Archive for August, 2022


Heartfelt Thanks

We, the family of the late Paudie Mullane of Knocknagorna, Athea, would like to express our deepest appreciation for everyone’s sympathy as we mourn Paudie’s loss.

We thank sincerely the Gárdaí, the Community First Responders, the Medical Staff of Westbury Medical Centre, Athea and the Ambulance Staff, all who came to Paudie’s aid and helped out.

Sincere thanks to our kind neighbours and friends who did so much for us in our time of need. To everyone who brought food to our home and helped out at our home during the funeral.

To all of you who came to sympathise with us and shared memories of Paudie’s life, the phone calls and words of condolence meant so much to us all.

We would especially like to thank Canon Tony Mullins who helped us through our difficult days and to all the clergy who concelebrated the beautiful mass for us, the music making it so special.

To Kelly’s Undertakers, along with those who managed the traffic, we extend a huge THANK YOU. To Paudie’s workmates and all who reached out to us at the most difficult of times, we are so grateful for your continued and love. Paudie will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. God Bless you All.

Mary B., Conor, Thomás, Sean, Conor and extended family.


Mass Intentions this week:

Wed Aug 10th 9.30am – Madeline, Paddy & Ellen Mulvihill.

Sat Aug 13th at 7.30pm – Martin Dalton and Thomas & Bridget O’Sullivan. Tom & Bridie Moran   (Clash Rd),

Sr. Molly Sheehy, Brian Sheehy and the extended Moran & Sheehy families.

Readers: Denise O’Riordan & John Redmond.

Eucharistic Ministers:    Angela Brouder O’Byrne & Margaret Ahern

Morning mass this week on Wednesday at 9.30am followed by Eucharistic Adoration and the Devine Mercy Chaplet.

All masses can be viewed online via the following link

Mass at Templeathea Cemetery on Tuesday evening Aug 9th at 7.30pm                                                                                                

Parish office hours:  (Mon – Fri) 11am to 1pm.

Contact Siobhán on 087-3331459

or email [email protected] – outside of these hours please leave a voice/text message.

Thank You

Sincere thanks to all my neighbours, friends and family for your prayers, get well cards, Mass Cards, phone calls, gifts and visits in hospital and at home.

All your kindness is helping in my recovery.

Heartfelt thanks, Mary Barrett, Lower Dirreen.

Athea Drama Group

Our AGM will take place on August 31st at 8pm at Con Colbert Memorial Hall. We hope to put plans in place for our 2023 production & hit the stage in Spring 2023. Come along to our AGM. New members especially welcome.


We are delighted to announce that Athea has once again been shortlisted in the Limerick Going for Gold Tidy Towns Category, along with 29 other groups from Limerick. There are two parts to this competition, a Radio interview together with a public vote and also a visit by the Judges.
The judges will visit anytime in August/ September and will judge the area inside the speed limit signs. We require the help and support of the residents by assisting us in the following ways;

  1. Ensuring boundary walls are washed and painted on all approach roads
  2. Ensuring the village as well as approach roads are kept litter free.
  3. Ensuring there is no weed growth on kerbs, flower beds etc.
    On the day of our Radio interview, we will be interviewed together with  five other groups. From these six, one group will progress to the grand final. Voting will take place online, and we will be sharing the link for votes as soon as it is forwarded to us. Voting will take place from 12 Midday to 12 Mid-night. We will let everyone know when we know our date for the interview.

This competition carries a prize fund of €10,000 which would be of huge benefit to us if we won, allowing us to continue our work on making Athea a better place to live, work or visit.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support.

The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

I can’t believe that we are only a week into August and already we have had the All-Ireland finals in hurling, football, camogie and ladies football. The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil is also over after a fantastic week in Mullingar, the place where Comhaltas began back in 1951.  I was used to a sort of structure to the year and looked forward to  times when certain things occurred.  Late spring and early summer was the time for the provincial championships, August was for the semi-finals with the All-Ireland Fleadh at the end of the month and September was the time we looked forward to most of all with the hurling final on the first weekend and the football final on the third. The Listowel Races were on the week after the football final and that put an end to the summer season and we settled in to the longer nights and the colder weather with Halloween breaking the time between there and Christmas. The Summer was nicely spaced out with something to look forward to all the time but now, at this early stage we have only the races left and even they have been brought forward from their dates and somehow don’t have the same appeal as they used to. There seems to be a big void with nothing to fill it; yes we have the club championships but it is not the same as the big occasions that kept us going for another month or more. Maybe I am just set in my ways but I liked the old system and I have little to look forward to at the moment. I did enjoy the games this year, especially the ladies football and camogie. They were fantastic games with the greatest level of skill and sportsmanship on display. The ladies sport has come on in leaps and bounds and now attracts a very big following. They deserve no less support than their male counterparts and I strongly feel they should all be part of the same organisation with equal claims to finance and facilities.

