Restoration work being carried out at the Blessed Well in Templeathea

Restoration of Blessed Well

Athea Community Council has undertaken necessary restoration work at the Blessed Well in Templeathea. When the statues were painted some time ago, it was discovered that there were cracks in the main statue and that the masonry work in the support walls was crumbling. This was examined again lately and it was found to have deteriorated to the extend that it had become dangerous (a bad crack in the high statue could have led to it’s falling on somebody). The base for the statues was also cracking.  Rather than do a bit of repair work it was decided to give a complete overhaul to the whole area. All the traditional features will be preserved and the statues will be restored as new.

We apologize to regular visitors to the well for any inconvenience and we will conclude the work as soon as possible.

Trip to Donegal

Based at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran departing Sunday Sept. 18th returning Friday Sept. 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 a.s.a.p.

Church Gate Collection

There will be a collection this weekend Sept. 3rd/4th at all Masses in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. Your support would be appreciated.

Volunteer Computer Tutors Sought


Volunteers, over 18, are being sought to provide basic email and internet training to over 65’s and others with no computer experience in a number of West Limerick locations for 1½ hours per week over a 4 week period. It is expected that these classes will begin in September.

Training will be provided beforehand so tutors will know what to expect. Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications but must have a working knowledge of computers. Training material will be supplied and each tutor will be limited to a maximum of 3 students at a time ensuring that individual learners get plenty of personal attention.

If you are a confident computer user and have a few hours to spare please contact Irene at West Limerick Resources on 069 66298 or email [email protected]

PRESS RELEASE Sunday August 28th

Athea Vintage Rally


The village of Athea hosted its 5th Annual Vintage Rally last Sunday. A great day was had by all which got underway at 12 noon with a display of vintage cars, tractors and machinery in the festival field above the village.

The Jimmy Dee Perpetual Cup was presented to Mike Reidy from Adare for bringing the Best Vintage Car to the 2011 event. Mike brought a 1935 Austin 10. The Best Tractor went to Mike Davy from Knock, Co Clare and it was a 1943 Fordson 10. Bobby O’Connor, Abbeyfeale won the Best Classic Motorcycle with a BSA A10 from 1951. The Best Stationary piece went to Mike Buckley from Lyreacrompane who brought a Bamford engine.

The Jimmy Dee cup was kindly sponsored by Raymond Enright of Enright’s Fitted Kitchens, who also presented the prizes on the day. The added attraction of a dog show this year attracted over 30 dogs, with three categories up for grabs. The winners in the Best Terrier and Best Groomed went to Margaret O Sullivan, Lixnaw for her Rough Collie and Miniature Yorkshire respectively, while Best Dog a Judge would like to take home went to James Clancy, Coole West, Athea for his Red Setter.

The parade of all the vehicles left the festival field to the village at 5pm. This was a great spectacle and a great show as the vehicles make their way down the hill.

The organisers were very happy with the turnout and would like to thank all who attended, with a special Thanks to the exhibitors who brought the many vintage pieces from as far away as North Clare and South Kerry.


ADAPT Services


ADAPT is a charitable organization based in Rosbrien, Limerick and offers a range of services to women survivors of Domestic Abuse and their children.

Research has shown that 1 in 5 women in Ireland experience Domestic Abuse.

(‘Making the Links’, Kelleher Associates & O’Connor, 1995)

It happens across all social classes.  We often think of Domestic Abuse as physical violence, however it occurs in many forms such as – verbal, emotional, sexual, mental, financial abuse.

ADAPT offers

* 24 Hour Free freephone helpline  – 1800 200 504

* 24 Hour access to safe refuge

* Outreach service throughout Limerick city and county

* One to one support including translation service

* Advocacy and accompaniment

* Childcare services

* Youth club and other supports for young people

* Play Therapy service

*  Group support

* Training courses for women survivors

* Training courses for statutory and community groups