By Marian Harnett

CONGRATULATIONS: Emma Begley, The Hill, Abbeyfeale,  recently composed a new anti-bullying slogan for use in Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Knocknasna.

“Bullies thrive when we hide, stand up, speak out”. The competition was organised by the student Council.

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.

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.

THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD:  PRO of the Glórach management committee Lorcan Curtin writes:  “”After a memorable run of seven nights over two weekends, the curtains came down on the Abbeyside Players production of The Righteous are Bold on Saturday night.  A challenging play that enthralled the crowds that attended, the group also introduced a host of new actors to the stage.  It was a pleasure to host the group, and we eagerly look forward to their next production.   Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís”.

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

PAGEANT:  A Good Friday pageant on The Passion of Christ will be staged in St John the Baptist Church, Tralee, after a three-year break.  There are about 40 people involved, the Good Friday Ceremony will commence at 3pm on April 15. Fr. Pat Ahern, began the Pageant over 20 years ago.

LEARN A NEW SKILL: There’s a course starting shortly at the old Tech on how to convert a van into a working camper van. Ring 068 31198 for all the details.

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. One day retreats will also take place during the months of August and September. Three Day Pilgrimages will commence in July and continue in July and August.  Saturday, August 13 is the last day for pilgrims to begin the Three-Day Pilgrimage.  Easter Monday, April18 is Pilgrim Path Day. Join the Prior and Lough Derg Team for a guided walk on the lakeshore around Lough Derg. This is one of the events marking Pilgrim Path Week in Ireland. Registration essential. For further information log on to or ring 071 9861518.

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.

ORCHARD FOSTERING: Ireland is experiencing a shortage of foster carers, and we need your help. If you would like to help support a child or young person in need, contact Orchard Fostering today on(021) 2038332 or visit

NOONANS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Our charity cheque presentation took place in the Longcourt hotel, Newcastle west .Many thanks to everyone who donated so generously this year,  We raised a new record amount €28,600.

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:  Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8pm followed by Adoration until 10pm. Confessions after all ceremonies. Good Friday Ceremony at 3pm and Stations of the Cross at 8pm.  Holy Saturday Confessions 11-1pm, Blessing of baskets at 12 noon – all welcome Mass at 8pm.  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.  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.

SLIABH NOTES TO PLAY THE GLÓRACH:   Sliabh Notes are confirmed to play the Fleadh by the Feale festival main concert at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale on Saturday,  April 30, doors 7:30pm, start 8pm, Adm €15. Tickets go on sale soon from Sheehys Hardware Store & Slice of Life or direct from the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale contact 087 1383940. Should be a great night at this gorgeous venue.

UKRAINING REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NCW: 60 people from Ukraine are staying in Cahermoyle House. Any donations would be appreciated. Contact person is Deirdre Ambrose Ardagh Community Council 087 9509218.