Mary & Ned O’Keeffe and Ann Brosnahan at the recent Going Strong Summer Party

Mary & Ned O’Keeffe and Ann Brosnahan at the recent Going Strong Summer Party

Coffee Morning

The annual Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice will take place in the Community Hall on Thursday, September 18th from 9am. Please support.

Rebel story from Athea to be told at the Glórach

The extraordinary story of Athea native Jim Woulfe will unfold at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale this weekend.

Historians Jack Bourke and Ger McCloskey will tell the story of a man who fought in the War of Independence, became a union organiser and communist in Canada and was subsequently killed in battle in the Spanish Civil War in 1937.

This event takes place on Friday September 19th at 8 pm and is free of charge.  All are very welcome and any enquiries can be made to 0871383940.

Athea Community Council AGM

The  AGM of Athea Community Council will take place on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Top of the Town at 8pm.

Every adult living in the parish is a member of the Community Council and  is entitled to attend. We sincerely urge them to do so as the Council needs new members on the board to continue the work on behalf of the parish. We need to keep the CE schemes going and now we have our own building to look after as well.

Nominations are being sought for Directors of the Company and forms can be got at the Cairde Duchais office. Applications to be with the secretary Domhnall De Barra by Friday, 19th Sept.

C.E. Scheme Vacancies

There are two vacancies on the current Scheme, one General Operative and one Bookings Officer for the Community Hall. Applicants must be in receipt of Social Welfare payment for at least 12 months. Please call 068-42301 mornings only .

Athea Drama Group AGM

The Athea Drama Group AGM took place on 10th September in the village library. The turnout was fantastic with over 25 people in attendance. This is a positive sign for the future of the group.

The chairperson started by thanking all the members for their efforts in what was a very successful year of productions. Special thanks went to the new members of the group who contributed.

The re-election of the officers was decided and Lal Browne will continue as chairperson with Amina Parkes reinstated as treasurer. It was decided that Anne Marie Horgan will continue as secretary with New member Katherine O’Connor assisting. A new Public relations officer (PRO) was also appointed and this position went to Damien Ahern.

The group’s next production will be decided at the next meeting to be held on Monday 22th of September at 8.30pm in the village library. All are welcome to come along even if you have no desire to act there are plenty of backstage roles to get involved in.

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Kathleen’s Corner-17/09/14

By Kathleen Mullane

“Bits & Bobs”

Don’t forget this Thursday 19th sees the annual coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice taking place in the Community Hall from around 9am onwards. This is always a very well supported day and people give very generously, so come along, have a chat with a cup of tea or coffee and of course the ever delightful cakes and buns and donate whatever you feel like giving, every little helps a lot.

Athea N.S. Will hold their annual church gate collection on Saturday/Sunday, 27th and 28th September. Whether or not you have children attending the school you are asked to please remember the days when you may have attended or may now have grandkids going to the school. The school has great facilities and is one of the most up to date in the area so please support.

The Tuesday and Thursday nights walk/jog 5K now starts at 7.30pm from the hall due to the earlier darkness moving in and after the races it is hoped the start time will move forward to 7pm in order to beat the darkness. Please bring high-vis jackets, all are welcome.

Well, the Listowel Races are with us once again, how quickly the past year has gone by, and the course has been watered in parts due to the ongoing glorious dry weather. No doubt the races will attract big crowds especially Wednesday, Kerry National day and of course Friday being Ladies’ day – the hats and the style will be fascinating. The races are televised each day on TG4.

This coming week is Carbon monoxide awareness week. As we all know Carbon Monoxide is better known as “the silent killer” and just for a few Euro, an alarm or two in your home, especially if you burn solid fuel, is vital and may save a life.

On next Friday night, September 19th there will be a free talk at the Glórach Theatre in Abbeyfeale at 8pm. It will be on Jim Woulfe from Athea who fought in the War of Independence and was killed in the Spanish Civil War. It should be very interesting. All are welcome.

Sympathies are extended to Oliver McGrath and family on the recent death of  his brother Dee in Dublin very suddenly.

Sincere sympathy also to Patsy Cleary and his family on the death of Tom at a young age. May the light of heaven be theirs.

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Knockdown News-17/09/14

By Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Nora Mulvihill and Peter Phillips, Glasha, Athea on the birth of their baby boy Patrick last week. Wishing them lots of happiness.

Congratulations also to the Limerick Intermediate Camogie team who were crowned All-Ireland champions last Sunday with a 1-12 to 0-10 win over Kilkenny in the championship final in Croke Park. Loughill/Ballyhahill parish is proud that one of the players is none other than Dymphna O’Brien, Ballyhahill who plays with Killeedy. Dymphna must have a special drawer for her All Ireland medals! Well done to her and her family.

I was watching Would You Believe on RTE 1 on Sunday night. The subject was the Passion Play which was produced in Nicker, Pallasgrean last Easter. I was most impressed by the background work that went into putting it all together and even more impressed by the passion of the people who took part. It would be worth watching this in Player if you have not seen it as it was a brilliant performance. It was lovely to see, among the crowd which gathered around this production, my former neighbour Phil Fealy who now lives in Ballybunion. Phil’s son DJ is married in Nicker.

I have mentioned before that Jim keeps rainfall records for the Met office. It can be interesting to look at them from time to time. We have had no rain in September to date – 15 days. The longest spell, in recent years, without rain was 17 days in July 2013. The driest September since 2000 was in 2002 with 38.5 mm for the whole month. The wettest September was in 2006 when 229.6 mm of rain fell. The driest month this year was June with 55.6 mm. The wettest was February with 297.1. So the weather varies a lot each month with no guarantee of how it will shape up. I was talking to my son in Australia who has done a bit of driving recently from Darwin to Canberra. He passed through regions which have not had rain for over two years, resulting in animals and plants dying. Not ideal either. 

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