Athea Hurlers   TJ Hunt, Paraic Enright, Daire O'Shea, Gearoid O'Sullivan and  Conor Mullane  with Deirdre Mullane, and Kay O'Sullivan in Croke Park on Monday last

Athea Hurlers
TJ Hunt, Paraic Enright, Daire O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan and Conor Mullane
with Deirdre Mullane, and Kay O’Sullivan in Croke Park on Monday last

Seisiún Begins

The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann sponsored traditional entertainment programme for the Summer season commences this week at more than forty 40 centres throughout the country. The Devon Inn Templeglantine is one of these centres, where on Thursday nights a host of musicians, singers and dancers combine to present a top class show of Irish traditional entertainment for visitors and locals alike. There is a cast of up to twenty entertainers on each night, many of whom have achieved All Ireland honours. Towards the end of the night, time is allowed for audience participation and for a bit of set or céilí dancing.  The Templeglantine Seisiún takes place on each Thursday night at 8.45pm.

West Limerick Singing Club

West Limerick Singing Club are now holding their monthly singing session on the first Friday of each month.  The next night in Philip Enright’s Ramble Inn will be Friday, July 3rd.  You are invited along to tell a story, sing a song or just sit and listen.


Gather by the Feale Chairperson Orla Dennison has issued an invitation to the launch of this years Gather by the Fealeto be held on Friday July 3, at Jack Ryan’s bar on Main Street, Abbeyfeale at 9pm. The Festival will take place from Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 20.  All are welcome to what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.


Abbeyfeale church Webcam is now officially switched on and broadcasting live.  Almost anyone in the world can now view live broadcasts of events in Abbeyfeale parish church by logging

A direct link from the parish website has been set up.


Tickets for Hermitage Green at the Marquee in the Grove are now on sale at the Festival Office in Mary Dan G’s and on line – – the group were recently signed by Sony and are set to go global so this may be your only chance to see them locally.   Tickets are €20 and you will also receive a 2015 Gather by the Feale wrist band which will give access to many of the festival’s events which will be happening over the weekend of July 16 – 20.


The 1st annual Soapbox Derby will take place down Abbeyfeale Hill on Saturday, July 18 from 2-6pm next during Gather by the Feale.  It will be followed by entertainment in the Festival Marquee in the Grove with No Direction, Sound as a Pound and Limerick band Hermitage Green.  Entries are now being accepted for the Derby.






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Kathleen’s Corner-01/07/2015

By Kathleen Mullane

‘What a Tragedy’

Well everyone, I’m sure, has been shocked by the terrible tragedy that occurred on Friday last in Sousse in Tunisia and with three Irish people blasted to death, along with many English – a total of 38 in all – it’s beyond belief. It could have been any beach that may have been targeted. We wonder what is going on in the world and in these young people’s heads to cause such terrible grief to so many families and ruin Tunisia’s tourism prospects, putting so many people’s jobs at risk also.

Then there was the lunatic again who beheaded his boss in France (on the same day as the Tunisian tragedy) “because of problems at home and at work”. Where is it going to end – one wonders!.

Thankfully we are living in a “hopefully” safe environment

To change to something ‘happier’ – Teresa O’Halloran’s drama group of children will have their show on this Saturday and Sunday night in the hall at 7pm. And as everyone knows Teresa is a ‘real dinger’ at the drama and no doubt the show will be a credit to her and the kids. Be there!

Well Athea was “the hive of activity” on Saturday morning last when there were so many ESB trucks and workers there erecting the new tall ESB poles, which will improve our street lighting immensely – again another “plus” for our village. Incidentally I was talking to Connie Brouder recently, of Tournafulla/Mountcollins, when they were doing the road here in Templeathea towards Glin he said “ye don’t know how lucky ye are in Athea” -saying there wasn’t even a shop now in Brosna, Tournafulla or Mountcollins – and we are extremely lucky I thought – a post office, a Credit Union, a doctor, a chemist, a community hall, a butcher’s, a vet, 2 shops, a garage, a printers, hairdressers, football pitch, soccer pitch – beautiful flowers erected by the Tidy Towns, a betting office and I must not forget the pubs. So in all we aren’t doing too badly – like other small villages bereft of conveniences and of course Friday mornings it’s nearly impossible to get parking with fish, eggs and cakes and buns of all descriptions on sale. Well done to all and well done ATHEA!

Well thanks to Helen Twomey up the road, she informed me you can get “cat formula milk” at the veterinary shop – which I did and my little kittens are surviving, it means 1-2 hourly feeds out of a little bottle, hot-water bottles throughout the day and mixing formula like new born babies! Thanks to my sister Patsy and her son Gerard for providing one surrogate mother.


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Knockdown News-01/07/2015

Jim Prendeville, Joe McGrath, Joe Harrison busy painting at Killeaney Soccer grounds this week.   

Jim Prendeville, Joe McGrath, Joe Harrison busy painting at Killeaney Soccer grounds this week.

By Peg Prendeville

The wall is washed and painted, the dressing rooms are shining, the grass is cut and all is in readiness for the 40th anniversary celebrations in Killeaney Soccer grounds this weekend. A big marquee is being erected for the occasion. This will be the 2nd time a marquee will be seen in Knockdown as the Clounleharde School Reunion had one also, exactly two years ago. Best wishes to the Killeaney committee who has put in lots of work into organising this big event. The weather looks like it will be fine for Saturday evening which should ensure that everybody will have a good night. Don’t forget the Irish Night on Friday to kickstart the celebrations. Did you know that Killeaney AFC was founded on Tuesday 25th March 1975 by Michael Sheehy, Clonoughter, Joe McGrath, Turraree and Paddy Mulvihill, Killeaney. Mike Sheehy was Chairman; Paddy Mulvihill was made Secretary; Paul Wallace as Assistant Secretary and Joe McGrath got the Treasurer’s job. These are just some of the memories which will keep people talking throughout the weekend.

Sympathies to Fiona Prendeville, Glenbawn, on the death of her grandmother Phyllis Dee, of Asdee, last weekend.

I attended a meeting of the Diocesan Synod delegates last Saturday in Thomond Park. Some witty person said it was appropriate to look for conversions in that hallowed ground! About 200 people attended; some enthusiastic, some fearful of too many changes and some fearful of not enough changes; but all were supportive of the idea of holding a Diocesan Synod. Everybody was encouraged to speak what was in their heart and not to be afraid to say what they wished to say. The results of the synod survey which each parish organised in recent months are being collated at present. It was interesting to note that there was a great range of responses from schoolchildren up to senior citizens throughout the diocese. It is most heartening to see may young people at the meetings and to note their interest and enthusiasm in the work of the synod. The next gathering takes place in September where the delegates will have opportunities to brush up on their catechesis and do some preparatory work for the actual synod in Easter 2016. The agenda for that will be based on the most common issues arising from the survey. It should be interesting.

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