Archive for May, 2018

By Carrig Side-30/05/2018

By Tom Aherne

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Chris O’Donnell, Coolcappa and Sinéad O’Sullivan, Knocknaire, Tournafulla who were married in Saint Patrick’s Church, Tournafulla on Friday May 18.  The celebrants were Fr. Tim Curtin and Fr. Denis Mullane. They held their reception in the Great Southern Hotel Killarney.

Congratulations to Carrigkerry N.S. School and Kilcolman N.S. School pupils, who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, 26.The six Carrigkerry pupils who received it in St Mary’s Church were Sarah Doyle, Robbie Guina, Daithí Hennessy, Ellie Liston, Holly O’Sullivan and Brian O’Sullivan.

The  17 Kilcolman pupils who received it in St Colman’s were Sam Donovan, Ronan Enright, Cian Greaney, Cillian Greaney, Sophie Keane, Kayla Madigan, Gwymn McDonnell, Aisling McMahon, Killian Neville, Tara Nicholl, Christopher Nolan,  Aisling O’Connor, James Michael O’Connor, Eoin O’Donnell, Cian O’Mahony, Alex O’Sullivan, and Victoria Paczynski.

We extend our sympathy to Michael and Mary Collins and other family members on the death of their brother Donal from Skehanagh Ardagh. The burial of ashes took place after 9.30am Mass in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Wednesday May 23.

We extend our sympathy to Frances and Tom Ahern, and family Coolcappa, on the death of Frances’ father Patrick Phelan, late of Garryowen Limerick on Saturday, May 19. He was laid to rest in Mount St. Lawrence Cemetery  on Wednesday May 23.

We extend our sympathy to Peg and Paddy O’Sullivan and family Carrigkerry West on the death of Peg’s brother Seanie Quinn, Templeathea which took place on Friday, May 11. He was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery on Sunday May 13. May they all rest in Peace.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s Bar on Monday May 21. The numbers drawn were 4, 18, 19, and 26, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Sheehan family Ballyhahill, Timmy Copse, Glensharrold, Liam Steele, Ardagh, Barry and Ian Mackessy, Ardagh and Gemma O’Connor, Ardagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €7,600 and the draw will be held in Reen’s Bar Ardagh.

Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association held a meeting in Ardagh Community Centre on Thursday May 17 and twelve people were present and apologies received from three more. The Minutes of the last meeting were read by Secretary Mary Kury and matters arising dealt with. The date for the fundraising Coffee Morning was suggested as Saturday June 9 at Ardagh Community Centre.

West Limerick Heritage was attended by two Marketing personnel who gave a short demonstration of a 3D video. Members were asked to submit three suitable locations from their parish as a starting point for this project.  Maps and pictures of Ballylin Hill Fort, Rerasta Fort and the Ardagh Chalice and Ardagh Village were entered for St Kieran’s Heritage Association. The Quilt and Children’s art competition are both ongoing.  Ardagh, Carrigkerry and Coolcappa schools have been visited and there is a lot of interest. The next Sewing Bee will be on Saturday June 9 from 11.00 – 1.00 at Ardagh Community Centre.

The Bingo July date to be confirmed and John Aherne to be asked to organise this with Anthony Fitzsimons. The Tree Planting, location was raised and the Church ground or School ground was proposed and Fr Noonan to be consulted. Reerasta Fort, access to be raised with Local politicians, and a picture of the stile to be sent to TD’s. The Programme for the Ardagh Chalice 150 anniversary festival in September was discussed and continues to be updated. The date of the next meeting is Thursday June 7 at 8.00 in Ardagh Community Centre.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for May was held on Friday May 25 and announced on Limerick Live 95fm Radio on Saturday May 26. The Saint Kieran’s club had no winner.

Saint Kieran’s players Darragh Treacy, and Sean McSweeney were members of the Limerick team that lost to Clare by 1-23 to 0-14 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday May 19.

Saint Kieran’s defeated Na Piarsaigh by 2-23 to 2-6 in Division 1 of the County Senior Football League.

Carrig Celtic lost 5-0 at home to Abbeyfeale Utd in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Thursday May 17. Creeves Celtic lost 1-0 away to Ballingarry B in Division 3 on Friday May 18. Congratulations to Kilcolman Rovers who recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their foundation with a number of outdoor and indoor events in Ardagh.

The learners of VTOS Shanagolden are holding their Annual Art Exhibition at Newcastle West Library from Thursday May 31 to Friday June 29. There are over 60 drawings from 10 mature students, on display which they produced from their weekly class with tutor Maureen Barry Fitzgerald. The exhibition titled In the Making shows the works completed by first and second year adult learners as part of their Level 5 Painting/Drawing Module. All are welcome to come along on Thursday May 31 from 7pm, for the official opening   by Triona Lynch of VTOS.

