Archive for February, 2018


CFRs say Thank You

The Community First Responders (Registered Charity Number 20164973) want to say Thank You to everyone who gave so generously to their church gate collection last weekend.  €995.83 was collected.  This money will be used to maintain/purchase equipment and train new volunteers.  Training for new volunteers will take place on the 05th May.  Contact Rodge Byrne (086 3103233) for more information.  A reminder – in the case of an Emergency (out of hours) – cardiac arrest, chest pain, choking, heart attack or stroke, first ring emergency service (999 or 112).  It is helpful to have your eircode, as it is very useful for the ambulance service and saves you having to give directions.  Then ring the CFRs at 087 2737077.

Athea Community Games

Athea Community Games would like to sincerely thank everyone who gave so very generously to their recent Church gate collection.  We also wish to thank Brown Joe’s,  Mark Reidy for donating the proceeds of  their  ladies night (February) to Athea Community Games.  And finally thanks to Athea Drama Group for allowing us the proceeds from the TUC Shop.  All money collected will be used for the participation of the children  in Community Games.

Parachute Jump

Michael Ahern from Garrygloss is doing a parachute jump on March 24th in aid of the children’s ambulance “Bumbleance”. Sponsorship cards are in the shops and pubs. Your support would be appreciated.

Baptismal Information Night

There will be a Baptismal Information Night in the Church Sacristy in Athea on Tuesday, March 13th at 8pm. Any parents wishing to baptize their babies must have this course completed beforehand.

Money Found

A sum of money was found in the Church on Saturday night last. Please contact Fr. Brendan Duggan.

Ladies Monthly Night Out

The next ladies night is on this Friday, March 2nd in Brown Joe’s with all the usual fun and games, quiz and bingo. The proceeds of this night will go to Headway who care for people with head injuries.

Thank You

Carol, the Sacristan would like to thank everybody who supported her collection on 10th/11th February.

Eileen McGrath R.I.P.

I am contacting you as my family was originally from Athea, my Grandparents Michael and May McGrath (Kennelly) had land in the area, which I understand is now where the wind turbines are, and which was then farmed by my grandfather’s sister’s family, the O’Connors, when my family left for England. I visited 3 years ago when we brought my Dad, Martin McGrath’s ashes home. I came from England with my aunt Eileen McGrath as she wanted to visit the place where she lived as a child.

Eileen sadly died on Friday 23rd Feb at the age of 74, her funeral will be on her birthday 9th March in Rendlesham, Suffolk. I am so glad she was able to bring me to the areas of Athea and Gortdromasillihy, Moyvane (her mothers family home) to show me where she grew up. I would like to let the community of Athea know that Eileen has passed, as there may be people who remember her from her school days. I would be happy for anyone who knew Eileen to contact me. She was always so proud of her Irish roots, and from the place she spent her early years. If you could share this message on your page or parish news it would be much appreciated.

With best wishes, Brigid McGrath

Knockdown Vintage Club  & Estuary Macra

Fundraising Raffle in aid of local causes 

1st. Prize: 2 nights B&B in Lough Rynn Castle

Estate & Gardens, Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

2nd. Prize: €100 Voucher for Gleneagle Hotel Killarney.

3rd. Prize: Monster Hamper and numerous other prizes.

Draw will take place in The Knockdown Arms on Sunday, 25th March at 6pm after the Vintage Car & Vintage/Modern Tractor Run.

All runs will include a stop at Glin Castle.

Music by Variations (4-6pm) Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5.

Contact: P. Langan 087-2452695     Dave Noonan 087-2500938























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Knockdown News-28/02/2018

By Peg Prendeville

It was sad to hear that Paddy Dalton of Clounleharde has died. Sincere sympathies to his wife Maura and all his family. Both Maura and Paddy were and are very well liked in the community and were devoted to each
other. They often visited the Knockdown Arms down through the years and loved the Irish nights.
Sympathies too to the family of Dan Hanrahan of Lr Dirreen who died last week also.
Music lessons for children commenced in Ballyhahill Parish Hall last Friday evening at 5.30pm. It is nice to see the young generation anxious to learn how to play tin whistles, fiddles and bodhráns. A stage school will be organised if enough interest is shown so please spread the word. Marie Scanlon 0872391004.
I finally got to see “Pretend Sick” in Athea last Saturday night. It was a packed house – some people were even turned away. It was a great night with lots of laughs which is what we all need in these times. Theresa O’Halloran stole the show but well done to all involved. It was great fun. I admire their dedication and commitment and enthusiasm.
We are all waiting to see how fierce the Beast from the East will be. We are frightened by Met Eireann’s warnings but hopefully it will not be as disastrous as it is forecast. We survived 2010 so we will get over this too.  The following is an extract of a poem I wrote at the time

