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). Student Eoin Broderick was presented with a plaque by Minister Patrick O’Donovan to mark four years of unbroken attendance in the junior room while his grandmother, Margaret, won Best Dressed Grandmother.

HELL ON THE HILL: Abbeyfeale Cycling Club will be holding an event on St. Ita’s Road from 7pm on Tuesday, June 26. Entry €10 per rider. The Liam Flynn Perpetual Cup will be presented to the fastest rider on the night. Further information from on FB.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the church. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ Moss Harnett’s and at the church after Mass.

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING: Contact Aoife Walsh on awalsh@ldpc.ie if you would like to participate in the new round of training with the diocese beginning in September.

KERRY, CORK, LIMERICK CANCER LINK BUS: A fundraising dance will take place in Fr Casey’s Club house Abbeyfeale on Friday, July 6 in aid of the Kerry Cork Limerick Cancer Health Link Bus. Music is to the Premier Blue Boys with special guests Mike Mini Moore McCarthy, Marian Kirby, the Diamond sisters and Norah Hickey. Dancing is from 9 – 1am, finger food will be served and a raffle will take place. Benny Thade McCarthy 0879918546.

CLASS: A free Adult Sign Language Class will resume on September 18 at the Adult Education Centre in Mountmahon. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday nights with Level 1 on Wednesdays. Anyone interested please contact Breda 087 7715734.

TARBERT HOUSE: is now open for visitors and will remain open until August 31. The house is open Monday –Saturday, book with Ursula Leslie at 068-36198.

CONFERENCE IN CORK: A Mental Health and Addiction workshop with Dr. Gabor Maté called: Health and Healing with Mind-Body Unity in UCC, Cork Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 1. Dr. Maté is a World Leading Expert on Mental Health, Addiction, Health, Parenting, ADHD, Trauma & Childhood Development. More info: www.bookwhen.com/gabormate or 0861719311

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 12:30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral when it will be 11am.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue – from 8am – 10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always welcome.

POST OFFICE MOVE: The post office is now located in Tuhoig’s SuperValu on Bridge St., Abbeyfeale.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STUDY: West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RZ8BHVS.

A DAY FOR YOURSELF: "Mindfulness in Nature Day- Spend the day tuning in to the Elements in a beautiful setting in Glin, with Mindfulness teacher Ali Burnard. Sunday July 8th, 10am-5pm. Lunch & warm, dry purpose-built Earth Lodge included! Call Ali on 087 6452227" .

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed. Summer Outing tickets selling fast. Call to Kathleen’s Foodstore for yours. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. If you get a phone call that your computer needs fixin’ then hang up immediately – how would they know about your computer away out there in some foreign country. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat and lock the door when you’re in the car. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

MUSICAL SUMMER CAMP: The Bruach Na Carraige Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years will be from July 16-27.

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

OUTING: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society have organised a full-day outing to the Burren Community Archaeology, Co. Clare on Sunday, July 1. Anyone who is interested please contact the organiser: Mary Kenehan 086 8053452 or email: marykenehan@gmail.com

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Ticketing is a two-step process: 1. Registration June 25. 2. Print tickets at a later date. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August – Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied.

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Thursday 10am Eileen & Con Harnett Cragg. Saturday

6.30pm John Leahy, The Corner House. Dan & Madge Cusack and deceased family members. Michael & Joe Dore and sister Maureen Smith Dore. Sunday 9.15am Bridget & Maurice Harnett, Dromrasna. Michael Scannell, Dromtrasna Collins Richard Gleeson, Kilconlea Lower. Mary Begley, Killarney Road.

12noon Brian McAleer, Meenahela/Birmingham

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar.

LYREACROMPANE RUN/WALK FOR ENABLE IRELAND: In what looks like becoming an annual event, the roads of Lyreacrompane will re-echo to the feet of walkers and runners on August Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5. Last year’s 5/10K Walk/Run, as part of the Dan Paddy Andy Festival, was so successful that the organisers have put it on the calendar of their event again this year. On this occasion, the charity chosen to benefit is Enable Ireland. The Walk/Run will start at ‘the Marquee’ beside the Four Elms Bar at 11am. The route is looped and, apart from helping a good cause, the walkers/runners will get an opportunity of taking part in a real rural Ireland walk/run and see Lyreacrompane at its best.

Participants can register at The Marquee between 9am and 10.45am on the morning. More info from 087 285 3570 or Lyreacrompane.com. Entry Fees are 5k walk/run – €10. 10k walk/run – €15. Children €5. Ask about special family rate. The first woman gets €50 and the first man €50. There will be Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd for both 5K & 10k runners and medals for all walkers and runners.

