Athea U12 football team from late 90s – Who can name them all ??

 Athea GAA 

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 20th December 2020 at 7.30pm by MS Teams. Nomination papers and Club Motion forms have now been e-mailed to all registered members. Club Nominations and Motions should be emailed to  by Wednesday December 2nd.

Our next Club Draw is due to take place on Saturday December 5th outdoors. The draw will be streamed live on facebook for anyone who would like to tune in!

Ballyhahill NS Parents


Our annual school raffle is coming up. Lots of

great prizes are up for grabs so we would very much appreciate any lines bought. €2 a line and cards are in all local shops and with all school kids also. Thanks.

Graveyard Collection

We will be unable to hold the Graveyard Collection as usual but we will distribute envelopes to everyone in the parish in the coming weeks.

More on this at a later date.

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea

Mass Intentions next weekend

Saturday Dec 5th 7.30pm              Ellen Tierney

Sunday Dec 6th 10.30am               Patrick & Julia Kelly.

Nora McCoy (1st Anniversary)

Church opening for Parishioners to attend Mass

The Church will resume Mass with parishioners present from next Friday evening Dec 4th at 7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming you back to Mass again. Please note that Sunday Mass time will revert back to 10.30am from this weekend onwards.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. While people are welcome to attend, we suggest that attendance at Mass once a week is sufficient. Any person who is unwell, carrying an underlying health condition should only attend if necessary.

Numbers allowed in the church are restricted and social distancing applies. People attending Mass must wear a face mask, sanitise their hands both entering and leaving the church. We ask for your co-operation in following the guidance of the stewards at all times. During communion we ask people to remain seated until directed to come forward by the stewards. Finally, we advise parishioners who plan to attend Mass to wrap up well, as some windows will have to be opened during mass to allow for ventilation.

Fr Duggan will return to the parish on Thursday next. We look forward to welcoming him back. We also wish to thank Canon Tony Mullins and Fr Dan Lane who looked after our spiritual needs in his absence during the lockdown.

All Masses are live streamed on the Church Service TV network via the following link and broadcast on the parish radio system. You may also listen to the mass in the church carpark area via the outside speaker system.

The church is open daily from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

If you need to book an Anniversary mass, a wedding date, a baptism date or get a mass card signed please contact Siobhán on 087-2237858.

