Mar 16

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the Broderick family on the recent death of Vera. May she rest in peace.

DEATH: Sincere sympathy to the Broderick family on the recent death of Vera. May she rest in peace.

‘WIDOWS PARADISE’ : You have a final chance to see the Abbeyfeale Drama Groups’ presentation of this absolutely hilarious comedy on Thursday, March 14 at the GAA Clubhouse. Doors open 7.15pm, show 8pm sharp. Don’t miss it.

CAR BOOT SALE AND INDOOR MARKET: West Limerick 102 Community Radio is holding a Car boot sale and indoor market on Saint Patrick’s Day Sunday, March 17 from 8am - 2pm in the Community Centre, Newcastle West. Gates open at 7.30am and the entrance fee is € 2 with children under 16 admitted free with an adult. Contact 069-66200/0876866450.

ABBEYFEALE ANGLERS: At a meeting with IFI in Listowel on Wednesday night last we were told that the netting season would not extend into August this year. This was one bit of good news in an otherwise bleak outlook for the year. Our two meetings with Junior Minister Fergus O Dowd obviously paid off. He followed up on the promise he gave to us last June, and again last month, that he would view the problems on the Feale in a sympathetic light. For this we are really grateful. We view this as a first step in the rehabilitation of the river. If all the stakeholders could come together and work towards a strategy to preserve and build salmon stocks it would be a major advance for the river, for salmon stocks and the availability of salmon for future generations.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE: An afternoon tea dance with music by Mike Condon will be held at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale on Sunday, March 24 next. This is a fundraiser for Unicef who are currently looking after in overcrowded camps up to 60,000 unaccompanied children from Syria. Dancing 3-6pm. Admission €5. Raffle.

DONKEY DERBY: Jack Ryan’s Pub are hosting a Donkey Derby on Friday night next, March 15 at 9pm. All donkeys just €5 -cheap at the price. Come along for a good night of craic. This will be a fundraiser for the newly formed Abbeyfeale Community Development Association. . On Saturday night, March 16 the pubs in town will be giving prizes for the best fancy dress costume so all customers are urged to get into the spirit and dress up as leprechauns, St. Patrick’s or what ever.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVITIES: It’s a day for the family and will get underway in the Square at 3.15pm with free face painting sponsored by ‘Little Stars’ creche and entertainment on the viewing stage. The parade will leave from the Church Yard at 4pm and process to the Square with prizes for the best float and best dressed window. There will also be a prize for the most suitably dressed family for the occasion. Crag Cave/Crazy Cave have sponsored a tour of the caves plus a play session in their fantastic indoor play centre for the chosen family rounded off by a tasty pizza at T.J’s Riordan’s. So be sure and come to town, meet your neighbours for a chat and have a good day out.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club Ceili in Devon Inn Templeglantine on Sunday night, March 17 at 9pm. Music by the popular Striolan Ceili Band. .All welcome. Enquiries to Mary Egan 087/6259340.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: A collection for Pro Life will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: A pilgrimage to Knock to celebrate the Year of Faith takes place on Saturday, April 20 next.

KERRY IFA FARM FAMILIES LUNCH: A cocktail reception followed by a four course luncheon which will in turn be followed by a Fashion Show and entertainment takes place on Easter Monday, April1 at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland in aid of Pieta House and Talbot Grove Centre. Tickets available from Bridie O’Connor 0872680258.

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: There will be no clubs next weekend due to the St. Patrick weekend.

MEENKILLY CARDS: Results March 5. Winners with 15 games - Billy Broderick, Joan O Grady, Paddy O Sullivan. Runner up with 13 games – Mike Donoghue, Christine Donoghue, Maureen Roche. Table prize – Mary McCarthy, Bridie Collins, Maurice Collins. Door Prize – Billy Broderick, Anita Danaher. Tickets – Peggy O Riordan, Sean O Connor, Pat Fitzgerald, Paddy Sheehan, Geoffrey Fitzgerald , Dan Reidy.

