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By Carrig Side-22/12/2015

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Peg O’Grady (nee Sheahan) Glenbawn, Ballyhahill.  She died peacefully in Hospital in her 91st year, after a long and fulfilled life.  Peg and her husband Jack celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in October and Peg was the last remaining member of her family. Both were featured in conversation with Willie O’Regan, a number of years ago on West Limerick 102 Community Radio. Peg was a hard worker who kept the faith and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She lay in repose at Ferris’ Funeral home Shanagolden on Tuesday December 15th, from 5 to 8pm.  Her Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 12pm at the Church of the Visitation, Ballyhahill and burial took place afterwards in Kilfergus Cemetery, Glin.

We extend our sympathy to her loving husband Jack, daughter Eileen, sons Thomas, John and Noel, daughters in law Marcella, Mary, Noreen and son in law the late Kieran Kilmartin, Grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephew, nieces, brothers in law, sisters in law, relatives, kind neighbours and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from The Thatch Bar, Newbridge, on Monday, December 14th. The numbers drawn were 2,16,17,25, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners. €60 Masie Moroney, Coolcappa. €60 John Shine, Old Mill. €60 Eileen Fitzgerald, c/o D Greaney. €30 Peg Flynn, Carrigkerry. €30 J and T Curley, Ardagh. €30 Veronica and Tady Roche, c/o Josie. Next week’s draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh and the Jackpot will be € 9,200.

Newcastle West Bridge Club recently presented a cheque to the Ardagh branch of St Vincent de Paul.

Congratulations to St Kieran’s who won the West U-21 B Football Championship in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Friday December 11. They defeated St Senan’s by 3-8 to 2-10 after leading by 2-5 to 1-4 at half time. TEAM Dan Madden, Anthony Mullins, Maurice Shine, John Byrnes, Patrick Liston, Kevin Meade, Michael Upton, Shane Lynch, James O’Connor, Captain Pa O’Connor, 1-1 Seamus Mangan, 0-6 Liam Upton, 0-1 Cillian Enright, 1-0 Raymond Noonan, Darragh O’Connor, 1-0 Sub Eoin Moran. 

Galtee Gaels defeated St Kieran’s by 2-12 to 1-12 in the County semi-final in Mick Neville Park on Sunday December 13.  St Kieran’s led by 1-7 to 0-7 at half –time. TEAM: Dan Madden, Anthony Mullins, Maurice Shine, John Byrnes, Patrick Liston, Kevin Meade, Michael Upton, Shane Lynch, 0-1 James O’Connor, Captain Pa O’Connor, 0-2 Seamus Mangan, 0-8 Liam Upton, Cillian Enright, Raymond Noonan, 1-0 Darragh O’Connor, 0-1 Sub Eoin Moran.

Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton defeated Fermoy Colaiste Chraoibhin by 12-8 to 3-4 in the Munster U-15 D Football Final played in St Patrick’s Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. They led by 7-3 to 2-1 at half-time. Kevin Guina from Coolcappa, and the St Kieran’s club was a member of the team/panel. They received the Corn Mháirtín Mhic Chonmara.

All the Desmond League soccer matches were called off on Sunday December 13, due to the inclement weather. This was the third Sunday in a row that matches were called off.

Congratulations to Peg Mulvihill, and Jim Lynch, who were prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday December 11.

The 2016 County Limerick GAA Draws were held after the County Convention on Monday December 14. In Senior Football St Kieran’s were drawn in Group 1 along with Drom/Broadford, Ballylanders, St Patrick’s, Oola, and Na Piarsaigh. In Intermediate Hurling they are in Group 2 along with Knockaderry, Glenroe, Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Dromin-Athlacca, and Drom/Broadford.

The final Limerick GAA Club draw was held on Limerick Live 95 Studio during the sports programme on Saturday December 19. Saint Kieran’s club had no winners, and the lotto was not won. The draw will return in March 2016.

A reminder that Christmas wreaths for graves and to be used as door hangers, are available locally. They can be ordered from Moira at 069-76256 or 086-2123560, and all the proceeds will go to charity.

The Celtic Tenors will perform in Concert in Shanagolden Church on this Wednesday 23rd December at 8pm, Tickets cost € 25 and they are available from members of the Community Council and local business. It promises to be a very enjoyable night of top class entertainment.

The following are the Mass times for Christmas Eve, Thursday 24, December Coolcappa 6pm, Ardagh 7.30pm, Kilcolman 7.30pm and Carrigkerry 9pm. Christmas morning Kilcolman 10am, and Carrigkerry 11.30am.

Saint Kieran’s will be holding their annual road hurling event on Sunday 27th December commencing at Ardagh Church car park at 12.20pm.

