By Carrig Side-24/05/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Liam Duggan, Ballymacelligott, Co Kerry and the Commons, Ardagh, on Monday May 8. He was the son of Majella and John, the Commons, and in his late thirties. He was a keen golf player who was associated with many clubs over his too short life. A Memorial for Liam took place in Harnett’s Funeral Home, Abbeyfeale on Monday, May 15. We extend our sympathy to his wife Catherine, children Jack and Amelia, parents, parents-in-law, sister, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Jeananne Lenihan, nee Sheehy, 7 The Forge Feenagh and formerly of Barnigue Carrigkerry. She was only in her early thirties and she suffered ill health for many years. She lay in repose at Reidys Funeral Home Newcastle West on Friday May 19 from 6pm to 8pm. Arriving at St Ita’s Church, Feenagh on Saturday morning for 12 Requiem Mass, followed by burial afterwards in Feenagh cemetery.  We extend our sympathy to her husband Declan, children Shane, Meadbh, parents John, Bridie, mother in law, father in law, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Nancy and Raymond Brouder and family Gortnadroma, on the death of Nancy’s sister Josie Golding, nee Woulfe, Churchtown Road, Newcastle West on Tuesday May 9 at Saint Catherine’s Nursing Home. Her remains were removed from Reidy’s Funeral Home to Newcastle West Church on Thursday and following Requiem Mass she was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery on Friday May 12. Sympathy is also extended to her sons Joe, Patrick, Tommy, Gerald and Brian and daughters Mary and Karen and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

People in the locality were saddened to hear of the death of Jim Begley who owned a hardware business in Bridge Street, Newcastle West for many years. He was the friendly face behind the counter, firstly at Egan’s Hardware, who customers liked to interact with and they doing their business. A native of Knockaderry he was a well known sportsman in his young days. He was a member of the Knockaderry team that won the West Junior Hurling championship in 1967, and he also played with Western Gaels, and Ardagh before he retired. His grandchildren are currently very successful in the athletic arena. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations to Eoin Burke, Cappagh a member of the Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch who received an overall distinction in Grade 8 of the SCT Exams. He received the Micheál Ó hÉidhin medal at the National Comhaltas Congress in Dublin.

Congratulations to Eimear Colbert, Kilcolman and Rachel Mullane, fellow student at Coláiste Mhuire, who were first place winners in the Senior Life-Sciences category at SCIFest in LIT on April 27. Their project was titled: Does the effectiveness of a foliar spray made from nettles vary with water hardness?

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Stephanie Muckell, Ardagh and Brendan Walsh who were married in St, Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Saturday May 13.

Parishioners in the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish have contributed €1,523.57 towards the annual Lenten Trocaire appeal.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday May 15. The numbers drawn were 8,20,21 and 29 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Gerry Scannel, c/o Greaney’s,Aaron Mulqueen,c/o Greaney’s, Paddy Bridgeman,c/o Madigan’s, Alice, Daniel, and Michael Barrett, Glenastar, and Barry, Fiona, and Noel Kennelly, Kilcolman.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,600 and the draw will be held at The Thatch Bar Newbridge.

Congratulations to the following Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League Player of the Year winners, Arina Hayes, Kilcolman Rovers U-16 Girls Division 2 Award Sophie Liston, AK United U-15 International Cap Award, and Lorcan Murphy, Kilcolman Rovers, U-13 Inter League Award.

In the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Carrig Celtic B drew 1-1 away with Knockaderry on Sunday May 14. Creeves Celtic lost 2-1 at home to Ferry  Rangers, with Brian Nash getting their goal. As a result Carrig Celtic B will meet Ferry Rangers in the final.


A meeting to put a defibrillator in place in Carrigkerry village was held on Tuesday May 9 and a good crowd was in attendance. A fundraising target of €2,000 was set to pay for the purchase and maintenance of this life saving machine. It was decided to start with a house to house envelope collection, to be followed by a once off raffle. The training on how to use the defibrillator will be held over two evenings and a Saturday morning in Carrigkerry Community Centre. A list of interested people has been drawn up and any other person interested in being added can contact Carrigkerry Community Centre 069-76667 during office hours, or Pat at 087/2750061.

West Limerick 102fm monthly car boot sale has been discontinued due to a decline in interest and sales after twelve years. Many thanks to all the people who helped in running it and also to the stall holders who displayed their wares and the general public who supported it.

Donie Lyons from Dromreask, Glin, launched his new CD The Lovely Banks of Blaine at Barrett’s Bar Glin on Sunday May 14. It was launched by Nora Butler the renowned traditional singer from Tipperary and it contains 22 tracks.  It contains 14 familiar songs from around his locality and 8 selections of sweet flute music he is famous for. The songs include; The Lovely Banks of Blaine, Moonlight Whiskeyhall, Lovely Athea, Poll an Eas, Lather and Shave and The Exile from Coole West. Thanks to Donie these will now be preserved well into the future for people to enjoy. The CD is currently on sale in the local shops in Glin, Lyons shop Abbeyfeale, Brouder’s shop Athea, and Moloney’s shop in Carrigkerry. We extend best wishes to Donie, who is a real gentleman, and most helpful in supporting local events, on his latest achievement.

