Archive for October, 2020

News – 27/10/2020

Happy 90th & 89th Birthday with hugecongratulations to these two lovely gentlemen Connie and Patie O’Sullivan, Lower Road, Athea.
Wishing you both many more years of health and happiness.

Petition Against Proposed Mast in Athea

A petition sheet will be available for signing at Collin’s Shop and Griffin’s Butchers with regard to the proposed Eir mast which is to be located at the back of the Garda Station. Please sign if you have objections to this tall mast in the middle of the village before November 6th. These petition signatures will be forwarded to Limerick County Council and may have a big bearing on the granting of permission.

The Use Of Smart Phones

In today’s world, smart phones are  playing a big part in our day to day activities. No longer are phones just for making and receiving calls, they are mini computers and are capable of  connecting us to the world wide web. Increasingly more and more business is done on line and, in these times of lockdown, the Mass can be seen and heard in the comfort of our own homes. Young people have no problem operating smart phones, they grew up with them, but there is a large group of older people who need help getting to understand what to do. The way things are at the moment it is impossible to organise a formal class but maybe there is some other way of getting information to those who need it.

This virus will not last forever and, with God’s help, we will be back to some kind of normality but, in the meantime, if anyone has any ideas, please contact me, Domhnall de Barra on 087 6758762 or email me at

Golf and Bodhráns

by Domhnall de Barra

It is no secret that I enjoy a game of golf now and again so I might be a bit biased when I complain about the fact that it has been lumped in with other sports that are banned for the extent of the lock down. Once upon a time golf was a sport for the privileged few and it was almost impossible for the ordinary Joe Soap to get into a club but that day is long gone and it is now the preferred game of many in all walks of life. There are a couple of reasons for this: it can be played at almost any age and the handicap system gives everybody an even chance of winning.  It is not really about the winning though, it is about comradeship, fitness and being out in the open air for four to five hours at a time. You might meet a stranger on the first tee but by the eighteenth hole you will have discovered a good deal about  that person and, of course  you will have divulged a lot of information about yourself. Golf is also great for the mind. It teaches you to accept victory and defeat in equal measure. Today you may go out and hit some great shots, finding the greens in regulation and hitting the fairways and you come home feeling seven feet tall but tomorrow all that may change and you spend your time hacking out of the rough or trying to get out of the bunkers. There are no two days alike but if you can manage a few good shots and sink the odd putt you can leave the course in great form. The age profile in golfers has swayed in recent years towards the over 50s and especially the 65 plus brigade who are retired and find it a great help in passing the time. It is of great importance to the mental wellbeing of somebody who might otherwise live a lonely existence with little social contact. It is a non-contact sport, as somebody said to me lately, “when you are taking a swing at a ball there is nobody trying to hook you.”   You never get close up and personal with anybody else on the course and golf clubs have done their best to provide guidelines on how we can avoid catching the virus. We travel alone to the course just in time to tee off and leave it immediately afterwards. Hand sanitizers are located throughout and there is no touching of flagpoles etc.  Social distancing is observed but the very nature of the game means there is little chance of getting close to anybody. Physical contact such as hand shaking is not allowed and everybody is happy. Unfortunately the powers that be have decreed that all courses should close, despite the fact that there is no evidence of any transmissions from golfer to golfer. I will certainly miss it and I know of many who feel the same way. In allowing the GAA competitions to go ahead, the government line was that it was important for the people to have something to look forward to well, I think that the closure of golf courses will have a detrimental affect on thousands of men and women throughout Ireland. They got it wrong!


