Mar 9

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.

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.

WL102FM AWARDS NIGHT: Mick Flavin will provide the backing band at this year’s awards ceremony to be held at the Devon Inn on Monday, March 11 next. Some of the award winners include Jason Travers, Trudie Lawlor, Gary Gamble, Micheal Collins, Crystal Swing and Sean Brennan. That’s only a flavour of the talent that’s being honoured on the night. Doors open 7.45pm; show starts 8.30pm, admission €15. Further information from 06966200.

ARA NA FEILE: Our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 6 @ 2pm in the Adult Educational Centre. We are planning an outing to the Limerick Races on March 16 and names will be taken at Wednesdays meeting.

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.

CELEBRATING NATIONAL TREE WEEK AT THE TOWN PARK: On Saturday, March 9 from 10.30am guided walks will be conducted by a Teagasc Advisor and Professional Foresters through the mixed plantation at the Park. They will discuss the commercial, ecological and social benefits of forestry and tree planting. The day will also include Guided Nature walks, tree planting and much more. Everyone interested in trees and/or commercial forestry is welcome. Why not make it a family day out.

ABBEYFEALE TIDY TOWNS: Volunteers greatly appreciated at our first Spring Clean. We will work on the flower beds at the Church next Friday 2-4.30pm and Saturday 12-2.30pm. Thanks to Tony Murphy and Din Joe for the work they do clearing the road from Mountmahon to Abbey Coaches every week. It seems to be a magnet for fly tipping and yesterday I even saw a single electric blanket discarded on the ditch. Wouldn’t it make you wonder about who would drive down a road and fire out an electric blanket – not the type you’d like to meet on a dark night!

ST. MARY’S BOYS N.S.: Official opening Sunday, March 24.

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.

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at the Desmond Complex 8.30 – 10.30pm. New members welcome. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

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.”

ABBEYFEALE YOUTH CLUBS: A great night was had by leaders and youths at Thomond park on Saturday. Abbey Legends meet at St. Ita’s on Friday 8-9.30pm. Teens Unite are in St. Ita’s on Saturday 7.45-9.15pm. Forms for Teens Cois Feile trip to Oakwood can be collected from Kathleen Woulfe at the school from Wednesday and have to be back by Saturday night with the deposit. All members of Teens Cois Feile have to be at the church at 7.45pm sharp on Saturday - it’s most important that everyone turns up.

‘WIDOWS PARADISE’: Abbeyfeale Drama Group presents the comedy ‘Widows Paradise’ Thursday, March 7, Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. The play takes place in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse at 8pm sharp each night.After seeing it last Sunday night can I offer a few words of advice - get there no later than 7.30pm, bring a lump of fabric to stuff in your mouth to prevent your whoops of mirth drowning out the actors and for Heaven’s sake when Mary Murphy is hoisted into the top bunk in the caravan by Pat Scannell the postman or Seamus Lane proclaims his lust by thrusting out his chest and pounding it in a scene reminiscent of Tarazan in hot pursuit of Jane or sex starved Mary Boyle makes a play for the same Seamus(no longer in danger of being typecast as a priest) then be prepared to weep. It’s hilarious and I can say no better than that.

ADHD/ADD: Upcoming workshop for parents Tuesday, March 12 on Mindfulness Based Relaxation Techniques which aims to slow thoughts and impulses, enhances focus and attention and reduces automatic responding. This workshop will be facilitated by psychologist Cóilín Ó Braonáin and is free for parents of children with ADHD/ADD.

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: 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. On Sunday, 12 noon Mass will be in Irish. The parade will assemble at The Convent at 4pm and proceed down Main Street and past the reviewing stand in The Square. There will be a prize of a weekend away for the best dressed family attending the parade. The next meeting takes place on Monday, March 11in St. Ita’s Hall at 7pm.

LENTEN SERIES OF TALKS: Wednesday nights at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse from 7.30pm. Wednesday, March 6 ‘Handing on the Faith’ what are we handing on? Wednesday, March 13 ‘Make good life choices in this year of faith’ Wednesday, March 20 ‘What did Jesus teach us about Heaven and Hell’. All welcome.

ABBEY HERITAGE CERT PRESENTATION: The Abbey Heritage Training Initiative Board of Management held a ceremony recently to recognise the achievement of its fourteen Certificate in Radio Production recipients. The participants, who come from Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas, received the award having completed the programme between October 2011 and June 2012. From this cohort of students, a number have progressed to employment, self-employment & third level courses, with others actively volunteering with the community radio station West Limerick 102 to develop their skills further. Funded by FAS and supported by West Limerick Resources, the training programme is managed by a Board of Management made up of local volunteers whose aim is to provide quality accredited training delivered in rural West Limerick.

