Archive for August, 2017

By Carrig Side-30/08/2017

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of John Joe Meade (Ex N.T.) (Rathreigh, Ardagh, on Wednesday August 16, peacefully at St. John’s Hospital, and father of the late Joe. He was 82 years old and a very intelligent kind and helpful person who will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I enjoyed our meetings over the years and he was always complimentary of my efforts on paper. John Joe had a great mind and was a wizard at quizzes, and in  1975 with Jerry McMahon and Paddy O’Sullivan, representing Saint Kieran’s they won West, County, Munster and All Ireland honours in Question Time in the Senior Scór Competition organised by the GAA.

He lay in repose at Riedy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Friday from 6pm followed by removal to Saint Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa. Fr Tim Curtin, Fr Denis Mullane and Fr Martin Madigan concelebrated his funeral Mass on Saturday at 11am. Before the Mass commenced family members brought gifts which had a special meaning for John Joe to the altar. They included a Dictionary as he had a love of languages, and learning, a Manchester United soccer emblem as he was a loyal supporter, he was also a supporter of Limerick hurlers, who were not as successful, a CD to show his love for music and singing, which he was fond of doing, The Irish Times newspaper which he got daily and he always conquered their crossword, A sliotar to show his passion for hurling and his playing days with Rathkeale.

Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory gifts, and lovely music, hymns and songs were performed by Donie and Anita. Fr Tim paid a lovely tribute to John Joe during his homily which summed him up to a tee. He was born on October 15 1935 and he attended the local school from 1939 to 1948. Saint Ita’s Newcastle West was his next seat of learning, completing his Leaving Cert in 1953. He did his teaching training in Saint Patrick’s Dromcondra and Clash School in Athea for ten years was his first teaching post. He cycled the 12 miles to and from Clash in all types of weather. John Joe was Principal in Coolcappa up to his retirement in 1987.

John Joe met his wife Nora Mai Barrett from Athea at a Céilí in Shanagolden Hall. Fr Martin Madigan married them in Athea Church on March 28 1967 and earlier this year they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Fr Tim was a regular caller to the home bringing Holy Communion and he enjoyed their chats, and when John Joe placed his arms on the gate he knew it was going to be a long one. He was a very open and trusting person who helped lots of people to solve problems by giving sound advice. He helped to set up the Water Group Scheme in Coolcappa, and was involved in the Community Games as well.  He recalled his quiz exploits and his friendly rivalry with Michael Harnett the poet who he admired.  He finished with a few lines from The Village Schoolmaster.

And still they gaz’d and still the wonder grew,
That one small head could carry all he knew.

His daughter Rosie, on behalf of the family, also paid a loving tribute to her father who answered to many names, John Joe, JJ, and even Sean. He was a great role model who liked the Irish Language and was always singing. He was appalled by the closure of small rural Post Offices and was in favour of the square in Newcastle West being named after Michael Hartnett. She recited one of Michael’s poems The Wounded Otter in English and Irish. Coolcappa school children and Board of Management members formed a guard of honour as his coffin passed from the church. John Joe was laid to rest beside his son Joe, in Coolcappa graveyard on Saturday August 19. We extend our sympathy to his wife Nora Mai, sons J.B., Adrian and Ben, daughter Rosie, granddaughter Hannah, brother Mick, daughter-in-law Patricia, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has also taken place of Catherine (Kit) Conroy (Nee Hartigan) Riddlestown, Rathkeale, on August 21,  peacefully, at Milford Care Centre, aged 75 years and wife of the late Bill. She lay in repose at Saint  Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa on Tuesday from 5.30pm to 8pm. In the background the sound of traditional music which she liked was audible. Her Funeral  Mass was concelebrated by Fr Tim Curtin, and Fr Eugene Boyce on Wednesday August 22 at 11am. Family members participated in the Readings, Prayers of the faithful and Offertory procession. Fr Tim paid tribute to her values in life during his homily and the traditional music and hymns were very appropriate.

Kit was a native of Knocknagun, Carrigkerry and an only child of Dan and Mary. She attended Carrigkerry National School and worked afterwards in Newcastle West. She married Bill Conroy, a native of Galway, who was working at McCormack’s Joinery Works. After a time spent in America they returned and settled in Riddlestown and raised their big family. This helped greatly along with her neighbours large families to keep up the numbers in Coolcappa National School.

Kit had a great devotion to Our Lady of Knock, and visited there many times, and  she passed away on her feast day Monday August 21. Kit  liked her garden and kept it in fine style and flowers from it were used to decorate the altar for her funeral mass. She liked Bingo and won many prizes over the years and her cigarettes, with her cup of tea. I enjoyed our meetings over the years and visits to the house where Bill created a craft person’s  delight. Kit’s remains were taken afterwards for cremation at Shannon Crematorium. We extend our sympathy to  Bill, Mary, Cathy, Daniel, Teresa, Pat, Sheila, Michael, Liz, 11 grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours. May she rest in Peace.

Congratulations to James O’Connor, Kilcolman who won the senior Bodhrán competition at the recent All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil held in Ennis. Congratulations also to all the other local competitors who participated and won prizes.

