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Athea & District

Credit Union

The Credit Union will be

Closed on Saturday, October 1st.

for computer Maintenance.

Athea C.C.E. Classes

Music and singing classes will be held on Thursday nights at the Top of the Town, Athea.

6.30-7.30 Beginners Tin Whistle

7.00-7.30 Intermediate Mixed Instruments

7.30  Singing, all levels.

Limited spaces still available in all classes.  Please message CCE Athea Co. Limerick page if interested in a spot.

Please note: All students must have their own instruments for music classes. A folder will be needed for music and singing notes that will be handed out during classes.

For further info call 087 7527127

The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

The Listowel Races are over, the Wrenboys have had their night and there are definite signs of change in the weather as we move into Autumn or “Fall” as they say in America. Days are getting shorter, nights longer and leaves are dying and falling from the trees. All growth is coming to an end for the next few months and I, for one, won’t miss the constant cutting of lawns, strimming weeds and cutting back hedges. It is one of the saddest times of the year, especially from here to Christmas but at least we have Halloween to look forward to. This has become a bigger festival than it used to be, driven by American customs that we have adopted such as the use of pumpkins that are hollowed out to make grotesque faces with lights inside. I say it was imported from America but in actual fact that custom was brought across the ocean by Irish emigrants who used turnips instead of pumpkins. There is a great emphasis on ghouls and goblins with an unhealthy obsession with death and ghosts. “Trick or Treat” is definitely American and is tantamount to begging from door to door. Long ago Halloween night was known as “snap apple night” because that was one of the games that was played in kitchens up and down the country.  It was quite simple; an apple hanging by a string and we had to try and get a bite of the apple without using our hands. Sounds easy but in actual fact it was a very difficult thing to do as the apple moved away at the slightest touch. Getting it from a basin of water was a lot easier but, of course, you had to get wet in the process to the joy of all the others in the room.  They were simpler days but we did have a lot of fun and enjoyed the nuts that were bought for the occasion. Getting a sweet, in those days, was a big thing as we very seldom strayed from the ordinary daily diet. Sweets are nothing new to today’s youngsters who are spoiled for choice. At the end of the day it is all harmless fun and something to look forward to before the cold of Winter really sets in. As evenings lengthened and temperatures dropped it was important  to have enough turf for the fire and oil for the lamp. I am going back to a time before electricity, not really that long ago, when most houses had just a fire in the kitchen. It was a kitchen but it was also the living room, dining room and sitting room where all activity took place and where even the sow might be brought in just before she was allowed to have bonhams.

The fire was the centrepiece and it was used for cooking as well as heating so a good supply of turf was essential. That was one of my jobs in the evening, to bring in a bag of turf from the shed and leave it behind the scullery door. The lamps used paraffin oil and that could be bought in most shops of which there were plenty in the countryside at the time. Our nearest shop was owned by Johanna Woulfe and we would go across the fields for the oil. She kept it in a shed by the shop and I can still remember the strong smell when she opened the door. The oil was kept in a big barrel and was poured into a measure to give us a pint or two and of course there was a little spillage which accounted for the strong smell. In truth the light was not great from those oil lamps but it was enough for us at the time. Some lamps had double wicks which gave more light and then some had a mirror behind the globe that increased the glow  a great deal. The globe, made of glass, was very delicate and would crack at the slightest pressure so it was treated with great care when taking it off to light the wick. At that time there was very little in the way of entertainment. Radios were only just coming on the market and even those houses who could afford them and were lucky enough to have them would only use them for the news or a special programme so as not to waste the batteries. Some houses had gramophones which, more often than not, had come from some relation in America. These had to be wound up with a handle and an arm with a needle attached placed on a 78 record on a turntable. In the beginning the turntable rotated at great speed but as the spring wound down it slowed and the handle had to be turned again.  The records were mostly of Irish traditional music recorded in the US by musicians like Michael Coleman from Sligo, The Flanagan Brothers, Patsy Tuohy and many more. They provided the music for many dancers during the long evenings, indeed I took my own first steps on the floor to the sound of the gramophone at Cusack’s next door. The girls had great patience with my first clumsy attempts but I eventually  became good enough at it and I have enjoyed dancing ever since. Those records also gave me an appetite for music and I wanted to be able to play the tunes I heard as soon as I learned how to play the tin whistle. This was also achieved during the long evenings. We used to ramble to Dave Connors’ house in Knocknaboul and it was there we learned how to play cards, another great winter pastime. Mick Connors and myself were the same age so we coaxed Mick’s father, Dave, to teach us a few tunes on the whistle. The method was very simple. As soon as we had learned to cover the holes, Dave sat in front of us and, as he played a tune very slowly, we mimicked the movements of his fingers. After that it was just a case of practice and I was playing away in no time. So, the long evenings weren’t wasted and people were very happy rambling from house to house bringing news, playing cards, playing music, singing and dancing and all without the use of even one electric socket. With the way the price of gas and electricity is escalating we could be going back to those days sooner than we think.



