Archive for April, 2016


Proud Grandad Thomas O’Connor, Hillside Drive, with his little grandson Daniel

Proud Grandad Thomas O’Connor, Hillside Drive, with his little grandson Daniel

Sarah Prendeville holding the Visual Journal which she created for her Art project in college.

Sarah Prendeville holding the Visual Journal which she created for her Art project in college.

















Con Colbert Memorial Service

“Remember – Remember”

May 8th, Sunday week, Anniversary of the death of Con Colbert.

Memorial Service in Athea Church at 11.45am.

Let’s be united in praying together for the happy repose of his soul.

Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra

Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra would like to thank everyone that sponsored prizes, gave donations, provided music, bought or sold raffle tickets, donated home baking, served food, supervised parking or helped out in any way during our recent Charity Vintage/Modern Road Run and Raffle. Many thanks to Ta and Ita of The Knockdown Arms for the use of their premised. A special word of thanks to the huge crowd that turned up on the day despite the dreadful weather conditions, some even braving the elements with a cab on their tractors. A lively and enjoyable day was had by all.

As a result of this fundraising event €4,085.76 has been raised. This will be presented to a representative of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation on Saturday night, April 30th at The Knockdown Arms and all are welcome.

Athea Fianna Fáil Cumann

Seamus Ahern, on behalf of Athea Fianna Fáil Cumann, thanks sincerely all who gave so willingly to the Church gate collection last weekend. It was very much appreciated.

Too much too Fast

I might have mentioned here before that I consider  myself and my generation very lucky to have been born when we were because we have lived through the biggest change the world has ever seen. We were born into a world that hadn’t changed much in hundreds of years and witnessed the transition to today’s world that might be a planet light years away such is the difference. Most of the changes that have taken place have been good and have made people’s lives a little easier. The back-breaking work that was once done by hand  is now capable of being done by machines. Electricity has made many things possible and the development of IT has revolutionised how we communicate and do business.  Where once the only way to communicate with somebody far away was by letter, we can now not only talk to them whenever we like but see them on screen as well. The world of entertainment has changed as well and here I am not so sure what is happening is such a good development. There is no need to leave the home for entertainment with hundreds of channels on TV to satisfy all tastes and it is easy to pick up a few bottles at a supermarket or off licence at a fraction of what it would cost in the pub so people are not going out as much.

This is a pity because I think it was great therapy to get dressed up on  Saturday night and  go to somewhere to meet the neighbours and have a good time. Going back a few years this was the norm and it wasn’t all about drink. There was a very strong organisation called the Pioneer Abstinence Association  whose members didn’t drink alcohol but that did not stop them from going out and enjoying the fun. Back in the ‘60s roughly half the young men were Pioneers and in those days most of the women didn’t drink anyway. There was a great buzz in the village with pubs doing a lively trade. The Gardaí used to come around at closing time to “clear the house” and if any publican was caught serving drink after hours they were brought to court and fined heavily. Those “found on” were also fined. It was a regular occurrence and it was great to be in court to hear the excuses. I happened to be in the court house in Abbeyfeale once when eight publicans from the town were up for serving after hours. There had been a big raid a couple of weeks before and they were all caught. One by one they were called to the stand and each one gave a reason for their transgression. One was trying to clear the house but his customers were trying to finish a card game which had reached a very delicate stage. Another had people who were coming from a funeral and he hadn’t the heart to cause them further grief by refusing to serve them. The next one said his clock was running an hour slow as he had forgotten to change it for the summer time. One excuse was better than the next but the justice was not too impressed and fined each one in turn until it came to Jim Lane. Jim took the stand and when asked what excuse he had he replied. “None , your honour, I was caught fair and square”.  The justice looked over his glasses and said  “the only honest publican before me today. Case dismissed”.

The truth pays sometimes. Over the years publicans have tried many methods to get and keep customers. First pub game I knew was rings. Rings were thrown at a board with hooks numbered from 1 to 13. first to reach 101 was the winner. There were two main methods of throwing. One was the underhand method and the other was over hand. Both took great skill and there eventually was a ring board in most establishments. They were replaced in the ‘60s by darts. Some pubs still have dart boards but they are not as popular now as they once were. Then came the pool table. They were fine in big establishments where there was plenty of room but  all the pubs wanted to get into the act and tables were stuffed into the smallest spaces. You’d be in danger of getting a pool cue stuck up your nose  while trying to enjoy a pint. Some fellows spent hours on the tables which prompted Jimmy McCarthy to write a song about it. One line goes “their arses protrude in a manner most lewd from being hoisted aloft in the air”. Not a pretty sight!. They ran their course and now can only be found in certain houses. The slot machines made a brief appearance before they were banned. They were bad news as they encouraged gambling especially by those who couldn’t really afford it. Then we had the dancing lounge and  they gave great employment to bands for a couple of decades. They have now almost disappeared except for a few big establishments. Some places have music on a Saturday night but the number of people attending is declining all the while.

