Malin to Mizen Cycle by Denny Mulvihill

 3rd to 6th September 2020

Denny Mulvihill with his family at the end of his long ride

Just want to thank everyone who sent best wishes to me for my Malin to Mizen cycle last weekend, and to everyone who donated for Cystic Fibrosis and to those who took Sponsorship Cards from me for the event.

The 1st day Thursday, it took me 7 hours to cycle to Bundoran, conditions were not great as I had a head wind all the way and a few heavy showers, covering approx. 155km that day. My cousin Pat O’Connor and his wife Patricia came from Glenties to meet us here and supported CF.  Norma Collins & her daughter from Athea passed me near Ballyshannon going north and recognised me, so she turned around to meet me and wish me well…. I couldn’t believe it was her so far north.!

The 2nd day to Oranmore was worse as I had torrential rain and a head wind much stronger than the day before, it took 8.5 hours to do 175km.

The 3rd day to Mallow was much better, dryer and milder T.G. It was a great boost to have 7 friends join me in Patrickswell for the last 45km to Mallow, arriving at approximately 5 pm after completing 165km that day in about 8 hours. The friends who joined me were TJ Reidy, Kevin O’Keeffe, Paudie Lynch, Bobby Woulfe, Micheál O’Callaghan, Mike Shields and Francie Collins. They were from the Athea Cycling Club and Newcastlewest Cycling Clubs, I would have had more from Athea join me only Communion was on that day in Athea. My sister in law Josephine Browne, Danny and Maighread along with TJ’s wife Carmel were in Patrickswell also to cheer me on.  

The 4th and final day, I left Mallow at 8.15am for my journey to Mizen Head, a total of 155km. I was surprised to be joined again today by a good friend of mine, TJ Reidy after 15km, who was to cycle with me as far as Macroom. On the way we encountered heavy rain between Millstreet and Macroom and it was there I got another surprise as I was joined there by my son Jonathan. In Macroom the 2 boys decided to cycle the last 100km with me to Mizen head and I was thrilled to have the company again and the help. The weather improved from Dunmanway and when we turned for Durrus, I got a mechanical fault in my gear selection. This made it harder but knowing the road from previous cycles down there, I managed to select a gear suitable for the terrain and left it in that gear to the finish line at about 4.30pm. In Durrus, myself, TJ and Jon were joined by Alan Hickey from the West Cork Cycling Club, a friend of Tina’s for the final leg. At the finish line I was greeted to my surprise by my daughter Tina, son Shane, Linda, Ashley & boys, Vincent & Carol, Ella and other friends including TJ’s wife Carmel who did back up for him. I had no idea that they would be there and felt very emotional crossing the line.  I was glad it was finished, my 6th trip but it was worth it, as it was for a great cause Cystic Fibrosis. We even got money for CF on route.  Over the 4 days I completed 650km.

This would not be possible without my backup, namely my wife Mary T who sometimes got lost on route but was always close by.

Míle Buíochas to everyone who contributed or helped make this event possible.

“ Keep active, keep fit as it keeps you young ! ”

Denny with some of the local cycle club who accompanied him on the final stage of his ride





St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea

Mass Times:

Sunday & Thursday mornings at 10.30am

Friday & Saturday evenings at 7.30pm


Sat 19th Sept –       Angela Cafferkey

Sun 20th Sept – Tom Denihan

Eucharistic Ministers:     

Sat 19th Sept –       Margaret Enright / Eilish Geoghegan

Sun 20th Sept –      Mary Hunt

Mass Intentions this week:

Thurs Sept 17th 10.30am:  Patrick, Maurice, Josie & Francis Danaher, Nuala Missorici.

Fri Sept 18th 7.30pm: Pa O’Connor (months mind).

Sun Sept 20th 10.30am: Timothy, Margaret & Nicholas Leahy.

  Collections:        Sept 12th/13th                       €680.00

Pastoral Meeting – A pastoral meeting will be held on Friday night at 8pm (after mass). The meeting will be an open meeting to discuss our way forward in the current pandemic and we welcome new members and any ideas/suggestions which would be helpful to the parish in moving forward together in the current environment. We are very thankful to everyone who is helping to keep our church open and active every week.

Church Opening Hours – Due to the recent increase in the COVID 19 Virus the church will only be open during mass times for the next few weeks – we are taking this measure on health & safety grounds to protect each other. If you need to book an Anniversary mass etc. or get a mass card signed please contact Fr Brendan on 087-2600414 or Siobhan on 087-2237858.

Please always remember to sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the church.

Once again we thank you most sincerely for your patience and understanding.

