CONGRATULATIONS: Sean Broderick will be presented with the Bene Merenti Medal during the 12noon Mass on November 3 next. The bene merenti is a medal instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832, and is conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, their families and community. The medal will be presented by Bishop Brendan Leahy, the chief celebrant at the Mass on Sunday.

PRAYERS AT THE GRAVEYARDS: Next Sunday prayers will be said at St Mary’s 3pm, Old Graveyard in the Square 3.20pm and Reilig Ide Naofa @ 3.30pm.

REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: A special Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 15 @ 7pm. We are invited to send in the names of family members who died outside of the parish that you wish to be remembered at the Mass. Please give in the names at the sacristy. Sr Bridget Finnucane will speak at the ceremony.

REQUIEM MASS: A Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. Bill Lane late of Abbeyfeale and Seattle will be held on Wednesday, November 15 next at 7pm.

WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Sinead O’Sullivan who married John Carmody in Abbeyfeale on Friday, October 25. We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

CAPS FOR BABIES: Thanks to all the people who have been knitting caps in memory of Rosemary Brighton, late of the Abbeyfeale Farmers’ Market. There is a group travelling to Moldovia shortly and we will be sending them out there to an orphanage. I have been asked if we could increase the sizes as the orphanage caters for children from birth to 12 years. I don’t have a pattern but maybe people could add stitches on to the original pattern. I was also asked if we could provide some scarves so I’m throwing it out there to all the wonderful knitters who are beavering away.

COLLECTION IN AID OF MILFORD HOSPICE: The annual collection in aid of Milford Hospice will be taken up at all Masses this weekend November 2 and 3.

BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID: The committee and staff of the Town Park which by the way has just been awarded the prize for the best community park in Munster are looking for help and say “Do you dare to walk amongst the living dead? We need you all out in force on Halloween night between 7 & 10pm at the town park, it is imperative that the number of living people have to outnumber the number of zombies and deathly figures now roaming freely in our park! We need everyone in the community and surrounding areas to join us in battle on Halloween Night! Supervisor Jim O’Connor, who has fought many battles in the past and bears the scars of same has a special plea for all those who come to the rescue of the Park on Halloween “please be careful,” he said, “the zombies are out to reclaim their flesh by taking ours” Speaking at a news conference held recently Mr. O’Connor also divulged that there is merit in the strong rumour currently circulating that a chainsaw wielding manic has taken up residence beside the duck pond and he advises that people avoid this area on the night. This is a fundraiser to help with the continued maintenance of the Park and families of four will be asked for a donation of €15 or €5 per person. The Fright Nite has a dedicated Facebook page.

ST. MARY’S GRAVEYARD MASS: A Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Graveyard

on Friday, November 8 at 8pm.

RACE NIGHT: A Race Night in aid of the Butterfly Club ( a social club for children with Special Needs with branches in Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale) takes place at the Rathkeale House Hotel on Friday, November 15 at 8pm. Free Admission. MC Liam Aherne Live 95 and nephew of Ann Lyons, The Square. Auction Race with commentary by Auctioneer and WL102 fm presenter Patrick O’Donovan. Best Dressed Lady award. Your support is requested for this fundraiser which funds a most essential service for our young disabled people here in Abbeyfeale and hinterland.

FEALE FIT NOTES: ‘Couch to 5k’ training this Friday is moved to The Town park at 6.30pm. Fealefit will be having our first official Fealefit 5k on December 1 at 10.30am so save the Date for the ‘ Fealefit Festive 5k ‘ .Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552 for details.. Fealefit will also be supporting the Mouncollins 5k Fundraiser on November 17 @ 12.30pm in aid of the Ray of Sunshine Foundation. Seamus Hickey, Patrick Lenihan and Mary Barry will travel to Mombasa, Kenya in January 2014 to help build a school for deprived children in the area… for all our current and up coming events.

COFFEE AFTERNOON: A Coffee Afternoon will be held in Meenkilly National School on Tuesday 5 November from 1.30pm to 3pm in aid of Milford Hospice. Please support this very worthy cause.

IT’S BACK! : Meenkilly Card Game commences on Tuesday 5 November at 9pm. All proceeds on the night will be donated to Milford Hospice.