The way things are going more and more pubs will be closing their doors. One might say that is a good thing but I think they provided  a great service to people who were able to have a few drinks and a chat with the locals and forget their worries for a while. Confining oneself to one’s own home can only lead to  isolation and loneliness and that is not a good thing. 

Domhnall de Barra

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Kathleen’s Corner-27/04/2016

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’

Congrats and well done to all the boys and girls of 5th & 6th class in Athea NS who, on Friday last, were confirmed here in Athea Church by Bishop Brendan Leahy. Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Bowen, Fr. O’Shea (brother of Sean, Templeathea), and wasn’t it great to see Canon Kelly on the altar for the ceremony. The choir from the school was exceptional, indeed a lot of work and organization from the teachers and pupils went into the mass. Well done to all and of course to the parents and wasn’t it a lovely, fine day for the occasion.

Hopefully Saturday 21st May will be as good for the First Holy Communion Class.

You are asked if you still have Trócaire boxes to please hand them in to the Church as soon as possible so that a final count can be made.

As we all know the Ring of Kerry Cycle has been gaining momentum since its start some years ago. Last year saw 11,000 participants taking part with 1¾ million being raised for many deserving charities. Denny Mulvihill will do the 180k cycle for the 26th time this year all in aid of Áras Mhuire in Listowel. The race takes place on July 2nd.

Congrats to Mary Leahy, Moyvane who won this week’s Athea Utd draw of €5,100, the numbers were 11, 20, 22, 30.. Only a few weeks ago the big winners were Chris & Teddy O’Connor.

It’s great to see the track that’s around the GAA pitch being used by people of all ages for both walking & running. It’s so safe being off the road and no traffic. Indeed another great convenience for young and old to get fit and keep fit!

Sympathy is extended to the Sheehy family on the death in England of Paddy (formerly of Templeathea). ‘May he rest in peace’.

This Tuesday, April 26th marks the 30th anniversary of the terrible Chernobyl disaster which took place in 1986, and had such atrocious effects on men, women & above all children and even to this present day the people of Belarus and surrounding areas are feeling the outcome of the disaster. As we all are aware Adi Roche & Ali Hewson (Bono’s wife) have done untold work in helping the children of Chernobyl and on ‘Nationwide’ tonight, it was all brought home to us again, when images of children abandoned in orphanages, some with severe birth defects and abnormalities following the disaster were on our screens. Ireland, even during the recession, has welcomed many children to spend holidays with welcoming families thus enabling them to have fresh air which will extend their lives hopefully. Also Ireland has sent carpenters, plumbers, builders and much more to help build modern buildings for abandoned children. Well done Ireland!

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Knockdown News-27/04/2016

By Peg Prendeville

The parish of Loughill/Ballyhahill is almost in a depression after the high of the weekend with Strictly come Dancing. Almost all the parish attended and it proved to be just as enjoyable as had been anticipated. I am almost ashamed to say I was not there myself but I had committed to attending the Kilfenora Music Festival with family members. Well done to all the people who worked to put together such a successful and fun fundraiser for the Ladies football and the Men’s soccer. It was a great idea in every way as it brought the young and old together in good humour as well as raising much needed funds. Great credit is due to the dancers who put in so many hours of practice and did not let the side down. Congratulations to the winners Dymphna O’Brien and James Hynes but all are agreed that everybody was a winner. Well done to all.

It is sad to hear that Clann Lir Montessori School in Ballyhahill will close its doors on this Friday 29/04/2016 after 19 years of loyalty and dedication to the children and parents of Ballyhahill. Jacqueline wishes each and every one of those children continuous success in their lives and I am sure all those families send best wishes to Jacqueline too for her future.

Well done to the Knockdown Vintage who will be presenting the sum of €4085.76, from the recent Vintage Day, to the Jack and Jill foundation on this Saturday night in the Knockdown Arms. All welcome.

The Mary Immaculate College Final Year Visual Art Elective /Specialism Exhibition took place last Thursday night in the college. The diversity of art-works on display was testament to the creativity and imagination of the students among whom was Sarah Prendeville, Glenbawn. Sarah based her art project on her grandfather Paddy Faley which was a fitting tribute to him on what would have been his birthday last weekend. Huge congratulations to all the students involved on their very creative ideas. This exhibition is open to the public for a few weeks. It is in the Art Room in the college. My sister Bridie reminds me that, as children, the usual scene in our house at night was us settling down to homework and Dad getting out his copybook also to compose some new poem or play perhaps. She remembers the name he had scrawled on the cover of one of those copies was “Balderdash”. So we believe he would be so proud to discover that one of those very copybooks with the first poem he wrote is on display in a glass cabinet in Mary Immaculate Training college at the moment. Maybe it wasn’t balderdash after all?

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