The annual New Year’s Day walk will commence from the Rambling House Knockfierna, at 2.30pm and all are welcome to attend. People are asked to meet at Ballingarry Hall at 2.15, and after the walk a rambling house session will be held. This event will mark the 30th anniversary of the first session held there in 1986.

Gortnadroma waste and recycling facility will reopen for business on Tuesday 5th January at 9am.

Fr Brendan Clifford O.P. will give a talk on the Ministry of the Word to the church readers of the parishes of Our Lady’s Pastoral Area in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30 pm. All the readers are invited to attend.

Ardagh N.S. Parents Council will host the play The Two Lovers of Gabriel Foley, by Ardagh Drama Group in Ardagh Community Centre, on Friday January 16. The proceeds from the night will go towards Ardagh National School, and Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club. All support will be greatly appreciated.

The next census will be held on Sunday 24th April and 2.3 million forms will need to be delivered and collected around the country. A total of 4,660 people will need to be hired (195 in Limerick ) to carry out the task. It is a ten week job and the enumerators will be paid approximately €2,400. They are paid a fixed fee for the delivery and the collection of census forms in their area along with fixed allowances for training, home storage, travel and Sunday work. The applications open on Tuesday 5th January and will stay open for three days unless the 15,000 limit is reached first. Additional information can be got by logging on to the CSO census website.

Christmas Wishes

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped me to compile these notes over the past year, it is highly appreciated. I would like also to wish my fellow correspondents, readers at home and abroad, Domhnall, Lillian, and staff a happy and peaceful Christmas.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-22/12/2015

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 3, 4, 14, 20. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

A. Ahern, Parkanna

Eileen Fitzgerald, Hillside Drive

Anne, Timmy & Trish, Hillside Drive

P & P, c/o Brouder’s Shop

Sellers Prizes:  Bríd de Barra & Domhnall de Barra

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Johnny Cotter, Coole West

Maura Nolan, Kilcolman

Next Draw: 09/01/’16  Venue:  Top of the Town  Jackpot: €9,400

Winner of €200 Prize Draw

Maura Nolan, Kilcolman

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Athea United Soccer


Saturday, January 2nd –

U12s home to GB Rovers in the cup at 11.30am

Youths at home to Carrig Celtic at 2.30pm

Sunday, January 3rd –

Juniors away to Carrig Celtic at 11.30am


Training for the U8s has finished until after Christmas and will resume in early January. All parents/players will be notified of the recommencement date.


All players check with their respective managers with regard to training times over the holiday season.


Athea Utd are again organizing a charity tournament on the Astro Turf at The Vales on St Stephens Day will money raised this year to The Going Strong. The first game is timed for 11am sharp and is open to all players with an Athea connection. Trophies for the winners and runners up etc will be presented that evening at 7pm at The Top of The Town, Athea.


Team A Cott-Offside – John Cotter (capt), Martin Chawke, Nelius Hunt, Shane Tierney, Sean Ahern Paul Mahoney, Deirdre Fitzpatrick Ryan Carroll.

Team B Keane To Win – Neilo Keane (capt), Ger Collins, Pa Ahern, William Cronin, Joe O’Connor, Brian Sheehy, Gerry Twomey, Jamie Collins.

Team C Reidy-Or-Not – Stephen Reidy (capt), James Ryan, Conor Mullane Pa Chawke, John Geoghegan, Jack Vaughan, David O’Connor Shane Mulvihill

Team D Saving Roger Ryan – Roger Ryan (capt), Padraig Reidy, Joe Vaughan, Mark O’Connor, Sean Liston, Tommy Quaid, TJ Reidy, Maurice Hayes

Team E Life Of Brian – Brian Ahern (capt), Cillian O’Connor, Mark Horgan, Colm Hassett, Kieran Dalton, Tim O’Riordan, John Hunt, Gerard Ahern

Team F Magic Mike – Mike Reidy (capt), Steven McEnery, Sean McGrath, Gary Carroll, Morgan O’Connor Emmet White, Marie Kelly, Dylan Griffin

Team G Murphy’s Law – Darren Murphy (capt), Noreen Barry Sean Ryan Mark Melbourne Mike Ahern, Eoghan Nash Eoin McCarthy Michael Mathews.

Team H Enright-To-Win-It – Timmy Enright (capt), Mathew Tierney, Conor McGrath, Pa Kiely Jack Denihan, Dan McMahon John Brosnan, Kevin Murphy.