DATE FOR THE DIARY: The TY Students will present ‘Cinderella at Colaiste Ide and Iosef on Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24 next at 8pm sharp. Tickets €10. All welcome.

FASHION SHOW: Gala West Limerick Fashion Show in aid of the Invalid Section of Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Wednesday, November 6 @ 8pm. Cheese & wine reception. Tickets €10 available at the door.

EXPO AND FEALE THE PINK: Abbeyfeale is a real happening town and over the past week it has seen two different but equally successful events take place. On Thursday night last 100 businesses came together at Fr. Casey’s to showcase what they had to offer and over 2,000 people took the opportunity to visit their stands, sample their produce and get to know the people behind the scenes. There was a huge bustle around the place even though the weather was anything but favourable and everyone who either exhibited or attended had nothing but good to speak of the night. Any funds raised from the rent of spaces to exhibit will go towards the fund to light up the town this Christmas. Then on Saturday evening we had the Feale the Pink walk with at least 200 people dressed in pink and carrying candles walking from the Fealefit health Studio in Mountmahon to the Square where the organisers released pink balloons in memory of all those who have died as a result of cancer. There was entertainment on the stage following the walk and a barbecue sponsored by Tuohigs and TJ O’Riordan’s. The day dried up in the afternoon and a most enjoyable evening was had by all. All funds collected will go to the Oncology Unit of Limerick Regional Hospital.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN MUSIC: It is planned to take a bus to the Memorial Concert in honour of our own much missed Aine Nic Ghabhann RIP which will be held at the INEC, Killarney on Friday, November 8 at 8pm. Tickets need to be reserved so anyone interested in travelling by bus is asked to contact Tom on 0872632096 by Sunday, October 27. The concert will feature the Abbeyfeale Male Voice Choir, the GlenEagle Concert Band, Killarney Musical Society and a host of national and international solo performers. Proceeds to South West Counselling Centre, Killarney and Kerry Rape Crisis Centre. For more information call 064 6636416.

KERRY GENERAL MASS: The Annual November Mass for patients (Including those who died by stillbirth and miscarriage) who died in Kerry General Hospital during the year will be celebrated in the Hospital Chapel on Monday, November 4 @7.30pm. Relatives & friends are invited.

MCMAHON SINGING WEEKEND: PRO Chris O’Shea says; “All roads lead to Abbeyfeale on the 1st weekend in November for the 5th annual Garry McMahon traditional singing weekend hosted by the West Limerick singing club, taking place on November1- 4 . A full calendar of events are guaranteed again this year with the official opening on Friday night in The Ramble Inn bar @ 8pm by our chairman Tom McKenna and Professor John A Murphy of UCC, this will be followed by singing and storytelling in both the Ramble Inn Bar and Leen’s Hotel.

Saturday will start with a free singing workshop from 10.30am to 1pm in St Ita’s Hall, the highlight of the weekend is the newly composed ballad competition @ 4pm in the Ramble Inn Bar – this is a very enjoyable event with an amazing variety of newly composed ballad’s competing for the 2013 title. Saturday night will feature a singing session in both the Ramble Inn and Leen’s Hotel.

Sunday begin with Mass @ 12 midday as composed by Garry McMahon RIP featuring the Abbeyfeale choir. At 3pm we will have a tribute to Pat Brosnan in Fr Casey’s GAA club, Pat, originally from Lyreacrompane, Co Kerry and now living in Athea, is a well known composer of songs and poems. Also on Sunday singing will continue in the Ramble Inn Bar all evening until late. All are welcome to come along to any or all of those events.”

CHANGE OF DATE: The talks on the purpose of life have been changed to Thursday night from 8 to 9 p.m in Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale. ( up stairs.) All welcome.

BRIDGE: Bridge continues every Thursday at the Railway Bar at 8pm.