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Kathleen’s Corner-27/09/2022

By Kathleen Mullane


Well, the Listowel Races are over for yet another year and what a great week it was for ardent Race Goers and for everyone who just needed a break  after what was a difficult few years. The great weather was a huge added bonus for the week, which helped draw the biggest crowds to the island and to Listowel in a while. Ballybunion too saw a great influx of visitors to the sea-side resort, it more resembled the months of July and August. And was that not wonderful for all the businesses who had a few very hard years.

Now it’s time I suppose to prepare ourselves for the Autumn and as I put these few lines together this Sunday evening, you can notice it getting dark much earlier, and also a change in the temperatures. However we shouldn’t complain as Florida and Canada today have seen storms and Hurricanes wash away their homes etc .

The Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice, which took place in the Hall on Thursday morning last, attracted a great crowd who gave so generously to this worthy cause and donations are still coming in. Well done to all those who did the lovely baking for the cause and to all who helped out on the day.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Peter Cluney and his family on the passing of his father Ernest in Belfast last week. Ernie was cremated at Roselawn Crematorium. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Sympathy also to his daughter-in-law Dympna and granddaughter Molly in Gortnagross.

The death also took place last week of Dan Barrett of Glenagragra, Athea at the Regional Hospital, Limerick. His remains reposed at Lyons’ Funeral parlour on Thursday evening last where many came to pay their respects to his sons and relatives. Requiem mass on Friday in Athea Church was followed by burial in Kilfergus Cemetry. Dan had reached a great age and was a true gentleman. May he rest in peace. Sympathy to his family relatives and many friends.

A few lines I came across as Autumn approaches to think about.

As AUTUMN upon us give us a view of the Changing TREES—on a crisp late September Day

A WARM drink  and a good BOOK

The season is changing  but we look forward yet again to brighter, warmer  days .

It’s Time now to slow down a little after a busy Summer and be THANKFUL for everything.


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By Carrig Side-27/09/2022

By Tom Aherne

The death has taken place of Patricia Dillon, nee O’Connell, Ballyclough and formerly of Coolanoran, Ardagh,  in The Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, on September 6. Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate on Sunday, September 18 from 4pm to 6pm. The Funeral arrived at St. Molua’s Church, Ardagh on Monday, September 19, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Patricia was laid to rest  afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Sympathy to  husband Leo, children Ray, Leo and Pearse, her mother Mary, mother-in-law Nell, sisters Elaine, Kay, Bríd, Mary Therese and Lisa, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and colleagues. May she rest in Peace.

St Kieran’s GAA club are holding their new pitch development fundraising launch on this Friday, September 30, at 8pm in Ardagh Hall. This is the first fundraising step in this exciting  new pitch project for the club. The Liam McCarthy Cup and some of our county hurlers and footballers will be present on the night. Refreshments will also be served. Everyone is welcome to come along on the night.

