Tommy Denihan, Annette O Donnell, Carol O Connor, Karina Buckley, and Michael O' Connor 

Tommy Denihan, Annette O Donnell, Carol O Connor, Karina Buckley, and Michael O’ Connor

 Tony Halpin, Donal Woulfe and Lorcan McAuliffe.  Seated; Hannah Finnegan

Tony Halpin, Donal Woulfe and Lorcan McAuliffe.
Seated; Hannah Finnegan













Athea Drama Group

Athea Drama Group present two One Act Plays ‘The Mountain is Gone’ by P.J. Coen and ‘Backwater’ by John. B. Keane at the Memorial Hall, Athea on Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24th at 8pm with both plays performed on both nights. Directed by Annette O’ Donnell and Amina Parkes, ‘The Mountain is Gone’ tells the story of Matthew Clark for whom there is no place like home, where his people and surroundings are familiar ….that is until the unthinkable happens…the mountain is gone!!

Directed by Donal Woulfe ‘Backwater’ is set in the fictional village of Fongo where a festival is about to take place. Jimmy Swan hasn’t been home from England or seen his mother in 9 years. He returns for the festival accompanied by his two best friends Sammy and Eddie. What could possibly go wrong??

The Parish Festival continues until Sunday next with lots of events taking place throughout the week including something for all the family. As we go to press the Amusements have arrived.

See Kathleen’s Corner for full details.

Chronic Disease Prevention

 There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of disease—toxins in our food and the environment, stress, lifestyle habits, medications, lacking exercise—but far and away the most predominant one I believe is CHRONIC INFLAMMATION.

The many sides of inflammation

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that ALL inflammation is not created equal—in many instances, it’s a good guy and very helpful to you.

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to challenges like infections, injuries, wounds or insect bites.  Inflammation is a sign that your body’s “repairmen” (including your immune cells and cholesterol) have come to your rescue and are doing their job to “fix” the problem and get you back to normal.

Once the healing process is underway, inflammation naturally subsides.

But the problem arises when inflammation is NOT related to an isolated health challenge, but instead is caused by other factors and becomes constant and chronic.

That’s when inflammation becomes a bad guy.  Chronic inflammation goes FAR beyond the simple healing of a wound and instead starts to impair the normal functioning of your cells, tissues and organs.

And eventually it can manifest itself as conditions like arthritis, atherosclerosis, fibromyalgia, migraines, myositis (muscle pain), accelerated aging, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and degenerative joint disease, to name a few.

Why do SO many people have chronic inflammation?

Millions of people are walking around in a chronic state of inflammation and we have the disease statistics to prove it.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7 out of 10 deaths  are from chronic diseases.  Heart disease, cancer and stroke alone account for more than half of all deaths each year.

And it has been estimated that at least half of us have one or more chronic illnesses.

So the begging question is, what’s going on?  Why are SO many people suffering with chronic inflammatory conditions?

Well, my friend, the answer is simple.

Because causes of chronic inflammation are ALL around us.

Far and away the most common causes are:

Acid wastes from food and cell metabolism

Inappropriate immune responses

An Omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiency

Vitamin B6 deficiency

Here’s the scoop on each and more importantly, what you can do about them to help keep chronic inflammation (and the resulting disease it can cause) FAR away from you:

Reduce acid wastes–the biggest bang for your buck

Acid waste build up is the number ONE most widespread, significant cause of chronic inflammation.

Acid wastes are the natural by-product of digestion and cell metabolism.  And when your body is working like it should, these wastes can be easily eliminated through your bowel movements, urine or sweat.

But the problem arises when your digestion is poor and/or you don’t engage in any form of regular exercise—at that point your body can become overwhelmed and not be able to effectively eliminate all of the acid wastes.

Instead they can accumulate in your gut and seep out into your bloodstream through the intestinal wall.

Once they’re in your blood, heaven help you because they’re more destructive than a bull in a china shop.  They can travel EVERYWHERE and light fires of inflammation all along the way.

That’s why inflammation can cause such a wide variety of problems like I mentioned above.  Everywhere is fair game because your bloodstream goes everywhere inside you.

So clearly getting rid of acid wastes is where it’s at in terms of minimizing disease-causing inflammation…and that’s a function of sound digestion and sweating on a regular basis (aka getting regular exercise).

The digestion part

As far as the digestion part goes, many people have digestive problems because they have diets that make it next to impossible for their bodies to tackle what they’ve eaten!