VTOS Shanagolden are currently enrolling learners for the next Academic Year QQI-Level 5 Information Processing) which will commence in September. Participants must be over 21 years and in receipt of Social Welfare for at least six months. Mature learners will be taught new skills in Computers, Communications, Accounting, Work Experience, and Art. People who join the programme can retain their Social Welfare entitlements, and receive travel and meal allowance, Childcare support under CETS, and Career Guidance.  Contact Melanie Casey on 069-60106 for more details.

The County Limerick Fleadh Cheoil takes place in Kilfinane from Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3. Best of luck to all the local competitors.

A fundraising Céilí  for Sarah O’Doherty, Dually who will be volunteering in Fiji, in July with Volunteer Eco Students Abroad will be held in Con Colbert Community Hall Athea on Saturday June 2 from 9.30 pm to 12.30am. The entrance fee is €10 and a raffle will be held and refreshments provided. The sets will be called and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Josephine Kiely Kilcolman, who won €355 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday May 25. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

Friday and Saturday June 8/9 have been allocated as Sunflower Days in aid of Milford Hospice. All the money raised will be used locally to support the increasing number of people seeking to use this service. To volunteer or donate please visit

West Limerick 102fm community radio are holding their Annual General Meeting  on Tuesday June 12 at 8pm in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West, and all are welcome.

Saint Kieran’s are holding their Cúl Camp in Coolcappa from Monday July 2nd to Friday July 6th from 10am to 2.30pm. It is open to primary school children from 6 to 13 years. The cost is €60 per child and family discounts are available. For more details contact the camp co-ordinator Deirdre Ambrose on 087-9509218.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-30/05/2018

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 1, 13, 18, 27.  No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Raymond Brouder, Gale View

Nana & Daniel, c/o Donie’s

Siobhan Long, Pallas Foods

Caroline Nolan, Pallas Foods

Sellers Prizes:

Jackie Sheehy & Lal Browne

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Rosie O’Grady, Athea, Jamie Kelly, Coole East

Next Draw: 05/06/2018

Venue:  White’s Bar  Jackpot: €3,400

Winner of €200 Prize Draw

Sean Mullane, Knocknagorna

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Athea Utd AFC


We held our Annual Awards Night last Friday night, May 25th at The Top of the Town, Athea which was very well attended. The Awards Night is about reflecting back on the season and how our players did individually and collectively as part of a team. The players of the year were presented with their awards while the U8s and U10s were presented with medals for participating in the league.

Also on a league viewpoint the club congratulates Daire O’Shea who won the Limerick Desmond U14 Division 3 player of the year. Daire is also on the Limerick Desmond U14 squad who will be taking part in the 2018 Kennedy Cup in UL.
The following are the Athea Utd Players of the Year for 2018

U9 Player of the year Mark Ahern

U9 Most improved player of the year Thomas Barrett

U10 Player of the year Jamie O’Mahony

U10 Most improved player of the year Jamie Flynn

U10 Team Mate of the year Michael Ahern

U10 Best Female Millie O’Sullivan

U11 Player of the year Rory Cleary

U12 Player of the year Josh Quilter

U13 Player of the year Donnchadh Barrett

U14 Player of the year Daire O’Shea

U15 Player of the year TJ Hunt

U16 Player of the year Colin Broderick

Junior A Player of the year Dylan Griffin

Junior B Player of the year Morgan O’Connor/Eoin Moroney


The club would like to thank all those who attended on the night, especially the players parents and families who made it another great success. Well done to all our players who played with pride in the jersey throughout the past season.
Thanks to Pat O’Donnell who provided the music/disco on the night and which was just superb and did some of the presentations.
Thanks also to Betty, Johnny and staff at The Top of the Town for hosting our awards night and who provided the fantastic food as well as being most helpful throughout.
Congrats to all our award winners on the night but for those who didn’t remember next season is only around the corner and it could well be you this time next year

Athea Utd are delighted to announce that we will again be running a FAI Soccer Camp this year. The camp will take place at The Vales from Monday, July 23rd to Friday, July 27th and is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.

Bookings can be done online at or by calling 1890653653 to book your childs place.

The cost to participate is €65 per child with a family discount if they bring another brother or sister along to the same camp.

Each participant will receive an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches.

All coaches / head coaches are Garda Vetted as is mandatory under FAI guidelines.


