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Johnny & Conor Mullane pictured in the Johnny Mullane DugOut

Caroline-Ted-Ahern-pictured-in-the-dugout-sponsored-by-the-Kiely-Family, Glenagore/Birmingham







By Damien Ahern


Donations continue to be made online to our #AtheatoCrokePark fundraising walk. Our total now stands at the fantastic sum of €9,387 – getting very close to the magic sum of €10,000. The gofundme page will remain open for the foreseeable future. Offline donations can also be made by contacting any member of the committee. Many thanks to all our wonderful supporters.

Clothes Collection

Thanks to everyone from inside the parish and beyond who contributed to the clothes collection at the weekend. 960kgs of clothing was collected in total – we hope you are all enjoying the new found space in your wardrobes!

Tesco Community Fund

We are delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary for the Abbeyfeale Tesco Community Fund. There is no blue token voting required due to covid, so each of the three organisations chosen will receive a donation from the fund. Again, this will be a welcome contribution towards the developments at our walk & talk track. Many thanks to Catherine Broderick, Cratloe for assisting us with our tesco fund application.

RIP Paddy Enright

Our club were deeply saddened to hear about the recent sad passing of Paddy Enright. Paddy ‘the kid’ was a manager of the U14 Hurling team in the 80’s, aiding them to reach the 1984 final at the Gaelic Grounds. He was also a dedicated Club Draw seller for many years and a proud Athea & Limerick supporter always. We are currently doing some research into Paddy’s involvement and achievements with the club, which we look forward to sharing with you all in the near future. A large crowd kitted out in Athea GAA gear and maroon flags flying lined the road outside the clubhouse on Tuesday for the passing of the remains. May the light of heaven shine upon him.

Dugout Sponsors

Following completion of the new sponsor signage for our two newly constructed dugouts, we were delighted to receive a visit from sponsor Johnny Mullane to the ‘Johnny Mullane Dugout’ and from Ted and Caroline Ahern who are close friends of the Kiely Family from Glenagore/Birmingham who sponsored the second dugout. Many thanks to Johnny and the Kiely family for supporting the development of Athea GAA.










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By Carrig Side-25/05/20201

By Tom Aherne

The death has occurred of Josephine Kiely late of Lower Lisgordan, Ardagh,  on Saturday, May 15, peacefully at home, predeceased by her mother Elizabeth, father Patrick and nephew Micheál. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in Saint Colman’s Church, Kilcolman on Monday, May 17 at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is extended to  her sister Mary, brothers Donie and Haul, sister-in-law Peg, Mary’s partner Tom, nephews Patrick and his wife Denise, Liam and his wife Christine, nieces Noreen and her partner Niall, Elizabeth and her partner David, grand nephews Christopher and Luke, grand nieces Emily and Ciara, cousins, other relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May she Rest in Peace.

Darragh Treacy 0-1  from the Saint Kieran’s club was a member  of the Limerick team that defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 0-14 in Division 3 South of the National Football League played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Saturday, May 15. Darragh also lined out last Saturday in Tullamore when Offaly defeated Limerick by 0-16 to 1-11 in their second match

Róisín Ambrose, Ardagh and the Newcastle West camogie club is a member of the Limerick Senior panel for 2021. Limerick will compete in Division 1 Group 2, against Clare and Galway. Limerick defeated Clare by 2-14 to 1-11 on Saturday last in their opening match played in Ennis. Limerick junior team defeated Clare by 2-16 to 2-10 in their opening match at Kilmallock on Saturday, May 15. Róisín Mann, Ardagh and Newcastle West club filled the full back position. They  drew with Carlow  1-16 to 3-10 in their second match on Saturday last at Cullen Park Carlow.

On Friday last May 21, Peg Prendeville, Glenbawn, librarian at Glin Library since September 2005 retired. Peg is a published author, and award-winning writer, whose work has been included in numerous publications over the years. Peg was most helpful and courteous to all sections of the community who attended, and her pleasant manner will be missed in Glin. We wish Peg and husband Jim (who is undergoing health issues at present)  health and happiness in the future.

