Archive for October, 2016

By Carrig Side-26/10/2016

By Tom Aherne

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday October 17. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 25, 29, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the lucky dip winners, who each won, €40: G and D, c/o Denis Greaney, Martina and Catherine, c/o C Noonan, Pa Wilmott, Rathkeale, Paddy O’Sullivan, Abbeyfeale and Séan and Eileen, Athea. Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,000, and the draw will be held in Reens Bar, Ardagh.

Congratulations to Ardagh native Paddy Fullam who was recently elected President of Newcastle West District Chamber of Commerce. The former teacher and keen historian will bring his own unique talents to the role and he is wished well for the year ahead.

Gay Byrne presents The Meaning of Life on RTE 1 on Sunday nights, and John Sheahan, late of the Dubliners group, was his guest on Sunday October 16. John whose mother Mary Drew was a native of Ardagh, is a very interesting person to listen to as he is very well versed in the ways of the world. His father Patrick came from Glin, and John is a frequent visitor to Limerick and Kerry. John will be a special guest at the Glin Christmas Concert this year along with Bagatelle. Glin Development are promoting the event which will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Friday December 16. Tickets cost €25 and it promises to be a very enjoyable night. John will also be appearing at the upcoming Con Houlihan Memorial festival in Castleisland.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association, held their fourth meeting on Friday October 21 in Carrigkerry Community Centre. Chairman John P O’Sullivan welcomed an attendance of twenty, including Tom Neville, TD and Secretary Mary Kury read the minutes. The tour to interesting sites in Dromcollogher, Broadford, Ashford, and Glenquin, was discussed and looked forward to. The plans for the Fenian re-enactment fixed for Sunday March 5 2017 was progressing and Mary Kury gave a talk to the children in Ardagh School. It is hoped to get the local school children involved in the associations affairs, as they are the future custodians of our culture, customs, and heritage. The association would like people to dress up in clothing appropriate to 150 years ago during the walk and re-enactment, and a street market for that day was also aired. People interested in being extras, as part of the re-enactment were asked to forward their name to the officers.

Mary Kury showed all present a sample questionnaire, which could be circulated to the general public, to get their input ideas, and views on the association. Gerard Greaney gave an update on the affairs of West Limerick Heritage, from their last meeting and the progress of their Magazine, which is at the printer stage. Richard Mc Donnell outlined the steps needed to apply for a grant from the Grouse Lodge Windfarm, which is in the catchment area. A lot of other items were discussed including townland signs, footpaths to link Ardagh village, with the Great Southern Trail, collecting the local heritage, and preserving it in one location. A fundraising pub quiz will be held around the third weekend in November, and membership fees are still being accepted. The next meeting was fixed for Wednesday November 16 at 8pm in Ardagh Community Centre, and new members will be most welcome.

Carrig Celtic defeated Ballysteen 6-0 away in Round 1 of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday October 16. Sean King, 2 Ray Cahill, Brodie O’Connor, Sean McSweeney, and Killian Enright, scored their goals. Carrig Celtic B defeated Feenagh B 3-2 at home in Division 3 of the Desmond League. Jack Forde, John Greaney, and Mike Dore, scored for them. Creeves Celtic defeated Glantine B 5-1 at home, with Seamus Mangan, 2 Brian Mc Carthy, 2 and David Cremin, finding the target.

In the Ladies Desmond Cup First Round Kilcolman Rovers defeated Creeves Celtic 3-2 in Newbridge to advance. Erin Hennessy, Noreen Barry, and Ide Trant, scored for Rovers, and Sandra Larkin, and Siobhan Guinane, replied for Celtic. Carrig Celtic lost 7-1 at home to Mungret Regional, with Aoife King scoring their goal.

Ian Mackessy from the Saint Kieran’s club was a member of the St Gabriel’s team that lost to Robert Emmett’s by 2-13 to 1-12 in the London Senior Hurling Championship final played in Greenford on Sunday October 16. Ian scored a goal for his adopted club in the four point defeat.

Saint Kieran’s received a walkover from Na Piarsaigh last Saturday in the County Minor B Football Championship semi final. Their final opponents will not be known for a couple of weeks.

Congratulations to Jason Mullins, and his team of officials who were in charge of the Limerick Senior Hurling Final, which was played in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Sunday last October 23.