COMMUNITY ALERT: The committee will be applying for funding to install security systems this month so if you are aged over 65, living alone or with another person aged 65 or over then you should apply for a system to any member of the committee asap. There is no guarantee that funds will be available in the next Budget so if you are entitled to a panic button now is your chance to get one. Applications will close at the end of the month for this round of funding. Committee members are Phil and Micheal O’Kelly, Killarney Road, Mossie Gleeson Kilconlea, John O’Sullivan Meenkilly, Seamus Stack, Cahir, Buddy and Brenda Barry, Cahirhayes, Kathleen Collins, Cahirhayes, Mary Jo O’Connell Knocknasna, Sean Broderick, New St or Marian Harnett, Knockbrack. We have decided to set up a text alert system in Abbeyfeale so as to keep up to date on suspicious vehicles, callers etc. If you wish to get involved please give your phone number to any member of the committee or to the Garda Liason Roger O’Donoghue.

ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Thanks to Tony Murphy and Din Joe for the work they do clearing the road from Mountmahon to Abbey Coaches every week. For the last several years one of the residents of St. Ita’s Sheltered Housing has maintained the flower beds outside the church, he was joined last weekend by some volunteers from the newly Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns Committee. The Co. Council sponsor pickers and gloves every year during April for those who would be willing to take on a spring clean. We are hoping to bring people back to Abbeyfeale for the Gathering and wouldn’t it be good if we had the place looking bright and sparkling.

ST. MARY’S BOYS N.S.: Official opening Sunday, March 24. Mass at 12 noon followed by tape cutting in the school, followed by refreshments and annual Walk to the Well.

LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL: “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” Jim Rohn.

Plans are in train at the Abbeyfeale Adult Education Centre to host several events to celebrate lifelong learning from Tuesday, March 19 to Friday, March 22 next. Tuesday will see a workshop on Furniture Restoration and One Pot Cooking. There will also be Horticulture with a twist as all the students will be dressed in the style of yesteryear and will demonstrate the use of old implements. The workshops will run from 11-1pm. On Wednesday you can check out a Genealogy Workshop, visit the Men’s Shed and get introduced to computers and again all workshops run from 11-1pm. Thursday and Friday will see more of the above with a coffee morning and introduction to the staff on Friday from 10.30-12.30. All are welcome.

ABBEYFEALE’S SUE RYDER CHARITY SHOP: The Sue Ryder Charity Shop in Abbeyfeale will soon be celebrating its first year here and would like to thank you for your continued support during the last 12 months. Manager Maria Moloney says “Amongst our brilliant bargains, we currently have a beautiful range of quality baby clothes and are selling most of these items for only 50c and €1. Did you know that as well as raising funds through selling nearly new items in our shop, Sue Ryder also raise money by recycling old and worn clothing, bags and shoes? So any of these items old or new are always welcome in our shop at Abbeyfeale. The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping older people live independently. It provides accommodation for older people who wish to retain their independence while living in a safe and secure environment.”

GROW IT YOURSELF: Limerick West GIY with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food will hold its March meeting on Thursday, March 21 @ 7.00pm sharp in D&M Garden Centre, Croagh with new growers and old hands all welcome. This months talk will be given by Chris who will speak about cabbage and their versatility in that they can be harvested all year round by planting different varieties. If you love your greens, this talk will be excellent for both the new grower and the experienced old hands. There will also be our first seed / plant swap of the season so please bring any unwanted seeds or excess plants and who knows you might just pick up that seed / plant you have been looking for. There is no need to bring anything if you don’t have spares and you can still take what you see during the swap. GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world where people grow their own food. The organisation brings people together in community groups and online to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. More information from

ADHD/ADD: A Parent Support Group has reconvened Tuesday Nights @ 7pm - 8.30 pm in St. Ita’s Hall. Support Group Coffee evening Free and open to parents with children who have ADD/ADHD.