IA IRELAND: Public Meeting on Sunday, June 24 at the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney from 1pm to 4pm, for people with all stoma types, with a view to establish a stoma support group. Enquiries: Helen 085 8182549. Free Entry.

PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.


PROLOGUE: "A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure."
Author Unknown

DEATHS: We offer sincere sympathy to the families of the following who have died recently: Mrs. Joan McCarthy, Jim Heffernan, Mary Ita Leahy and Jim Vaughan. May they rest in peace.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Jeremiah, son of Jeremiah and Teresa Sheehan, Knocknasna who married Mary McSweeney of Enniskeane, Co. Cork on Saturday last. We wish them every happiness and long years together.

JUBILEE MASS: Special Mass with Bishop Leahy is at 7.30pm this Saturday night. Everyone welcome.

ANNUAL DOG SHOW: This fundraiser for Abbeyfeale’s Town Park takes place on Sunday, June 17 from 2pm. There will be trophies for the winners of all classes.

PARISHIONERS PRAY FOR STUDENTS: The students currently sitting exams are being prayed for by parishioners who took their name tags from the tree during a special Mass on the eve of the commencement of the exams.

GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION 1968-2018. On Saturday, June 16 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish Church with a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy. We are asking parishioners who normally attend Mass on Sunday to consider coming to the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening. The Mass will be an hour later at 7.30p.m to enable as many parishioners to attend if they so wish. Parish priest Fr. Tony in his message to parishioners at last weekend Masses said; “While we celebrate the building of this beautiful church we also want it to be a celebration of community, good neighbourliness is a key principle in sustaining community life and this is very evident here in our parish. Why not take time out and join neighbours and fellow parishioners next Saturday evening for this special unique celebration.” It promises to be a great gathering, refreshments will be served afterwards in a specially erected marquee in the church car park.

AFTERNOON TEA: On June 15 the Wednesday Club will host afternoon tea on Friday, June 15 from 12.30 – 3.30. Proceeds to Kerry Hospice.

ISSUES WITH IRISH WATER: In order to highlight all issues, Councillor Liam Galvin has asked that anyone with a problem relating to Waste Water / Sewage to contact him directly and he will log everything at once with Irish Water. Liam Galvin 087 985 0435 / liam.galvin@limerick.ie

COMMUNITY ALERT SUMMER OUTING: We are going to Killarney via the Gap of Dunloe, attending the street party to celebrate July 4 – Independence Day, then going for dinner to Mac’s on High Street, watching the parade and finishing up at Celtic Steps at the Racecourse.. Tickets at €40 each are available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. It’s going to be a great, jam packed day so first come, first served, tickets are already selling like hot cross buns!

WALK AROUND KNOCKNASNA: Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Knocknasna is proud to announce another charity event this year, in aid of “Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland". This organisation is in need of funding and has been shown to help children with autism and their families with their social and communication skills in a very positive way. The walk will commence at 12 midday on Friday outside the school, June 15th and all are welcome to participate in our walk around the locality. We have chosen the colour "blue" as our theme, so be sure and turn up to support this very worthy cause! It promises to be a great day for pupils, parents, and members of the Abbeyfeale community. There will be a cupán tae for all after the walk with special guests!!

GLÓRACH SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT: We are actively preparing for the visit of Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley on Friday, June 22. Mike Hanrahan, a past member of Stockton’s Wing has an extensive biography, but will be best remembered by many for being a member of the group, Stockton’s Wing and penned their most well-known hit, Beautiful Affair. Joining Mike on the night will be renowned Irish folk singer Eleanor Shanley came to prominence with De Danann and also recorded with U2, the Dubliners and Sharon Shannon. A wonderful night of music and song is guaranteed with doors open at 7.15, concert starts at at 8.30pm, to book tickets at a very competitive €15 please contact 0871383940.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the church. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). Price €10. The book is available in O’Donoghue’s, Marguerite’s, Ann Lyons’ and at the church after Mass.

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING: Contact Aoife Walsh on awalsh@ldpc.ie if you would like to participate in the new round of training with the diocese beginning in September.

MUSIC CAMP: Teenagers (13 -17yrs) in Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas are invited to a three day music camp at Newcastle West Community Centre, starting on Wednesday, June 13 at 11am. A joint initiative between Limerick Youth Service & Music Generation, the music camps is suitable for all levels, including beginners. As part of the camps, teenagers will have the opportunity to write and perform their own song, record it and even design the artwork for their single! This exciting programme costs €25 for the 3 days (11am-3pm) and with spaces limited, interested parties are asked to contact Amanda 061-412444 .

