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News – 11/6/24

Members of Athea Gun Club and Helen from Batt’s Bar releasing 60 ducks into the localA river

More Ducks!

Well done to Athea Gun Club who recently released 60 ducks into the river by the bridge. A word to motorists to be careful of ducks wandering onto the road.

Lucy Brouder and Aoibheann Barrett who helped Athea Gun Club put ducks into the river last week


Workshop lasting ttwenty hours of sculpture, painting, drawing and mixed media for children aged 7-12 years from 11-3pm July 8 -12

Teach na Feile, New St., Abbeyfeale. Book now Norma 087 1027327.


Road & TT 

National Championships

In Athea

There will be an Open Information Meeting at 9pm in Athea GAA Clubhouse in relation to these championships. All are welcome.

Hannah Scanlon, Dirreen casting her vote in Athea on Friday last at the age of 102. An example to us all.

The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

I always like to get a bit of feedback on some of my scribbles here, even if it is not complimentary, otherwise I might think nobody is reading this piece.  What I write is only my own humble opinion and I am lucky that I have the opportunity to put my thoughts on paper each week.  There would be something wrong if everybody agreed with me because we all differ and I am open to correction at all times. One of the items I did get a reaction to was  the one on the abuse of our National Anthem at GAA matches.  I didn’t have one negative comment and I am wondering if somebody actually relayed the feelings to the powers that be in the GAA because I was pleasantly surprised last Sunday when Limerick and Clare lined up behind the band and stood to attention for the playing of the anthem right to the last note.  The crowd  did their usual cheering about three quarters of the way through but it did not affect the players and, if this continues, I am hoping their example will rub off on the followers and restore a bit of respect. I know that people do not disrespect the anthem intentionally and just get carried away in the moment but wouldn’t it be nice to hear the whole stadium filled with the type of passion that we see from other countries when their anthem is played. Anyway, well done to the Munster Council who made the change and to both sides who gave an example for all teams going forward.

The elections took centre stage over the weekend with great interest in who will or will not be elected.  The tallymen were busy giving us statistics to ponder but the one figure that disappointed me was the one that told us only about half of those eligible to do so cast their votes.  As I said last week, our right to vote was hard won by men and women who put their lives on the line so that we might have the right to decide our own destiny and we should repay them by  exercising that right by using our votes.  Some of the people who didn’t vote will be the first ones to complain about their local councillor and what is not being done for them. I say, if you haven’t bothered to vote then you do not have the right to criticize anyone.  We are so lucky to live in a democracy where we get an opportunity to decide who our leaders are. There are so many countries in the world where the people  are downtrodden and dictated to and they would give anything to have what we have so we shouldn’t take our freedom for granted.  The results of the local election in West Linerick, Newcastle West area, were, I suppose, predictable with all the sitting councillors returned. Congratulations to them all especially to John Sheahan who is very helpful to us in Athea. Commiserations to all those who didn’t make it and thank you for standing and making n election of it. As I write this it looks like John Moran is about to make history as the first directly elected Mayor of Limerick. He seems to have enough of a lead at the moment but, politics being what politics, all may have changed by the time you read this. John’s people came from Clash and he has already had a very distinguished career. He definitely has what it takes to do a good job for Limerick City and County and it would be great to have one of our own to call on.

The situation in Ghaza continues to deteriorate  with Israel pushing to rescue hostages and wipe out Hamas in the process. In doing so they are killing hundreds of innocent civilians and there is absolutely no justification for it. Let us suppose that whey succeed in getting rid of Hamas , do they think that will be the end of resistance from the Palestinians?  By killing so many civilians and destroying their houses as well as starving them through not letting aid trucks through they are creating tomorrow’s freedom fighters. If I was a teenager in Ghaza who had seen my home demolished and my family members killed, it wouldn’t take much to persuade me to take up arms and try to get revenge. I say freedom fighter but others may say terrorist. It depends on what side you are on. Of course all war is wrong but it is a reality and once it begins, the gloves are off.  The only way to end this conflict is around the negotiating table. Both sides will have to compromise and it is up to the international community to make sure this happens. I am pessimistic about the prospect of a peace in the near future because Israel does not seem to take any notice of what the rest of the world thinks. As long as they are being supplied with the weapons they need they will continue so it is up to those supplying them to call a halt.

