Archive for April, 2023

News – 25/04/23

Paddy Dalton, Dirreen, celebrating with his Aunt Sr. Rosarii O’Sullivan, Ardfoyle Cork and formerly Dirreen, Athea, on her 103rd birthday. Sr. Rosarrii received her 3rd special commemorative coin from the state, along with a congratulatory letter signed by the President Michael D Higgins. 

Athea GAA Celebration Afternoon

You are invited to a Celebration afternoon on

Bank Holiday Monday May 1st

at 2pm at the Hall

where we will honour the appointment of

Johnny Mullane and Timmy Woulfe

as joint vice presidents of the Club,

and also honour the contribution of both

Pat O Sullivan and Paul Curry to Athea GAA.

Everyone welcome

Scrap Metal Fundraiser

Athea GAA Spring into recycling mode. What we need: Household items. Bicycles, go-karts, goal posts, swing sets, pots, pans, cutlery etc. Stoves, coal buckets, shovels, radiators, sinks, tanks, taps, copper & brass products. Farmyard & other items (examples) Gates, feeders, metal wiring, wheelbarrows, tanks, b

arrels, buckets, engines, scrap parts, batteries, RSJs, metal sheeting, & other scrap metal, old cars, farm machinery.  Contact: Tina 087-9355667, Diarmuid 087-6986798. Liz 087-6699783

Duck and Swan

Will take place at Batt’s Bar at 9pm on the first Friday in May

The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

Unfortunately, Lillian is out with Covid this week so, if you find any typos or other mistakes it is because she is not here to correct my shoddy work. Hope she recovers soon. Putting the newsletter together every week is not an easy job but Lillian makes it look easy, juggling all the photos, club notices, anniversaries, advertisements etc and trying to fit them all into the space available. My job is to do this piece, the crossword, work with the photographs, help with the articles do the printing and distribution. Somehow it all comes together but I suppose it is like second nature, now that we have being doing it for so long. Doing this piece every week has its own challenges. Sometimes I sit down to write and the mind goes totally blank. When that happens I just have to leave it and come back later hoping I will get some inspiration from somewhere. Touch wood, I haven’t missed a week yet but when I do I will know it is time to give up.  People often ask me if I am retired and I reply that I am trying to but find it difficult. I am only working part-time now and that is not entirely by choice. The printing industry has changed over the years and the small rural printer is in danger of extinction because of changing trends. I used to make a living printing posters, fliers, invoice books and business cards. A few years ago every event was advertised by fliers and posters. They were put in every available window and put under the wipers of cars parked in the church yard or on the street. The practice of putting them on cars was outlawed because of the litter they created but the arrival of the personal computer meant that, through social media, notices of events could be quickly posted on line with no cost and no need for printing. The business cards went the same way.  I would do hundreds of invoice and quotations for big and medium firms but now they send an invoice attached to an e-mail and the customer has to print it off. There is nothing wrong with that as it saves money and paper and does not need a stamp to deliver it but it means that there is less work for printers all over the country. Times have changed and are still changing at an alarming rate. We will soon be a paperless and cashless society. Some people don’t like using bank cards instead of hard cash. I must admit I prefer using the card, especially the one on the phone when there is no limit to the amount you can “tap”. It has its drawbacks though. There is something to be said for knowing how much money you have in your pocket and not being able to spend more than you have on your person while shopping. With the card it is very easy to go into debt and this causes great problems, especially in the betting industry. Many is the person who has gone broke because they were gambling with money they didn’t have and did not realise until their cards were maxed out and they owed the banks a fortune.  Betting really is a mugs game, the bookie always comes out on top in the end but there is no harm in having the odd flutter provided one is able to afford it and it does not become an addiction. I don’t go to races anymore but, when I did, I used to have a €10 bet on five races. That was the cost of my day out along with the entrance fee and I was happy if I did not win anything. If, on the other hand, I was lucky enough to back a winner, it was a bonus and I came home delighted with myself. I loved listening to the conversations between races. There were so many “experts” who knew the form and the “whispers” from the stables, giving tips to each other and running from bookie to bookie trying to get the best price. Sometimes they got it right but most of the time they got it wrong. I knew a good few of these “experts” when I used to call to the bookies in England long ago. They knew every runner’s pedigree and how fast or slow they were and what chances they really had but they all had two things in common – they hadn’t an arse in their trousers or a sole in their shoes!!