TRAINING FOR TIDY TOWNS: The next West Limerick Tidy Towns Network training event will be held in the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, on Thursday, October 31 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Training will include; Introduction to Waste Minimisation Techniques for Tidy Towns (e.g. peat-free composting, rainwater harvesting); Introduction of the Green Home Programme to the West Limerick Tidy Towns Network; Updating of Carbon & Resource Surveys; Linkages with Local Green-Schools; TUS & RSS; The Greening Communities Programme. To be followed by demonstration and group tasks. Everyone welcome.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: The next dance is on Sunday, November 10 with dancing to Noel Cronin and proceeds to Abbeyfeale for Africa.

FUNDRAISING CEILI: WL102fm’s Bernadette O’Connor tells us that they hope to host a ‘Great Ceilí Night’ on Friday November 22 at Knockaderry Community Centre with music by Donie Nolan from 9.30pm. Teas & Coffee served.

CHOIR PRACTICE RESUMES; Adult choir practice has resumed to prepare for Advent etc. Practice will be on the Thursday nights for the month of October.

JOE HARRINGTON’S COUNTRY KINGDOM. Joe has been on to say “Just to let you know that Joe’s Country Kingdom is on – 7pm to 10pm (Irish time). Hope you can join me for a whole lot of country and Irish Music plus the popular Cowboy Corner and maybe a humorous story. Just click on the link to listen to the live broadcast. You can chat with other listeners on ICMR Presenters page on Facebook while the programme is on and you can let me know what you would like to hear by clicking on the Request a Song button on the homepage of “ .

RAMBLING HOUSE: Listowel Rambling House will take place in the Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre, The Square, Listowel on Thursday October 31from 9 pm. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music, song, dance & storytelling in an informal setting. Admission free, tea/coffee served. For more information tel. (068) 22212/57927.

WINTER FLU VACCINE: The flu injection is available from all doctors’ surgeries in the Abbeyfeale area.

ARA NA FEILE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 30@ 2pm at the Adult Educational Centre.

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER: Parish Secretary Ann O’Mara says “We are preparing the Christmas Newsletter at present and we invite articles and reports and good wishes from the different organisations of the parish with photographs for this year’s publication. Please submit to the parish office via email by Tuesday, November 25 next.”

MARIAN’S DANCING: The class will commence on Friday night next at the Community Centre, New Street from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. Further information 068 32374.

ICA NOTES: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the ICA have resumed activities after the summer break. The Guild has twenty four members and would welcome new members, from the Abbeyfeale area and surrounding parishes. If you are new to the area or looking for friendship, then ICA is for you. The Guild meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Adult Educational Centre (formally The Vocational School) in Mount Mahon at 8pm.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: PRO Anthony Scannell reports that since it is mid term there will be no club meetings next weekend. Tickets for No Direction who will perform on Friday, December 13 will be on sale Friday and Saturday November 7/8 when clubs resume. There are only a limited number of tickets and they are priced at €5. There are three youth clubs in our parish catering for different age youth groups. Parents leaders are always needed to maintain these clubs for our young people. If interested in helping contact co-coordinator Kate Murphy.

MEN’S SHED: Meetings take place every Monday from 6-9pm. I have been asked that if anyone had a second hand fridge or cooker to give away would they contact the men’s shed who’d be delighted to take them. The men are also looking for donations of old wood, paint etc.

COMMUNITY ALERT NOTES: A meeting of the branch was held at the Garda Station on Wednesday last. We were asked to spread the word that the people who will be fitting the new water meters will not be seeking admission to people’s houses and should someone claiming to be an installer come to your door then do not allow them enter and contact the Gardai on 06831100. By the way, the signs that were made by the Men’s Shed for the Arts w/e were stolen last Tuesday.

CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: The 8.15 Mass on Saturday morning has changed to 9am. There will be no Mass at 10am on Monday mornings but instead an evening Mass at 7pm.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group has resumed on Tuesday mornings from 11- 12.30pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Safe play environment is provided; baby/toddler social skills improve. Language and play skills develop. This is also an important time for Mom and Dad’s to meet, have a cup or tea and chat. Music and movement facilitators will visit the group. New Parents are made especially welcome. Contact Mary on 097 9382883 with any queries.