As I already alluded to, the Fleadh is over too and this year, the first in a few years to be attended by the general public, there was nightly coverage by TG4 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While it is great to see the programmes, I must admit to being less than impressed by them. Mullingar was teeming with the very best of traditional entertainers but the producers of the programmes insisted on including individuals and bands who, though famous in their own right, have nothing to do with traditional music and give the wrong impression to viewers who might think this is what Comhaltas is all about. It wasn’t all bad and I was delighted to see people like Louise Mulcahy from Abbeyfeale and Dan Brouder, of Monagea extraction (brother of Jerry, Gale View) who showed just how good the musicians from this neck of the woods are.  We could have done with more of their type of music instead of the gimmicky groups that depend on strange rhythms and foreign influences to get their music across. The success of the Fleadh, over the years, has shown that traditional Irish music needs no frills and can stand on its own two feet with the beautiful tunes handed down from generation to generation. The sooner those who pull the strings in TG4 realise that, the better.

There is a lovely word in the Irish language, “Pleidhchíocht” (pronounced ply keeecht) which was used around here when I was younger and is included in Timmy Woulfe’s excellent book “As Tough as Táthfhéithleann” and means blackguarding or as my mother used to say “caffling”.  It was basically young people letting off steam and making fun at the expense of others, especially those who might not be too bright. Swapping gates on fields by the roadside was a common occurrence and was usually done late at night. On one occasion, a group of young lads were coming home from a dance in the early hours of the morning. It was at this time of the year, in the middle of a heat wave, and the moon was shining. As the weather was good it was common for people to leave the washing out on the line overnight as did two neighbours, Nell Noonan and Maig Saunders in Cratloe. The boys took Nell’s clothes and put them on Maig’s line and did the reverse with the other line. Imagine the surprise the two women got when they went out to take in their washing the following day!  Another bit of tomfoolery was to untackle an ass from his cart and re-tackle him turned the wrong way.  I was told of a prank that took place long ago when radios were new and very scarce. People would ramble to a house that had a radio just to hear the news. They couldn’t be bothered with any other programmes. In one such house there were two brothers who were great pranksters but were also involved in amplification. They decide to play a trick on a couple of elderly neighbours who regularly visited at night. They set up a mike in the bedroom behind the kitchen and attached it to the radio set. At news time, one of them pretended to turn on the radio and the other lad proceeded to read out the news from the bedroom. He gave a few general news stories and then said as follows: “A whale was washed ashore near Ballybunion last night and ate a whole pit of spuds belonging to John Sullivan”. One of the old men said to the other “great God, that poor man. What will he feed his family for the winter?”  I suppose there was no real harm in the “pleidhchíocht” and it kept them all amused for a while.  They wouldn’t get away with it today.









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Kathleen’s Corner-09/08/2022

By Kathleen Mullane


Well this week we have many congratulations

Firstly we send good wishes to Mary Brouder of Colbert St. who celebrated her 80th birthday recently at her daughter Loretta’s home, along with the rest of her family. A lovely family get together to enjoy this important day.

A belated Happy 70th birthday is extended to Bridie Twomey of Upper Athea who had a lovely birthday celebration along with her family recently .Welcome to the 70’s club Bridie – age is only a number.

Michelle Murphy, daughter of Noreen and Denis Murphy of Dirreen, was married to Jason Foley, son of Helen and Francis Foley of Abbeyfeale last weekend in Tralee. A great day was enjoyed by the newly weds and their families and friends. Wishing them all the very best for the future.

Welcome to baby Isla-Rose, the little daughter of Siobhán Kelly and John Brosnan. We congratulate the happy parents and also the proud grandparents Sue and Kevin Kelly of Templeathea and Micheál Brosnan of Upper Athea. 

A double celebration for Aisling and Raymond  Brouder who were blessed with twins recently. Tommy and Sophie are the new arrivals who were welcomed by the happy parents. We extend congrats to the excited grandparents also Bridie and Jerry Brouder of Templeathea and Lucy and John Geoghegan of Templeglantine.

Sympathy is extended to Mary Barrett and her family of Lower Dirreen on the death of her brother Paddy Enright in England. May he rest in peace.

