Patsy O’Sullivan Toureendonnell who celebrated his 80th birthday at home with his family on Sunday last

Welcome Back

To Athea Road Races 2011

This weekend we welcome the return of the Motorcycle Road Races having missed out last year due to lack of sponsorship.

The village and the racing circuit are all geared up for a buzzing weekend and it looks like the weather is going to settle, for a while at least.

We welcome especially the riders who will be competing over the weekend and wish them all a safe and successful weekend.

Lots of events will be taking place in the village with amusements, stalls and street entertainment with ’Mad for Road’ taking to the stage for an open air concert on Friday evening.

A Road Safety Awareness campaign is also taking place during the week with different events which you can read about in Rodge Byrne’s piece on page 11.

The Roads will be closed on

Saturday 23rd July From 10am – 6pm

Sunday 24th July From 10am – 6pm
and people who live along the racing circuit are asked to take particular care with animals and pets and to make sure that they cannot get onto the road.
Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will officiate at the  opening of the Racing Weekend.
Congratulations to Athea MCC members for their hard work and commitment in raising the much needed funds to bring the Roads Races back again.
Again we wish all involved in the event and all spectators a very safe, successful and enjoyable weekend here.


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.


Athea & District Credit Union

Athea & District Credit Union will be closed on Saturday, July 23rd due to the Bike Races but will open on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.



Athea, July  29th – 1st August 2011


Friday 29th Kicks off at 8 p.m. with a Busking Competition in the street  and  a Musical Pub


Ceilí at The Gables at 9.30, music by Donie Nolan


Saturday 30th. Sessions in every pub

Plus open air sessions

Sunday 31st 3.00pm Singing Session with Donie Lyons at the Top of the Town followed by

5.00pm  “Fáilte Isteach”, amhránaiíocht, craic agus caint faoi ceol na háite as                                          Gaeilge


8 pm Concert, compered by Jacki O’Connor of West Limerick 102 Radio fame, in                                  Con Colbert hall featuring All-Ireland Champions from the area, the John Joe Tier                                   ney Dancers, Traditional Youth Groups, Micheál Ó Shea, Frances Kennedy and                                 the Templeglantine CCE Group.  (All-Ireland Champions in Céilí Band and                                      Grúpaí Cheoil and now performing in Sesiún at the Devon Inn every Thursday                                      night)

Admission only €10                                                               Sessions in all pubs

Monday 1st. 8pm The Gables

Special Traditional Percussion Accompaniment Competition

Competitors may play Bodhrán, Bones, Spoons or Drums. Prize in each category     plus Overall Winner’s prize

Farewell Sessions


ADAPT Services, Limerick would like to extend a sincere thanks to all those who contributed to the recent Church Gate Collection.  The amount collected was €712.44 the highest collected in the County for any town or village.  This will go towards maintaining the services for women survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

Remember ‘Domestic Abuse – No Excuse  – Break the silence.  24 hour Freephone helpline number for ADAPT is 1800 200 504.  An outreach worker visits Newcastle West every week to meet women one-to-one to offer support with anything to do with living  domestic abuse.  A Support Group meets every week in Newcastle West for women who have left an abusive relationship, this is facilitated by two professional workers.  Ring 061 412354 for further information or to make an appointment.

U-18 Half Set at the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in Ballincollig at the weekend. Left-right: M. Donovan, E. O’Shea, R. Greaney & E. Sheahan with Dancing Teacher John Joe Tierney