Sean Ryan receiving his prize for winning the competition in Castleisland on  Saturday last from Athea Golf Society Captain, Noel Barry

Sean Ryan receiving his prize for winning the competition in Castleisland on
Saturday last from Athea Golf Society Captain, Noel Barry


Daragh McCarthy having his jersey signed by Limerick Senior footballer Ian Ryan at the GAA Cúl Camp

Daragh McCarthy having his jersey signed by Limerick Senior footballer Ian Ryan at the GAA Cúl Camp









Sean Nós Dancing

Someone got in touch recently wondering if there would be interest in Athea for holding beginner Sean Nós Dancing classes in Con Colbert Memorial Hall in September for both children and adults. There is a great tradition of dancing in Athea and an increased appreciation of Sean Nós dancing throughout the country in recent times.

If interested please call or text 0879042477. Classes will only take place if there is enough interest! Go on, give it a go!!!!

Thank You

The Barrys (Donal and Noel) would like to sincerely thank all those from the parish who attended the removal and burial of their uncle Gerald Barry, in Brosna, Co. Kerry on Thursday and Friday last.It is very much appreciated.


To Maura and Gavin Curtin, Knocknagoshel on  the birth of their second baby, a boy they are calling Daniel Patrick, a little brother for Cian. Maura is daughter of Patrick and Maireád Langan, Glenagragra.

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Kathleen’s Corner-16/07/14

By Kathleen Mullane


A few congratulations are in order this week. Firstly we congratulate Paddy Moore of Hillside Drive who celebrated his 90th birthday at Brown Joe’s over the weekend. Family and friends enjoyed the night and what a great age. Many more years of health to Paddy.

Birthday wishes are extended to Hannah Kelly, Church Cross, Templeathea, who celebrated her 18th birthday at her home on Saturday night last. Family, relatives and friends had a great time.

Paul Mullane, son of Ita and Ta, the Knockdown Arms, was home from Australia to marry Brid Wallace of Ballyguiltenane on Friday last. The wedding took place in Castlemartyre in Cork where everyone had a lovely day. Many friends had also made the long trip home from Oz to be present at the wedding. The after party continued in Knockdown on Sunday evening. Congrats to the newly-weds and safe journey back to everyone who came for Paul and Brid’s special day.

Congrats to Kathleen Liston of  Dirreen, the recent winner of the Lucky Numbers Community Council jackpot of €4,400.

Congrats and well done to Shane Ambrose and James Ryan who both were members of the Limerick County Football Team who recently took part in tournaments, both doing the club proud. “watch this space” – no doubt they will go from strength to strength and , who knows, we could be shouting for them in the not too distant future as they reach senior level !

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Vaughan family of Upper Dirreen on the unexpected death over the weekend of Margaret (Peg) at a relatively young age.

Preparations are well underway for the first “Athea Parish Festival” which will take place in mid August. Meetings continue weekly to organise matters. There are going to be soccer and football tournaments, a céilí, a 5K run, barbecue, fancy dress parade, amusements, darts tournament, music in the pubs and lots more entertainment in and around the village. We look forward in anticipation to the festival.

I’m sure many enthusiasts have really enjoyed the last month of World Cup games, however, on the other hand, many households are delighted the have their TVs back to watch their own favourite programmes.

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Pat’s Corner-16/07/14

By Pat Brosnan


Sympathy is extended to the Vaughan family on the death of their sister Peg (Margaret) who passed away last Friday. She will be sorely missed by all her family, relatives, neighbours and friends. May her soul rest in peace.

Countdown to Brothers of Charity Annual Cycle

The Brothers of Charity Cycle Club, Newcastle West, are holding their 5th annual charity cycle on Saturday, September 6th. This sponsored cycle will travel 100km through many of the towns and villages of West Limerick. While it is a very difficult time for everyone, we would be very grateful if people were able to support this fundraising event in one of the following ways. Donate a few hours on Friday 5th or Saturday 6th September, to join our team of bucket collectors to collect money in the local communities of West Limerick. Cycle on the day, help preparing food for cyclists or take a sponsorship card. The club would like to take the opportunity to express their thanks to those who helped in any way for the previous years and enabled the cycle to be so successful. They are hoping this year will be a bigger and better event as they are also celebrating 30 years in Newcastle West. They would like to let people know that 100% of the money raised during the cycle is used for the service in Newcastle West. If you are interested in helping out, please contact 069-62733 or call to the Day Service at Lacey’s Cross. This year’s event will be launched on Thursday, July 24th.

IFA Members To Think Farm Safety on Monday, 21st July

As part of IFA’s ongoing Farm Safety Awareness Campaign, the association is asking all farm families to set time aside on Monday 21st July to review safety on their farm. Tragically, fourteen lives have been lost to farm accidents so far this year. The IFA’s “Think Farm Safety Day” is an opportunity for farm families to dedicate time to thinking about health and safety on their farms, to identify potential danger areas and to consider ways to minimise risks. By taking time with family members and farm staff to review or complete a risk assessment on July 21st, farmers will not only reduce the risks to themselves, their families, employees and farm visitors but will also ensure they are complying with “Health and Safety Legislation”. Being tired, distracted and stressed is often a reality on busy farms and every effort must be made to avoid shortcuts. At the peak of this busy Summer season on farms, safety must come first. The IFA want farmers to think Farm Safety on July 21st and to continue to “think farm safety” every day after that, because taking even one risk is taking on risk too many.

The IFA has launched a dedicated “Farm Safety” section on its website which provides farm safety videos, booklets, links and information. This will complement a range of initiatives, including messages in the IFA calendar, text alerts to our members and regular updates through the County Executive Network. By putting the spotlight on farm safety on the 21st of July, we hope to remind farmers and their families to take time to think safety and farm safety every day.

Scenic West Cork Excursion

On Monday 21st July at 8.30 am, a coach will depart from the Market Yard, Newcastle West for an enjoyable day trip to the beautiful town of Clonakilty and the nearby West Cork seaside villages of Timoleague and Courtmacsherry. There is always huge interest in the scenic West Cork region, so early booking with Pat Dalton at 069-62306 is advised. As usual the day will be enlivened with a sing-song on board and of course breakfast and evening meal.

Business Mentoring

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Have you an idea that you would like to discuss with someone or are you an existing small business who would like advice on new product development or new direction for your company. West Limerick Resources is offering a free and confidential one-to-one business mentoring service to cusinessess based in the West Limerick area.  If you are a new or existing business in need of advice and guidance contact Eleanor on 069-66299 or Joan 069-66294.

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