APPLE GROWING: Dan Kissane will be delivering 4 sessions on various aspects of apple growing over the month of March. The first session will take place on March 16 in Moyderwell Allotments, Deans Lane, during which Dan will deliver a workshop on fruit trees management and maintenance which will include pruning. The workshop on March 16 will commence at 10.30am sharp, but registration will take place from 10am onwards. The date and venues for the further three sessions will be decided after the March 16. An innovative part of this workshop is espaliered fruit trees which is suitable for growing fruit trees in small gardens. These educational and training workshops have been funded by NEKD through the Leader Rural Development Project in conjunction with Transition Kerry and Tralee Town Council. If you require any further information, you can contact Caroline at 066 7191382.

IRISH COURSE: Croí na Gaeilge (Tel. 085 1541560) is holding a Leaving Cert. Oral Irish intensive 4 hr preparation course on Sunday March 24 from 2-6p.m. given by an experienced oral examiner/native speaker & open to all 6th and 5th year students. Early booking is advisable.

GLORACH NOTES: The days are getting longer, the weather is getting worse and preparations are well underway for a new play that will be taking place at the Glórach Theatre in Mid-April, watch this space for further details.

YOUTH 2000 MUNSTER RETREAT: Youth 2000 will be hosting a youth retreat (for 16-35 year old) in Mount Mercy College, Model Farm road, Cork city from Friday 22 – 24 March. A big attendance is expected at this donation only event, with newcomers very welcome. The weekend will consist of a programme covering masses, talks, music, workshops, testimonies, meet new people etc. Residential – so please bring a sleeping bag if you wish to stay overnight. Under 18s to download booking form from website. For more information contact 086 3301766 or check out

LOOKING FOR YOUR PATH: The sisters at St. Joseph Carmelite monastery near Tallow in Co. Waterford invite single women between 22 and 40 years to experience their Carmelite Life during a monastic weekend from Friday 22 - 24 March. For further information contact Sr Teresa at (058)56205, email or visit website See poster on display at back of church.

DAY TRIP: Do you want a good day out with great company, excellent food and breathtaking scenery? Can’t guarantee the weather but anyone will tell you that travels with me that we are usually blessed with good weather. We are leaving Newcastle West at 8, on Sunday, March 24 and we will pick up en route. We are visiting a castle in Athlone that was featured on Nationwide with Mary Kennedy a few weeks ago. To set us up for the day our first stop will be for full Irish breakfast at Dooley’s Hotel, Birr where Kevin will be waiting to serve us. We will be returning to the hotel again in the evening for a delicious choice of menu dinner. While in Athlone there will be time for you to do as you please. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

DYING TO BE A POET: Compassionate Communities invites you to submit poems on the universal experience of death, dying, loss and care, to be displayed during the 3rd International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference at the Strand Hotel, Limerick on April 25 - 27. This NOT a competition, but is a platform to display your work. Please send your poems to: Caroline Macken, Compassionate Communities Project,Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick before March 22nd.

MAY BREAK: Fabulous May Break Sunday May19-24. This break will not break the bank €345 pps. Two nights in the Skylon, Dublin. We will be visiting the Dial, Ritchie Mints Sweet Factory, Russborough House, in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Newgrange/Knowth in Drogheda. Three nights in the Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point, Sligo. Each day we will go to a different place and our driver/courier will keep you informed about the history, folk lore and any other details about where we are travelling. Every evening after a delicious dinner we will have dancing in our hotel. You will have full use of the Leisure Centre plus you can if you wish book to have a massage, sea weed bath, manicure, pedicure, sauna etc. at a very good reduced price. For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR; We are planning to hold a huge craft and food fair during the Gathering to celebrate the crafts and local food of the area and would welcome input from local craftspeople and artisan food producers. We are also celebrating 10 years of the Abbeyfeale Farmers Market this year so if you would be interested in taking a stand over the weekend of July 19/20 next please contact 087 6866450.

ABBEYFEALE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: The committee would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the church gate collection last weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated. Participants are responsible for the insurance of their particular float or vehicle and will be required to sign a waiver to this effect. There will be a prize of a weekend away for the best dressed family attending the parade. The next parade meeting will be held in St Ita’s Hall on Monday 11th March at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

LENTEN SERIES OF TALKS; Wednesday nights at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 7.30pm. Wednesday, March 13 ‘Make good life choices in this year of faith’with Bishop Donal Murray. Wednesday, March 20 ‘What did Jesus teach us about Heaven and Hell’ with Prof. Eamonn Conway. All welcome.