To get back to the elections, isn’t it strange to see, in this day and age, hundreds of people counting votes by hand? Surely it is time to come into the 21st century and have electronic voting machines that will simplify the process and will produce a result in no time. I know there was a problem with electronic machines in the past but technology is improving every day and we now have more people capable of ensuring the job is done right. With the old system people make mistakes when marking a paper and the result is that there are a lot of spoilt votes.  With the electronic system a button is pressed and there should be a way of checking what choices are made before submitting the final choice. Whether we like it or not, machines are now more accurate and reliable than humans. Every time we have an election there are close calls and recounts are demanded. I have never heard of a recount producing exactly the same number as the first time and I am sure if it was done a hundred times the results would all be different. This is no reflection on those who work so hard counting the ballot papers because it is easy to miscount, especially if you are doing the same thing hour after hour. It is worth giving it another go.

Tim Joe Riordan from Dirreen with the turf he has saved this year. Tim is one of the last to cut turf in the old traditional way.

Church Notices

Parish Pastoral Unit (Athea/ Abbeyfeale/ Mountcollins/ Templeglantine/ Tournafulla).

Canon Tony Mullins 087 2600414, Fr. Willie Russell 087 2272825, Fr. Denis Mullane 087 2621911.

Masses this week- Tuesday morning 9.15am and Thursday evening 7pm.

Eucharistic Adoration and The Devine Mercy Chaplet on Tuesday morning after mass.

Mass Intentions: Sat June 8th 7.30pm: Michael Haslam. Patsy & Margaret and Eileen Broderick. All masses are streamed live on

Baptisms take place on the fourth weekend of the month. The next baptismal preparation meeting takes place in the sacristy Templeglantine on Tuesday evening June 11th at 8pm.

Parents who wish to baptise their child in the next few months should contact Siobhan on

087-3331459 for further details.

Parish Administration: Tues-Fri 11am-1pm. call Siobhan on 087-3331459, outside these hours text or email [email protected]

Fitzpatrick’s Listowel are travelling to Lough Derg on June 28th-30th.Call 087-3249822 for details. Novena In Honour of St. Anthony takes place in St. John’s Cathedral 5th -13th June.

Athea Community Council Lucky Numbers Draw

17/06/2024  No’s Drawn: 10,  21,  23,  27.      No Winner

Lucky Dips

Noreen Barry,                   Cratloe

Angela & Keegan,             H/Side Drive

Remie Mahony,                 Templeathea

Eileen O’Sullivan, Glasha

Sellers Prize:  Ned Mahony & Lal Browne

Next Draw:  24/06/’24   Venue:  Brown Joe’s 

Jackpot €21,300


Athea Community Games

hosted Group 4 of the county art competition on Saturday 8th June last in the hall welcoming young artists from Dromcollogher/Broadford, St. Kieran’s, Newcastlewest and Athea. These are some photos of the Athea competitors.

Below: Some of the Athea children who took part in the art competition




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By Carrig Side – 11/6/24

by Tom Aherne

TADGH NAUGHTON: A Memorial Mass for the late Tadgh Naughton late of Skehanagh, Ardagh and London will be held in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday June 15. at 11.30am. The burial of ashes will be held afterwards in Kilscanell Cemetery. Sympathy to daughter Mandy, son Timothy, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Eileen Greene, Catherine O’Sullivan, Mary Donoghue, extended family and friends. May he rest in Peace.

FARM SALE: Clare house and farm Kilcolman was sold by public auction by GVM Limerick on Wednesday May 29. The total of 190 acres plus house and outbuildings was sold in four lots realising € 4,150,000, which was one of the biggest agricultural land sales ever recorded in county Limerick. The late John Lane was a highly regarded dairy farmer and the estate was sold by the executors.