Best of luck to the Athea  and Glin combination -Shannon Gaels, who this Thursday evening play Rathkeale-Cappagh in Newcastle at 6.45 in the County Semi- Final.

The GAA club draw will be taking place in the next few weeks with some great prizes for just 50 Euro, you could be lucky. At the same time you are helping to improve our GAA grounds and pitch etc.

Great news that Athea Tidy Towns are GOING FOR GOLD. I think it’s our Duty as a community to all give a helping HAND and do a little each time we are in around the village. Whether it be picking up others rubbish or pulling a WEED or dead heading the flowers,

it’s with everyone’s help that Athea could be further improved if they were lucky enough to win the great prize. So please help out and give a Helping Hand both young and not so young.

And wouldn’t it be a great exercise for our young people too.

Thought for the week:-

Ageing is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.


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By Carrig Side 09/08/2022

By Tom Aherne

The death has occurred of Aidan (Aodán) Fullam, Kilkenny Rd., Freshford, Kilkenny / Ardagh, Limerick, peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of the Sacred Heart Hospital, Carlow, on Tuesday, July 26. Reposing at his residence on Wednesday from 2 pm, with Vigil Prayers and Rosary at 7.30pm.  The Funeral Mass was celebrated  on Thursday, July 28, at 11am. in St Lachtain’s Church, Freshford. Burial took place afterwards in Foulkstown Cemetery, Kilkenny.  Sympathy to his  wife Marie, daughters, Selina, Gemma, granddaughter Phoebe, Selina’s partner Chris, son-in-law John, brothers Paddy, Kevin, Mel, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, carers, very supportive neighbours’ relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

The death has occurred of Mary Costello (nee Bridgeman) of Hillcrest View, Lucan, Co. Dublin and formerly of Rathreigh, Ardagh on Saturday, July 30, peacefully in the loving care of the staff in the Woodland Unit, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Martin Francis (Frank), and pre-deceased by her sister Joan, brother Séan and son-in-law Johnny. Reposing at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Lucan on Wednesday, August 3, from 6-8pm. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Esker, Lucan on Thursday at 10am, followed by cremation  at Newlands Crematorium. Sympathy to her daughters Bernadette and Joanne, brother Patrick and extended family members. May she rest in Peace.

The death has taken place of Ger Moloney,  suddenly at home, Ardnaveagh, Reens, Ardagh, formerly of Star Court, John Carew Park, Limerick. Late of Inver, Castletroy and Crescent College Comprehensive. Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home on Thursday, August 4, from 5pm with removal at 6.30pm to St Nessan’s Church, Raheen. The Requiem Mass  was celebrated on Friday, August 5, at 11a.m. followed by burial afterwards in Castlemungret cemetery. Sympathy to his wife Lorraine, children  Luke, Jake and  Ellie Rose, sister Linda, brother Kieran, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, extended relatives and his many friends. May he rest in Peace.

St Kieran’s  defeated Askeaton by 2-18 to 1-13 in Round 1 of Group 3 of the County Junior A Hurling Championship at Mick Neville Park on Thursday, August 4. They led by 2-12 to 0-7 at half time and ran our convincing winners. TEAM Cillian Ambrose 0-1, Shay Greaney, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Ben Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Micheál Murphy, Mossie Shine 1-0, Cormac Mann 0-1, Darragh Treacy 0-2, Danny Collum,  Eoin McEnery 1-3, Johnny McCarthy, Ian Mackessy 0-11. Subs Mike Flynn, Liam Kennedy, Anthony Mullins, Anthony Molyneaux. They meet Feenagh/Kilmeedy in Round 2 in Knockaderry on Saturday August 13.

St Kieran’s lost to Granagh/Ballingarry 0-10 to 0-9 in the First Round of the West Junior B Hurling Championship at Raheenagh on Friday August 5.  They trailed by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time. TEAM Liam Ward,  Darragh McMahon,  Billy Breen, Brian O’Neill, William Steele,  Mikey Breen, Kevin Meade, James O’Connor,  Edward Fitzgerald,  Conor Woulfe, Seamus Mangan,  Cathal O’Connor,  Conor Kelly, Evan Donovan,  Podge Balfe. They are in Group 1 with Adare, Killeedy and Newcastle West, also in the group.

St Kieran’s lost 21-7 to Sporting Limerick in the Ladies Intermediate Championship at Coolcappa on Friday, August 5. Training in Ardagh continues each Sunday evening from 7.30pm, and new players welcome. Next up is the Munster Competition in Mallow on Sunday,  September 4.

