This coming Friday, June 10th Athea Utd will host their annual Awards Night at The Top of the Town. This is the social highlight of the year and is always a night to remember for the many teams and players who wore the blue and white with pride during the past season.

Proceedings get under way at 9.30pm and we look forward to seeing everybody at The Top of the Town this Friday night.


Aislinn Fundraising Cycle


Denny Mulvihill, Colbert St., along with some friends, will cycle from Mizen to Malin Head (640km) from 13th to 18th June in order to raise funds for the Aislinn Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Killkenny. Lines are being sold at present and your support would be appreciated for this very worthy cause.

St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society

The next meeting of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will take place on Monday 13th June after 7.30pm Mass.


West Limerick Resources



Abbeyfeale Library will host the Healthy Happy Baby/Toddler Bonanza on Tuesday  June 21st from  11am-1pm. Information will be available on caring for your baby/toddler, along with nutritional Information from Health Promotion Unit.  Local District Nurse Aidan Keogh will also be available to answer your questions on children’s care and health.   Free samples of baby products will be available on the day and those who attend will be entered into a free draw for a Getaway Break and a baby product Hamper from Twohig’s  Super Valu  Abbeyfeale.


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. Participants must register before June 17th. Contact Dearbhla on 068 32444 or Adrienne on 069 66296.


The West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers recently concluded their pilot Step Challenge which was designed to promote people’s awareness of their levels of physical activity and  to encourage people to become more active every day.  Each participant was given a step counter and encouraged to gradually increase their steps to 10,000 each day.  The Challenge is now being rolled out in Newcastle West, Askeaton and Rathkeale where fifty-four women and men are currently signed up, seven are aged 14-18 years.  Running until October, people can sign up at any stage and do the challenge as many times as they want. On returning their cards, participants names will go into a monthly prize draw and will receive either a gold or silver Irish Heart Foundation pin. Contact the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project for Travellers on 069 61316.


As part of Men’s Health week, the West Limerick Primary Health Care Project team is distributing publicity posters in Newcastle West, Askeaton, Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale. Work is also underway preparing a health information pack to distribute to adult men in Askeaton. This is the first year the project has been involved in Men’s Health Week and it is hoped to expand involvement in the coming years.  International Men’s Health Week (MHW) runs from Monday June 13th to Sunday June 19th. The theme for 2011 is: “Promoting and Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Men and Boys during Challenging Times”.  The key message being: “Let’s talk about it”.  For more information visit:


The Springboard initiative is designed to provide 6,000 new places on higher education programmes for unemployed people. Targeted at those who were previously working but lost their jobs or were made redundant and who, with some up-skilling, could fill current or future job shortages, the initiative will allow those who undertake the courses to retain their benefits and if they find a job, they will still be permitted and encouraged to finish their course. A total of 34 institutions in both the public and private sector will offer programmes ranging from Certificate to Masters level.   Potential students can online though Subject to eligibility for these courses, participants will not have to pay fees.

The Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has this week announced a Rural Broadband Scheme for areas where people cannot get a broadband service either through private operators or the National Broadband Scheme. The time limit for applications is very short – the closing date is Friday July 29, 2011. Those interested in the scheme can contact the Department’s Rural Broadband Scheme line on 1850 678 100 to apply.



The next Group meeting will be on Wednesday June 8 at 2:30pm in Abbeyfeale Rugby Club. The Committee meeting will take place on Friday June 3 at 11am in West Limerick Resources Abbeyfeale Office. There will be an outing to Cobh and Fota Wildlife Park on Monday June 13. The coach will leave from outside the church at 8am on the day.

Bríd Riordan, Clash, Athea and Tony Shanahan, Barna who were married in Athea on Saturday last pictured with Brid’s parents Ned and Mary and bridal party.