Four Athea men having a good night in Down-town Chicago on Sunday Oct 2nd. Brian Hanrahan, Sean White, Tony Mulvihill and John Hunt.

Con Colbert Hall Concert


If you haven’t been to see the fundraising Concert “Walking on Sunshine” on Sunday night last then make sure not to miss it this Saturday or Sunday night when it will be staged again. It is absolutely brilliant with such a variety of acts including singing, dancing, drama, comedy etc. You will be guaranteed to enjoy it and to laugh ‘til you cry. Well done to all who performed and to those behind the scenes who spent long hours putting this thoroughly enjoyable, top class show together and to all involved in any way.

It is advisable to be at the Hall early in order to get a seat. The show starts at 8.15pm sharp.


Coffee Morning


Ann O’Keeffe would like to thank all those who contributed to the recent Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice. Thanks also to all who helped in the hall or in any way. The total sum raised was €950.

West Limerick Resources News

Congratulations to Tim O’Keeffe, Coole West and Claire Hayes, Caherconlish who were married recently


There was a large turnout for the West Limerick Resources Horse Sport Information Evening which took place on Thursday last in the Courtenay Lodge Hotel Newcastle West.  Open to those currently, or interested in becoming, involved in the Horse Sport Sector (excluding the race horse sector) it was designed to provide information on the funding and supports available.  Speakers on the night included RDP Coordinator Joan Casey, Enterprise Officer Morgan Boohan and Renewable Energy Development Office Tim Coffey of West Limerick Resources, Mark Bolger of Horse Sport Ireland and Teagasc  Equine Specialist Wendy Conlon.  Aoife Cowman and Oonagh Kelly of Shannon Development were also present. For further information on the supports and possible funding available to the Horse Sport Sector contact Morgan Boohan at West Limerick Resources  on 069 66290 or email [email protected]



West Limerick Resources (in co-operation with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) is seeking local community stakeholders in developing local sustainable energy projects or parking part in sustainable energy training with a view to identifying energy efficiency and renewable energy collaborative opportunities. The objective of the initiative is to assist the move towards sustainable energy best practice in the West Limerick Region.  Community groups or businesses interested in participating should contact Tim Coffey, Renewable Energy Development Officer, West Limerick Resources on 069 66296 or email [email protected]



Volunteer computer tutors are sought in Abbeyfeale & Tournafulla to provide simple computer lessons to older people & people who are unemployed. Training material will be provided.  In particular tutors in Abbeyfeale are required after 5pm, and in Tournafulla from 3-5pm. Contact Irene in West Limerick Resources at 06966298.



Tir na nOg Parent and Toddler group meets each Thursday from 9.30am to 12pm in An Glorach Theatre, Abbeyfeale (Beside Daycare Centre). THE Abbeyfeale Parent and Toddler Group resumes on Tuesday October 11 in St. Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale and runs from 11.30am to 1pm. It will continue every Tuesday at these times. New parents and toddlers are always welcome.



The ‘IT and Health Information’ classes which were due to start in Tournafulla on October 5th had to be postponed. We apologise to those who turned up on the day, we are still recruiting people for the programme and hope to have the classes begin in the next couple of weeks. We will be in touch to confirm a start time with those who did register. Thank you for your patience. If there are others who wish to register for these free computers classes, please contact Dearbhla or Nora on 068 32444


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



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



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.

Halloween Disco


Fancy Dress Halloween Disco on Sunday, October 30th from 6-8pm in the Memorial Hall, Athea. There will be a DJ on the night plus sweets and refreshments and spot prizes. All proceeds will go to the Athea Toddler Group. Admission €3 per child.

A reminder that the Toddler Group is on every Tuesday & Friday from 11.30-1.30. All are welcome or for more details ring Caroline on 085-7073948


Parish Journal


Yes folks, it’s that time of year again and once more we are appealing for articles, photos etc for the Journal. The deadline for material is  Friday, October 28th.  There is an amount of work putting this production together and if we want to be out in good time for the Christmas post we have to  start ASAP.  If we don’t have enough by the closing date we will not be in a position to go ahead with the journal.  We will have a new format which we hope you will like.



Traditional Music Classes

Classes continue at the Hall (kitchen) on Tuesday nights beginning at 6.45pm For further information call Domhnall de Barra on  087 675 8762