Archive for March, 2019

By Carrig Side-27/03/2019

By Tom Aherne

Rebecca Conlon from Rooska West  has set a goal to run four 10k events in four months to raise money for equipment for her nine-year-old son Adam, who has a rare condition called Mowat Wilson Syndrome. Adam gets many life-threatening seizures, which are increasing with age and mostly affect him at night. After a seizure Adam frequently vomits which can be extremely dangerous as he can’t turn over or sit up by himself. Rebecca needs to raise about €1,000 for a special camera system so  she can clearly see Adam without having to be in his room, and that the seizures can be recorded to help Adam’s doctors understand them and change medications to help him. Rebecca has completed her first run in Tralee, and this will be followed by 10k’s in Ballybunion, Limerick and Ballyheigue. A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help fund for the camera , and all support will be greatly appreciated. For gofundme details see

Congratulations to St Kieran’s Heritage Association who won a prize at the Rathkeale St Patrick’s Day Parade. It was for the best walking float and the members were delighted to accept it, for their Last Druid presentation. Paul Moriarty and the Blackhill Gaelic Tribe, (36) including children women and men added lots of colour and vocals as they marched along. A very large crowd was  present, and they were very encouraging to all the participants. The members also participated later in the afternoon in the much smaller Newcastle West Parade

Glensharrold Wren Group held their annual presentation event on Sunday March 10. Members of the group made presentations to the following:  Ardagh/Carrigkerry Tuesday Social Club,  Kilcolman Senior Citizens/Parish Committee, and the Bumbulance Children’s Ambulance Service. All the groups in turn thanked the Glensharrold Wren Group for the donations which will be put to good use during the year.  The present group have been hunting the wren now for 62 years and contributing to charity groups for over 25 years.

The following are the Lottery results from Neary’s  Bar Ardagh on Monday March 18. The numbers drawn were 5,10,13, and 21, and there was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who won €40 each: Laura Curtin, Ballinabearna, Maurice Harnett, c/o Tom Harnett, Betty Dillane, Ballinabearna, Alva Quaid, c/o Neary’s and Mary O’Connell, c/o Ailish.  Next week’s Jackpot will be €15,800 and the draw will be held in the Thatch Bar Newbridge.

Darragh Treacy and Sean McSweeney (1-1) from the Saint Kieran’s club were members of the Limerick team that lost to Wexford by 0-13 to 1- in the final round of the National Football Division 4 League  at Wexford park on Saturday March 16. Daniel Geraghty is a member of the Limerick minor football panel in training for the upcoming Munster Minor Football Championship round robin matches against Clare Waterford and Tipperary. St Kieran’s play Na Piarsaigh in Round 1 of the County Senior Football Championship on Friday March 29 at 8pm in Kilbreedy.

The inclement weather in recent weeks had led to widespread postponements of Desmond League fixtures. No matches were played either on St Patrick’s Day.

Congratulations to Mike Mahony and Mike Young who were prize winners at the Flag Floor card game held on Wednesday March 13.

An unusual art exhibition is on display at Newcastle West Library since Tuesday, March 19. It is the work of Sahaja Budzilla who lives in Glensharrold Carrigkerry. He grew up in an Irish family in Manchester. In his teens he found both art and Buddhism and later did a Fine Art Degree, discovering his natural medium in metal sculpture. He was ordained as a Buddhist and given the name Sahaja, which means natural, innate, spontaneous, born with … After college he had a studio at Dean Clough in Yorkshire and had a prolific nine-year period of working in metal.

After a 15-year painting career he has now gone back to making sculptures, He uses all kind of junk metal to create mythical figures of power, grace humour and beauty. He breathes life into broken tools and discarded metal. On display in the Library are 7 of his paintings, and 9 of his metal creations. People need to view them to fully understand what each individual piece stand for. Sahaja is living with his wife Siobhan next to the Flag Floor Rambling House, and visitors are welcome to call. He can be contacted   and  his contact number is 069-76640. The exhibition will run until Wednesday April 17, and it is well worth a visit.

The site in Carrigkerry village next to the Community Centre is for sale by public auction at the Imperial Hotel Cork on Wednesday, March 27. DNG Creedon are the Auctioneers and registration start at 10am. A €15,000 price has been placed on the 0.47 acres (0.19 hectares) site which is classed as development land.

