By Marian Harnett

A TIMELY WARNING: I received the following during the week: “Marian, the following might be of some benefit as a caution for pedestrians using the crossing outside the Church in Abbeyfeale; and as a warning for offending drivers: I have occasion several times a week to park near the well-lit pedestrian crossing at the Church at around 7 a.m. while waiting for the Limerick Bus. I have seen multiple instances of cars/vans deliberately breaking the amber lights – and even the red lights – while pedestrians were entitled and about to proceed across. This dangerous and illegal practice is a real threat to life and welfare and could result in serious injury or even death for an innocent pedestrian. The fact that it is done deliberately and with full knowledge of the pedestrian’s presence makes it a criminal matter. From my observations, most motorists obey the law, but those who don’t are a real danger to pedestrians.      Anon.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA:  Our annual Christmas cake sale will take place in St. Ita’s Hall on Sunday, December 11 from 10am – 1[m.  Hope all our generous bakers will continue to support us.  Donations can be left in Batt’s the day before or dropped to the hall Sunday morning.  We look forward to your continued support.

KNOCK Shrine Night Vigil. The Feast of Immaculate Conception Wednesday, 7th December, Coaches Departs: Listowel…………..5:00pm (The Bridge); Abbeyfeale………5:15pm (The Church), contact: O’Shea’s.

ADORATION Abbeyfeale: Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and  Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

PRAYER MEETING:  Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure; Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House is on the third Thursday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Cent

EXCITING NEW VENTURE:  Best wishes to Eamon McElligott, of Brown Joe’s, Abbeyfeale Road, Athea who has recentely opened his newly renovated kitchen and upstairs dining room which is now available for  Christmas bookings.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Best wishes  to Kearney’s Home baking  on becoming a Gold Member of Origin Green Ireland recently.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION:  St Vincent De Paul: The Annual Church Gate Collection in support ofSt Vincent DePaul will take place on the weekend of the 10th/11th of December.
Any donations you can give will be greatly appreciated.

SIAMSA: Irish Rambling House Show, organized by Kay O’Leary and Joe Harrington. The show will be at Siamsa Tire on Wednesday, November 30 as part of the Radio Kerry concert series.

CELTIC BROTHERS’ will bring their Christmas Show to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. For tickets call 089- 4314765, they are also available at the Zip Yard, NewcastleWest as well as all the usual outlets in town.

CHRISTMAS MARKET at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18.

GLÓRACH: Abbeyfeale on Film dates Nov. 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December.  Archival footage of the town has been brought together under one film.  Tickets for all events can be booked at or by calling 0871383940.

FUNDING – SSE Renewable invites community groups to apply for funding from their community fund.  The groups need to be within a 20km radius of their Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada, and Athea  wind farms in West Limerick and Lenamore wind farm in County Kerry. Preference will be given to those within 5km. For more information visit or contact their Community Fund Manager on 086 878 3104. Email: [email protected]

THE SIMPLE LIFE:  Local lady, Catherine Fitz from Knocknasna has written a book that can be used as a guide to living the good life.   Full of gems of wisdom it’s available from An Siopa Milsean and Heavenly Gifts.

45 CARD DRIVE:  The 45 Card Drive continues in Raheenagh Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm.  All welcome.

CD ON SALE FOR ST. ITA’S:   A CD in aid of St Ita’s Hospital now available; 15 songs on the CD all from local artists. The artists include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin,  Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright.  The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up,  The Old Rugged Cross,  Golden Rose,  Some Enchanted Evening,  Panis Angelicas,  Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border,  The Dying Rebel,  I Fall To Pieces,  The Rose,  Bendemeer ‘s Stream,  Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD is available from An Siopa Milsean, Main St., Noreen Collins Chemist, Killarney Rd and Pat Buckley’s.

LEARN TO DANCE:  Social dancing classes in the Plaza Hall, Listowel every Monday night for beginners 7.30 – 9pm.  Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Foxtrot.  Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Barnagh Hub December 11 and 18.   Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

CFR Course on Saturday, December 3, run by N.E. Kerry Community First responders at Knockanure Community Centre, contact 087 686 3776

GREENWAY: Limerick Council will start work on a new Greenway car park at Station Road, Newcastle West in early 2023. Design teams have been appointed to design Greenway Hubs at the Ardagh Stationhouse and the Abbeyfeale Railway Goods Shed.