Jimmy Deenihan, Minister forArts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht cuts the tape to start the Athea Road Races on Sunday last

TradFéile Weekend

After the buzz of motorbikes last weekend  it’s the turn of traditional music, song and dance this weekend during the annual TradFéile festival.

The festival starts on Friday night with a busking competition in the street at 8pm followed by prizegiving at the Top of the Town and a session. There will be a Musical Pub competition later in the night and a Ceilí at The Gables at 9.30 with Donie Nolan supplying the music.

On Saturday there will be sessions in the pubs for all to enjoy. Sunday kicks off with a Traditional Singing session at the Top of the Town with Donie Lyons from 3pm followed by  Fáilte Isteach  (amhránaíocht, craic agus caint faoi ceol no haite as Gaeilge) at 5pm.

On Sunday night we have a grand Concert in Con Colbert Community  Hall starting at 8pm and compered by Jacki O’Connor of West Limerick 102 Radio fame, featuring the best of traditional music, song and dance with performances from the John Joe Tierney Dancers, Traditional Youth Groups, Micheál O’Shea, Frances Kennedy and the Templeglantine CCE Group (All-Ireland Champions in Ceilí Band and Grúpaí Cheoil and now performing in Sesiún at the Devon Inn every Thursday night). There will also be sessions in the pubs ‘til late.

To round off the weekend we have a special Traditional Percussion Accompaniment Competition at The Gables at 8pm. where competitors may play bodhrán, bones, spoons or drums. There will be a prize for each category plus an Overall Winner’s Prize.

To close the weekend there will be Farewell Sessions in the pubs.

So come along and enjoy the craic over the weekend.

Thank You


The Pallottine Fathers wish to thank all who contributed to our recent Church gate collection on 16th/17th July. Amount collected was €557.60. May God bless you with good health and His peace.


Athea Foróige Youth Club

Athea Foroige Membership  2011 – 2012


Membership Renewal and New Members.

Automatic membership is NOT guaranteed.

Anyone interested in either re- joining or becoming a new member must get a PARENT to call (not text please) Natalie before 13th August.


And, if you know of any adult who has expertise in sports / woodwork / art / fashion / music / cooking or anything else let me know.





Crafty Corner – this group hope to meet in the autumn (date & time will be decided by group at an information evening )and share skills and knowledge on knitting and crochet. The group will be informal and relaxed and it is hoped that members will share their skills so the group will learn together. If you are interested please contact the office in Abbeyfeale on 068 32444 & ask for Dearbhla or Nora.



New application forms are available from the WLR offices in Abbeyfeale & NCW for the autumn Rainbows Peer Support Programme. Rainbows is a free peer support programme for children who have suffered a loss or who are grieving.  Full details are available from Mary or Dearbhla in the office on 068 32444 or drop into us in The Square.



There will be a Family Networking Day on Tuesday July 26th. The location and time will be Abbeyfeale Rugby Club from 2pm to 4.30pm. To participate, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. There will be face painting, indoor and outdoor games, and quizzes for all the family to participate in. It’s an opportunity for the family to have fun together. Healthy fruit snacks provided. This is a WLR, HSE, and Limerick Sports Partnership Initiative. Any queries, please contact 087 9382883.



Adapt House, the support service for women and children who have experienced violence in the home, held church-gate collections on June 18th & 19th.  €712.44 was collected in Athea and €638.57 in Abbeyfeale. Adapt would like to thank both communities for their generous support.