Congratulations to Darragh, and Mary McCormack, who were winners of the Estuary Bell in IRC on their yacht Maximus, on Sunday October 16 at Foynes Yacht Club.

The popular programme that is shown on Irish Television featured Athea on Wednesday October 19. They showed clips from the Con Colbert Bust unveiling and the Athea Races. Sean King from Carrigkerry and Fiona Dore Buckley from Kilcolman, amongst others were featured.

It is now time to be preparing the shoeboxes that will bring a ray of sunshine joy and hope to a child in Africa, or Eastern Europe, for their departure in early November. The school’s do great work each Halloween in collecting items, and assembling the boxes, that Team Hope will deliver, as they have done so for the past 18 years. Leaflets are available with all the instructions, on what to put in the boxes, for the three different age groups of children

West Limerick 102 FM will hold a Car Boot sale and indoor market on Bank Holiday Monday October 31, in Newcastle West Community Centre. The doors open at 8am for traders, and 9am for the general public. €5 for a car, €8 for a van, and free admission to the public, and all are welcome. Contact the station on 069-66200 for more details.

Grouse Lodge windfarm, which is located between Kilcolman and Ardagh, recently announced details of their latest fund of €15,000 which will be distributed amongst community groups. This is the third year of the funding announced by the windfarm operators, the ESB and the deadline for applications is this Thursday October 27. Those eligible to apply include registered charities, community development groups, Tidy Towns committees, sports clubs, primary and secondary schools, and they must be located within 6km of Grouse Lodge.

The applications must also fall within eight specified categories, as follows: Sports and Recreation, Health, and Wellbeing, Environment and Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Culture and Heritage, Education, Children and Young People, and Elderly People. A guide on how to apply can be found on their website. The operators of the fund suggest that groups apply for grants of €5,000 but this can vary, and Awards may exceed this if a project is identified as being of strategic importance.

The dates for the Irish Rambling House Tour of Britain 2016 have been announced and people may wish to inform their relatives and friends abroad. The following are the dates and venues for the shows which commence at 8pm. Thursday October 27, Charlton Irish Club Manchester. Friday October 28, Birmingham Irish Centre. Saturday October 29, Harrow Arts Centre London. Sunday October 30, St Joseph’s Parish Centre Luton. Contact for ticket details for the four shows

Coolcappa hall is the place to be on Friday October 28, from 6.30pm, to 8.30pm, for the Halloween Disco. A Fancy Dress competition with prizes for the best costumes (not compulsory) will also be held. Entry fee is 3 Euro per person, and all proceeds to the Concern Worldwide Haiti Hurricane Appeal.

The West Scór Na Nóg finals will be held in Ardagh Community Centre on Friday November 11 at 8pm. Al clubs in the West Division are asked to participate in at least two of the events. Entries to Jim Enright Askeaton, on 087-2436080.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-26/10/2016

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 13,  15,  16,  30. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Sean Fitzgerald, Batt’s Bar

Kairi Upton, c/o Bríd de Barra

Maureen Mulvihill, Athea

Lisa & Eamonn, Upper Athea

Sellers Prizes:  Lal Browne & Brouder’s Shop

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Willie Cleary, Templeathea

Conor Fitzgerald, Hillside Drive

Next Draw: 29/10/’16

Venue:  Donie’s

Jackpot: €13,500

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Athea GAA


Saturday October 22nd: U21:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers  0-17       

