Community notices Feb 6th

February 7th, 2024

PROLUGUE:  “When you know your worth, no one can make you feel worthless.”

DEATH: We offer our sympathy to the family of John ( Sean) Fitzgerald late of Tralee and Dromtrasna Harnett whose funeral took place during the week. We also offer our sympathies to the family of the late Kathleen (Kay) Fitzgerald, New Street whose funeral took place on Monday last.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE IN AID OF THE KERRY EMIGRANTS:  An afternoon tea dance in aid of the Kerry Emigrants will take place in Tomáisíns, Lisselton on Sunday, February 25 with music by Eddie Lee.  Admission €10.

GLÓRACH FILM:  The Korean/American film ‘Past Lives’ will be our next screening on Sunday, March 10th.  Oscar nominated, the film examines the story of Nora and Hae Sung, classmates at primary school in Seoul, who have their deep friendship ended abruptly when Nora’s family emigrates.  Two decades later, they meet in New York and over one week address notions of chance and circumstance and the choices people make that create a life.  The reviews have been extremely positive, make sure not to miss this one.  The film will commence at the same time of 7.30 pm, and tickets can be booked at or at the door on the evening.

SPRING BREAK:   Maureen Finnegan is off on holidays and she says “ We will be staying in the Great Northern 4* Hotel with complimentary use of the Leisure Centre and dancing in the Atlantic Ballroom each night. Bed and breakfast and choice of delicious menu dinner each evening after we return from our day out.  We will be visiting a different venue each day and totally different.  We are taking bookings now.  For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.”

A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE FR. TIM GALVIN:  On Saturday, February 10 following the 6.30pm Mass which will be offered to mark his 1st anniversary, Fran Leahy originally from New St. and who volunteered with Fr. Tim in 2015 and 2016 as well as returning again in 2023 following his untimely death will present a slide show showcasing some of the work that was enabled by the donations Fr. Tim received from home.  It will take place at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre and tea and biscuits will be served.   Everyone is welcome.

ALERT:   Limerick City and County Council advise Road Users and Businesses that Water main Replacement and Road Pavement Works will take place from the Church of Assumption in Abbeyfeale to Mount Mahon from Monday 29th of January - Friday 29th of March .

GALA CONCERT:  A fundraising concert in aid of Tournafulla Community Hall on Saturday, February 10 will star Denis Curtin, Donie Nolan and friends, The Wright Sisters, Willie and John Larkin, Tournafulla Church Choir and the local Wrenboy Group. Tickets are available from The Homestead.  Doors open at 8pm.

GETTING MARRIED IN 2024 CHURCH REQUIREMENTS:  While a couple need only give three months’ notice of their intention to marry it is common practice for a couple to book the church a long time in advance. It is important to contact the Parish Office to make sure that the church is available on the day you require. Arrange to meet the priest of the parish. The meetings of the couple with their priest are a key part of the preparation process. These meetings are an opportunity for a couple to reflect on what Christian marriage asks of them. The priest will also advise the couple about the various documents that are required before the marriage can take place. A person getting married in the Church will need to get a Certificate of Baptism from the parish in which they were baptised and a Certificate of Confirmation from the parish in which they were confirmed. These documents should be issued no less than six months prior to the date of marriage. Letters of freedom are also required. The priest will explain to the couple how they can obtain these documents. The rules governing freedom to marry in the Catholic Church can be complicated for some individuals. The best advice is for all couples to contact their local priest well in advance to talk through the documentation required. It is advised that all couples planning to get married in the Church should attend a Pre-Marriage course. This should be done shortly after a couple get engaged.

“THE BANSHHEE OF CROKEY HILL”  Abbeyfeale Drama Group present “The Banshee of Crokey Hill” by Tommy Marren at the Glórach on Tuesday, February 13, Thursday 15, Saturday 17, Sunday 18 and the following week.

DRAMA AND WELLBEING CLASSES 5-12 YEAR OLDS:  Glórach Theatre starting February 3 from 3 – 4.30pm.

SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES:  Waltzing, jiving etc have started in the Plaza Hall, Listowel on Monday, January 22 for Beginners: 7.00-8.00 pm, Advanced: 8.00-9.00 pm. For bookings, please contact 087 7541631.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY:  Celebrate with Afternoon Tea in Kerry Writers’ Museum in Listowel on Wednesday 14th February, from 3pm to 5pm, for an afternoon filled with prosecco, gourmet sandwiches, homemade scones, and a mouth-watering selection of bite-size desserts.

