Athea National School football team who played Monagea on Friday last with their coaches David O’Connor & John Hunt

Athea National School football team who played Monagea on Friday last with their coaches David O’Connor & John Hunt

Comhaltas A.G.M.

The A.G.M. of the Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will take place at the Top of the Town on Tuesday night next at 7.30pm. All members are asked to attend this very important meeting as the very existence of the branch is at stake.

Going Strong

There will be a meeting of the Going Strong group on Tuesday, October 28th at 8pm in the Top of the Town. The main item for discussion will be the Christmas Party which will take place in December. All members are asked to come along. We would particularly like to get some new helpers for the day.

Athea Parish Journal

It’s Journal time again and we are asking all subscribers to please send in their articles and photos as soon as possible as there is an earlier deadline of October 25th so that we can get the journal printed in good time for the Christmas post.

To date we have received very few contributions and the weeks are flying by.

We would also welcome new contributors. Articles & photos can be emailed to

Trad for Trócaire

The wrenboys will be out and about in the village on the bank holiday Saturday night October 25th to entertain and to raise funds for Trócaire. Anyone who may not be in the village on Saturday night and wishes to make a donation can do so to Cairde Duchais at the office.

Limerick Diocesan Synod

An invitation is being made by Bishop Leahy of Limerick for 4 delegates from the parish to put forward their names with regard to the Limerick Diocesan Synod which will be held in the near future. An application form must be filled in by each delegate and given in to Fr. Bowen a.s.a.p. A meeting will be held in November to discuss matters further.


I received this email during the week and wonder if anybody can help by adding to Brother John’s list of priests and religious from the Athea area. If you can please let us know by email or by calling into the office any morning between 9am and 12.30pm.

Dear Domhnall,

I have heard that you have a great knowledge of the local history of Athea. In one of Jer Kennelly’s postings, he quotes from ‘Athea Notes’ of the 1950s that a priest, ‘Rev Kieran Barry from Creeves’, Shanagolden, was home on holidays. I suspect that he may have been connected with a Mr Barry, who was Principal of the National School, Nutgrove, Shanagolden, in the early years of the 20thcentury. I am trying to get some information about him, especially where he ministered and died. I wonder if you have ever come across the name. Of course he would be dead for, perhaps, 50 years.

I would also welcome any information you could supply on priests and religious from the Athea area (other than those listed hereunder).

Le gach dea-ghuí

Brother John M  Feheney

Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House, Mardyke Walk, Cork. Tel: 021-4251192

Priests from Athea Area

Danaher, Rev Stephen (1839-1918), Limerick Diocese

O’Sullivan, Rev Con (1890-1963), Limerick Diocese

Roche, Rev Jeremiah (1941-2009), SPS (KIltegan)

White, Rev James (1915-1996) CSSp (Holy Ghost)

Woulfe, Rev Patrick (1872-1933). Limerick Diocese

Woulfe, Rev Maurice (1891-1962) Birmingham

Nuns from Athea Area

Mulvihill, Sr. Catherine (19115-2005) HFB (Holy Family)

Murphy, Sr. Margaret (1916-2009) RSM (Mercy)

O’Connor, Sr. Mercedes (d. 2013) RSM (Mercy)

O’Connor, Sr. Rosario (??), RSM (Mercy)

Scollard, Sr. Mary (1906-1997), PBVM (Presentation)

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-22/10/14

Athea Community Council Ltd.

Lucky Numbers Draw Results  18/ 10/ ‘14Lotto ticket 2

No’s Drawn: 5, 11,  26,  31. No Winner

Lucky Dips         

€20 each

Catherine O’Connor, Hillside Drive

Sean & Ciara, Dirreen

Stephen O’Connell, c/o J. Sheehy

Jim Sullivan, Lower Athea

Sellers Prizes:  Lal Browne & Jackie Sheehy

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Jim Sullivan, Lower Athea

Mary Brouder, Templeathea

Next Draw: 25/10/’14   Venue: White’s  Jackpot: €3,600

Please Support our Fund-raising Lottery

Athea Community COUNCIL has recently purchased a building in the village for use as a central office and to house the community CE scheme. The building, formerly owned by Connie Herbert and was once Pa O’Connors shop, has great potential and we hope to develop it into offices, meeting rooms and workshops for start-up small enterprises. We are grateful to Athea Credit Union for lending us the money to purchase the premises and now we have to start paying them back. Our main source of income is our weekly “LUCKY NUMBERS” lottery with tickets on sale locally for €2 or 3 for €5. We also have vouchers for €50 (six months entry) €100 (one year entry) or €20 (10 weeks entry).  These would make an ideal gift for occasions like  Christmas or to treat yourself, you never know, you could scoop the jackpot!  For further details or to purchase a voucher please contact

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Kathleen’s Corner-22/10/14

By Kathleen Mullane

“Put Back Those Clocks”

Sincere congrats are extended this week to Norma Brouder of Templeathea (daughter of Noreen and Gene) who was married on Friday last to John Paul O’Riordan (son of Joan and Willie) of Dirreen. The bridesmaids were Aoife Brouder, Grainne Brouder and Elaine Collins. The best men were Conor Brouder, Francis O’Riordan and Timmy Sheehy. Fr. Michael Cussen celebrated the nuptial ceremony here in Athea and a great day was enjoyed by everyone at The Malton Hotel in Killarney.

Thanks is extended to all who gave so generously to the church gate collection last weekend in aid of St. Ita’s. A total of €655 was collected.

Athea ‘Crafts group’ meet in the kitchen of the Community Hall each Wednesday morning from 10am  to 12 noon. Come along for a cup of tea/coffee or a chat. If you have any experience in any craft e.g. crochet, knitting, painting or whatever, please come and share it with the group. If not, don’t worry, come along anyway and socialise with the group. You might learn something and will get to meet old friends and even make new ones. Ideas will be shared and crafts learned.

Can you believe it’s that time of year again when this weekend sees the end of summer-time and the start of wintertime and the clocks go back an hour giving everyone an hour extra in bed. Not many like the longer, dark nights, however this year we have been so lucky with the weather that the time is flying and Christmas will be upon us before we know it!

Don’t forget to gather up your photos and bits of news and articles for the Parish Journal. Donal and Lillian are anxious to get in contributions as soon as possible in order to have the Journal out in time for Christmas.

Well done to the boys U-12 basketball team who on Sunday last had a great game here in the hall against the Abbeyfeale/Duagh combination winning on a score of 42—27.

Also the U-16 girls, who travelled to Ennis, were victorious also on Sunday. We are so lucky here in Athea when one sees our young boys under lights playing on the astro turf at The Vales when it is dark.

Then we have the G.A.A. pitch  which looks great now with painted gates, walls etc. , another boost to our young footballers. The sports hall then has our extremely fit basketball players; in all great facilities for our youth.


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