ANTIQUE AND ART FAIR: The South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick Saturday, November 2 & Sunday 3 from 11am -6pm. Antique Furniture, Irish Art, Jewellery & Silver, Porcelain & China, Books, Coins & Banknotes, Clocks, Vintage Fashion & Accessories.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA NEWS: Helena Quinn is back in London after her two month stint teaching in St. Bakhita’s school in Fr. Tim Galvin’s parish. In her latest posting she says; “These are the improvements that with your help, we hope to make in St. Bakhita, some of these projects will impact the rest of the village so positively too.

– The installation of a play ground for the youngest children. Currently there is nothing to amuse the small children and nothing for them to play with. I have arranged that the equipment (swings, slide, climbing frame, merry-go-round etc) will be built in the metalwork shop at the local Vocational Training Centre to keep costs down and to provide work in the local area. Thus, we just need to find funds for the materials and the delivery of those materials to Narus.

– The dining room is in desperate need of refurbishment. Right now, children do not use it because it is full of bugs and the floor is all broken up. They sit outside under the trees with their rations. The floor needs to be relaid and the windows which have been eaten through by termites need to be replaced with more suitable metal alternatives.

– There are no fire extinguishers or lightening rods in any of the buildings and I feel that this needs to be addressed as a matter or urgency.

– Funds have been procured to build a new dorm so that girls will not need to share beds in cramped dorms. 50 metal beds, mattresses and linen will need to be purchased to furnish the dorm.

– The school is in desperate need of teachers. Many of the teachers who remain are not qualified. Despite this, the girls do so well. It would be wonderful to be able to support the development of teachers by sponsoring their qualification.” Anyone interested in helping Fr. Tim and Helena can donate to the Abbeyfeale for Africa account at the Credit Union, Abbeyfeale.You can follow Helena’s adventures on

SUE RYDER;. We are always delighted to receive donations of clothing, footwear, bags, working toys and bric a brac. We regret that we are unable to recycle old duvets, pillows, broken toys or electrical items. As we have no means of recycling these, the charity has to pay to dispose of them. Also we desperately need paper or plastic bags so would really appreciate you dropping any you have in to us. Thank you for your continued support.

DAY TRIP TO DUBLIN; Sunday, November 24 a day to do as you please. Leaving Newcastle West at 8am. For more details and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND. Enrich your marriage at one of the weekends in Killarney November 15 – 17 and Cork March 28 – 30, 2014. Contact 064 6644319, 021 4381511 or


ABBEYFEALE PARISH NOTES: ‘The place where we all feel valued, welcomed and can take our place’.

Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. A.A. 061-311222 Al-Anon 086-8143425, Bereavement Support: 068 / 31203 068/ 31262 068/51984 Console 061-306792. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Accord 069/61000 NCW, John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 – 31157 Mobile: 087 – 9708282, Micheál Liston A.P.: Tel: Mobile : 087 – 2314804, C.M.A.C. Counselling: 069 – 61000 – Limerick 061 – 313287, Cura: Limerick 061 71318207 Tralee: 066 27355. Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Monday at 7pm, Mass on Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-8pm Tuesday and Friday 10-10pm. Friday is the Feast of All Saints and it is also the first Friday of the month. Adoration will take place

in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel after 8.15am Mass until 10pm.

Confessions on Thursday after the 10am Mass. Mass the same as Sundays; Thursday 7pm, Friday 9.30am & 12noon

Saturday is the Feast of All Souls Mass at 9am & 11am & 7pm.

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Tuesday at the 10am Mass, St. Anthony’s relics will be in St. John’s in Limerick on Monday, October 21. Mass Intentions: Wednesday 10am Margaret & John O’Connell,Meenkilly. Thursday 10am John Griffin, Main Street

Thursday 7pm Bill & Bridget & John Joe Collins, The Hill . Friday 9.30am Purgatorial

Friday 12 noon Danny O’Connor, Grogeen. Saturday 11am All Souls. 7pm Donal Fitzgerald, Knockbrack, John Joe Broderick, Purt. New CD display. In the back of the church, you will see a new wooden display with a variety of inspiring CDs, prepared by Catholic priestsand eminent Catholic lay people. These talks are guaranteed to deepen your appreciation and understanding of our Catholic Faith.”. First Holy Communion will take place on May 17, 2014. The Tree of remembrance will be on the Sanctuary for

the month of the Holy Souls. You are invited during the month at your own convenience to place the names of your deceased relatives on it.Tags will be available beside the tree.

