Monday, 18 March 2019




The annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade was well supported last Sunday and large crowds lined the route to cheer on the parade and the participants.

Templeglantine Comhaltas kicked off proceedings with a lively session of music in The Square which had the appreciative audience tapping their feet and clapping their hands in time to a variety of jigs, reels and hornpipes. It set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

The parade was led by the ever popular Rathkeale Brass Band who have become something of a St Patrick’s Day fixture in the town in recent times and always receive a warm welcome.

An assortment of floats, vintage cars, tractors, bicycles, motor bikes, musicians and various local and youth organizations followed on in an imaginative display of pageantry and entertainment.

Prize for best float went to FitAll Shopfitting while the best decorated window was won by Kathleen’s Foodstore The youth award went to Tournafulla GAA.

The organizing committee would like to thank the following for their help and support; Main parade sponsors, Twohigs Supervalu, Abbeyfeale, for their generous support again this year. All of the participants without whom there would be no parade. The people who decorated their windows so tastefully. The crowds who gathered along the pavements and offered their support and encouragement as the parade passed by. Everyone who contributed to the recent church gate collection. All Star Deliveries for supplying the stage, and The Fáilte for the loan of the steps. James Kennedy for the sound system. Kathleen Collins of Jack Foley's Bar for supplying food and refreshments. The local Gardai who kept the traffic running smoothly. The various stewards and all who assisted on the day. A big thank you to everyone concerned. 

*Mix-up in the jerseys!
We inadvertanltly named Templeglantine as winners of the Best Youth Award. This should have been Tournafulla. Our apologies to both clubs for the mistake.
 Tournafulla being presented with their award for Best Youth Entry

Three generations of Foleys! Rita Foley with Gerard and Breeda and their daughter enjoying the St Patrick's Day Parade.

Our new curate from India is welcomed to the parish by local dignitaries at the St Patrick's Day Parade

LOURDES PILGRIMS:  It is estimated that over six million people go on pilgrimage to Lourdes every year. Over the years parishioners from Abbeyfeale both young and  old have been part of the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage or travelled with other pilgrimage groups, such as the SAGART Pilgrimage in September, now the Limerick Autumn Pilgrimage or in Youth Pilgrimage Groups.  Abbeyfeale parishioners have a strong devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes and to St Bernadette. Lourdes is a very special for people who are ill. Each year through the financial support of parishioners we enable people who are sick to travel to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage.  This coming weekend, the annual church gate collection in aid of the Abbeyfeale Lourdes Pilgrim Fund will be taken up at all Masses. You are asked to be as generous as you can.
HARNETT REUNION:  Preparations are now in full swing for the reunion in July. Many Harnetts are travelling from overseas, with bookings already secured from New Zealand, the U.S.A., Italy and the U.K.  We would love to include all Harnett families in West Limerick/North Kerry in this event. Please contact us on Facebook of by email : for information. All welcome.  Abbeyfeale will be decked out in the blue and gold Harnett colours for the festival. There will be genealogy, bus tours, a concert, a gala banquet and a memorial Mass, all at different venues around West Limerick/North Kerry. Please spread the word far and wide. The event is open to everybody, whether Harnett, Hartnett or other.   For our previous reunion in 2012 we published a magazine with the family stories and histories, along with photographs and articles of local interest. We would now like items for this year’s magazine. Do you have any photographs or stories that you would like included? It is important that all families are represented. So please, take a look in your attic or the chest under the bed and see if you have an item for publication and use the email address or Facebook to contact the committee. We will need the items in good time for publication and we are willing to photocopy documents and return the originals immediately.
IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES:  Abbeyfeale branch of Conradh na Gaeilge kick started Adult Irish Speaking classes on March 6. As a result of the large numbers signed up for the classes, the venue for the classes have moved to St Itas Hall, Convent St, tosnú 7:30pm to 8:30pm.  There will be 2 classes, a Bun rang (beginners) & an Ard rang (more advanced). The main aim of these classes are to promote and encourage Irish Speaking in the locality. For more information or to book your place contact Dónal on 068 31661 or email

OPEN DAY: An invitation has been issued by the Board of St Ita's Sheltered Housing to their Open Day on Saturday April 27. There will be a cup of tea in the Day Care Centre following the unveiling of a plaque in honour of the late Canon Neville whose brainchild the Sheltered Housing was.  The evening will conclude with music by Lost Souls at The Winners’ Circle. 
LEXIO DIVINA:    It is hoped to have Lexio Divina after Friday’s 10am Mass. Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of scripture is read, and then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.  Everyone welcome.

LIAM FLYNN COMMEMORATION AT GLÓRACH:  On the evening of Friday, April 5 we will be holding an event commemorating the late Liam Flynn, a renowned master of the craft of woodturning who achieved worldwide fame in his field.  There will be an exhibition of some of Liam's work and a short film made of Liam in his workshop in Abbeyfeale in 2011, documenting the process of woodturning.  We are delighted to be hosting this event, especially as Liam was a great supporter of the Glórach Theatre, and hopefully in celebrating his work we may offer inspiration to budding local artists.

FRANKIE COMES TO THE GLÓRACH:  Frankie Gavin (of De Danann fame) and his band will be making their way to the Glórach Theatre on Friday, May 3 for what should be a fantastic night of music.  For bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE:  Mary MacArthur in association with the Wednesday Club is holding a Tea Dance in memory of Mary’s late husband Hughie, in Fr Casey’s GAA Hall, Abbeyfeale from 3 - 6pm on Sunday, April 14.  All proceeds to Milford Care Centre.  Music by Mike Condon.  Tickets €5 from 087 6377310.  Raffle.  All donations gratefully accepted.
BINGO AT THE GLORÁCH:  Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm

FR. CASEY’S CARDS MARCH 15:  Winning prize divided between two teams with 12 games each were; Paddy Sullivan, Dan Reidy, Jerry O’Connor.  JD Foley, Christine O’Donoghue, Gerard Murphy.  Table prize won by;  Dan Brosnan, Nora Lyons, John Lyons.  Door prize; Bridie Collins.  Raffle; Paddy Sullivan, Dan Dillane, Eamon Scannell, Dan Scanlon, Mike Leahy.
FLEADH BY THE FEALE:  Celebrity concert this year by The Kilfenora Ceili Band who are celebrating 120 years on the road.  The fleadh takes place May 2-6, concert Sunday, May 5.  Great interest this year in the Bones playing competition so all you aspiring world champions out there – get practicing.