News-22/04/2015

Knockdown Vintage & Estuary Macra committee presenting a cheque to Jim Leahy & Mary Collins, Athea St. Vincent de Paul Society

Knockdown Vintage & Estuary Macra committee presenting a cheque to Jim Leahy & Mary Collins, Athea St. Vincent de Paul Society

Knockdown Vintage & Estuary Macra wish to thank all who supported them and donated spot prizes and helped in any way. Thanks to Ta and Ita for the use of their premises and Martin Sheahan for 2 hoppers of turf in Athea.

Thank You 

The Athea Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul wishes to sincerely thank the Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra na Feirme for their very generous donation to our funds.

Parenting Positively 

Why not come along to a one night seminar on the challenges facing parents today?

Delivered in a relaxed, informal manner, this aims to equip parents with ‘know how’ on some of the challenges facing teenagers.

This seminar takes place on Thursday, April 23rd from 7.30 to 9pm in Coláiste Íde & Iosef, Abbeyfeale.

Delivered by Anthony O’Shaughnessy who has been working as a counsellor and therapist for over twenty years in areas such as relationship issues, family issues, addictions, anxiety, depression, abuse, sexuality, childhood problems and bereavement.  Open to all parents. No booking necessary.

Athea Tidy Towns

On Good Friday morning April 3rd the roads around Athea were a hive of activity with many out picking litter from the roadsides as part of the Team Limerick Clean Up Campaign sponsored by JP McManus. It was a great achievement as a parish to have individuals from each road leading into the village out picking litter. As a result of this initiative some have now agreed to ‘adopt’ a stretch of road and keep it litter-free all year round. If you would be interested in adopting a road contact any member of our committee and equipment will be provided. Our committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the clean up and thanks also to Rose Enright for sponsoring refreshments on the day.

Our committee are now busy preparing projects for the coming months to further enhance our village. An exciting project that is currently being researched is the construction of a Heritage Trail throughout the village identifying 20 important heritage sites, mapping them and erecting plaques at their location. We have enlisted the help of local historians Jamie Kelly and Thady Hunt who have chosen the sites and are currently gathering further information. This project has revealed a lot of important historical information about our parish that was previously unknown. This trail will be of immense interest to visitors to our parish in the future.

Recently we organised for the trees at Markievicz Park to be pruned to tidy up this central village green. The trees are now a more attractive shape. The recent spell of fine weather has also allowed our very talented resident artist James Dunn to continue work on his mural at the site of Shine’s Forge. All this work is done voluntarily under the watchful eye and care of his wife Liz. Since this family moved to Athea they have immersed themselves in the life of the village and we are extremely happy that this family chose Athea as their home.

Work is also ongoing at the Goold Monument. The attractive stonework adds considerably to the site and once work is complete at  the site we plan to erect informative plaques about the site and the protestant church that was once located here. Sadly, the protestant church was knocked some years ago, but at least we will do our utmost to enhance the site of the Goold Monument which thankfully survived! Watch this space.

Seamus Sexton and family who helped out with Team Limerick Clean Up on Good Friday 

Seamus Sexton and family who helped out with Team Limerick Clean Up on Good Friday

Local Historians Thady Hunt and Jamie Kelly with Henry Moran planning Athea Heritage Trail recently 

Local Historians Thady Hunt and Jamie Kelly with Henry Moran planning Athea Heritage Trail recently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work underway at the Athea Mural by artist James Dunn

Work underway at the Athea Mural by artist James Dunn

Down Memory Lane

I was playing golf with a couple of friends the other day and we were remembering some great football matches of the past. As we compared the teams we went back to the times before television when radio was the only medium and even further still to the times when there were only a handful of radios in any parish. On the day of a match the house that owned a radio would be full to the rafters and on a fine day people would listen through the windows from the yard. There was great excitement as Micheál Ó Hehir brought us through every catch, every kick and every score as if we were present at the game. He was a fantastic commentator and could engender excitement as his voice got faster and  louder as he described the heroics on the field. As youngsters we would rush out after the match and become one of the great players we had listened  to  as we tried to emulate our heroes.

There were some great stories about the radio and television when they first came into our lives. Some of the older people could not understand how voices were coming from boxes on a shelf. One old couple had the loan of a radio and when it came to six o’clock the Angelus sounded. As it did the man of the house took out his pocket watch and declared: “that little radio is a good time keeper.”  I mentioned the radio was on loan. It was left for safe keeping by a man from Abbeyfeale called Gerry Sullivan. He was originally from Newmarket in County Cork but settled in Abbeyfeale and had a good business selling radios. One of his sales methods was to call to a house and of course he would be invited in for a cup of tea. After a while he would ask the people of the house if he could leave a radio with them for a couple of days as he had a load of stuff to pick up and didn’t have enough room in the van. Of course they agreed and he would bring in the radio, all wrapped up, and leave it. After a couple of minutes he would return and say “sure ye might as well be listening to it while it is here.”  With that he would set up the radio, dry battery, wet battery and aerial and in no time the kitchen would be full of sound. Gerry would then go away and would not return for a couple of weeks by which time the people of the house had got used to the radio and didn’t want to part with it. Another sale for Gerry!.