To make this occasion even more special, we will have live entertainment to serenade you!

Tickets are available at just €20 per person. Ticket Office on 068 22212.


VISIT THE RELIC OF ST. BRIGID:  Maureen is off again;  “We will be going to visit the Relic of St. Brigid in Kildare and also taking in visit to Newbridge Silver who at the moment have a sale on. We will stop at Barack Obama’s for breakfast on the way up and dinner on the homeward journey. Fitzpatrick’s bus will be picking up passengers in the Square Listowel at 9.30am. Abbeyfeale opposite church bus stop 9.45am.  NCW opposite the Longcourt House Hotel at bus stop at 10am. Rathkeale outside Hotel Adare Heritage Centre at 10.30am. and South Court Hotel car park 10.45am.  For more information and booking contact Maureen 087 9845102.

BINGO IN MOUNTCOLLINS:  A fundraising Mega Bingo with €2,000 in prize money as well as a huge raffle takes place in the Community Centre on Sunday, February 11 at 3pm sharp.

SCRIBBLING FOR CHARITY:  West Limerick author, Pat McLoughlin recently launched his 6th book ‘The Unbreakable Dream’. It was launched by Minister, Patrick O’ Donovan at Longcourt House Hotel in Newcastle West.  The proceeds from the novel will go to Milford Care Centre/Hospice to whom Pat has already presented a cheque for €1250.00.  A few remaining copies of the book are still available at Siopa Milsean.

KATIE GOING ON TOUR:  Written by Therése Prendeville, granddaughter of the great MaryJo whose appearances on stage in Abbeyfeale back in the day are the stuff of legend “Katie” will be in St. John’s on Thursday, April 11, the Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville on Saturday, April 20 and back in the Glórach on Sunday, April 21.  I saw this play in the Glórach before Christmas and the very thought of it sends shivers down my spine – the storyline and the acting are just so powerful.  Take any chance you get to see it.

COLAISTE IDE DINGLE OPEN DAY: Saturday, February 24 from 10.00am to 3pm. Call 066 915 1211.

YOGA CLASSES:  Yoga classes are held in Fr. Casey’s Club house every Monday evening from-8.30pm with Mike Houlihan.

CELEBRATE WITH THE HEALY RAE’S:  A dance will be held at The Gleneagle Killarney celebrating 50 years in Politics by the Healy Rae’s on Friday, February 9 at 8.30pm.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGES: Three Day Pilgrimages begins Friday, May 31 until Thursday 15th August.

CAMINO: A group from Athea are hoping to do 100km of the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago from June 12-19. Average walk 20km per day, please contact Denise on 086-6095716.

ST.ITA’S DAY CARE AND SHELTERED HOUSING:  Meals on Wheels – Available to Everyone.  Collect from the Centre or have it delivered.  Monday, February 5 Closed. Tuesday, February 6 Chicken Maryland or Pork Chop.  Wednesday, February 7 Beef Stew or Chicken Fillet. Thursday, February 8 Glazed Ham or Lamb Chop  Friday, February 8 Fish of the Day or Meat Alternative.  Please let us know if you require a Gluten Free option.  Price List Soup €1, Main Meal €7, Half portion €5.  Plate of Vegetables and Potatoes €3.  Dessert €2.  Contact 068 51850.

CHURCH NOTES:  Co Parish Priests of the Pastoral Area:   Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911 Fr Tony Mullins 087/2600414 Fr Willie Russell 087/2272825 Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030 Fr James Ambrose (Retired) Tel 087/7740753.   Divine Mercy Meetings will take place every Monday evening after 7 pm Mass.. Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times.