Congratulations to all the local winners at the recent Newcastle West Flower and Craft Show held in the Community Centre in Newcastle West.

The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection taken up in Coolcappa/Kilcolman. The amount collected was €745.

The following are the Lottery results from Peadar’s Bar Ardagh on Monday August 20.The numbers drawn were 3,7,8,and 24 and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each, John O’Connor, Glensharrold, Margaret Daughton, Ardagh, Denis Collins, Ardagh, Pat and Siobhan, c/o Peadar’s Ardagh, and Tom Neary, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €6,400 and the draw will be held in the Old Mill Bar.

The Limerick GAA club draw for August was held on the Limerick Live 95 sports show on Saturday August 26. Congratulations to Carrig Development Draw who won 4th prize of €1,000, who were joined with Saint Kieran’s GAA club.

Saint Kieran’s were defeated by Newcastle West 1-11 to 0-6 in Round 5 of the County Senior Football Championship at rain lashed Sean Finn Park Rathkeale on Sunday August 20. It was their most disappointing display of the season and as a result they finished fourth in group 2 with five points, and bowed out of the championship. They trailed by 0-5 to 0-4 at half time. TEAM: Dan Madden, Mossy  Shine, John Doyle, Brendan McCarthy, Jack Ben Harnett, Anthony Molyneaux, Kevin Meade, Darragh Treacy, 0-2 Johnny McCarthy, 0-1Niall O’Shea, Donal Nolan, Noel Callanan, Paudie McCarthy, Sean McSweeney, 0-3 Seamus Mangan. Subs Brian Crowley, Anthony Mullins, Mike Windle, John O’Connor, Killian Enright, Ray Noonan, Shane Lynch, Diarmuid Crowley.

West Limerick Vintage Club will hold their annual vintage show and family fun day  at the Thatch Bar Newbridge Askeaton on Sunday September 3.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association next meeting will be held in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Thursday September 7 at 8.30pm, and all members are asked to attend and new members will be most welcome. A beautiful exhibition containing material celebrating the Fenian uprising in 1867 is currently on display in Newcastle West Library. Mary Kury set it up and the primary school’s art work is included.

West Limerick 102 community Radio are holding a 50/50 draw at present. The tickets cost €2 and are available in local shops, and from the Station. This will be a weekly fundraiser for the Radio, and the draw will be held live on air each Friday at 12.45pm. The winning ticket holder receives half of the money collected that week and the Radio Station receives the other half. The latest winner was  Pat Roche from Newcastle West and he won  €492. All support weekly to keep the station on air will be greatly appreciated.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-30/08/2017

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw

29/ 08/ ‘17

No’s:  2, 7, 20, 21.

One  Winning Ticket

Congratulations to

Clodagh Histon

16, Hillside Drive, Athea

who wins €17,600

Seller: Agatha Barrett

Sellers Prizes: Bríd de Barra & Breda Sweeney

Next Draw:  05/09/’17

Jackpot: €3,000

Venue: Batt’s

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Athea Utd AFC


U16 Division 2 (Sat, August 26th)

Newcastle West Town A (1) 1

Athea Utd (2) 4  

Conor Hogan (2), Thomas McEnery, Brandon Finucane

Athea Utd U16s kicked off their season with a 4-1 away win over newly formed Newcastle West Town B in The Demense last Saturday. This was our first competitive game against this opposition and we didn’t know what to expect.

The game started even enough, as always, teams trying to weigh each other up in the first ten mins. Our midfield where holding their own, with our new boy Conor Hogan on the right of midfield, Andrew O’Riordan in the centre winning everything in the air and Eoin O’Shea on the left tormenting their defence with his pace. We opened the scoring on twenty minutes with a goal from Conor Hogan after great interlink play between Eoin O’Shea and Brandon Finucane on the left wing. The game was still ebbing and flowing when we got a break and Thomas McEnery scored a great individual goal. The home side started to put on the pressure and just before half time where rewarded with a goal.

In the second half we had to make a few changes with our influential defender Gavin Ambrose having to come off injured. Town started the second half stronger and we were on the back foot and for the most part they owned the second half, but in fairness to our lads they stayed strong. TJ Hunt and Shane Scanlon put in a shift in the backs.
Michael Tierney was in goals for us in this match and played a
blinder, and Michael set up our third goal from  a long kick out that a determined Brandon Finucane latched onto to score our third, which was against the run of play, and just before full time great work from Pierce O’Brien and Jack Hunt who set up Conor Hogan for our fourth goal and his second of the game.

Over all a good victory for our first game, well done to all the boys, and also to mention Paric Enright, David McEnery and Daire O’Shea who did great service when called upon.

Team: Michael Tierney, Shane Scanlon, Gavin Ambrose, TJ Hunt, Thomas McEnery, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Pierse O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Conor Hogan, Brandon Finucane, Paric Enright, Jack Hunt, David McEnery.