Some good stories were told about the advent of television. A woman from Knocknasna was known to start getting dressed up approaching the time for the news  in the evening. She would comb her hair, put on makeup and change her dress to be ready for her daily date with Charles Mitchell, the news reader. She was convinced he was looking at her and could see her every move.  Another old woman was describing a play she had seen the night before to me. She was telling me how a woman was murdered and, rising from her chair, she went to the television. Pointing with her finger she said, “the blackguard choked her to death right inside in that corner”

How innocent it sounds now but can we imagine how hard it was for ordinary people from that generation  to comprehend the new technology in a time of very few luxuries and a world that had seen little change for hundreds of years. I can empathise with them when I try to understand how I can watch somebody playing football on the other side of the world as it happens or getting pictures from a machine on a distant planet. The world is wonderful.

Domhnall de Barra

 

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Kathleen’s Corner-22/04/2015

By Kathleen Mullane

Congratulations and well done to our Athea Intermediate footballers, who on Saturday evening last played in the semi-final of the West Intermediate Football Championship, against St Senan’s (Foynes) in Glin. Athea were victorious by a 2 point margin (1-8) to (0-9). They now have reached the “Final” , in which they could be playing Glin, Mountcollins or Cappagh. Watch out for the date and venue and give the team your support, they deserve it.

The “Darkness into Light” 5K walk/run which is taking place on May 9th in Newcastlewest and also in Listowel has pre-registration requirements. Registration is this Saturday 25th and also May 2nd from 10 am – 3pm at The Red Door Gallery in Newcastlewest. Last registrations will be Thursday & Friday 7th/8th May from 6-9pm. This is a great way of supporting Pieta House, who do untold work in preventing self-harm and suicide, which is so prevalent in recent years. The start time is 4.15 am on May 9th. (I’m not sure of the Listowel Times for registration etc, but no doubt it will be well advertised). Great to see that Pieta is starting up now in New York to help troubled Irish Immigrants.

Well with no births, marriages, anniversaries, important birthdays etc to report on this week, we will revert back to the beautiful weather that we are still so lucky to be experiencing. What a joy these mornings to get up early to the ‘Dawn Chorus’ and all the birds chirping! It’s a frosty start these mornings – however the sun comes up around mid-day. Turf machines have started up and the bogs are getting busy, turf is being sliced, flowers are being planted, gardens are being set, painting is being done, in all, everyone is on top of the world. Rumour has it that we may be having snow this Sunday – wonders never cease!

It’s sad to hear that 70 jobs will be going at Super Valu in the Market Yard, Newcastlewest. A sign of the times, I suppose, and with Lidl and Aldi “booming” at the moment – the recession really put them on the map when everyone was watching the prices and value for money, and many have stuck with them.

A recent survey has shown that our many beaches and rivers have come out “on top” and are among the cleanest in Europe – good news at last!

Thought for the week “Kindness is the language where the blind can see and the deaf can hear”.

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Knockdown News-22/04/2015

By Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Brian Long, Knockdown, on being voted Limerick Desmond Youth Player of the Year. Brian is an outstanding player and the Killeaney AFC is proud of him. He obviously has the same talent as his father, Liam. Well done Brian.

Ballyhahill NS is holding a table quiz in Knockdown this Friday night to raise funds towards repainting the outside of the school. All support is needed and will be appreciated so whether you have children for the school or not it promises to be a night of fun followed by a raffle and ceól agus craic. Please come along and support the school. Signs are good for new entrants this year which should boost the numbers. It is great to have a local school and it would be a disaster for the parish if it could not be maintained to the standard for which it was always well known. It is great to hear that planning permission has been granted for at least three houses ( thus three families) in the  general area between Knockdown and Ballyhahill so the future looks bright.

I have not heard the cuckoo yet but a friend in Tipperary heard him yesterday so he is on the way. It is always a sign of summer when the cuckoo and the turf machines are heard. The turf has been cut so we are on the way, hopefully.

A benefit night will be held to raise funds for  the family of baby Orlaith Geoghegan during her treatment for Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI) at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.  The funds raised will help towards Mom’s accommodation and expenses while Orlaith is in hospital. The venue is the Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday 16th   May at 8 p.m. Tickets €10 available from local outlets. Baby Orlaith is a niece to Jacqueline Mangan who runs the very successful Montessori school in Ballyhahill. 

It is nice to travel the roads since the recent Limerick Cleanup. Though some litter has again been dropped the roads are obviously cleaner and tidier. I see that other counties are organizing cleanups now too. Of course, there would be no need for these campaigns if each person took home their own rubbish.

Thanks to all who returned the Synod questionnaires last weekend. It is only by hearing people’s views that the agenda for the synod can be set.

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