Archive for December, 2016

By Carrig Side-20/12/2016

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Kieran Scanlon, Kilbradren, Shanagolden, on Thursday December 8, peacefully at Adare and District Nursing Home. He was 96 years old and a retired member of the farming community. He lay in repose at St Kyrans Church, Coolcappa  on Friday December 9 from 4.30-6pm. His Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Tim Curtin, on Saturday at 10.30am, and a good crowd was in attendance. Fr Tim recalled his life and times during his homily and paid tribute to all his kind neighbours, and friends who looked out for him in recent times. Kieran was born on August 24 1920 and baptised four days later in the local church. He attended Nutgrove Primary School, and moved into farming after leaving there. He was quietly spoken, and a man of few words, but when he spoke people listened and took notice. He enjoyed playing cards at home and at many other venues around the locality. He also liked dancing and attending matches and other social events. He was a regular church attender and attended Mass in Coolcappa, and also in Robertstown.

His health declined in recent months and he had to stop driving his car which limited his independence. He spent time in Saint Ita’s and Dromcollogher Respite Centre and hoped to return to his own home, but his final days were spent in Adare and District Nursing Home. He was the oldest person in the Coolcappa parish and his passing closes the final chapter in the life of his family. Kieran was laid to rest in Kilbradren cemetery on Saturday December 10. He was predeceased by his brother Denis and sister Mary and will be sadly missed by his relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

We extend our sympathy to Martin, Ann and Isobel Cournane, Ballysten, Shanagolden on the death of Martin’s mother Mary (nee Fox) Bank Place, Hospital, and formerly of Rinroe, Castleconner, Co Sligo on Monday December 5, at University Hospital Limerick. Following repose at Daverns Funeral Home, Hospital on Wednesday December 7 her remains were removed to St John’s the Baptist Church. She was laid to rest after Requiem Mass the following day in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Fr Michael Daly, Parochial House, Ardagh and late of Lacka, Broadford peacefully at Milford Care Centre on Thursday December 8. He lay in repose at St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Sunday December 11 from 4pm to 5.30pm. His Requiem mass was concelebrated by Bishop Leahy and priests of the Diocese on Monday at 12 noon, Burial took place afterwards in the Church grounds.  Brother of the late Mossie, he was a former Curate in Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish. We extend our sympathy to his brother Ted, sisters Mary and Helen, brothers in law Jeremiah, Eamonn, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, Bishop and clergy of Limerick Diocese, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of William Egan of Ballykenry Ardagh, and formerly of Dromcollogher, peacefully at his residence on Thursday December 15. He lay in repose at Reidy’s Funeral Home on Friday December 16 from 6pm followed by removal to St Bartholomew’s Church Dromcollogher. His Requiem mass was celebrated on Saturday December 17 followed by burial in Dromcollogher cemetery. We extend our sympathy to his wife Margaret, son Chris, daughters Helen and Rita, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes to Annette Brouder, daughter of Geraldine and Patsy, Kerryline, and Liam Flavin, Carrigkerry, son of Maureen and the late Patjoe, who were married in St Colman’s Church Kilcolman, and held their reception in the Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co. Clare on Saturday December 10.

Congratulations and best wishes to Alva Neary, daughter of Marie and Tom, Main Street Ardagh, and Thomas Quaid, Effin, son of Breda and the late Tommy who were married in St Molua’S Church Ardagh and held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, on Friday December 16.

Congratulations to Noel Madigan, Skehanagh, Ardagh who was recently conferred with a Batchelor of Engineering in Mechatronics at the Institute of Technology Sligo. He was also awarded the silver medal for first place. Noel is a former pupil of Kilcolman National School.

Eileen O’Connor, the sacristan in Carrigkerry Church, recently announced she is to retire after 21 years of dedicated service. Eileen and her late husband Sean and family took over the position when they returned home from abroad.

Congratulations to Ardagh native Liam Woulfe, managing director of Grassland Agro, who were awarded the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce Awards by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a banquet in Dublin recently. Based in the Dock Road in Limerick, Grassland Agro is a joint venture company created in 2013 with the merger of Grassland Fertilisers and Groupe Roulier.

