Archive for September, 2016

By Carrig Side-28/09/2016

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Evelyn McMahon, nee Cahill, Kilreash, Ardagh, peacefully, surrounded by family at her home on Wednesday, September 21st. Wife of the late Jerry who died in September 2008, she was 90 years old and a native of County Sligo. She lay in Repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Tuesday September 22nd from 6pm followed by removal to St Molua’s Church, Ardagh. Fr Tim Curtin, P.P Coolcappa/Kilcolman and Fr Michael Noonan P.P Ardagh/Carrigkerry concelebrated her Funeral Mass last Friday and family members participated in the prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and reflection. Fr Tim paid a lovely tribute, tracing Evelyn’s path through life during his homily.

Evelyn was born on October 25th 1925 and was from a family of six from Collooney in Sligo. She moved to London in 1945 and worked as a teacher to foreign diplomat’s children. She met her husband Jerry, from Ardagh, there, who was a Wireless Operator and on April 1st 1951 they returned to Ardagh and a life of farming. They were blessed with five in family and they enjoyed success with their prize winning farm. Evelyn was a hard worker who possessed deep faith and enjoyed her privacy. She was very interested in politics and enjoyed the daily paper and current affairs. Evelyn also found time to be involved in the local clubs and church and fundraising for the parish schools and churches. She also helped out catering for events in the local hall, and was a regular Mass attender who kept informed by parish radio in recent times.

Evelyn was laid to rest in the local Cemetery on Friday, September 23rd the feast day of St Padre Pio. We extend our sympathy to her sons Peter and Joe, daughters Bernadette, Monica and Mary, sister Sr. Maurine, brother Joe, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Noreen Ruttle, nee McNamara, peacefully at her residence Newbridge on Sunday, September 11th. She lay in repose at her residence on Tuesday evening where large numbers called to pay their respects. Her remains were received in Saint Mary’s Church, Rathkeale on Wednesday, September 14th for Requiem Mass, which was followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her husband Christy, sons Mike, Paul and Alan, daughter Catherine, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother Sylver, sisters, Fiona, Teresa, Valerie, Victoria and Rosie and extended family members and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Geraldine Nolan, daughter of Ursula and Jerry, Ballyegna, Ardagh and Michael McErlane, Belfast, who got married in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Saturday, September 10th. The couple, who returned from Australia, held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, September 19th. The numbers drawn were 10, 23, 24, 30, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners, who won €40 each: Angela O’Connell, Ardagh, John Shine, Old Mill, Ann Goggin, Askeaton, Tommy Mullins, Ardagh and John Dillane, Ballinabearna. Next week’s Jackpot will be €9,000 and the draw will be held in Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry.

The Quinn family, late of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, recently made a donation to staff members of the University Hospital Limerick in memory of their late brother Joe. It was in grateful thanks to the staff of the ICU for their care of Joe during his final illness.

Congratulations to Martina McMahon, of Broadford Handball Club, who is this year’s All Ireland Ladies 60×30 Senior Singles Champion. Thanks is due to her sponsor Mattie Histon, from Kilcolman, and Drivewise School of Motoring for his financial input into her career.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held their second meeting since they were formed at Coolcappa Hall on Thursday, September 22nd. Gerard Greaney chaired the meeting in the absence of JP O’Sullivan and eleven people including five newcomers were in attendance. At the outset a vote of sympathy was passed to Secretary Mary Kury on the death of her mother Evelyn McMahon, Kilreash, Ardagh. Gerard commenced by giving a brief introduction to the aims of the association for the benefit of the new people present. He stressed the importance of setting up a membership list for the association to enable it to apply to West Limerick Heritage Association for support in insurance and other costs. A membership fee of €10 was passed and it will be taken up at the next meeting.  Ideas for fundraising were discussed and it was decided to hold a Pub Quiz, with a venue and a date to be announced. A day trip to a few local sites was also discussed to expand the range of activities. West Limerick Heritage are collecting material for a heritage magazine at present and interested people are asked to submit material of a heritage theme, to them in the coming weeks. They hope to include items from every parish in West Limerick and the magazine will be on sale in late November.

Sean Shiels, well known for his re-enactments and military displays, gave a wonderful demonstration of the uniforms, clothes, possessions, arms and ammunition that was in use around the time of the Fenian Rising and the attack on the Ardagh Barracks on March 5th 1867. The association intend to re-enact this battle in Ardagh next March on the exact date of the 150th anniversary of the attack. To enable it to do so the association will need to source the items demonstrated by Sean and all members are asked to begin the search for the clothing and foot and head gear of that time. Places to search in include charity shops, car boot sales, drama groups and the internet. People will be available to carry out alterations nearer the time, when numbers involved will be announced. People who are interested in participating in the re-enactment are asked to attend the next meeting which was fixed for Friday 7th October in Kilcolman Community Creche at 8pm. People can also view the progress of the Association on Facebook at the following The association promise exciting times ahead with the above activities and much more down the line, so if interested in our area heritage please get involved you will be very welcome.

