Archive for August, 2018

By Carrig Side-29/08/2018

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Leanne Bennett, 102 Castleview, Newcastle West, and late of Ardagh, on Friday, August 17 peacefully at her residence in the loving care of her sisters. She was only 27 years old and her passing caused deep sadness within the communities she was well known in. She lay in repose at her home in Castleview, Newcastle West on Sunday, August 18 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Her remains arrived at St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Monday morning for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. It was concelebrated by Fr, Joseph Cussen, Newcastle West and Fr. Sean Sheehy, family friend. Family members participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory gifts.

Before Mass commenced life symbols that were dear to Leanne were brought to the altar. They included photographs with family and friends and children she took care of. A medal won for her run in the Dublin City Marathon and her mobile phone, which she never went without. Fr. Joseph Cussen described Leanne as a person who lived life to the full enjoying her running and interaction with family and friends. She was also a member of West Limerick Athletic club and participated in their activities. Playing games with her club Roger Casements in Toronto, Canada and being the life and soul of the party in defeat as well as victory. She made a huge impression with her fellow players during her years there. The club held a small ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday last to say goodbye to Leanne.

Her sister Karen, on behalf of the family, paid a deeply moving tribute to Leanne, and thanked everybody for their support following the final prayers. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. We extend our deep sympathy to her sisters Lisa, Karen, Danielle and Patrice, nieces Ava and Lily, nephews Thomas and Darcy, brothers-in-law, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Patricia Danaher, nee O’Gorman, Woodcliff, Loughill, peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St. Ita’s, Newcastle West, and predeceased by her husband Pat. Reposing on Monday August 20 at Madigan’s Funeral Home, Shanagolden, from 6 o’clock with removal afterwards to the Church of Our Lady Wayside, Loughill. The Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at 1pm, with burial afterwards in Ardagh Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to her daughters Therese, Margaret, Mary and Eva, son Matt, grandchildren Laoibhse, Sine, Eile, Ide, Maebh, Orlaith, Jack, Marie, Nicola, Eoin and Paidi, sons in law Ronan Breslin, Dan Hennessy, Nick Kennelly and John O’Keeffe, sisters Ita Cremin, Chrissie Daly and Anna Lane, brother John, brothers in law, sisters in law, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

The All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil was held in Drogheda two weeks ago and large crowds attended and enjoyed the wonderful entertainment on offer. Congratulations to the members of the local Ardagh/Carrigkerry Comhaltas branch who had a very successful time winning All Ireland medals.

This year’s Newcastle West Flower and Cake Show was held in the Community Centre Newcastle West from August 14 to 16. Congratulations to all the local exhibitors and prize winners.

St Kieran’s Heritage Association presented a talk by Dr Bill O’Brien U.C.C.  in the Community Centre Ardagh on Thursday August 23. The title was Ballylin Hill Fort the Bronze Age Capital of Limerick and it was very well supported. The event was in association with Heritage week and Bill was very informative, and delivered a most interesting talk. He spent a few months with colleagues surveying Ballylin Hill Fort in 2012 and his talk was partly based on their findings. Meetings are being held weekly on Tuesday’s at 8pm in Ardagh Hall in the run up to the Ardagh Chalice 150 Festival commencing on Friday September 21. People who are interested in getting involved are asked to attend the meetings for up to date news, and to check out the face book page.

Coolcappa National School are asking customers to put their blue tokens into the slot provided for Coolcappa at Tesco supermarket. All support for this fundraiser will be greatly appreciated.

The following are the Lottery results from the Thatch Bar on Monday August 20. The numbers drawn were 5, 10, 20, and 21, and there was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Caroline O’Donovan, Ardagh, Anne Kellet, The Thatch, Bridget King, Ardagh, Mickey and Matso, c/o Neary’s, and Paul O’Connor, Ardagh.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €10,200 and the draw will be held in Neary’s Bar, Ardagh.

St Kieran’s defeated Oola by 0-17 to 2-7 in group 2 round 3 of the County Senior Football Championship at Kilmallock on Saturday August 25. It was dry cool and windy and the win guarantees a quarter final place at least. They play Newcastle West in the final game in the group to decide who advances to the semi final. They led by 0-10 to 1-3 at half time, and were never led, though Oola pressed them hard in the second half. It was a good result as they were under strength as Darragh Treacy, Jack Ben Harnett, Sean Mc Sweeney, and John Doyle were unavaible for selection. TEAM Robert Bradley, Paudie McCarthy, Johnny McCarthy, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Anthony Mullins, Brendan McCarthy, Kevin Meade, Anthony Molyneaux, Liam Kennedy 0-4, Diarmuid Crowley, Ray Cahill 0-2, Noel Callanan 0-3, Killian Enright 0-1, Seamus Mangan 0-5, Ian Mackessy. Subs Brian Crowley 0-1, Niall O’Shea 0-1, Liam Upton.

St Kieran’s defeated Monaleen by 1-10 to 1-4 in the Premier County Football Championship in Monaleen on Friday August 17.

The staff and parents of Kilcolman N.S. are organising their first Golf Classic fundraiser on Friday August 31 (1pm to 4.30pm) and Saturday September 1 (2pm to 4pm). The general public can involved by providing donations and prizes, helping to provide sponsorship for the tee boxes, and sponsoring a team of three. The organisers would appreciate all the support of the community. To get involved contact Catherine on 087-1941255 or Ian on 087-7448848 or email [email protected], or by post to Kilcolman N.S. Kilcolman.

The Old Mill Sports Club will host a tea morning in Ardagh Hall on Saturday September 1, from 10am to 2pm. It promises to be an enjoyable event and all are welcome.