Mass Intentions for the coming week: Thursday 10am Larry Corbett. Johnny Stack Purt . Intentions for next weekend 6.30pm Jim Aherne, Shanbally . Peter Scannell Clash Road . Fr Tim Galvin Kilmanihan Brosna / Sudan 1st Anniversary. Jerry O’Riordan, Dromtrasna Harnett.   Sunday10am Mary & Tommy Mann, Church St. 12noon Betty Harnett, Dromtrasna O’Brien 1st Anniversary and her husband Joe’s Months Mind. Sean & Vera Broderick, New Street . Willie Riordan, Upper Purt . Nell O’Mahony, Collins Park 20th Anniversary . Divine Mercy Meetings take place every Monday evening at 7.30pm. Adult Choir practice every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.  Advice Helpline Are open to dealing with your queries Monday to Friday. You can contact between 9:30am and 4:15pm by phone on 0761-07-5780, or by email at [email protected] Aware Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support Tel: Freephone 1800 80 48 48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email: [email protected] Bodywhys Eating Disorders Associations of Ireland Email: [email protected] 01 2107906. Information and Support for Birth Mothers – whose babies were placed for adoption may be found at or by calling the relevant section of TUSLA at +353 818 445 500.  Grow Mental Health- Friendly Community based groups for anyone experiencing mental health issue through 12 Step Program of connection, hope, identity by empowering people to nurture their positive wellbeing by supporting personal growth through education, peer support and self-teaching. Based in 33 Henry Street and Croom, several meetings including new meeting on Monday 11-1pm. Contact Michael 086-6063182/Celia 0861526966/ Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage is back in its full capacity for 2024, bringing a full team of workers and assisted pilgrims. If you know someone (family member, neighbour, friend etc.) who would like to travel as part of our assisted pilgrim section please let them know. Further information available from Limerick Diocesan Office on 061-350000.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Takes place each Friday in the Sacristy in Duagh Church from 3pm until public rosary at 7pm followed by Mass at 7.30pm.  It also takes place in Abbeyfeale Blessed Sacrament Chapel following Mass in the church at 10am and continues until 7pm.  Adoration will be held on Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday during Lent starting on Ash Wednesday February 14.  . You are invited to commit to an hour by writing your name on the chart.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS:   The monthly meeting of St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place on Tuesday, February 6th  at 7.30pm in the parish office. All are welcome.

DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE:   A bus will be travelling to the Divine Mercy conference at the RDS on February23/24/25.  Contact Paudie 0868630511 or Megan 08301288329 for details.

USED CANDLES:  Thank you to each and every one of you who have already sent stamps and collected used candles.  Can I please point out that plastic
ornamental candles are of no use.    Please continue the good work and again many, many thanks.  Please mention to the Sacristan in your church about the used candles, the Christmas Wreath candles are only used for that year and new candles are used next year.   God Bless,Maureen   087 9845102.

PADRE PIO DEVOTIONS:  ST PIO devotions in Castleisland Church on February 13th 2024 – (Second Tuesday).

RAMBLING House in Tarbert on last Saturday of the month.  Listowel the last Thursday of the month.  Knockanure Rambling House first Thursday in the month.  Ita’s Rambling House at the Desmond Complex is on the 3rd. Friday each month.  Knocalucka is on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.

PARKRUN in Listowel takes place every Saturday morning from 9:30am.

MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGES 2024 1st—8th May 2024 & 18th—25th Sept 2024. Cost €510. For further information contact Tom Collins: 086 8380406.

ABBEYFEALE COMMUNITY ALERT: This is internet safety week – every person who uses the internet should register with and learn how to stay safe and keep their families safe.  When there is a  weather alert  check in on your elderly neighbours.   Don’t share any bank codes.  Hang up on callers wanting to fix your computer.  Don’t make investment decisions – get independent financial advice. Be wary of requests for money from family members – ring them and check it out. Unfortunately, some people send emails pretending to be from the bank.  They are usually looking for security details.  The bank will never ask customers to provide details of debit or credit card details through email or links in an email.  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 €72.  Please note that this fee has increased by €6 and is payable in a lump sum each year after year one.  Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one.  Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur, John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Susan Daly, Catherine Daly, Marian Harnett

St Brigid

January 26th, 2024

Prayer to St Brigid

Bridget, you were a woman of peace.

You brought harmony where there was conflict.

You brought light to the darkness.

You brought hope to the downcast.

May the mantle of your peace

cover those who are troubled and anxious.

And may peace be firmly rooted in

our hearts and in our world.

Inspire us to act justly and to

reverence all God has made.

Bridget, you were a voice for the

wounded and the weary.

Strengthen what is weak within us.

Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.

May we grow each day into greater

wholeness in mind, body and spirit.


