By Pat Brosnan

Day of Commemoration to Honour War Service

Limerick will host a Day of Commemoration ceremony on Sunday July 13th to honour all Irishmen and women who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. This is the fourth year that Limerick City and County Council will host the ceremony which is open to the public to attend. It will take place in the open area behind City Hall on Merchant’s Quay at 10am. Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the Jewish Community and the Islamic Community will conduct the multi-faith commemoration. This will comprise prayers and readings with response by those present. The Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council will lay a wreath. A minute’s silence will be observed and the National flag will be raised.

Birthday Wishes

Birthday wishes extended to Mrs. Hannah Scanlon, Dirreen, Athea and Mrs. Theresa Griffin, Fairy Street. Wishing them both many years of happiness and good health.

Recent Benefit Dance

Sandra O’Sullivan of Hillside Drive and her family, wish to thank all those who supported and bought tickets for the recent benefit night at the Devon Inn, Templeglantine, for her sister Martina Tierney. Martina is very grateful to everybody for all the support given to her on the night.


Athea native, Luke Zgaga of Templeathea, has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s T.J. O’Driscoll Memorial Scholarship to Dublin City University. The award, established by the Dublin Airport Authority, is designed to support a D.C.U. Student on an access scholarship pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the D.C.U. Business Schools Aviation Management Programme. Congratulations and well done to Luke on his wonderful achievement.

Donnacha O Dulaing visits Knockfierna

Donnacha O Dulaing recently visited the memorial of Mannix Joyce at Knockfierna as part of the Thomand Archaeological and Historical Society. There was a large gathering to hear the address by Donnacha O Dulaing of the role that Mannix Joyce played in keeping our history and culture alive. The Thomand Society visited many prominent sites on the hill of Knockfierna. The travelling party and guests returned to the Rambling House for tea and music following a challenging walk and climb to the Knockfierna Hill known for centuries as “The Hill of the Truth”.


The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Thursday, July 31st. Rose Enright is taking bookings for those interested in going. Also promote this pilgrimage to your friends and neighbours. Our pilgrimage coincides with the annual pilgrimage of the Meath Diocese and is always a lovely day out for all.

Rambling House in Knockalougha

Mick Sheehy lived in Knockalougha and now his house has been turned into a Rambling House by his nephew Jimmy Lyons from Ballingarry, which will be open on the third Tuesday of each month. The next night will be Tuesday July 22nd and if it’s a fine night there might even be a bit of platform dancing on offer.

Have You An Idea for Something New?

Innovators are invited to apply online and the finalists selected to participate at the National Ploughing Championships will be catalogued on the Irish Farmers Journal in early August. They will then have an opportunity to showcase their innovation during the National Ploughing Championships week from 23rd -25th September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.

Top Names for GAA Forum

As the countdown to this Sunday’s Munster hurling final, Limerick v Cork, a Munster hurling final forum will be held at the Woodlands Hotel, Adare this Wednesday night July 9th at 8pm. The progressive West Limerick Club have lined up a panel of experts that includes some of hurling’s iconic names, former Limerick star Gary Kirby, former Cork star, Sean O’Gorman, Tipperary All Ireland winning manager, Liam Sheedy and top pundits Tony Considine and Cyril Farrell. It promises to be a great evening of chat and entertainment and no doubt some lively debate. A raffle will be held on the night for a range of prizes including 2 Munster Final tickets. Tickets are €10 and are available from club committee members or at the door on the night. Wishing Limerick Minor hurlers and Seniors the very best of luck on Sunday and who knows we might win the double!