Getting back to the changes in the printing game, it is difficult to see how this newsletter can be kept going into the future with dwindling ales and rising costs. At the moment it is losing money if I included the cost of my labour and time spent on it. The changing trends mean younger generations are not buying newspapers and issues like ours anymore. News and other information are available at the touch of a button on smart phones, tablets and even watches so there is a fall off in sales which will eventually lead to closure. The decline in rural villages is also a factor. At one stage, the back page of the newsletter was full of ads from local businesses, especially the three big pubs, The Top of the Town, The Gables and Paddy Drury’s, letting people know what bands were playing at the weekends and what other activities were taking place.  Now there are no ads for pubs as two of them are closed and the weekend entertainment has changed completely. We also had four outlets for sales in the village but now we have only one. I would hate to see the newsletter close but sometimes I think I am a bit like King Canute, trying in vein to keep back the tide. I really have enjoyed producing Athea & District News for the past thirty years or so and I hope we have given a voice to clubs, organisations and individuals in the parish and beyond. I am not going to close just yet but the writing is on the wall and, to be honest, at this stage of my life I haven’t got the fight in me to continue indefinitely. Maybe there is some way of keeping the newsletter alive and if any of you out there has any idea as to how it could be achieved, pleas let me know. In the meantime enjoy it while you can.

They say you will never miss the water until the well runs dry.


St. Bartholomew’s Church Notices

Saturday Apr 29th 7.30p – Intentions:

Months Mind – John Horgan.

Anniversaries : 

Denny & Eileen Kelly (Coole West),

their daughters Helen & Peggy and son Joe.

Ellie & Bob Scanlon (Knocknagorna),

Richard (Dick) Woulfe,

Nora Barrett (Rooskagh),

Patrick Dalton (Gortnagross).

Ministers of the Word:          

Margaret Cotter & Mike Hayes.

Ministers of the Eucharist:    

Catherine Woulfe & Angela Brouder O’Byrne.

All masses are streamed live on https://www,

Baptisms  on the 4th Saturday of the month at 2.30 from April to Oct incl. Next baptism course on Tues evening May 9th at 8pm.

Parish Office: Mon/Wed/Fri 11am-1pm. Call 087-3331459, email [email protected]

Trocaire Boxes can be handed at any mass during the week or at the weekend from now on.


Athea Community Council

Lucky Numbers Draw


No’s Drawn: 8,  17,  20,  29

 No Winner

Lucky Dips

€20     Liam & Angela,       c/o White’s

Mike McAuliffe,    Knocknagorna

Kieran Griffin,         Athea

Paddy & Mags Mac, Col;lins’ Shop

Sellers Prizes:

Eilish Geoghegan & Lal Brown

 Next Draw

Monday,  1st. May 2023

at Batt’s Bar

 Jackpot €15,600

Marian and Jeremiah O’Connor, Upper Athea, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Perth, Australia with Diarmuid, Ellie, Aoife and Alma O’Connor. They got a fine day

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By Carrig Side – 25/04/23

by Tom Aherne

WEDDING WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Ian Mackessy, Coolanoran, and Eadaoin Tievnar, who were married recently in Kilshane House Tipperary.

PLAQUE UNVILED: Halla Inse Bán Templeglantine was the venue  for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate  parishioners who supported or participated  in the struggle for Irish Independence over a century ago on Sunday April 16. Gerard Greaney a member of the St Kieran’s Heritage Association  gave the oration/address.

BOARD APPOINTMENT: Ardagh native Jim Woulfe the former CEO of Dairygold  Co-op has been appointed as an advisor to work with the Board of Kerry Co-op. He is currently a board member of four others and past member of two other boards.  His 40 years experience in many senior management roles  will be of great benefit to the Board, to look at the structure of Kerry Co-op  as it develops its policy.

KNOCKDOWN VINTAGE: The Knockdown Vintage Club held their presentation night (proceeds from their fun run day March 26) at Knockdown Arms on Saturday April 8. They presented Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue, Dromcollogher Respite Care Centre and Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital with cheques of € 2,600 each. All who helped to make the day such a success were thanked.

CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Joe Aherne, Glenagore Athea, would like to thank everyone who sponsored him in his 100-mile challenge for the month of February. The total amount  he raised was € 1,235, for the Mater Foundation Dublin.

CUCKOO CALL: The Cuckoo has arrived (right on time as in previous years) in our locality and has been heard calling since last Wednesday April 19. The elder generation always looked forward to the arrival as it marked the end of the long winter, and the promise of better weather ahead.  When they heard the first call, they would bless themselves thanking the Lord that they had survived another year. The bird likes rural and remote areas, where it can remain unobserved by humans as it goes about its business. Its distinctive call is mainly the only means of  knowing its whereabouts.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to St Kieran’s Under 13 girls’ indoor soccer team who won silver medals at the Munster  finals on Saturday April 15, and the Under 14 boys draught team  who received  Munster certificates and the competitors  who took part in the art and handwriting.

GAELIC GAMES:  St Kieran’s defeated St Senan’s by 8-17 to 1-5 in the West Senior Football League played at Coolcappa on Saturday  April 15. St Kieran’s lost to Newcastle West  by 3-9 to 0-7 in the West Junior B Football League on Sunday April 16.

St Kieran’s lost to Knockaderry by  1-12  to 1-9 in the West Senior Hurling  League played at Knockaderry on Tuesday April 18. They led by 1-6 to 0-7 at half time. TEAM: Anthony Molyneaux, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Darragh Mc Mahon, Jack Ben Harnett 0-1, Brendan Mc Carthy, Cathal Mc  Enery, Fionn Gleeson, James O’Connor 0-1, Cathal O’Connor, Eoin Mc Enery 0-4, Michael Long, Cormac Mann, Donie Nolan 0-3, Michael Murphy 1-0.  Subs Conor Woulfe, Billy Breen,  Shay Greaney, Jack Flavin, Edward Fitzgerald.

Well done to Sean Walsh who was runner -up the final of the Long Cic Fada on Saturday April 15 in Limerick greyhound stadium. Well done to Sean Kelly on winning the Under 12 Hurling Long  Poc Fada.  Well done to Maeve Madigan who represented St Kieran’s Camogie Club in the poc fada at the Greyhound stadium.

St Kieran’s drew with Ballysteen 0-14 to 1-11 in round 2 of the West Senior Football League played at Coolcappa on Saturday April 22. They led by 0-9 to 1-5 at half time. TEAM: Robert Bradley,  Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, James O’Connor,  Michael Shanahan, Brendan Mc Carthy,  Cormac Mann,  Lorcan Murphy, Liam Kennedy 0-1,  Noel Callanan 0-3, Eoin Mc Enery 0-1,  Adam Lacy 0-1, Seamus Mangan 0-2, Donie Nolan 0-2, Alan Daly 0-3. Subs Craig MacInness, Ian Mackessy, Darragh Mc Mahon.

SOCCER NEWS: Creeves Celtic lost 2-1(James O’Connor) at home to Newcastle West in the  Desmond Premier League on Sunday April 16. Carrig Celtic had no fixture. In the Desmond Division 1 League Cup semi finals Kilcolman Rovers defeated Dromore United 1-0 (Gillian Musgrave) at home. Creeves Celtic lost 2-1(Laura O’Shaughnessy) at home to Feenagh.

DANCE CLASS: A very enjoyable end of season Céilí was held at Con Colbert Hall Athea on Saturday night last. It was held for dancers attending  John Joe Tierney’s  dance classes held locally during the autumn and winter months. Thanks to John Joe and his helpers who provided great music and dancing, delicious food and lots of spot prizes. The classes will return next October

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday April 10. The numbers drawn were 3,7,13,26, and  there was  no  winner of the € 12,400 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  € 40 each: John Mulvihill Athea, c/o Moloney’s, Peig O’Connor Commons, Ardagh (Online), Paddy Harnett Old Mill, (Online), Owen Hayes Junior, (Online), Donal Behan c/o Greaney’s. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be € 12,500. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to John Kenny Shangarry, Newcastle West, who won €  300, in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday April 21.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.


GROTTO ROSARY: The Holy Rosary will be recited at the Grotto in Cahermoyle every evening during the month of May at 6.30 pm and all are welcome.