Celtic Brothers Christmas Concert

December 8th, 2023

Get into the Christmas Spirit

Parishioners are looking forward to the Celtic Brothers Christmas Concert which will take place in the parish church next Friday 15th of December. Ticket sales have picked up a pace this week, so we advise all those who wish to attend the concert to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.
The concert will include all our Christmas favourite songs and carols.  From ‘White Christmas’ to ‘O Holy Night’.
It will be good to get together once again and join in this community celebration in preparation for Christmas.
If you are not familiar with the Celtic Brothers, formally known as the Willoughby Brothers, you can get to see them perform at previous concerts by logging on to our parish website and click on any of the 4 links listed there of previous concerts. Katie O’Connor and Rebecca Stryker, Church Cantors along with Riona Curtin will also perform at the concert. Doors on Friday night will open at 7.00pm. The concert will begin at 8.00pm. We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the Concert are available in Abbeyfeale at Siopa Milseán, Twohigs
Batt Harnett’s, Moss Harnett’s Gala Shop, O’Donoghue’s Spar Shop, Kathleens Foodstore Tickets are also on sale at Tournafulla Community Shop and at Watsons in Duagh, Shop in Athea Post Office in Brosna  The Zip Yard in NCW Tickets can also be purchased by calling 089- 2646772. All funds raised from the concert will go towards renovation works in St Ita’s Hall. It is hoped to have these works
finished in early spring.
All support for this important fundraising event is appreciated.

Blessing for a Christmas Tree

December 8th, 2023

Prayer for Blessing a Christmas Tree

Lord God, amidst signs and wonders Christ Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judea: his birth brings joy to our hearts and
enlightenment to our minds.

Let your blessing come upon us  as we illumine this tree.

May the light and cheer it gives

be a sign of the joy that fills our hearts.

With this tree, decorated and adorned, may we welcome Christ among us;

may its lights guide us to the perfect light.

May all who delight in this tree

come to the knowledge and joy of salvation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.      R/. Amen.

Community notices 13th Oct 2023

October 13th, 2023

PROLOGUE:  A lot of what weighs you down isn’t yours to carry.
OPEN DAY AT THE DAY CARE  CENTRE:  There’s always a welcome at St. Ita’s Day Care Centre every Tuesday to come along and socialise with your friends.  Join them for tea and scones, bingo, a card game or two, 4 course lunch, music, singing, poetry, a story or two before you head off sustained by more tea and some goodies.  Call Manager Jane 068 51850 for more information.    Chiropody Services restarting at St Ita’s Day Care Centre on Monday 20th November and every 6 weeks thereafter.  For appointments ring 068 51850.
TEA PARTY IN ROCKCHAPEL:  The Annual American Tea Party will be held at Rockchapel Community Centre on Friday, 20th October. Tickets €25 and music will be provided by Billy O’Brien. A raffle will also take place on the night. Doors will open at 7pm and the meal will be served at 8pm. (Please note change of meal time.) Vegetarian/Vegan/gluten free options are also available but must be requested in advance. To book your tickets, please ring 087-6818113. Tickets need to be booked by 15th October.

HALLOWEEN MARKET:  Abbeyfeale Town Square Saturday October 28 from 10am – 3pm.  Further details Val 087 6680879.

ROSARY ON THE BEACH:  Ballybunion Beach near Seaweed baths on Sunday, October 15 at 2.30pm.  All welcome.
PADRE PIO:   Devotions in Castleisland on Tuesday, October 17th  at 7.30pm.
ABBEYFEALE BRIDGE HAS RESUMED:  Abbeyfeale Bridge is back on Thursday nights in the Day Care Centre at 7.30pm.  New Members welcome.
IN THE MOOD FOR MUSIC:  The Glórach Theatre hosted a charity concert on Saturday, October 8th in aid of Milford Hospice and Abbeyfeale for Africa.  Helen Hasenfuss, Riona Ní Churtáin and Scott Fitzgerald were joined by the church cantors, Aodhán Cotter and P.P. Fr. Tony. They played and sang a  selection of popular classics from Ragtime, jazz, swing, Latin, music from the films, light classical, a little traditional, some folk, some pop…Truth be told it was a magical night and the those of us who were lucky enough to get a seat in the full to capacity theatre will remember where we were on the second Saturday of October for many’s the year and I’m not thinking of the Rugby!
GARRY MC MAHON TRADITIONAL SINGING WEEKEND OCTOBER 13-16: Official Opening Friday, October 13 at the Ramble Inn at 8pm with guest Labhrás Ó Murchrú Director General of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann and a retired member of Seanad Éireann for Fianna Fáil.  Saturday .  Concert in Fr. Casey’s from 11am.  Newly Composed Traditional Ballad Competition in the Ramble Inn at 2.30pm.  Aifreann na Ríocht composed by the late Garry McMahon – Mass for deceased members and friends of West Limerick Singing Club at 6.30pm in the Church of the Assumption.  Singing Session in The Ramble Inn from 9pm.  Sunday 2.30pm Grand Concert and Tribute to Senan Lillis and Matty Murphy.  Admission €10.  Farewell Singing Session at the Ramble Inn from 9pm.
BRUACH NA CARRAIGE ROCKCHAPEL:  ”Seán Moylan Irish Revolutionary” one man show last Sunday was a revelation – if you ever get the chance to see it, take it.  The story was brought to the stage by Newmarket actor Micheal Patric O’ Sullivan of Seán Moylan who following the War of Independence became a Fianna Fáil Minister.  It tells the story of the men who fought for freedom and was an eyeopener for those of us who have forgotten what our ancestors went throught to gain our freedom from oppression.

