Archive for September, 2013

Pat’s Corner-25/09/13

Sorry for my Absence

My apologies to Athea & District News and to my readers for the absence of my weekly column since mid-Summer because of undergoing surgery at St. John’s Hospital, Limerick.

My thanks to the medical, surgical and nursing staff of St. John’s Hospital and also to the medical, nursing physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff of St. Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West who treated me well throughout my convalescence. Also to Dr. Kieran Murphy and his staff in Westbury Clinic, Athea for their attention. My thanks too to my carers, members of my own family, neighbours and friends who looked after me so well since my return home.

My sympathy to the relatives of the residents of Athea parish and Athea natives who passed away during my absence from the Athea & District News. May their souls rest in peace.

Congratulations too to local people who were married during that time. We wish them every happiness and success in their married lives.

Also to Athea competitors who won prizes at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and at sporting and other events during the Summer and Autumn and to the local teenagers who passed their school examinations.

Contributing Towards Peace

One of the most encouraging gestures towards peace during the past week was the invitation by Colin Parry of Warrington, England to the Six Counties Martin McGuinness to a peace rally in Warrington. When one remembers the tragedy that the Parry family endured when their twelve year old son Tim was killed together with a younger child in March 1993 when an IRA bomb exploded which was concealed in a dustbin, the great generosity and forgiveness that Colin Parry displayed in inviting Martin McGuinness to speak at the rally is something which we seldom see by those who have lost their loved ones during the Northern troubles. People like Colin Parry and his family are very rare, as we all know. Many people in the North, in Britain and indeed in the South of Ireland of all sides of the equation whose people were killed during the troubles never forgave those who were responsible and while this was understandable, at least to a certain degree, it is very sad that there was no attempt of forgiveness or reconciliation even though of course these people had every reason to feel bitter and in some instances filled only with thoughts of revenge and retribution.

While everyone is aware that there were brutal atrocities on all sides here, the North and in Britain it serves no purpose by any party to retain such acrimonious carry over, as all wars usually do. It is great to see people such as Colin Parry who had every reason to feel bitter towards the organisation that killed his young son, but obviously he had no personal grievance towards Martin McGuinness, whom he invited to speak at the peace rally.

All people of goodwill will condone the fact that Martin McGuinness spoke at the meeting and showed great understanding at the grief that the Parry family and the parents of Jonathan Ball endured following the deaths of their two boys. Anybody who contributes in any way to reconciliation between former enemies is certainly doing a good deed and must be admired for it. We can only hope that many more people who lost their loved ones during the thirty year war in the North will follow the example of Colin Parry and likewise indeed of Martin McGuinness.

Late Michael Noonan

The death occurred during the past week of Michael Noonan, former T.D. and also for a time the Minister for Defence. He joined the Fianna Fáil party in his earlier days and contested the elections at which he was always returned to his seat. He was a very well liked member of the Dáil. He was very popular with his colleagues and also with his constituents, whom he served well during his long term of office.

Sympathy is extended to his family members and other relatives. He will be missed very much by all who were acquainted with him both in public and private life. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Listowel Races

As usual the annual September Listowel Race Meeting was well attended even though the weather was not great at the start of the week. Many people from Athea and other West Limerick villages and towns made the annual trip to Listowel Races. This has been a tradition that goes back a long way. Many people from this locality also attended the Wrenboys competition on Friday night. The competition was won by the Coolaclare Wrenboy Group. Our Templeglantine neighbours also gave a great performance. While the Wrenboy custom has died out in many parts of the country, it is still alive and well in West Limerick. While there are several Wrenboy groups who no longer take part in competitions, nevertheless some of those go our hunting the wren on St. Stephen’s Day and there are children in some localities who also take part in the custom. However the introduction of the American ‘trick or treat’ custom has in some areas taken somewhat from the interest of going in the Wren as in former times.

Get Well Peg

My Knockdown correspondent colleague Peg Prendeville recently had an appendix operation in Portlaoise General Hospital. We are glad to know however  that she is back home again and has resumed working in Glin Library.

Tidy Towns Committee

Congratulations to the Tidy Towns committee on being so successful in the competition. No doubt they put a whole lot of effort into the preparation and the village was looking lovely for the adjudication and the committee was well worthy of the points they received. Well done to everybody who was involved.