The local concert committee handed over a cheque for €2,700 to Nora Conway from Pieta House. proceeds from the recent concert. The Committee Marie Neary, Sean Moriarty, Fr. Tim Curtin and Theresa Doyle McMahon  wish to thank all the artists,  sponsors, and supporters and Christmas greetings to all. There are still a few copies of the DVD of the concert left at Curley’s and at Neary’s.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday December 12. The numbers drawn were 11,16,23,28, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who each received €40, Mike O’Donovan, Ardagh c/o Eileen Collins,  Peg Flynn, Carrigkerry c/o Moore’s Bar,  Nancy Langan, Carrigkerry c/o Moore’s Bar,  Conor, Emma and Mike Daly, Ardagh c/o Ailish, and Barry and Ian Mackessey Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €11,600, and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh.

The December Limerick GAA Club draw was held during the Sports Show on Limerick Live 95 FM on Saturday December 17. Congratulations to Oliver and Fiona Heffernan, members of the Saint Kieran’s club, who won €250. The draw will resume in March 2017.

Congratulations to the following locals who won prizes in the Athea GAA Club draw which was held in Collins Bar on Saturday December 3, €150 Mike and Majella Dalton, Glenagore,  €150 Tom and Grainne, Ahern, Glenagore, €100 Billy and Catherine Crowley Knockfinisk.

Carrig Celtic defeated Ballingarry by 2-1 in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Sunday December 11. Seanie King, and Ray Cahill scored their goals. Carrig Celtic B lost 3-0 at home to Adare Utd in Round 2 of the Reidy Cup. In Division 1 of the Ladies League Kilcolman Rovers drew 3-3 at home to Askeaton. Ide Trant, 2 and Dora Bury scored their goals. Ger O’Connor, from the Creeves Club was the referee for the Munster League Champions Trophy Final between Abbeyfeale Utd and St Michael’s of Tipperary on Sunday December 11. The game was played in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale won 3-

Darragh Treacy from the Saint Kieran’s club was a member of the Munster football panel that played Ulster in the Interprovincial semi-final played at Parnell Park Dublin on Sunday December 11. He was introduced after 29 minutes, in place of Aidan O’Mahony who received a black card.

The club are holding their annual road hurling day on Tuesday December 27, and all proceeds go to Milford Hospice. Last year’s event raised €1,400 which was presented to the Joanne Mc Mahon Thanksgiving fundraiser.

On Christmas Eve mass will be celebrated in Coolcappa, at 6pm, Ardagh 7pm, Kilcolman 7.30pm and Carrigkerry On Christmas Day mass will be celebrated in Kilcolman at 9.30am, Ardagh 10am, Coolcappa, 11am and Carrigkerry at 11.30am.

Tony, Hannah, and Siobhán Noonan from Templeglantine invite people to come and see their charity Christmas wonderland each night from 6pm to 10pm until Sunday January 8. A donation would be appreciated if possible but no pressure on people to do so.  The Noonan lights have collected and distributed large sums to several charities over the years. The charities to benefit this year will be The Brothers of Charity in Foynes, and Newcastle West, the Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre, Milford Care Centre, Recovery Haven, and CRY in Monagea.

The annual Knockfierna New Year’s Day walk, will depart from the Rambling House at 1.30pm. It will be followed by music song and story at the Rambling House, and all are welcome to bring in the New Year.

West Limerick 102 FM Community radio will hold a fundraising dance in Rathkeale House Hotel on Wednesday January 4, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The music will be supplied by Peter Burke, and special guest will be Willie Relihan from Cork who gave a great performance at the recent Radio Concert.

