Scenes from

the Fair Day

November 5th 2016





Congratulations to Damien Ahern who recently graduated from Institute of Technology, Tralee with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Community Work.

Congratulations to Damien Ahern who recently graduated from Institute of Technology, Tralee with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Community Work.

Remembrance Mass

For the Holy Souls in Graveyards

Templeathea Old Graveyard

Remembrance Mass on Sunday, November 13th at 3pm with a certain amount of seating will be available.

Also Rosary on Sunday, November 20th at 12.15pm.

Holy Cross

Rosary in Holy Cross on Sunday, November 13th at 12.15pm. and Sunday, November 27th at 12.15pm.


The A.G.M. of Athea branch was held at the Top of the Town on Monday November 7th. It is a new start for the branch with the following officers elected:

Chair:                     Francie Flavin

Vice Chair:            Louise Ahern

Sec:                        Grainne Ahern

Treasurer:              Domhnall de Barra

P.R.O.:                   Margaret Ahern

Auditor:                 Lillian Fitzgerald

Treoirí na Gaeilge: Timmy Woulfe

Delegates to county board:  Francie Flavin & Noreen Barry

A meeting will be held in the near future to discuss plans for the year.

Athea Tidy Towns

Our recent church gate collection raised the fantastic sum of €1454. We would like to express our thanks to everyone for their generosity and kind words. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Following on from our representations to Limerick City and County Council about improvement works to the entrance to the Rathronan Estate, they recently planted a variety of over 90 climbing plants on the wall here. These plants will also provide a food source for our wildlife. We would like to express our thanks to the council for carrying out this work.

We also received the fantastic news this week from Patrick O Donovan TD that following a meeting with Minister Heather Humphreys €22,950 has been made available for improvement works to be carried out around the Con Colbert Memorial Hall. This follows representation made to the Council for funding towards this project. The improved car park and paths will greatly enhance this area.

It is great to see so many people out painting their premises over the last few weeks. This really adds colour to our village core! Thank you kindly!

Over the next few weeks we will be putting plans in place for project work for 2017. If you have any suggestion please get in touch with any member of the committee. We would love to hear from you!

Athea Ladies Football Club

Athea Ladies Football club would like to thank everyone who bought tickets for our fundraiser which was held on Saturday last, the Fair day.  A massive thank you to all our sponsors also for always being so generous to the girls.

A huge thank you to all our ticket sellers, to Rose and Diarmuid for allowing us to use the front of your premises.


1st prize:  A load of timber sponsored by the Top of the Town was won by Diane Cleary Templeathea.

2nd prize: A Digital Camera sponsored by Sean Batt was won by Paul Reidy from Brosna

3rd prize: 20 Bags of Turf sponsored by Brown Joe’s Bar was won by John Fitzgerald (John Mikes Bar, Abbeyfeale)

4th prize: 6 Bags of Coal sponsored by Paul Collins and won by Anthony O’Connell

5th prize: A box of wine sponsored by Liz and Mike Nash won by Pa Walsh, The Village

O’Donovan welcomes €22,950 for Athea under the Town and Village Enhancement Scheme
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has welcomed an allocation of €22,950 to Athea village as part of the €370,000 that has been allocated to communities across Co. Limerick under the town and village enhancement scheme by Minister Heather Humphrey’s TD. The money is being allocated to Limerick City and County Council to carry out works in towns and villages across the County.

“This is a new scheme launched by Minister Humphrey’s in her role as Minister for Rural Development and is aimed at helping Local Authorities to carry out improvements to streets in towns and villages.”

“I am delighted that Athea has received this allocation from Minister Humphrey’s Department, these monies will go towards works to be carried out at the Con Colbert Memorial Hall. The local community in Athea are very proactive, this is evident from the recent Tidy Towns results for the village. These funds were allocated as a result of a long term vision for the village by the Tidy Towns Committee and I congratulate them on the work that they have carried out to date in the village and I would like to wish them well with there future plans.”

“I recently discussed the need for town and village renewal with Minister Humphrey’s together with the need to work with Councils across the country in improving the basic infrastructure in towns and villages. This is very important for the residents and traders in these areas; and in my role as Minister for Tourism it is an issue that I am anxious to see prioritised and developed further.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that the allocations to the individual communities are; Abbeyfeale €21,250, Askeaton €47,175, Athea €22,950, Bruff €64,158, Cappamore €30,192, Newcastle West €49,300, Patrickswell €94,350 and Rathkeale €47,175.

He added that he hoped to see the scheme be developed further by the Minister in the time ahead as there are other communities which he knows Limerick City and County Council are anxious to prioritise as well, and he would work to ensure that the other parts of Limerick received investment like this.

“This is very good news for Athea and Co. Limerick’s towns and villages from the Government. We have worked to ensure that the Programme for Government has a strong emphasis on small towns and villages and this is the latest in a number of measures which we will take as a Government to ensure that these communities receive the investment needed to make the improvements which community groups and individuals want in their local areas.”

St. Vincent de Paul Church Gate Collection

Takes place on 3rd/4th December. Your support, as always, would be appreciated.