taking a rest on Mangerton



Hard going Mary T.


"One more push....."

Photos from the Mangerton climb for charity


John Scanlon rings home to say “we’ve done it!”














Athea Community Council FÁS C.E. Scheme has been granted a rollover which started on Monday, June 27th for another year with 15 participants and one supervisor.

This is our 15th C.E. Scheme and great credit is due to all the participants and supervisors over the years for the work undertaken which has greatly enhanced the village and surrounding areas. A full plan of work has been set out for the coming year and we look forward to making some more improvements to the area.



Congratulations and well done to Helen Smith, Athea, who appeared on the ‘Big Money Game’ on RTE on Saturday night last winning a car and cash. Happy spending Helen.


Athea Outing

The annual Athea Outing takes place on Wednesday July 13th to Cork. The fare is €25 which includes breakfast. Money to be paid by July 1st please. Further details can be had from – Marie Wrenn at 087-7674832 or 068-42524. Joan Fitzgibbon at 087- 9865005.



Cathal O’Brien,


who came 1st in the Community Games 2k cycling on grass on Friday last  in Mungret.

Cathal now goes on to represent Limerick in the National Finals in Athlone


West Limerick Resources Ltd


The Newcastle West Jobseekers group was set-up over six months to provide peer support to people who are burnt-out from the whole job-seeking process. Over the past few months the members have taken part in horticulture and in personal development classes. Over the summer months a fitness “Bootcamp” is planned as well as a day trip to a local organic small-holding. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please contact Finn Fitzgerald from West Limerick Resources on 069 6131 or 087 759 1951



Rainbows is a free support group for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years that is designed to assist children and youths who are grieving a death, separation or any other painful transition or change in their family. The new application forms for the autumn 2011 programme are now available from Dearbhla or Nora in the WLR Abbeyfeale office on 068 32444.



Are you interested in learning (or improving) your knitting or crochet or showing others your skills? Interested individuals are inviting to come together one evening per week (2 hrs) and share their skills in a creative setting! The classes will be informal and relaxed. Contact Dearbhla or Nora in WLR Abbeyfeale office on 068 32444 to register your interest.



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 upskilling, 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 Bluebrick.ie. 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.



West Limerick Resources Office in Abbeyfeale offers information and support to those who are job seeking through its Rural Employment Service & FAS Jobs Club weekly clinic. We also have support around Citizens Information; provide access to information to FAS Jobsbank, training and other courses taking place. If you wish to learn more about these services and supports please call us on 068 32444 or drop into us in The Square.

A Special Thank You

Thanks to Dad (Jack Quaid) for organising fund raising nights to allow Kevin Flynn and I to go to Blackpool this year.

Thanks to Betty and Johnny Cotter, Top of the Town and also Collins’ Bar for the use of both venues.

Thanks to all the musicians that turned out for a very enjoyable night.

Thanks to Johnny Matthews, our Quiz Master at the Top, for a great night and great crack

Thanks Dad for our lovely burgers also.

Thanks to everybody who supported both nights. As in the past the people of the parish and beyond are still looking after me.

Thanks a million

Johnny Quaid