VISIT LOUGH DERG FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY: A first for Lough Derg, this will be an authentic celebration of the life of our patron saint, Patrick. Guided tours of the Island will be available in the morning Sunday, March 17. At noon, Bishop Joseph Duffy, retired Bishop of Clogher and author of “Patrick in his own Words” and Fr Tom Hamill will lead a short address. This will be followed by a prayer service in Davog House.

A traditional lunch of Irish Stew will be served and there will be an opportunity to listen to traditional music. The cost is €20 per adult and €8 for under 16s.

Contact (071)9861518. On the web:

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Bookings are now being taken for the pilgrimage from June 21-26. Contact the parish office.


Couch to 5k training this coming Saturday 11am @ The Town Park in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31. Check out for details. Make sure to register and support. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552. Training is free of charge so no excuses. Anyone interested in being part of Feale Fits Float for The Paddy’s day parade, get in touch.

CYCLE: A cycle from Listowel and back will take place on St. St. Patrick’s Day. Cyclists will leave from the Listowel Sport Complex at 10am via Duagh and arrive at the Square, Abbeyfeale at approx. 11am. On the return journey from Abbeyfeale to Listowel cyclists will travel on the traffic-free Great Southern Trail as far as the Kerry border at Kilmorna, before rejoining the main road and cycle back to Listowel via Kilmorna, Bolton’s Cross & Cahirdown. Please wear a cycling helmet (obligatory) and high-viz clothes if possible.

WEST LIMERICK CONNECTS: West Limerick Connects is a free phone call service operating out of three Day Care Centres in West Limerick (Abbeyfeale, Glin and Newcastle West). Through this project, phone calls are made to older people who may be living alone, at a fixed time every week to check on their wellbeing and inform them of local events and services. If you or anyone you know, would like to receive a weekly phone call, please contact Feale Connected, c/o St. Ita’s Daycare, Abbeyfeale. Phone: 068 51888 or 087 1184160.

BEAUTY PROGRAMME: West Limerick Resources with the support of the DSP and Co Limerick VEC is offering places on “The Beauty Programme” with modules in: Beauty, Make-up and Skincare, Nutrition & Healthy Eating, Confidence Building, Career Planning and Job Preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence in their own abilities. Those who demonstrate skills and interest will be supported into FETAC accredited training. Participants must be over 18 and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: Finn on 087 759 1951 or 069 61316 or

COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS: The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will broadcast their new programme entitled Community Health Matters on West Limerick 102fm this coming Wednesday, March 6 from 11-11.30am. The monthly programme which is broadcast on the first Wednesday of each month straight after the news examines a range of topics including children’s health and safety, men’s health, tanning, diabetes, addiction and mental health. Those interested may text their health-related questions or ideas to 087 9915873 or email

JOBSEEKERS ROOM: A Jobseekers’ Resource Room has been opened in Abbeyfeale Community Education Centre (open Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30am-1:30pm & 2-5:30pm and Thursdays: 12:30-5pm). Users can: search the web for jobs; write and print CV’s; and take away relevant literature on work and training and education opportunities. An Information Assistant will be on hand to assist you, should you request assistance. For further information, please phone 087 3290483. The service is free. This is a West Limerick Resources initiative.

THE GATHERING/ ABBEYFEALE SCHOOLS REUNION: The community are encouraged to spread the word to our emigrants that we are planning this huge celebration for the week of July 15-21 next and Siobhan Kelly has designed a beautiful postcard to that end. The postcards which are free will be available in businesses all over Abbeyfeale and we encourage people to take them and send them to their families and friends abroad with St. Patrick Day greetings, inviting them to come back home and assuring them that they will be heartily welcomed. Check us out on the Gathering website.