The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday, May 29, during the Limerick Live Sports Show from 10-11am.The top prizes each month are €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000. The exclusive 5th star prize is a Barcelona 8-Seater Cast Aluminium Garden Patio Set with Lazy susan worth €1,599. This timeless cast aluminium set includes a table, 8 chairs with seat cushions and a parasol with a 10-year structural guarantee. There are  four prizes of €500, four prizes of €250, and 17 prizes of €100. Total prize money each month is €21,000. The Saint Kieran’s GAA Club would welcome new members, and subscription can be paid through the Club force App.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, May 17. The numbers drawn were 8,14,23 , and 27, and there was no winner of the €5,700 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received €40 each: Pat Molyneaux, Askeaton, Noel Murphy, Cullinagh, Newcastle West, John Dillane, Ballinabearna, Amanda and Jack Dalton and Tim Fitzpatrick, c/o Josie O’Connor. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €5,800. 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 split the pot draw on Monday, May 10. Congratulations to Tyler, Ross, Aimee and Aine Flavin, who won €110. The weekly   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  Hanley’s Food Store Creeves,  and from committee members.  People can also sign up by standing order for €9 per month. The  draws will be held on Monday nights, and all support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to John Ahern, Ardagh, who won €340 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, May 21. The tickets cost €2, and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloney’s Carrigkerry, and Denis Greaney’s Shop Ardagh) or from the radio station. All support will be appreciated as finances are tight due to lack of fundraising. The radio station is off limits to members of the public at present, with only volunteers allowed access. When restrictions are lifted all will be very welcome to visit and get involved in programming. A number of exciting new programmes are in the pipeline for later in the year. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

People driving past Coolcappa village may have noticed a memorial stone on the roadside close to the national school and wondered what the story behind it was. Last Saturday was the 100 anniversary of the man it is dedicated to, Patrick O’Brien. Ger Greaney, who has a passion for genealogy  has uncovered the following on Patrick: The crafted stone is in honour of a local volunteer, Patrick O’Brien, who lost his life 100 years ago. Patrick O’Brien was born in Riddlestown on the 12th of April 1896 to Charles O’Brien and Ellen Sheahan. He left for America in 1914 at the age of 17 to help provide for his aging parents. He returned from America to visit his widowed mother in 1921.

He died on May 21st, 1921 as a result of a booby trap bomb on the Tally-Ho Bridge near Rathkeale. ”When opening a filled in trench near Rathkeale he was killed by an explosion. On investigation, it was found that a Mills bomb had been placed in the trench, a foot from the surface, and a piece of wire was placed around a stone. When the stone was removed the pin of the bomb was drawn and the bomb exploded.” He was not found until the following morning and despite the attention of Dr. Hayes, he died from his injuries. This monument is in Coolcappagh, across from the cottage that his parents lived in. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam Uasal. Members of Saint Kieran’s Heritage Association placed a wreath there on Saturday last to mark his 100 anniversary.

I came across a song about Paddy Dalton who I featured a few weeks ago on the 100 anniversary of his death by Crown forces in Gortaglanna  on May 12, 1921. It was written by Tommy Scanlon and I include the five  verses as follows.

In Athea’s lonely churchyard, by the Gale’s gentle waves,

Our hero lies sleeping in a green Irish grave,

Our own Paddy Dalton the bravest and best,

We will miss him forever in lovely Coole West.

He fought for his country, and died for the cause,

Against the cruel invaders he hated their laws,

 For the dawning of freedom from slavery’s chain,

He gave his young life,  but he died not in vain.

To your memory dear Paddy, who fought on the day,

And to all the grand boys from the old I.R.A.

Who fought for their country and died for their land,

To your memory dear Padraig, we have got a fine band.

We will play you sweet music a lullaby of rest,

 And softly ’twill steal o’er the hills of Coole West,

We will beat the drums loudly and play Geal mo Chroi,

Until Ireland  again be a home for the free.

Flow gently sweet Gale for guard they are keeping,

The angels above o’er the grave where he is sleeping,

While his band o’er the hill’s echoes music serene,

 Keeping memory of the cause in our souls ever green.


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Abbeyfeale Notes-25/05/20201

By Marian Harnett

PROLOGUE: “Train people well enough that they can leave, treat them well enough that they won’t want to”.            Richard Brandson.

DEATHS: We offer our sympathy to the family of Patrick O’Brien, Pairc Luachra whose funeral took place on Friday. May he rest in peace. We also offer our sympathy to Jackie Broderick, Clash on the death of his brother Tadgh and Joe and Mary Morrissey on the death of Mary’s mother Peggy Horan, Scartaglen and to Margaret, Connie and Mary and the extended family of the late Breda McAuliffe, Dromtrasna Collins whose funeral was held on Monday. Sincere sympathy too, to Sheila and all the Colbert  family on the death in NY of Mags whose funeral will take place next weekend in Abbeyfeale. May they all rest in peace.