INVITATION TO FAMILIES OF RELIGIOUS: Bishop Brendan Leahy invites Families of Religious Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Diocesan Priests of the Diocese of Limerick to Eucharist and Light Refreshments: At Immaculate Conception Church, Newcastle West on Saturday, June 16 at 3.00pm. If you have a family member who is a Religious or Priest from the Diocese but presently serving outside the Diocese or overseas, you are welcome to represent them. Please RSVP to Sr Eileen Lenihan at: eileen@ldo.ie OR Stephanie at 061 350000. Please indicate which venue suits you and the name of your Religious or Priest family member.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 12:30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral when it will be 11am.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue – from 8am – 10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always welcome.

POST OFFICE MOVE: The post office is now located in Tuhoig’s SuperValu on Bridge St., Abbeyfeale.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STUDY: West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RZ8BHVS.

SIAMSA TÍRE: They are holding auditions for young people aged 7 – 12 on Saturday, June 16 from 10am – 2pm at Siamsa Tire Theatre, Tralee. Audition is by appointment only, so please call 066)7123055 to make an appointment.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed. Summer Outing tickets selling fast. Call to Kathleen’s Foodstore for yours. Never, ever give banking details to anyone on the phone or at the door. Lock windows and doors even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Put handbags in the boot not the passenger seat. Wear sunscreen, have the container beside the Holy Water and apply both on your way out the door! Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

MUSICAL SUMMER CAMP: The Bruach Na Carraige Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years will be from July 16-27.

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Ticketing is a two-step process: 1. Registration June 25. 2. Print tickets at a later date. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August – Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied.

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Saturday 11am, Margaret and Tomas Enright and family. Vigil Mass 7.30pm. Sunday 9.15am Margaret and Tom Finucane, St. Ita’s Terrace and Miheal and Margaret Finucane, New York. 12 noon. Hauleen Foley, Ballaugh – 2nd anniversary.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar.

MASS ON INISFALLEN ISLAND AND ABBEY: Friday, June 15 at 6.30 p.m. Boats leave from Ross Castle from 4.30 p.m. onwards. It is open to all and is a lovely opportunity to join our prayer now with the rich tradition of the monks of old. Thanks to the organisers, the NPWS and the boat operators for their support.

PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Enneagram: Discover the unique person you were made to be! Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding yourself and helping you to communicate effectively with others. June 15-17. For info and to book an event please call 0667134276.


PROLOGUE: "If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you."
Steven Wright

GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION 1968-2018. On Saturday, June 16 the parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish Church with a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy. The Parish Pastoral Council is planning a community celebration and they extend an invitation to all parishioners to join us for this unique celebration. We are asking parishioners who normally attend Mass on Sunday to consider coming to the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening. The Mass will be an hour later at 7.30p.m to enable as many parishioners to attend if they so wish. It promises to be a great gathering, refreshments will be served afterwards in a specially erected marquee in the church car park.

OUTING: The Thomond Archaeological and Historical society are having a half-day outing in the Rathkeale/Palatine area of County Limerick on Sunday, June 10. Contact Pat O’Donovan at 0879977340 if you are interested.

EXHIBITION: The Parish Jubilee Memorabilia Exhibition of church and parish memorabilia to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of our parish church on June 23, 1968 will be open on Friday, June 8 from 11—1pm. Saturday, June 9 from 11.30—12.30pm and 5.30pm—7.30pm. Sunday 10 from 9.45am—1pm. The Jubilee celebrations continue the following weekend with a special Mass at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 16 following by entertainment and food in the Marquee.

The exhibition will be located in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Eucharistic Adoration will continue on Friday, June 8 in the main Church from 8am – 10pm.

GLÓRACH SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT: After the resounding success that was our Seán Keane concert last month, here at the Glórach Theatre we are actively preparing for the visit of Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley to the venue on Friday, June 22. Mike Hanrahan has an extensive biography, but will be best remembered by many for being a member of the group, Stockton’s Wing. Critically acclaimed for their expert fusion of traditional Irish music, folk and other genres, Mike penned what was probably their most famous song, Beautiful Affair. After leaving Stockton’s Wing, Mike played with other Irish luminaries including the Furey’s, Ronnie Drew and Jim McCann. Joining Mike on the night will be renowned Irish folk singer Eleanor Shanley, who has sang with a diverse range of famed Irish musicians throughout the years. First coming to prominence with De Danann, Eleanor has also recorded with U2, the Dubliners and Sharon Shannon. A wonderful night of music and song is guaranteed, to book tickets at a very competitive €15 please contact 0871383940.

