News-16/04/14

Supporting the Vintage Run on Sunday last were Con Fitzgerald, Declan O’Carroll,Colleen Reidy, Matt Tierney and Seamus Ahern

Supporting the Vintage Run on Sunday last were Con Fitzgerald, Declan O’Carroll,Colleen Reidy, Matt Tierney and Seamus Ahern

Car Boot Sale

Athea GAA Club are holding a car boot sale on Easter Sunday in the high field  starting at 10am. Loads of bargains to be got plus a treasure hunt for the children and teas/coffees and snacks available also. So do come along for a most enjoyable day.

Knockdown Vintage Club & Estuary Macra Fundraiser

Are currently selling tickets for a fundraising raffle in aid of Pieta House. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5 with prizes as follows:  1st. Prize:  2 Nights Luxurious Accommodation & Breakfast at  Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens, Mohill,

Co. Leitrim.

2nd. Prize:  1 Night Bed & Breakfast at The Killarney Riverside Hotel, Muckross Rd., Killarney, Co. Kerry.

3rd. Prize:  Hamper  plus numerous other Prizes  Draw will take  place  in the Knockdown Arms, Athea, on Saturday. May 3rd at 10pm

West Limerick 102fm

The Annual Church gate collection for WL102 is being taken up at all Masses this weekend April 19th/20th. Your support would be greatly appreciated

Campaign Dance

Athea Fianna Fáil Cumann are holding a Campaign Dance in support of Local Election Candidate Seamus Ahern on Easter Saturday night, April 19th. at the Top of the Town. Music is by the Premier Blue Boys and there will be a raffle and spot prizes with proceeds being donated to the Library Restoration Fund. All support welcome.

Athea Tidy Towns

Our season has well and truly begun with a lot of exciting projects in store for our village. Unfortunately there are less funds available this year due to the reduction in funding to West Limerick Resources but the generosity of the people of Athea and our dedicated volunteers will ensure that our projects should continue.

We have decided to go ahead with our ‘Pride of Place’ Flag project which will see the erection of 7 flag poles at the Giants Garden. This will include the Irish, Munster, Limerick, our own customised Tidy Towns Flag and other local flags. The photograph attached is incredibly out of proportion but will act as a guide. We are now asking the generous  individuals and business people of Athea if they would be interested in supporting our work by Sponsoring a Flag pole at a cost of €250. These funds would be of great benefit to our village and would allow you to play your part in displaying our Flags we are all so proud of. Please get in touch with any member of our committee or we can be contacted on 0879042477 if you are interested.

We have also commenced enhancement work at the Upper Road – which will see the introduction of a flower bed and railway sleepers which will create a welcoming approach to our village from this entrance. Special thanks to Maurice & Ann Marie Horgan and Lal Browne for their co operation.

Our native wildflower meadow is currently being prepared for sowing on the Glin Road behind our ‘ATHEA’ bunker sign. Plans for this area also include a gravel path, the planting of native mountain Ash trees,  benches and an archway at the entrance.  Thanks to Johnny and Theresa Mullane for allowing us to carry out this project.

The Wall across from the Credit Union has been raised and will be plastered in the near future in preparation for a heritage mural by the very talented local artist James Dunn.

We are currently in consultation with Dulux in view of creating a colour scheme for Colbert Street which would greatly enhance our village core. If you own a premises on Colbert Street and are planning on painting we would love to be off assistance to you. We would greatly welcome your co operation in creating such a colour scheme for Athea. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to paint up for 2014!!

Martina Tierney Fund

A Trad Session will take place on Easter Monday evening from 6pm in Brown Joe’s Bar to support the Martina Tierney Fund. The very best of music and song will be on offer plus a raffle. All welcome to come along.

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Kathleen’s Corner-16/04/14

Happy Easter 

“May God bless you at Easter and keep you safe all year through

May God give you all the faith it takes to make your dreams come true

May his love and wisdom always help to guide you on your way

May his light shine down upon you now and bless you on Easter Day”

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter and as I write these notes this Monday night the sun is still shining. What a lovely time of the year and hopefully the good weather stays with us over the holiday period.

