Daire O’Shea, Templeathea being presented with his Gold Medal at Abbeyfeale Library by Mike Sweeney, having completed stage 3 of the ‘Story Lab’ project.

 “Medals Galore”

 Well I’m sure everyone will agree with me that the whole of Ireland “got a bit of a lift” over the past few days with Katie Taylor bringing home the Gold for her country, along with the rest of the Irish team who brought us silver and bronze in boxing and show-jumping. Parts of Ireland, including Bray and Mullingar, were brought to a standstill for their homecoming. I’ve said it many times before – sport brings out the best in everyone. The opening ceremony was unbelievable as was the closing which was a little sad, now that the games are over for another 4 years until Rio. Hopefully we will be all there to witness them at that stage, there will be many changes in 4 years. We live in hope.

Though we here in Athea didn’t have any “Olympic Medals” on this occasion we did have some other medal winners – Daire O’Shea of Templeathea did himself and his family proud winning his won “Gold Medal” in Abbeyfeale Library having taken part in the Story-Lab during the summer holidays. Well done Daire.

On Monday night a good crowd attended the Foróige Awards night at the Hall, including parents, club leaders – Natalie Thornton and Damien Aherne and also the young Foróige members themselves. During the day the young girls had done all the baking of cakes and buns over at Natalie Thornton’s house and they were indeed lovely. Thanks to all for the teas and eats on the night. This year the members camped in Curraghchase, went to the ‘Hype’ music festival and also to “Band on the Strand” where supervision etc was next to none. So be glad to have Foróige in our parish. The following are the Awards given out on the night (none too serious, however, very unique to each recipient!

Foróige Awards 2012


Laura Quille – Loudest laugh

Ben Thornton – Biggest Feet & Award for keeping the bus driver entertained.

Chloe O’Connor – Sweetest nature.

Kate Redmond – Artistic member.

Molly Denihan – Smallest feet.

Áine O’Sullivan – Nicest smile.

Aimee Griffin – Most talkative

Michaela Murphy – Most Amazing Hair

Megan Carroll – All round sporty member.

Timothy Tierney – Most keen football player & supporter

Claire O’Sullivan – Photographer of the year.

Denis Cronin – Cutest member.

Saoirse Redmond – Best at organising.

Clodagh Histon – Member best at cleaning & washing up.

Jack Gleeson – Most artistic male.

Nicole O’Sullivan – Quietly confident & well balanced personality.

Megan Broderick – Best dressed for away trips.

Laura Curry – Most unique & creative member.

Rachel Griffin – Biggest sense of humour.

Kieran O’Dwyer – Most stylish hair cuts.

J.J. Cronin – Best entertainer & award for keeping the bus driver entertained.

Asling O’Shea – Member with craziest talents.

Corrine Gibbons – Amazing Hair.

Damien Aherne – Member most likely to become President.

Nora Cronin – Best Parent Helper – who never has said “no” -helping out in every event. More parents like Nora are needed Natalie said.

The new season of weekly Monday night get-togethers will be starting shortly for Foróige and new members will be especially welcome.

 The Climb to Mangerton Mountain has had to be postponed due to the very wet weather, it would be very muddy and hard to climb for parents with young children. We will advise you when it’s re-scheduled.