In last week’s edition we had a photo of Jerry Brouder with a selection of bodhráns that he had made. This was, traditionally, the time of year when bodhráns or “tambourines” as we used to call them, were made to be ready for the Wren Day. The Wren Day was a very important day in the social calendar of our forefathers as it presented an opportunity to collect funds that would be used for a wren party just after Christmas. There was great skill in making a good bodhrán. A good goat was selected and killed. The skin was carefully removed, treated with lime and buried in the ground for a length of time to remove the hair and impurities. It was then scraped and placed in water, more often than not in a nearby stream.  The rim was made from a length of wood about a half inch thick and about six inches wide. This had to be bent into a circular shape  by bending it over steam from a pot of boiling water. There was a skill in getting the pressure just right  to make as good a circle as possible. The skin was then stretched over the rim and tacked on. Excess skin was removed around the tacks and now it was time to put some finishing touches. Many bodhrán makers added flattened bottle tops to small slits cut at intervals around the rim. A few would be inserted in the slit with a nail through the centre and they would act like cymbals when the bodhrán was shaken.  A piece of wood or wire was attached across the open ended side of the bodhrán to make a handle and another piece of wood was whittled to make a short stick with two bulbous ends for striking the skin. The bodhrán was then stored in a dry place ready for action on St. Stephen’s Day. Later on it was easier to use a section of a wooden barrel or an old sieve for the rim. I was thinking of this when I was looking at Jerry’s workshop. Goats don’t have to die anymore because the skin has been replaced by synthetic material which is ready to be used.  The wood is shaped on a modern machine and nothing is left to chance. The type wood, the strength of the skin, the depth and size of the finished article, all decide what the tone of the instrument will be. Bodhrán players have different preferences and Jerry can cater for them all. There is also a sophisticated type of bodhrán  that has two rims, one inside the other connected by screws that can be tightened and loosened to move one of the rims against the skin to tighten it, a far cry from the days when they had to be heated at the fires of the homes visited on the Wren Day. Jerry’s bodhráns are in great demand and we wish him every success in the future.


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By Carrig Side – 27/10/2020

by Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Elizabeth (Elsa), Enright  nee O’Brien, Lisnacullia, Rathkeale, on Monday, October 19, peacefully at her home, beloved wife of Con, predeceased by her late son Patrick. Her funeral  Mass was celebrated on Wednesday  morning at 11am,in St. Kyran’s Church, Coolcappa with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We extend sympathy to Donal, Siobhán, Neil, Elizabeth, Rosemary and John. Sadly missed by daughters in law Paula, Bríd, Angela, Morgan, sons in law, Ian and Simon, her adoring grandchildren Jennifer, Alison, Niall, Laura, Hannah, Aoife, Daniel, Padraig, Colin, Niamh, Connor, Con, Cillian, Jessica & David, her great grandchild Eala, survived by her sister Margaret, nephews and nieces, sister in law, extended family, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

We extend our sympathy to Mary Griffin and family Reens, Ardagh on the death of her son-in law Richard (Richie) Roche, Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale and formerly of Castlemahon. His funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Saturday, October 24, at 11am followed by burial in Reilig Íde Naofa, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy also to his wife Trish, daughter Ava, son Mark, mother Mary, sisters Patricia and Teresa, brothers Paul, Denis and Michael,  brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues, comrades in the Abbeyfeale drama group and a large circle of friends. His acting ability was much admired by all who attended the many productions he appeared in. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Donal O’Brien, Castletown, Pallaskenry,  and late of Kildimo Development and Munster Medics, peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 18. The Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday, October 21 at 12 noon at St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo followed by burial in Castletown Graveyard, Pallaskenry. Donal was employed as a draughtsman by Patrick McCormack Joinery Works back in the 1970s. We extend sympathy to his wife Marie, daughter Niamh, sons Eoin, Ciarán and Darragh and son-in-law Bryan. Also dearly missed by his brothers Sean and Micheál, sisters Eileen and Betty, mother-in-law Maura, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.

The long running saga of a playground for Carrigkerry village is coming to an end with the  good news that the paperwork that has held up this project for so long has been finalised. The Committee who worked long and hard are to be complimented for continuing their efforts, against stubborn bureaucracy. This will be a  lovely addition to the village, and  the layout of the playground can be seen on Facebook.