HISTORIC GRAVEYARD MAPPING: West Limerick Resources will hold an information evening on Tuesday, March 12 from 7.30-9pm in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel Newcastle West for those interested in taking part in the upcoming Historic Graveyards Mapping Training. The training course will start in early April and will be free of charge however there are limited places available. Those interested in the training can apply on the night.

CARERS COURSE: Caring for Carers, Limerick Branch is now taking names for the forthcoming ‘Caring in the Home Course’ which will take place at Saint Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West, commencing Thursday, March 7.

VISIT LOUH 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:

WORK ACCESS: Anyone with a disability, mental health issue or learning difficulty can avail of our service. People wishing to use the service do not need to be on a disability payment. We can offer support also to those already in employment. We can meet anyone for an informal meeting to discuss his/her needs and to clarify any questions about the service we provide. We are currently based on Little Ellen Street, Limerick but we also have outreach offices in Newcastlewest and Kilmallock. Contact Harry Bugler 061 493095 or email

FEALE FIT NEWS: Couch to 5k training this coming Saturday 11am @ The Town Park in preparation for the Tournafulla 5k on March 31st..Check out for all the details on Tournafulla 5K run and Non Competitive Walk in Support of TLC4CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and Limerick Dialysis Unit. Make sure to register and support. Contact Shane 087 2891015 or Kadie 087 7771552.Training is free of charge so no excuses. Also FealeFit Outdoor Summer Sports League coming soon.

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.

NORTH KERRY PIONEER SOCIAL: Golf Hotel, Ballybunion - Friday, March 8. Music by Mike Condon. Contact Marie 0876492080/Bobby 0872950260.

OPEN DAY: “Listowel Community College are holding an Open Day, Wednesday, March 6 from 2 -7pm. All welcome to talk to the staff about all the courses on offer at Listowel Community College, from Post Primary Education, Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses and VTOS. Complimentary tea/coffee. Ring the school 06821023 or for further details.

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.

HOW TO MEDITATE: I found this piece on Christian Meditation in the Duagh Parish Newsletter. It goes as follows and would be good for any of us to help us to slow down. ‘Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Breathe calmly and regularly. Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word. We recommend the prayer-phase “MA-RA-NA-THA.” Recite it as four syllables of equal length. Listen to it as you say it, gently but continuously. Do not think or imagine anything—spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts and images come, these are distractions at the time of meditation, so keep returning to simply saying the word. Meditate each morning and evening between twenty and thirty minutes’

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

SOCIAL INCLUSION: The Social Inclusion Forum is part of the structures put in place by the Government to support the development and implementation of its plans to address poverty and social exclusion. The event provides a forum for wider public consultation and discussion on social inclusion issues, particularly with people experiencing poverty and social exclusion and the groups that work with them. SIF 2013 will take place on Tuesday, March 26 in Croke Park. To register please email

As part of the preparation process for the Forum, the Community Workers’ Co-operative and the EAPN Ireland are carrying out a number of preparatory workshops. One of these meetings will be held at a venue yet to be confirmed in Tralee. These workshops will support people to contribute to and prepare for the national Social Inclusion Forum. The workshops will cover the Government’s plans to address poverty and social exclusion, the current reality and issues impacting on these plans, as well as the Social Inclusion Forum itself as an opportunity to discuss key issues at national level. There will be time for Q&A and discussion.

EAPN Ireland and the CWC would like to encourage the participation of people with a direct experience of issues related in the workshops. A small budget is available to support participation. This can be used to contribute to travel costs for unfunded or under- funded groups and to the childcare costs of unwaged individuals. Please contact if you wish to avail of this support.

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: Next meeting of the Gathering committee will take place on March 4 at 7.30pm in the Search and Rescue. 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 t- IONAD 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.

THE WITNESS: A musical by Carol & Jimmy Owens. The Witness is the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and coordinated by Fr. Terry Loughran. “The Witness” a musical, will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, on Friday 8 and Saturday, March 9 at 8pm. This production which is being staged just before Easter is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way in the Year of Faith and to enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy this Musical. You can book your tickets at the Lime Tree Box Office Tel 061-774774 or at €15 each.

BOWLS CLUB: The West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club meets every Thursday night in Halla Tadhg Gaelach in Tournafulla at 7.30pm. A junior section for people over 14 years is also available. New members are welcome at any time, and visitors are welcome to view the game and enjoy the proceedings. The contact number is 069-81936 for further information.

Further information 061 469313.

