Archive for October, 2017


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Halloween Disco

A Halloween Disco with Fancy Dress will take place on Monday, October 30th at the Community Hall, Athea from 6.00pm. Admission is €3 at the door.

Proceeds in aid of the Straight Ahead project, a medical support group affiliated to the CMRF which provides surgery support and medical equipment for children with Orthopaedic conditions including Scoliosis.

Athea Graveyards Collection

The Annual Graveyards collection will take place on the weekend of 28th, 29th October. Envelopes will be distributed to all households. The solar panel has been installed at the statue in front of Holy Cross graveyard this past week. This will mean that we will no longer have to pay ESB bills to keep the statue lit and will be a great saving on an annual basis.

Ladies monthly night out

The next night out will take place on Friday, November 3rd at Brown Joe’s. All the usual fun and games and the raffle this month will be for the organisation  ‘Straight Ahead’ which deals with Scoliosis. So please come along for a good night out.

Going Strong Church Gate Collection 

Will take place on Saturday/Sunday November 4th &5th. Your support, as always will be greatly appreciated.

Athea Parish Journal


Closing date for material for the Journal is October 31st. 

We would ask all contributors, clubs, associations etc. to please send in their material, photo’s etc as soon as possible so that the Journal will be in the shops as early as possible. Photos and articles can be emailed to or photos can be handed in to the office for scanning.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

The local branch of Comhaltas had a meeting on Monday  last to try and finalise membership and make arrangements for the future. The music class is up and running under the tutorship of Brian Scannell from Abbeyfeale.

At the moment we are trying to find a suitable slot for a traditional singing class The teacher is ready to start so we need to know how many would be interested .  Please contact secretary Gráinne Ahern on 087 7527127.

It was proposed that we would have a Féile Cheoil in conjunction with the Vintage Day in Athea in July 2018. More details on that later. There was a good crowd at the session at Collins’ bar on Sunday evening last.

Our next session will be at the Top of The Town on Sunday December 10th starting at 6.30 p.m. with the juniors from the music class. This will be our Christmas party  so there will be refreshments on offer. Don’t miss it.

Could anyone who has not yet paid their annual membership fee please contact  Domhnall at 087 6758762 asap


Our church gate collection was held last weekend before all masses. The fantastic sum of €1266.47 was raised exceeding all expectations. Many thanks to everyone for their continued support and generosity. Be assured the funding will be put to good use!

At our meeting last week, it was decided to unveil the telephone box on Sunday November 5th at 1pm. Our four local councillors who supported theproject (Councillors Galvin, Foley, Browne & Sheahan) will be asked to unveil the box. Fr Duggan will then be asked to bless the box. Refreshments will be served following the launch at the Top of the Town bar. We continue to receive many requests from individuals/families in the village seeking to purchase a sponsorship plaque for the telephone box. New sponsors added since last week include; 10.The Brosnan Family in memory of Eileen Brosnan RIP, 11. O’Sullivan Family, Glasha in memory of Paddy & Lizzy O’ Sullivan 12. Rose Enright, 13. Margaret Scanlon in memory of her parents Jack & Peggy Scanlon. Many thanks to all of our generous sponsors who have supported this project. We have extended the date for sponsorship until Wednesday October 25th so if interested please contact any member of the committee as soon as possible.

Jamie Kelly is currently busy researching and developing a heritage trail for the village. We look forward to delivering this project in the coming weeks.

Our TUS worker Tom continues to be busy completing work on behalf of Athea Tidy Towns. Tom is a pleasure to work with and his contribution is greatly appreciated. One project currently underway is the erection of a shed to the rear of the Library to house tools and equipment used for village maintenance.

The Roses on the Glin Road continue to be in full bloom. Special thanks to Sean Barrett for maintaining the rose beds throughout the year and for spending many hours of spraying, fertilising, dead heading etc. We are very lucky to have volunteers like Sean in the parish. Anyone else out there willing to ‘adopt a patch’ please get in touch!

Our group will be busy over the winter months planning projects for 2018 while responding to issues raised in our 2017 adjudication. We were delighted with our 9 points increase and hope to continue this trend in 2018. On this end, we will be calling on local residents to aid us in our work. The adjudicator praised many building in the village for their attractive paint work but also suggested that other building could benefit from a coat of paint. We would respectfully request householders to consider this request for 2017. We are lucky to have many artists in the village available to aid with colour choices for maximum impact. Also presently there are many gutters in the village that would benefit from weed removal. Working together, we can achieve much!