Darragh Treacy from the St Kieran’s GAA Club was a member of the Limerick team that defeated Sligo by 1-16 to 1-14, in Division 4 of the National Football League, at Markiewicz Park Sligo on Saturday last, October 24. The result saw them gain promotion to Division three, for next year. The Club are holding their AGM online at 8pm on Friday, November 20.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  continues. The third draw took place on Monday, October 19, in the Community Centre Ardagh.  The jackpot was €6,800, and the numbers drawn were 1,7,12,14, and there was one Jackpot winner. Congratulations to Daniel Power, Kilscannell, (online) who matched the numbers. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each,  Michelle and Ann Molyneaux c/o Josie, Noreen Lee Ambrose (online), Winnie Murphy c/o Mackessey’s, Paddy Guina c/o Greaney’s shop, and Aoife O’Connor c/o Greaney’s shop. Next week’s Jackpot will be €3,000. People can play online using club force on the club’s Facebook page, with 6pm on Monday evening the deadline. The tickets are also on sale at the usual outlets, and all support will be appreciated.

Creeves Celtic  held their fourth split the pot fundraiser draw at  on Monday, October 19, at the Thatch Bar. Congratulations to Sandra Allen who won €143.The entry fee is €2, with €1 going to the club and the other €1 to be paid out in prize money each week. The envelopes to place your two Euro in plus details, are available at the Thatch Bar, Neary’s Bar, and Hanley’s Foodstore Creeves. Participants can also sign up to a standing order made payable to the club, contributing €9 per month. The forms are available from committee members, and the  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

The Big Build TV programme on Sunday, October 18, featured Amy Mulcahy from Annacotty and the work involved in getting the family home upgraded following a water accident in 2019. Con Brouder Fitted Kitchens, now based in Glin, were involved in the project, which did amazing work over nine days.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for October will be held on Limerick Live 95fm during the sports show on Saturday, October 31. The star prize this month is a two night luxury stay in the Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens. The package includes breakfast in the Sandstone Restaurant plus evening dinner for two plus a bottle of wine. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online.

Antique and Collectors Centre is the name of a new shop that was due to open in Main Street Ardagh, over the October Bank Holiday Weekend. The opening hours will be from 11am to 5pm, each Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment  Tel: 087-2040520. Due to the level 5 restrictions the opening has been put on hold until it gets the green light.

An Post has announced a free delivery service for residents of Nursing and Care homes in Ireland to run up to January 31, 2021. An Post will deliver, letters, cards, and small packages weighing up to 2kg without a postage stamp. FREEPOST must be written where the stamp is normally placed, and the service operates from and to residents, which is a nice gesture during Covid-19 tighter restrictions.

Congratulations to James White Duagh who won €170 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, October 23.Tickets cost €2 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, or from the radio station. All support is very much appreciated. New volunteers to get involved in all aspects of the station are needed at present. The roles available include research and studio work, fundraising, creating new talk shows, documentaries and lots more. Contact the station at 069-66200 if interested.


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Kathleens Corner – 27/10/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

The message from Dr. Tony Houlihan this week as we moved into another lock down for 6 weeks was–Remember the People that you love. He also asked each and every  one  of us to take responsibility, and if we all do our bit we will be able to have a Christmas. He also asked everyone to Shop Local and to buy IRISH. It’s a difficult time for everyone. but there is always Light at the end of the tunnel. With the darker evenings we are asked to keep an eye on the elderly, give them a ring or a visit and make sure they have enough of everything.

Sincere sympathy is extended  to Sheila Mulvihill of Dirreen on the death of her sister Mary Cullen of Limerick at the weekend following an illness. Requiem  mass on Sunday was celebrated by Canon Tony Mullins and burial took place afterwards to Holy Cross where she was laid to rest with her husband John who had predeceased her. Sincere sympathy also to her family James, Mags and Hilary, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. 

Well Fr. Duggan has gone to Kimmage in Dublin for the few weeks of lock down. While there he will remember all his parishioners here in Athea at his masses. He would welcome any phone calls, or if anyone has any special intentions to pray for. The church  is open for private prayer each day up to 1 o’clock. Any enquiries to Siobhán Barrett.

We think we are badly off but if anyone was watching  DIY SOS the big build on Sunday evening, where a young mother of 3 children lost her husband to cancer within a few weeks, with a half built home. But once again the great hearted volunteers of our small Island came together and finished it in 9 days. Unbelievable–however as I stated recently Ireland was the country in the whole world who were found to give most to those less off than us. It’s something to be proud of.

Hold on for the next few weeks, get out for a walk, chat to friends and we will all come out at the right end of this pandemic. Stay Safe.


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