MARKET IN KNOCKNAGOSHEL:  Knocknagoshel Over 55′S Services annual Christmas Market on Sunday, November 19 at 12 noon in the Community Centre V92 WV70.  Contact Noreen to book a table 0863487298.
FILM: Kerry International Film Festival 2023 programme Celebrating its 24th edition, this year’s festival will take place from October 19 – 22. At venues across Killarney.
FESTIVAL: Moyvane Development Association are bringing you the 30th celebration of our Moyvane Village Festival this October bank holiday weekend. Opening night event on Friday, October 27th with a very special evening of stories about the great John Moriarty, late of Ahalanna, by international storyteller and author, Martin Shaw. ‘John Moriarty: Martin Shaw will be joined on the night by Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Mary McGillicuddy, and Amanda Carmody. Tickets available at local outlets, including Kennelly’s Homevalue Hardware & BD Agriparts, or email [email protected]. Price €15.

SET DANCING IN MONAGAE:  Fiona 086 3510774 has two classes in Monagae - Tuesday 8.30pm and Thursdays 9pm.

LISTOWEL KARATE CLASSES: Kerry Martial Arts School are continuing karate and self-defence classes in St. Michael’s College on Saturdays. 5-12 years old at 10:00a.m. and 13 years old to adults at 11:00a.m. Contact (087) 2636820 for further information.
GROW MENTAL HEALTH GROUP meets in Seanchaí Centre, Listowel every Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm. No referrals necessary. Just come along or telephone Jerry at 086-0271990.
ST. ITA’S HALL RENOVATION WORKS:  O’Callaghan Contractors have begun work in St Ita’s Hall. They were awarded the contract following a Public Procurement Process. All works are scheduled to be finished by the 31st January 2024.
DANCE CLASSES IN FR. CASEY’S:  Every Tuesday from 8-10pm.
CHURCH NEWS:  Contact numbers for the Parish Priests of the Pastoral Area: Fr Denis Mullane 087/2621911.Fr Tony Mullins 087/2600414. Fr Willie Russell 087/2272825.  Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030.  Fr James Ambrose (Retired) Tel 087/774075.   Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass.  Contact the Sacristy 068/51915 during Mass Times.  Parish office 086/8661651 Anne Secretary 11am to 1pm. Eucharist Adoration every Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from 10.30am – 7pm. Synod /The Synodal Prayer. Pope Francis asks all of us to pray in a particular way to the Holy Spirit during this time, using this ancient
prayer.  Adsumus Domine Sancte Spiritus  (We are present before thee, O Lord Holy Spirit).  We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.  With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.  We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.  Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.  Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.  All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,  in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.  World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last  Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the  weekend of Sunday 22nd October. The theme for this year’s  celebration of Mission Sunday is: “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move” (Luke 24: 13-35). Mission Sunday is a time for the faithful of the world to show their appreciation towards the work of overseas missionaries. The generosity offered will be used to support missionary activities in over 1,100 struggling dioceses; mostly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. You can help right now. Please support the special collection for the work of missionaries. on Sunday, October 22 or donate €4.00 by texting the word ‘Mission’ to 50300.  Webcam Collection: Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the special collection for the Webcam service.The church webcam installed in 2016 has proved to be anessential service to parishioners, who are unable for one reason or another to attend Mass, or other liturgical services celebrated in the church. While we continue to livestream all our church services, we encourage all parishioners where possible to attend Mass in person. Live streaming of our church liturgies is an expensive service, costing just over €2,500 annually.  If you are viewing on the service you can donate though the parish website on www.abbeyfeale Click on the parish website and you will see the donate button on the right-hand side of the front page of the website. Just follow the instruction and you will be able to make a donation towards the service.  Sincere thanks to for your generosity to the last weekend and to the parish each week.
Mass Intentions:  Saturday 6.30pm Gary Mahon Memorial Mass.  Teresa Fitzgerald Dromtrasna & Sr Ann O’Sullivan The Hill.  Mossie & Elisie Nolan Tournafulla and deceased family members.  Bill & Peg Colbert Main Street & Patrick Colbert Killarney Road.12noon Kathleen Healy, The Hill 1st Anniversary.
USED STAMPS: Your used stamps can do so much and it is worth taking the time to keep them cut approximately l” around them and drop them into a box provided in the Church in NCW under the table in the porch Sacristy side entrance.  There are 120 girls in St. Mary’s Home Mynmar the Servite sisters look after them providing food, shelter and education up until 2020 they were going to school but since then schools are closed.  They live in a regime now that is controlling, dangerous along with prices escalating for rice, oil and food, struggling as are the poor people in Mynmar.  We manage to get money out to Sister Salette in person from friends who are travelling home to their district where the sisters live.  With the used stamps we collected we give them to a stamp collector who gives us €5 per kilo so the more stamps we can get the more funds we receive.  If you wish to post stamps to me my name is Maureen Finnegan please give me  a call 087 9845102.   Thank you for helping.
CEILI RECALL DANCING:  If you are an older adult with an interest in teaching other adults on the greying spectrum there is a training course in St. John’s Pavilion Mulgrave St. on Mondays 10. 30 – 13.00 organised in conjunction with Limerick Sports Partnership to help set up Irish Ceili Clubs in local communities.  Contact Tracy on 061 524 975.