“Then in New Year of 2010
We got more of the same
There was a heavy snowfall on January10
We sought someone to blame.
The Minister for Transport was away
In sunny Malta, we were told
The planes and buses came to a stop
And all the schools were closed.

It was the week of snowmen
They grew up everywhere
Even in towns and cities
Where snow is usually rare.
There were floods and water shortage
Yes, both at the same time!
The country ran out of salt and grit
And warning bells did chime.”
Stay warm and indoors if possible. In this area of the country most of us have reasonably comfortable houses thank God but we must be on the lookout for others who may not be as fortunate. The temperatures are rising again at the weekend so it will not last long this time hopefully.
Buses are leaving West Limerick on Saturday March 10th to go to the Rally for Life in Dublin. For further information or to book a seat contact John on 0871127477

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By Carrig Side-28/02/2018

By Tom Aherne

A happy retirement is wished to Sister Bridie O’Sullivan, Carrigkerry west who has retired from Dromcollogher Respite Centre after 16 years of dedicated service. A mass and reception was held in Dromcollogher on Friday February 16 to mark the day she retired. A number of tributes were paid and presentations made to Sister Bridie to mark the occasion. We thank her for the wonderful service she has provided to so many at home and abroad during her vocation. We wish her continued good health and happiness in the future.

Congratulations to Leah Hayes, Kilcolman who played in goals for the Republic of Ireland U15 team soccer team in Dublin on Saturday February 17. They defeated Northern Ireland by 2-1 and Leah made a number of important saves. Congratulations also to Sophie Liston, daughter of Stephen, Carrigkerry who represented the Republic of Ireland U16 team in the UK.

The following are the Lottery results from Moore’s Bar, Carrigkerry on Monday, February 19. The numbers drawn were 2, 20, 28 and 30, and there was no lucky Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: John Woulfe, Ardagh, Noel and Mary Woulfe, Ardagh, Jason Thong Ardagh, Louise Moriarty, Ardagh, and JR O’Kelly, Carrigkerry.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €5,000 and the draw will be held in Peadar’s Bar Ardagh.

The Carrigkerry First Responders would like to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection. The collection raised the fine sum of €504.55. The contact details are phone 087-7930692, email st.kierenscommunity games@gmail or on Facebook.

The Friends of Saint Vincent’s Lisnagry held their annual collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on February 11/12. The total amount collected was €510 which will go towards the refurbishment and upgrading of residential facilities in the centre. They would like to thank all people for their support.

Congratulations to Paddy D. O’Connor, and Peter Fitzsimons, Bridie Sheehy and Bill Downes, who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday February 14.Congratulations to Jack Woulfe and Mike Robinson, who were first prize winners at the card game held in Shanagolden Hall on Friday February 16.

The Saint Kieran’s GAA club held a very enjoyable Presentation evening on Saturday, February 17 in Ardagh Hall. It was a special occasion to honour the achievements of the junior hurling teams of 1956, 1964, and 1977 who contested and won West Limerick Championship honours. It commenced with Mass for deceased members of the club in St Molua’s Church Ardagh. A get together for the surviving members followed in Ardagh Hall from 7.30 with a good attendance present to pay tribute to the players involved. The teams were seated at three separate tables, allowing them a chance to relive those memorable days, and catch up on current issues. A lot of attention centred on the photos covering the 21years that were displayed on TV. All the players looked very trim and fit and ready for action as in days of old when they pulled on the green and gold.

Owen Hayes was a very informative and entertaining MC and he got the proceedings underway at 8pm. Liam Lenihan Vice-Chairman of the Munster Council was the special guest and he made the presentations, after his inspiring address to the club.  His speech was wide ranging paying tribute to the former great players, and the importance of honouring them. The work being done at grassroots level, and the contribution of the late Tim Crowley, who he had been friends with for 46 years.

