By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE;  If you want something said, ask a man;  if you want something done, ask a woman.             Margaret Thatcher.

HELP TO STOP SMOKING:  “Quit Mid West is a Free Local HSE stop smoking service with clinics in your area. Quitting is much more likely to be successful with the right support, but many people still try to quit alone”. This month our Stop Smoking Advisor Stacey gives some top tips for beating cigarette cravings! HSE Quit Mid West – Dealing With Cravings – YouTube   To request a call back from a stop smoking advisor phone Quit Mid West on 065 6865841 or email   [email protected]

BLAGUARDING ON THE GREENWAY:   It seems that thumbtacks are being spread on the track so if you find them please report to the Garda Station 068 30010.

FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The Fleadh was a great success with huge crowds attending from all over the country and indeed competitors from the US and England.  We were so lucky with the good weather.  Congratulations to the winners of the busking.

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.

SLIABH NOTES AT THE GLORACH:  A fantastic night of music was enjoyed at the Glórach on Saturday night with Sliabh Notes appearing in the main concert of the Fleadh by the Feale festival.  As well as being an extraordinarily tight group in terms of their playing, the banter on stage between Matt Cranitch, Donal Murphy and Tommy O’Sullivan made for great entertainment also.  It was a pleasure to be involved with this iconic festival, and after a two year hiatus, it was refreshing and re-energising to see crowds of peoples on the streets of Abbeyfeale, as well as a large crowd at the concert.  Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís.

GLÓRACH BINGO:  The signs on the approach roads to Abbeyfeale seemed to have done the trick with large crowds attending our indoor Bingo at the Glórach, every Monday night starting at 8 pm. Prize money for the ‘house’ in eight of the games has soared from €70 to €80, aligning with the fine crowds that have attended since we moved back to the Glórach, and also courtesy of a generous Chairman.

BURSARY: Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College (MIC). The Nano Nagle Bursary Scheme includes 10 bursaries valued at €8,000 each, which are available for students participating on the MA in Christian Leadership in Education programme at MIC.  The bursaries are funded by the Presentation Sisters (Northeast and Southwest).

Applications will close on 1 June.

ROSARY FOR MAY:  Rosary at the Grottos, The Rosary will be prayed each day during the month of May at hundreds of grottos around the Island of Ireland. For details www.coastal  In Abbeyfeale we will recite the Rosary in the Square at 4pm on Saturday, May 14 as part of the Rosary Rally throughout Ireland.

WEST LIMERICK SINGING CLUB:  Delighted that the regular monthly club will take place on Friday, May 6 at 8pm in Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn.

LOUGH DERG:  The season has opened and all details of the Pilgrimage programme can be viewed on the website – included are 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.  For further information log on to or ring 071 9861518.

RACING:  Listowel Races June Festival takes place on June 4th, 5th and 6th.

TEACHING: If you are interested in teaching refugees online on a flexible basis, you’ve come to the right place! Teachers either teach English / English conversation to adults or support schoolchildren who need some extra help in a range of subjects. To get started, fill out the sign-up form below and, once there is a suitable student, RefuNet will get in touch to connect you. You are then free to arrange the classes at a time that suits you both. We ask teachers to commit to at least one hour of lessons a week for at least three months, although the time of the classes can vary between weeks.


After consultation with the Pastoral Area Council, and the parish councils in each of the five parishes, it was agreed, that due to the number of Sunday Masses celebrated in the five
churches in the area, it will no longer be possible to have funeral Masses on a Sunday. This has been the case in the diocese of Kerry for some years. We are also asking families who are bereaved, where possible, to continue with the practice of bringing the remains of the deceased to the church on the morning of the funeral Mass, rather than the night before. Over the coming weeks we will see a greater involvement of lay people in the leading of the prayers at funerals, such as the prayers for the deceased in funeral homes, in the family home of the deceased and at the burial ceremony.  Adoration will continue in the Blessed Sacrament chapel each Friday from 11am to 8pm.  There is a chart behind the Tabernacle where you may fill in your name and the time you will cover.  New Arrangements for the celebration of Baptisms: From the first weekend in June the following will be the
arrangements for baptisms in Abbeyfeale and Athea churches.  Baptisms in Abbeyfeale will be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Also, on the second Sunday of the month after the 12noon Mass. Baptisms in Athea will be celebrated on the third Saturday of the month during the summertime at 2.30pm and the third Sunday of the month in wintertime at 12noon.

Baptisms booked in prior to these new arrangements will be celebrated on the date they are booked for. To book in a baptism in Abbeyfeale call to the sacristy after Mass at 10.30a.m Tuesday – Friday or after any of the weekend Masses.  Ring 068/51915 during Mass time.  We thank parishioners for their understanding and support in these new arrangements.