SENSORY GARDEN: Good progress is being made in putting in place the Sensory Garden in Carrigkerry beside the Playground. The committee deserve the praise of us all for their efforts in putting in place this very important facility for people to avail of. A replica of the Campaign House is also progressing next to it. Thanks also  to the workers involved in putting this in place. Carrigkerry village is looking very well at present  thanks to the work of the Community employment scheme.

ROADWORKS: Limerick Council have upgraded a section of roadway in Glensharrold connecting Carrigkerry to Kilcolman. It was many years since it received a coat of tar which had worn away in many places. There is another road nearby connecting to Scotland Bog which is badly in need of attention. Hopefully the Council may seem fit to resurface it before the next Election.

RÓISÍN FEATURED: The recently published Limerick Life lifestyle magazine  has a five-page feature on Róisín Ambrose from Ardagh. It’s a nice feature by Siadbh Redmond dealing with family life the GAA and women’s sport getting the recognition it deserves. Róisín is a great role model who leads by example and continued success to her on the playing fields and beyond.

WEATHER FORECASTING: Ken Ring the famous New Zealand weather forecaster was on a Radio station recently and he forecast good summer weather. From the second week of June to the end of July would see the best of the weather with warm sunny days to look forward to. The improvement in May weather has seen great progress made with the long evenings being availed of. The silage season is in full swing, and the turf banks covered with next winters supply.  The promise of a good summer will hopefully come to pass, and we can all enjoy its rewards.

FLEADH CHEOIL: Congratulations to all the local participants who competed in the County Fleadh Cheoil  in Kilfinane over the June Bank Holiday weekend.  Those that were successful  progress to the Munster finals in Thurles in mid July.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes in the future to Timmy Woulfe Athea who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. His long rewarding and  fulfilled life have been full of achievements and successes. Continued good health and happiness to Timmy who is an inspiration to us all.

NOONAN LIGHTS: The Noonan family recently revealed the proceeds from their Christmas Lights display as € 29,536. The charities to benefit are Milford Care Centre, Limerick Suicide Watch, Recovery Haven Tralee, Slí Elí Churchtown Cork

LADIES FOOTBALL: Limerick defeated Longford by 1-12 to 0-8 in round 1 of the All-Ireland Ladies Premier Junior Football Championship played in Pearse Park Longford on Sunday June 2. Sophie Hennessy, Róisín Ambrose 0-3 and Iris Kennelly 1-2 from the Old Mill club were members of the team.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Knockane by 0-17 to 0-16 after extra time in the County Junior B Football League semi final played at Rathbane on Thursday June 6.

Congratulations to Darren Dineen Ardagh who was the captain of the Munster team that won all three matches  against Connacht, Ulster and Leinster in the M Donnelly Interprovincial Wheelchair League at the Omagh Leisure Centre Tyrone on Saturday June 1. The Munster round will be held in Mary Immaculate College Limerick on Saturday June 29.

POOL  NEWS: Congratulations to Gavin and Kalen Ryder from Ardagh who members of the Limerick team were who participated in the All-Ireland Pool Championship in the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney over the June weekend.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday June 3.The numbers drawn were 5,9,17,22, and  there was no  winner of the € 5,400 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five lucky dip winners who received  € 40 each: Liam Kennedy Kilcolman, Tom Harnett Ardagh, M and E c/o Josie, Tommy Greaney Kilreash Ardagh, Caroline Mulcahy Kilscannell. Next week’s  Jackpot will be € 5,500. 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.  Both organisations wish to thank all the people for their continued support.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Kaelen O’Connor Newcastle West who won € 205 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday June 7. The tickets cost € 2, or 3 for € 5 and they are available from volunteers, in local shops, (including Moloneys Carrigkerry,  and 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.

