Archive for January, 2016

By Carrig Side-27/01/2016

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Kathleen Walsh nee Dillane, Ballyneety, Shanagolden, wife of the late Micháel, on Saturday January 16th. She was a native of Glin and had one sister Maureen and one brother Michael. She married Micháel who came from Cappagh in 1959 and they set up home in Ballyneety. She had been confined to a nursing home in recent years.

She lay in repose at St Colman’s Church Kilcolman on Sunday January 17th from 5.30pm to 7pm. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated there on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Kilcolman Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her cousins, nephews, nieces, relative’s friends and neighbours. May she rest in Peace

The following are the Lottery results from Reens Bar on Monday January 18th. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 11, 19, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners as follows €60 Louise Morrissey, Ardagh. €60 Mike Liston, Glenastar. €60 Mary Steele, Ardagh. €30 Jimmy O’Donoghue, Askeaton. €60 Sean Downey, Lisgordon, Ardagh. €30 Holly, Joseph, Adam and William Steele, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €9,800, and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh.

Congratulations to Ta and Ita, Mullane and family Knockdown, Athea who celebrated 30 years in the entertainment scene on Saturday, January 16th. They hosted a party night to mark the occasion which was attended by a large crowd. Ita is a native of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry and the family are wished continued success in the future.

The soccer season resumed after the enforced weather break on Sunday January 17th. Carrig Celtic drew 0-0 at home to Rathkeale B in Division 1 of the Desmond League. Old Mill, Carrig Celtic B and Creeves Celtic had no games. In the Ladies league none of the local sides saw action.

Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney from the Saint Kieran’s Club were members of the Limerick senior football team that lost by 2-7 to 0-7 in the McGrath Cup at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Sunday January 1

The club’s Bord na Nóg annual general meeting was held in Ardagh Hall on Sunday January 17th. A good crowd were in attendance to hear and discuss the various reports and addresses. The following officers were put in place for 2016: Chairperson Donie McEnery, Vice –Chairman Mike Ruttle, Secretary Deirdre Ambrose, Treasurer Catherine Hayes, Children’s Officer Deirdre Ambrose and PRO Donie McEnery. The management teams from U 10 to U-16 in hurling and football were put in place. The presentation night will be held on Sunday 21ST February. The U-14 Féile Peil Competition will be held on the last week-end of June.

The club’s senior football panel are holding a fundraising quiz in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh, on Saturday 30th January at 9pm. All support will be appreciated.

The winter edition of the Green and White arrived into the schools before the Christmas holidays. It is another very colourful publication with lots of interesting articles and photos. Daniel Geraghty from Ardagh N.S. is featured describing his trip of a lifetime to Croke Park for the Dublin v Mayo All Ireland Football semi-Final on August 30th, 2015. Daniel lined out for Dublin in the GO Game before the senior match. There is also a photo of Kilcolman N.S winners of the West Division 4 hurling Primary Schools Competition

Nora Conway from Ardagh, the Administration Manager of the Tralee branch of Pieta House, was the guest on the In Conversation Programme with Marian O’Flaherty on Radio Kerry on Wednesday January 20th. They do wonderful work dealing with people in distress in all their outlets around the country.

Footsteps to Freedom is a non-political research and commemoration project. Ger Graney has been in touch with the following: On Easter Sunday 1916 armed volunteers from 12 parishes in West Limerick marched to …Glenquin Castle to take part in the Rebellion. This year on Sunday, April 24th we hope to re-enact some of these walks and celebrate not only the 300 men who marched that day but also the thousands of men and women from the area who played a part in the struggle for independence between 1916 and 1922.

In the coming weeks I will post the names that have popped up in research so far, parish by parish. This is not a complete list. Do you know anyone on the list, have you photographs of them or stories to share. Would you like to remember them by taking part in one of our walks on April 24th? Have you other names for us? If so contact me through the Footsteps to Freedom Facebook page or E-Mail [email protected]. Gerard Greaney 086 8278155 Keep an eye out for a FTF Meeting in your area.  Here is the current list of names for the parish of Ardagh/Carrigkerry.


PJ Aherne, James Ambrose, Patrick Ambrose, Thomas Ambrose, Tim Barrett, Michael Barry, William O Brien, Michael Brouder, Maurice O Connell, Patrick O Connor, John Cosgrove, William Cremin, James Danaher, John Mc Donagh, Michael Doody, Patrick Doody, Patrick Dowling, Paddy Drinane, William Dunne, Martin Fitzgerald, John Flanagan, James Gaffney, Daniel Goulding, John McGrath, Thomas McGrath, Tom Greaney, Patrick Healy, James Heffernan, Jim Hough, Patrick Keating, Tim Keating, Maurice Kennelly, John Lane, Maurice Lenehan, James Lynch, Patrick Mangan, John Moore, Michael Moore, Michael Mulcahy, Robert Mulcahy, Michael Mullally, William Nash, Jeremiah Power, Michael Scanlon, Patrick Scanlan, Leo Sexton, Charlie O Shaughnessy, Con Sheehan, Daniel Sheehan, Michael Sheehan, John O Sullivan.


