Dick Sheehy’s geese going home after the fair happy in the knowledge that they won’t be moving to a new home just yet!

Dick Sheehy’s geese going home after the fair happy in the knowledge that they won’t be moving to a new home just yet!

Christmas Street Lighting Collection 

Athea Community Council Ltd. will be holding the annual collection for the Christmas street lighting this weekend, Saturday/Sunday November 22/23. As the cost of the street lighting is getting more expensive each year we would really appreciate your support, especially from the households and businesses in the village. The overall cost last year which included erection of the strand lighting, replacement bulbs and ESB  amounted to €2,200.78. The collection last year totalled €678 and we received a grant from Limerick County Council for €505 which totals €1,183 this still leaves us with a shortfall of €1,017.78.

The street lighting really brightens up the village over the Christmas season and it would be a shame if we could no longer afford to continue with it.

Going Strong Christmas Party 

This year’s Christmas party will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at the Top of the Town. There will be a hot meal, music by Blue Rhythm, spot prizes etc. for €10 per person. Those wishing to attend are asked to please hand in their names to Rose at Brouder’s shop or to any member of the committee as soon as possible. We would also be very grateful for spot prizes.

St. Vincent de Paul

The annual Church gate collection in aid of St. Vincent de Paul will take place on the weekend of December 6th/7th at all Masses. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Listowel Community Hospital mass

Listowel Community Hospital will celebrate Mass for deceased staff members on Tuesday 25 November at 6 pm.

A representation of their families will be asked to light a candle and it would be nice to see past staff members join us to remember our colleagues.

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Kathleen’s Corner-19/11/14

By Kathleen Mullane

“Christmas Fair”

Well, Sunday next sees the much looked forward to “Christmas Fair” taking place in the hall here in Athea from 12 to 5pm. All the tables have now been taken so there will be up to 20 tables with crafts, baking, plants, make-up, paintings and so much more for everyone to browse through and hopefully you will find lots of bits and pieces to buy and with Christmas on the horizon it will be a great opportunity for everyone. Of course the highlight of the day for the young will be Santa and you can have your photo taken for just €2 or €4 for a family and of course there will be a few sweets included for that!. We are asking if anyone out there would like to support our hall and maybe give a spot prize for our raffle. Whether it be a bottle of wine, an unwanted gift you may have, indeed anything – we would be delighted to have it – every little thing helps to keep the hall up and running. And thankfully with the debt clear, thanks to you all over the past few years, we want to keep it that way. Remember it’s your hall and be proud of it. So come along on Sunday, moms, dads, grannies, granddads, children, babies, all the family and have a great day – there may even be a few carols and a bit of music also.

Congrats to Seamus and Maureen Long of Glenagragra who recently celebrated their Golden Jubilee – 50 years married, along with their family – wishing them good health and happiness for the future.

Congrats also to Una Mulvihill of Lower Athea, who celebrated her 80th birthday along with her family at the Listowel Arms.

Joan and Thomas O’Brien have become first-time grandparents, their daughter Tracy and Christopher Brosnan having been blessed with their first baby in Australia, they are calling him Nathan. Congrats all around.

If anyone out there has ink cartridges we would be pleased to have them. There will be a bucket at the hall on Sunday where you can drop them and I think Athea NS are collecting also – by doing so you will be helping Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Congrats are extended to Helen and Paul Hickey of Upper Athea on the birth of their new baby boy Cian, a little brother for Niamh. Congrats also to Donie O’Sullivan the proud grandad.

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Knockdown News-19/11/14

By Peg Prendeville

There was a great buzz around the Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College last Saturday on the opening day of the Synod2016 which Bishop Leahy has convoked for the diocese of Limerick. This is not to be confused with the Rome Synod. Over 300 representatives from parishes and groups around the county and city gathered in a spirit of enthusiasm and maybe a little bit of trepidation with not knowing what was in store. The word synod, Bishop Leahy told us, means journeying together and he said this next year and a half will be a journeying together as we try to discern how our church will go forward. He reminded us that all that is necessary is to rely on the Holy Spirit and remain faithful to the Gospels. Jean O’Rourke and I were representing Loughill/Ballyhahill. Saturday was a day of introductions and attending lectures on the significance of synods. If nothing else it is a little bit of history in the making as it is more than 70 years since a synod was held in the country and longer still since Limerick had one.We will see how it progresses.

Killeaney AFC had a very successful annual social in Knockdown on Saturday night where awards were given and food and fun was in abundance. Congratulations to the following:

Player of the year: Cathal Cummane

Supporters of the year: Bridget and Martin McSweeney

Clubperson of the year: Don Hannon

Hall of Fame: Shane Adams.

The club would like to thank all the sponsors of the raffle and all who attended. Everybody was delighted to see Mikie Woulfe win the lovely hamper so Mikie is all ready now for Christmas.

On entering the shop in Knockdown the other day I noticed a jar of Ballyhahill Honey for sale and it impressed me at how many local entrepreneurial people live in the area. We will never go hungry in Knockdown as long as we have O’Briens Cheese, Kearney’s Bread and Scones, Novelty Cakes by Lisa, Home baking by Maire Reidy McIntyre, Puddings and Sausages by Brouders, Honey by McClellan in Lime Kiln Cottage not forgetting the Knockdown coleslaw which everybody craves. I wish success to all. No doubt there are many more such little industries so apologies if I do not know them but I am inviting you to remind me.

Don’t forget to send contributions, if you have any, to the local journals. We would miss them if they were not there every Christmas.

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