Congratulations on 50 years of Priesthood and Pastoral Care

With his dog Cadbury

Rev. Michael J. Moroney from Templeathea, Co Limerick

Fr Mike was ordained on the 12th of June 1971 in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles and his first mass was in St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on the 13th June. His was assigned to the Baton Rouge Dioceses where he has made a huge impact in building communities both physically and spiritually.

In 2013, Fr. Mike was selected as one of the top 12 distinguished Pastors in the USA by the National Catholic Educational Association, and he is the only priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge to ever receive this honour.  In 2019 he was the first priest to hold the illustrious position of Grand Marshal in the 34th St Patrick’s Day Parade in Baton Rouge.

The Friends of St. Ita’s Community Hospital TEAM

Taking part in our 7km sponsored Walk/Run (Virtual) over week 7th/13th June 2021 in aid of our Fundraising Campaign towards ongoing improvements and facilities for the residents and patients in St. Ita’s Hospital.

Your support for the Friends of St. Ita’s team would be greatly appreciated, as always.

You can contact Peggy Casey and Kathleen Mullane if you would like to donate. Every little helps a lot.

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea

Mass Intentions next weekend

Fri June 4th 7.30pm:                      Patrick Dalton (month’s mind).

Margaret White (months mind).

Penny Woulfe (Anniversary)

Sat June 5th 7.30pm:                       Joan O’Connor (Anniversary

All masses and funeral masses are live streamed on the Church Services TV network via the following link

Sacristans Collections:

The sacristan’s collection will be taken up at all masses next weekend –

envelopes are available in the church.

Leaving Cert Students:

Fr Duggan will pray for the students of the parish sitting their leaving cert exams this June – on Friday night June 4th. If you are a leaving cert student and would like to be involved in the mass please contact Siobhan.

Baptismal Information: Any parent wishing to baptise their child must have the baptismal course completed – for further details please contact Theresa on 087 1513565.

Course Dates:   Tues 8th June/ Tues 13th July.

Car Radio Service: We have recently installed a radio service which allows you to listen to mass on your car radio when parked in the church car parks – please tune your radio to 105fm.

Church opening

The Church is open daily for private prayer. If you wish to book an anniversary mass, a wedding or get a mass card signed please contact

Fr. Brendan on 087-0562674 or Siobhán on 087-2237858.


The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

Last week we said goodbye to one of the last great characters in the parish, “The Kid”, Paddy Enright. The term “larger than life” is often used to describe exceptional people and Paddy certainly fitted into that bracket.  Like many of us from the parish he had to emigrate to England where he spent some years before returning to settle in Templeathea. Since then he had a constant presence in the village hardly missing a day. He had a great sense of community and devoted much of his time to the GAA and the Community Council which is where I really got to know him. He joined us when we set up the lottery to finance the two FAS schemes that existed at the time and  was a vital part of the team that ran the draw on Saturday nights. He also was  employed on one of the schemes and created such a bond with the other members that he called in to see them and have a cup of tea several times a week up to the time he was taken ill. Paddy had a great presence and was in his element in the dance halls and dancing lounges of the past decades. He was always impeccably turned out in the best gear with not a rib of hair out of place. Although he never married, the ladies loved him because he was such a good dancer. He really cut a dash on the floor being one of the best ballroom dancers around. He enjoyed his few pints and the odd Gordons Gin to finish up the night. A keen sports follower, his favourite being hurling, he coached young teams back in the ‘eighties for Athea GAA. He was great company but he wouldn’t be slow in letting you know  you were wrong if he didn’t agree with your point of view. One of his most endearing qualities was his ready wit. He could see the funny side of  many situations and his laughter was infectious. An example of his quick thinking lies in the following story. A few years ago, heating fuel was stolen from the tank at the church. A couple of days later Fr. Kelly was locking the church gates after evening devotions. Paddy was passing by and without breaking stride he said “too late brother” and continued on his way.  We will  not see his likes again and Athea is the poorer place for that. May he rest in peace.

It was great to have a bit of fine weather over the weekend and to see the silage contractors working round the clock. When I was young farmers would not go near a meadow until July. There was no silage then of course and meadows were different. There was no grass like you have today but the hay grew tall among the wild flowers that attracted honey bees in their hundreds. As youngsters, knowing no different, we amused ourselves by catching the poor bees in an empty jam jar. It was easy catch them while they were on the flowers and when the jar was full we let them go again. I suppose we look back with rose tinted glasses but I am inclined to think that we had better weather back then. My clear memory is of summer sunshine with the noise of the mowing machine filling the air as we walked home from school. The smell of new-mown hay was something else as it fell in a swarth behind the machine pulled by two strong horses. There was usually an elderly man sitting inside the gate edging blades for the machine. That hay had toile in the swarth until dry and then turned over. The next job was to make it into grass cocks  in case the rain came. Eventually it was put into rows by a raker so that it could be easily pick up by the tumbling jack and left in heaps to be piked into big cocks.  To do all these needed several days of continuous good weather and they always seemed to get it. I know there were bad years as well but they appeared to be few and far between. I do think the weather has changed, for instance, look at the spring we just had. There was frost up to a couple of weeks ago and last week was as cold as the month of January. As a matter of fact we have not had a good spring for a long while and as for summer, we are due a good one. For the last few years we have been confined to about ten days  consecutive sunshine and we were lucky that it came in June when needed for the hay and the turf. Maybe this year will be different, let us hope so.

It was great to see people out and about again, most of them behaving sensibly unlike the crowds that gathered in some of our cities. There has been much condemnation of these gatherings but is it fair to blame people who have had their liberty curtailed for so long for taking advantage of the good weather. Were they expected to buy take away drink and bring it home for consumption?  If more pubs and restaurants were open there wouldn’t be the same crowding as the people would be dispersed among them and there would be plenty space for everybody.  I think it is time to treat people like adults and trust that  they have the good sense to protect their own health and the health of those around them. Over half the population have received at least one dose of the vaccine so there is a fair amount of protection there already. Those fully vaccinated should have the right to travel and socialise together and it is high time to introduce some kind of document or app that will act as a type of passport. I have no wish to go on holidays to the world’s hot spots but I know quite a few who do and there is nothing wrong with getting a little sun and fun to get us ready for the coming winter. Of course we have to be vigilant and it is up to all of us to play our part and by pulling together we can at last emerge from the grip of this virus that has held us captive for the past 15 months. As they say, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let us hope it is not an oncoming train!!