Archive for 2013

News – 18/12/13

Athea Parish Journal

on sale now


Going Strong

The Going Strong committee would like to thank all the people who attended their annual Dinner & Dance at the Top of the Town Bar, Athea on Wednesday, December 11th and a very special thank you to all the ladies who came to help on the day and our local branch of St. Vincent de Paul. Music was provided by Jim Connery and plenty of spot prizes were given out on the day. Thanks to all who sponsored the gifts (some of whom gave numerous prizes). The dinner was provided by Ann’s Diner, Abbeyfeale and the deserts, buns and cakes for afternoon tea were done by Ann, Mary, Kit, Bernie and Colleen. The wine for the meal was provided by Ted Murphy, Nash’s, Newcastle West. Bridie O’Shea, who is retiring this year, was presented with a gift for her 15 years of service as treasurer of the Going Strong, by Mary Kelly.

Bridie has done Trojan work down the years and will be greatly missed by all.

The committee members would like to wish Bridie all the best in the years ahead and thank her sincerely for all the time and effort she put into the organization.

A great day was had by all and sincere thanks once again to all who contributed or helped in any way to make this happen


Athea & District Credit Union A.G.M.

The Credit Union AGM will take place on Friday, December 20th at 7pm at their offices. All are welcome to come along.


Con Colbert Community Hall Church Gate Collection

Will take place on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th December at all Masses. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea & District Credit Union

Will close on Sat. December 21st for the Christmas holidays. They will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd 2014 with normal working hours.

We would like to wish all our Customers a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


Abbeyfeale Notes        By Marian Harnett



An updated version of “One More For The Road” by Raymond Fennelly has now been launched in paperback by Amazon. It contains all the old favourites as well as a new collection of articles and short stories first published on the Abbeyfeale On Line website. The book is also available as an e-book and might make a suitable Christmas present, particularly for those living overseas, Further details from Amazon or the local Abbeyfeale On Line website.



The winter wonderland that is Tullig, Templeglantine continues to set the hillside ablaze.  Follow the signs and anything you can give will go directly to Brothers of Charity NCW and Foynes, Acquired Brain Injury, Castleisland,  Adare Alzheimer’s Branch and Milford Hospice.

TOASTMASTERS: Next meeting of West Limerick Toastmasters Wednesday, January 15 at the Desmond Complex from 8.30pm – 10.30pm. This will start off the new season and people thinking of joining are made especially welcome on that night.  For further information contact Donnacha on 086 8494505.




Comments Off on News – 18/12/13 more...

Athea Community Council Ltd. – 18/12/13


Lucky Numbers Draw

14/12/ ‘13

14, 15, 28, 30.

No Winner

Lucky Dips

€50 Margaret Dalton, Clash

€30 Sharon & Pa, Dalton Street

€20 Neilie Cahill, Abbeyfeale

Willie Cleary, Templeathea

Lorraine & family, Hillside Drive

Billy Walsh, Moyvane

Sellers Prizes: D. de Barra

Lal Browne

Next Draw: 21/12/’13

Jackpot: €6,300

Venue: Donie’s

Thanks for your Support




Comments Off on Athea Community Council Ltd. – 18/12/13 more...

Pat’s Corner – 18/12/13

by Pat Brosnan


Thoughts on Advent


“The desert in our lives is the place where – in our poverty, our sin, and our need – we come to the Lord. For us too it is the place of essential confrontations, where the irrelevancies are stripped away and the elemental things become all important, where the truth in our hearts is revealed…. in prayer we are led to this desert”

(Maria Boulding OSB,

The Coming of God)


Call to your Neighbour

During these long, dark nights, people would do well to look in on their neighbours, especially elderly people and those who are living alone. They will appreciate a chat and the company.


Trócaire Gifts

Trócaire gifts will be on sale this Christmas. These gifts will greatly help in transforming the lives of some poverty stricken people living in the Third World. They cost from just €7 and can be got from or call 1850 408408.

Abbeyfeale Farmer’s Market

There will be turf for sale for the next couple of Fridays at the Abbeyfeale Farmer’s Market as well as holly wreaths, table decorations, homemade cakes and puddings.

News Not all Bad

As we approach Christmas there are a number of things that we ought to be thankful for in spite of the harsh budget that we had and little sign of an improvement in the economy, but then everything has not been bad since the late Autumn as we had the mildest winter for several years which is certainly a great bonus in itself. The Beatles, in the prime of their musical careers, once wrote a song with the title “Even the bad times are good” and perhaps we might be able to refer this to our present situation. There were several previous Christmas seasons which no doubt were much happier ones as the majority of the people, such as workers and people on social welfare, had more money to spend.

But even now in spite of all the cutbacks it is unlikely that there are many people on the verge of starvation compared to other countries some who are even members of the European Union. This in spite of everything, is a very prosperous country and while people might be inclined to spend less money on un-essential goods there is still a lot of Christmas shopping being done, visible every day, particularly with the queues in the shops during the present weeks. So as Christmas draws near we ought to be still thankful for what we have and live in hope that things will start to improve during the coming year.


Congratulations to Jim Herbert, Coole West, on winning €25,200 plus a €10,000 holiday on the Winning Streak programme on Saturday night last. Wishing him well for the future.

Buíochas – As we approach Christmas and the end of 2013

My thanks to everybody who has helped me in different ways during the past year. To all who sent me get well messages after my surgery in mid May, to the medical and nursing and other staff of St. John’s Hospital who performed my operation and also to the staff of St. Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West where I stayed during my recovery.

Also a big thank you to the doctors and staff at Athea Medical Clinic and also to O’Riordan’s Pharmacy for their help, and also to my home helpers.

To all those who sent in news items during the year, as well as the ladies and members of our family who helped me to compile my writings.

To Domhnall and Lillian at the Cairde Duchais office for their great help and never failing courtesy during the year. To the members of West Limerick Singing Club, particularly, Anne Curtin and Con Warren, who proposed to present me with an award and also the local Comhaltas branch, who arranged the presentation party and to Abbeyfeale GAA Club who lent us the Fr. Casey GAA hall for the occasion.

To members of my own family and extended family and many friends from all over Limerick, Kerry and elsewhere for their attendance. Special thanks to Nora Butler Swan who came to present me with her latest album and her husband Pat. To all our local friends, our relatives and neighbours in Knocknagorna and the rest of the parish for their kindness to us throughout the year.

Go raibh maith agaibh go léir agus Beannachtaí na Nollaig oraibh go léir.



Comments Off on Pat’s Corner – 18/12/13 more...

  • Site Management

  • Articles Archive

  • Copyright © 1996-2018 Athea & District Notes. All rights reserved.
    iAthea theme by Chris Grainger of AtheaPC & Cubic Cow | Powered by WordPress
    Click to access the login or register cheese