CONGRATULATIONS To Betty O' Connor, Coole West, Athea, pictured right, receiving her prize from Noel White for ‘Best Dressed Lady’ on St. Patrick's night at the bingo in Rathkeale. St. Patrick doesn’t look too bad either in the background!!!

Abbeyfeale Vocational School

Calendar of Events for School Commemoration

The following events will take place as part of our commemoration of the School.

An open invitation is being extended to anyone who had an association with the School since 1951.

March 31st @ 7:15p.m.

Plaque unveiling followed by a book launch in the School and opening of Photographic Exhibition – Refreshments served

April 1st @ 3:00 p.m.

Commemorative Mass at the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale for the School Community past and present.

Friday 1st April from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Photographic and memorabilia Exhibition – Refreshments served

Saturday 2nd April from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Photographic and memorabilia Exhibition – Refreshments served.


St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s  Society

The Annual General Meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society will take place after Mass on Wednesday April 6th. New members will be most welcome

Thank You

A big thank you to all the generous women who baked for the Tea Morning in aid of Daffodil Day last Friday morning in O’Riordan’s Pharmacy.

A grand total of €650 was raised.

Diarmuid, Áine & Aoibhín would like to thank you all for your kind and generous donations.


Athea Parent & Toddler Group

The Athea Parent & Toddler group are in the Memorial Hall, Athea, every Tuesday and Friday from 11.30 to 1.30.

We are also open during the school holidays.

For more information contact me Caroline on 085-7073948.


Con Colbert Community Hall News


If you are planning a party this is an excellent opportunity to combine your fun day (family day) with the opportunity to do a little fundraising for your local Community Hall & Sports Complex.

Niall King of Shanagolden Bouncing Castles has kindly agreed to make a donation for every bouncing castle and marquee that is booked through the hall committee. We would also like to make you aware that the hall is available to rent for a small fee of €50 for functions such as children’s parties (which can cater for indoor bouncing castles so you can beat the weather) and other family occasions.  Contact 087 1525597 to make your booking.


The hall is also available for post funeral catering including the use of the kitchen. We are still open for meetings, so contact 087 1525597 to secure your booking.


As the hall is still in debt we would ask all parishioners to support these initiatives to allow us to continue to have the hall available for use by all age groups with activities such as drama, basketball, soccer, football, dancing, karate, children’s play group, Foroige, bingo and many more.


This year’s fund raising draw has been a great success. The number of tickets sold were 1,275 and this allowed us to make a profit of €9,000.00 which, along with other donations through the year, allowed us to reduce our loan with the credit union from €73,00.00 to €58,000.00

Many thanks to the Drama Group for their donation of €800.00 from their charity night performance and to the EBS in Newcastle West for their donation of €500.00.


West Limerick Resources – Abbeyfeale Office


Our next committee meeting will be on Friday April 1. The group meeting will be on Wednesday April 6 at the Abbeyfeale Rugby Club Pavillion in The Grove, starting at 2.30pm. At our meeting last Wednesday we discussed: an outing to Cork taking in Cobh and Fota Wildlife Park and Garden; an invitation from Arra Friends NCW to a party on April 28; and an invitation from Castleisland ARA to attend one of their meetings. It was suggested that a Holiday Sub-Committee be set up to discuss future breaks. We are looking forward to having a talk on local history at a future meeting.


West Limerick Resources Abbeyfeale Office

The office based in the old CDP office in Abbeyfeale provides support and services to people in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins, Tournafulla, Strand, Monagea and Newcastle. If you would like to find out more about the work we do, the groups we support and the services we facilitate then please call us on 068 32444.For more information on the above or on Citizen’s Information, the Rural Employment Service, the weekly FÁS Jobs Club and Job’s Lists, please phone us at 068 32444 or call into our centre in The Square, Abbeyfeale.