Tom Ruddle, President of Newcastle West Chamber of Commerce, has set up a go fund me page for Ian Gardiner who lives in Glensharrold. He  suffered a very serious accident losing 3 fingers at his recently opened business Gardiner Food Hall in Church St., Newcastle West. Ian will need constant medical care over the next year and will be unable to work. The Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to the public and business community in and around Newcastle West and elsewhere to give support towards his medical and other expenses over the next 12 months. A speedy recovery to Ian and all donations will be greatly appreciated.

A new CD in aid of Friends of St Ita’s titled  Autumn Melodies was launched at the Longcourt  Hotel, Newcastle West on Culture Night,  September 23. It was compiled  for people to enjoy and to support the work the Friends continue to do at Newcastle West Community Hospital. The CD is produced by local singers Theresa Doyle McMahon and Siobhán Doody.  Over 70 people attended the very enjoyable evening in the very comfortable venue. The entertainment included live music and song from Michael and Fiona Collins and songs from Theresa and Siobhán. Theresa also played a number of tracks from the CD. Michael Nash and Michael Enright who feature on the CD were also present.

Fergus Scanlon, Chairperson of the Friends of St Ita’s, spoke and gave an account of the work they have been doing. To date they have raised 4.2 million which has seen massive renovation improvements at the hospital. These enhanced facilities  have made life far more comfortable for the patients and staff. He thanked Theresa and Siobhán, other  artists, George and Kevin Daly for production and all involved in bringing the CD to launch night. The Longcourt Hotel for hosting, press for publicity and all others who had an input into it. Refreshments were served.

There are 15 songs to suit every taste on the CD all from local artists. The artists featured include Siobhán Doody, Theresa Doyle McMahon,  Michael Enright, Brian Hartnett, Emmet Scanlon, Michael Nash Fr. Tim Curtin,  Canon Tony Mullins, Fr. Liam Enright.  The songs include Paper Roses, Whispering Hope, You Raised Me Up,  The Old Rugged Cross,  Golden Rose,  Some Enchanted Evening,  Panis Angelicas,  Softly and Tenderly, South Of The Border,  The Dying Rebel,  I Fall To Pieces,  The Rose,  Bendemeer ‘s Stream,  Crazy, and White Rose Of Athens. The CD costs  €10 and is on sale in shops around the locality and from committee members. It would make a lovely gift for a special friend to enjoy and also contribute to the ongoing improvements at St Ita’s Hospital.

During the months of August and September the Flag Floor, Glensharrold, Carrigkerry held a  set dancing and singing night each Tuesday. Very good crowds  were  in attendance, and  all enjoyed the dancing, singing, whistling, stories and lovely food provided. People came from long distances, with a regular number attending from Limerick City. Bill and Mary came all the way from Kilfenora in  Clare and Michael from Ballincollig in Cork. The entertainment provided was similar to olden times and a throwback to the era of the rambling house dances. Thanks to the regular musicians Donie, Anita and Alex, guests and all the dancers, singers and performers who provided the entertainment. The food on offer was top class each Tuesday and thanks  to the kitchen staff  who served the teas etc. People were delighted to be back enjoying themselves after the last two years of inactivity due to the pandemic. The entertainment concluded  on Tuesday, September 27, but hopefully will return later in the winter.

St Kieran’s were defeated by Adare  by 1-15 to 2-8 in Round 5 of Group 2 of the County Senior Football Championship at Croagh on Saturday, September 24. They trailed by 0-7 to 0-6 at half time after playing with the stiff breeze. Adare dominated the second half and built up an 8 point  lead entering the final quarter. St Kieran’s struck late for a point from a penalty and a  goal from play. They now  progress to the quarter final and a meeting with the third placed team from group 1. TEAM Anthony Molyneaux, Mossie Shine, Johnny McCarthy,  Mike Shanahan,  Sean Ryan,  Diarmuid Mulcahy,  Brendan McCarthy, Darragh Treacy, John Hayes 0-2, Jack Ben Harnett, Liam Kennedy 1-1, Dylan Moloney 0-4, Seamus Mangan, Noel Callanan 0-1,  Kevin Meade. Subs Aaron Heffernan, Cormac Mann, Shane Fitzgerald, Adam Lacey. Anthony Mullins.