FILM CLUB: Newcastle West Film Club present the French comedy drama ” The Rose Maker” in the Desmond Complex Newcastle West on Friday April 28, at 8pm. Admission is € 8, and refreshments are available, and all are welcome.

SINGING CLUB: West Limerick singing club are holding a special singing session at the Ramble Inn Abbeyfeale on Friday April 28 at 9pm in conjunction with the Fleadh by the Feale Festival. Joe Carrig Creeves will be the special guest.

CLUB DRAW: The Limerick GAA Club draw for 2023 is now open for membership. The Saint Kieran’s club are promoting it and the first draw will be held on Saturday April 29. The entry fee for the ten draws is € 100, 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 exclusive star prize for April is a Two Night Stay in an Grianan Donegal plus a € 250 One for All voucher. The draw is a month late commencing this year and two draws will be held in December. To join contact the local St Kieran’s club members in person, or online through the Club force App with direct options available. The club will receive 50% of all membership received which is vital for the running of it over the year.

PIETA HOUSE: The Darkness into Light 5k walk/run in aid of Pieta House will take place on Saturday May 6 at 4-15am from the Desmond Complex Gortboy, Newcastle West. The walk will continue along the N21 towards Lacey’s Cross, turning left towards Gortboy and back to the Desmond Complex.

COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion  Ceremony will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church Carrigkerry on Saturday May 6 and in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday May 13.

OLD MILL NEWS: The Old Mill Ladies Gaelic football club are holding their annual family fundraising walk on Sunday May 7 at 10am from the Barnagh Greenway Hub. It is open to all ages of people from the wider community. The club are holding are holding a fundraising coffee/tea morning in Ardagh Hall on Friday June 2 from 9am to 1pm and all are welcome to attend.

SENSORY GARDEN: Carrigkerry Playground and Sensory Garden Committee are holding a fun raising Bingo in Ardagh Community Centre on Sunday May 7 at 3pm. € 2,000 in prize money with many more prizes on the evening. A double book and 2 sheets € 20, single book and 1 sheet € 15, half book € 5, extra sheets € 2 each. Prizes € 50 per line, € 1,000 per full house,  sheet € 100 for line, and € 400 for house. Teas, Coffees, and the hall shop will be open. All support for this exciting development will be greatly  appreciated.


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Kathleens Corner – 25/04/23

by Kathleen Mullane


I recently heard that the month of April is World  Parkinson’s Month. I’m sure many of us know someone who has had Parkinson’s or has it presently .My own mother did and it used to annoy her a lot especially when eating and her hands couldn’t stop shaking. It seems now that great strides are being done with Parkinson’s through medication ,etc  and through exercise. It also emphasises the point that no matter what health problems one may have ,that a little bit of exercise every day to keep the bones etc working is so important to everyone, more especially for the elderly. So, with brighter longer and hopefully sunnier days ahead no doubt many will avail of our great walking track at the GAA pitch .

Also with regard to Dementia and Alzheimer’s it’s been proved that music is unbelievable therapy .It showed on a recent programme a lady who was a ballet dancer some years before she had Alzheimer’s.  She used to do all her Ballet moves with her arms and hands as soon as the music was put on. That she used to perform to it was real proof .

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Lane family of Beenanaspug, Kilmorna on the passing of Lizzie at UHK  last week .Many paid their respects at Lyons’ funeral parlour on Wednesday evening last. Burial took place after Requiem Mass in Knockanure on Thursday. May she rest in peace.

The death has also taken place of Frank Cotter of Laurel Court. Tralee and formerly of Cratloe West Abbeyfeale. He reposed at McElligotts funeral home Tralee and burial was in New Rath Cemetry. Sympathy to his family.

     Many thanks is extended to all who gave so generously to the Church Gate Collection on Saturday evening last in aid of the Homeless .A total of 432 euro was collected and will be of good help to those looking after those who have no roof over their head.

The very best of luck to the Limerick Minor Team who take on Waterford on this Thursday evening in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale in the next round. Athea have 3 players on the team; Callum Buckley, Templeathea, James Hunt, Coole West ,and Evan Curry, Dirreen. No doubt they would be glad of support in this all important game .


The Past cannot be regained, although we can learn from it.

The Future is not yet ours though we must plan for it.



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