Thanks to you All

Grateful thanks to West Limerick Singers Club and Comhaltas for the wonderful birthday party and Presentation which they laid on last Sunday at the Fr. Casey’s GAA hall, Abbeyfeale. It was wonderful meeting all the friends and fellow singers and composers from several different areas in Limerick and Kerry who have become my good friends down through the years. Thanks to Domhnall de Barra who done much of the organising and paid so many tributes to me in song and story. My thanks also to the Chairman of West Limerick Singers who was MC on the occasion and to Donie Lyons who made the presentation to me.

Thanks as well to the members of the Singer’s Club, the Ceoil Luimnigh group who attended and also paid many tributes. To Nora Butler and her husband Pat who travelled from Tipperary on the day to present me with Nora’s latest album “My home lies in Tipperary”. To Jackie Walsh, Lyreacrompane who represented many of my older friends in Lyre area and those who we played football with in former times. Jackie is also well known as a Comhaltas official in Kerry and Munster. Thank you Jackie.

To members of my own family, extended family who turned up in such big numbers some of whom helped with the entertainment. My nephews John and Tim who provided some of the music on the day. Despite the fact that this was a great day in my life and a very happy birthday, it still made me feel very humble that God has given me all these gifts and talents that generated so many tributes and acclamation from my fellow composers, singers and others involved in the Irish cultural and traditional movement.

Go raibh maith agaibh agus Beannacht Dé oraibh go léir.

Late Sheila Woulfe

The death occurred in St. Ita’s Hospital Newcastle West of Sheila Woulfe, Gortnagross, Athea. Deceased had been in failing health for some time and had been resident in St. Ita’s during the past number of months. Sheila was pre-deceased by her late husband Ned some years ago. She was a native of North Cork in her younger days and was a very well liked member of the local community in Athea. She will be very much missed by her relatives and friends in North Cork and also by her friends and neighbours in Athea parish. Sheila was a very religious person and a regular attender at Mass and devotions in the local Church. Her funeral took place last week in her native Cork. Sympathy is extended to her relatives in Cork and in West Limerick. May her soul rest in peace.

90th Birthday

Paud Woulfe of Cratloe West recently celebrated his 90th birthday along with his family and friends at his nephew’s house Bobby Stack, Moyvane. Wishing Paud many more years of health and happiness.

Fundraising Céilí

A fundraising Céilí in aid of West Limerick radio 102 fm will take place on Friday, November 22nd in the Community Centre, Knockaderry at 9.30pm with music by Donie Nolan. Teas and coffees served, a raffle will also take place on the night with several spot prizes. All are welcome.

West Scór na nÓg

The West Scór na nÓg finals will be held in St. Molua’s Hall, Ardagh on Sunday, November 24th at 2.30pm. All GAA Clubs are invited to participate in this competition.


Hard Times 1 which was filmed in Athea in 1996 with a local Athea cast will be screened in the Classic Cinema, Listowel on Friday, December 6th at 8pm. All proceeds from this screening will go to Aras Mhuire nursing home, Listowel. Admission is €10 and tickets are available at Athea Post Office or from Leo Finucane at 087-6955721


Sympathy is extended to Jack Higgins, Ballingarry and his family and relatives on the death of his wife Mary (nee Gregg). May her soul rest in peace.