Regularly eating mainly foods that are inherently acid-creating (especially fast food and packaged foods) and smorgasbord-type, hard to digest meal combinations puts out the welcome mat for digestive failure.

Plus eating this way also diminishes your body’s ability to produce adequate digestive enzymes (because lots of enzymes are used in breaking down foods like these)—and lacking enzymes perpetuates the problem and makes it even worse!

But you can help turn around a cycle of acid waste-creating poor digestion simply by giving your body a little help with your diet and enzymes if needed.

Not only can this mean less inflammation but you’ll also likely notice an impressive improvement in tummy troubles like gas, bloating, acid reflux and constipation too!

And if you feel you’re someone who has not been kind to your system (be honest) and has likely taxed your system’s enzyme-making power.

The exercise part

Oh darn, she remembered the exercise part.

Yes, that’s right.  It’s Sherry your drill sergeant again.  Sweating is extremely important for your body to be able to eliminate acid wastes.  And I’m not talking about the kind of sweating you do on a hot day—I’m talking about a really good sweat that you get from raising your heart rate with exercise.

Stop the excuses already.  What would you rather do—put on a pair of sneakers a few days a week or suffer a heart attack or stroke or be told you have 6 months to live?

Pick an activity you like (or will tolerate), get your doctor’s OK and get moving.  Even brisk walking is fine—just do SOMETHING.

Help smarten those immune responses

Your immune system is always on alert, ready to pounce on a dangerous invader like an infection or pathogen and destroy it before it causes you harm.

But unfortunately, many people’s immune systems are taunted into overreacting and instead they attack healthy tissues, leading to chronic inflammation.

These inappropriate actions by your immune system can manifest themselves as painful autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, Crohn’s, lupus and MS.

But what can help this situation immensely is probiotics.

Get the proper ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 EFAs

A deficiency in Omega-3 essential fatty acids is a leading cause of inflammation.

Here’s why:

Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids works together in your body to help you deal with temporary challenges like wounds or injuries.  Omega-6 EFAs stir up inflammation, which sounds the signal for the healing process to begin.

Once healing is underway, Omega-3 EFAs come in and calm everything down.

But the problem arises when you have too many inflammation-causing Omega-6 EFAs in your system, and too few anti-inflammatory Omega-3s.  Then you’re practically rolling out the red carpet for chronic inflammation.

The newest factor-Vitamin B6 deficiency

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition has shown a strong association between chronic inflammation and Vitamin B6 deficiency.

After studying 2,229 people the researchers found that those with the lowest levels of Vitamin B6 in their blood had the highest levels of chronic inflammation, based on a wide variety of indicators.

On the flip side, those with the MOST B6 circulating in the bloodstream were also the LEAST likely to have signs of inflammation.

It’s easy to see why this is so.

You see, Vitamin B6 is necessary for your body to be able to convert homocysteine (a dangerous by-product of your digestion of animal proteins) into a benign amino acid.

If this important conversion does not take place, homocysteine can build up in your bloodstream, cause inflammation in your arteries and even raise your risk of heart disease.

Now, the good news here is that a shortage of Vitamin B6 can be VERY easy to address.

You just need to make sure you eat foods that are natural sources of B6 AND make sure your body’s actually absorbing the B6 (and all your other nutrients too!).

As far as dietary sources of B6 go, here are some good ones: Spinach, bell peppers, garlic, tuna, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, watermelon, cod, kale, celery, asparagus and cauliflower.

Chronic inflammation is arguably the single most significant contributing factor behind the majority of diseases (and deaths) in my opinion.

So it’s essential to do all you can to fight back and help prevent it from taking its toll on you.

Help your body keep inflammation low naturally from within and you’ll be taking giant steps toward a disease-free, pain-free life.

PPPS:  Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking. 

Contact me Kay McDonnell, Listowel

068 23574


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Kathleen’s Corner-20/08/14

By Kathleen Mullane

The Curry family who won the teenage section of the Fancy Dress at the festival on Sunday last

The Curry family who won the teenage section of the Fancy Dress at the festival on Sunday last

‘A Great Weekend’

Well, the Athea Parish Festival got off to a “flying start” on Friday night last with the parade of the wrenboys up through the street. They played some great music on the festival stage and Robert Kelly’s dancers were a joy to watch from ‘sean nós to modern’. The barman’s race that followed, everyone agreed, was great fun with Paul Collins’ team, comprising of Paul, David Aherne and Roger Ryan, narrowly beating Batt’s who were Joe O’Connor, Tim O’Riordan and Jamsie O’Connor. Top of the Town came in 3rd place. John Joe Tierney was referee for the occasion and Denise O’Riordan presented the trophy to the winners.

