TradFéile Launch

A happy group, including committee members, musicians and Athea publicans, at the TradFéile launch at The Gables on Tuesday night

No fewer than 13 musicians turned up for the launch of TradFéile 2011 by Athea branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann at The Gables on Tuesday night. It turned into a great session with a bit of food to keep us going !  The festival runs from Fri. July 29th to Mon. August 1st and promises to be another feast of traditional Irish entertainment. More details of events nearer the date.

Knockdown Vintage Rally

All roads lead to Knockdown on this Sunday, July 17th for the Vintage Rally. This is a great day out for all the family with lots to do and see including stalls, farmer’s market, tug of war, sheaf tossing barbecue etc. There will be entertainment in the Knockdown Arms from 5pm with Big Maggie and Ivan. So if you’re looking for somewhere to go head over to Knockdown for the craic.

Glin Day Care Centre Open Day

There is an Open Day for the Athea group on Thursday the 14th. July at Glin Day Care Centre. All are welcome.

If you are coming please contact the office on 068-26033.



O’Riordan’s Pharmacy and Áine’s Flowers will close early on the Saturday of the Bike Race.

Opening Hours on Saturday, July 23rd will be from 9.30am to 11am. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Milford Hospice Collection

Last week’s Church Gate  collection for Milford Hospice, Limerick raised the grand sum of €961.82. The organisers wish to thank all those who contributed so generously and the collectors who stood at the gate.


At Con Colbert Hall, Athea, on Wednesday, July 6th.


There was a big turn out at the Con Colbert Community Hall on Werdnesday night last for the presentstion of the Airtricity community funding for the Templeglantine and Dromada wind farms. Anne Reynolds, Finbar Tymon and Peter McMahon from Airtricity attended and made presentations totalling €100,000 to groups from the West Limerick area including four groups from Athea (see pictures below).

Anne Reynolds outlined Airtricity’s committment to local communities and stressed the importance of  green energy into the future. Councillor Liam Galvin, representing Limerick County Council, welcomed the funding as there has been a vast reduction in the amount of money the council had to share between all the towns and villages in the area. It was a very enjoyable night with lovely food laid on by the Hall committee.

This is the first year of the community funds and they will run on an annual basis for the next 20 years. When the Park and Knocknagorna wind farms are up and running there will be serious money available to the parish and it is up to us to make sure we avail of it.

Congratulations to all those who received funding this year and we look forward to many more in the future.


Athea Basketball players being presented with a cheque by Anne Reynolds, Finbar Tymon and Peter McMahon, Airtricity

Airtricity, presents the Foroige Youth Club members with their cheque

John Redmond accepting the cheque for the Con Colbert Community Hall from Anne Reynolds, Airtricity. Also included are Peter McMahon, manager of the Dromada project, Caroline O’Connell and John Scanlon

Margaret Waters, principal Athea N.S. accepting the Airtricity cheque from Anne Reynolds along with Gerry Griffin, Sr. Delia, Clare Ryan, and Peter McMahon.