No Justice 

Domhnall de Barra

Isn’t amazing how, all of a sudden, nearly all our politicians are on one voice demanding action from the banks in relation to the tracker mortgage scandal. Of course they are absolutely right but where have they been for the past few years while people’s lives were ruined by the ruthlessness and greed of the banking industry. If it happened in America there would be not just an outcry but swift action and those who made the decisions to defraud their customers would find themselves in jail. There is a reluctance in this country to deal with white collar crime. A poor woman may be sentenced to months in jail for stealing a loaf of bread but our financial institutions seem to be able to act with impunity, taking money illegally out of peoples pockets. Our answer to every crisis here is to have a tribunal. This will cost millions and line the pockets of the legal eagles and at the end of a lengthy charade nobody will be held accountable. We should have learned from the beef tribunal where the only ones to be punished were two ordinary factory workers in Rathkeale who were only doing their job. Those who caused the problem were fined but, after a while, the money was given back to them because we needed the exports. It is quite plain to anyone with half a brain that the financial institutions colluded with each other to defraud their customers. Someone at the top had to give the instructions to their staff to take people off the tracker mortgages they were on because it was costing the banks money. Why has it taken so long to force them to give back the money they stole? Why didn’t the Central Bank act earlier and nip it in the bud? There seems to be a small circle of people who control everything in this country. It is not a healthy state and one we would do well to tackle head on. Compensation is the first step, not just the money that was taken but proper compensation for the hardship and heartache that some families suffered. Some people who actually lost their homes can never be properly compensated. The banks should be there to serve their customers but the truth is they don’t give a damn about them. Their only aim is to maximise profits for the shareholders and put more money into the already swollen pockets of the CEOs. Look at the way they are treating day to day customers at local level. In Abbeyfeale you have to deal with a machine if you want to do business. You can’t deposit change or get your own money out anymore, you have to go to Listowel or Newcastle. It shows a contempt for customers who have been with the bank for years. Thank God we still have our local Credit Union. Let us hope that they will be able to for us in the future what the banks used to do.

It isn’t only the banks that are capable of taking us for a ride. Our own government is continuing to treat some of us who have paid, over the years, for our contributory old age pension. The regulations state that a minimum amount of contributions are required to claim the full pension. That is only right and proper but  they then calculate  from the first contribution date to the last spread over that period so the average contribution may fall short and the pension is reduced. One person can start work at the age of fifty five, make ten years contributions and claim a full pension at the age of 65/66.  The person next door started work on the same day and put up the same amount of contributions but, because  that person did a couple of weeks holiday work when going to college, the total contributions are calculated over the whole period and the pension id reduced so even though the second person has actually more contributions than the first, the pension granted is less. It makes no sense and should be remedied straight away. I am a victim of the system myself and so is my wife Noreen. We both had plenty of “stamps” up but because I worked in Ireland for a while in 1966 and Noreen worked in the early sixties as well, we are both on reduced pensions. Some politicians are making a bit of noise about it but I am not holding my breath at the moment. You would have to wonder though as to what bright spark thought up the system in the first place and what was the motivation if it was not just to save money for the government. This is not the government’s money, it is our money that we paid in over the years as an insurance to be there when retirement loomed.  We often don’t think about that situation until late in the day  but it is very important that people are treated fairly and that there is an even playing pitch. We live in hope.

While I am on a rant I might as well have a go at the big stores who are now displaying Christmas fare. We haven’t reached Halloween yet so what is all the rush for. We will now be bombarded with advertising and jingles for the next couple of months all in an effort to coax us into spending more money than we can afford buying presents for people that don’t want or need them and making sure that our children’s presents will be as good or better than the neighbours.  December the 8th used to be the start of the Christmas market and it gave people plenty of time to do the necessary shopping. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but when it starts too early we will be thoroughly fed up by the time it comes. It won’t be long until we see decorations on the houses and fake Santas climbing over roofs. A little common sense is needed here  but when was that ever in abundance?  Don’t let them brainwash us into following like sheep.

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Kathleen’s Corner-25/10/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Many Congrats’ 

Sincere congrats are extended to Helena and Arthur Mooney on the birth of their new baby girl they are naming Alice. A little sister for Nancy. Congrats are also sent to the proud grandparents here in Athea, Mary Ellen and Denis Collins of Templeathea.

Wedding bells in the Nolan household over the weekend when Marian and Willie Nolan’s daughter Áine was married to Drew Donnelly. The nuptial ceremony was performed in Adare by Fr. Peter Sexton. The bride was assisted by her two sisters Brita (Jordan) and Una (Sheehy). The bestmen were John McCarthy and Rory Moran. Family and friends had a great day of celebrations at ‘The Dunraven Arms’. Congrats and good wishes go to the newly weds.

Athea Tidy Towns wish to thank very sincerely everyone who gave so willingly and generously to their Church gate collection at the weekend. I’m sure everyone will agree they do “the utmost” to keep Athea looking superb not only in the summer but in winter too. Well done to the very hard-working and dedicated committee. And remember we must all do our bit picking up bottles and rubbish that others so carelessly throw around.