The Old Mill Ladies Football Club are holding a Coffee Morning at the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday May 26 from 9am to 1pm. All donations of buns and cakes will be greatly appreciated as well as support on the day. The sponsored walk and the used clothes collection will be held on June 25/26.

The annual St. Pio National Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey near Thurles will take place on Sunday May 28. A coach will depart from the Market Road Newcastle West at 9.30am. For further information and booking contact Pat Dalton on 069-62306

The annual Milford Hospice Memorial walk takes place on Sunday May 28 at 12 noon.  It will start at the UL Sports Arena, and finish at Milford Hospice. You must register to participate on phone 061-485859. It will be followed by a special ceremony in which loved ones will tie tribute ribbons on the Memorial tree in the grounds of Milford  Care Centre in memory of deceased family members and friends.

A fund raising céilí will be held in the Con Colbert Community Hall Athea, on Saturday June 3 at 9.30pm. Tea and food served and more details from John Joe Tierney on 087-9963859

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-24/05/2017


Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn:  4,  5,  13,  17. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Michael Wallace, c/o White’s

Michelle Palmer, Pallas Foods

Ashlee Woods, Ballyhahill

Marian Chalk, Gortnagross

Sellers Prizes:

Jackie Sheehy & White’s Bar

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Mary Lyons, Listowel

Mary McGrath,  Athea

Next Draw: 30/05/2017   Venue:  Top of the Town

Jackpot: €16,300


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Athea Utd AFC


U14 Division 3 (Tue, May 16th)

Breska Rvs (2) 2

Athea Utd   (1) 2     Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane

Having already won the division three title we travelled to play Breska Rovers in the final game of the league last night week where we would be presented with the league trophy after the game. On a beautiful evening for football we started brightly and opened the scoring early on through a solo goal from Michael Tierney who beat a number of defenders on the right edge of the box before squeezing the ball inside the right post. We had chances to score more goals but didn’t take them and found ourselves down two one at half time after Breska scored twice with long distance efforts.

Ten minutes into the second half Brandon Finucanes got onto a through ball and from outside the left edge of the box drilled a screamer across the keeper and into the bottom right. The sides were level again and that’s how the game finished though we had great chances to win the game but the combination of great goalkeeping and very poor finishing denied us the win. Still we had won the league which was the target from the start of the season.

Well done to all the players and to the managers Tim and Sean who have put a trojan amount of work into this team and it has paid dividends.

A big thanks also to all our supporters, especially our die hard followers.

After the game Betty Somers from the LDSL presented Athea Utd captain Gavin Ambrose with the division three league trophy to jubilant scenes amongst players, managers and loyal supporters. Afterwards it was back to The Vales where refreshments were ready and waiting for all.

Panel: Gavin Mulvihill, Danny Hartnett, Dermot Pierse, Daire O’Shea, Gavin Ambrose, Shane Scanlon, Paric Enright, Michael Tierney, Andrew O’Riordan, Jack Vaughan, Eoin O’Shea, Brandon Finucane, TJ Hunt, Pierce O’Brien, Killian O’Connor, David McEnery, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Conor Mullane, Fergal Pierse.  Referee Eugene Noonan.

THANKS: A huge thanks to Denise and Kathleen for having the food and refreshments ready and organised, it was most welcome and much appreciated.


Premier Division (Fri, May 19th)

Ballingarry (0) 1

Athea Utd (0) 3 Ger Collins, Darren Murphy, Steven McEnery

With three games left we knew we needed another win to secure our premier division status and this game away to our direct opponents for survival Ballingarry. With Killeaney winning away to Glin Rovers on the same night the result of our match took on extra significance and so a win was vital.

We played well in patches in the first half but never found the breakthrough we needed, perhaps both teams were a little edgy. We did make the breakthrough early in the second half when a pacy corner was delivered by Sean Ryan and was met by Ger Collins who rose highest to plant a fine header past the keeper. Indeed both aforementioned players were very influential on the night. After all the hard work we then conceded a rather soft goal, also from a header to level the score and make for a nervous conclusion. As the game drew near the end it looked like both teams would miss a big opportunity to grab three big points. That was until speed merchant Darren Murphy used his pace to set him free to restore our lead with a clinical finish. Instead of sitting back we pushed on and substitute Stephen McEnery blocked a clearance and finished cheekily to make it three one. With the final whistle we knew that we would be playing in the premier division next year. It was a fine performance in what were perfect conditions for a game.

Team: Pa Ahern, Michael Reidy, Joe Vaughan, Padraig Reidy, Matthew Tierney, James Ryan, Sean Ryan, Ger Collins, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Kevin Murphy. Sub used Stephen McEnery. Referee Eugene Noonan.