Daniel Aherne, Denis Ahern, Joseph Ahern, Michael Ahern, Patrick Ahern, PJ Ahern, Thomas Ahern, William Ahern, James Bourke, James O Connor, John O Connor, John F O Connor, Michael M O Connor, Michael Copse, Thomas McCoy, Michael Dalton, William Dalton, Philip Danaher, David McDonald, Patrick Downey, john Duggan, Denis Falahee, Maurice Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, Patrick Fitzgerald, Martin Flaherty, William Flaherty, John M Flynn, Tim Flynn, Thomas Foley, Denis Goulding, John Goulding, Thomas Goulding, William Goulding, Thomas Hannafin, Thomas Hartigan, Michael Hartnett, Denis Hayes, Thomas Healy, Maurice Holly, Michael Hough, Patrick Hough, Thomas Keane, James Lynch, John McMahon, John Mulcahy, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Murphy, Patrick O Neill, John Nolan, Patrick Nolan, Tim Quinn, William Reidy, Maurice Sheehan, John M Sheehy, Patrick Sheehy, William Taylor, Michael White, James Windle, John N Windle, John P Windle, Pat Windle, Thomas Wren,

Parents who wish to enrol their children in Ardagh N.S. for next September are invited to attend the school principal for an enrolment application form. Please phone 069- 76353 for more details.

A fundraising concert will be held in the New Hall Castlemahon, on Friday 29th January commencing at 8pm. The concert will feature the Hands in Harmony choir, Michael Nash, tenor, Jean O’Brien, accompanist, Michael Doyle, golden trumpet, John Geraghty comedian, and Sinead O’Brien, soprano, and Tom O’Donoghue, local musician. Seamus Hennessy will be the Fear-a-Tí and the concert will be produced by Theresa Doyle McMahon. A grand raffle will be held on the night, and the tickets will cost € 12.

The Limerick Diocesan Synod takes place from 8th -10th April and a night of Culture will be held in The Devon Inn Hotel on Friday 29th January with a start time of 7.30pm. The focus will be on the birth of Tadhg Gaelach O’Suilleabháin, the Tournafulla poet. The entertainment will include poetry, music, Gaeilge, and local history, and will conclude with a session of traditional music.

The annual Rathfredagh Cheshire Home walk will be held on Sunday 31st January. It will commence at 10am and the walkers will travel from Barna to the Cheshire Home. People can also join the walk at The Courtney Lodge Hotel at 11am. Transport will be provided from Rathfredagh to Barna, and registration takes place from 9.30am, in Barna. Refreshments will be served after the walk in Rathfredagh. More details and sponsorship cards from 069-83100 or 069-83279.

The annual 10km Walk/Jog/ Run in aid of Milford Hospice, will be held on Sunday 31st January commencing at 12 noon. It is open to runners and walkers, of all levels and abilities, and cash prizes for the first three finishers in the male and female categories. Further details can be got by contacting Milford Hospice on 061-485859/485860.

A table quiz will be held in the Ballintemple, Newcastle West on Friday 5th February in aid of the Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fund. All the proceeds will go towards the Saint James Hospital Burns Unit. The cycle event with a choice of three routes will be held in Castlemahon on 17th April.

Coolcappa Music Group presents a Variety Concert featuring local talent in Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday 6th February at 8pm sharp. The MC on the night will be the many of many talents Joe Carrig, and the proceeds in aid of the Joanne McMahon Thanksgiving Fund for the Burns Unit in Saint James Hospital in Dublin. The tickets cost € 10 and they are on sale in shops around West Limerick. Admission is by ticket only as there are seating restrictions, and a large attendance is expected.  People who cannot attend can still support the event by purchasing a ticket, and they will be included in a draw on the night for a number of valuable prizes. Tickets can be got by contacting the following numbers, 087-2153685, and 087-6555098, and all support will be greatly appreciated. 

