By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE:  Life is too short, so live it to the fullest.
Embrace this moment and cherish the ones you love.
Laugh at every chance you get, cry only if you must.
Love abundantly, give much, forgive quickly,
Stay grateful, take nothing for granted
Let go of what you cannot change.
Thank God for all you have. Amen

CONGRATULATIONS to Sr. Rosarii O’Sullivan, Our Lady of Apostles, Ardfoyle, Cork and of Dirreen, Athea, who recently celebrated her 75th Jubilee and 102nd. Birthday. Unfortunately all her compatriots from the parish of Abbeyfeale have passed to their eternal reward.

ABBEYFEALE TO THE RESCUE ONCE AGAIN: The Bishops Ukraine Collection last weekend was supported to the tune of €10,755 and rising with donations still coming in.  As always your financial support to a crisis is outstanding. We’re the best little parish in the West. Well done to all who supported this emergency collection.

FUNDRAISER FOR CRUMLIN:  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.

LIMERICK SPRING FEST AT THE BARNAGH HUB: There is a free family fun day at the Barnagh Hub next Wednesday  April 6  with story teller, author, broadcaster and local man Eddie Lenihan to get the day off to a great start.  There will also be a Crafts Fair 1-6pm, Local Producers Showcase 5.30 -7pm.  Platform 22 will host some of Limerick’s finest chefs who will serve and promote locally sourced snacks. menu includes Pig cheek Croquette, Attyflin Apple and “Golden Vale” Pie from Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare.  Fermented Ballyneety. Beetroot tartlet, frozen horseradish and royal Belgium caviar followed by Thomond Gate Whiskey sour and Manjari 64% chocolate from Mike Tweedie of The Oak Room at Adare manor.   Dan Sykes from Springfield Castle has BBQ Organic venison skewers as well as his signature Ceviche with pepper dulse and many more local Cúrsaí, Irish Coffee from the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.  Herbal teas from Cahermoyle House.  .Local cocktails made with Ballygoat milk from Monagea, Limericks own distilled gin in conjunction with Listoke Distillery.  Matching wine enhanced with advice tips from Ron Forrestal of Forrestal Wine Merchants   Stephen Cunneen from Treaty City Brewery will talk all things brewery and matching beer with food.  Great entertainment from Templeglantine Comhaltas Group with Seanchaí Eddie Lennihan recounting the wonderful local Folklore.  click here for more details

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB:  Delighted to announce that the club will reopen in Philip Enrights’ Ramble Inn on Friday, April 29 for the Fleadh by the Feale and then the regular monthly club will take place on Friday, May 6 at 8pm.

A CHANCE TO WIN TWO GARTH BROOKS CONCERT TICKETS:  PRO of the Christmas Lights committee Wioleta Kelly has been in touch:  Hi, I’m Wioleta and I’m messaging you on behalf of the Abbeyefeale Christmas Lights Committee. We have a raffle where you are in with a chance to win  2 tickets for the Garth Brooks concert this September. All money from the raffle will go towards buying more lights for our town.  Here is a link to our Facebook page

GLÓRACH NEWS:  Bingo every Monday evening at 8pm.

ABBEYSIDE PLAYERS: Their play ‘ The Righteous are Bold’ under director Merce Hobson and starring her husband Denis as well as a stellar cast including Mary Jo Prendeville’s daughter and grand daughter (proving the old adage that the apple does not fall far from the tree) are playing to great crowds and receiving marvellous reviews  in the newly refurbished surroundings of the Glórach Theatre, Convent St.  The run continues this week on Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8 and Saturday 9 and tickets which are booking up fast are available on 087 1383940.

JOBS ON LOUGH DERG: A number of Seasonal employment opportunities at Lough Derg for this summer.  Application Forms are available: or contact us on +353 7198 61518 / email [email protected].

KERRY FLEADH:  It will take place over two weekends, 11th/12th June and 18th/19th June and will be held in the Dúchas Comhaltas Centre in Tralee.

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:   Intentions for next weekend.  Saturday 6.30pm Phyllis Cotter , Purt Anniversary.. Séan Enright, Upper Purt Anniversary.  . Fr Brendan Duggan will be leaving Athea on Easter Sunday after nearly six years serving in the parish. Fr. Brendan takes up a new post with his religious congregation in Rockwell College. Fr Denis and Fr Tony will be taking over responsibility for the parish of Athea from Easter Sunday onwards. Fr Jack O’Donnell will celebrate Mass on Monday evening at 7.00pm. Thanks to Fr Jack for his help and assistance. Spring Stations: Fr Tony would like to thank all who contributed to the recent Spring Stations collection. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated.  Monthly Mass for the sick of the parish will be celebrated at 10am on the last Friday of the month. Stations of the Cross every Friday morning at 9.30am.  Confessions every Thursday morning after 10am Mass and Saturday evening from 6 -6.20 pm.  St. Vincent de Paul have launched an appeal for volunteers, contact 01-8848246. First Friday Communion visits. Fr Tony has postponed his First Friday Communion calls until Holy Week (10th –17th April). He will be in contact with the people involved to make arrangements.  He thanks everyone who contacted him while he was isolating.