St. Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul are organising a one week stay in Ballybunion from 18th to 24th June. For more details on this please contact any member of Athea St. Vincent de Paul or phone 087-6216255
Rambling House in aid of West Limerick 102FM
West Limerick 102Fm are delighted to announce that we are holding our first ever Rambling House in aid of WLCR in the Community Hall, Monagea, on Monday June 13 at 8.30pm . Special Guests include Emily Clarke – William Reidy – Elle Marie O Dwyer- The Harty Brothers- Billy O Brien- The Nightingales- Big Maggie – Donie Walsh – Nora Kennedy and more. There will be a raffle on the night. Tea and Coffees and Light Refreshments will be served. We’d be delighted to welcome other musicians, dancers, storytellers and singers. Admission €5 with all proceeds going to the community radio. For more details contact Benny on 0879918546 /069 66200.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE
The wonderful Mike Condon will be providing the music on June 12 in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale for an afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Recovery Haven. We look forward to seeing all our dancing friends there.
Activity in the Village
The future of rural Ireland, as we know it, is under threat. Small towns and villages, like our own, are losing their identities at an alarming rate due to the closure of many of the services we took for granted when we were younger. Garda stations are gone; there were once three Gardaí stationed in Athea. The Garda presence is maintained by visits from the central station by a Garda in a car. That visit is no more than an hour a day and rightly or wrongly leaves many vulnerable people with a feeling of helplessness. If somebody is breaking into your house there isn’t much point in ringing a station 12 miles away. The culprit will be well gone before the guards got to Carrigkerry. The benefit of having Gardaí on the beat locally was their intimate knowledge of the area and the people. If some crime was committed they did not have to go far to find out who it was and this fact alone was enough to deter would be wrongdoers. We are lucky in Athea but in some of the neighbouring towns anti-social behaviour is rife and it is not safe to walk the streets late at night. The Gardaí can’t be everywhere and the embargo on recruitment has resulted in less members to go around. People deserve to feel protected and the government might well look again at the benefits of local community policing in the future.
Shops and post offices have followed the banks in deserting villages all over the country. We are lucky here in Athea that we still have our post office and a few business outlets as well as the doctor’s surgery and the chemist. It is up to us to keep them and the only way to do so is to support them at every opportunity. Yes, some items are cheaper in the big supermarkets but, unless the spend is very big, there isn’t much difference when you take into account the cost of travel and the fact that supermarkets are set up to get you to buy things you had no intention of doing when leaving home. There is an old Irish saying that translates as; “People live in each others shadows” . If we want to survive as a vibrant community we are going to have to do just that.
I am delighted to see so much voluntary activity in the village at the moment. The usual organisations are busy fundraising and the benefits to the community can be seen in the wonderful G.A.A. pitch, the soccer pitch, the hall, the village itself, due to the work of the Tidy Towns Committee and the Community Council, the Drama Group that brings many visitors to Athea and now we have three more activities in the planning stage. The first up is the Vintage Run on June 12th. With any luck the weather will be fine to show off the many beautifully kept machines that will be on display. It promises to be a fun day in the village. Next is the Athea Festival at the end of June/beginning of July. There will be something for all the family here and an opportunity to relive the heady days of the old Athea Carnival. In Sept./Oct (dates to be finalised) there will be a Con Colbert Commemoration weekend. A committee has been set up and is planning activities at the moment. As part of this weekend Athea Community Council will be unveiling a bronze bust of Con Colbert at a suitable site in the village. The council feel that we cannot let this year pass without making a contribution to the memory of one of our own who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. It will stand as a reminder to generations to come that an Athea native played a prominent part in the struggle for Irish freedom in 1916. Great to see so many people getting involved in all the committees. You won’t make any money out of volunteering but there is a great sense of achievement when a planned activity goes well. It gives a great sense of the community as a family, a family that helps each other and rejoices in its success.
Domhnall de Barra