“Golfer of the Year” Sean Ryan receiving his trophy from Athea Golf Society Captain Noel Barry at the Top of the Town on Saturday night last.

“Golfer of the Year” Sean Ryan receiving his trophy from Athea Golf Society Captain Noel Barry at the Top of the Town on Saturday night last.


The AGM of the Community First Responders (CFRs) will be held in the Hall on Monday 20th October at 8pm.  Everyone from the parish is most welcome.  It is a great opportunity for the public to hear of the group’s activities over the past year, new developments including possible affiliation to the National Ambulance HQ, and to ask about learning emergency life saving skills.

Comhaltas Tour of IrelandConcert

The Comhaltas Tour of Ireland concert will take place in Halla Inse Bán in Templeglantine on Wednesday, October 22nd. Tickets €10 are now on sale and can be obtained locally from the Comhaltas Craobh members (087 9654451) or at Buckley’s Shop, Vincent at Sheehy’s, Abbeyfeale, Eilís at O’Donoghue’s shop, Abbeyfeale. Natasha Sheehy from Abbeyfeale & Eileen Broderick, Cratloe will be performing. This is a concert not to be missed.

Athea Parish Journal

It’s Journal time again and we are asking all subscribers to please send in their articles and photos as soon as possible as there is an earlier deadline of October 25th so that we can get the journal printed in good time for the Christmas post.

To date we have received very few contributions and the weeks are flying by.

We would also welcome new contributors. Articles & photos can be emailed to [email protected]

Public Meeting

The Public meeting re the  Bike Races due to take place tonight, Oct. 15th has been cancelled. No other date has been arranged.

Trad for Trócaire

The wrenboys will be out and about in the village on the bank holiday Saturday night October 25th to entertain and to raise funds for Trócaire.



The Irish Heart Foundation is providing free blood pressure checks in communities nationwide. On Thursday October 23 the mobile unit, staffed by an Irish Heart Foundation nurse, will be in Abbeyfeale town square, 10am-1pm.  This service is free and open to all the public. This local initiative would not happen without the support of the Limerick City and County Council and the Community Employment Scheme in Abbeyfeale.


People from the West Limerick area who will be affected by the threatened closure of the Adult Education centre in Abbeyfeale are invited to a public meeting at the Centre on Thursday, October 23 at 7.30pm to formulate an action plan to save it.  Those who attend classes in computers, yoga, business studies, horticulture, bee keeping, child care, furniture restoration to name but a few of the classes on offer, those who use the facilities to hold coffee mornings, groups who hold meetings there such as the Mens Shed, ICA, Arra na Feile, Mother and Toddler groups, Wednesday clubs and social groups like the Crafty Corner are all invited to attend.

We do not have another facility in Abbeyfeale capable of catering for classes, social gatherings and meetings so it is imperative that the public come together and work towards keeping this fine centre of Adult Education open.  Don’t forget the Tegasc report and its’ findings about Abbeyfeale – well, the centre is part of the fight back offering the people of Abbeyfeale second chance education and practical training so it is up to us keep it open and the opportunities that it offers available to all of our community.


The 6th annual Garry McMahon festival takes place in Abbeyfeale on the weekend of October 17-20.  Seamus Brogan will perform the official opening on Friday 17 at the Ramble Inn which will be followed by singing sessions in the Ramble Inn and Leens Hotel.  Then on Saturday from 10.30am -1pm at Leens Hotel there will be free workshops on Irish and English singing and guidelines on composing Traditional Ballads.  The Ballad competition takes place at the Ramble Inn at 4pm on Saturday followed again by singing sessions in the Ramble Inn and Leens.  12 noon Mass will be Aifreann na Riocht as composed by the late Garry McMahon and performed by the Senior Abbeyfeale choir under the direction of Dee Dennison.  Later on, at 3pm in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse sean nós singer and Killarney publican, Jimmy O’Brien will receive a special presentation in recognition of his contribution to sean nós singing and the weekend will finish with a farewell singing session from 6.30pm at the home of the West Limerick Singing Club in the Ramble Inn.