Archive for November, 2021


By Damien Ahern

Healthy Athea invites you to join us at Páirc na nGael, Athea for a community walk/run each Tuesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Our fully lit, newly surfaced track is now open to the public, and we would love to see you all for ‘laps of happiness’ each week. Please spread the word, and bring along a friend!

Junior Ladies

Best of luck to Athea Junior Ladies in the County Final Vs Adare which takes place this Sunday November 28th at 3pm in Askeaton. Tickets must be purchased in advance by following the link below. The link can also be found on our facebook page.


Athea received  a walkover from Caherconlish on Sunday last in round 2 of the championship.

Club Development Draw 

Club Draw number 3 took place on Saturday last at our Club House which was streamed live on Facebook. The lucky winners were as follows;

1st Prize €500 – Mike & Margaret Scanlon

2nd Prize €300 – Jacqueline O’ Connor

3rd Prize €200 – Athea Hurling Club

4th Prize €100 – Peg & Haulie Kiely

5th Prize €100 – Paul Mahony

6th Prize €100 – Sean & Margaret Barrett.

Many thanks to all for supporting our draw. Next draw is scheduled to take place in three weeks’ time.


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By Carrig Side-23/11/2021

By Tom Aherne

The death took place peacefully at Beechwood House Nursing home, Newcastle West, of Mattie Griffin The Cottages, Ardagh, on Thursday, November 1. Reposing  took place at Riedy’s  Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Sunday, November 14, from 6pm to 7pm. His remains arrived at St Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Monday, November 15, for 11.30 Requiem Mass. Burial took place afterwards in the local cemetery. Sympathy to  his cousins, relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Mary McCormack, née Collins, Rathreigh, Ardagh on Saturday, November 13. Following reposal at her home, Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday, November 15,at 12.30 pm in St Kyran’s  Church, Coolcappa with burial afterwards in Ardagh Cemetery. Sympathy to  Joe, daughters Joanne and Laura, son Philip, John and Robert, extended family and friends. May she rest in Peace.

We extend sympathy to Mike Foley and family Old Mill on the death of Mike’s mother, Noreen Foley, nee Cussen,  Feohanagh. May she Rest in Peace.

Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Hannie O’Connor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry, who recently celebrated her 93rd birthday at home with family.

A presentation to Doctor Kieran Murphy, Athea to mark his retirement  will be held in the Community Centre Carrigkerry on Sunday, December 5 at 3pm. Kieran has provided his services to our local community since 1984 up to the arrival of Covid. Donations to fund this presentation can be handed into Moloney’s Shop, Carrigkerry. A further meeting was due to be held on Tuesday, November 23, and the organisers would appreciate your help and support.

The Nationwide programme  on RTE 1, shown on Monday November 15, featured the West Limerick Greenway. Presenter Ann Cassin visited Rathkeale, Ardagh, Newcastle West, Barnagh, Templeglantine and Abbeyfeale and spoke to local people along the way to share the facilities, sights and history of the area. At Ardagh Railway Station, Mary Kury, Secretary of St Kieran’s Heritage Association, spoke briefly about the Ardagh area. It was an enjoyable programme and its airing on national TV should see increased people arriving to the West Limerick area to savour its delights.

The cemetery blessings and prayers during  the month of November  in the Coolcappa/Kilcolman parish will conclude at Clounagh  cemetery on Sunday, November 28, at 2pm.

New footpaths have been laid around Ardagh village in recent weeks. An extra path has been put in place from the community hall to the old Creamery entrance. This is a welcome addition as it can be used by people who are joining the Greenway at the Station house.

Carrig Celtic lost 5-0 away to Abbeyfeale United in the Premier Division of the Desmond League on Friday November 5. Creeves Celtic lost 4-0 away to Rathkeale in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday November 7. In the Desmond Ladies League Division 1 Creeves Celtic defeated Rathkeale 4-0 at home with goals from Shannon Ruttle a hat trick, and Lyndsey Curtin. Kilcolman Rovers defeated Breska Rovers B 3-1 in the Division 1 League Cup semi final played at Clarina to book a final place against neighbours Creeves Celtic.  Erin Hennessy, Mia Forrestal and Roisin Tucker got their goals.

Jessie Meade Kilcolman Rovers was a member of the Desmond Under 13 Gaynor cup team that defeated Limerick County 3-2 in Group C of the competition played at Kilmallock. The team are through to the quarter finals as group winners after four wins.

St Kieran’s defeated Caherline 4-8 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the County Under 21 Hurling Championship at Rhebogue Limerick on Tuesday November 16. They trailed by 1-7 to 1-5 at half time, but upper their performance in the second half to gain victory by six points. TEAM Tom McMahon, William Steele, Aaron Heffernan,  Edward Fitzgerald, Eoin Burke,  Jamie Baynham,  Dan Geraghty, Liam Kennedy, Eoin McEnery,  Cathal McEnery, Dylan Cahill, John Hayes, Conor Kelly, Michael Murphy, Dylan Moloney. Subs Jack Kiely, Cormac Mann, Jamie Keane, Mikey Long.