11am Quarter Final (A) Cott-Offside v Keane To Win

11.20am Quarter Final (B) Reidy-Or-Not v Saving Roger Ryan

11.40am Quarter Final (C) Life Of Brian v Magic Mike

12 noon Quarter Final (D) Murphy’s Law v Enright-To-Win-It

12.20pm Semi Final (1) Winners (A) v Winners (B)

12.40pm Semi Final (2) Winners (C) v Winners (D)


1pm Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2


  1. First game starts at 11am sharp.
  2. Seven (7) minutes a side.
  3. Players are asked to arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes before kick-off times.
  4. All games will start at designated times.
  5. Moulded studs or astro-turf runners only. No metal studs.


Presentations of trophies will take place at The Top of the Town at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

NOTE All money raised will go to The Going Strong. We will have buckets in a few locations at The Vales on St Stephens Day and anybody wishing do make a donation can do so. There will be hot beverages available, tea, coffee and soup as well as sandwiches. All are welcome to The Vales on St Stephens Day for out now annual Christmas Tournament.


Congratulations to junior player Gerard Collins and his wife Mary Ita on the birth of their first child, a girl Grace. Another Athea Utd supporter.


The club extends its sympathy to Tommy O’Grady of Brown Joe’s Bar on the recent passing of his mother Peg. May She Rest In Peace.


Jackpot   €22,100

No’s. Drawn:  1,  4,  8,  29. No Jackpot Winner

Lucky Dips

John O’Connor, Listowel, James Carmody, Ballybunion

Margaret White, Coole West

Ann Marie Carthy, Lisselton  Kevin Stack, Moyvane

Xmas Draw €50:  Francie Houlihan, Tralee, John Fealy, Athea

Seller’s Prizes: Liz Gould & Agatha Barrett

Next Draw:  January 4th 2016 at  White’s Bar

Jackpot  €22,200

On behalf of Athea Utd Soccer Club I would like to wish all players, managers, officers, supporters, our fantastic lottery ticket sellers, Donal and Lillian at The Parish News a Very Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Looking forward to an injury free year in 2016 and hopefully a successful season for our club.

Athea GAA

Medal Presentation:

A medal presentation for our Intermediate team will take place at the Top of the Town bar on Saturday night January 2. All are welcome to attend.

Intermediate Football Championship Draw 2016:

There are two groups of six teams who will contest the Championship.

Group 1: Cappamore, Glin, Claughaun, Mungret, Bruff & Galbally.
Group 2: St. Senans, Athea, Cappagh, Adare, Mountcollins & Castlemahon.

Round 1: Athea v St. Senans,

Round 2: Athea v Cappagh,
Round 3: Athea v Castlemahon,
Round 4: Athea v Mountcollins,
Round 5: Athea v Adare.

Club draw:

We held our final Club Draw at the Top of the Town bar on Saturday night last. Below are the lucky winners on the night.

€500- Bibi Gleeson, Upper Athea, Athea.

€250- Kieran Harnett, Templeathea, Athea.

€150- Neddie Hunt, Coole East, Athea.

€150- Morgan O’ Connor & Pa Chawke, Athea.

€150- Patrick Ahern, Garrygloss, Athea.

€150- Margaret McAuliffe, Ballaugh, Abbeyfeale.

Hamper: Treasa Sexton, Coole West, Athea

Hamper; Sean McAuliffe, C/O Garrygloss, Athea.

Voucher: Tom Barrett, Fairy Street, Athea.

Thank you to all those who have supported our Club draw this year and to all our ticket sellers. It is greatly appreciated by the Club.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Table Quiz:

A date for your diaries, Athea Coiste na nÓg table quiz will take place in the Top of the Town on Monday night December 28th at 9pm. The quiz master is John Hunt so everyone will have to have their thinking caps on for a very enjoyable night.

Winter Welly Walk:

A Winter Welly Walk will take place on Friday January 1st to raise funds to help with the cost of hosting Feile. Registration will take place in the hall at 11.30am. The walk starts at 12 noon and everyone must wear Wellies.

It’s a two hour walk through forests, mountain top and a ringfort and it promises to be an enjoyable day for all the family. The cost is €10 per family or €5 per person.


If there is anyone who would like to get involved in any way with any of our underage teams, especially with our U6s & U8s in 2016 please contact Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091. We have a great club and we would love for parents to join our fantastic team of coaches for the coming year.


Our 2016 Calendar is on sale now at Rose’s shop and Collins’ shop at a cost of €10. It has loads and loads of pictures from the year gone by in Coiste na nÓg. These would make a lovely present for people both home and abroad.

Athea Gun Club

Athea Gun Club will hold their Fundraising Dance at the Top of the Town on Sunday, December 27th.

Prizes as follows:

1st – €250 Hamper

2nd – 32” TV

3rd- €50 Hamper.

Tickets can be obtained from any member of the Gun Club

To all members: cards must be in before the 26th of December.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

On behalf of the Gun Club I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Jerry Brouder


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