“James Shanahan’s selfie with the Clounleharde neighbours”.

Glórach Cinema

Our Sunday matinees for children continue with our screening of The BFG (2016) coming up on Sunday, July 23rd at 2.30 at the Glórach Theatre, Abbeyfeale.  Don’t miss the chance to experience this magical Roald Dahl story on the big screen, for booking or enquiries please ring 0871383940.  All most welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Coffee Morning

A fundraising Coffee Morning will take place in the Marian Hall, Moyvane on Saturday next July 22nd from 10am to 3pm for Maireád McDermott. All proceeds raised are going to provide life-saving cancer treatment abroad for Maireád. The event is being hosted by Margaret Mulvihill, Patricia Mulvihill Quinn and Moyvane ICA. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Trip to Knock

Bus going to Knock on Thursday, July 27th (Mullane’s Coach). Fare: Adults €20, children €5. Names and fare can be handed in to Rose’s Shop. Book now to secure your place.

West Limerick 102fm.

50/50 Draw Tickets now on sale

The raffle takes place weekly live on air in West Limerick 102fm. Studios ‘The more that’s in the more you win’. Tickets only €2 each on sale now  in local shops and West Limerick 102fm offices, Pat O’Donovan offices North Quay, Newcastle West, Ann Lyons, Abbeyfeale, Beauty Bliss, Rathkeale. Call us on  069-66200

Change Wanted

The shops are looking for 5 cent coins. If you have any the Credit Union will take them and give you the value of whatever you hand in.

Punishment to Fit the Crime 

Domhnall de  Bara

Once again, drink driving is to the fore with Shane Ross’s bill to change the punishment for those who are detected with between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in their system. As the law stands, transgressors who fall into this category are fined heavily and have three penalty points added to their driving licence.  Shane Ross’s bill proposes to scrap this and  have zero tolerance for anyone caught over 50mg. This means automatic disqualification and everything that follows on from that. According to the supporters of this change, it will save lives and many statistics are trotted out to support this claim. Over 700 accidents last year were attributed to drivers with between 50mg and 80mg in their system. It is immediately assumed that this level of alcohol was the cause of the accidents. It is difficult to say for definite. On Saturday last I was a front seat passenger in a vehicle just leaving Killarney on the way to a golf match in Kenmare. The driver is a very experienced man who was a commercial traveller in his day and travelled the roads of Ireland. He had no  alcohol of any kind in his system. As we were driving along in a line of traffic he was distracted by a very pretty, scantily dressed female on the pavement. The vehicle in front of us suddenly braked and if I hadn’t shouted at him to brake we would have ploughed into the car in front with God knows what consequences. Fortunately he braked on time and we avoided a collision by a couple of inches. If I had not been with him there would have been a nasty accident. Now, suppose for a minute this did happen and the guards were called to the scene and let us suppose further that my friend was just over the legal limit. Drink would have been blamed for the accident even though it would have had nothing at all to do with it. Like one American said “there are lies, damned lies and statistics”. Statistics can be very misleading. More accidents are caused by people who do not drink alcohol than those who do. Does that mean it is safer to have a few before driving? Of course not. Likewise one might say that a high  percentage of accidents involve those who smoke. It does not follow that smoking is the cause. I am not trying to make an excuse for drink driving. Anyone caught should be punished, especially someone who deliberately drives when they know they are well over the limit but bringing the ultimate sanction down on somebody juist over the limit seems to me to be very unfair. How can it be that someone with 50mg in the system is deemed a safe driver and somebody with 51mg is such a danger that he/she must be taken off the road. Remember it is not so long ago that it was deemed perfectly safe to drive after three pints or the equivalent .  Before that there was no limit as such. You could drink as much as you liked and if you were stopped by the Gardaí you were asked to walk a straight line to prove you were not intoxicated. To be fair those were different days with very little traffic about and cars that were not capable of the speeds that the modern ones are. Drink driving should never be condoned and down through the years the Gardaí did a good job of getting offenders off the road. Local guards had the knowledge and would know those who were a danger to themselves and  other road users. They caught them and they were taken out of the system There are still those who “take a chance” and have a few drinks before driving home. Personally I don’t think that someone with two pints is a danger on the road but it depends very much on the individual and the tolerance for alcohol. In some cases even one pint will impair that person’s judgement while others are capable of consuming much more without any visible effects. So we can’t have different laws for each individual so it is what it is. Let those who are over the limit be dealt with. What I am arguing for is to keep the system as it is at the moment. Most people who are just over the limit don’t  think they are incapable of driving and probably don’t even realise they are until breathalysed. I think it is enough for them to be fined and have the penalty points added. I would, however make a change. If somebody is caught between 50mg and 80mg for a second time, the fine should be doubled and if they are then foolish enough to be caught for a third time, their licence should be taken away. Common sense should prevail or else we could go down the route of some Middle Eastern and African countries where punishments like cutting off the hands of thieves is the norm. The death penalty was thought to be the ultimate deterrent but how many innocent people were deprived of their lives. If the death penalty had not been revoked, the Birmingham six and the Guildford four would all be dead. Let the punishment fit the crime.

