News-29/06/2016

Limerick Bord na nÓg Officers, Breda Breen and Mary Hassett with Jacqueline O’Connor, Féile co-ordinator enjoying the Féile match in Athea on Saturday morning last.

Limerick Bord na nÓg Officers, Breda Breen and Mary Hassett with Jacqueline O’Connor, Féile co-ordinator enjoying the Féile match in Athea on Saturday morning last.

Daniel and Aaron Broderick enjoying the Féile match

Daniel and Aaron Broderick enjoying the Féile match

The Athea Féile team waiting to welcome the Warwickshire team on Thursday last

The Athea Féile team waiting to welcome the Warwickshire team on Thursday last

Eoghan Sheehan, on behalf of the Athea Féile team & parents, presenting a bouquet of flowers to Jacqueline O’Connor for all her hard work during the Féile weekend.

Eoghan Sheehan, on behalf of the Athea Féile team & parents, presenting a bouquet of flowers to Jacqueline O’Connor for all her hard work during the Féile weekend.

 

Athea Parish Festival

The Parish Festival takes place this coming week starting on Thursday, June 30th with an Afternoon Tea Party at the Top of the Town with music by Ger Conaghan. If you haven’t already given your names in please do so immediately to Peggy Casey or Brouder’s Shop. There will be a card game at the Top of the Town on the same night at 9pm. Friday see’s the Barman’s Race in the village at 8.30pm and also a Slow Bike Race with a Comhaltas Concert at 9.30pm. Dart Tournament at White’s Bar at 10pm and music in the Top of the Town by No Direction  at 10.30pm.

On Saturday at 2pm there will be an underage Soccer Tournament in the Hall and a Barbeque at Collin’s Bar from 6pm to closing with the Festival Queen introduction on stage in the village at 9pm and a Céilí in the Hall at 9.30pm.

To finish off the weekend there will be a Fancy Dress parade and prize giving at 12 noon, a 5k Road Race at 1pm with registration from 11.45 am and the grand finale of the Festival Queen competition will take place at the Top of the Town from 10pm with music by Michael O’Brien.

So here’s wishing the Festival every success and please come out and  enjoy the wide variety of events over the weekend.

Athea Tidy Towns

Thanks to all who have volunteered their services to water the flowers. This is cutting down on our workload and allows us to concentrate on other projects. Also the weather is also playing its part in preventing the flowers from drying out!

Work is due to start this week at the Gazebo at the bridge. The timber is being replaced with a slate roof. This is a joint project between Athea Community Council and ourselves.

Our fairy trail is also getting a makeover in the coming weeks with extra signage being erected and some doors added. Watch this space!

Thanks to Kieran Griffin and Margaret Watters for organising and  painting the wall in front of the school. The school is now looking very clean and bright and the hanging baskets add a nice splash of colour.

Well done to Athea GAA on the success of their recent Féile. The grounds are looking splendid at the moment. Congratulations to all involved.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Horgan’s Garage, Athea and Adams of Glin who have sponsored our insurance for the coming year. This is a great help to our group and we are extremely grateful.

Damage Done

On Saturday evening last at 7.20pm as parishioners were coming to mass, on the way down the hill between the GAA pitch and graveyard, it was noticed that boys were hitting the tops off all the flowers with hurleys. The Tidy Towns group have been informed by those passing who these boys were. Unless they come forward to the Tidy Towns group admitting responsibility the group will have no alternative but to go further with the matter.

Annual Day Trip

To Athlone on July 19th. Bus leaves Newcastle West at 7.30 am via Abbeyfeale, Athea 8.30am, Carrigkerry, Ardagh, Rathkeale & South Court Hotel, Limerick. Contact: Marie on 087-7674832

Donie Nolan CD Launch

Donie Nolan from Kilcolman will launch his solo CD the Banks of the Abha Bhán at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on this Thursday 30th June with a start time of 9pm.  Donie is one of Ireland’s finest accordion players and is also an All-Ireland champion singer. Along with his wife Maura (nee Ahern from Knockfinisk) he appears regularly at the Top of the Town here in Athea. He is also much in demand for ceilithe with his band “Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band” and has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann concert groups. The Devon Inn will be well worth a visit on Thursday night and we wish Donie all the best with the CD.

Athea Voluntary Housing Association Limited

House to Let at St. Bartholomew’s Villas, Athea, Co. Limerick

Would suit single, senior person

Applicants must be registered with Limerick City & County Council for Housing

Please apply in writing to

Margaret Scanlon, Glenagragra, Athea, Co. Limerick

Closing date for applications   Friday, July 8th

Festival Time

This coming weekend sees the second staging of Athea Parish Festival which is organised by the Con Colbert Community Hall Committee. From Thursday afternoon to Sunday night there will be something for people of all ages  to enjoy from the tea party to card games, darts, barman’s race, slow bike race, fancy dress, 5K road race, Ceili, Comhaltas Concert, Festival Queen, dances and barbeques. Hope I haven’t left anything out of this very full and exciting programme of events. All we need now is a bit of fine weather. I can’t help thinking back to the old carnivals in Athea in the middle of the last century. They were organised by the G.A.A. and the village would be packed for the duration. We had a dozen pubs in those days and each one would be full as people came, not only from our own parish but from neighbouring parishes as well, to join in the festivities. There was a lot more drinking in those days than there is now.  We hear a lot about binge drinking, especially by the younger generation, but they wouldn’t hold a candle to the drinkers of old. Young people generally confine their drinking to the weekends and then maybe on one night only but, back in the ‘seventies, the bars were doing a brisk trade day and night. Some people couldn’t even go to the creamery in the morning without having a pint or two. Thankfully there were very few motor vehicles on the road so accidents were scarce. Anyway a good time would be had by all at the carnival.

