Thomas and Han Geoghegan, Turrarree, who celebrated their 70th, Platinum, weddding anniversary at the weekend

Respect Our Graves

We received a very disturbing email during the week about graves in Athea being interfered with. In one case plants were removed and were nowhere to be found. It is hard to see why anyone would do this but it is happening so we would ask people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and report it immediately. The least we can expect is that our departed loved ones are allowed to rest ion peace.


Comhaltas Summer Trad Sessions

Branch Summer Trad Session on Sunday, June 10th at Gerard White’s Bar from 7-9pm. Everybody is welcome to come along for a feast of music, song, story-telling etc.


2018 – Danaher McGrath Trust Scholarship

The Trust is making a number of scholarships available to students of the parishes of Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla and Templeglantine for studies at third level.

The student must be of limited means. There will be a number of scholarships available each year.

Application forms available at Athea & District Credit Union.

Afternoon Tea Dancing  

The Wednesday Club, Abbeyfeale are holding a Tea Dance in Fr. Casey’s clubhouse on Sunday, June 10th. Dancing to Paddy Quilligan from 3-6pm. Tickets €5 each. Proceeds being divided between Kerry Hospice and Recovery Haven Cancer Support House.


Athea Community Games

Athea Community Games would like to thanks everyone who helped out in any way with there recent sports day. Thanks to Athea Gaa for the use of their field and to Paul Collins for supplying some treats for the children.  All those who qualified for Limerick Community Games will be notified.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

3,000 units of blood are required every week. 1,000 people receive blood or a blood product every week. 1:4 of our population require blood at some point in their lives. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic in Ceol Corbraí Hall, Glin, on Thursday 7th June. Time 5 to 8pm.

Twomey Family Remorial Weekend

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Twomey Family Memorial remembering Connie, Oisin and Elber-Marie Twomey and promoting the value of how precious life is, will take place in Meelin and Rockchapel next weekend, June 9th & 10th.

Sat. June 9th – Table Quiz followed by live music in Meelin Hall

Sun June 10th – 55K & 110K cycles from Rockchapel 8.30pm

– 4 mile Family Walk 1.30pm

– 4 mile Chip Timed Run 2pm

Your support would be greatly appreciated

Community Notes  from West Limerick Resources

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR FOOD AND DRINK BUSINESSES: A new ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ fund will provide financial supports, including for the renovation and extension of production facilities and the purchasing of processing equipment, as well as supporting participants in the artisan food and beverage sector in areas such as market development, competitiveness, and innovation. West Limerick Resources are encouraging artisan and small food businesses in West Limerick to contact Caitriona Scully to discuss the available funding opportunities, email: [email protected] or 069 66298.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STUDY: West Limerick Resources want to hear from you!  Tell us about the declining services in your area and what you think could be done about this. West Limerick Resources are currently conducting a survey and needs analysis of Social Enterprise in West Limerick. The purpose of this study is to identify gaps in community services and facilities across the West Limerick area and also to identify the supports needed by existing Social Enterprises and Groups. This is an opportunity to have your voice and opinions heard and the outcomes of the survey and recommendations will lead to the development of existing and new social enterprise in West Limerick.  All information collected from the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence. The link to the new survey is here  For further information please contact Katie, at West Limerick Resources, on 069 66294.

KANTOHER COFFEE MORNING – LEADER INFORMATION SESSION: The next coffee morning in Kantoher will take place on Friday June 15th at 11am. Caitriona Scully from West Limerick Resources will present some information on LEADER funding currently available for your business or organisation. For any further enquiries, please contact Patricia O’Sullivan, Kantoher Development Group on 087 114 2048.

FREE WORKSHOP ON LADYBIRDS AND SHIELDBUGS:  West Limerick Resources invites you to attend a free workshop on ‘Identifying Ladybirds and Shieldbugs’ taking place on Monday, June 11, at 7.30pm, in St Ita’s Hall, Abbeyfeale. To register your place, please contact Elaine, at West Limerick Resources, [email protected] or 069 66296. All are welcome to attend.

SOCIAL FARMING: Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of Social Support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invited people to participate in the day to day activities on the farm. Interested farmers & farm families who would like to hear more about Social Farming please contact Stefanie on 087 366 3842 or 069 66290.

SOCIAL INCLUSION & COMMUNITY ACTIVATION PROGRAMME (SICAP):  These initiatives are funded by West Limerick Resources under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 which is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

INFORMATION MORNING FOR PARENT AND TODDLER GROUPS:   West Limerick Resources, in conjunction with the Limerick Childcare Committee, will host an information morning for Parent and Toddlers Groups in the West Limerick area on Wednesday, June 13, from 10am – 12pm at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West.  A Free Interactive Messy Play Workshop and a Music and Movement Demonstration for toddlers will take place on the morning as well as information dissemination on upcoming grants from the Limerick Childcare Committee and supports available under the SICAP programme. This event is open to both existing parent and toddler groups, and those interested in establishing groups in their area. Registration essential by contacting Niamh, at West Limerick Resources, on 087 4477338.

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (RES) / YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (YES): If you need support job seeking and feel that you are a little lost in deciding what you want to do, then you should contact the RES / YES which offers 1:1 support and career planning around education, training and employment opportunities. To find out more contact 069 61316 / 069 62222, call in to St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West or follow us on

LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS: West Limerick Resources provides ongoing support to Local Community Groups in the West Limerick area. Should your group require any support, guidance or training contact Stefanie 087 366 3842 or Damien 087 9042477.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS: If you are considering Self Employment and would like to know more about the process involved you should contact our Enterprise Officer, Brenda Heath 069 66297  [email protected].  A series of FREE Enterprise Training Workshops are available covering Steps to Starting Your Business, Book-keeping, Marketing and Health and Safety.

CALLING ALL EMPLOYERS: If you have potential job opportunities and would like to find out more  about our supports and services or you would like to advertise for FREE in our weekly newsletter please contact Dee at West Limerick Resources on 069 62222 or email [email protected].  We would love to hear from you.

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