Dogs Being Stolen, Cars and Vans Acting Suspiciously in Abbeyfeale Area

Dog owners in the general Abbeyfeale area are being advised to be on the alert for suspicious care and van activity in the area and men offering to buy dogs amid reports that dogs have gone missing in the area. The dogs in the photograph are for illustrative purposes only. ©Photographs: John Reidy

There are reports of cars and vans acting suspiciously in and around Abbeyfeale and that dogs are being stolen in the general area.

By: Marian Harnett

People in the area are being advised to be careful as several reports are circulating in the locality of men calling to houses looking to buy dogs.

Dog owners are being advised not to leave them out and about unless they are accompanied by an adult.

They’re also advised to report any suspicious vehicles or approaches in their areas to the local Garda station and to tip off neighbours as soon as they become aware of that kind of activity.

Good News Story

There is welcome news that Minister Michael Ring, has allocated €1.5million to Limerick City and County Council out of a total national fund of €13million to help tackle dereliction in some towns and villages in the county.

Parish Church To Reopen In Early July

As we approach the next phase of easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, places of worship will be allowed to reopen from 29th June.

In order to comply with the social distancing measures, our church in Abbeyfeale will have a much-reduced seating capacity.

In line with the latest directives issued by the Government, the number of people allowed to attend Mass for the first phase of opening is restricted to 50 people.

In Abbeyfeale parish we will have a gradual opening of our church with four masses a week where parishioners will able to attend.

We hope to be ready to welcome parishioners back to mass during the first week of July.

The masses open to the public will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm. All masses will continue to be live-streamed on the Church Services TV network.

In order for a parishioner to be present at mass it is vital to have as many volunteers as possible. This week, Fr. Tony is putting out an urgent appeal to parishioners to volunteer their time to help with stewarding, sanitizing, cleaning and other essential ministries that are evolving to ensure that when we all return to mass and that it will be a safe place for everyone.

Any person over 18 years of age is welcome to lend a helping hand. If you are willing to help, contact Fr Tony on 087 26 00 414 or Fr. Shoji on 089 44 31 922 or email the parish office at

A meeting of all volunteers will be held at the end of this week. We need as many helpers as possible, otherwise the church will not be able to open for masses as early as we would like.

Fr. Shoji and Fr. Tony would like to thank you all for your understanding and support over the past three months. Further details will be made available next weekend.

Kathleen’s Sold a €60,000 Ticket

The news broke on Thursday morning that Kathleen’s Foodstore, Convent St. had sold a Telly Bingo ticket which won €60,000.

This is the third big win that the shop has had so we’re hoping that there’s a lucky streak on Convent St. The Lucky winner was Pat Kelliher, Ballaugh.

The Best of Luck

Two businesses have opened in Abbeyfeale recently and we are all delighted with the vote of confidence in the town that this indicates.

Good luck to Eamon Foley’s Bicycle Shop in Mountmahon and Wioleta Kelly’s Abbeyfeale Interiors which has opened upstairs in Scanlon’s, Convent St.

Farmers’ Market on Friday Mornings

The weekly market has returned to the small square from 9-1pm every Friday. We thank you for your continued support.

Face Masks

Kathleen Quinn has made face masks which were donated to local nursing homes.

She has a selection available for sale so contact her on 087 28 02 704.

Water Restrictions

A ban on the use of water hoses has come into operation owing to the dry April and May.

All householders are asked to conserve water in as much as possible.