Josephine O’Connor putting set dancers through their paces at the weekly class at the Top of the Town. They are looking forward to the platform on Thursday

Ireland’s Music Day

Ireland’s Music Day  is on June 21st., the longest day of the year, and is being organised throughout the country by the Music Network in association with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Athea branch are doing their bit by having an open air session of music and platform dancing starting at 8pm. The platform is ready to be laid in Markievicz Park and, weather permitting, there will also be a bar-b-que on the night  It is an opportunity to celebrate our culture and have a bit of craic to take our minds off the state of the Euro, austerity and the doom and gloom that seems to be constantly on our radios and TVs.

A big thank you to West Limerick Set dancing Club who have given us the loan of their platform for the occasion. Platform dancing played a big part in rural entertainment up to the middle of the last century. Let’s hope the evening is fine on the 21st and we can relive the days of yore.    If not the dancing will move indoors to The Gables.



An attempt to break the Guinness World Record in the largest gathering of people dressed as nuns will take place on June 30th at 5.30pm in Emmets GAA Grounds, Listowel.
Registration Fee €20 which includes Nun Costume. Black shoes must be worn not included.
All fundraising for Pie

ta House Centre.
Registration in Listowel at Easons, Finesse, Cristy’s & John B. Keane’s.
On line registration on Facebook  Nunday.


St. Vincent De Paul Annual Holiday

The annual holiday at the Towers Holiday Home in Ballybunion will be from July 14th to 20th 2012.

Early booking is necessary. Please contact any of the following numbers  068-52953 / 087-2265941 / 068-42123 or any

member of St. Vincent de Paul.


Fianna Fáil Outing


The annual Fianna Fail outing will take place on Tuesday, July 17th to Rathwood, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

For more information contact Marie Wrenn on 068-42524 / 087-7674832 or Joan Fitzgibbon on 087-9865005


Notes From West Limerick Resources Ltd.



West Limerick Resources are delighted to announce that John Joe Conwell from Ireland Reaching Out Headquarters will hold an information session on Thursday next June 28th in the Rathkeale House Hotel at 7.30pm.  This information session is an opportunity of individuals and communities to learn more about the initiative as well as for organisers to assess local interest in getting involved.  The event is free of charge and open to all. The event is free of charge and open to all.    For more information contact Mary Dillon, West Limerick Resources Local Heritage Animator (Available Monday- Thursday) on 085 8411344 / email:  [email protected]



A ‘Reach Out and Switch Over’ Week will run nationally from June 25th to July 1st and West Limerick Resources is now looking for Communities interested in holding events in the local area to help raise awareness and understanding of the Switchover as well as individuals who would like to volunteer their time to help raise awareness of the switchover among the more isolated members of their community. Full training and support will be provided. Limited number of small scale grants available for eligible events.

The Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme is specifically targeted at those in danger of being left behind including older people living alone, those with literacy and other learning difficulties and those with few social networks. Those currently receiving this signal from an aerial will now be seeing a caption on their screen saying “24 October”.  This means that unless you take action you will no longer receive a television signal after October 24th 2012.  Contact Clint on 069 62222 or email [email protected] (Available Monday-Wednesday)