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Athea GAA

Páirc na nGael:

I was up at the pitch on Monday night last watching the U16s game against Drom/Broadford. It was great to see a good crowd of supporters for both teams. And moreover it was brilliant to see Páirc na nGael being used to its full capacity. As well as the game going on centrefield, up at the top area of the field there was hurling training going on. Then as one looked over to the far corner of the field there were up to about sixty – both men and women starting off “Couch to 5k” training under the leadership of Colm Hassett and helped by Donal Leahy, who were all doing their stretches etc and running and walking a few rounds of the track. It was great to see so many availing of the facilities. Well done to everyone who supported the ‘500 Club Draw’ and if you didn’t get to buy a ticket – you can still do so for the next 7 draws. Phone me on 087-1233361.

Cúl Camp:

‘83’children attended last week’s Cúl Camp – a great week was enjoyed by all.

Well Done:

The U16s who played Drom/Broadford on Monday night had a tough 1 point win at the whistle.

The U14s against Rathkeale and the U12s against Castlemahon on Wednesday and Thursday night also had wins.

The Intermediates unfortunately lost to Galbally (2-12) to (0-14) on Tuesday night as did the Athea/Mountcollins minors combination to Drom/Broadford and Ballysteen on Friday and Sunday.

Coiste na nÓg:


Wednesday July 12:


Athea 6-10     Rathkeale 4–11
This was a cracking game played before a large crowd in Athea on Wednesday night last. The score line tells a lot about two teams fully intent on attacking football. Thirty one scores in fifty minutes of breathtaking play, there was on average a score every minute and fifty seconds. We dominated the first half and led at half time 5-05 to 0-05. Rathkeale got on top for most of the second half, but the 1-05 we scored in this half kept us in front. There were great displays on the night from Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Andrew O’ Riordan, Michael Tierney, Daire O’ Shea, Michael Walsh, Brandon Finucane and T.J. Hunt (2-05). Our next game is away to Mungret on Wednesday July 26th, although this may change as Limerick are playing in the Munster U21 Hurling final in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on the same night. Team: Gavin Mulvihill, James Lee, Gavin Ambrose, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Pierce O’ Brien, Andrew O’ Riordan, Dermot Pierse, Michael Tierney, Eoin O’ Shea, Paraic Enright, Daire O’ Shea, Michael Walsh, T.J. Hunt, Brandon Finucane, Cillian O’ Connor, James Broderick, Callum Buckley and Evan Curry.

Cúl Camp:

Our Cúl camp was once again a great success as over eighty boys and girls enjoyed a week full of football and fun. We had eight coaches present, Padraig Scanlon, Alan Kelly, Conor Fitzgerald, Adrian Enright, Diarmuid Kelly, Emma Herbert, Ciaran Brouder and Tommy O’ Connell and they put the children through their paces for the week. Limerick Senior Footballer Danny Neville was our guest coach on Friday and the camp ended with a Coaches versus the Children match which the children won by a goal. A big thank you to Rose at Brouder’s shop for supplying the minerals for the final day of the Cúl Camp and thanks to all the boys and girls who were great fun during the week. Thanks also to David, Seamus, Laura and Sarah for their help. The facilities in Páirc na nGael were perfect for the week with the pitch being in excellent condition. Finally a big thank you to our camp coordinator Jacqueline who worked tirelessly to make sure all the boys and girls were happy and well looked after at the camp.

Fixtures for July:


Friday/Saturday July 21/22:

Our U10s will be taking part in a Regional blitz this weekend in Mick Neville Park. Time and date to be confirmed by text. Gum shields are compulsory


Monday July 24:

Our U16s are away to Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue on Monday evening July 24 in Banogue at 7.15pm. Cars leaving the village at 5.50pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated


Thursday July 27:

Our U12s are away to Mountcollins on Thursday evening July 27 in Mountcollins. Cars leaving the village at 6pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated


Friday July 28:

Our U8s will be taking part in a Regional blitz on Friday July 28 More details will follow closer to the time. Gum shields are compulsory.


A text will be sent out to all parents regarding the training times for all age groups for this week.

Athea United AFC


Next Monday, July 24th at The Vales the 2017 FAI Soccer Camp will commence and will run until Friday, July 28th. It is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.

Bookings can be made at or phone 1890653653.

All participants on the camp will receive an exclusive kit (comprising of jersey, shorts and socks), backpack, football and a certificate of attendance. All coaches on all camps FAI accredited and Garda Vetted as well as having all other courses done which are relevant to the welfare of all participants attending the soccer camps.

Parents / guardians should take note that all bookings made after Tuesday, July 18th will be deemed late bookings and this will see the cost of participation increase to €75 per child. The same fee applies (€75) for walk ons on the first day of the camp.