MOLADH GO DEO LE DIA: Fifty years ago this week, parishioners in Abbeyfeale were preparing for the opening of their new parish church. No doubt there was a lot of excitement in the air. For more than two years they had watched the construction of the building and had seen their new place of worship slowly develop into the beautiful church building that we have today. Over the past fifty years the Parish Church has been the venue for many significant personal, family and community occasions. There are many stories to share linked with this wonderful house of prayer. Much of the past fifty years is captured in a book especially complied to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the church. The book contains many wonderful coloured photographs that show off the splendour of the Church, its stained glass windows and general embellishment. The title of the publication is Moladh go Deo Le Dia. (Praise be to God forever). It will be launched next weekend at the 6.30p.m Vigil Mass and will be on sale afterwards. Price €10.

HOLY WELL: Thanks to all who joined us on the Walk to the Well last Sunday. We especially thank the Cotter family for their welcome and hospitality. Thanks to all who helped in any way.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STUDY: West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RZ8BHVS.

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: There will be far fewer “visiting” volunteers this year at St. Ita’s Faith camp. This is very suitable for any student who is doing JP2 awards. Please contact Martina at 087-2788834 as we need people aged 15+ to supervise so the camp can go ahead. Garda vetting forms to be completed ASAP.

FREE WORKSHOP ON LADYBIRDS AND SHIELDBUGS: West Limerick Resources invites you to attend a free workshop on ‘Identifying Ladybirds and Shieldbugs’ taking place on Monday, June 11, at 7.30pm, in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. To register your place, please contact Elaine, at West Limerick Resources, edillon@wlr.ie or 069 66296. All are welcome to attend.

AFTERNOON TEA: On June 15 the Wednesday Club will host afternoon tea on Friday, June 15 from 12.30 – 3.30. Proceeds to Kerry Hospice.

ISSUES WITH IRISH WATER: In order to highlight all issues, Councillor Liam Galvin has asked that anyone with a problem relating to Waste Water / Sewage to contact him directly and he will log everything at once with Irish Water. Liam Galvin 087 985 0435 / liam.galvin@limerick.ie

KNOCK: Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday, June 10 leaving Church 7am sharp. €20 payable in advance. Bernard Broderick 068 31565. Michael Lane 068 32757.Gerard Callaghan 087 298084. David Davy 087 0994272.

COMMUNITY ALERT SUMMER OUTING: We are going to Killarney via the Gap of Dunloe, attending the street party to celebrate July 4 – Independence Day, then going for dinner to Mac’s on High Street, watching the parade and finishing up at Celtic Steps at the Racecourse.. Tickets at €40 each are available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. It’s going to be a great, jam packed day so first come, first served.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The Wednesday Club, Abbeyfeale are holding a Tea Dance in Fr Casey’s clubhouse on Sunday, June 10. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Tickets €5 each. Proceeds being divided between Kerry Hospice and Recovery Haven Cancer Support House. All donations gratefully accepted. Raffle.

POPE’S VISIT: A World Meeting of Families collection will take place at all Masses on June 9/10.

POLKAS AT THE RAILWAY: Learn to dance a polka every Monday evening at the Railway, Abbeyfeale. Classes from 8.30pm. No partner needed.

INFORMATION MORNING FOR PARENT AND TODDLER GROUPS: West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Limerick Childcare Committee, will host an information morning for Parent and Toddlers Groups in the West Limerick area on Wednesday, June 13, from 10am – 12pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. A Free Interactive Messy Play Workshop and a Music and Movement Demonstration for toddlers will take place on the morning as well as information dissemination on upcoming grants from the Limerick Childcare Committee and supports available under the SICAP programme. This event is open to both existing parent and toddler groups, and those interested in establishing groups in their area. Registration essential by contacting Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 4477338.

USED STAMPS: They can be handed in to the basket behind the Altar.

GRAVEYARD: There will be a weekly clean up in the Reilig Idé Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help is always appreciated as the graveyard is quite big. In order to help with this families are encouraged to maintain their own graves and a neglected one if that family is no longer able to. We appreciate any help you can give.

VOLUNTEERS FOR ADAPT: The Domestic Abuse Services needs your help in Abbeyfeale on June 9/10 for the annual church gate collection, which helps to maintain the services for women and their children, provided by ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services. Please contact Deirdre Barrett at 061 412354 if you would like to help.

