Benny Thade McCarthy, Duagh, presenting a Cheque of €8,025 to The Friends Of St. Ita’s Hospital, Newcastlewest proceeds from a fundraising dance that was held on St Patrick’s Night in The Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale, pictured with the committee of St. Ita’s Hospital

Rambling House

Benny Thade McCarthy Finial rambling house of the season will take place on Monday night, June 5th this is a fundraising night for Dromcollogher Respite Centre which was recently renovated. All singers, musicians, dancers and storytellers welcome doors open at 8.30 and show begins at 9 please come along and show your support for such a worthy cause. For more information contact Benny on 0879918546

Dromcollogher & District Respite/Care Centre is a purpose-built single storied centre incorporating a three-unit twenty-bed residence. It was established by huge voluntary local community effort in conjunction with various statutory bodies and many generous donors to help meet a growing need in our society at the present time. The Centre provides short-term care for senior citizens within the general catchment area of Limerick and North Cork.

Benny will Resume again on the first Monday night in September. Thank you for all your support since last October.

Peg Prendeville with her son Sean on Mothers Day in Australia

Athea Community Games

Athea Community Games will have there athletic day on Sunday, May 21st at Athea GAA pitch at 2pm.  Races for preschool, u6 to u16, long puck and novelty races. All are welcome and anyone who can help out on the day would be much appreciated.

Athea CCE

Church gate collection this weekend Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st May at both masses. Your support, as always, would be greatly appreciated.

Ladies Monthly Night Out

The Ladies monthly night out will now take place on Friday, May 26th at Brown Joe’s. This will be our final night before the summer break. Jules will be performing a Neil Diamond tribute on the night and food will be served at 9pm sharp.

We will be back again in September.

Joe Aherne, Athea

Walking for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Combining 3 walks

First walk on May 20th, a 50mile challenge in Sneem, Co. Kerry.

Second walk on June 10th, a 50 mile challenge in Moylagh, Co. Meath.

Third walk, a 23 mile walk from Ardagh to Listowel on August 5th to include a 3 mile loop in Athea. More information on this walk nearer the time.

Joe can be contacted on 086-8155614. Donations gratefully accepted for this worthy cause as Joe’s grandson is being treated there at the moment.

St. Vincent de Paul Ballybunion Holiday

The St. Vincent de Paul society are organising a one week stay in Ballybunion from June 15th to 23rd this year. For more details on this please contact 087-6216255

Rehab Collection

Sincere thanks to all who contributed to our Church gate collection last weekend. The amount raised was €545.


The last of the tea dances for this season takes place at Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse on Sunday, May 21 with dancing to Noel Cronin.  Funds raised go to Abbeyfeale Parish Community Garden.


The annual Dog Show takes place at the Town Park from 2pm on Sunday, May 21.  Twelve classes, twelve winners compete for best in show.  €2 per class.  Enjoy the new zip line, freshly painted playgrounds, river side and woodland walks.  Bring all the family, maybe not the cat though.


The Board of Management of West Limerick Radio would like to advise all stall holders and customers that the car boot sale has been discontinued due to its rapid decline over the past 12 months.  They would like to thank all those who supported it over the past 12 years.

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Kathleen’s Corner-17/05/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

A free basic internet skills 10 hour training programme will be coming to Athea Library in September/October. Topics covered include introduction to the internet, internet safety and security, email search engines etc. This course is open to everyone and will be the first training course to be held in the newly refurbished  library. For further information or to book a place contact Damien Ahern on 087-9042477.

Plans of the newly proposed church car park are in different locations and shops etc in the village. Fr. Duggan has them put up to give everyone an idea of what the new extension will look like when it’s completed.

Congrats and good wishes are extended to Christopher Barrett and Sharon of Lower Rd, Athea who were blessed with their first baby recently, a little girl they are calling Emily. We congratulate the proud grandmother Agatha Barrett of Markievicz Park also.

Our eldest citizen passed away this week namely Molly White of Gortnagross, Athea who was in her 99th year. Many came to sympathise with her family and relatives at Kelly’s on Saturday evening. Burial took place in Holy Cross on Sunday after requiem mass. Sympathy is extended to the Casey family and relations on her death. ‘May she rest in peace’.

Sympathy also goes to Derek Byrne of Gortnagross on the recent death of his mother Emily last week. So soon after his father had passed away just weeks ago. ‘Go ndeana Dia trocaire le na h’anam’.

Josie Golding (sister of Agatha Barrett & Birdie Kinsella, Athea) was also laid to rest this past week, having reposed at Riedy’s funeral home NewcastleWest. Sympathy to her immediate and extended family. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

Hannah Mai Collins, The Nurseries, Upper Athea lost her brother Michael Sheehy suddenly also last week. Michael was a native of Lyreacrompane/Ardfert. Sympathy goes to Hannah Mai and all the Collins family. ‘May he rest in peace’.

Our oldest parish resident now (since Molly White passed) is Nan Hurley who is also in her late nineties. Nan’s sister-in-law Helen stack of Templeglantine was also laid to rest this Monday in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea. ‘May the light of heaven shine on her’ 

What a sight to behold on Sunday morning last when nearly 500 cyclists pedaled their way through Athea on the cycle run ‘Remembering Zoe’ all doing their utmost for the various charities that would benefit from their hard work. Well done to all who took part.

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Knockdown News-17/05/2017

By Peg Prendeville

I said that travel broadens the mind so mine is expanding rapidly every day. Darwin, which is named after the famous Charles Darwin, is a much more modern and green city than I had expected.  It is kept very clean and tidy, with no sign of rubbish on streets or roads. People are paid to recycle their bottles and cans! It is much hotter than cities like Sydney or Brisbane which are further south; therefore many of the houses are rather dark inside to keep out the bright sunlight. At night we sleep with a ceiling fan going non stop and sometimes the aircon turned on also! Mind you we are getting adjusted and do not find it as hot as the first days. 33 seems to be the normal day temperature and it goes down to 23 by midnight.

We have most meals outdoors and watch the beautiful sunsets for which Darwin is well known. I am amazed that the sun sets so rapidly around 6.30pm. I still have not found out why so I must do some more research on that! Many people sit out on the beaches or cliffs to watch it and take many photos. It is beautiful. I am aware that it is just as lovely at home in Glin or Ballybunion but it is guaranteed here every evening. That’s the difference.

As I write, I am listening to a bird which sounds a bit like the cuckoo but is not. His note is cuckooo-cuckuh, cuckooo-cuckuh and he/she loves to sing all day. It is not as melodious as the cuckoo we hear at home.

The people here in shops etc seem very friendly and laid back. No stress here. But it must be very hard to do physical work in the heat. There are positives and negatives to everything I suppose. The greatest negative to me is the distance from home and family but maybe the lifestyle and fine weather makes up for that. Sean’s and Bernie’s friends seem to be happy anyway. Many of their friends are Irish but not all. We met Daniel Hynes who seems quite happy here so far. Talking to those who live here they tell me that the lifestyle is just perfect but that they miss family. Other than that life is good.

Speaking of family all mothers were asked to stand for a special blessing at the Sunday morning Mass as it was Mother’s Day in Australia last Sunday. Each was presented with a little bookmark as a token. Nice touch.

Congratulations to Pa Brouder, Glenbawn and Miriam Langan, Glasha who got engaged in the past week.  Lovely to hear.

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