The first team to be presented with the very attractive trophies were the 1977 team led by their captain Pa O’Connor, who spoke on behalf of the team thanking the club for bringing them together 40 years after their success. Owen supplied snippets of each player’s careers as they accepted their trophies. Players honoured were Jim Coughlan, Mike O’Sullivan, Denis Greaney, Johnny Kennelly, John Windle, Tom Ahern, (Broadford who worked at McCormack’s Joinery) Patrick Mullins, Mike Mullins, (who travelled from England) Peter Mullins, Pa Crowley, Pa Leahy, Maurice Windle, Michael O’Connor, Mike O’Brien, Johnny Nash, Sean Mc Carthy, John O’Connor, Mike O’Connor, Sean O’Sullivan, and Tom Neary.

Next up was the 1964 team who contested the West Final against Adare, after winning the B Championship. They trained under Jerry Mc Mahon for four week’s beforehand and only succumbed to defeat in the final stages.  Presentations were made to John Egan, Tom Mackessy, Mike Sweeney, Tommy Kelly, Sean McCarthy (also on the 1977 team) Danny Sheahan, Noel Wilmot, Patsy Hartnett, John Mulvihill, and Jody Heffernan. They all played with distinction for the club during the lean years, when honours were scarce, but enjoyment cherished.

Timmy Woulfe from Athea who hurled for the club for six years was first up for the 1956 team, who lost the West title following an objection by Banogue. He spoke fondly of the dedication of the players and club members with a special mention for John Joe Fitzgerald, Bill Enright, Paddy McCormack and Bill Enright. John Roche came from Dublin for the occasion, and he recalled his sporting interests after leaving Ardagh at an early age to work in the Capital. He played with Wanderers Rugby club for a number of years, and he also keeps active by playing golf at present.  He took the opportunity to visit old friends, and catch up on current affairs during his visit.

John Mullins who immigrated to England at a young age spoke about his time playing in London and some of the opponents he opposed. He was chairman of the hurling club when he returned and has been very involved in the development Association and the Hall committee.

The Old Mill trio started playing with teams from Rooskagh, Carrigkerry and Ardagh and won West football titles with Kilcolman, before their switch to Newcastle West. Jack Kelly is very involved with the greyhounds; Tom Danaher and Jim Kelly are legendary figures around the Old Mill.  They all shared some wonderful memories from that era with us during the evening.  The people who were unable to attend were also remembered during the night.

Chairman David Woulfe thanked everyone involved in organising the event, past players, and all in attendance. He had one more presentation to make to recently retired Johnny McCarthy from the Limerick inter county scene. Johnny received rapturous applause as he accepted the fine trophy and Tom Aherne read out details of Johnny’s career.

Carrig Celtic defeated Ballingarry 5-0 at home in the first round of the Desmond Cup on Sunday February 18. Seanie King, 2 Denis Greaney, Liam Upton, and Liam King scored their goals. Creeves Celtic and Carrig Celtic B had no games. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League Carrig Celtic lost 5-0 away to Rathkeale, and Kilcolman Rovers, and Creeves Celtic had no fixtures.

A benefit night in aid of Milford Hospice will be held at Jim’s Rambling House Newbridge on Friday, March 2 from 8.30pm. All musicians, singer’s dancers, storytellers, are very welcome, and lots of spot prizes to be handed out.

Newcastle West Film Club presents their film In Between, in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday March 2 at 8pm. The entry fee is € 7 and refreshments will be available. 

The Limerick County Senior Scór Finals will be held at the Community Hall in Cappamore on Friday March 2 at 8pm.

The March céilí will be held in Halla Tadhg Gaelach Tournafulla on Friday March 2 at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross and all are welcome and teas will be served.

Meabh Mulcahy from Coolcappa is travelling with the UCC Dental Outreach Programme volunteering in a remote village of Nepal this summer. She will travel with classmates and treat patients of all ages. Meabh will hold a church gate collection in Coolcappa on Saturday March 3. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas will hold an awards night in Ardagh Community Hall on Saturday March 3 at 7.30pm. The All Ireland medals will be presented to the members of the Plearacha group who will also perform. All entertainers are welcome to attend what promises to be a very interesting event.

Saint Kieran’s GAA Club are holding a fundraising table quiz in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Saturday March 3. The minor and U-21 football teams who won West and County Championship titles in 2017 will be presented with their medals during the night.

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