Athea Voluntary Housing  

Has a single occupancy Apartment to let at Colbert Street, Athea.

Applicants must be on the Limerick County Council Housing List.

Applications in writing to the Secretary, at No. 25 Rathronan, Athea.

Closing Date for Applications September 30th  

Enquiries to: 087-7400665

Birthday Remembrance

Penny Woulfe

whose birthday falls on

the 16th of September 

Missing you on your birthday

Today is full of memories

Happiness and tears

Of  birthday celebrations

We’ve shared throughout the years 

And though we’ll always miss you

The endless joy you brought

Warms our hearts with gratitude

And fills our every thought 

Wherever you are resting

We hope that you can see

How precious and uplifting

Your memory is through the year 

We feel that you are with us

In everything we do

So We’ll celebrate your birthday

But  we’ll spend it missing you.

Happy birthday in heaven mom, love and miss you

No Place Like Home

By Domhnall de Barra

There has been lots of talk this year about holidays, or the lack of same if you were thinking of going abroad. We were all advised to stay at home and that terrible word “staycation” made its way into our vocabulary. I’d love to meet the person who thought up that word and throttle him or her. It sounds so American and phoney but, then again, aren’t we always aping what they do and say across the Atlantic. Young people even talk with a slight American accent from watching programs on telly. Anyway, I thought about Noreen’s father, Jack Hannon, who had worked in England and visited America to see his daughters who were living there at the time. He said to me one day, “do you know something, I have seen England and America but I know nothing about my own country”.  His story is not unique as there are many people, especially from cities, who have been all over the world on holidays but have never been to Leitrim!  I got to know the country through work. When I was teaching music for a living I used to work for DHL and Elan doing courier deliveries with a van in the summer time. I would relieve drivers in different areas when they took their annual holidays so, over a few years, I covered most of the country. I got to see, first hand, the beauty of our own land and the great differences there are from North to South and East to West. We have a lot to be proud of and it is no wonder that people flock to here from all over the world. Great work has been done lately by Bord Fáilte to highlight places like the “Wild Atlantic Way” but there are hidden gems all over the country. You don’t have to go too far; just  take a walk up to the top of the cnoceens and look around at one of the most scenic landscapes you could find anywhere. With this in mind I am not giving you my usual “ráiméis” this week. Instead I offer this poem I composed  a few years ago. Enjoy!!

The Man with the Cap

Two men were standing at a bar, talking of things they’d done,

One had travelled the world wide, the other had stayed at home,

The man who had travelled expounded at length, about sights and places he’d seen,

While the man with the cap filled his pipe and thought of the “cnoceens”


Said the man who had travelled “ I’ve been to the North, the South, the West and the East,

I’ve been on safari to Africa’s plains, and conquered the savage wild beast,

Expeditions I’ve joined to tropical lands in search of exotic wild fowl”

Said the man with the cap as he lit his pipe; “were you ever in Knocknaboul?”


“I’ve been to Alaska, the land of gold and slept in an igloo of snow,

I’ve stood on the Grand Canyon’s lofty banks and gazed at the chasm below,

I’ve been to Niagara to see the falls, I’ve studied Mount Rushmore’s faces,”

Said the man with the cap as he ordered a pint: “were you ever at Listowel races?”


“I’ve travelled to Paris, the city of love and stood ‘neath the Eiffel Tower,

I’ve journeyed through India’s verdant vales and slept ‘neath it’s shady bowers,

I’ve looked upon Naples that city so fair and the Pope in St. Peter’s Square.”

Said the man with the cap as he drank his pint: “were you ever in Knockanaire.”


“I’ve courted fair maidens in tropical lands who longed to stay in my arms,

I’ve dallied a while in the far, far east and sampled the Geisha’s charms,

A young beauty once on the Isle of Capri said she wished I would never set sail.”

Said the man with the cap: “if its courting you want, you can’t beat the barns by the Gale”


You may brag and may boast about places you’ve been and the wondrous sights they possess,

But give me the lark as she rises at dawn to sing over Gortnagross,

And what can compare with the air so rare you’ll find in the bogland brown,

Or the welcome you get in the homes of Coole West if you call on your way from town.


Just let me roam by the Gales sweet banks and fish for the wily trout,

Or wander to Batt’s when the sun goes down for a creamy pint of stout

Oh, there’s sights to behold in the world all right from valleys to mountains tall,

But the man who hasn’t been to the Vales of Dirreen is a man who hasn’t travelled at all.










