By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  Lord keep me as the apple of your eye; Hide me in the shadow of your wings.  I sing as I arise today!  I call on my creators might:  The will of God to be my guide, the eye of God to be my sight, the hand of God to be my stay, the shield of God to be my strength, the path of God to be my way. Prayer of St. Patrick.

In memory of baby Layla McKenna, 23/02/’21 to 28/02/’21, lines are being sold locally in aid of Crumlin Hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

The annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade makes a welcome return next Thursday following a two year absence due to the pandemic.

The ever-popular Comhaltas Teampall An Ghleanntáin will start off proceedings and raise our spirits with a lively session in The Square on Thursday afternoon.

The parade itself will begin from Mountmahon Industrial Estate at 4pm and, led by the Rathkeale Brass Band, will continue down along Main Street past the reviewing stand in The Square.

We hope that the various local businesses, clubs, sporting organizations, individuals, etc. will take part in the parade. We also ask people to line the parade route and cheer on the participants while enjoying the colour and the pageantry of this special occasion.

There will be prizes for the best entry and best decorated window.

Bí ann agus bí linn, Lá le Pádraig!

GLÓRACH NEWS:  Dónal Murphy writes: A super concert was had last Saturday night at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale with the mighty Seán Keane & band. A packed crowd were enthralled by the wonderful songs & tunes performed by Sean & the lads. Thanks to all the people that came along.  Next up is a fundraiser for the forthcoming Fleadh by the Feale on Saturday next, March 19 at 8pm with the mighty young local band Fuinneamh taking stage along with some songs from the mighty Denis Curtin Music, Tickets on sale now so please support this event raising funds for the Abbeyfeale music festival at start May.  Tickets can be booked on 087 1383940.

NEW MABS OUTREACH CLINIC:  On Friday, March 4th and on every second of Friday of the month thereafter (excluding bank holidays) a MABS Outreach Clinic will be held in St. Ita’s Hall from 9am -12.30pm.  The contact number for appointments is 0818 072210 for the North Munster MABS Limerick Office.  Those wishing to make an appointment must make the call themselves due to GDP.

RAMBLING HOUSE:  A big welcome back to Ita McQuinn and her Rambling House which will take place in Monagae on Friday, March 18 at 8pm.   Singers, Musicians, Dancers and Story tellers and audience all welcome.

SACRED FOREST TREE PLANTING:  A large crowd turned up to help with the tree planting in Templeglantine last Saturday before the rain came and planted 1.150 trees in one hour beside the school making it  Irelands first micro forest with EcoSikh, Reforest Nation and Templeglantine Community Development. Well done to all concerned.

GLÓRACH NEWS: Bingo every Monday evening at 8pm.

MAINISTER NA FÉILE COFFEE MORNING: Abbeyfeale ICA will be hosting a Coffee Morning at Leen’s Hotel on Wednesday March 23 from 10-12.30pm in aid of Ukraine.   All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Red Cross. Your support will be most welcome.  Ni neart go chur le ceile.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS:  Abbeyside Players under Director Merce Hobson are pleased to present ‘The Righteous Are Bold’ in The Glórach Theatre. March 31st and April 1,2,3,7,8,9.

CANCER SUPPORT: Daffodil day takes place on March 25th.  Collections will take place outside Tesco and Super Valu.

CONCERT IN DUAGH:  Jimmy Buckley and band will be in the Sports Complex Duagh on March 18th.  Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm, Tickets available at usual outlets or phone 087 9421862.

SHOW: Emer Dunne Folk Music Show at St. John’s Theatre, Friday March at 8pm. Join this talented musical trio for a night of song and music. Sing along with well known and loved folk songs. Also featuring local talent.

SPIKE PLAYERS KNOCKNAGOSHEL TRAVEL TO CAMP:  Our own Seamus Lane whose performance in the Spike Players ‘For Better and For Worse’ will go down in the annals of drama in West Limerick/North Kerry will have one final night on stage on Saturday, March 26.  If you missed him you on stage in Knocknagoshel you have another chance to follow him to Camp and don’t say no one told you!

SIVE: The Lartigue Theatre Company new production of John B. Keane’s Sive at St. John’s from April 7-12.

WALK: Welcome to Wild Work in West Limerick!  The Knights Walk in Glin has been chosen as a location “Would you like to explore biodiversity in the Irish landscape. Our trainers will bring you into nature to experience West Limerick wild spaces first-hand. Here you can learn through seeing, touching and interacting with the natural world. With our approach, your outdoor learning will be supported by online interactive learning and tailored virtual reality experiences, to ensure a fun and fulfilling programme.” Open to all ages.  Fill out the application on the link below.  Knights Walk Glin. Every second Saturday in Glin starting 14th May – 23rd July 2-4 pm, limited spaces –

SWIM:  A fundraiser for Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue on Sunday, March 20 at the Ladies Beach at 12 noon. Money raised going to the Ballybunion Sea and cliff rescue, also donate online at

SOCIAL DANCE CLASS:  Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.30pm.. Further information from 087 7206449.  Timmy Woulfe has resumed classes in Moyvane Hall every Monday night at 8.30pm.

LOUGH DERG:  Sunday 1st May this year’s Pilgrimage season opens with a full Pilgrimage programme and booking is now live on our website!  This includes the One Day Retreats, the Three Day Pilgrimage from 1st June – 15th August and the new Pilgrimage experience along the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path.