Domhnall de Barra making a presentation to Dan and Joan
Griffin on the occasion of their retirement from Athea Community
Council before Christmas, with Lucky No’s committee, Jim Cleary, Lal
Browne, Mary T. Mulvihill & Lillian O’Carroll

Big Changes for Athea  Community Council

On December 22nd last, two of our most dedicated members retired after over 20 years service to the council. Joan and Dan Griffin from Coole West have been in evidence on Saturday nights helping to run the Lucky Numbers Draw. They had made a commitment to remain working until the footbridge was paid for and when this happened on December 20th we knew that Saturday 22nd would be their last night with us. To mark the occasion a presentation was made to them by the council at the Top of the Town. We will miss Joan and Dan, not only for their hard work but also for the friendship that grew between us over the years without ever a word of rancour or disagreement. We take this opportunity to say a sincere thank you to them both and  to wish them good health and  happiness  for the future.

Now that the footbridge has been paid for in total we will need to continue with the draw in order to provide funds for the running of our FAS Scheme (the reason the draw was created to start with) and other council projects including the Library.  We look forward to your continued support.


Kevin O’Sullivan (right) from Lower Athea with the engineering award he received for his Leaving Certificate  project pictured with his teacher Pat O’Sullivan

Kevin, who is a student at Listowel Community College, received the award for Best Overall Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate project chosen from entries from a number of schools in Kerry. The award was sponsored by Tralee Institute of Technology.

Kevin is currently in college studying Furniture Design. His teacher Pat O’Sullivan praised Kevin’s efforts and said the award justified Kevin’s hard work and dedication to the subject.