Carrig Celtic lost 5-1 away to Abbeyfeale Utd in the Desmond Premier Division on Sunday, September 18th. Seanie King scored an early goal but Utd were too strong on the day. In Division 3 Carrig Celtic B defeated Glantine B 3-0 at home, with goals from Mike Dore, 2 and Kealan O’Connor. Creeves Celtic lost 3-2 at home to Knockaderry despite being 2-0 up courtesy of Seamus Mangan at half time.

In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Creeves Celtic lost 3-1 at home to AK Utd, with Norma Nolan hitting the target. Carrig Celtic, and Kilcolman Rovers were not in action.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Feenagh/Kilmeedy by 2-9 to 2-8 in the County Intermediate Hurling Relegation Final at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Saturday September 24. They led by 1-4 to 0-5 at half time, and increased their lead to four points, only to concede two goals to trail by two.  The sides were level entering the closing stages, but the team led by Paudie McCarthy showed great passion and determination to claim victory and remain Intermediate for next season. TEAM: John Greaney, James Windle, Paudie McCarthy, James O’Connor, Mike Flynn, Brendan McCarthy, Michael Windle, Jack Ben Harnett,  Anthony Molyneaux, 0-1 Mossie Shine, 1-0 Johnny McCarthy,    0-2 Darragh Treacy, 0-1 Sean McSweeney, 1-0 Donie Nolan, 0-3 Danny Collum, 0-1 Sub Seamus Mangan, 0-1

Saint Kieran’s defeated Saint Senan’s in the West Minor B Football Championship played in Sean Finn Park Rathkeale on Saturday, September 17th. They will play Drom/Broadford in the final.

The card game resumed in Ardagh Community Centre, on last Tuesday, September 27th at 9pm. A big welcome back to all the regular players and I am sure new players will be most welcome also.

West Limerick Indoor Bowls Club meet each Thursday from 7-7.30pm, in Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla.  New participants and spectators are most welcome to attend, and if interested contact 069-81936.

Ireland’s fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week continues to this Sunday 2nd October. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and to highlight the measures that can be taken to prevent it. It is known as the silent killer as it is colourless, odourless and very difficult to detect and it can kill in less than three minutes. CO can be produced by any fuel when burned-coal, turf, oil, gas or wood and symptoms include headaches, dizziness, drowsiness or nausea.  It is recommended to install one audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home and in other rooms where fuel is burned. They are available to buy in hardware or DIY shops and now is the time to install before the heating season.

The new parish Mass times from this week onwards are as follows: St Molua’s Church, Ardagh, Saturday, October 1st at 6pm and St Mary’s Church, Carrigkerry, Sunday, October 2nd at 11am.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-28/09/2016

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 23,  24,  26,  29. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Peg Woulfe, Gortnagross

Jane Roche, Pallas Foods

Brian Scanlon, Upper Athea

Mary Lenihan, Pallas Foods

Sellers Prizes:  Ellen Quille & Lal Browne

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Maurice W. Harnett, Abbeyfeale

Chris Conroy, Pallas Foods

Next Draw: 01/10/’16

Venue:  Brown Joe’s Jackpot: €13,100

Winner of €200 Prize Draw

David Moore, Pallas Foods

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Athea GAA

Con Colbert Commemoration Weekend:

There was a huge turnout and great support for all the Athea and Castlemahon teams who played in Páirc na nGael on Saturday evening last to commemorate the memory of Con Colbert. The weather was good for most of the day as the U8s, U10s and U12s kept the crowd well entertained with great displays of football before the big match of the day. A number of past and present players lined out for both teams for the main event. Our new priest in the parish Fr. Duggan threw in the ball at the start of the match and after a very entertaining game it was Athea who were the winners of the Con Colbert Cup. It was great to see throughout the day both young and old from each parish enjoying a cup of tea from the Clubhouse or a burger from the BBQ. We would like to thank all those who helped organize the day. We would like to thank Frank Reidy and Castlemahon GAA for taking part in the event and the Colbert family who were in attendance on the day. We would also like to thank Jack Quaid for the BBQ. Michelle Curry for taking the photos. Lisa Hunt, Mary Hunt, Sinead Hunt and Sarah O’Connor for helping with the teas and coffees. A big thank you to Tommy Denihan for refereeing all the games. It was great to be part of the Commemoration weekend and one that will be remembered for years to come
Cards At Brown Joe’s:
Athea GAA club are starting a progressive 41 card game on Monday night October 3rd at Brown Joes Bar. The game will be 2x3s and players sitting down for 9p.m. We urge all players to come on time as we will be starting on time. There will be cash prizes for the winners as well as raffle prizes and a table prize. All card players are more than welcome and we are hopeful of a good crowd. This is part of the clubs fundraising for the pitch development which to date has cost €130,000. There were four games played there last Saturday as part of the Con Colbert Commemoration weekend and the pitch was in pristine condition.