The annual Céilí in aid of Down Syndrome Limerick will be held at the Longcourt Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday, March 29 at 9.30pm. Con Herbert and Mountain Road will supply the music with the usual refreshments and raffle. It is always a mighty nights dancing and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Saint Kieran’s Community  Watch committee  will be holding a church gate collection, outside Ardagh, Carrigkerry, Coolcappa, and Kilcolman to offset the costs of setting up this scheme on Saturday March 30 and Sunday March 31. Please be generous with your contributions.

The Knockdown Vintage Club are holding their Vintage Day in Knockdown on Sunday March 31. The event has grown bigger and bigger each year with large crowds and vehicles attending. This year’s modern run will be from Martin Sheahan’s Plant Hire, and the Vintage Car and Vintage Tractor  runs from Knockdown.

A fundraising raffle in aid of the Children’s Ark Unit  U.H.L. will be held in the Knockdown Arms, and  Raffle tickets are available at present  for attractive prizes, including first prize of two nights Bed and Breakfast in Killarney Plaza Hotel. Second prize is a €100 voucher for the Devon Inn, and other prizes include Monster Hamper, and Afternoon Tea for 2 at the Great Southern Hotel Killarney. The draw will take place at 6pm after the vintage run and tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5. The club has given a sizeable amount of money to charity over the years, which continue again this year. Music by Deel Dinger from 4pm to 6pm and all support will be appreciated.

The West Limerick branch of the Mental Health Association of Ireland will hold its Annual General meeting at Maple Lodge, Gortboy, Newcastle West on Tuesday April 2 at 8pm. All members to attend and new members are most welcome.

Congratulations to  Maura Hutchinson who won €320 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday March 22. 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.-27/03/2019

Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 6,  7,  28,  30.    No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20 each:

Trish, Timmy & Anne Sheehan, HillSide Drive

Declan Barrett, Markievicz Park

Patsy Kelleghan, c/o White’s

Michael Dooley, NewcastleWest

Sellers Prizes:

Bríd de Barra & Betty Murphy

Entrants to draw for €200 at end of month

Eileen Fitzgerald, Hillside Drive & Treasa Sexton, Athea

Next Draw: 02/04/2019

Venue:  Collins’ Bar  Jackpot: €7,400

€200 Winner: Kathleen Mullane, Glin Rd.

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Athea Utd Soccer


U12 Division 2 (Sat, March 23rd)                                               

Athea Utd (0) 2   (Jack Sexton, Louis O’Sullivan)

Pallaskenry (0) 0

Our twelves were in action at The Vales on Saturday morning in their first home game where Pallaskenry were visitors. It was a lovely day for a match and we were rewarded with a good win for our young players. There were no goals in the first half but early in the second half Jack Sexton put us ahead and midway through the half Louis O’Sullivan doubled our lead with a sweetly struck free kick. Pallaskenry put on a bit of pressure in the last quarter but the Athea held firm for a good win. Well done everybody.

Team: Timmy O’Keeffe, Jamie Collins, Fionn Histon, Sean Twomey, Louis O’Sullivan, Jack Sexton, Jamie O’Mahoney, Eric Barrett, Jamie Lee Flynn, Millie O’Sullivan. Referee Niamh Kilkenny

U16 Division 2 (Sat, March 23rd)                                               

Rathkeale (0) 3

Athea Utd (2) 4  (Paric Enright, Andrew O’Riordan 2, James Broderick)

Plenty of goals in Holycross last Saturday afternoon as our sixteens got their first win of the season with a four three win against Rathkeale. In truth there was more than a goal difference between the sides as we led four nil at one stage and it was only in the last fifteen minutes or so that the home side put the ball in the net. Paric Enright put us ahead on six minutes and four minutes later Andrew O’Riordan doubled our lead. Good play down our left saw Eoin O’Shea and James Broderick played a one two with Eoins well struck effort rebounding off angle of post and crossbar. Half time 2-0 to Athea.

Six minutes into the second half Andrew got his second and our third to put us in the driving seat. Midway through the half James Broderick got his first goal at U16s when he scored from close range after a corner from the left. Rathkeale got one back with fifteen minutes left and soon after got a second with a screamer from outside the box. We had chances to put the game to bed and held on solidly despite the home side scoring with the last kick of the game.

