Archive for July, 2019


Thanks Limerick

Limerick hurlers made their exit from this year’s championship with what can only be described as a very strange and uncharacteristic performance against Kilkenny. They were like rabbits caught in the glare of headlights as Kilkenny raced into a big lead, one they were never able to claw back though, to their credit, they came to within one point of doing so. Commentators all stated that Kilkenny were by far the better team but some of the stats do not show that.  Limerick had far more shots at the posts and missed some sitters that they normally would convert in their sleep. It was going to be a lucky bounce that would decide this and it happened when, after a brilliant save by the Kilkenny goalkeeper, the ball broke between one of the backs and an inrushing Limerick forward. The ball broke to the back averting a certain goal. It was not to be Limerick’s day but they did the county proud in the way they never gave  up the struggle and fought to the bitter end. There will be other days but in the meantime thank you lads for giving us such joy and entertainment over the past couple of years. Roll on 2020. 

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock is on this Thursday, August 1st. The departure time is 8am from the Memorial Hall. There are a couple of seats still available so if you decide to go, inform Peggy Casey or Agatha Barrett.

Sacristan’s Collection

The Sacristan’s Collection for Carol will take place on Saturday, 10th and Sunday 11th of August. Envelopes can be got in the Church. Your support is appreciated.

Thank You

Lios Tuathail Athletics Club would like to sincerely thank all the people of Athea who so generously supported there “Night at the Dogs ” fundraiser which was held last Friday, July 26th in Tralee Greyhound Track.


The Danaher McGrath Trust is seeking applications for a scholarship for third level students. In order to apply for the scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must reside or have resided in one of the following Parishes prior to taking up their studies: Athea,  Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Tournafulla or Templeglantine
  • The Scholarship is provided on a mean test basis and is for students of limited means. Proof of means will be requested and required under the application process
  • Students who are undertaking courses of study in Irish language, Irish literature or music will be given preference in the application process
  • Application forms are available from secondary schools in Tarbert, Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West and from Woulfe Murphy Solicitors upon request (068-31106)
  • The closing date for applications is the 31st August 2019 no late applications will be considered

Applications should sent to:  The Danaher McGrath Trust Scholarship Application, 

C/O Woulfe Murphy Solicitors,  The Square, Abbeyfeale,  Co. Limerick

The Scholarship is open to students or prospective students of all third level institutions in Ireland.  The scholarship is an annual scholarship for the duration of the scholarship fund. The minimum award will be €2000 per annum.

The maximum award will be €5000 per annum. Up to 5 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Students are entitled to apply for the scholarship each year. No student will be awarded the scholarship for more than 4 years in duration.

Where a student fails to pass an academic year they cannot be awarded the scholarship to repeat the same academic year.

The Scholarship will be awarded to full time students only and is not available to part time students.

No canvassing will be tolerated and the decision of the Trustees is final.

A Sport for All

by Domhnall de Barra


People who never watched golf before were glued to their TVs for the final day of the British Open in Portmarnock recently. They wanted to see an Irishman, Shane Lowry, keep his lead going into the last day and emerge as a major champion. He duly obliged and history was made. Other Irish golfers have won majors in the past but none of them caught the imagination of the Irish public like Shane did.  Why is this so?  The answer is simple. Shane is a down to earth, fellow next door, genuinely nice fellow who has no airs and graces but is endowed with a natural talent that is the envy of golfers all over the world. He is like a cuddly teddy bear  unlike some of the other golfers who spend their time in the gym honing their muscles to achieve greater distance in their drives. There is a refreshing honesty about him that appeals to everyone and he thoroughly deserves all the praise and adulation he now receives.  It is no secret that I am a golf enthusiast and spend as much time as I can on the course so I hope that Shane’s win will encourage more people, especially, the younger generation, to take up the game.  What is so good about golf? Well, for a start, you don’t have to be any good at it to enjoy it. There is a handicap system that ensures all golfers compete on an even basis. It is probably the only competitive game that the better you get the more you are penalised but it makes for great competition and a chance for everyone to win. I am talking, of course, about the amateur game that thousands enjoy all over the country every day. Joining a club costs a bit but when you put it into perspective it is relatively cheap. Annual membership varies from club to club averaging about €600 per year. Break that down into a weekly subscription and it works out at  just over €10 a week. That is about the price of two pints and won’t even buy one packet of cigarettes. What you get for your subscription is a chance to play golf whenever you like. It gets you out into the open air, exercising most of the muscles in your body, for about four hours and a chance to meet new friends. You learn a lot about a fellow golfer over 18 holes and of course they learn a lot about you. During a round of golf you will experience various emotions from the elation of hitting a really good drive or sinking a long putt to the utter dejection  of fluffing a fairly simple chip from off the green. It is a game where character is really important. Honesty is paramount and cheaters are soon found out and dealt with. You have to have respect for the rules of the game and your fellow golfers. It may be  the finest day of the year or the rain is pouring down; it makes no difference. I always deem it a privilege to be able to play the game because I know that there are many, maybe in hospital wards, who would gladly change places with me. Then there is the 19th hole, the clubhouse, where we gather after the game to have a coffee, or something stronger if we aren’t driving, and the game is replayed again and again. I have made many great friends over the years and I have had the honour of being president of a club once and captain on three occasions. Nowadays I play my golf in Castleisland and Newcastle West but, through my membership of Athea Golf Society, I get to play different courses once a month.. The society in Athea is open to everybody and you don’t have to be a member of a club to join.  Experience is not necessary and we will even rustle up a few clubs to lend to somebody starting off. We have great craic on our outings and I thoroughly recommend it to anybody. Another thing about the game of golf is the fact that there is no age barrier. Some of my golfing buddies are in their eighties and still going strong, so if you now have a bit of time on your hands, give it a go; you won’t be disappointed.