Pitch use:

At a time when our new pitch is well established we would hope that our club members make full use out of the high quality surface and goalposts. The more practice that a young player puts in the better they get. With the long evenings and dry pitch there is plenty of opportunity for players to use the pitch for practice in addition to training sessions. Some players are already doing so and the extra practice is serving them well. With the facilities we are developing combined with plenty of hard work and practice we won’t be long improving our results.

Facilities long ago:

Submissions are invited from past members who can remember the contrast between pitches long ago and what the current players have available to them. We will add to our notes the best submission received in the next two weeks where the differences are best articulated. Submissions should be handed in to Rose’s shop/Brouders or emailed to [email protected]

We would hope to invite further entries in the coming weeks on “long ago topics” from writers with good memories.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Con Colbert Commemoration Weekend:


Our U8s put in a great performance against Castlemahon on Saturday last as they continue to improve with ever match they play. Team: Tomas Ahern, Millie O’Sullivan, Patrick Healy, Michael Ahern, Jamie O’Mahony, Caoimhe Ahern, Mark Collins, Daniel Hunt, Molly Hunt, Mark Ahern, Tom Ahern, Jamie Flynn, Eric Barrett, Alice O’Sullivan and Tadhg Hunt.

The under 10s played a great game against Castlemahon on Saturday last with excellent displays from Timmy O’Keeffe, Sean Twomey, Fionn Histon, James Hunt, Callum Buckley and Evan Curry. Team: Timmy O’Keeffe, Fionn Histon, Jamie Collins, Ailísa Ahern, Ciaran Hunt, Tadhg Ahern, Callum Buckley, Evan Curry, Sean Twomey, James Hunt, Brid Hunt, Louis O’Sullivan, Tomas Ahern, Rory Cleary and Jack Sexton. Coaching continues for the u10s on Friday night at 6.30p.m.


After a long break from matches our U12s took to field against Castlemahon on Saturday evening last. This was a very tight and enjoyable game with every one of the players giving it their all. Team: Calum Gleeson, Rory O’Mahony, Gavin Mulvihill, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Cillian O’Connor, James Broderick, Daire O’Shea, Michael Walsh, James Lee, Shauna Sweeney, Fergal Pierse, Callum Buckley, Evan, Curry, Conor Mullane & Donnchadh Barrett.


Monday Oct 3:


Our U13s will play Kilpeacon away next Monday evening October 3 in Crecora. Cars leaving the village at 5pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

School Team:

Despite being well beaten by Kilcornan our boy’s national school team played some excellent football on Friday last. Team: Donnchadh Barrett, Fergal Pierse, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Dara Reidy, Michael Walsh, James Lee, Conor Mullane, Gavin Mulvihill, Calum Gleeson, Rory O’ Mahony, James Broderick, Callum Buckley, Evan Curry and Cillian O’Connor.

We would like to wish David O’Connor a speedy recovery after he got injured refereeing the game.

Athea United Soccer


Saturday, October 1st

U/10s home to Askeaton at 11.30am
U/14s away to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 11.30am

Youths away to Newcastle West at 2.30pm
Sunday, October 2nd  

FAI Junior Cup home to Tralee Dynamoes at 2pm


U/10s on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm

U/12s on Wednesdays 7pm to 8.15pm
U/14s Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm
Youths on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Juniors on Tuesdays 7.15pm to 8.30pm and Fridays 7.30pm to 9pm


The Registration for the 2016-2017 season remains unchanged from last season –
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Youths €35 per player.

Juniors €50

Underage Family Discount –
There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.


We will be running the very popular Last Man Standing competition and now is the time to start planning and deciding which teams to select in order to win the €300 prizemoney. Betty and Johnny of The Top of the Town and sponsoring the first LMS of this season and the club are very grateful for their sponsorship. There is also a €50 sellers prize.

The first weekend of competition is the weekend of Friday, September 30th / Saturday, October 1st / Sunday, October 2nd.

The opening series of games are –

Everton v Crystal Palace

Swansea v Liverpool

Hull v Chelsea

Sunderland v West Brom

Watford v Bournemouth

West Ham v Middlesbrough

Man Utd v Stoke

Leicester v Southampton

Tottenham v Man City

Burnley v Arsenal


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 26th are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,100. Numbers drawn 5, 16, 27, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following –  Noel & Ann White, Rathkeale. Michael O’Connor, Knockanure. Danny Harnett c/o Kostal. John Hickey, Listowel. Liz Reidy, Lisselton.

Sellers Margaret Dalton & Top of the Town.
New Jackpot €7,200 at Collins’ Bar on Monday, October 3rd

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