INVITATION TO FAMILIES OF RELIGIOUS: Bishop Brendan Leahy invites Families of Religious Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Diocesan Priests of the Diocese of Limerick to Eucharist and Light Refreshments: At Immaculate Conception Church, Newcastle West on Saturday, June 16 at 3.00pm. If you have a family member who is a Religious or Priest from the Diocese but presently serving outside the Diocese or overseas, you are welcome to represent them. Please RSVP to Sr Eileen Lenihan at: eileen@ldo.ie OR Stephanie at 061 350000. Please indicate which venue suits you and the name of your Religious or Priest family member.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 12:30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

SIAMSA TÍRE: They are holding auditions for young people aged 7 – 12 on Saturday, June 16 from 10am – 2pm at Siamsa Tire Theatre, Tralee. Audition is by appointment only, so please call 066)7123055 to make an appointment.

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral. 1010pm

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue – from 8am – 10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always welcome.

SUMMER CONCERT: The Annual Summer Concert takes place in Broadford Community Centre on Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. following a wine reception at 7.15 p.m. This year’s performers are Majella Cullagh (soprano), Tracey Symon (accompanist), the Jansson family (Ellen, Kevin & Anna), Seán McGann (tenor), Martin Gleeson (baritone) and Margaret O’Donnell (accompanist). Tickets are available from Moloney’s Quik Pick (063-84029}, Broadford Post Office or Broadford Surgery (063-84004).

POST OFFICE MOVE: The post office is now located in Tuhoig’s SuperValu on Bridge St.Abbeyfeale.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming AttractionsFriday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed.

Housing Aid for Older People Scheme which is used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. There is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

MUSICAL SUMMER CAMP: The Bruach Na Carraige Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years will be from July 16-27.

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

WEST LIMERICK RADIO AGM: West Limerick 102fm Community Radio Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 12 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West at 8pm. All are welcome.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Ticketing is a two-step process: 1. Registration (opening soon) 2. Print tickets at a later date. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August – Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: 6.30pm Ned Lyons, Coolanelig, Duagh. Sean Leahy, Meenahala. Niall O’Mahony, Collins Park. Catherine Lyons, Killarney Rd 3rd Anniversary, Sunday 12noon Danny & Tom Foley, The Hill.

Monday, June 11 7pm Fr Padraig Keogh.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. The Next Baptismal meeting will take place in Templeglantine sacristy on June 12 @ 8pm.

MASS ON INISFALLEN ISLAND AND ABBEY: Friday, June 15 at 6.30 p.m. Boats leave from Ross Castle from 4.30 p.m. onwards. It is open to all and is a lovely opportunity to join our prayer now with the rich tradition of the monks of old. Thanks to the organisers, the NPWS and the boat operators for their support.

PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Enneagram: Discover the unique person you were made to be! Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding yourself and helping you to communicate effectively with others. June 15-17. For info and to book an event please call 0667134276.

ST. ANTHONY’S NOVENA: June 4-13. Daily 10am & 7pm & Sunday 11.30am at The Franciscan Friary, Killarney. Student Mass: Tuesday June 5 at 7pm. Reconciliation Services: Wednesday, June 6 after 10am & 7pm Masses Blessing of Expectant Mothers: Sunday, June 10 (after 11.30am Mass). Healing Service 6pm. Feast of St Anthony June 13 : Masses with Blessing of the Lillies: 10.00am & 7.00pm & also Blessing of the Children: 4.00pm.

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PROLOGUE: "Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind."
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AA OPEN MEETING: Bank Holiday Monday, June 4 at Duagh N.S. from 8.30pm.

FAMILY CYCLE: A cycle to introduce families to the benefits of being out in the fresh air, being active, doing a family activity in a social gathering on a free facility is being held on the GST on Sunday, June 4 at 11am to celebrate World Bicycle Day. Entrance at the Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale. Suitable for all levels of experience and ability. Refreshment stop at Halla Inse Bán (10k mark) before returning to Abbeyfeale. Register online at www. limericksports.ie

PASTORAL COUNCIL: Meeting Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm in Sacristy.

KNOCK: Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday, June 10 leaving Church 7am sharp. €20 payable in advance. Bernard Broderick 068 31565. Michael Lane 068 32757.Gerard Callaghan 087 298084. David Davy 087 0994272.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald of Cuan Mhuire, Bruree will be holding her annual church gate collection in Abbeyfeale next weekend June2/3.

COMMUNITY ALERT SUMMER OUTING: We are going to Killarney via the Gap of Dunloe, attending the street party to celebrate July 4 – Independence Day, then going for dinner to Mac’s on High Street, watching the parade and finishing up at Celtic Steps at the Racecourse.. Tickets at €40 each will be available from Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. from the end of the week.

POPE’S VISIT: A World Meeting of Families collection will take place at all Masses on June 9/10.