The Importance of the Common Bike

By Domhnall de Barra

I mentioned last week that I went to secondary school  in Abbeyeale on an old girl’s bicycle, probably left behind by one of my aunts when she left Cratloe. It got me thinking about the bicycle and the important role it played in the development of this country. At that time there was very little transport in rural Ireland. After the second world war you might find a  few motor cars in any parish, usually owned by the local doctor, parish priest or teacher. The average family couldn’t dream of affording one at the time as poverty was widespread and employment was scarce. Roads, apart from the main thoroughfares, were not tarred as they are today and the going, to say the least, was rough. People walked to the nearest towns and villages to do shopping or attend religious services. The better off used  horse and donkey cars (we never used the term “cart”) . The advent of the bicycle brought a kind of freedom to the ordinary public. There were two main bicycle manufacturers, Raleigh and Rudge, and they came in  two different frames, one suitable for women and the other for men. Apart from size, the main difference between them was a cross bar on the man’s bike while the women’s variety made it easier to mount the bike without having to lift the leg too high!  At first they were very basic but gradually they came with accessories such as; carriers over the back wheel or a basket on the front  and  a light. The normal light was the “flash lamp” which was operated by a battery that had to be replaced every so often but there was also a light powered by a dynamo that was attached to the back of the bike near the tyre. The top of the dynamo had a little wheel that turned when it was touching the tyre on  the moving wheel and the light was very powerful when going fast. The problem was that there was no light when the bike wasn’t moving. It was great to get any kind of a bike but even if we couldn’t afford one, our friends would give us a lift on the cross bar or on the carrier. It wasn’t uncommon  to see a cyclist with two passengers, one on the crossbar and one on the carrier. The bike brought great scope for travel. It was now possible to attend a football or hurling match in the next parish or cycle a few miles to meet a girlfriend or boyfriend. Cinemas and dance halls would have rows of bikes along the walls outside and there was great fun on the way home late at night. Postmen had special bikes with large carriers to bring the parcels from America and the letters from all those who had to emigrate at the time. In the cities, delivery boys also had a specially designed bike to accommodate all the goods they needed to carry. The bike enabled students to attend secondary schools around the country. As I outlined last week, many travelled well over 10 miles each way. It would not have been possible without the bike. Because the roads were so rough at the time it was necessary to have a good pump and a puncture repair kit at the ready as punctures happened fairly frequently. Every bike owner had to learn to fix a puncture with the minimum of equipment. Two forks were necessary to lift the tyre off the rim, using the handles as levers,  so that the inner tube could be pulled out and examined for holes. At times it was necessary to dip the tube in water where a small hole could be detected by  air bubbles. Once located, the area around the puncture was cleaned, dried and a patch put over it with the help of a  solution that set quickly. As time went on we advanced to the “ 3 speed gear” which made it easier to cycle up steep hills.  At that time, cycling clubs from England would come to Ireland and cycle around the country in the summertime. For some reason we referred to them as “hikers”, maybe it was a variation of  the word “bikers”  but they stood out for two reasons; their clothes and the type of bicycles they had. They had cycling costumes that seemed skimpy to us and their bikes were totally different. They were much slimmer with gears on the back wheels, narrow saddles and the handlebars were turned down. We all wanted to get a “hiker’s bike” but, even if they were available locally, we couldn’t have afforded them. I eventually got one when I went to England. I was working in an electro-plating plant, at the other side of the city from where I lived,  that took two bus rides to reach, one into the centre of town and the other out to the job.. By getting the bike I was able to cut across, avoiding the city centre, and get to work in half the time. I’ll never forget the feeling of riding that bike for the first time, I thought I was on top of the world. I forget what it cost exactly but it was so expensive that I had to pay for it in instalments. When I was buying it, the salesman asked me if I wanted to insure the payments for an extra six pence an instalment and though I thought it a bit much, I took him up on the offer. Little did I know how wise that decision was because, not long after, I ended up in hospital for six months. The insurance kicked in and by the time I got out, my bike was paid for. Alas, it was stolen in the city centre about twelve months later but I will never forget it.  Yes, the bike opened up our small world, helped us get an education, go to work and attend  matches and dances. For a while with the advent and affordability of the motor car, the use of the bike went into decline but in recent years it has made a big comeback. There is a huge difference between the machines of today and the boneshakers we had and riders are now wearing proper dress and protective gear. It is great to see groups of them  cycling through the countryside on Sunday mornings, enjoying the fresh air and keeping fit at the same time. I would like to see more of the younger children cycling to school instead of using cars and buses as it would greatly improve their health and fitness.  I know that roads are dangerous but, with the right training, children can be taught to cycle in safety and motorists can be extra vigilant at school times. We all need more exercise.




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Kathleen’s Corner-01/12/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

First of all can I take this opportunity to thank all those very kind people who sent myself and Paddy text messages, cards and so many kind words on the occasion of our 50th wedding anniversary last weekend. We were indeed humbled to say the least. Unfortunately we were unable to celebrate the happy occasion due to Covid, but hopefully when restrictions are lifted and when all the family can be with us we will do so.

Wasn’t the Late Late Toy Show on Friday night last a real tonic to say the least, not only for the many kids that tuned in, but for parents and grandparents alike, and indeed the many families all over the world who had Irish connections. It gave everyone a great boost, a laugh and on so many occasions a cause to smile and forget about the Covid pandemic. And the generosity of the IRISH once again came through  with to date over 6 Million collected through donations for children’s hospitals and toys for those kids and families who need a bit of help. Well done to The IRISH.

On this Saturday 5th December Athea Vincent De Paul will hold their annual Christmas collection. Due to Covid it cannot be held at the church door, instead it will take place near Collins’ Shop from 9am to 6pm.Your generosity as always would be greatly appreciated during these difficult times. All the money collected will go towards helping needy families in the parish and beyond. Anybody needing help can contact a member in complete confidence and we will try to help. There will also be carol singing from 5 until 6 with the Athea choir so come along and enjoy and bring along the kids and get into the Christmas spirit.

We welcome back Fr Duggan this week and masses will commence at the weekend. We are now into December and a new year on the horizon and hopefully 2021 will bring many good things. We live in HOPE.