St Kieran’s defeated Monaleen 1-12 to 0-8 in Round 2 Group 2 of the County Premier Under 21 Football Championship under lights  in Maguire’ Field UL Limerick on Friday November 19. They led by 1-6 to 0-2 at half time . Team Craig McIness, Eoin Burke,  Aaron Heffernan, Mike Shanahan, Shane Fitzgerald, Dan Geraghty, Lorcan Murphy, Liam Kennedy, Cormac Mann, Jamie Baynham,  John Hayes,  Eoin McEnery, Cathal McEnery, Dylan Moloney, Kevin Guina. Subs Jamie Keane, Conor Woulfe, Michael Murphy.

Coolcappa National School is now enrolling for September 2022. Please register your interest by phone 069- 76493, 083 0140041, email coolcappans@ website or twitter @coolcappans.

Ardagh National School is also enrolling now. Please register your interest by phone 069-76353, or email [email protected] After school care is supplied by Ardagh Montessori School. Contact 087-6814335.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday, November 15.  The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 21 and 30 , and there was  no  winner of the €5,300 Jackpot.  Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Bridie Noonan, c/o Josie, Theresa Downey, Lisgordan, Joe Mulcahy, Newcastle West, Angela Keane, (Online), Winnie Murphy, Coolanoran. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €5,400. 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.

Congratulations to Moira Breen O’Donovan, Ardagh , who won €550 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, November 19. The tickets cost €2, or 3 for €5 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. A number of exciting new programmes are  being broadcast at present with more on the way. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area. 

Timmy’s Past Words and Phrases Launched

Tom Aherne reports

Con Colbert Community Hall Athea was the venue for the launch of As Tough as Táthfhéithleann ( As Tough as Woodbine) a collection of old Irish words and phrases by Timmy Woulfe on Friday night last November 19th. A good crowd attended and enjoyed recalling words that were used daily around the village and parish by the sweeping waters of the river Gale. Liam Woulfe son of Timmy and Nancy was MC, and he combined some old Irish words in his introduction.

Jamie Kelly on behalf of Athea Credit Union, who provided generous sponsorship  for the publication of the book thanked Timmy for collecting the words and phrases into book form. As a person interested in history, he was delighted to see this being done and happy to see Athea Credit Union being involved.

Domhnall de Barra neighbour and lifelong friend paid tribute to Timmy before he launched the book. He described him as a great community person, a living legend who put Athea on the map. As Athea school teacher he made music and dance available to all the children, which progressed to Athea winning two All Ireland Scór titles in Junior and Senior Set dancing in the 1970s. Domhnall said it was very important that a record be kept of these words and phrases that gives us an insight into the Ireland of the past.

Timmy in his address recalled how the book originated from a project being carried out in Knocknagorna NS  1959/62, while he was a teacher there. The children gathered up the words and expressions they heard at home from their parents, grandparents etc, similar to the School Folklore Collection of 1937. One of the pupils was in charge of them but they got misled  over time and were lost.  In recent years Timmy became active in recalling the disappearing language and began to write them into a copybook.

A college thesis on the decline of Irish as a spoken language by his granddaughter Róisín Moore, added an extra push to Timmy to get the job done and the book published. The book has over 500 entries, plus their English meanings. The book also contains Roisín’s thesis, and the story of the Home Rule Flag which recently returned to Athea. The old photographs included enhance the publication. Timmy went through a number of the words included in the book and who he got them from.

He especially thanked Tom Moore for the design which contains a Woodbine on the book cover, Róisín for her energy and enthusiasm, family and all connected with the publication. Timmy signed many copies of the book afterwards which sells at € 10 and is available locally. Tea and refreshments were served, and people stayed on discussing the contents and recalling the disappearing words.  Our thanks to Timmy for preserving them in book form. He has also collected and  preserved many old set dances over the year’s which is another valuable asset credited to his name. Timmy is now free to return to his love of set dancing when Covid restrictions allow.


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Abbeyfeale Notes-23/11/2021

By Marian Harnett

GLORACH BINGO:  After donning the glitzy red jacket and matching shoes on stage with the Newcastlewest Musical Society over the weekend, Tom Madigan was back to wearing more prosaic clothes on Sunday as he took up the number-calling mantle at our drive in Bingo on Sunday.  His voice wasn’t affected by his vocal exploits over three nights, and with the dry, cold weather present on the day, a large crowd ensued.  Hopefully our charmed relationship with the climate will continue into December, see ye all next Sunday at the GAA grounds at the starting time of 1.30 pm.