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By Carrig Side-25/09/13

The death has taken place unexpectedly of Mary Normoyle-Sheehy (nee O’Riordan, Glenville, Ardagh, on Wednesday 18th September in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.  She was a native of Monamohill, in her seventies, and a housewife and homemaker. Large crowds called to her residence where she lay in repose on Friday 20th September, from 5pm-9pm, to pay their respects to the family. Her remains arrived for 11.30am Requiem Mass at Saint Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Saturday morning last. Fr Denis Mullane, concelebrated with assistance from Fr Pat Bluett, Newcastle West, Fr Paddy Bowen, Athea and Fr Larry Madden, Ardagh/Carrigkerry. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful and the offertory. The gifts taken to the Altar before the Mass commenced gave us an insight into Mary’s interests in life. The pride she took in taking care of her family and the warm welcome that awaited people that called to visit. Mary and family enjoyed the dancing and the entertainment on offer in Stack’s Lounge, and Moran’s Tavern over the years. Sadly many from that era that were seated near the stage, have now passed to their eternal reward. Mary was laid to rest in Kilcolman Cemetery on Saturday 21st September.  The Carrigkerry Wrenboys gave Mary a rousing send off with a selection of music at the grave side.  She will be sadly missed by family neighbours and friends. We extend our sympathy to her husband Paddy, daughters Bernadette, Margaret, and Marian, sons Thomas and PJ, grandchildren and extended family members, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Patrick (Paddy) Dowling Cooleybrown, Ardagh, peacefully at his residence on Thursday 19th September.  He was a member of the farming community and he was 75 years old. He was married to Betty for 45 years and they raised seven children in challenging times and worked side by side on the farm. Paddy was a private person and a storyteller who was highly regarded for his hard work and principles. He liked all sports shooting hurling and in retirement a game of golf with his friends in nearby Rathgoonan. He was a member of the Ardagh hurling team that lost to Adare in the 1964 West Junior Hurling Final. He lay in repose at Saint Kyran’s Church Coolcappa, on Saturday 21st September from 5.30pm -8.30, pm, and large crowds attended to pay their respects to the family. Fr Denis Mullane, and Fr Austin McNamara, family friend concelebrated his Requiem Mass on Sunday morning at 10.30am, before a large attendance. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, and the offertory, and Ann-Marie and Michelle supplied very appropriate hymns and music. Paidi on behalf of the family delivered a well composed and deserving tribute to Paddy before the final prayers. Paddy was laid to rest in Kilscannell Cemetery close to his home on Sunday 22nd September. It was a warm sunny day that Paddy would have cherished ideal for farming or a game of golf. We extend our sympathy to his wife Betty, sons Paidi, Donncha, Ken, and John, daughters Theresa, Mairead, and Anne, grandchildren, sisters Marie, Theresa, and Birdie, and extended family members, neighbours, and friends. Paddies work is now done May he rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Monday 16th September. The numbers drawn were 2,11,18,25, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows. €60 Karen O’Connor, Carrigkerry. €60 Teresa Flavin c/o Catherine. €60 Hannie Dalton c/o Moore’s. €30 Eamonn Falahee c/o Tom. €30 Yvonne Murphy c/o Josephine. €30 B. O’Connor and Josie. Next week’s draw will be held in Reen’s Bar, Ardagh and the Jackpot will be €6,400.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Liam Enright from nearby Clounleharde who recently celebrated his 88th birthday. He is a regular Mass attender at Saint Mary’s Church Carrigkerry.

West Limerick Community Radio would like to thank all the people who contributed to their church gate collections held in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/Sunday 7/8 September. Thanks also to the volunteers who stood at the tables and Fr Madden for allowing the collection to be held.  The amount collected in Ardagh was €155.53 and the amount collected in Carrigkerry was €199.52 giving a combined total of €355.05

Congratulations to Michael Steele, Ardagh who won the open singles competition at Newcastle West Golf Club on Thursday 5th September.