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 Christy Leahy, Cratloe. Thursday 10am Georgie Barry. Saturday 11am Mary and James Scully, Mountmahon. 7pm Peg McCarthy, Caherlane, Patrick and Nora Collins, Meenkilly. Sunday 9.30am John Joe, Batt and the Walshe family. 12noon Fintan and Maryanne Collins Knocknasna. We welcome Noirín Lynch from the pastoral office who is spending a few days with us. Noirin is the Diocesan Pastoral Organiser and she will visit Abbeyfeale Parish on Tues, Wed, Thurs. The purpose of her visit is to form an Adult Faith Development Plan.

Fr Casey’s GAA: Wednesday 6.45pm Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, 7.30pm Handing on the Faith. 8.45pm Pastoral Council Meeting. Thursday10.30am First Confessions. St. Ita’s Hall: 7pm Baptismal Team Review

Pope Benedict gave a special Apostolic Blessing to the clergy and people of the diocese of Limerick ahead of his resignation . To mark the upcoming ordination of Fr Brendan Leahy as Bishop of the diocese, the Pontiff also sent word that Fr Leahy is in his prayers. The news of Pope Benedict’s prayers for the bishop elect and the diocese was relayed to Fr Leahy by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who heads the Congregation for Bishops in the Vatican.Said Bishop Elect Fr Leahy: “Cardinal Ouellet sent me a very encouraging letter about my appointment as Bishop of Limerick. In it he told me of a recent meeting he had with Pope Benedict in which the Pope spoke of my appointment. As well as assuring me that he would keep me in his prayers, Pope Benedict warmly imparted to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Limerick his Apostolic Blessing. I think we can now see this Apostolic Blessing as a parting gift from the Pope to the diocese of Limerick. It is offered to everyone in the diocese as we set out on a new stage in the diocese’s journey of faith, hope and love. Let us pray for Pope Benedict in gratitude for his example of great trust in the future of the Church as he continues to live in the service of the Church through prayer.”

THOUGHT: Flirtation is attention without intention. (Max O’Neill).

COLAISTE IDE Dingle are holding an Open Day on Sat., 9th March from 12 noon. Contact 0667151211 or

TALK: St. John’s Listowel next Wednesday night for “The Challenge of Being a Christian” by Rev. Bob Fyffe, he has a great overview of the Churches and the call of discipleship. It is free; it starts at 8pm & will be a very enjoyable night.

MEDJUGORJE: Medjugorje night of prayer through song with international singer David Parkes in association with Marian Pilgrimages. Renew your spirit of love, forgiveness and peace on Sunday, March 10, at St. Michael & St. Johns church, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. The evening commences at 8pm and tickets cost €10. All proceeds go towards supporting Living Links, an organization that provides outreach support to the suicide bereaved. (Check out the website at Tickets are available from Roisin Costello (0505) 42129 and Pat O’Brien 086-8711421. A raffle will be held on the night for a free trip to Medjugorje..

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting on Wednesday, March 6 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.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: will take place in Cork on March 8-10. This is a weekend to enrich your marriage. For more information phone; - 021 4381511.

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH’S ABBEY, ROSCREA: The Cistercian Monks welcome people from very varied backgrounds to their Guesthouse, a place of peace and serenity. Some may just want a quiet time to reflect and rest, away from the stress of everyday life, while others may be seeking solace in distress or trying to discern the Lord’s will for them. Why not avail of the experience that the serenity of the place and the calm of the Guesthouse gives to nourish you during your stay and, hopefully, stay with you when

you leave and return to your everyday life. There are also many fine walks around the grounds, giving the visitor time and space to enjoy the peaceful landscape of this area. If interested phone 050525600 or Email

SOUP KITCHEN available every Saturday between 12.00 - 2.00 pm at Teach an Solais, St John’s, Ashe St, Tralee. Soup, sandwiches etc - free of charge. All very welcome.

TALK ON UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: A talk on University of Limerick campus at Plassey, established 40 years ago in 1972 will take place at County Hall on Tuesday, March 12 at 8pm with free admission. With its roots in English planning and American campus architecture it makes a significant contribution to contemporary Irish archi¬tecture. In this talk Judith Hill will trace the influences, describe its development and assess its impact. Judith Hill is an architect, historic build¬ing consultant, architectural historian and writer whose books include Lady Gregory: An Irish Life (2005), In Search of Islands: A Life of Connor O’Brien (2009), Irish Public Sculpture (1998) as well as An Introduc¬tion to the Architectural Heritage of

County Limerick written for the Department of the Environment in 2011. She is possibly best known in this region for her book The Building of Limerick (1991). She is on the committee of the Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society.

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