KEEP FIT:  classes in Athea every Tuesday morning at 11.30am. Details Ring 087 9459971.
MASS SCHEDULES FOR THE WINTER; Weekend Mass in Tournafulla is on Saturdays at 7.30pm and in Mountcollins on Sundays at 11am.
TOURNAFULLA CÉILÍ:  Returns Sunday, October 15 after 4 years.  Halla Tadgh Gaelach Music by Ger Murphy and Liam Healyfrom 3-6pm.  Admission €12.
ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIEST SOCIETY:The monthly meeting of the society takes place on the first Tuesday of the month in the parish office.
VOCATIONS: Monastic Vocations weekend for women at St Benedict’s Priory, Cobh, Co. Cork 28th-29th October. For more information contact Mother Prioress: 0214811354 [email protected]
SOCIAL DANCING:  ”Social dancing commencing in the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex on Friday nights 8:30 to 10:30.   €8 entry fee. Complimentary teas and coffee. Door prize on the night”
PRO LIFE NATIONAL CONFERENCE:  The Pro-Life National Conference, will take place at the RDS Dublin, on Saturday October 14 beginning at 11.00a.m. The Pro-Life Campaign is a non-denominational human rights organisation, drawing its support from a large cross-section of Irish society. For moreinformation on the organisation and to register for the National Conference, log on to
ONLINE TRAINIG TO HELP PREVENT SUICIDE:  Log onto where you will be able to register for suicide awareness training:  the training will provide you with the tools to enable you to identify the signs that someone may be suicidal, employ the correct language in asking the appropriate questions, and direct that person to the appropriate help.  You can also contact the Samaritans 24 hour service on 116123 or Pieta House 24 hour service 1800 247 247.
DANCING: Clounmacon Community Centre are offering social dancing classes from Monday, October 2nd with Norella Molyneaux.
MONSTER BINGO:  Mountcollins Community Centre on Sunday, October 15 at 3pm.  Prize money €2,000.
CYCLISTS ON THE GREENWAY:  A request has issued that cyclists would ring their bells to signal their approach as walkers who can be engrossed in conversation or the scenery or listening to music get a shock when they, the cyclists suddenly whizz past and accidents could easily occur if walkers were not aware of cyclists about to pass them out.  I’ve also been asked to remind cyclists that they should not cycle on the footpaths when they come up town.