Normal surgery with Doctor Murphy will resume in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Tuesday, January 10 at 10.30am.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers at home and abroad and fellow correspondents, and Donal, and Lillian, a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-20/12/2016

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 11,  13,  18,  25. No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Susan Mahony, Markievicz Park

Patsy Kelleghan, c/o White’s Bar

  1. W. Liston, c/o Brouder’s Shop

Ann White, Cratloe

Sellers Prizes:  Breda Sweeney, Bríd de Barra

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Noelle Tedford, Athea, John Ahern, Coole House

Next Draw: 07/01/2017

Venue:  White’s Jackpot: €14,300

Winner of €200 Prize Draw

Tom Brosnan, Knocknagorna

Winner of €100 Christmas Draw

Sineád McCarthy, Gale View

Happy Christmas to all our supporters and sellers

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Athea United Soccer


Athea Utd are holding their 6th Annual St. Stephen’s Day Tournament this year.  As always it’s a great time of the year for the  young and not so old, to gather together for an entertaining and eventful day. Proceeds this year will be going towards another worthy organisation St. Vincent de Paul.

The trophies and medals presentations will be held afterwards at The Town of the Town at 7pm.

All are welcomed.

First Match Starts at 11.30 am Sharp, 6 Minutes a Half.

Players are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before Kick-off time as all matches will start at designated times.

Moulded Studs or Astro-turf runners, no metal studs

Athea GAA

Lip Sync Battle:

A large crowd attended the launch of our latest fundraiser at the Top of the Town bar on Sunday evening last. As the community will be aware, Athea GAA Club has prepared and approved a series of significant development projects designed to improve the Pitch and Club facilities as part of their ambitious 2020 vision of our club. As we prepare to enter the following phases of our development project, we have recently launched our upcoming Lip Sync Battle Fundraiser which will take places at the Devon Inn Hotel on February 4th. ‘Lip Sync’ is a relatively new concept which involves acting out and singing along to a popular song on stage. There will be 12 acts performing on the night and from these acts one act will be crowned Lip Sync Champions! It is the first fundraiser of its kind for the area and is attracting much attention. Lip Sync fever is currently gripping the area as shower singers are quickly becoming the next Johnny Logan and Beyonce! We have established a team of 50 plus brave volunteers from the parish and also many volunteers from surrounding parishes have requested to be part of this exciting showcase of talent! The acts are following a rigorous training schedule and according to their trainer Cassie Leen: ‘ I’ve said it since day one, it will be the best show I’ve been involved in, they are so good and so enthusiastic and excited about it all’ Following an appeal for main sponsors for this magnificent event, we are very lucky to have secured four main sponsors: Athea & District Credit Union, Brown Joes Bar, Allman Contracts Ltd and Mike Hayes Building Contractor. The committee would like to sincerely thank each sponsor for their generosity. We are currently selling full and half page adverts for a special Athea Lip Sync Booklet which will be available on the night. If you would like to purchase an advert please contact Mairead on 087 7703673. Tickets will also be on sale this week in Brouder’s Shop and Collins Shop, Athea. But hurry, tickets are expected to be in high demand and a limited amount will be available. On behalf of the committee, we would like to thank all the participants for coming forward to take to the stage in February. Also thanks to Betty, Johnny and Staff at the Top of the Town for providing us with a rehearsal space. Roll on February 4th.

Club Draw:

We held our last Club Draw at the Dick Whites Bar on Saturday December 17th 2016. A big thank you to all those who have supported our draw again this year. The following were winners on the night:

€500 Mary & Denis Mullane, Lower Athea.

€150 Caroline & Donal Pierse, Parkanna.

€150 Johnny Quaid, Templeathea.

€100 Kathleen Cotter, Coole West.

€100 Stephen Leahy, Beenanaspig.

€100 Caroline O’Donoghue, Toureendonnell.

€100 Connie & Ann-Marie O’Sullivan.

€100 Athea Soccer Club.

Seller’s prize: Roger Ryan

Hamper winner: Paudie Fitzgerald c/o An Post.

Hamper Winner: Stephanie Ambrose, Gortnagross.

Two Lip-sync tickets: Joan & Anthony Hunt, Gortnagross.

Athea Coiste na nÓg

Annual Coiste na nÓg Table Quiz.

We will hold our Annual table quiz in the Top of the Town Bar on Wednesday night December 28. John Hunt will be our quizmaster and there will be plenty of spot prize’s on the night. This is a great fun night out and all support would be greatly appreciated on the night.

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