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News – 29/5/13

Competitors in the  “An Post” cycle race coming through Athea last week on their way to the stage end in Listowel.

Competitors in the “An Post” cycle race coming through Athea last week on their way to the stage end in Listowel.

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

On Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June 2013 there will be two Flag Days for C.F. Awareness in Abbeyfeale. Money collected will go to researchas there are new drug therapies  becoming available for this disease.
Please be generous when you meet us.

Great Southern Trail
On Sunday next June 2nd @ 2pm a walk will be held on the trail from Halla Inse Banin Templeglantine to Abbeyfeale. Return transport on Bus Eireann





The Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located upstairs at the NCW Community Centre) will be holding a workshop on Wednesday June 12th on supporting children with bereavement or coping with a dying family member.  Running from 7.30-9.30pm, the session will be led by Child Psychologist and Play Therapist Tina O’Brien and funded by the Compassionate Communities Project with the support of West Limerick Resources.



A workshop of Rainbows volunteers and those interested in volunteering with the project in West Limerick this September will take place in the Newcastle West Family and Community Hub (located at the Community Centre) on Wednesday June 19thfrom 7.30-9.30pm.  “Rainbows” is a peer support programme for children aged 6-10 years grieving as a result of a loss or separation and is managed locally by West Limerick Resources. Run by trained volunteers, the programme is positive, gentle confidential and encouraging however it is not counselling or therapy service.  It is instead a safe, confidential setting where children can share their grief associated feelings with each other and with these trained facilitators.



West Limerick Resources will be offering a one week training programme (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm approx) on the use of traditional lime mortar to members of local communities who are interested in undertaking simple conservation and repair work at historic sites (such as graveyards) subject to the necessary permission and guidance of Limerick County Council Archaeologist.  This hands—on training initiative is free to those interested in becoming involved in conservation and enhancement work.  Limited places available.  Registration essential.  Venue and dates of training to be confirmed.  Contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email for a registration form.



 Are you looking for some new skills, new experiences, perhaps a new start?  If you’ve been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, West Limerick Resources is offering you a unique opportunity to sample a range of skills with the Towards Occupation Training Programme.  The programme will begin in Abbeyfeale this May on two mornings per week from 9.30am to 1.30pm for 10 weeks.  It is broken into short modular workshops in subjects to include health, fitness and nutrition, personal development, confidence building, and craft-based workshops.    For more information contact Finn Fitzgerald on  087 759 1951 (please leave message if unattended) or 069 61316

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Athea Community Council Ltd – 29/5/13

Lucky Numbers Draw

25/ 05/ ‘13

4,  7,  10,  21.

No Winner

Lucky Dips

€50      Kevin & Mark Lenihan, Dirreen

€30      Aaron & Daniel Brouder , Athea

€20      Teady Woulfe,     Templeathea

Breda & Nicole,   H/Side Drive

Chris & Teddy,    Athea

John F. Moran,     Toureendonnell

Sellers Prizes:   J.P.’s

Lal Browne

Next Draw:  01/06/’13

 Jackpot: €3,400

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Kathleens Corner – 29/5/13

by Kathleen Mullane

“What a Day”

Well no one could anticipated “what a day” it would turn out to be on Sunday last, when the teachers and staff had organised a Fun Walk/Run in memory of the late Maura Dalton who had worked with them in Tarbert Comprehensive School. From mid-day, men, women, children, students, babies even dogs started to gather and register at the hall, all donating to the worthy cause. The atmosphere was electric to say the least as hundreds started to converge around the hall area in brilliant sunshine, thankfully. The runners “limbered up” set their watches to time themselves, the hundreds gathered behind them for the off. Athea Community First Responders were on hand in case of necessity – the FAS workers kept an eye on the traffic, the countdown was on and off everyone headed on the 5K Slí na Sláinte route out the Glin road and over by Fairy St Cross and Templeathea where there was a water station for drinks. Everyone chatted en route and there was great camaraderie, many took part, not only from Athea but all the surrounding parishes and beyond. As we approached the end of our journey everyone applauded as the 5 k was done.  It was into the hall then where there were tables laid out with all kinds of cakes, buns, drinks and a fridge full of ice-cream which was very welcome especially by the children, all having been kindly donated.  Everyone agreed it was a wonderful fund raiser in memory of a “great lady”  who no doubt would have been so proud of the huge crowd that had come out to support on the day and everyone spoke of wanting to make it an annual event. The money raised was almost €4,000 which will go to the Oncology Units in Tralee and Limerick Hospitals. Well done to each and every person who had anything at all to do with the fund-raiser – it was a marvellous success. And as Councillor John Sheahan said at the end of it all to quote “YOU CAN’T BEAT ATHEA” – very sound words! Here’s to next time around!

Congratulations to Sarah Griffen and Martin Chawke who were married on Saturday last here in Athea. A great day was enjoyed by all at the Devon Inn. Best wishes all around.

Well done to the U-11 Boys Basketball team who tonight beat Regionals of Limerick and will now represent Limerick in the Munster Final of the Community Games. Also the school teams, both boys and girls, who are also doing extremely well. The girls are now in the County Final and the U-13 boys are 3rd in Division 1 in Limerick Schools and runners up in U-13 Community Games.

Sympathy to Marie O’Connor of Upper Athea on the death of her brother Dan Moran of Ballingarry formerly of Toureen. R.I.P.


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