Recent Wedding

The wedding took place in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea, on Saturday, February 22nd of Gerard Collins, Knocknagorna, son of Paddy and Kathleen) to Mary Ita Casey, Athea Village, daughter of Peggy and Billy. The celebrant was Fr. Patrick Bowen, bridesmaids were Tricia Bridgeman and Lisa Henihan. The groomsmen were Tom Collins and Rob Collins, flowergirls Eavan Coffey and Casey Ennis, pageboys were Pierce Coffey and Ruairí Coffey. Music in the church was from Noelle O’Sullivan. The reception took place at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. A fantastic day was had by all. We wish Mary Ita and Ger the very best of happiness in their married life together.

Birthday Wishes

Nan Hurley recently celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends in the Listowel Arms Hotel. Congratulations to Nan and wishing her good health for the future.


Sympathy is extended to Noreen and Gene Brouder and their family on the recent death of Noreen’s brother John Stack in Abbeyfeale. May his soul rest in peace.

Athea Drama Group

The Drama Group held the final showing of their play “Stop it Nurse” on Sunday, February 9th. The proceeds went to Chernobyl. They made €2,250. Well done to all involved for their hard work and commitment over the year.

Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Teachers in Primary Schools and Second Level Schools are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries from pupils in this year’s 60th Anniversary Texaco Children’s Art Competition is Friday, February 28th. To assist students the Art and Hobby group is offering a discount on the cost of art materials through a scheme operating in a select number of participating Texaco Service Stations.

Health Protection Surveillance Centre

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has urged people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza as the number of reported cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Ireland has increased in the last week. ILI rates have risen from 20.5 per 100,000 population to 32.4 per 100,000 population during the second week of February and are now above threshold levels which means that flu is actively circulating in the community according to HSPC specialist in public health medicine, Dr. Joan O’Donnell. It is still not too late for people who are at risk of the complications of flu to get vaccinated against the disease, if they not already done so. The vaccine is available free of charge from GP’s for all people in  risk groups and from pharmacists for everyone aged 65 and over. An administration charge may apply to people who don’t hold medical cards or GP visit cards. The weekly influenza surveillance reports and further information on influenza and flu vaccine are available from H.P.S.C.

Child Protection in Sport-Awareness Training

A course aimed at sports leaders, children’s officers, parents and anyone working with young people in sport has been arranged for later this month. The course, which is run over three hours on one night, is organized by Limerick Sports Partnership and is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th in the Woodlands Hotel from 7pm to 10pm. The cost of the course per person is €17 and registration is essential online at as places are limited to 16 per course. Participants must be over 18 years of age. For more information on the course email [email protected] or contact Kathleen on 061-333600.