And didn’t Limerick do well on Sunday and the All Ireland beckons, and you know many agree that all the late games these dark winter days has given everyone a bit of a lift TG. Here’s to their success and to Mayo on Sunday next.


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By Carrig Side-01/12/2020

By Tom Aherne

The death has occurred of Patrick (Pat) Costello,  94 Main Street, Rathkeale, and Coolcappa, peacefully at St John’s Hospital, Limerick on Sunday, November 22. Predeceased by his wife Kitty. His Requiem Mass  was celebrated in St Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa, on Wednesday, November 25 at 11am. Burial took place  afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Rathkeale. We extend sympathy to his sons Martin, Patrick, Brendan, daughter Mary, grandchildren, brothers John and Donie, sisters Betty, Nancy, Eileen, and Mary, nephews, nieces, son-in-law Gerry, daughter-in-law Rachel, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in Peace

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Hannie O’Connor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry who recently celebrated her 92nd birthday with family.

Joe Dowling living in Ballinabearna, between Carrigkerry and the Old Mill is taking on the mammoth task of walking 320 kilometres (200 Miles)  as a fundraiser for the National Council for The Blind (NCBI).  Joe started his charity walk in the local surrounds of the scenic Demesne in Newcastle West, on Tuesday, December 1 and aims to complete the walk by mid December. Joe is  asking anyone that can afford some type of donation large or small, to contact Councillor Francis Foley in Tadgh O’Connor’s In Newcastle West, Dooley’s Pharmacy in the Square, Newcastle West,  Pat Geaney, Knockaderry or Moloney’s Shop in Carrigkerry where you can put your name on a Sponsorship card. 100% of the funding will go to the NCBI which is a well deserving charity and  very close to Joe’s heart.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for November was held on Limerick Live 95fm during the sports show on Saturday, November 28. The Saint Kieran’s club had one winner Christina Ahern who won €500. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online.

Congratulations to Margaret O’Connor, Glensharrold,  Carrigkerry  on her recent lotto win.

Sophie Hennessy and Róisín Ambrose, from the Old Mill club were members of the Limerick team that were defeated by Fermanagh 4-10 to 4-3 in the All Ireland Junior  Ladies Football semi final played at Kinnegad on Sunday November 22.

Limerick City and County Council has served compulsory purchase orders (CPO) on a mid terrace property in Main Street, Ardagh and two commercial units also on Main Street, Ardagh. The CPO was set up two years ago to tackle derelict and vacant sites.

Le Chéile is a new musical treat for Christmas CD in aid of Friends of Saint Ita’s Newcastle West, and the Butterfly Club Rathkeale. It is on sale at present  costing  €10,at Saint Ita’s, and Tony Hayes, Newcastle West,  Rathkeale Post Office and Sullivan’s Chemist, Rathkeale. The CD includes the following artists, Coolcappa choir members, Michael Nash, Ann Phelan, Jean O’Brien, Charlie Reynolds, Fr Tim Curtin, Canon Tony Mullins, Fr Liam Enright, Michael Enright, Theresa Doyle McMahon, Enda Walsh, Michael Doyle, Siobhan Doody and the Newcastle West Choir.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, November 23 in the Community Centre, Ardagh. The numbers drawn were 1,7,11,15 and there was no winner of the €3,400 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Billy Broderick c/o Mackessy’s, Julia Mackessy Ardagh, John Byrnes c/o Greaney’s, Teresa Noonan c/o Greaney’s, and Patricia McCarthy c/o Podge.  Next week’s Jackpot will  be €3,500. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

Creeves Celtic  held their ninth split the pot fundraiser draw at Hanley’s Food store  Creeves, on Monday, November 23. Congratulations to Sharon Guina who won €144.The entry fee is €2 with €1 going 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 Hanley’s Foodstore, Creeves and from committee members. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.  

Congratulations to Margaret O’Connor c/o Independent Living Newcastle West, who won €235 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday November 27.Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry) 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.

On sale in the local shops are the 80 page Limerick Annual published by the Limerick Leader costing €3.95, and the 164 page Cork Holly Bough published by the Echo costing €5. The annual contains a look back at events over a year that we will never forget, with articles, photos, sport,  fondly remembered section, and six pages of local community events. The Holly Bough contains the usual mix of seasonal fare relating to our neighbours in County Cork. Both come highly recommended for over the Christmas reading, and either would make a nice gift for that special magazine reading friend.



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