Ceol Luimnigh Concert

A party was held for residents of Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastle West on Sunday, January 12th 2014. The following Ceol Luimnigh members provided the entertainment which was enjoyed by all the residents and staff. Tom O’Donoghue, John Mullins, Ide Hession, Martin Keyes, Donie Lyons, Terence O’Mahony, Ned McGee, Con Warren, Mary O’Keeffe, Pat Daly, Pat Curtin, Sean O’Gorman, Martin Enright, Pierce Rowsome, John O’Riordan, Con Herbert, Tom O’Riordan, Irene Reidy, Mary Lynch, Daithí O’Riordan. Red Cross members, Josie O’Keeffe, Norah Dooley and Pat Dalton MC.

Carrigkerry Tea Dancing

Afternoon tea dancing will be held in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Sunday, January 26th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm with music by the Mike Condon Band. All proceeds are in aid of the Community Centre and support from local and adjoining areas would be very much appreciated. All are welcome.

Recent Deaths

The death occurred last week of Ellen (Nellie) O’Sullivan (nee Enright) Lower Athea. She was a well liked member of the local community and her death is widely regretted. She was predeceased by her late husband Bernard several years ago and is survived by her sons, daughters, sisters and brother, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, in-laws and other relatives. The removal took place from Lyons’ Funeral Home, Derry, Listowel and was attended by a large number of people who came to pay their respects and sympathise with the family. The Requiem Mass was also well attended on Wednesday, January 14th and the funeral took place afterwards to Holy Cross cemetery. Sympathies are extended to the bereaved family. May her soul rest in peace.

The death occurred of Catherine Woulfe who was a native of Keale and resident in Abbeyfeale. She spent several years working in the United States and only returned home a few years ago to spend her retirement here. She was a member of a well liked family and enjoyed her time whilst living in Abbeyfeale. The removal from Kelly’s Funeral Home to St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea was attended by a large number of people who called  to pay their respects. There was also a big attendance at the Requiem Mass and the funeral to Holy Cross cemetery. She is survived by her brother Paudie, sisters and extended family. May her soul rest in peace.

The death occurred recently in Ballybunion of Owen Liston. He was a native of Athea and a brother of the late Kit Ahern (nee Liston) who was a member of Kerry County Council and also a Fianna Fáil Dáil Deputy for several years before her retirement from politics. His son Owen (Bomber) Liston was a member of the Kerry senior team and an All-Ireland champion on a number of occasions. He is survived by his family members and his nephews in Athea Haulie and John Liston and niece Kit Liston, Knockfinisk and other relatives.

Sympathy to his family and all his relations. He was predeceased by his wife Noreen and his son Padraig. May his soul rest in peace.

Sympathy is also extended to Catherine Moran, her husband and family of Toureendonnell on the recent death of Catrherine’s brother Martin O’Connor from Rathkeale and sympathy also to his other relatives in other parts of West Limerick.

Rathfredagh Annual Walk

The annual walk in aid of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home will be held on January 26th. The walk will commence in the top of Barna, walking the old railway line to Newcastle West to Rathfredagh via Lacey’s Cross and the Bruff Line. Transport will be available from Newcastle West to Rathfredagh if anyone requires it. The walk will start at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

Dancing Classes

Adult set dancing/céilí classes have resumed in the Con Colbert Hall, Athea on Tuesday evenings at 9pm and Junior set dancing in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Fridays at 6.45pm and on Monday evenings at 8.30 pm in Kilfinny Community Centre. All are welcome.


Her fellow newspaper correspondents as well as all the people of the locality were sorry to learn that outstanding correspondent Kathleen Mullane has retired from the “Weekly Observer” and also “The Kerryman”. Kathleen has been with the Observer almost since its foundation and with The Kerryman since the death of the former correspondent late John Joe O’Connor. Kathleen’s retirement came rather unexpectedly and she will be very much missed from the pages of the two newspapers but happily, by all accounts, she will still be with us in our local Athea & District News. During her time as correspondent Kathleen had a great relationship with her fellow correspondents and was always most helpful. We wish her every happiness in her early retirement.

Congratulations to Caroline O’Connell, nee Kelleghan, of Templeathea and formerly of Knocknagorna who now takes up the post of local correspondent for the Observer and The Kerryman newspapers. Caroline returned from England with her family when they settled in Knocknagorna when she was a young schoolgirl. She and her sister Julie and brother Steven became very popular with other local children at the time including our own girls. She returned again to work in England for a number of years but after her marriage to Mark she returned to live in Athea parish where she has played a roll in various local organizations. Best wishes to Caroline in her new journalistic career. The O’Connell family have two girls who no doubt will give all the help they can in compiling the local news.