Archive for March, 2014


Daffodil Day 

This Friday, March 28th is Daffodil Day. You are asked to please support collectors as much as you can. Last year was extremely bad weather wise and had a serious effect on the day’s fundraising so hopefully the weather will be kinder this Friday.

Mass of Remembrance

 A Mass of Remembrance will be offered for the deceased worker’s of Imperial Stag, Listowel (formerly known as Jowika) at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Friday evening, March 28th at 7 o’clock.

This will be followed by a reunion at the New Kingdom Bar for a get together, after 10 years since the factory closed. Free food and music on the night  with a raffle in aid of Arás Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel. Plenty of prizes to be won.

 Home Care Assistant Vacancies

 “Comfort Keepers Home Care are now recruiting for Home Care Assistants in the Athea area. Please call 061-490760 for more information, apply online at or post your CV to Comfort Keepers, Charlotte House, Charlotte Quay, Limerick City.

Bag Pack For Simon Community

On Friday, April 4th we have the opportunity to bag pack at all Tesco Stores in the Mid West. We need up to 300 volunteers to make the most of this opportunity and to raise as much funds as possible in support of people who are homeless. If you can help in Tesco, Abbeyfeale  it would be very much appreciated. For details Ph: 061-608980 M: 085-8586341 E: [email protected]

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Kathleen’s Corner-26/03/14

‘Happy Mother’s Day’

Well this coming Sunday is a very important day in all households being ‘Mother’s Day’. It’s a day when mothers should take a break from all household duties, no cooking, no washing, no cleaning, all to be done by the head of the household – the husband to be exact, helped of course by the children of all ages.! So all you mothers stay in bed for a while as you’ll need the extra rest, seeing as the clocks will be going forward for summer-time on Saturday night!. ‘Happy Mother’s Day to one and all – enjoy the breakfast in bed and the pampering’.

Congratulations are extended to Gráinne and Tom Aherne of Glenagore, Athea who were recently blessed with their new baby boy Padraic, a little brother for Tomás, Alisha and Caoimhe. Indeed a big happy family.

Congratulations also to Sarah and Denis Collins who recently had their first baby, a little boy they are naming Denis Patrick. Mary Ellen and Denis Collins in Templeathea are proud grandparents again, and no doubt baby Denis will be a footballer in the making like his dad!.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Anna Flaherty of Blaine, who passed away peacefully over the weekend. A really lovely lady, she will be sadly missed by her family.


The death has also taken place in England of Bridget Ward (nee O’Mahony). She will be brought home on Thursday with burial on Friday. She was predeceased by her husband Jerry some years ago. May they rest in peace.


Don’t forget this Friday 28th is ‘Daffodil Day’ – no doubt everyone knows someone who has been touched  by the ‘Big C’ at some stage so your support on the day would be very much appreciated – it being their main yearly fundraiser.

Athea NS are having a sponsored walk on April 3rd starting at 11am from the school. You are asked to please support the walk, all the schoolchildren having sponsorship cards – the money raised going to the renovation of the old school building. Even a little would be a help.


This Sunday ‘Mother’s Day’ – O’Halloran’s Nurseries is having an afternoon for all from 2-6pm – All are welcome to come along and enjoy Mother’s Day.

Start gathering your bits and pieces for the grand GAA Car-Boot Sale on Easter Sunday. A great way to clear out unwanted items. Remember “what’s one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure”


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Knockdown News-26/03/14

It is some relief, though I am sure, not much good to the relatives, that the missing plane has been partly solved and is believed to “have ended” in the southern Indian ocean. I think that news is better than not knowing at all what happened to it. Of course, nobody will ever know why it went in that direction. It is a nightmare situation in any event and we pray that this kind of disaster will not happen again. One can only imagine the horror of the passengers as it happened.

We must set our minds on nicer and gentler things and so I remind you of the upcoming Michael Hartnett festival. Éigse Michael Hartnett runs from Thursday, April 10th – 12th in Newcastlewest. Poet Theo Dorgan, who knew Hartnett writes “ Éigse Uí Hairtnéide is a kind of miracle, a continuing statement in dark times that we are no mean people, that we are not yet beaten down into the clay; it celebrates imagination and all those who live and work by craft and imagination, but it makes the claim, too, that these riches of the spirit must be available to all, that we enjoy such things as a right of our amplified humanity. Hartnett, a radical democrat if ever there was one, would have approved.” Regretfully, I will miss it myself this year but there is a bit of something for everyone in it. The official Opening by the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Councillor John Sheehan, will be in Newcastlewest Library at 8pm on Thursday April 10th at 8pm. Presentation of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2014 by Limerick’s new Arts Officer,  Sheila Deegan will be followed by a reading by the winning poet from his/her poetry collection. The Keynote Speaker will be photographer John Minihan on ‘The Silence of the Still’. All this is followed by a weekend of music, dance, poetry. Consider attending one of the events.


Mother’s day is on Sunday. When I was young my only ambition was “to be a mother like Mom” and I’m happy to have achieved that ambition and am grateful for it. I am even more blessed now to be a grandmother which is even nicer with less responsibilities. So I wish everybody a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. I take the liberty to include a poem I wrote when the children were young.


Who wants to be a Mum?

 I iron the clothes, I wash the floors

I shine the windows, I polish the doors,

I bake the bread, I make the tea

I stick a plaster on a grazed knee

            Am I mad to be a Mum?


If needed, I’ll help to milk the cows

I hug a child and settle the rows

I weed the garden and mow the lawn

I haven’t even time to yawn

            I must be mad to be a Mum!


I mend the clothes, I sew in patches

I feed the baby, I kiss the scratches

I darn the socks, I get the dinner

Is it any wonder that I’m getting thinner?

Oh, who would be a Mum?


Oh, but I also have to say

When I get a hug it makes my day

And I thank my God that I’ve been born

When I see a smiling face each morn.

            Is it so bad being a Mum?


I’m the first to get told the news

“I love you, Mammy” will clear the blues

And before they hurry out to school

I get that last kiss as a rule.

            Isn’t it lovely being a Mum?


Oh, yes it’s bliss when I can see

Those happy eyes look up at me

And everything seems worth the while

When I look down on that special smile

            Yes, I’m glad that I’m a Mum!

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