MOLL: a comedy by John B. Keane, presented by St. John’s Theatre, Thursday, November 25 to Monday, November 29 at 8pm.

SEÁN KEANE: will visit the Glórach on Friday December 3rd at 8pm. Tickets are probably booked out now but it’s worth  ringing the booking line on 087 1383940 and asking to be put on a waiting list..

MARKET AT THE BARNAGH HUB: There will be an evening Market at the Barnagh Hub on the weekend beginning Friday. December 3 – Sunday, December 5 inclusive and the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The final market will be on the weekend of Friday, December 18 -19 inclusive.

To book a free pitch contact Eileen from 9-2pm on 085 2552890.

CHURCH NEWS: Mass Intentions:  Wednesday 10am Cornelius & Lucy O’Rourke and deceased family members.   Thursday 10am Deceased members of the McCarthy and Lane family.   Friday 26th @ 7pm Memorial Mass for all who died in the Parish in 2021. Saturday No Morning Mass.  6.30pm Tom Doody and deceased members of the Doody Family Kilconlea Upper, Joe Leahy, Cratloe 1st Anniv and deceased family members Nick Cotter and Eleanor Cotter Upper Purt/ Cratloe, Bridie & Sean Leahy, Bogmount and deceased family members Sunday 10am Bridget Fitzgerald and son Gerard Fitzgerald Anniv. 12noon Anne O’Connor Keating Dublin late of Main Street. Dan Cronin, Kilmanihan West, Brosna and deceased family members.  Supporting the bereaved: November is a time when we stand in solidarity with all who are bereaved and grieving the death of someone they loved. We pray for those who are broken hearted, those experiencing loneliness or emptiness, those for whom the joy has gone out of life. May the presence of Jesus, who wept with Martha and Mary on the death of their brother Lazarus, comfort those who most need it at this time. May Mary, the mother of Jesus, who stood at the foot of the cross as Jesus died for us all, give us strength in moments of sadness and grief whenever we mourn for those who have departed this earthly life and made their home with God. Bereavement Support Services . Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick. Tel: 061 485 800 Email: [email protected] Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick. Tel: 061 224 627 Email [email protected] National bereavement support services: Freephone 1800 80 70 77 available from 10am to 1pm, Anam Cara Tel: (0)1 4045378. Mobile: +353 (0)85 2888 888.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration in the main church every Friday, after the 10.00am Mass – 6.00pm. Entrance through the front door of the church. Please note that when there is a Wedding Mass celebrated on a Friday, adoration will be from 4 to 6.00pm. Pope Paul VI: “Eucharistic adoration extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond”

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS:  On Friday next there will be a Christmas Market from 3-6pm in the Square followed by Santa’s visit at 6pm and the big switch on of new light subject to Covid regulations.   “Buy a Bow” for our Christmas tree lines on sale at all business outlets in town with some interesting prizes for Christmas.

NORTH KERRY, WEST LIMERICK: SMART VILLAGES, STRONGER COMMUNITIES – ONLINE WORKSHOP  1 “INTRODUCTION TO THE ‘SMART VILLAGES’ CONCEPT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROJECT CONTEXT”:  The first workshop for local communities and businesses was to take place in person, however this has been moved online. This workshop – entitled “Introduction to the ‘Smart Villages’ Concept” – will now be held online on Thursday, 25th November 2021 and is scheduled to run from 7:00-8:30 pm. To register for the event, please visit The aim of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the ‘Smart Village’ concept and how this concept will be applied to help support growth and address challenges in the North Kerry – West Limerick Region. The workshop will provide a clear, example-based explanation of the Smart Village concept as it is emerging today and will provide an overview of the goals and structure North Kerry, West Limerick: Smart Villages, Stronger Communities so that attendees have a clear understanding of the ethos behind the project, what is being done and how local communities can participate.  In West Limerick the areas covered under this initiative include the Western periphery of the catchment along the Kerry border including the communities of Abbeyfeale, Tournafulla, Mountcollins, Templeglantine, Athea/Carrigkerry, Glin and Loughill/Ballyhahill, Ardagh and Shanagolden. For further information contact Suzanne on 069 79114 or email [email protected].

TIDY TOWNS: Congratulations to Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns on being awarded 293 Points in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition. Abbeyfeale has been awarded an increase in Points every year since 2013. The SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been in existence since 1958 and Ennis, was judged to be the best from a number of 847 entries to the competition this year.

Funding of €1.5 million to directly support the TidyTowns committees. In total, 1,022 TidyTowns groups across the country will be eligible to benefit from this investment.

CONCERT: Wednesday 24th November 2021 @ 8pm. Award winning Pianist, Finghín Collins  will return to St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre to perform his Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy Tour. The concert will include Bach, Gerald Barry’s, John Field’s Midi, Liszt, Bartok Chopin and Amy Beach’s Hermit Thrush at Eve.





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