Saturday saw the U-10s have a soccer tournament at ‘The Vales’ again very enjoyable with Killeaney winning the cup at the end and thanks to Carol O’Connor and Denise O’Riordan for the lovely sandwiches and tea after.

Saturday night had the festival dance taking part at the Top of the Town. Again a great night coupled with the fact that Roger Ryan was celebrating his 50th birthday on the night – congrats to Roger.

On to Sunday  and the ‘Fancy Dress’. Well done to all those who took the time to get dressed and took part – no doubt helped by their parents. Judging was done by Teresa O’Halloran, Ellen Quille and Hannah Mai Collins. The Curry family depicting “The Texas Rose of Tralee” won the teenage section and lots of medals and trophies went to many other children. Of course Minnie and Micky Mouse (alias Ray Brouder and Denis Greaney) stole the show for the little ones. Again lovely tea and treats in the hall for all.

Sunday afternoon had John Joe’s céilí attracting a big crowd, again well done John Joe.

On to Monday and the Tug O’ War near the hall where a huge crowd gathered. It was a great laugh, “slipping and sliding” and everyone cheering their own team on. Well done to the ladies who took part.

On to the “slow-bike” race after, the adult section being won by Ray Enright and Dara Walsh of Blaine the kids section.

This week has a basketball tournament and a huge ‘Going Strong’ Summer party on Wednesday with over 100 attending. The Pub Quiz is at the top of the Town on Friday night and a Trad Night at Sean Batt’s on Thursday night.

Great “Drama” at the Hall on Saturday and Sunday night.

Sunday sees the much looked forward to ‘5k’ road race – walk from the Hall. Registration is from 12.30, €10 per individual or €20 per family. There will be music, teas/coffee and eats afterwards. It promises to be a great day.

The GAA Tournament takes place also on Sunday, time to be confirmed. A barbecue will finish the Festival on Sunday night at Paul Collins’. In all a busy week.

The sponsors and all the business people from Athea and the surrounding areas have to be thanked for their generosity without whom this festival couldn’t have gone ahead – coupled with the very hard-working committee who made it all possible. Hopefully it will be an annual event – it brings “fun, togetherness, atmosphere and business” to our small village – well done to all. Posters are in and around the village for activities taking place.

Well, another lovely event took place at The Blessed Well on Friday evening last for the 100th celebration of the well in Templeathea. Fr. Bowen and Canon Kelly concelebrated the Mass and a good crowd attended, the choir sang beautifully also. Well done to those who cleaned the well and prepared the seating for the Mass. In all a lovely ceremony.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Brosnan family of Knocknagorna on the quite sudden death of Jack over the weekend. Many came to pay their respects at Kelly’s Funeral Home on Saturday night. Requiem Mass followed on Sunday with burial afterwards in Holy Cross. Jack worked for years in England and had come home to Ireland in recent times. “May the light of heaven be his”.

Athea Parish Festival Tug of War winning team on Monday evening

Athea Parish Festival Tug of War winning team on Monday evening

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Knockdown News-20/08/14

By Peg Prendeville

I extend sympathies to the Brosnan family, Knocknagorna on the death of their brother Jack Brosnan, after a brief illness, last week.

There was terrible lightening locally last Sunday morning week which did some damage. Ninety year old Jack O’Grady says he never remembered a clap of thunder so loud as the one which came with the bolt of lightening. There were walls cracked and phones blown off the walls of some neighbours. Luckily there were no humans hurt but Noonan’s dog, Susie, was so terrified that she ran away and the family is still looking for her. So if you notice a stray black/white/brown “sheltie” type dog, recently clipped, please let Carol know on 069 82020. Dogs, and I suppose all animals, are very sensitive to thunder and get very frightened.

I was away on a family holiday in Fanore, Co. Clare last week and missed all the “tóir”. It was nice to see all the tourist spots like Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher so busy. In fact some visitors were turned away from the cliffs for a few hours on one day. Most businesses said that this year was the busiest that they had in many years, which is good to hear. The country might be on the “turn”. Doolin pier, which was badly damaged in the February storm, is being extended to cope with bigger boats. It was interesting to watch the work with big diggers and cranes moving rocks from one side to build up the other side.

Congratulations to Liza Mulvihill in St Ita’s hospital who celebrated her 99th Birthday on Tuesday. She misses all her friends who have gone before her but has no notion of joining them yet.

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