The mass for the late John Joe Quaid takes place on this Saturday, here in Athea at 12 noon, with burial of his ashes after mass in Holy Cross cemetery. ‘May he rest in peace’.

Well we weren’t long after Hurricane Ophelia when storm Brian raised it’s head. And incidentally some people felt ‘the gusts’ around here were as strong, if not stronger, than Ophelia. Hopefully they have all ‘been laid to rest now’ and that the leaves blowing around will be finished with!

Don’t forget to put together your shoe boxes before the deadline (I’m not exactly sure when it is, but I will find out). It costs very little to put a few bits and pieces together for some very deserving child and when you see their ‘smiling faces’ on television as they open their boxes it’s all very worthwhile and that’s what Christmas should be about ‘caring and sharing’.

Hopefully anyone out there who wants their photos or articles published in this year’s Parish Journal will get all the necessary into Cáirde Duchais before the weekend, as a lot of work goes into putting the journal together especially if you want to give it as a Christmas present or post it to family and friends overseas.

Thought for the week:- “When anger rises – think of the consequences”.

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Knockdown News-25/10/2017

By Peg Prendeville

Sympathies to Geraldine and Mickey Costello, Turraree on the death of their oldest son James this week. May he rest in peace and may all the Costello family be consoled by all our prayers and thoughts.

A Craft and Food Fair will be held in the Parish Hall on November 26th. Anyone who wishes to book a table is welcome to do so through the Parish Hall committee. Contact Secretary Mary at 087/1463208.

A Bingo fundraiser will take place in Glin Ceól Corbraí on Sunday 19th November at 3pm to raise funds to repair the heating system in Loughill  Resource Centre.

The recent walk from Loughill Resource Centre in aid of MDI was a huge success. Weather conditions were perfect as both runners and walkers took to the road. A huge appreciation to all who ran, walked, filled sponsorship cards, put up posters, shared on facebook or gave donations days prior and on the day. Thanks to Paddy O’Rourke, Ballyhahill and to Eamonn and all the Sunday morning  walking group and their families for all the support in organising this second walk in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in Loughill.  There will be a presentation to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in the coming weeks.

Ballyhahill Development Association is once again organising a spectacular outdoors Halloween walk for all the family on next Monday 30th Oct 2017, commencing at 6 pm sharp to 8.00 pm. This fun filled/scary haunting trail kicks off outside the Primary School, Ballyhahill.  On this spooktacular adventure you will be greeted by friendly witches (and not so friendly), mysterious creatures, ghouls and spooky ghosts.  There will be treats for the children. Afterwards children can meet the friendly witch with her magic eye who will regale you with stories of Halloween in the Parish Hall where there will be light refreshments for the adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: €5  Families €10.

On Monday 30th Oct at 3pm  the West Under 21 football championship will take place. Clan Na Gael V Gael Na Sionna at Rathkeale.Bog Garden.

I received the following from Gerald Griffin’s club. BORD NA NOG would like to inform everybody living in the parishes of Loughill /Ballyhahill and Glin and everybody involved with Gerald Griffins and Glin GAA clubs of a very important upcoming meeting. 2018 will see much change in our underage structure and there is a proposal at present at county board level that could alter age groups from even to odd age groups. Eg u16 to u15 or u14 to u13 etc. In order for us to field teams in leagues appropriate to our numbers and age strengths, we may have to take steps to enter teams on a singular club basis , with player movement in the appropriate direction. This is a matter which must be discussed immediately and thoroughly as it concerns the future of our young players going forward. To this end certain proposals are in place and will be aired at a public meeting to be held at Gerald Griffins Gaa Clubhouse on Wednesday 8th November at 8pm. It is imperative that the correct actions are taken arising from this meeting and that this decision will be transparent for all. We look forward to seeing you.

Our PP Fr Austin took a well deserved break recently and so the normal daily mass-goers organised and attended a Liturgy of the Word at 9am each morning in Ballyhahill while he was away. It was well received by those who attended and is a sign of things to come when a priest will not always be available to celebrate a Mass. This was one of the topics discussed at our recent Diocesan synod – how the laity would take responsibility and improvise in the absence of the priest.

There is a vacancy for a Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator in Limerick Diocese. This person will work as part of a two-person team to deliver on the objectives and actions of the Young People theme in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. The role will involve the creation, resourcing, delivery and support of youth ministry programmes and initiatives across the Diocese, working also with schools and parishes with a focus on building capacity in the local context. Completed application form to be returned via post or electronic mail to: General Manager/Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Limerick, Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick or by the deadline of  5.00pm on Friday 27th October, 2017.

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