I received the following from a John O’Riordan in response to my article last week via email. It speaks for itself.

President of the United States of America Mr Donald J Trump

May God Bless Him and America from a grateful people in Doonbeg Co Clare.
Don’t believe the FAKE NEWS the media and the Democrats are putting out about a great man.
He truly is making America great again.
As for travellers you are one of the bleating hearts who tolerates the mayhem they cause,  if you were robbed and beaten up by those f….rs you might have a different view.
By the way a Community site is not a place for personal political views.
Make America Great Again
4 More Years ………
With God’s Help.
The Doonbeg Appreciation Club

Mr O’Riordan has every right to his views and there has to be a very large number of people out there with similar leanings otherwise the  likes of  Donald Trump would not get elected to office. I, however reserve the right to differ and to express that difference in my column in Athea and District News.  That is democracy and the right to free speech at work. I also reserve the right to speak out on behalf of minorities who are discriminated against whether it be in Ireland or anywhere else in the world. People of Irish descent should remember that we once were treated as lesser mortals when we emigrated to England and other states to make better lives for our families. If any of you disagree with my poor offerings every week, please let me know. This column is open to everybody



















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Kathleen’s Corner-31/07/2019

By Kathleen Mullane

Well I wish I was congratulating the Limerick team this week and all the avid supporters who left from this side of the country to support them but unfortunately it was not to be and lost by just 1 point which makes it all the more difficult! But you know what – they will be there again hopefully in the not too distant future and the main thing is all types of ‘Sport’ helps bring communities together so that in itself is a “huge bonus”.

On Friday last Karen Greaney (daughter of Ita and Tommy, Templeathea) was married to John Geoghegan (son of Eibhlís and Leo, Gortnagross). Fr. Michael Wall, a family relative, performed the nuptial ceremony along with the christening of their little son John Gerard. The bride was assisted by her sisters Andrea and Rachel and Aisling Geoghegan and Fionnuala Crimmons. The groomsmen were Raymond Brouder, Mike McCarthy, John Conway and Gary Carroll. The pageboys were Jack Geoghegan and Finn Healy and Grace Ahern, flowergirl. Everyone had a great day at The Devon Inn Hotel. Best wishes go to the newly weds and congratulations.

Thursday last was the ‘Big Day’ for Pa Ahern, son of Nellie and Mossie of Garrygloss, when he wed Deirdre Fitzpatrick of Ashford. Deirdre and Pa were well known in the GAA sector. Deirdre played football for the Athea Ladies team some years ago. The wedding ceremony took place in St. Ita’s Church in Ashford. It was off to The Woodlands Hotel in Adare then where family, relatives and friends had a brilliant day. All the very best is wished to the happy couple for the future years ahead.

Sympathy is extended to Catherine Moran of Toureen on the recent death of her brother Gerard O’Connor in Newport, Co. Tipperary. ‘May he rest in peace’.

A big crowd attended the graveyard mass in Templeathea on Wednesday evening last – it was a lovely, fine evening for the occasion having had to be cancelled on 2 occasions.

The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock is on this Thursday, August 1st. The departure time is 8am from the Memorial Hall. There are a couple of seats still available so if you decide to go, inform Peggy Casey or Agatha Barrett.

The traffic on all roads I’m sure at this busy time of year is very heavy. I can only speak for my own Glin Road. Several people have got such frights recently, myself included, at the bridge near Timmy and Nora Cunningham’s. Cars speeding across the bridge are swung over to the opposite side, as there’s a sort of a bump on the bridge. Someone is going to get injured or killed there. We think there should be a sign up saying “Caution – Take Care” or “Slow Down, Dangerous Bridge”.

Congrats to Aisling O’Shea (daughter of Máiréad and Seán of Templeathea) who celebrated her 21st birthday last weekend along with her family and friends.


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Knockdown News-31/07/2019

By Peg Prendeville

There was great disappointment all round when Limerick lost by one point at the weekend but some team had to lose while another team rejoiced. Such is life I’m afraid. Our day will come again.

Meanwhile down in Waterford all this week there is great excitement at the Renault GAA World Games when teams from all the continents will have a chance to show their skill. Our own Seanie Cummane, Knockdown but now living in Korea, is Manager of the Asian games and is back in his native country with his wife for the occasion. Eighty-four teams will compete across the week with eight trophies up for grabs across hurling, camogie and men’s and ladies’ football. The finals will be hosted in Croke Park on Friday.  We wish them all the best of luck.

All tickets for the play about the Cailín Bán were sold out within hours in Glin  last week. It seems to be an event of great interest to many. The added attraction, of course, being the presence of Dominic West in the cast. Rehearsals are well under way for the occasion.

Dromcollogher Respite and Care Centre will hold the annual Vintage Rally and Harvest Fair on this Sunday August 4th. It will be a fun-filled family day with funds going towards the Respite Centre. Many people have benefited from this Care Centre and all support will be greatly appreciated as many upgrades are needed for the centre which was founded in 2002.

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