POLKAS AT THE RAILWAY: Learn to dance a polka every Monday evening at the Railway, Abbeyfeale. Classes from 8.30pm. No partner needed.

EXHIBITION: The Parish Jubilee Memorabilia Exhibition will be open on Friday, June 8 from 11—1pm. Saturday, June 9 from 11.30—12.30pm and 5.30pm—7.30pm. Sunday 10 from 9.45am—1pm. We are looking for photographs, publications, recordings, newspaper articles, religious objects. All items will be labelled and returned to the owner at the end of the exhibition.

ELEANOR SHANLEY AT THE GLÓRACH: Mike Hanrahan will accompany Eleanor Shanley in concert on Friday, June 22 in the intimate surrounds of the Glórach. Bookings 087 1383940.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCING: The Wednesday Club, Abbeyfeale are holding a Tea Dance in Fr Casey’s clubhouse on Sunday, June 10. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Tickets €5 each. Proceeds being divided between Kerry Hospice and Recovery Haven Cancer Support House. All donations gratefully accepted. Raffle.

USED STAMPS: They can be handed in to the basket behind the Altar.

GLORACH: Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm.

FUNDRAISER FOR U14’S: A clothes collection will take place until June 4 to raise funds for Fr. Casey’s Under 14 football team who represent Limerick in the Feile Peil na N’Óg in Trim Co. Meath at the end of June If you wish to donate reusable items of clothing, paired shoes, belts, handbags, bed linen, towels and curtains please drop bags to The Railway Bar, Athea Road, Abbeyfeale.

ST. ITA’S FAITH CAMP 2018: We need Volunteers from 16 years upwards to help out at our camp which this year will take place from August 7-10. Four days full of fun, laughter and joy are guaranteed. Please contact Martina (0872788834) immediately as we need every volunteer Garda vetted before June 1. We will also need Host Families to accommodate Fr. Patrick and his team.

GRAVEYARD: There will be a weekly clean up in the Reilig Idé Graveyard every Tuesday from 7-9pm. More help is always appreciated as the graveyard is quite big. In order to help with this families are encouraged to maintain their own graves and a neglected one if that family is no longer able to. We appreciate any help you can give.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH: The church was opened in June 1968. There will be a Mass of celebration on the evening of Saturday, June 16 at 7.30pm with no evening Mass at the usual time of 6.30pm.

VOLUNTEERS FOR ADAPT: The Domestic Abuse Services needs your help in Abbeyfeale on June 9/10 for the annual church gate collection, which helps to maintain the services for women and their children, provided by ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services. Please contact Deirdre Barrett at 061 412354 if you would like to help.

INVITATION TO FAMILIES OF RELIGIOUS: Bishop Brendan Leahy invites Families of Religious Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Diocesan Priests of the Diocese of Limerick to Eucharist and Light Refreshments: At Immaculate Conception Church, Newcastle West on Saturday, June 16 at 3.00pm. If you have a family member who is a Religious or Priest from the Diocese but presently serving outside the Diocese or overseas, you are welcome to represent them. Please RSVP to Sr Eileen Lenihan at: eileen@ldo.ie OR Stephanie at 061 350000. Please indicate which venue suits you and the name of your Religious or Priest family member.

ABBEYFEALE PARENT & TODDLER GROUP meets every Tuesday and Thursday in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale from 11 – 12:30pm. Contact Mary at West Limerick Resources on 087 9382883.

LOCAL DOCUMENTARY AT WRITER’S WEEK: ‘The Window in Heaven’s Gable’, a documentary on The Classic Cinema, the last of the vintage and independent cinemas in Ireland, will screen in The Classic Cinema itself in Listowel at 8:30pm on Thursday May 31 as part of Writer’s Week. The proceeds from the screening will be donated to Irish Motor Neuron Research as this is what Kieran Gleeson, the former owner of The Classic died from a couple of years ago. As well as profiling the life of Kieran Gleeson, the film also includes interviews with patrons of the cinema who tell us about their fascination with cinema and their amusing experiences in The Classic. As a massive film fan himself, Ed O’Connor the documentary maker says “If you like cinema, you’ll love the journey this film will take you on. Now Kieran didn’t lick his interest in cinema from the stones. He was a third-generation cinema owner, his grandfather opening the first cinema in Cappamore, Co. Limerick in a workman’s shed he purchased from Siemens after the completion of the power station in Ardnacrusha. Kieran’s father ran the new purpose-built cinema that came afterwards and it was in the projection room here, with the loud clatter of the 35mm projector and the smell of hot celluloid, that the destiny of the young Kieran Gleeson was sown. The documentary is a no budget feature but it had something money couldn’t buy – communities working together in a fun way to honour what they value. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it took my village of Athea and our local town Listowel to make this film as so many people gave generously of their time, their stories and their fabulous acting talents.”

