Athea National School

Athea National School is delighted to announce the opening of the new class for children with autism. After a difficult summer of negotiation with the Dept. the special class was finally granted. Over the holidays a classroom has been renovated, a sensory room created and shower facilities with wheelchair access.

This special classroom (pictured above) will meet the needs of pupils with educational needs arising from their diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Children with special educational needs mature and develop and their learning needs change over time. For this reason and to ensure that the special class remains the most appropriate educational setting for pupils enrolled and inclusion of children with special educational needs, the Department of Education and Skills identified Athea School as an appropriate setting.

Funding is always an issue with a school of our size and to this end we ask the parish to support the school in the upcoming church gate collection which takes place this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September. With thank you in advance for your generous support and will endeavour as always to deliver the best educational curriculum to support and encourage the children of the parish.

Margaret Watters (Principal)

Thank you

The Brothers of Charity, West Limerick Services, would sincerely like to thank all those who helped in any way in our recent 5th Annual Charity Cycle. At the Brothers of Charity Services, celebrating 30 years in Newcastle West, we provide day & residential services for adults with an Intellectual Disability in West Limerick. We currently provide services for 75 people and their families. To all those who cycled, bucket collected, sponsored food, water and refreshments, as well as those who contributed to our collection, we wish to say thanks for your continued support.