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By Carrig Side-15/09/2020

By Tom Aherne

In recent weeks pupils from the four local schools have received their First Holy Communion under the new Covid 19 guidelines. Congratulations to all the pupils involved and thanks to all others involved in enabling the ceremonies to proceed. Congratulations and best wishes to all the local students who received their Leaving Certificate results on Monday September 7.

Congratulations to Michael Flynn formerly of Ballymorrisheen, Ardagh, on his recent appointment as Principal of Ériu Community College Blanchardstown in West Dublin. It is a brand  new (ETB) school which just opened this September to cater for the growing population. We wish Michael all the best in the future.

Creeves Celtic  held the first split the pot fundraiser draw at the Thatch Bar, Newbridge on Monday, September 7. Congratulations to Clara Enright who won €128. Entry fee €2, with €1 to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two euro in plus details, are available at the Thatch Bar and Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month for 12 months.  The forms are available from committee members and the  draws will be held on Monday nights and all support will be appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Garryspillane  by 1-19 to 1-10 in Round 4 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Adare on Sunday, September 6. It was their first win in the competition, and they play Castletown/Ballygran in their final group match. In round 2 of the West Junior B Football Championship Saint Kieran’s lost to Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 1-14 to 0-7 at Coolcappa on Tuesday, September 1. They play Adare in their final group match. In Division 3 of the County U-16 Hurling Championship Semi Final Saint Kieran’s lost to Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue by 5-14 to 4-6.

West Limerick 102fm have been successful with their application to the Government Stability Fund which will see them receive €18,853 from the fund. Other good news for the station is that Gaeilge Bhriste presented by Shirley O’Regan, has been shortlisted for Oireachtas Irish Language Community Radio Programme of the Year 2020. The programme is a lively mix of Irish Language, literature and music, and can be heard on Sundays from 8-9am and from 3-4pm. Shirley has become a beacon of light since her arrival at the station last year, introducing new ideas and  new shows. We wish her well in her quest to achieve the award next month.

Congratulations to Pat Coughlan Castlemahon, who won €116, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, September 11. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.  New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.

The Desmond Castle, Askeaton is now open to the public until Friday, October 30. Admission is free and numbers are limited to 6-8 people due to the special Covid restrictions. A guided service is available daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

A prime parcel of 50 acres, with semi-derelict 4 bedroom farmhouse in need of substantial modernisation  with potentially  a great aspect, is for sale on the lands on Wednesday, September 16 at 3pm at Coolcappagh, Ardagh.

Culture Night 2020 will be held on Friday, September 18, and it will be a lot different this year due to Covid-19. It will be aimed at stay at home on-line audiences, which will be shown through new channels. Limerick Culture and Arts Office are inviting clubs and organisations wishing to organise  an event to visit West Limerick Radio will be marking the occasion.

People around the Limerick area are being asked to host a socially distanced or virtual coffee morning  and raise funds for Milford Hospice  on Thursday, September 24. This is the 28th  year of the fundraising initiative and it is sponsored by Bewley’s. The money raised is crucial in ensuring that they continue to meet each individual  patient’s needs and to support their families throughout the  mid west region. Call the fundraising department at 061- 485859 or visit www.

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Kathleen’s Corner-15/09/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

What a beautiful day we have had this Sunday with many families making their way to nearby Ballybunion, Killarney and even nearer to Glin and Tarbert. We are so blessed to have such beautiful locations to visit all year round, so make the best of the nice weather as, we can see already the evenings are getting darker much earlier.

The death took place during the past week of Ita Shine of Dirreen, Athea. Ita was predeceased by her husband Donal. A really lovely, gentle woman who always had a smile on her face. Ita had a little playschool here in Athea many years ago when my own girls were young and they adored her. Ita passed away at her residence surrounded by her family, her Requiem Mass on Wednesday was followed by burial to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sincere sympathy to her daughters Joan and Mary Ita, sons Donie and John, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy to Timmy Reidy and family and Margaret and Paudie of Upper Athea on the death of Miriam Masterson in Dublin this past week following a long illness. May she rest in peace.

Well done to Athea minors who, on Friday evening, lined out here in Athea against Kildimo/Pallaskenry having an outstanding win of 3-11 to 0-9.

Well next week should have been a busy week for Listowel, the annual races starting next Sunday, however enthusiasts will have to be content with watching them on TV. Please God this time next year we will be in a better position and be able to enjoy the excitement of the Harvest Festival.

Sincere sympathy to Joannie McGurk (nee White) on the death of her husband Malachy in America. Brother in law of Billy and Brownie White, Colbert Street, Athea and Betty, Ned and Tom in England and Margaret in the USA. Sympathy to her daughters, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Thought for the week:- If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win.

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