Sympathy is extended to Pat and Kathleen Mulvihill of Blaine on the recent death of their mother Peg. Many came to pay their last respects at Finucane’s Funeral Home on Thursday evening last. Burial followed Requiem Mass on Friday to Holy Cross. Sympathy also to relatives and friends. ‘May she rest in peace’.

The organisers of the ‘Vintage Run’ on Sunday wish to thank sincerely all the sponsors who made the day possible and a great success. Well done to all those who made the effort also and took part. They also wish to thank Tom O’Grady at Brown Joe’s for all his help and the great barbecue. Indeed a very enjoyable evening.

On Easter Saturday night “The Premier Blue Boys” will play at the Top of the Town for the Fianna Fáil Dance in support of Seamus Aherne’s campaign. There will be a raffle on the night and lots of spot prizes and proceeds will go towards doing up the old Library. Everyone is welcome for what promises to be a great night and we wish Seamus all the best as our local Rep.

Then on Easter Monday night there will be a ‘Trad Session’ at Brown Joe’s organised by the Athea Wrenboys and the Vintage group to raise money for Sandra O’Sullivan’s sister Martina Tierney of Templeglantine who has MS and is confined to a wheelchair. This will take place from 6-10pm – so please come along and support the cause.

Don’t forget the great “Car Boot Sale” on this Easter Sunday at the GAA Pitch from 10am (be there early for the bargains!). Anyone wishing to sell goods its just €10 to bring in your car full. There’s going to be a treasure hunt for the kids and teas and coffees available also. So come along and support the day and at the same time you will be helping Athea GAA and our up and rising young footballers.

Don’t forget the annual public Good Friday night A.A. Meeting at the Hall to which all are welcome.

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Knockdown News-16/04/14

I extend sincere sympathy to the Lynch and Mulvihill families on the death of Peg Mulvihill, Blaine Bridge Athea during last week. Peg had a short illness and departed this life at a relatively young age. May she rest in peace.

Congratulations again to Gearoid Brouder who, this week, eight days after riding his second winner at Leopardstown, took his tally to three at Limerick when winning the Online Packages Handicap on Conan’s Rock. Nana Mary is delighted with him.

I am very impressed with “Local Living”, a magazine produced by Ballyhahill National School as part of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. It was launched by John Sheahan at the school last Friday. The design and layout is brilliant and it contains an awful lot of useful information about our neighbouring parishes as well as our own. It highlights all our local businesses, which gives us a sign of hope for the future. Well done to all involved. It is on sale for €5. Buy it!

Thanks to my good friend George Langan for the following interesting bit of news. George says “ Wasn’t there a sense of pride on hearing President Michael D. Higgins mention one of our own fighting Irish when addressing the House of Commons last week. I refer to no other than Tom Kettle MP whose grandmother was one of the McCoy’s from Ballyhahill. I don’t know who drew up Michael D’s speech, maybe he had an input into it himself, he being an avid historian but it was moving to say the least. In addition I would like to add a few extra words quoting the great patriot himself who lost his life at the battle of the Somme in September 1916. Five days before he was mortally wounded he wrote the following lines in a letter home to his little daughter in Ireland, describing the soldiers going into battle he said ‘ Not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor, but for a dream born in a herdsman’s hut and for the secret scripture of the poor.’ and as Michael D alluded to – ‘Kettle died as an Irish patriot, a British soldier and a true European.

He understood that to be authentically Irish we must also embrace our European identity. It is an identification we proudly claim today, an identification we share with the United Kingdom, with whom we have sat around the negotiating table in Europe for over 40 years. We recognise that it has been in that European context of mutuality and interdependence that we took the most significant steps towards each other’.” Good man George for your research. I often ring George when I want some detail on an item of local interest and he never lets me down. He has a lot of stuff recorded for future generations. 

Wishing all readers a very Happy Easter. It is lovely to see the sunshine this week.

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