Easter 1916 Commemoration

Katherine Inchmore reading the Easter Proclamation, Coireall Mac Curtáin, Martin Ferris Td and Joe Dalton in Athea last Saturday

Speaking at last Saturday’s Easter Rising Commemoration in Athea Martin Ferris TD reminded those present not alone of the ideals of the 1916 Rebellion but also of the more recent struggle to achieve political status epitomised by the hunger strikers led by Bobby Sands in 1981. After various agreements, particularly the Good Friday Agreement, all the avenues are now opened for political advancement. These agreements received the overwhelming democratic support of the people on this island.

There is now a fully accountable policing service and those who killed Ronan Kerr of the PSNI should face the fact that they killed an Irish nationalist. The dissident groupings are, in fact, attacking the peace process.

Pointing to the election of 14 Sinn Féin Dáil deputies and the increased support in the North, Martin Ferris said that Sinn Féin will work night and day to see the ideals in the Easter Rising Proclamation come to fruition.

The Proclamation was read by Katherine Inchmore and the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann was led by Coireall Mac Curtáin.

Table Quiz & Barbecue


A Table Quiz & Barbecue in aid of Nano Nagle Special Needs School will be held at the Top of the Town on Friday, April 29th at 9.30 p.m.

Great spot prizes on the night. Please support this worthy cause.


“Mock Wedding”

Friends of St. Ita’s


Donie’s Bar is the place top be on Sunday next, May 1st. at 7.30pm. For the “Mock Wedding” fund-raiser in aid of “Friends of St. Ita’s”. Please support this worthy cause. Tickets available from sellers for just €5


Street Stepping for Women!!

This programme aims to encourage women to become more physically active in a supportive and social environment. The programme empowers women to choose between walking, jogging or running using the Slí Na Sláinte Routes. The group will meet in Athea at the Con Colbert Memorial Hall every Thursday @ 7pm (under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult).  Participants can get individual programme support from the County Limerick Sports Partnership. For more information contact Elaine on 061 49 6463.

Athea Parent & Toddler Group

The Athea Parent & Toddler group are in the Memorial Hall, Athea, every Tuesday and Friday from 11.30 to 1.30. We are also open during the school holidays.

For more information contact me Caroline on 085-7073948.

Con Colbert Community Hall


We are asking you to go through your garages, sheds, houses, fields etc. If you have any bits of metal, iron, aluminium, old machinery, bicycle frames, cars, radiators, pots, pans, whatever you no longer need, we will gather it up, the money raised will go towards paying off the hall loan.

Your scrap metal can be collected or dropped off to a central location.

If you would like to help out ring either

Caroline O’Connell on 087 6643307 or

Kathleen Mullane on  087 1233361

for more information.

We will also take old car batteries


If you are planning a party this is an excellent opportunity to combine your fun day (family day) with the opportunity to do a little fundraising for your local Community Hall and Sports Complex.

Niall King of Shanagolden Bouncing Castles has kindly agreed to make a donation for every bouncing castle and marquee that is booked through the hall committee.

We would also like to make you aware that the hall is available to rent for a small fee of €50 for functions such as children’s parties (which can cater for indoor bouncing castles so you can beat the weather) and other family occasions. Contact 087-1525597

A Tribute to the late

Mike Enright

By Polly the Poet


On my favourite station

The one that tops the rest

I’m sure you know by now

It is in Limerick’s West

Every day I tune in

It’s where my heart belongs

Lots of chat and friendliness

And the best of lovely songs


I looked forward every day

And Sunday night I’d rush

To hear my friend Mike Enright

With his voice so warm and plush

“Now there” he would whisper

So charming, bright and jolly

“The next song I will play

Is for my  friend, dear Polly”


He’d love to get a text from me

We’d have a laugh and joke

His loving wife dear Margaret

She was blessed with this kind bloke

He’d play whatever song I’d like

From Mike Denver to Joe Dolan

He’d always send good wishes to

My other friend Mike Nolan


One day while I sat at home

I am sad to say

I got a call to tell me

That poor Mike had passed away

My eyes filled up with tears

Then I sat down and cried

Now in my heart forever more

There’ll always be a void


On Sunday night we’d hear him

With his accent so unique

When he’d present his country show

‘twas nice to hear him speak

High above in Heaven

There’s a star that’s shining bright

Goodbye and God rest you my friend

Dearest Mike Enright.





Expressions of interest are sought from individuals interested in taking part in a new Certificate in Tourism which will offered by Glin Development Association in association with the FAS Local Training Initiative (LTI).  To be based in St Paul’s Heritage Centre, Glin, the free course offers FETAC level 5 accreditation and is open to those aged 16-35 years who have less than leaving certificate or did not go to college.  Some places may be available to those outside these criteria.  Contact Dearbhla on 068 32444 or Adrienne on 069 66296.


Expressions of interest are sought from those interested in taking part in a 35 week FETAC level 5 training programme in Abbeyfeale. Consisting of eight modules including Communications, Radio Programme Production, Sound Engineering & Production, Media Analysis, Work Experience, Skills for Journalism, Business Administration and Event Production, the programme will offer practical experience within a radio environment along with additional support for those experiencing difficulties accessing the labour market or other education programmes.  Funded by FAS, 80% of participants must be 16-35 years, have less than Leaving Certificate or not have gone to college. A full FAS training allowance may be available to eligible participants.  Contact Dearbhla on 068 32444 (Mon–Thurs) or Adrienne on 069 66296.


A new Parent & Toddler group is now running one morning per week in Tournafulla hall. Funding by WLR, the FREE six week programme will look at 1) Running a Parent and Toddler Group, 2) Understanding Children’s Behaviour, 3) Importance of Play, 4) Imaginative Play, 5) Creative Play and Open ended Materials, 6) Block Play. Grandparents also welcome. Contact Dearbhla (Mon – Thurs) on 068 32444.


The next group meeting will take place in the West Limerick Resources Office, The Square, Abbeyfeale at 2:30pm on Wednesday April 20.