Premier Division (Sun, May 27th)  

Athea Utd A 2   Darren Murphy, Gerard Ahern

Carrig Celtic A 5

Team: Gerard Ahern, Morgan O’Connor, Padraig Reidy, Conor Mullane, Mark Reidy, Jamie Collins, Ger Collins, Darren Murphy, Mareks Shah, Kevin O’Keeffe, William Cronin.  Referee Paul O’Brien

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, May 28th are as follows –
Jackpot was €11,400. Numbers drawn 5, 12, 25, 32.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Billy McKenna, Upper Athea. Julie Finucane, Athea. Mary Hayes, NCW. Tommy Greaney, Glin Road. Joan Enright, Templeathea.
Sellers Liz Gould & Collins’ Bar.
New Jackpot €11,500 at Donie’s on Tuesday, June 5th

Athea GAA

Premier Game:

Well “The Mothers and Others” lined out at Pairc na nGael here in Athea for their 1st game against a well established Herbertstown on Sunday evening last. I couldn’t make it but I heard it was ‘a fun-filled game’ nothing taken too seriously and as I said previously it’s just a great way for the young mothers to get time for themselves training on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm. They have “fun”, “fitness”, “football” and “frolics”. No doubt  there will be a few pains and aches this week – but well worth it.

500 Draw:

If you haven’t yet got your ticket for the 500 Club Draw you are advised to do so very soon as the first draw will be starting shortly. There are some great prizes – with an extra €1,000 for fully paid up members. You can get tickets from any of the club members or phone me Kathleen on 087-1233361.


Would you like to advertise your company or even if you are an individual, at home or abroad, you might like to have your name on a board at Pairc na nGael. Each board pays an annual minimal fee and this helps to defray the debt on the pitch. Enquiries to Paul Curry on 087-6501673.

Coiste na nÓg:

Matches: Thursday May 24: U12:
Athea U12s played their third game away to Askeaton/Ballysteen/Kilcornan on Thursday evening last in a very tough game. In the first half Athea were slow off the mark, Askeaton/Ballysteen/Kilcornan scored 1-03 to Athea’s single point. We made a few changes in the second half and Athea played much better and kicked some great scores from play. At the end of the game the score line read, Askeaton/Ballysteen/Kilcornan 4-08, Athea 1-05, so well done to both teams. Football was the winner on the night. Panel: Seán Twomey, Fionn Histon, Jamie Collins, Jack Sexton, Callum Buckley, Evan Curry, Tadhg Ahern, Rory Cleary, Michael Kelly Murphy, James Hunt, Alex Quinn and Ciaran Hunt.

Fixtures for June:

Thursday June 7: U12s:

Our U12s will play to Glin on Thursday evening June 7 at 6:45pm. Cars leaving the village at 6pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday June 10:U14s:

Our U14s will play Claughaun away on Sunday evening June 10 at 7pm. Cars leaving the village at 5:45pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.


U6, U8, U10 & U12:

Training for our U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s continues this Friday evening in Páirc na nGael from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All players must have gum shields in order to take part and must be registered. All new players are welcome.

Cúl Camp:

Our Cúl camp will be held in Páirc na nGael in Athea on Monday July 9th and runs until Friday July 13th. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity. COST: €60 for 1st child, €50 for 2nd child, €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. A Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camp kit and Backpack are provided to each child when they attend the camp.
You can register and pay online at

Online Shop:

Athea GAA Club have an online shop up and running. You can buy our club gear for children and adults. Just log onto O’ and enter Athea under my club.

Athea Ladies Football

Underage Training: U6 to U12:

Training for U6 up to U12 continues in Páirc na nGael on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6.30pm. All new players welcome.

Gaelic for Mothers and Others:

Our Gaelic for Mothers and others team now know as the Athea Giants played their first ever match on Sunday evening last against St.Brigids in Páirc na nGael in front of a large crowd of supporters. Our ladies have only been training for five weeks and they put their heart and soul into the game. An amazing twenty four ladies togged out for Athea and every one of them got to play and enjoy the match experience. For some of mother and others, it was their first time ever playing a football match and the whole team did extremely well and we kicked some fine score. Many thanks to St.Brigids for a sporting game of football. A big thank you to our referee Derek Byrne. Both teams enjoyed light refreshments in the Clubhouse after the game. Panel: Loretta Brouder, Lisa Hunt, Mairead Quille, Maura Ahern, Kathleen Ambrose, Sarah Reidy, Deirdre Mullane, Trish Russell, Jackie Broderick, Olivia Quinn, Helen Cleary, Mag Carroll, Laura Brosnan, Kayrena Hanrahan, Christina McKenna, Lorraine O’ Connor, Diane Cleary, Mary Teahan, Siobhan Sweeney, Linda Hunt, Julie Barrett Finucane, Stacey Galvin, Bridget Scannell and Katie Scanlon.

Football training continues for Gaelic for Mother and others every Tuesday evening in Páirc na nGael from 7pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome to come along for an hour of football and fun.


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