MEALS ON WHEELS:  Available from St. Ita’s Day Care, Convent St.  Collect or have delivered.  This week’s menu:  Monday October 9  Braised Steak or Turkey Burger.     Tuesday, October 10 Bacon and Cabbage or Lamb Chop.    Wednesday, October 11 Chicken Maryland or Beef Burger.   Thursday, October 12 Pork Chop or Turkey Steak.    Friday, October 13 Fish of the Day or Meat Alternative. Soup €1, Main Course €7, half portion €5.  Plate of Vegetables and Potatoes €3, Dessert €2.  Order before 11am.  Phone 068 51850.
DANCING Classes with Timmy Woulfe  in the Marian Hall Moyvane Monday nights at 8pm.

MAUREEN LOOKING FOR CANDLES:  ”Any unwanted or used candles would be greatly appreciated.  The candles are melted down and made into a new type of candle that can be used to heat hot chocolate and warm hands of the soldiers in the
trenches in Ukrainian.  Candles can be dropped into the Community Centre Newcastle West and Dressmaking shop opposite church on the corner of Boherbui, also to the Alterations shop in Church Street .

RAMBLING House in Tarbert on last Saturday of the month.  Listowel the last Thursday of the month.  Knockanure Rambling House first Thursday in the month.  Ita’s Rambling House at the Desmond Complex is on the 3rd. Friday each month.  Knocalucka is on the 3rd. Tuesday of the month.

GRINDS:  Eimhear Flannery 086 8822215 is offering grinds to 5th years and Leaving Certs in Biology and Chemistry.

DROMTRASNA CHALLENGE:  Taking place on Saturday, October 21.    All proceeds to Milford Hospice.  Kids Run 2k, 4k Walk, 5K and 10K Chip Timed Runs.Online registration has opened on

GREEN CARD: The US Department of State announced that the electronic enrollment period will roll out on Wednesday, October 6, at 12pm and will close on Tuesday, November 9 at 12pm, the Miami Herald reports. Those interested in immigrating legally to the United States must submit their applications electronically only through
Officials warned that those planning to apply for the lottery “do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays.”

INVITATION TO LAUNCH OF BOOK ” MY SUPER POWER IS BEING ME” :  Emma Cullinanes book  of mindfullness activities for children is being launched at the Barnagh Hub on Saturday, October 7 from 2-4pm.  Further information from 083 8385857.  Emma writes;  ”Childrens mindfulness activity book it is for children aged between 3 to 8/10 years old. I have made this book inclusive containing children from different ethnicities and with different disabilities to empower them that being who they are is amazing.  The title is My Superpower Is Being Me, my goal of this book is to reach as many children, parents and teachers to bring mindfulness into the lives of children. To help them understand and regulate their emotions, breathwork, outdoor mindful activities, meditations, positive affirmations and more. This is an interactive activity book. It promotes connection and communication between children and the adults in their lives. This book follows the Aistear and SPHE framework enabling it to be utilised in primary schools across Ireland.  Books will be on sale next week on my website.They are also available in An Siopa Milsean, Tea and Tales, Eurosaver(poundshop) in Abbeyfeale.  Available also in Sonas, Hayes newsagents and Toy Master in Newcastle west.”
COMMUNITY ALERT: If something sounds too good to be true then more than likely it is so be careful out there. Warn your teenagers about how easy it is to become a money mule but if they receive a criminal record it could affect their chances of travelling or taking out a morgage. Take care on the roads and make sure that you are visible to other road users so if walking wear a high viz jacket and after dusk carry a torch and if driving turn on your lights if the wipers are on.  Lock the doors of your car when you are inside, do not leave a handbag visible on the seat.  When you are at home keep the two doors locked so that if someone calls a second person cannot enter the house through the back door while you are occupied at the front 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 €72.  Please note that this fee has increased by €6 and is payable in a lump sum each year after year one.  Should you not have a landline the installing company Task provide a sim card at a rate of €7.50 per month payable from day one.  Committee members are Michael O’Kelly N.T., Seamus Stack, Mossie Gleeson, Kathleen Collins, Mary McArthur,  John O’Sullivan, Billy Quirke N.T., Cllr. Francis Foley, Susan Daly, Catherine Daly, Marian Harnett

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