In those days regulations were not as strict as they are today. A marquee would be erected for dancing, which was the main source of income over the week. Bands would be booked from all over the country and the place would be heaving with bodies. The problem of toilets was solved by letting the men use the bushes out the back but the ladies presented a problem. On the first occasion of using a marquee the problem was solved by a local business man who cordoned off one area outside and placed an empty paint bucket in it for the ladies to use! Needless to say they weren’t amused. As time went on things improved and, though they wouldn’t have a hope of passing inspection today, proper toilets were supplied. At that time there were no direct telephone lines. If you wanted to make a call you had to turn a handle to get through to the local exchange who patched you through to Listowel if you were going outside the area. Making a call home from England was a similar task. During one carnival my aunt Nora, who lived in Coventry was trying to call my mother (we had one of the few phones in the parish  – very posh!) about 8pm in the evening. She went through the local exchange to the international one which got her as far as Dublin and then onto Listowel and finally to Athea.  The operator asked to be connected to Athea 17 which was our number at the time. The late Edsie O’Connor R.I.P. was manning the switchboard and answered; “there is no point in looking for them, they are at the carnival, I saw them a couple of minutes ago”.  That was service for you.

One of the highlights of the carnival was the donkey derby. There was great rivalry between local donkey owners and there was often a “ringer” slipped in. On one occasion a donkey qualified for the final but when he appeared at the starting line he was a lot bigger than  when he qualified half an hour before. Of course a row ensued but eventually peace was restored and the race was finally run when the big donkey was disqualified. Happy days. No problem with insurance in those days. If you wanted to run a donkey derby in the street now it would be nearly impossible to get insurance cover for it. Despite the absence of donkeys, enjoy the forthcoming festival.

 Domhnall de Barra

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Kathleen’s Corner-29/06/2016

By Kathleen Mullane

‘What a Sporting Weekend’

Well, it indeed was a wonderful weekend here in Athea! From the moment the U-14 Warwickshire team arrived in Athea on Thursday evening until they left on Sunday evening there was “a great buzz” around the village. The boys and their mentors stayed in various Athea team member’s homes for the weekend. A great crowd watched the game at Páirc na nGael here in Athea on Saturday morning. It was wonderful to see the new pitch “in all its glory” with new goalposts, this was the 1st game being played on it and what a sight it was! After the game everyone was treated to refreshments in the Clubhouse, well done to all the helpers.

After the game in Kanturk almost 50 clubs held their parade that evening in Newcastle West. What a sight that was with all the boys decked in their club colours. Back to the hall then where Coleen and Matt yet again put on a wonderful spread. Once again great help from mothers and everyone. Paul Curry, Chairman, thanked Warwickshire and everyone who organized and helped in any way to make the weekend a huge success. Pat O’Sullivan, manager, was presented with a token of appreciation and Jacqueline O’Connor with a bouquet of flowers for her massive input into the Féile. Warwickshire said “Athea had been so kind to them all and the friendships they had made between the young team members and mentors would indeed be lasting. Athea have been formally invited to England when it suits the Athea Club.

John Hunt was quiz-master Saturday night and all the boys enjoyed the quiz immensely. Unfortunately having reached the quarter final Warwickshire were beaten on Sunday by Currow in Knocknagree.

The goodbyes were said after the Ireland game, watched at the Top of the Town. In all it was just a wonderful weekend of sport, friendship, helping out and so much more. Even Teady Hunt, in his 80s, opened his home to the 4 Warwickshire mentors and rumour has it that he’s going into the B&B business – being a dab hand at cooking them full Irish breakfasts!.

The Athea Club cannot be complimented enough for the organization etc that went into the Féile. Well done to all. I really think that Athea GAA should be given our parish’s full support and as many families as possible to buy a ticket for the forthcoming 500 Club Draw. And if you haven’t yet gone up to see the pitch and running track, do so – they need all support to lower the new field debt.

Now this weekend Athea has the “Parish Festival” to look forward to. Don’t forget the 5k run/walk on Sunday – registration starts at 11.45 am in the hall. We wish all the girls going forward for the Festival Queen all the very best. The Fancy Dress is on Sunday at 12 o’clock and the Céilí from 4-7 pm in the hall.

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Knockdown News-29/06/2016

By Peg Prendeville

Ballyhahill parish is covered in flags and posters to celebrate Ben Bett’s achievements  with the U20 Rugby Cup team. Though the team was beaten in the final on Saturday night the whole parish and beyond is proud of his hard work and talent at reaching the final. We wish him luck and success in his future career.

Ballyhahill village is looking very well at the moment due to the newly formed, enthusiastic Development Committee members who are busy putting up flower baskets and encouraging house-owners to clean and paint. Great work can be done when a team works together. The proof can be seen in Athea village also.

Congratulations to Pat Kenrick, Clounleharde  and Norma McCarthy, Kilcornan, who got married last weekend. We wish them both a happy future together.

Congratulations to the U12 Gerald Griffin’s girls from Loughill/Ballyhahill and Glin  who won the county last weekend. A proud moment for the players and their families. Well done.

Most of the schools have their holidays now and “the long, hot summer” begins for them. We live in hope that our sun has not gone away altogether and that they will get a chance to have fun outdoors

It was nice to see David Noonan, Clounleharde and Seán Prendeville, Glenbawn home from Australia for a short visit recently to catch up with family and friends.

It is great to read that Tommy Moran is out of danger and we will continue to pray for his full recovery.

 

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