Purgatorial envelopes can be handed in at all Masses next weekend.

With the data protection laws, priests no longer have access to the patient lists in any of the hospitals. Priests have no way of knowing when someone from their parish is in hospital. It is now the responsibility of family members and relatives, if they require a visit to let the priest of their parish know who is in hospital.

SET DANCING CLASSES AROUND WEST LIMERICK: The adult set dancing classes in Monagea Community Centre on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. All are welcome and beginners and advanced dancers will be catered for. Classes have resumed in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. A Rambling House takes place in Monagae on the last Friday of each month.

LEARN TO SET DANCE: Josephine Hannon O’Connor writes “The ceili class at the GAA club in Abbeyfeale takes place on Wednesday nights at 9pm. Set dance classes for beginners will take place in the Con Corbert memorial hall Athea starting October 24. Further information from 087-9267037.”

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of new season of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, November 6 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. New members are always welcomed. For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.

PHONE CALL SERVICE: West Limerick Connects is a friendly phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick. Through this project, phone calls are made to older people at a fixed time every week, to check on their well-being and inform them of local events and services. This service is free. FEALE CONNECTED, the Abbeyfeale branch, has recently trained new Volunteers and so has the capacity to take on more Clients. If you would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact 087 329 0483 or 087 118 4160. FEALE CONNECTED would like to thank St. Ita’s Daycare (Abbeyfeale) and the Community Foundation for Ireland for their kind support to this service. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.

BODYCARE WELLNESS CENTRE: The Bodycare Wellness Centre has moved to 3 Mountmahon, Abbeyfeale.. Telephone Chris O’Shea 0872293636.

BUS: Contact Eoin on 087 2522402 re bus leaving Abbeyfeale Square at 7.40 pm every Tuesday for Castleisland Bingo.


RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: The Rural Employment Service (R.E.S) works with individuals who are long term unemployed and who want to make a positive change in their lives and who see employment as a central part in that change. This service is free & confidential. The service also provides information on training & education opportunities and support in creating a career plan. You can contact Dearbhla or Finn in the Round House, Newcastle West on 069 61316 & Brenda in W.L.R main office N.C.W. on 069 62222.

ADULT SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen. Family, friends, work colleagues and community bereaved by suicide all welcome. You do not need an appointment to attend. Further information 061 306792.

SET DANCING CLASSES; Set dancing in Ballyhahill at the Community Centre every Monday 8.30pm – 10.30pm.

PIONEERS DANCE: TheLimerick Diocesan Pioneers Fundraising Dance will be held in Mungret G.A.A. Hall on Friday, November 8. Music by Dermot Lyons from 9.30pm- 12.30pm. Admission €10. Refreshments served. There is no West Limerick Region dinner dance this year. Please support the Diocesan Pioneers. Tickets can be obtained from Maureen Finnegan 087 9845102.

USED STAMPS: Please send all your used stamps to either St. Patrick’s Missionaries. Kiltegan Fathers, Kiltegan, Wicklow or the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Street, Limerick. Both these orders can sell the stamps and thereby use the money for the missions.

GROW MOVEMENT: Grow the community mental health movement meets on Thursday’s at 8pm, in the Station Room in The Desmond Complex Newcastle West. The group offer support and friendship to people who may be experiencing difficulty in life. People who suffer from anxiety depression isolation loneliness shyness or finding it difficult to communicate are most welcome to come along and no introductions are necessary.

LIVING LINKS: Living Links provide practical help, information and support to persons bereaved by suicide. Phone 061-400133 /087-7998427.

FILM CLUB NCW:, Newcastle West Film Club showing of “I Wish” the story of a family separated by divorce, but not by love will take place at the Desmond Complex on Friday, November 1 at 8pm €7.00 per screening. Refreshments available before and after film show. We are back again on Friday 6th December. Trailers available to view on Tel no 087 6877970. Email ncwfilmclub@gmail.comWest Limerick Bowls.