Saint Kieran’s lost to Feenagh Kilmeedy by 0-11 to 0-10 in the West Junior B Football Championship semi final at Knockaderry Gaelic Grounds on Saturday 14th September. It was a well contested encounter on a perfect playing surface, on a lovely sunny warm calm evening. The teams were level at seven points each at half time, and again close to the finish before two late points gave Feenagh Kilmeedy victory. TEAM Tommy Quinn, James Morrisroe, Paul O’Connor, Ivan Neary, James O’Connor, Gavin Hayes, Tomas Moran, John O’Connor, Sean Windle, Mark Collins, Chris Madigan, 0-1 Owen Hayes, Seamus Mangan, 0-3 Patrick Brouder, Anthony Liston, 0-3 Subs Ian Mackessey, Diarmuid Crowley, 0-2 Conor O’Mahoney, Nicky Kelly,  0-1 Seán O’Connor.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Ballysteen by 1-7 to 0-8 in the quarter final of the Limerick County Senior Football Championship at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale, on Friday 20th September. The sides were level at 3 points each at half time, and it took a late Darragh Treacy goal to decide the issue. They will meet the holders Drom-Broadford in the semi final.

Carrig Celtic defeated Shannonside FC 4-2 on penalties after a 4-4 draw in the FAI Junior Cup at home on Sunday 15th September. Seán McSweeney, 2 Mark Collins, and Seán O’Connor, scored their goals.

Old Mill lost 5-0 away to Killeaney in Division 1 of the Desmond League.

Creeves Celtic defeated Adare Utd 4-2 at home in Division 2 with goals from James Bridgeman, 2 Seamus Mangan, and Jamie Ruttle.

Carrig Celtic B lost 4-1 away to Ballingarry B in Division 3 and Creeves Celtic B lost 9-2 at home to Knockaderry also in Division 3 with Jamie O’Connor, and Jason Ahern scoring their goals.

A reminder to tune into West Limerick Community Radio on Sunday morning’s at 10am to hear Sacred Space. It is presented by John Keily from Ardagh, and Lorraine Buckley and it deals with the religious matters of the week.

Airtricity which is powered by SSE would like to invite applications from community based projects in the locality of its Tournafulla, Rathcahill and Dromada, Wind Farms. Applications will be accepted within a 20kms radius of the wind farms for projects that have an energy efficiency or sustainability theme but preference will be given to projects within 5kms of the wind farms. The closing date for the Telephone: 01 655 6556 Email: [email protected]

Trad for Trocaire is a fundraising and music week run by Trocaire and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann from Friday 27thSeptember to Friday 4th October. Branches throughout the country will be holding fundraising events in aid of global poverty

The former employees of Neodata, Factory in Newcastle West are holding a gathering at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine, on Saturday 28th September from 9.30 pm. It will be an evening of chat, finger food and music and the admission is € 10. Further details from Margaret Foley on 087-6472604 or Margaret Sheehan on 087-2363033.

Knockfierna Heritage Society will hold their annual outing to Cahir Castle, the Swiss Cottage, Rock of Cashel, and Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday 29th September. The cost is € 20 and further information and booking from Pat O’Donovan on087-9977340.

West Limerick Community Radio are holding a car boot sale and indoor market at Newcastle West Community Centre on Sunday 29th September from 9am to 2pm. This is a fundraiser for the station who must raise 25% of their funds from fundraising events. Details on how to book a stall can be got from the radio station at 069-66200.

Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman is 100 years old this year having being officially opened on 10th August 1913 by Bishop O’Dwyer. To mark this milestone the current Bishop Brendan Leahy will celebrate a special Mass there on Sunday 29th September at All parishioners past and present are invited to attend. Refreshments will be available in the School grounds following the ceremony.  A booklet containing the Church/ Parish History will be available on the day for €5. DVDs of the occasion may also be ordered on the day. It promises to be a very happy occasion in the history of the parish.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-25/09/13

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw

21/ 09/ ‘13 No’s Drawn: 9, 15, 21, 28. No Winner

Lucky Dips         

€50 The Ryans, Lower Rd., Athea

€30 Mary, Jamie, Calum, Hillside Drive

€20 each

Ciara O’Grady, Brown Joe’s

Ellen Quille, The Square, Athea

Ann White, Athea

Annette Ambrose, Lr. Dirreen, Athea

Sellers Prizes:  Lillian Fitzgerald &  Dan Griffin

Next Draw:  28/09/’13 Jackpot: €5,100 Venue: Donie’s

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