A sprightly John O’Connell on the dance floor with his daughter Marie at Jim O’Connor’s 70th birthday celebrations in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse in Abbeyfeale on Friday night last.

Congratulations & best withes to Jim (the Jobber) O’Connor who celebrated his 70th birthday on Friday night last in Fr. Casey’s Clubhouse in Abbeyfeale. A big crowd gathered to celebrate with Jim into the small hours of the morning.


Our AGM took place at the Library on Tuesday September 11th in front of a large crowd. Our secretary, Ellen Quille read out the minutes of our 2017 AGM followed by a run down of our accounts by Amina Parkes.

Chairman Lal Browne thanked everyone for their commitment towards our 2018 production of ‘Pretend Sick’ comparing the preparation required to stage a play similar to the preparation for an All Ireland Hurling Final. All our local businesses were acknowledged for supporting our raffle which allowed us to donate €2,700 this year to local charities. Lal also paid tribute to Mike Parkes RIP and wished everyone good health in the years to come.

A discussion took place on a production for Spring 2019. It was decided that the group would move away from a comedy/farce for the coming year and stage a play with more complex themes. This will both challenge us and allow us to learn and grow together as a group. Readings will take place at the Carnegie Library on Tuesday September 25th at 8.30pm where new members would be especially welcome.

Anyone wishing to be a member for the 2018/2019 period are asked to pay Amina Parkes/ Ellen Quille €1 membership as dictated by our insurance policy.

The following officers were elected for 2018/2019; Chairperson – Lal Browne, Vice Chairperson – Tommy Denihan, Secretary – Ellen Quille, Assistant Secretary – Annette O’ Donnell, Treasurer – Amina Parkes, Assistant Treasurer – Tom O’Keeffe, PRO – Damien Ahern,

Assistant PRO – Oliver McGrath. Honorary Presidents – Teresa Mullane, Oliver McGrath.

Coffee Morning

A Coffee Morning aid of Milford Hospice will take place in the Hall on this Thursday, September 20th. All support greatly appreciated.

C.E. Scheme Vacancies

There are two vacancies on the current C.E. Scheme for positions in the Community Hall. If you are receiving a social welfare payment you may qualify for a place. You can call into the  Community Council Office on Colbert Street or phone 068-42301 for more details.

Athea GAA Commemoration Night

Tickets at €30 each are now on sale for the Commemoration Night on Friday, October 5th at the Devon Inn Hotel. You are advised to buy early to avoid disappointment.

Athea Post Office Closure

Parishioners are urged to continue lobbying their local T.D.’s by making calls or sending emails outlining their concerns for the loss of the PO service in Athea, and letting them know the knock-on effects for the local shops, the distance to the nearest PO, etc.

Contact details below for our local T.D.’s

Tom Neville –[email protected] Telephone: 069 63610 / 086 3110031

Patrick O’ Donovan –[email protected] Telephone: 069 77998

Niall Collins –[email protected] Telephone: 061 300149 / 087 2749659

Athea Parish Journal

It’s that time of year again when we are asking people to send in their pieces for the journal. We are starting to put the journal together at the moment as we would like to get it on the shelves at least a couple of weeks earlier than other years.

It takes a lot of time to pull it all together and we are asking people to send in their material as soon as possible. Photos can be dropped into the office for scanning and will be kept safe. This will be the 30th issue and might very well be the last one to hit the shelves, so let’s make it a good one!