West Limerick 102fm community radio will be holding their annual collection in Ardagh/Carrigkerry on Saturday/Sunday September 1/2. Support from the public would be very much appreciated.

The annual Mass will be celebrated in Clounagh graveyard on Sunday September 2 at 12 noon. It is one of our ancient burial places, entry in a field opposite Larkin’s house.

The annual Milford Hospice Harvest Fair will be held on Sunday September 2 at the University of Limerick. The usual stalls and fun activities will be in place, with live music and food outlets in place. The Milford Care Centre plays a vital role in family life around the communities of Limerick Clare and north Tipperary. All support will be appreciated and the proceeds will go towards the new enhanced facilities in the new in-patient unit.

The McCormack/Kelly Academy of Dance will resume in Ardagh hall on Monday September 3 at 7pm, for returning dancers, with enrolments for new dancers at 6.45pm. A €5 fee for insurance will be collected on the night. The Irish step dancing and Sean Nós dancing classes will resume in Carrigkerry Community Centre on Wednesday September 5 .At 7pm step dancing,8pm junior Sean Nós, and 9pm adult Sean Nós dancing.

Congratulations to Joe Carr Ballinabearna, who won €206 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday August 24. Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated.

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Athea Community Council Ltd.-29/08/2018

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 8, 9, 17, 23.   No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Francie Flavin, Athea

Nicole Coulter, Pallas Foods

Mary & Jamie Mahony, Galeside

Agatha & Niamh, Markievicz Park

Sellers Prizes: Betty Murphy & Lal Browne

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Nellie Flavin, Athea & Sparky c/o Francie Flavin

Next Draw: 04/09/2018

Venue:  White’s Bar      Jackpot: €4,600

€200 Winner

Nellie Flavin, Athea


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Athea Utd Soccer

U/14 Div 4 (Wed, August 22nd)

Shannonside 1

Athea Utd 5   (Evin Curry (3), Darragh Reidy, Daire O’Shea)

Referee Paudie Manning

Junior Div 1 (Sun, August 26th)

Athea Utd v Adare Utd called off.

NOTE – All junior games were called off  last Sunday


Saturday, September 1st  

U/8 Group 5
Killeaney v Athea Utd at 11.30am
U/12 Div 2
AK Utd B v Athea Utd at 10am (in Kilcornan)

U/16 Div 2
Kilcolman Rvs v Athea Utd 2p

Sunday, September 2nd 
U/10 Group 5 Single
Ferry Rangers v Athea Utd at 7pm
Junior Div 1
Athea Utd v Adare Utd at 1.30pm

All players check with your respective managers regarding training times for the new season.

The club congratulates Cillian O’Connor and Stephanie Barrett who got engaged at the weekend. Wishing the couple the very best for their future together.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, August 27th are as follows –
Jackpot was €12,700.

Numbers drawn 1, 16, 20, 32.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – John Hickey, Listowel. Darren Murphy, Athea. Alan O’Shea, Kostal. Nora Fitzmaurice, Moyvane. James Murphy, Kostal.
Sellers Clare Ryan & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €12,800 at JP’S Bar on Monday, September 3rd

Athea GAA

Club Draw:

The 3rd leg of the GAA club draw took place at White’s on Saturday night last. The following were the lucky winners on the night:-

€500-Timmy Finnegan, Mountcollins. Seller: M. Ahern.

€200-Jack Hunt, Coole East. Seller: Neilus Hunt.

€150-Pat & Josephine Griffin, Coole West. Seller: John Hunt.

€100-Kevin Kelly, Glin Road. Seller: M. Reidy.

€100-Mary O’Sullivan, Glasha. Seller: Declan Dalton.

€100-Cillian Liston, Gortnagross. Seller: John Hunt

€100-Con O’Sullivan Snr., Lr. Road. Seller: Roger Ryan.

€80-Jimmy Dalton, Coole West. Seller: John Hunt.

Seller’s Prize: Kevin O’Keeffe.

Well done to all the lucky winners and you can still join for the remaining 5 draws for €10 a month or €50 in one payment.


Well the game against Mungret has eventually been fixed for September 14th. This game is very important for Athea and a win could see them going to senior level next year. We wish them well.

Junior B:

Unfortunately our Junior ‘B’ team were beaten by Adare on Saturday evening last in Croagh on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-6.


Don’t forget to order your tickets early for the Celebration Social in October – it promises to be a great night.

Coiste na nÓg:

Fixtures for August:

Monday September 3:


Our U14s will play Mungret/St.Pauls on Monday evening September 3 in at home at 7pm. Players to be at the field for 6.30pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.


U6, U8 & U10:

Training for our U6, U8 & U10 players 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.


Training for our U12s continues next Monday evening in Páirc na nGael from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All players must have gum shields in order to take part.


The Coiste na nÓg were lucky to get chosen by Tesco Community Fund to help with their fundraising for the next eight weeks. If there is anyone shopping in Tesco Abbeyfeale, could you please help us by putting the Tesco Blue token in the Athea Underage Football (Coiste na nÓg) slot. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.

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 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 travelled to Milltown, Co. Kerry on Sunday evening last to play the local Gaelic for mothers and others team from Milltown/Castlemaine. We played extremely well in all three matches, our hand passing and kicking has improved immensely, but our team play on the day was excellent. Both teams really enjoyed themselves as we made new friends once again and we all enjoyed a cup of tea and refreshments in the club house after the games. Panel: Loretta Brouder, Trisha Russell, Mag Carroll, Stacey Galvin, Deirdre Mullane, Sarah Reidy, Laura Brosnan, Kayrena Hanrahan & Mary Tehan.

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

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