Paul Collins presenting a set of jerseys to the Minor Management Team of Noel Barry, Micheál Long and Seamus O’Connell

Somalia Appeal

Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the collection for Somalia last weekend totalling €1,277.

Anyone who had the opportunity to see the programme on RTE 1 on Sunday evening from Somalia will have no doubt about  how much assistance is needed there.

Thank You

Ann O’Keeffe would like to thank all the local businesses and people in Athea who contributed to her Lady Captain’s Charity Day at Ballybunion Golf Club. The event raised €10,500 and this will be divided between Multiple Sclerosis, Special Olympics, Down Syndrome Limerick and Áras Mhuire Nursing Home and Laundry for the elderly, Listowel.


Trip to Donegal

Trip to Donegal – based at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran departing Sunday September 18th and returning on Friday September 23rd – 5 nights – 6 days. €335 p.p.s. or €385 single. Visiting Derry, Glenveagh National Park and Giant’s Causeway. Contact Marie Wrenn – 087 7674832 or Joan Fitzgibbon – 087 9865005.


Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour

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Francis Brennan, star of RTÉ’s At Your Service, wants to take YOU on an escorted holiday by coach across Europe.

Flying from Dublin you will travel to Barcelona, Carcassonne, Cannes, Lake Maggiore, Tuscany and Rome.

This 12-night trip, leaving in September, will be filmed for RTÉ’s new series, Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour.

The coach is booked and Francis is raring to go. All he needs now are some holidaymakers! We want to hear from couples, families, colleagues – anyone who wants to celebrate a special milestone, anniversary or birthday in style. Perhaps you have taken early retirement, or maybe you are recovering from a life changing experience? Whatever your special reason, get in touch and let us know why you, or your friends, should join Francis on his grand tour.

Experience Barcelona’s amazing architecture, the medieval walled City of Carcassonne and the glitz and glamour of Cannes. Take a boat trip to visit the islands of the Italian Lakes, go olive oil and wine tasting in Tuscany and explore Ancient Rome, including St Peter’s Basilica and The Colosseum. You will, of course, also have time to shop and explore on your own.

To apply to take part in this exciting new series email [email protected]

Or alternatively call Laura on 00 44 2890 427646 to receive an application form by post.

The special price for this unique trip including flights, transfers and accommodation on a B&B basis is €800 per person (inc taxes and charges) based on two people sharing (single room supplement applies).

Booking terms and conditions apply.

You must be 18 years of age or over to apply, and available to travel on Monday 12th September to Saturday 24th September 2011 inclusive. Places are strictly limited, so get in touch now and let us know why you should come along on this unforgettable journey!


West Limerick Resources Ltd.


West Limerick Resources is pleased to announce that it has received new funding under the Equality For Women Measure 2010 – 2013 to roll out a new part-time training programme starting in September. The programme will be based in Tournafulla delivering a FETAC Level 4 Certificate in Information & Communications Technology Skills (4M0855). Modules include Communications, Maths, Information Technology Skills, Computer Applications, Web Design, Work Experience, Photography, Painting & Drawing. An expression of interest form is available from Dearbhla / Nora in the Abbeyfeale Office (Tel: 068 32444) or from Michelle or Marie at Reception at the main WLR office, St. Mary’s Rd, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick (Tel: 069 62222).



Rainbows – the Peer support programme for children grieving, is due to roll out this autumn, supporting children from age 4yrs – 12yrs. If you would like more information please contact Mary or Dearbhla on 068 32444 or call into our Abbeyfeale office for an application form.




Hi To all from the Athea CFR’s. Well I cant believe its nearly three years of activity from its eraliest and humble beginnings. The system can lay claim to over 80 + persons having been trained in life support skills. The “First Responders”, have indeed had a Significant impact on the community we serve. The responders are available every evening 6pm – until next morning 08,00 and all weekends from Friday evening 6pm until Mondays 08,00. The level of expertise in the hands of the Athea First Responder personnel is constantly evolving, firstly all responders are trained in life support skills by undertaking the Irish Heart Foundation, Heart Saver AED programme, many CFR’s went onto undertake the Irish Red Cross, practical First Aid course. During 2010 all responders underwent Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (Phecc) standard “Cardiac First Responder”  programme in order that the Athea CFR could be relied upon by the HSE West as an “immediate care service capable of being mobilised by the 112 999 emergency call” . We have been providing Emergency Life Support cover directed by the ambulance service since 08 02 2010
Our Most recent challenge was on the morning Sunday 24, July (yes road racing days). The Roads were in the process of being closed ready for motorcycling action when

at 09.47 the CFR dedicated Mobile received a call to respond to a member of the local community at the very end of the patch, on the route out to Carrigkerry. We were fortunate, amongst all the activity, to be assisted by Garda Gerry Griffin’s swift intervention by securing a Garda traffic corps vehicle to escort First Responders through the extra vehicles and people around that morning. Then on Monday evening 25 Dr Kieran Murphy Medical Director for Athea CFR held a debrief and concluded with our evaluation of events.
We were set up to make a difference, and thats what we do. Our slogan being ” We are on your doorstep and We are on our way” Congratulations to all the First responders for all the brilliant work you do. Keep up your intrepid activity. If you are interested in gaining Life support knowledge and skills then call Rodge Byrne, Training Director: 086 310 3233.

We will be offering training to community members in the Autumn, joining the CFR group is an option Not a requirement. Why Not come along to our Third AGM, Con Colbert Hall, 05 September: 7.30 – 9.00 to find out more or to contribute to this amazing service
Rodge Byrne