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Athea Community Council Ltd-27/01/2016

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 9, 12, 22, 31. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Mandy & Alessia, c/o Brouder’s Shop

Jason Dalton, Glenagore

Patricia O’Connor, Upper Athea

Theresa O’Connor, Hillside Drive

Sellers Prizes:  Lillian Fitzgerald & J.P.’s

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

John Horgan, Hillside Drive

Olivia O’Keeffe, Pallas Foods

Next Draw: 30/01/’16  Venue:  Batt’s Jackpot €9,700

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Athea United Soccer

Division 1 League (Sun, January 24th)

Athea Utd      (1) 3    Darren Murphy (2), John Cotter

Rockhill Rvs (0) 0

Following our win away to Feenagh last Sunday week action returned to The Vales where we had our first junior game since October 18th. Rockhill Rovers were visitors for this league game and after ninety odd minutes we recorded a hard earned three nil win. We did the early pressing but it was Pa Ahern that was the first of the keepers to be called into action, the Athea custodian getting down well to save at his near post. After this we got back on top and dominated possession with plenty chances, Gerard Ahern forcing a diving save from the keeper, Maurice Hayes finding the side net after some neat passing involving Ahern and Darren Murphy while left back Mathew Tierney’s shot across goal was inches past the far post. Eventually on thirty eight minutes we broke the deadlock when Murphy drilled the ball right footed across the keeper and inside the left post for his twelfth of the season. Half time 1-0.

We started the second half like we ended the first but chances were slow to materialise especially in the third quarter. With only a goal between the sides the potential for a Rockhill equalizer still remained especially with long balls into the penalty area but in fairness our back four were generally solid throughout. It was only in the last fifteen minutes that we at last began to carve out real good chances and in this period of time Murphy could well have had a hat trick before he extended our lead with a header from a Martin Chawke cross. A last gasp tackle denied right back James Ryan  a certain goal before a point blank save from their keeper denied John Cotter his first of the season. Cotter didn’t have to wait long for his goal as he curled the ball into the bottom left corner from twelve yards before the final whistle sounded moments later. Full time 3-0.

Team: Pa Ahern, James Ryan, Mathew Tierney, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Steven McEnery, Gerard Collins, Maurice Hayes, Pa Kiely, Gerard Ahern, Darren Murphy. Subs: Jonathan Mulvihill, John Cotter, Neilo Keane. Referee: Jim Molyneaux.

Youths Division 2 (Sat, January 23rd)

Athea Utd   (1) 3  John Sexton, Milan Williams, Andy Ahern

Carrig Cel   (0) 0

Our youths were at home to Carrig Celtic last Saturday afternoon and recorded a hard earned three nil win. We led one nil at half time when John Sexton scored from close range after a cross from the left found him unmarked at the back post. Midway through the second half Milan Williams doubled our lead when he reacted quickest after the keeper could only parry a shot from Adam Riordan. We sealed the win when the ball broke kindly for Andy Ahern to fire to the roof of the net. Carrig had chances too, mostly in the first half when they also had a lot of possession but a defence well marshalled by James Ryan and Evan Woulfe held firm.

Team: Mareks Apinis, Michael Dalton, Donnacha McEnery, Evan Woulfe, James Ryan, Andy Ahern, Sean Ryan, Adam Riordan, John Sexton,  JJ Sheehy, Milan Williams Subs William Sexton, Timothy Tierney. Referee: Jim Molyneaux.


Saturday, January 30th

U12s home to GB Rovers in the cup at 11.30am.

U16s home to Pallaskenry at 1.15pm.

Sunday, January 31st

Juniors home to Rathkeale B in Reidy Cup at 2.30pm.


U10s on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U12s on Wednesdays  7pm to 8.15pm

U14s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm

U16s on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Youths on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8pm

Juniors on Wednesdays at 8.30pm and Fridays at 7pm


Training for the U8s will be resuming shortly, all parents/players will be notified of the recommencement date.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, January 25th at JP’s are as follows –

Jackpot was €22,500. Numbers drawn 2, 11, 15, 25.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Sabrina Cahill, Ardagh. Nora Quaid c/o Agatha. Sarah & Catherine c/o Kostal. Jim Woulfe, Clash. Nora Mahoney, Markievicz Park.

Sellers Etty Aherne & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €22,600 at The Top of the Town on Monday, February 1st

Athea GAA

Croke Park Draw:

Athea are selling tickets for the National Club Draw for 2016. First prize is a new Opel Corsa car, 2nd prize a Trip with the 2016 All-Stars, while 3rd prize is a travel voucher for €1500. There are many more excellent prizes to be won. Tickets are €10 each and are available from Committee members. All support would be greatly appreciated as all monies raised from the sale of these tickets will go directly against the cost of our pitch development. Please contact Mairead Donovan or Jacqueline O’Connor for more details.

GAA Scholarships For The Gaeltacht:

A limited number of Scholarships are available for anyone wishing to attend an Irish college this summer. All applicants must be club members; either playing our games or involved in Scór. The scholarships are for secondary school pupils only; they apply only to residential colleges under Comharchumann Chorca Dhuibhne (West Kerry); Coláiste Béal Atha an Ghaorthaigh (West Cork) or Coláiste na Roinne (Port Láirge). Approximately one third of the cost is covered, so if anyone is interested please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 as a form needs to be filled out and submitted to the West Board by the end of this month.

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.


Congratulations to Jamie Collins and Siobhan O’ Connor who got engaged recently.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


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.

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