Premier Division (Sun, May 21st)

Abbeyfeale Utd (0) 1

Athea Utd (3) 4    

Jamie Collins, Sean Ryan, Dylan Griffin, Darren Murphy

With survival secured on the previous Friday night we knew the pressure was off for our game away to third placed Abbeyfeale Utd. Considering the effort put in on Friday night this was always going to be a tough task but transversely it turned out to be one of our best performances this year. We had a number of early chances with Dylan Griffin, Darren Murphy and Kevin Murphy causing a lot of difficulties for the home defence. We got the lead through Jamie Collins whose looping header ended in the net. The second goal was due to great work by Dylan Griffin who put the centre back under pressure, steal possession and use the advantage played from a foul to play Sean Ryan in on goal. Sean had a lot to do but his pace opened the space up for him to slide it past the keeper. To the players credit they did not sit back but instead get a third before half time when Griffin lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box following a killer pass from Joe Vaughan.

We started the second half three up and soon found ourselves extending our lead when Darren Murphy finished to the net from outside the box after a tricky mazy run. We would concede a consolation goal but due to some solid defending it finished four one. A score line which did not flatter us at all.

Team: Shane Mulvihill, James Ryan, Padraig Reidy, Joe Vaughan, Matthew Tierney, Stephen McEnery, Sean Ryan, Kevin Murphy, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Sub Ger Collins. Referee Paudie Manning.


Another Athea Utd player has joined the growing list of club players who have won player of the year at league level. Last Friday night James Broderick joined that list when he was presented with the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League U12 Division 3 player of the year. This is a great honour for James, his family and the club when he was presented with his award from Charlie Boyle of the LDSL at The Rathkeale House Hotel. Well done again James.


Sunday, May 28th    Juniors home to Rathkeale at 11.30am


Athea Utd are delighted to announce that we will again be running a FAI Soccer Camp this year. The camp will take place at The Vales from Monday, July 24th to Friday, July 28th and is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, May 22nd are as follows –
Jackpot was €6,300. Numbers drawn 7, 12, 19, 24. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Sheila Casey, Brosna. Noreen Brouder, Templeathea. Elizabeth Moody, Moyvane. Mike & Karina Buckley, Athea. Mrs Bridget King, Ardagh.

Sellers Agatha & Brouders Shop.
New Jackpot €6,400 at Donie’s on Monday, May 29th

Athea GAA

Junior B.

Unfortunately the Junior B team lost to Knockaderry on Thursday evening here in Athea in the Junior B league Round 3. However, they put in a good display and here’s to future wins.

Club Draw:

Tickets are now on sale for the annual ‘500’ Club fundraising draw. Promoters will be calling to homes in the next few weeks and flyers showing the prizes etc will be distributed by our postmen shortly. You are asked once again to get behind the draw as it’s one of the major fundraisers for the club and they need every Euro to bring the €40,000 approx debt down further. The Lip-Sync brought in much needed funds and the quicker the debt is paid off the less interest payable and who knows you might be lucky. The direct debit method is an easy way to make your payment and there is an extra prize for paying this way.

This week the mixer for the dug-outs will be going up to the pitch and this will be another step forward for the field and an added bonus. The wheelchair ramp, the podium and the 3 garden benches are also an further asset to the grounds. When the lighting goes up around the running/walking track it will be great for the darker evenings.

Coiste na nÓg:


Friday May 19:  U10s:

Our U10s played their first Blitz of the year at home in Páirc na nGael on Friday evening last. This was a very enjoyable evening for our young team as they played very well in two matches against St. Kierans and one match against St. Senans.  There was great skill on show from all the boys and girls who took part much to the delight of the parent and spectators who travelled to the blitz. A big thank you to David O’ Connor for refereeing the games. Thank you to Loretta Brouder and Sarah O’Connor for helping out on the night. All the players, coaches and parents enjoyed some well deserved refreshments after the game. Panel: Tom Ahern, Louis O’Sullivan, Jamie Collins, Jamie Flynn, Tomás Ahern, Jamie O’Mahony, Eric Barrett, Jack Sexton, Sean Twomey & Fionn Histon.

Monday May 22: U14s:

The U14s got their league campaign off to a winning start on Monday night last when they defeated Granagh/Ballingarry in Ballingarry. They played some great football at times especially when they let the ball into the full forward line fast and early. They kicked some great long distance points and they could have got a few more handy points, if they stopped going for goals. Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Cillian O’Connor, Pierce O’Brien, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Dermot Pierse, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Eoin O’Shea, Andrew O’ Riordan, Paraic Enright, Daire O’Shea, Michael Walsh, James Broderick, Gavin Ambrose, Conor Mullane, James Lee, Fergal Pierse, Callum Buckley and Evan Curry.
We play Croom next Monday night at 7pm. in Athea in round 2. Players to be at the field at 6.30pm, and remember if you haven’t got your gum shield you can’t play.

Fixtures for May:

U12s: Thursday May 25:

Our U12s will play Rathkeale at home this Thursday evening May 25 in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 6.15pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

U8s: Friday May 26:

Our U8s will travel to Cappagh to take part in a blitz on Friday evening May 26. More details will follow during the week. Gum shields are compulsory.

U14s: Monday May 29:

Our U14s will play Croom on Monday evening May 29 in Páirc na nGael at 7pm. Players to be in the dressing room for 6.30pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.


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

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