Shannon Gaels 2-10

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers U21s made it two wins on the trot with a one point win over neighbors Shannon Gaels on Saturday evening last. Mikie O’Mahony opened the scoring with a well taken point and two frees from the boot of Stephen Cahill gave us a three point lead after eight minutes. Shannon Gaels scored two points of their own to narrow the gap, but two more points from Stephen Cahill and one from James Ryan had us four to the good mid way through the half. Suddenly we took our foot of the pedal and let the opposition into the game. They had our backs under all sorts of pressure and we conceded 1-03 before the break. A pointed free from Stephen Cahill left us trailing by a single point at half time, Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 0-07, Shannon Gaels 1-05. The second half proved to be a tough battle, Shannon Gaels raced increased their lead scoring 1-03, our boys responded with another free from the boot of Stephen Cahill. The opposition scored two more points to lead by eight with sixteen minutes left on the clock. The game looked all over but we never gave up, our forwards were a constant threat to their backs and our midfield got on top again. The accuracy of Stephen Cahill from frees was top class as he scored seven unanswered points to leave just one between the teams with time almost up. Great work by Daniel Brosnahan set up Padraic Walsh who scored a super point to level the game and then in injury time Mikie O’Mahony raised the white flag to win the game for Rangers. This was a hard fought win and one that will stand to them later in the competition. Panel: Kieran Harnett, Jack Denihan, William Mullane, Tommy Quaid, Jason Dalton, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dylan Griffin, Daniel Brosnahan, Stephen Cahill (0-13), Jason Kelly, Conor Moroney, Mikie O’Mahony (0-2), Padraic Walsh (0-1), James Ryan (0-01), Brian O’Connor. Subs: Denny Buckley, Timmy Finnegan, John Lenihan & Jack Vaughan.
Once again there was a large crowd at our card game in the Top of the Town bar on Monday night last. The winners with twelve games were Tom O’Connor, John Joe O’Connor & James O’Connor. Runners up were Hannah Noonan, Mike O’Donoghue and Patsy Murphy. The winners of the table prize were Seamus Ahern, Tony Ahern and Teddy Ahern. The raffle prize winners were Hannah Noonan, Stevie Leahy & Tony Ahern. Many thanks to all those who supported our card game and we would be hoping to see you all again next week at Brown Joe’s Bar at 9pm sharp. All card players are more than welcome and we will hopefully see a few new faces. This is part of the clubs fundraising for the pitch development which to date has cost €130,000. All monies raised will go towards reducing the debt of the pitch development.

Lip Sync Battle:

Plans are at an advanced stage for our ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Fundraiser on February 4th at Devon Inn Hotel. Many acts have now confirmed their participation – a decision they most definitely will not regret. We are now appealing to the generous business community or indeed any generous individuals of West Limerick /North Kerry to act as main sponsors for the event. In return for €1000 in sponsorship we will offer:

Your business logo placed on all posters (100), tickets (600), roadside posters (10) & sponsorship cards (55)
Your business logo will also appear on all YouTube clips which will be published online throughout the rehearsal process and post-performance.

Your business will be mentioned on all press releases and will also be prominently displayed on the night.
Your business will also be frequently mentioned on our facebook page ‘Athea Gaa Lip Sync Fundraiser’ which currently has 1875 friends and continues to receives friend requests daily.
Our twitter page @AtheaGAA which currently has 440 followers will feature your business name
Our new look website will feature your business name and
A DVD will also be recorded on the night which all main sponsors will feature in. This will ensure that long after the event is over, your business will continue to be advertised.
We very much hope to make our main sponsors a part of the event on the night so as an added bonus; we will also offer a VIP package which will include two complimentary tickets, front row seating and a complimentary DVD of the night.

As we prepare to enter the following phases of our development project, which includes the erection of a fence, flood lighting and a walking track, we are now offering an exciting and very new sponsorship opportunity.

Please send us a message on this or contact any member of the committee for more information.

 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:

Parish League:

Our Parish League will be taking place shortly for our U13s, U10s, U8s and U6s. A text will be sent out confirming the date.

Athea United Soccer

Premier Division (Sun, Oct 23rd)

Rathkeale A (2) 3               

Athea Utd    (0) 1     Kevin Murphy          

Team: Pa Ahern, James Ryan, Jamie Collins, Joe Vaughan, Padraig Reidy, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy. Darren Murphy, Cillian O’ Connor.

Subs used Peter O’Connor, Pa Kiely, Michael Reidy.

Referee John Roche.


Saturday, October 29th   

U10s home to Breska Rovers at 2pm

U14s home to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 11.30am

Youths away to Newcastle West Rovers at 2.30pm

Sunday, October 30th   

Juniors home to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 11.30am

Monday, October 31st    

U12s home to GB Rovers in the cup at 10am


U/10s on Mondays 7.15pm to 8.15pm

U/12s on Wednesdays 7pm to 8.15pm
U/14s Thursdays 7.30pm to 9pm
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.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 24th are as follows –
Jackpot was €5,100. Numbers drawn 12, 20, 21, 26.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky dips to the following – Mary Kelly, Coole West. Nora Mathews, Athea. Tom McMahon, Duagh. Eileen Flavin, Templeathea. Carla Sheehy, Athea.

Sellers Agatha & Mike Buckley
New jackpot €5,200 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, October 31st

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