Referee Donie Wallace

Premier Division (Sun, August 27th)

Athea Utd A  (0) 0

Granagh Utd  (0) 1

Team: Paul Kennedy, James Ryan, Padraig Horgan, Jack Burke, Joe Vaughan, Jamie Collins, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Cillian O’Connor, Dylan Griffin, Darren Murphy,

Subs Ronan Hayes, Michael Reidy, Peter O’Connor, Cillian Liston.  Referee Paul O’Brien

Division 3 (Sun, August 27th)

Glantine B    (2) 7

Athea Utd B (2) 2    Brian Sheehy & Peter O’Connor


Saturday, September 2nd  

U14s home to Askeaton at 10.30am

Sunday, September 3rd  

Junior As away to Rathkeale A at 10.30am.

Junior Bs home to Carrig Cel B at 1.30pm.

Tuesday, September 5th

U16s away to Granagh Utd at 6.45pm.

Thursday, September 7th

U14s away to Breska Rvs at 6.45pm.


U12 Division 2 – Athea Utd, Ballingarry A, Granagh Utd A, Kilcolman Rovers, Kildimo Utd, Newcastle West Town B.

U14 Division 3 – Adare Utd, Askeaton, Athea Utd, Breska Rovers, GB Rovers, Glantine, Killeaney

U16 Division 2 – Athea Utd, Ballingarry, Granagh Utd, Kilcolman Rovers, Newcastle West Town B, Shountrade.

Junior As (Premier Division)

Abbeyfeale Utd A, Athea Utd A, Ballingarry A, Broadford Utd A, Carrig Celtic A, Glin Rovers A, Granagh Utd, Newcastle West Rovers A, Rathkeale A, Shannonside.

Junior Bs (Division 3)

Athea Utd B, Ballingarry B, Broadford Utd B, Carrig Celtic B, Creeves Celtic, Glantine B.


The registration for the 2017-2018 season again remains unchanged from the previous season –
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Juniors As and Bs €50

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

For example –

An U/16 player and an U/10 player the registration will be €40

An U/14 player and an U/12 player the registration will be €35


U/10s on Mondays 6pm to 7.30pm

U/12s on Thursdays 6pm to 7.30pm
U/14s on Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.45pm
U/16s Wednesdays 7pm to 8.15pm
Junior As on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm & Fridays 7.30pm to 9pm.

Junior Bs on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm.


Congratulations to Ger and Mary Ita Collins on the birth of their baby boy Bill, a little brother for Grace. Glad to hear all are doing great.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, August 29th are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,700. Numbers drawn 3, 9, 11, 13.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Marian Chawke, Athea. Jim Cleary, Athea. Callum Buckley, Templeathea. Bridie O’Mahoney, Feoghanagh. A.J.D.E.S, Coole West, Athea.
Sellers Doreen & Collins Shop.
New Jackpot €7,800 at Brown Joe’s on Monday, September 4th

Athea GAA


The U-21s will be starting their games in the very near future and are an Athea/Mountcollins combination, competing in the West Minor ‘A’ competition. They will receive their medals at the outset, having been deserving winners last year. Their trainers will be Mark Reidy (Athea) and Tom McCarthy and James Brouder (Mountcollins). We wish them well for the forthcoming games.


The Intermediate team are finished for 2017 and will now have a well deserved break.


The club wishes to send congratulations and good wishes to Ger Collins and his wife Mary Ita on the birth of their new baby boy Bill recently. No doubt in years to come he will take to the pitch like his mom and dad.

500 Draw:

The next leg of the ‘500 draw’ will be held at White’s Bar on this Saturday night, September 2nd. If you still want to be in with a chance for the remaining draws – buy a ticket.


If anyone would like to sponsor an ‘advertising sign’ to go up at Páirc na nGael, either on the car park entrance or inside the pitch on the fence – they would be very welcome to do so. The club thanks those who already have done so.

Coiste na nÓg:


Friday August 25 & Saturday August 26


Our U10s had a busy weekend playing in Mick Neville Park on Friday evening and in the Billy Kirwan tournament in Foynes on Saturday morning. They played extremely well on both days especially on Saturday, when they defeated Shannon Gaels in the first round and then losing out narrowly after playing their hearts out to Askeaton/Ballysteen in the cup final. Well done to all our players and mentors. Thanks to St. Senans for the invite to attend. Panel: Timmy O’Keeffe, Sean Twomey, Louis O’Sullivan (Captain), Jamie Collins, Tom Ahern, Jack Sexton, Jamie O’Mahony, Millie O’Sullivan, Tomás Ahern, Jim Ahern, Abigail Daly, Jamie Lee Flynn, Emmet Daly, Alex & Jamie Quinn.

Fixtures for September:

U12 Finals Day:

Saturday September 2:

Our U12s will play Cappamore in the semi-final of the U12 finals day in Mick Neville Park this Saturday morning September 2 at 10am. They will then play either Pallasgreen or Cappagh in a final at 10.45am. Cars leaving the village at 9am. All support would be greatly appreciated.

U14 County Semi-Final:

Monday September 4:

Our U14s will play Monaleen in the County semi-final in Páirc na nGael on Monday evening next September 4 at 7.15pm. Players to be in the dressing room for 6.30pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

U16 County Final:

Our U16s will play Dromcollogher/Broadford in the county final. Date, time and venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.


A text will be sent out to all parents regarding the training times for all age groups for this week.

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