Archive for September, 2011

News – 28/9/11

Mary Jane Murphy, Athea, pictured on her wedding day with her proud grandmother Mary and her sisters Caroline, Tina, Lizzy and Sarah, flower girl Kelly and pageboy Dylan.

Athea & District Credit Union


The office will be closed on Saturday 1st October to facilitate our YEAR END. We will be open on Friday evening 30th September from 6.00pm to 8.30pm Normal hours will resume the following week


Gala West Limerick

Fashion Show


The West Limerick Fashion Show in aid of the Invalid Section of the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Thursday, October 6th. Models from the Celia Holman Lee Model Agency will model clothes from shops in West Limerick and North Kerry. Cheese and Wine Reception 7.30pm. Show will start at 8pm sharp. There will be many valuable spot prizes. Tickets €10 each. Tickets can be bought at the door on the night.


Athea Drama Group AGM

Change of Date


The AGM will now take place on Wednesday, October 5th at 8.00pm in the Con Colbert Community Hall. Everyone is welcome particularly anybody interested in becoming a member.


Athea National School

Annual Church Gate Collection

The annual Church gate collection for Athea National School will take place this weekend Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October at all Masses. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.


Notes from West Limerick Resources Ltd.



West Limerick Resources will host an information evening for those currently, or interested in becoming, involved in the Horse Sport Sector (excluding the race horse sector).  Providing information on the funding and supports available, speakers on the night will include representatives from West Limerick Resources, Horse Sport Ireland and Teagasc.  Representatives of Shannon Development will also be present. Venue: The Courtenay Lodge Hotel, Newcastle West.  Date: Thursday, October 6 at 7.30pm.  Admission Free.  All are Welcome.  Contact: Morgan Boohan on 069 66290 or email [email protected]



Basic computer classes will be offered to people in receipt of Social Welfare payments starting this September.  Taught by volunteer tutors and running over six week courses for 1½ hours per week in Tournafulla this initiative aims to help people increase their confidence and ability to use computers and the internet. Participants will only be asked to pay a nominal charge to cover venue hire.  For further information or to book a place contact Irene at West Limerick Resources at 069 66298.



Burnt out-from looking for a job? Interested in joining a group of people going through the same thing? The Newcastle West Jobseekers Network was set up last year to provide a peer support network. In the past year, members have taken part in horticulture classes, personal development sessions and a fitness  Bootcamp.  We are now working on ideas and suggestions for activities over this coming Autumn and Winter. Anyone interested in joining or looking for more information about the group can contact David on: 069 61316 or 087 9109309.  We are also planning to set up a similar group in the Abbeyfeale area.   Contact Ed on 068 32444 or 087 329 0483



Those wishing to learn how to access services for those with Learning Difficulties and Special Educational Needs are invited to drop into an information evening that will take place in the Newcastle West Community Centre, on Thursday October 6th, from 2-8pm.  Featuring a Range of locally based services & voluntary support groups, it is open to parents, guardians, teachers & students who have special educational needs. Children Welcome to attend as entertainment will be available at the event! For further information contact Theresa on 069 79113



Apple, Honey and Organic food production workshops will be taking place in Thomond Park on Monday October 3rd from at 7.3-9pm.  Giving an overview of the potential and the prac


tical steps to get started, it is a unique opportunity to receive all of the information and advice to start planting crops. The workshop will include experts in crop production and buyers of food products.  A conference will take place prior the workshops involving guest speakers Minister Simon Coveney and Bobby Kerr. Workshop participants are also invited to attend the conference which begins at 6.00pm. Admission is free.  For more information contact Ciara at 061 771793 or [email protected]



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.   If you have an application form completed but not yet returned please do so as soon as possible




West Limerick Resources Office in Abbeyfeale provides a comprehensive range of information on supports & services in the West Limerick area; we also provide Citizen’s Information support, access to the Rural Employment Service, FAS Jobs Club and West Limerick Resources supports. Please call in or phone us in confidence on 068 32444.



The HSE National Immunisation Office is urging parents to make sure that their children are fully vaccinated against measles following a large pan national outbreak of the disease in Europe. Measles is a highly infectious and dangerous illness which spreads very easily, particularly in homes, crèches, playgroups, camps, schools and universities.  So far, 110 cases of measles have been reported in Ireland since January 2011.  Parents should speak with their GP and get the vaccine for their child if needed. The vaccine is free.



Now back following their summer recess, the Parent and Toddler group meets each Thursday from 9.30am to 12pm in An Glorach Theatre, Abbeyfeale (Beside Daycare Centre). New parents and toddlers are always welcome.  The cost is €3 per session.



If you are interested in joining a Young Mums Social and Support Group that will meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in West Limerick Resources Office, Abbeyfeale  please call Mary 087 9382883.


Pictures from the wedding of Maura Carroll and Gerard Ahern

which took place recently








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Athea Community Council Ltd. – 28/9/11

Lucky Numbers Draw


24/ 09/ ’11     3, 8, 11, 14.   No Winner

Lucky Dips

€50      Christine Ahern, Hillside Drive

€30      Bridie Histon, Markievicz Park

€20      Betty O’Connor, Upper Athea

Mossie Woulfe, Athea

Pat Kiely,  Athea

Jim Herbert, Athea


Sellers Prizes:     Jackie Sheehy

Mary T.

Next Draw:  01/10/’11          

Jackpot: €8,900

Venue: Brown Joe’s

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Kathleens Corner – 28/9/11

by Kathleen Mullane


Firstly to sympathise with a few families this weekend who have lost loved ones. Two lovely ladies were flown home from England this week to be buried on native soil. Firstly Teresa (Joan) Stack, who had spent all her life as a nurse in England and came from The Hill in Park, was laid to rest on Saturday in Holy Cross. Anne O’Mahony, wife of the late Denny, was also brought home to Athea for burial. Anne had retired to Athea years ago with her late husband and returned to England after his death where she spent her final days. Anne was buried also in Holy Cross on Sunday.

Sympathy is extended to Roger Ryan of Lower Rd, Athea on the death of his mother over the weekend in Carlow. She was the mother of a large family and will be sadly missed.

The ‘Fun Day’ organised by Athea GAA was cancelled on Sunday last as a mark of respect to Roger’s family. ‘May they all rest in peace.

Incidentally the ‘Fun Day’ will now take place on Sunday next October 2nd at 2pm at Pairc na nGael, of course weather permitting. So moms and dads bring along the kids and take part in all the various activities, races, games etc. There will be spot prizes on the day, teas, refreshments etc – so please support the hall fund raiser.

We are winding up the scrap collection, however, a smaller skip will be available to throw any bits into in the future as no doubt there will always be something lying about. The fund-raising concert will take place on Sunday 16th and on Sat & Sun. 22nd and 23rd October and promises to be brilliant – keep these dates free

This weekend before all Masses the annual collection for Athea N.S. will be taken up. Even though you may presently not have any children attending the school – you may have grandchildren attending or indeed you may at some stage have attended yourself. Athea N.S. is second to none in the locality with so much at hand for the kids – a computer room, a kitchen for cooking classes, football pitch, running track, pre-school and much more – so please give as generously as you can.

Sincere congrats go to Chris Brouder and Teddy O’Connor of Athea who were married on Saturday last here in Athea by Fr. Eamon Fitzgibbon. A great day was enjoyed by everyone at The Devon Inn Hotel. Wishing them both the very best for the future.

‘Zumba’ dance classes start here in the hall on this Wednesday night from 9-10pm. You can just come along on the night and pay or you can give your name to Carol O’Connor at the hall.


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