By Marian Harnett

PROLGUE: If you can’t have what you like, you must like what you have.

DEATH:  We offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Bridget Rowley, Ballaugh and Kilmorna whose death occurred recently.  May she rest in peace.

SAVE THE DATE:  Jimmy Buckley and his Band will be at the Duagh Sports and Leisure Complex for an evening of Music on Friday, March 18.  Further information 087 2684540.

BINGO AT THE GAA GROUNDS:  Lorcan Curtin writes; “  Our penultimate drive-in bingo was held on Sunday, with our final date at the GAA grounds being on Sunday, 20th February at the usual time of 1.30 pm.  It’s been an enjoyable and fruitful experience for us, but all good things must come to an end and in this case it’s been done for positive reasons, namely the lifting of restrictions.  Barring the emergence of a lethal strain of Covid in the Sliabh Luachra area, we will return to the Glórach on Monday, 28th February with the start time of 8.30 pm.  Looking forward to next Sunday, and hopefully good weather on our final day facing the elements.

DAY CARE CENTRE:  Now open to visitors every Tuesday.  Contact Jane on 068 51850.

CONCERT AT THE GLÓRACH:  After tentative success in our two Autumn concerts, we’re really looking forward to this upcoming gig at the Glórach Theatre that will bring the best in Traditional and folk music to the venue. Acclaimed Buttevant musician Alan Finn of Shandrum Céilí band fame, and who has played for former US President Barack Obama, will be making the journey to Abbeyfeale this month.  The gifted accordion and fiddle player, who is also teaching his skills to a new generation of musicians, will be making his debut at the famed venue.   He will be joined on the night by a stellar group of musicians that includes Keelan McGrath, Seán Kelliher and singer Annmarie O’Riordan.  The gig takes place at 8 pm on Saturday, February 19th.  Tickets are selling fast and can be bought at Abbey Tiles at an Siopa Milseáin, or by ringing 0871383940.  Don’t miss a fantastic night of music in the revamped and renovated Glórach Theatre.

BRING YOUR SPADE TO TEMPLEGLANTINE AND HELP SET TREES ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19: One thousand, one hundred and fifteen trees will be planted between 11 and 3pm – 11 different Irish native species next Saturday.  The saplings will be planted as part of a nationwide initiative to plant over one million trees in a bid to help reforest Ireland and combat climate change, global warming and bio-diversity loss. The new micro-forest will be named the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest – after the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.The Guru Nanak Sacred Forest Limerick is a collaborative project between Eco-Sikh Ireland, Reforest Nation, and Templeglantine Community Development.The forest will be planted beside Templeglantine National School, where renowned Sikh scholar and historian Michael (Max) Arthur McAuliffe studied.  It will cover an area of approximately 250 square meters, with over 11 different Irish native species, including Alder, Downey Birch, Whitehorn, Guelder Rose, Rowan, Pedunculate Oak and five varieties of Willow.  The forest will be grown using a method of afforestation, where plant growth is 10 times faster and the resulting plantation is 30 times denser than usual.(

PLAY: Athea Drama group, are back with Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel in Con Colbert Hall. Evening shows on Thursday, February 17, Saturday, 19, Sunday, 20, Wednesday, 23, Thursday, 24, and Saturday, February 26. The doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm each evening. Booking is necessary. The tickets cost €10 and ring 087- 6926746 .

SIAMSA TIRE CONCERT featuring Danny O’Mahony & Steve Cooney on Friday, 25th February – 8.00pm.  Tickets available from Siamsa – 0667123055.

CAR BOOT SALE: A Car boot sale in aid of the Newcastle West Community Centre will be held on Sunday, February 20. They are accepting bric a brac donations, toys, clean clothing. No books, broken toys etc. They have limited stall spaces available and any enquiries to 069- 69584.

TALK IN CON COLBERT HALL, ATHEA: The Healthy Athea Club has invited Ciaran Carey, former hurling manager, selector and player and now working as an addiction counsellor to give a talk on, February 25th at Con Colbert Hall.

ANOTHER GOOD NEWS STORY FROM ABBEYFEALE: Great to see the finishing touches being put to the new WorkBase E-Hub in Abbeyfeale ( the Old Provential Bank on Main St.  previously owned by the late Tom and Tess Collins )and looking forward to opening day. Well done to everyone at Abbeyfeale Community Council who were the initial drivers of this idea almost 6 years ago and a huge welcome to all those at #HQCoworking who will be managing the E-Hub on behalf of owners Innovate Limerick.

CHURCH NEWS:   Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.  Fr Dan Lane will be on call every Wednesday. Fr Mullins will not be available on Wednesdays. Fr Lane can be contacted on 087-2533030 email [email protected] Church Sacristy 068 -51915 Parish Office 068 -31133. To book a |Mass intention contact the church before or after Mass on 0668 51915. Mass Intentions:  Wednesday 10am Eily O’Connell, Meenkilly, No Saturday morning Mass 6.30pm Michael and Margaret Grogeen and deceased members of the Healy and Murphy families.  Brenda Woulfe, Church St. 1st Anniv. Lara Murphy, London.  Sunday 10am Christina Walsh, Achill 1st Anniversary. Mary and John Shannon, Main St.  Sunday 12noon David McEnery Dromtrasna Collins Month Mind.   Baptisms Saturday 5pm or Sundays 1pm.  Monthly Mass for the sick of the parish will be celebrated at 10am on the last Friday of the month.  In the event of a funeral the Mass will change to the previous Thursday.

The Spike Players Knocknagoshel proudly present ‘For Better or For Worse’ February 25, 26, 27th & March 4, 5, 6th at 8pm in Knocknagoshel Community Centre.  To reserve tickets call 087 705 0670