Members of the victorious ‘63 and ‘68 teams who were honoured at a Commemoration Night in the Devon Inn Hotel recently

Photographs on sale from Bridie Murphy Photography Glenastar, Ardagh,

Co. Limerick. Phone : 069 76117 or 086 8833277

Pictured are left to right, Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr. James Collins, Athea’s, Ted Hunt, Eileen O’Sullivan, Damien Ahern, Henry Moran and Sean Barrett with Cllr. Frances Foley and Gerry Boland, JP McManus Charitable Foundation.

Athea Tidy Towns

Athea Wins Going For Gold! 

We travelled to the Strand Hotel in Limerick on Tuesday last for the results of the ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ competition. €80,000 in prize money was up for grabs as well as the much sought after ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ trophy. Athea has a good record in the competition winning the Limerick in Bloom on two occasions. The Liam McCarthy cup was also present on the night attracting a lot of attention. MC for the night was Richard Lynch from iloveLimerick accompanied by a jazz band.

The first prize of the night went to Damien Ahern who won the ‘Love your Limerick’ photography competition with a photograph of Athea captured during the snow in March. Damien won €500 for his efforts and also €500 for Athea Tidy Towns.

The last result to be announced on the night was the overall ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ prize with a prize fund of €10,000 sponsored by the  JP McManus. There were 13 communities from all over Limerick short listed for this prize. The runners up in the competition were first to be announced and then the two remaining groups were invited on stage. Athea and Kilteely anxiously waited on stage for the results. As a first for the competition, it was decided that both groups would be joint winners in the competition and were awarded €10,000 each. This is a result we are extremely proud of and a just award for the continued improvement work in Athea.

This award would not be possible without the assistance and support of you, the parishioners and also our Fás workers and Tús workers who all work together to improve our area.

Special mention also to our four local councillors; Seamus Browne, John Sheahan, Francis Foley and Liam Galvin who have supported our efforts from the beginning and have invested a lot of time and effort various local projects. Thanks also to Patrick O’Donovan TD and Tom Neville TD for their support.

The trophy and cheque were on display before all masses last weekend. Further celebrations will be planned in the coming weeks.

Although our group were successful in securing €10,500 in total from this competition, we have many projects planned to spend this money on – heritage trail, wildlife walk, new Village signage etc. Fundraising for projects is still a priority and we are appealing to everyone to please support our church gate collection which will take place before all masses on October 27th and 28th. There has also been a suggestion to produce a calendar/Christmas cards featuring images of Athea. Watch this space!

Our group would like to welcome Molly Pepper on board who is completing her Gaisce placement with Athea Tidy Towns. Molly will be completing her volunteering hours cleaning the library

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday takes place on Sunday  October 21st 2018

Memorial Mass

A Memorial Mass for the late Denny Falahee will be celebrated on Friday, October 26th at 7.00pm. in Athea Church.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Craobh Áth an tSléibhe

The A.G.M. of Athea Branch of Comhaltas will take place at the Top of the Town  on Monday night, October 22nd at 8pm

The Branch is currently putting together an application to host the  Limerick County Fleadh which takes place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend in 2019. This would be a great boost for Athea so it is important that we have a good strong committee.

We are therefore appealing to anyone who can help out in any way to please come along to the meeting. “Many hands make light work”