PARENT & TODDER GROUP: The Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler group has now restarted. Open to all parents with young children who are not in school yet. Children play with toys that are chosen to promote their development and do an activity (painting, play dough etc) while parents chat and have tea. Parents must stay. Contact Linda @ 087-9382883.

AN TIONAD GLAS: They plan a Potato Celebration Day on Saturday, March 23 from 11-1.30pm. The shop at the College stocks a large selection of organic seeds, potting composts, implements, seed potatoes and much more, this is open each day Monday to Friday 9.30-3.30.

WRITERS GROUP: New members are always welcome to join the writers group who meet weekly at the Adult Education Centre. For further information contact Madeline on 06832444.

COUNTRY KINGDOM: Joe’s Country Kingdom - an internet radio programme. It’s on every Tuesday 8 - 11pm (Irish Time) (New York, Ottawa etc 3-6pm) (West Coast USA 12noon-3pm) (East Coast Oz 7am-10am Wed) (NZ 9am-Noon Wed) and every Saturday 9pm - Midnight (Irish Time) (Add one hour to Tuesday times). It features Irish Country Music, humorous stories and Cowboy Corner and is presented by Joe Harrington. Wl102’s own Ann O’Halloran is also a presenter with a show every Friday afternoon. Listen on onwww.irishcountrymusicradio.

COME DANCING: Classes have resumed at the Community Centre, New Street, Abbeyfeale from 8.30pm every Friday night. Learn the waltz, quickstep, and jive, shoe the donkey and much more. Please note earlier start.

THOUGHT; “Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge


Bob Parsons

OLD STAMPS; Used stamps wanted by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Castleview Gardens, Clancy Strand, Limerick and the Kiltegan Fathers, St. Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Wicklow.

CHURCH NOTES: Mass every weekday morning at 10am. Saturday morning Mass 11am followed by confessions. Vigil Mass 7pm. Sunday Masses 9.30am and 12 noon. Adoration resumes on Tuesday from 8am – 10pm. Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday during 10am Mass. Mass Intentions : Wednesday 10am Eileen and John Ahern and son John. Friday 7pm Kitty Fitzgerald, Railway Bar, Saturday 11am Pa Colbert Killarney Road. Saturday 7pm Ned Leahy 1st Anniversary. Sunday 12 noon Jamsey and Nora Dennison, Paddy, Kit, Stasia , Catherine and John Donovan. Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent after 10am Mass.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at the Desmond Complex 8.30 – 10.30pm. New members welcome. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.


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 in the Abbeyfeale Education Centre in Mountmahon on 068 32444.

ADULT SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm 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 DANCE CLASSES:. Adult set dancing classes take place in the Community Centre, Ballyhahill on Monday nights 8.30 – 10.30pm and in the Ballintemple Inn Newcastle West and the Con Colbert Memorial Hall Athea, on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. A great way to exercise while having a good laugh. All are welcome to the classes.

A.C.T : Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra Club are holding a fundraising Raffle and Vintage Run in aid of A.C.T. (aid cancer treatment) The prizes include Hotel Breaks Hampers Vouchers Galway Crystal Perfume etc. The draw will take place on Saturday, March 23 in the Knockdown Arms. Signed Kerry and Limerick jerseys and a Munster jersey are among the items to be auctioned on the night. On Sunday, March 24 a Vintage Car and Tractor run along with a modern Tractor run organized by Estuary Macra will take place starting at 12.30pm at the Knockdown Arms. They will cruise along the highways and byways of the locality and return by Glin Castle to Knockdown. An Auction will follow with items such as Silage Bales, Turf Timber Motor Accessories etc to be sold off. Your support for this very worthy cause would be much appreciated. For Vintage enquiries contact Dave 087-2500938 or Patrick 087-2452695. For Macra enquiries contact Patrick 086-0682600.

HOSPICE WALK: The annual Good Friday walk in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation will commence at the Cashen Pier at 5.00pm on Friday, March 29. Sponsorship Cards are now available and your continued support is greatly appreciated. For further information please phone (066)7131015

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