LEAVING CERT  MASS: Fr Chris O’Donnell will celebrate a special Mass in Patrickswell in conjunction with the Diocesan Youth Ministry team on Friday night next at 8pm for all the Leaving Cert students.  It will be streamed live on: Live Stream | Ballybrown & Patrickswell church website ›

CONFIRMATION: Fr. Chris O’Donnell has produced 3 video lessons for Confirmation children and their families. The lessons are delivered by Johanna O’Brien and Eleanor O’Brien from Limerick along with Fr Chris. Both Johanna and Eleanor trained as teachers at Mary  Immaculate College and have been involved in the Limerick Diocese’s Youth
Ministry programmes.  Details will be posted on FB.

BUGGY BUDDIES:  Join our FREE 4 week ‘Walk & Talk’ programme. It is a chance for you to get out and about with your toddler, enjoy gentle exercise and have a chat with other parents and other caregivers. Starts 11am, Tuesday, June 1, meeting at the Abbeyfeale Greenway at the Railway entrance.  Programme facilitated by Limerick Sports Partnership and West Limerick Resources CLG. Complimentary pack for everybody who completes the 4 weeks.  Places are limited. To register contact Mary O’Connor 087 938 2883.

SIGNS OF POSITIVITY: The official launch of the SICAP produced ‘Signs of Positivity’ video will take place at 1pm, Sunday, May 30, on the WLR You Tube channel as part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2021.  Join us for an adventure in remote, community-based learning featuring local craftspeople from throughout West Limerick.

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Construction has begun on the European headquarters, Manufacturing and Operations Centre  of US company  Ortec Inc in Newcastle West. The company was founded  in 1980 and its  headquarters are in Easley, South Carolina.

SCRAP: Glin GAA Club will be hosting a scrap collection over the next 2 weeks.  All types of steel, galvanised sleeting, copper piping etc.  No gas cylinders.  Anyone wishing to drop off any scrap at the GAA grounds can do so on Wednesdays from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to have scrap collected please contact James on 0872311156 or Jack on 0872289841.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP OF MELBOURNE: Fr Martin Ashe of Muckross Road, Killarney was appointed by Pope Francis as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne during the week. Fr Martin has served in the diocese of Melbourne over 40 years and is a regular visitor to Killarney to visit his mother Eileen and family members.

CHURCH NEWS: Mass Intentions; Wednesday 10am Jack & Nell Gleeson,  Killarney Road. No Saturday morning Mass. 6.30pm Dick Fitzgerald, Railway Bar. Sunday 10am Maria Delariza 1st Anniversary 12noon, Niall O’Mahony, Collins Park. Mary Ita McCarthy, Shanbally. Monday 7pm Denis & Mary O’Connor, Kilconlea.  Under the current guidelines the celebration of First Communion and Confirmation are not permitted for the time being. Parents should note that the dates we have issued from the parish are provisional. Hopefully come the end of June restrictions on these ceremonies will be lifted.  Sincere thanks to parishioners who continue to support the church through their weekly offerings. Your weekly contributions enable us to keep the parish functioning and we are grateful for that. As well as using the weekly envelopes, parishioners can also use the DONATE button on the parish website An increasing number of parishioners are opting to use this electronic donating system. It is a completely secure and confidential method of supporting the church. Fr Tony Mullins 0872600414, Fr Dan Lane (Retired) 087/2533030, Fr Denis Mullane 087/26219.

DRUG RELATED INTIMIDATION:  Having heard of a case of  Drug Related Intimidation locally I contacted the MidWest Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum   and received the following statement from Rionach who is a development Worker with the Forum. “ It is a criminal offence, and An Garda Siochana and the National Family Support Network highlighted this back in 2013, with the Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme. However, a lack of awareness of the programme, means that some family members can go without support, and some people (including workers in organisations) may be at a loss if a situation of drug related intimidation is disclosed to them.  It is a very difficult situation that a person could find themselves in, through no action of their own. It may be, that they didn’t even know their family member was using substances.  Whatever the circumstance, it can be isolating and heart breaking, and for that reason, it is important that people who find themselves in this situation know that there is support out there, and they are not alone. Drug Services can direct a family member towards a family support project or worker who can help them around the stress and strain of the circumstances where a family member is using substances ( and An Garda Siochana can support the family member in terms of their safety and security when faced with an incidence of drug related intimidation. There is a designated Garda Inspector allocated to Drug Related Intimidation in every county.  Limerick: Detective Inspector Ronan McDonagh Henry Street Garda Station 061 212 400. Kerry: Inspector John Kelly Tralee Garda Station 066 7102300.  It’s never too late to ask for help.


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