Congratulations to Old Mill who defeated Oola by 7-9 to 7-3 in the County Under 14 Shield Final on Saturday September 17, at Cappagh.

Creeves Celtic defeated Broadford United 3-1 at home in Round 1 of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday, September 18. Adam Kearns 2, and Danny Coleman scored their goals. In Division 1 of the Desmond Ladies League  Cup Creeves Celtic  defeated Dromore United 2-1 with Dympna O’Brien scoring both goals. Kilcolman Rovers drew 1-1 at home to Feenagh with Mia Forrestal finding the target. They won the penalty shootout 4-1.

The Limerick GAA Club draw for September took place on  Saturday 24 and announced live on Limerick Live 95 Sports Show. Congratulations to Finola Dillane from the St Kieran’s club who won €250.The entry fee  is €10 per month and €21,000 will be given out in prize money each month. The first prize is €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd prize €2,000, 4th prize €1,000, 5th prize is an exclusive star prize, and 4  prizes of € 500, four prizes €250, and 17 prizes of €100.

The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery  draw took place on Monday, September 19. The numbers drawn were 1 ,3, 18, 23,  and  there was  no  winner of the €9,500 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  €40 each:  Breda Enright, Skehanagh (Online), May Gallagher Liskilleen (Online), Tom Harnett, Ardagh, Mikey J Barrett c/o Moloney’s, Shane Ambrose, Dunganville (Online).  Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be €9,600. 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 Dermot Kennelly, Ardagh, who won €275 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday, September 23. The tickets cost €2, or 3 for €5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloneys  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.

Coolcappa Community Hall are holding their AGM on Wednesday, September 28 at 8pm. The hall has been upgraded in recent times and is now available for hire. It is suitable for many activity purposes and more relaxed social events. All enquiries through their Facebook page at Coolcappa Community Hall. Comhaltas dancing classes are held there on Saturday mornings from 9am, and Zumba classes commenced on Monday, September 26 at 7.30pm.

The County Senior Scór Final will take place in Askeaton Hall on Saturday, October 1 at 7pm. The competition has seven events, Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation/Story Telling, Instrumental Music, Novelty Act, Ballad Group, Set Dancing. The senior Scór question time quiz will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 8pm in Mungret St Paul’s GAA Community Centre. People interested in participating are asked to contact their club officers.

A series of  free musical, dance and poetry performances will be held at the Desmond Castle in Newcastle West  each Sunday evening at 6pm during the month of October. On Sunday, October 2, Los Paddys a traditional Irish music and dance group will entertain. On Sunday, October 9, poetry readings from Sarah Clancy, Dyrt and Séamus Barra O’Suilleabhair. On Sunday, October 16, Mikie Smyth will give an Uilleann Pipe Recital. On Sunday, October 23, a Concertina Recital by Padraig MacAodhgáin accompanied by Conor O’Sullivan on guitar. The performances will take place in the atmospheric surrounds of the fully restored medieval banqueting hall, where for centuries past performers entertained the Earls of Desmond.  For more information phone 069-77408

Desmond College Newcastle West have announced details of their Adult Education  night classes schedule for Autumn 22, which begin on Thursday, October 6, at 7pm sharp. All courses run for 8 weeks, and they cost €90 each. The 9 courses available to enter  for are: Drawing and painting for fun, Genealogy, finding my past, Photography for beginners,  Furniture up cycling,  Digital skills (own laptop, tablet etc, required), Crochet for beginners, Calligraphy and bookbinding for beginners, Makeup techniques and Pilates (€80). For further information please contact Desmond College at 069- 62205.



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