We have over seventy booked on the cam at the moment with a limited number of places still available. The advice is to book your kids place on the camp asap as time is fast running out. Its five fun filed days of soccer skills as well as making new friends so book your place asap.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, July 17th are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,100. Numbers drawn 3, 4, 26, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Kathleen Griffin, Athea. Mag O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill. Breda Hayes, Lower Athea. Darren Murphy, Dirreen. John Laffan, Listowel.
Sellers Agatha & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €7,200 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, July 24th

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Jim Kennedy, Ballingarry (a regular at the Bingo in Athea) with his two friends from Athea, Agatha & Clodagh, in Lourdes in June

Sacristan’s Collection

The Sacristan’s collection for Ann & Carol will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of July. Envelopes can be got in the church. Your support is appreciated.

Trip to Knock

Bus going to Knock on Thursday, July 27th (Mullane’s Coach). Fare: Adults €20, children €5. Names and fare can be handed in to Rose’s Shop. Book now to secure your place.

West Limerick 102fm.

50/50 Draw Tickets now on sale

The raffle takes place weekly live on air in West Limerick 102fm. Studios ‘The more that’s in the more you win’. Tickets only €2 each on sale now  in local shops and West Limerick 102fm offices, Pat O’Donovan offices North Quay, Newcastle West, Ann Lyons, Abbeyfeale, Beauty Bliss, Rathkeale.

Call us on  069-66200


The Way We Say It 

Domhnall de  Barra

With the influence of television and the availability of programmes from all over the world, especially from the USA, local accents are disappearing from rural Ireland. Everyone is referred to as “guys” nowadays whether male or female and the word “like” is used in the most unusual places. Good things are “awesome”, most sentences begin with “so” , a word that is also used as an adverb in a grammatically incorrect way, for example: “I am so not going to like it”.  I suppose, if you are a young person, you are not “cool” if you don’t have all the modern lingo and I am sure if I had been born much later than I was I would be the same. It is just that I miss the way we used to talk, especially the turn of phrase and the wit. Of course we misused language as well. Every thing we had was “old”. An old shovel, an old pike, an old coat etc. It was like a term of endearment!. But we didn’t pronounce old as it is spelled, we pronounced (and still do to this day) it as “oul”. I remember being amused  to hear a Kerryman, on the radio describing the wild life around his farm. He said; “at night you can see an old owl over in the barn”. What it sounded like was an owl owl but I knew what he meant. We got things mixed up as well. What we call a ditch is a stream of water in other countries and of course our dyke, which should be a ditch, is the opposite. In Kerry they had a habit of pronouncing y as v and w as f. A “vote” became a “yote” and “which” became “fhitch”. A “yodka and fite” might be ordered at the bar and a Kerry politician once declared that they would win the election because they were sure of the “yotes of the yolunteers”. Around here many people will say “fhat” instead of “what.” Some people just got things wrong in a very amusing way. A neighbour once declared that he could not cut seed. Cutting seed, for the benefit of younger readers, was the practice of dividing seed potatoes in two with a knife if there were two “eyes” that would produce  separate stalks. Anyway, this man said: “ I can’t cut seed because something in the juice of the spud is delegating to my system”. Sounded good.  He also once described a doctor’s visit to a sick child in the house saying “ he took out a diameter and gave her an insection”.

Some people had a way with words. A local man had two daughters. In those days matches were made and a dowry had to be paid to get the daughter into a good farm. Matches were made for the two girls who had no say in the matter. One was happy enough with the arrangement but the other was in love with a labourer who lived nearby and rebelled against the arrangement. There was murder, as they say, and in defiance of her parents wishes she ran away to England with the boyfriend. The other girl got married and moved to her farm in the next parish. Her husband was quite a bit older than her, as was often the case, and turned out to be a very mean, jealous and vindictive individual. In short, he gave her a dog’s life and, after putting up with it for as long as she could, she eventually ran home with just the clothes on her back.  Her sister, on the other hand,  married her lover who was a great worker and finished up owning his own construction company. They lived in a beautiful house and reared six children. When the father was asked about the two girls he declared: “the one that went right went wrong and the one that went wrong went right”.

Another man from the area joined the British army to fight in the 2nd World War. He was wounded in a fire fight in Normandy when he was shot in the private parts. He was brought to a hospital in England and was recovering from an operation when the Queen Mother visited the ward to have a word with the patients. She went from bed to bed enquiring about the nature of the injuries sustained  and wishing them well. Our man was, in the words of Eamon Kelly, “in a right pocher” as she approached his bed wondering how he could describe where he had been shot without giving offence to the royal person. Eventually she spoke to him and asked what had happened to him. “ I got shot ma’am”,  he replied. “Where were you shot”? she said. Quick as a flash he came back with: “If you were shot where I was shot you wouldn’t be shot at all”.

Yes, the language and the way we use it is changing but I suppose it is a natural thing and in years to come, the young people of today will look back and remember words and turns of phrase that have  been lost.  The important thing is communication and as long as we keep talking, texting, skyping or using any other medium, the language we use is of no significance.

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