NEW MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon Mass. Holy day’s Mass 11am and 6.30pm. Daily Mass remains as always – 10am unless when there is a funeral.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: Adoration will continue from 10-10pm every Tuesday and Friday and from 6-8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New adorers are always welcome.

SUMMER CONCERT: The Annual Summer Concert takes place in Broadford Community Centre on Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. following a wine reception at 7.15 p.m. This year’s performers are Majella Cullagh (soprano), Tracey Symon (accompanist), the Jansson family (Ellen, Kevin & Anna), Seán McGann (tenor), Martin Gleeson (baritone) and Margaret O’Donnell (accompanist). Tickets are available from Moloney’s Quik Pick (063-84029}, Broadford Post Office or Broadford Surgery (063-84004).

OFFICE MOVE: Please note that the Abbeyfeale Office of West Limerick Resources has relocated to St Ita’s Hall, Convent Street, Abbeyfeale. If you have any enquiries, please call to the office and speak to Nora or you can call Mary on 087 9382883.

PARISH OFFICE HOSTS MEETINGS: Narcotics Anonymous meet every Monday night @ 8pm in the parish Office. Al-anon meet on Tuesday evening @ 8pm. A.A. Meet every Wednesday afternoon @ 3pm, Friday night @ 8pm and Sunday mornings @ 10am. These organisations are a great voluntary support to many people and we are happy to host their meetings in our parish office.

BAG PACKERS SOUGHT: Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in Tesco Abbeyfeale on July 6/7. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

LOURDES: Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Direct from Shannon Airport, staying at the Solitude Hotel, from September 22-27. Full Pilgrimage Programme. Booking forms available from Fr Tony Mullins. Fr John O’Shea & Fr Willie Fitzmaurice.

MICHAEL ENGLISH CONCERT: A fundraising concert in Moyvane church with Micheal English on Tuesday, June 5. Tickets are available by ringing 085/8110770. Doors open at 7pm and concert at 8pm sharp.

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER MEETING: Janice and Moss Carraig will lead the Holy Spirit Prayer meeting on the second Sunday of each month in the Desmond Complex. Further information on 087 6174639.

BALLYHAHILL SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES: Classes have resumed for the summer months in Ballyhahill Community Centre in social dancing on Monday at 8pm. All are welcome.

READING GROUP: A meeting of St. Ita’s Reading Group will meet in the small chapel on Wednesday May 30 at 10.30a.m (following morning Mass). All welcome.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: Iolar Training is running some more free Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training courses in Newcastle West beginning on Tuesday, May 15. The courses are open to everyone and will run for two hours per week for five weeks. Training is aimed at beginners and new users and gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to use the internet. Training is free for all participants. Having access to a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone is an advantage but not essential. An Eircode (postcode) is required to register. For more information, or to reserve your place on the courses, please call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708.

LOURDES: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018 The Lourdes office, is open in the Social Service Centre, Henry St. Office Hours are: 10.00 – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. All details concerning the Pilgrimage may be had from the office or from Fr. Tony. The fares for this year will be the same as last year, Pilgrims – All Hotels €719 except The Alba €709 and for a Hospital Pilgrim €609, this is inclusive of travel insurance and coach transfer to and from Lourdes Airport.

FUNDRAISING DANCES: Fundraising dances for the redevelopment of the former Ashford Tavern to the Ashford Community Resource Centre will take place on the first Friday of the month in the Ashford Tavern. Doors open 9pm with dancing from 9.30pm. Forthcoming Attractions: Friday, June 1 Muriel O’ Connor and Fran Curry. Friday July 6 T.R Dallas. Admission €10.

ADVICE FROM COMMUNITY ALERT: Abbeyfeale Garda Station 068 30010 (if station unattended the call will automatically be forwarded to NCW station 069 20650. Helpline for crime victims is 116006. Opening hours are; Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 – 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 – 6.30pm, Saturday 2 – 4pm.Sunday- Closed.