Team: Evin Curry, Shane Scanlon, TJ Hunt, Aidan Swan, Gavin Ambrose, Paric Enright, Michael Tierney, Eoin O’Shea, Jack Vaughan, Andrew O’Riordan, James Broderick. Sub Killian O’Connor.

Referee Wayne Fitzgerald

Junior Division 1 (Sun, March24th)                                          

Feenagh (3) 4

Athea Utd (3) 6  (Sean Ryan 2, Darren Murphy, Ger Ahern 2, Dylan Griffin)

A topsy turvy season continued in Feenagh last Sunday morning when our juniors got only their third win of the league. We were one down inside four minutes but two goals from Sean Ryan had us ahead and we extended this lead with a Darren Murphy goal. By half time however Feenagh were back on level; terms. Into the second half and a brace from Ger Ahern had us five three but Feenagh came back with their fourth before Dylan Griffin restored our two goal cushion with the final goal of the game.

Team: Ger Collins, Jason Quille, Mike Reidy, Mathew Tierney, Jack Denihan, Conor Mullane, Morgan O’Connor, Dylan Griffin, Ger Ahern, Darren Murphy, Sean Ryan. Sub used Ronan Hayes. Referee Pat O’Donnell


Saturday, March 30th
U/8s away to Killeaney at 11.30am
U/10s home to Ferry Rangers at 11.30am

Sunday, March 31st

Juniors home to AK Utd in the League Cup Q/F at 11.30am

Tuesday, April 2nd

U/14s away to Rathkeale at 6.30pm
Wednesday, April 3rd
U/11s home to GB Rovers at 6.30pm
Thursday April 4th
U/16s away to Ferry Rangers at 6.30pm


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, March 25th are as follows –
Jackpot was €6,800. Numbers drawn 18, 19, 28, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Willie McAuliffe, NCW. Margaret Sullivan, Ballybunion. Phyllis Enright c/o Kostal. Mike & Mary Copse, Ardagh. Tom O’Keeffe, Athea.

Sellers Agatha & Pat Hayes
New Jackpot €6,900 at White’s Bar on Monday, April 1st

Athea GAA


A great crowd attended the showing of the Singers, Dancers & Chancers DVD at Collins’ Bar here in Athea on Saturday night last. All the performers really enjoyed looking back at their performances on the GAA fundraiser enjoying the laughs, the jokes and all that went with the show. Well done to all who made it possible. The DVDs are now on sale in Collins’ Shop – a nice keepsake of the night.

Mackey Draw:

Tickets are now on sale for the Mackey Draw with some fantastic prizes as always. Athea club are great supporters and no doubt this year will be no exception. So if you need a ticket, contact any of the committee or ring me on 087-1233361. If you’re not in, you can’t win!


Hurling starts this coming Sunday morning at 11.30am for U-6s, U-8s and U-10s. This is a great day for the Athea club  and who knows maybe one day in the not too distant future we may have a Limerick hurler in our midst.


This Saturday Athea line out in Rathkeale against Newcastlewest at 3pm in the Intermediate Championship. Your support on the day would be very welcome. Here’s wishing them all the best.

The club wishes a speedy recovery to Seamus O’Donnell.

Coiste na nÓg:


Our u14s played their opening game of the season on Sunday morning last against St. Senans in Athea. It was a lovely morning for a match and the pitch as usual was in great condition. St. Senans proved too strong on the day but we were missing a few players with injuries. Best for Athea were, Donnchadh Barrett, Callum Buckley, Evan Curry, James Broderick, James Lee and Sean Twomey. Others who played well were Tomás Ahern, Calum Gleeson, James Hunt, Rory Cleary, Ciaran Hunt, Rory O’ Mahony and Jim Ahern who scored a well worked goal.

Féile Peil.

On Saturday next March 30th we play in the first rounds of the Annual Féile Peil which in the All Ireland for U14 footballers. We have four matches starting at 10am against Dromcollogher/Broadford in Pallaskenry followed by games against Belville Gaels (11.15am in Pallaskenry), Knockaderry/Monagea (12.30pm in Pallaskenry) and Rathkeale/Cappagh (1.45pm in Kildimo).

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:


Training continues from 5pm-6pm in Páirc na nGael every Thursday evening.


Training for U6 up to U12 has moved to Páirc na nGael on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm. All new players welcome.


Gaelic for Mothers and Others:

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