CRECHE FUNDRAISER: Kilcolman Community Crèche located in West Limerick is a not-for-profit community Crèche and has been running since 2007. The Crèche provides essential childcare services to Kilcolman and a large number of surrounding areas. As the demand for after-school service continues to be high, in order to continue to meet the needs of the local community and surrounding areas the Board are looking to expand this service. They are currently fundraising with the goal to place a modular building on the site of the Crèche, which will cater for this group of children in their care. Please spread the word or donate any amount you can. Search “Kilcolman Community Creche” on to donate. Thank you so much for your support.

CHARITY MATCH: Creeves Celtic  are holding a charity match at the Thatch Newbridge on Saturday June 22 at 2pm, in aid of Milford Care Centre. Creeves Celtic Ladies play Creeves  Celtic Legends for the Conghaile Cup. People can donate to raise funds for this very deserving cause  on their Facebook page.

FÉILE FUNDRAISER: Old Mill Ladies Under 15 football team will represent Limerick in the 2024 Féile na Gael in Moyle, Tipperary on Saturday June 29. It will be the third occasion for the club after competing in 1998 and 2014. The club are seeking donations to help cover the cost of their Féile journey. Any support will be greatly appreciated towards the cost of gear, transport and general expenses.

CEMETERY MASSES DATES: Mass will be celebrated in Kilfergus Cemetery on Sunday  June 16, at 2pm, Kinnard Cemetery on Monday  June 17, at 7.30pm,  Shanagolden Cemetery on Sunday June 23, at 2pm, Borrigone Well on Thursday August 15, at 3pm, Coolcappa August 15, at 7.30pm, Clonagh Cemetery  on Sunday September 8, at 2pm.

RAMBLING HOUSE:  A Rambling House will be held in Ballyhahill Hall on Wednesday June 19 at 8pm. All entertainers are welcome to come along and join in the proceedings.


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Kathleens Corner – 11/6/24

by Kathleen Mullane


Well there a few Congrats to start off this weeks few lines. Firstly, on Friday last, it was a great day of celebrations for Ashley Murphy, daughter of Tina and Jimmy,  who was married to Shane Mulvihill, son of Mary T. and Denny  of Athea. The Best Man was Jonathan Mulvihill and the Groomsmen  were Teddy and Conor Mulvihill and Sonny Sheehan. The Chief Bridesmaid was Shauna Murphy ,with Amy Murphy, Courtney Neill and Lauren Flavin as bridesmaids also. The Flower girl was Sadhbh McCarthy and pageboys Aidan and Louis Mulvihill .The Nuptial Ceremony was with Canon Tony Mullins at St. Mary’s Church Listowel. It was off then to The Killarney Oaks Hotel where a great day was enjoyed by everyone.

Next it was the turn of Stephen Shine, son of Donie and Nora of Blaine Athea,  who married Tracey Mangan, daughter of Maura and Kevin  of Ballylongford. A great day was enjoyed by the newly weds along with their families and friends at The Ballygarry Hotel in Tralee. Wishing both couples all the very best  for their future happiness.

Congrats are also extended to Mary Woulfe of Cratloe  on winning Best Dressed Lady  recently at Listowel Races and indeed deservedly won the prize as she looked stunning. Well done Mary

Another Huge Congrats to all those who organised and helped out  in making the Corpus Christi Procession the great success that it was  on Saturday evening last after Mass. A great crowd joined the First Communion Children, the Choir, those who led the procession with the Cross and the Canopy Holders, the Altar Servers the Clergy, those who adorned the lovely Altar near the Hall and of course all the great ladies who gave everyone tea and cakes etc in the Hall after, it was very welcome after the cold evening and of course all who donated the goodies and baking. It was indeed another great community effort by the people of Athea.

Congrats again to the Tidy Towns Volunteers  who put up the lovely hanging baskets  throughout the Village during the week. It’s hard work doing the watering etc. so well done to each and every one of them.

The Sue Ryder Charity Shop has re-opened in Abbeyfeale. I have been asked if anyone is doing a clear out they would be grateful of unwanted items, clothes books etc.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads on this Sunday 16 th . Have a great day and enjoy being spoiled.


     Thought For The Week



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