Housing Aid for Older People Scheme which is used to improve the condition of an older person’s home is aimed at people 66 years of age and older and is means tested. People with a disability or who are elderly can apply for a grant to purchase grab rails, a level access shower, access ramps or a stair lift. Contact 061 496000 for further details. There is a not for profit company based in NCW which provide a cost effective housing maintenance, small repairs and adaption service principally for the over 60’s or disabled in West Limerick. Services offered include; roof maintenance, outside maintenance, carpentry and flooring, painting etc. For further information contact Kathleen on 069 69315. Once you reach the age of 65 and live alone or with a person/s aged over 65 you are entitled to receive a monitored alarm system. But if you have younger people living in the house who are out for long periods of the day then because you are spending hours alone you are also entitled to the system provided that you are over 65. The free equipment is provided by Pobal following an application from Abbeyfeale Community Alert, there will be a monitoring fee to be paid from the second year of installation to the installing company of €66. Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month. Please note that this fee is payable in a lump sum each year after year one. Committee members are Sean Broderick, Micheal O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, Buddy and Brenda Barry, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Mary Jo O’Connell, James Joy, Denis Collins, Marian Harnett.

DANCE CLASSES: Social dance classes with Josephine, Tuesdays, The Railway 8.30pm.

MUSICAL SUMMER CAMP: The Bruach Na Carraige Summer Camp for children between 6 and 15 years will be from July 16-27.

ABHAILE: This is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It’s 100% State funded, to qualify you must be: In mortgage arrears on your home. Insolvent. At risk of losing your home because of arrears. Contact local Mabs office.

WEST LIMERICK RADIO AGM: West Limerick 102fm Community Radio Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 12 in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West at 8pm. All are welcome.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Papal Mass in Phoenix Park Sunday, August 26. Pope Francis will preside at the Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Ticketing is a two-step process: 1. Registration (opening soon) 2. Print tickets at a later date. This is available to parishes / individuals. It is a free event. The venue can accommodate 500,000 people. Involves 3-5km EACH WAY due to the transport routes in place for this event. Guidance will be given re bringing seating / umbrellas / food. The earlier the booking, the closer the corral to the Altar. People needing special assistance can be with their family in a corral or in a designated area with a carer (copy of medical certificate required at booking) Parishes / Pastoral Areas to arrange transport. Book your bus / train asap. Festival of Families in Croke Park Saturday August 25, Pope Francis will be in attendance. This is an evening concert of music and dance, celebrating family life across the world and including five families who will share their faith. Photo identification + ticket will be required to access the venue. To guarantee your ticket for this event please register for one of the days at the RDS Congress (see below) RDS Congress Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August – Pope Francis will not be in attendance. The Congress programme includes presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and prayer experiences. There are designated daily programmes for young people (13-17 years) and children (4-12 years). You can register as a daily participant or for the three-day event online: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets/Congress This includes a ticket to the Festival of Families AND to the Closing Mass. Online Registration for this event is OPEN Cost: €68 Congress or €38 per day / Children free* must be accompanied

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

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

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

CHURCH NOTES: Canon Anthony Mullins fealechurch Limerick Social Services: 061-314111 Accord NCW 069/61000. . Parish Church 068/51915. 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. 087 – 2618412. 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 061-306792. Masses: No morning Mass Monday, evening Mass at 7pm. Saturday Masses 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday 9.15am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Saturday 11am Hannah May Broderick. Sunday 9.15 Patrick & Vera O’Connell, Purt. 12noon Timothy T D O’Connor, Kilmanihan 1st Anniversary. Jim Lane , Knocknalougha , Michael and Hannah McElligott.

Prayers to St Anthony on Mondays during the 7pm Mass. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Fridays during the 10am Mass. Counselling takes place every week in West Limerick Tel 061/3147213 for appointment. A basket for the collection of stamps for Peru is at the back of the altar. The Next Baptismal meeting will take place in Templeglantine sacristy on June 12 @ 8pm.

KILLARNEY CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: Thursday May 31 after the 6.15pm Mass from St Mary’s Cathedral, up New Street, right on to Main Street, left onto Plunkett Street continuing up to College Street to the Friary. Please join us for this special celebration.

PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUPS: Listowel first Friday of every month. Monagae first Tuesday of every month. Ceremonies begin 6.45pm.

ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Let’s Talk Family: Fr. Donal O’Connor, Journey of reflection on love, marriage and the family. Sunday, June 10 from 10 – 4.00pm. Enneagram: Discover the unique person you were made to be! Friday, June 15 – 17. 06671344276.

ST. ANTHONY’S NOVENA: June 4-13. Daily 10am & 7pm & Sunday 11.30am at The Franciscan Friary, Killarney. Student Mass: Tuesday June 5 at 7pm. Reconciliation Services: Wednesday, June 6 after 10am & 7pm Masses Blessing of Expectant Mothers: Sunday, June 10 (after 11.30am Mass). Healing Service 6pm. Feast of St Anthony June 13 : Masses with Blessing of the Lillies: 10.00am & 7.00pm & also Blessing of the Children: 4.00pm.

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