Congratulations to Meadhbh Ambrose, Old Mill ladies club, who was recently awarded the  player of the year award for 2021.

Alone is a national organisation that strives to enable older people to age at home, safely and securely, for as long as they wish. We work with older people, including those who are lonely, isolated, frail or ill, homeless, living in poverty, or are facing other difficulties.  Alones Visitation Support and Befriending Service matches older people who would like additional  social contact  with volunteers who provide companionship through a weekly visit. We work with a number  of older people in the Ardagh/Carrigkerry area who would like for someone to visit them. Are you that someone?  If you would like to volunteer with Alone, please sign up at https://alone.ievolunteers/ For more information, contact Aoife on aoife.dennehy

St Kieran’s Heritage Association held an outdoor  briefing amongst eight of its members at Ardagh  Station House on Bank Holiday Monday, August 1. Items discussed included membership, securing a location  to house  memorabilia and  artefacts, P A System, 2023 Calendar, Christmas Fair, National Heritage Week etc. The first meeting  to get the views of the members, to renew their membership and plan events  for the future, has been provisionally fixed for Wednesday, September 7.

March 5, 2020 was the last full meeting of the Association when Covid arrived to cease all activities. The last two years and five months has been challenging for all and the future is still uncertain and Covid is  causing worry as autumn and winter approaches.  Most members have experienced change in their lives and have moved on to different pastimes as a result and may not wish to return while Covid is still about. The association hope to resume a few activities  for National Heritage Week which will take place from Saturday, August 13 to Sunday, August 21.  A walk to Scotland Bog and a talk there, and a visit to Glenville House and garden were discussed. If the events go ahead, they will be posted on the St Kieran’s Heritage Association  Facebook page.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery draw took place on Monday, August 1. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 14, 28 and  there was  no  winner of the €8,800 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  David Woulfe, Grouse Lodge, Ardagh, Gerard Moran (Online), Kate Ambrose (Online), Courtney and Casey Donovan, c/o Nora Dineen, Aisling McEnery (Online). Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €8,900. 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 Ethan and Madison Lynch, Shanagolden,   who  won €285, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, August 5. 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. The station can be contacted at 069-66200 if people have news of interest to the West Limerick area.

Congratulations to Ciara Ruttle  who won €500 in the  July eleventh Creeves Celtic FC Split the Pot monthly draw held  on Monday, August 1. Tickets to enter the draw are available from committee members, club managers, at Neary’s, Ardagh, and the Thatch, Newbridge. All support will be greatly appreciated.

The annual mass will be celebrated at the Mass Rock in Ballyine on Monday, August 15 on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 7.30pm.

Mass will be celebrated at Barrigone Blessed Well  on Monday,  August 15, at 3pm, Kilscannell Cemetery, on Tuesday, August 16 at 7.30pm, at Reilig Mhuire Askeaton Cemetery  on Sunday, August 21, at 3pm.

A set dancing day with teacher Pat O’Dea will be held in the Community Hall, Adare on Saturday, August 13. The day will consist of two workshops and a night Céilí  with music by Uí Bhriain. From 11-1pm,  Sean Nos workshop €7, 2-4  Set dancing workshop, The Ballysteen Set €7. Céilí 8.30-11.30pm, €10. To attend all three events will cost €20. More details from Pat at 087-2577761, [email protected] The Ballysteen Set was very popular in the past and it is hoped to revive it to its former status.

A Céilí will be held in Knocknagoshel Community Centre on Sunday, August 14 from 3-6pm.  Music by the very popular Uí Bhriain (John and Martina Breen from Kenmare) and  admission is  €10. The proceeds are in aid of Pieta House and your support is appreciated.

A music and set dancing night will be held at the Flag Floor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry on Tuesday, August 9, from 9pm and all are welcome.

West Limerick 102FM will hold their annual general meeting on Monday, September 5, at 7.30pm at the Long Court House Hotel, Newcastle West. All members of the community with an interest in the future of your local radio station are asked to attend. The West Limerick 102FM Board is made up of representatives from various groups including geographical, business, HSE, ETB, Irish Language, PPN, volunteers of the radio. There are a number of vacancies on the board, where nominations are currently being sought to join the board. Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing – [email protected]. Closing date for nominations is Sunday, August 21. 2022.

Visitors will be delighted to see the return of the Glin Castle and Garden guided tour on Sunday, August 21 from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate on the day for € 0, refreshments will be available, and a raffle will be held. The Glin Knights Visitor centre in the Square is open daily from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome to call and read about the lives of the 29 Knights of Glin.


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