BOWLS CLUB: The West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club meets every Thursday night in Halla Tadgh Gaelach Tournafulla at 7.30pm. It is a very enjoyable pastime for all adults and new members and spectators are always welcome. Please phone 069-81936 for more details.

CHARITY CEILI: A charity Ceili in aid of the Father Chris O’Donnell Mission Fund In Saint Patrick’s Parish in Argentina will be held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, on Saturday, November 2 at 9.30pm.The music will be supplied by the Templeglantine Comhaltas Ceili Band and a raffle will also be held for numerous spot prizes. Admission is € 8 and all are welcome.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A Bereavement Support Programme for adults

in St Ita’s Hall on Thursdays from 7.30pm – 9pm. All are welcome.

For further information contact Mary 31019,Kathleen 31262Eileen 31302; Sr Delia 31203.

FUNDRAISER: Dromcollogher Respite Care Centre will host a fashion fundraising event on Friday, November 1 at 8pm in the Day Care Centre, Dromcollogher. Any items of unwanted new or nearly new clothing shoes and accessories would be very welcome for this fundraiser. The clothing may be dropped at the Respite Care Centre. Tickets cost € 10 which includes a glass of champagne on admission, free raffle on door ticket, and finger food. Advice on make- up and hairstyles will also be available from local beauticians and hair stylists. For additional information please contact 063-83934.

DUAGH PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: The pilgrimage will take place on Saturday December 7 next and will be accompanied by Fr. Pat Moore. Bus will leave Lyreacrompane Resource Centre at 7.30am and will collect in Duagh at the Church at 8am.Estimated time of arrival back in the Parish is 9pm. Cost €20. To book your place please contact 087 413 8934.

LIKE TO QUIT SMOKING? The HSE 6 Week “Stop Smoking” course begins on Monday, November 4 to Monday, December 9 at 7.30pm. in the Family Resource Centre, John B. Keane, Listowel. The course is free of charge. Contact Mary – 0667195617 for further details.

PICTURES WANTED: Do you have an In Memoriam card celebrating the life and ministry of a priest or religious. Call Noirin Lynch on 061 400133 to arrange a loan to the Diocesan Archive so that it can be recorded. All cards will be returned after scanning.

BOXING CLUB: Since its inception, the Cashen Vale Boxing Club in Ballybunion has produced many outstanding boxers who have done their County proud at national and International events. Most recently Maurice Falvey and Paul Kepple have been making waves in national tournaments, and their inclusion in last Saturdays Senior International against Belgium in Limerick was vindicated. The event also marked an important moment in the clubs boxing history as it was the first time that senior boxers from the club competed in a boxing International. A feast of top-class boxing is in store this Saturday night (November 2) as the Cashen Vale Boxing Club holds their annual all-stars tournament in Tomaisin’s night club Lisselton. First bout will be at 7pm, and there will be over 20 contests with some of Ireland’s best fighters in action.

WARNING RE NEW DRUG SCOURGE: A new drug has been found in Northern Ireland and will, no doubt make its way south of the Border. These tablets are red/brown or red/grey in colour, with a cherry logo stamped on them. Testing of 3 batches of these recently seized by the PSNI indicate that they contain a substance (4-methylaminorex, para- methyl) previously unseen in the UK. Those who take drugs should therefore be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these “Speckled Red or Brown Cherries”. As the drug is new, symptoms are difficult to determine. Users are urged to seek immediate medical help if they, or someone in their company, begins to feel unwell

or feels a more intense high than usual after taking any drug, whether or not they

believe it to be ecstasy. Mid Western Regional Drugs Task Force.

CARE TO DRIVE: The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick. This service is completely free to the patient—a volunteer driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment then please speak to your oncology/haematology team or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on (01)2310566.

CONCERT WITH FR. LIAM LAWTON: Enjoy a Celtic Christmas with Fr Liam Lawton at St Munchin’s Church, Limerick on Monday,Decembe 16 r. Fr Liam will be supported by the Parish Choir and proceeds are in aid of parish funds. Tickets, which are €20, are available from Abbey Bookshop, Augustinian Church (400252), Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Michael street (400133) or from St Munchin’s Canon Donal McNamara PP (087 2402518) and parish office (455635 or 086 8187268).

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