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News – 19/9/23

Flu and Covid Vaccines

Will be available at Athea Medical Centre from Mid-October to anyone over 65 years of age or Immunosuppressed.

Please give name at reception.


Coffee Morning

The annual Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice will be held in the Community Hall oh Thursday, 21st., September at 9am.

This very worthwhile cause is supported generously every year and a good attendance is expected this time around.


Drama A.G.M.

The A.G.M. of Athea Drama Group will take place on Wednesday, 27th., September in Con Colbert Community Hall at 8pm.

This group have been going from strength to strength over the years and they look forward to staging a new play in the springtime.  New members are always welcome and there is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes as well.

Free community group classes

West Limerick Resources will be holding a free 3-night master-class series in October on community group policies, procedures, marketing, volunteer recruitment and more.

This will be taking place on the 4th, 11th, and 18th of October, from 7 – 9 PM, in the Desmond complex, Newcastle West.. Spaces are limited I would ask each interested community group to nominate 2 committee members to attend.

Text Amber at 085 279 6993 with your name and group

Sharon Reidy receiving a cheque for €750 towards Con Colbert Community Hall from Eamon Walshe, proceeds from the Bike Rally held in Athea recently.

The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

I was in Tralee the other day and, as I walked through a shopping centre, a family of two adults and two children passed me by. I am assuming that they were a family but it was the fact that they were very different caught my attention. The man looked  like he was of Middle-Eastern extraction from his clothes, head gear and the full beard. He was in the lead with the children next and the woman bringing up the rear. She was dressed from head to toe in black with just a slit in the head covering for her eyes to see through. They were obviously devout Muslims following the Koran to the letter of the law. I have lived in Libya for a while and the sight of women in that attire was commonplace but it looked so out of place in a rural town in Ireland. I respect people’s decision to follow whatever religion they choose but I want nothing to do one that treats women so abominably. Their belief is that women are only there to bear children and are subservient to their husbands. That is why the woman in Tralee was walking at least five paces behind her husband. Her body is to be hidden from sight in case it arouses passion in other males. They also believe that girls should not be educated or hold any position in society. We can see what is happening in Afghanistan where girls schools are being closed and female workers are being replaced my males. It might seem very strange to us but it isn’t that long ago that women were discriminated against in this country. Some of my father’s generation, himself amongst them, thought a woman’s place was in the home and that she wasn’t fit for any position of authority. Thankfully we have left that age behind and we now have women prominent in all walks of life This is only right and proper because I firmly believe that women in general are far more capable than men in many walks of life. There is no reason for a mother, or indeed a father, to be in the home 24/7. Once children go to school they are far more influenced by their classmates and teachers than by anything that happens at home and of course once they start secondary level, their parents no nothing anymore and their only aim is to stop the teens enjoying themselves. So, it is more than possible for a woman to be a good mother and also have a successful career. There is still an imbalance of women v men in certain professions and some people have put forward the idea of a compulsory gender balance in boardrooms and politics. I have a problem with this concept and I think it is flawed. The best people for available positions should get them regardless of gender. I don’t care if  it is 100% men or women as long as they are the most suitable for the job. The idea that a good candidate will not be chosen just because the gender quota has to be filled goes against all logic and is unfair to those who are not chosen whether a he or a she. I say he or she because , in my opinion, there are only two genders, male and female. I can’t be dealing with “them or “they”.  I appreciate that some people born a certain gender feel they do not  belong and want to change. I have no problem with that but until medically certified otherwise they should be referred to as  “he” or “she”.  In the meantime they should get all the help they need to be comfortable in their own bodies.

I just heard on the news that the proposed gas terminal in Ballylongford has been turned down by An Bord Pleannala. The board said it was going along with government policy and it just goes to show how  little commonsense exists in the corridors of power. We are going to need supplies of gas for the foreseeable future and it seems we have learned  nothing from  the war in Ukraine that left us with an energy crisis.  Other countries in Europe are building  gas terminals so that they will be independent into the future but not Ireland, no, we are too busy bowing to the Green agenda that we cannot do the sensible thing. This is the same government that closed down the peat burning stations and put an end to peat harvesting by Bord na Mona putting hundreds out of work. We are now importing peat briquettes from Europe and we do not have the back-up of the power stations in the midlands. It just simply does not make sense and we will live to regret it. It is time for our politicians to take their heads out of the clouds and make some practical decisions that will benefit the people they represent, not just follow a fashionable agenda. Green energy is the way into the future but we are a long way from being able to rely 100% on that.

I had great plans for last weekend with golf on Saturday and Sunday, a big birthday party session on Friday night and a wedding after-session on Sunday. Alas all my plans came to nought due to a back injury sustained while emptying out a water trough on Thursday. The pump takes out most of the water but there is about six inches at the bottom that has to be done by hand. It takes about half an hour of filling and lifting buckets over the edge to complete the operation and as I was doing it I began to get a pain in the back from all the bending and lifting.  I finished the job but I had huge problems getting out of the trough and managed to dislocate my hip in the process so I have been in agony for a few days and even though I am in the office at the moment I am far from all right. It just goes to show how fragile our bodies are and how easily we can be laid low. I hope to be back in action again soon.

The link below is for anybody who would like to join our weekly lottery. Proceeds from this lottery help to fund local projects in Athea such as the Footbridge, graveyard and street maintenance, stone walls, townland signs and the local Community Employment scheme. If you would like tom be involved please fill in the form and send it to me: Domhnall de Barra, Athea Community Council Ltd., Con Colbert Street, Athea,  Co. Limerick

Lotto form

Church Notices

Ide Naofe Pastoral Area (Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Templeglantine and Tournafulla).

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

and Fr Dan Lane 087 2533030 (retired). Sunday Duty Sept 24 th Rev. Fr D Mullane 087-2621911

Weekday masses on Tuesday morning at 9.30am and Thursday evening at 7pm.

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

Baptisms on the 4 th Saturday of the month at 2.30pm – next date Saturday Sept 23 rd .

Next baptism course on Tues Oct 10 th at 8pm, contact Theresa for further details 087-1513565.

Parish Administration: Tues-Fri 11am-1pm. call Siobhan on 087-3331459, outside these hours

text or email [email protected]


Intentions (All masses are streamed live on

Sat 23rd  Sept Kathleen & Matthew Dillon A/v. Bridget (Biddy) O’Connor A/v.

Margaret & Timothy Leahy & Nicholas Leahy A/v.



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By Carrig Side – 19/9/23

by Tom Aherne

MAURICE GREANEY: The death took place of Maurice Greaney of Milltown, Askeaton and formerly Carrigkerry,  peacefully in the excellent care of Milford Care Centre, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday,  September 12. The Greaney family  (Irish parents) arrived from Huddersfield in England to Stacks house in Carrigkerry in 1979. Maurice attended Newcastle West Technical school before moving to Limerick city a few years later. He worked as a male nurse, a prison officer and  at security work. He was blessed with many talents being mechanically minded and very good with his hands for doing DIY projects.  Outside of family his passions were classic cars and motorcycles and he made numerous trips with family and fellow enthusiasts around Europe and the US.

Reposing  took place at Kieran Madigan’s Funeral Home, Main Street, Askeaton  on Thursday, September 14,  from 5pm, followed by removal to  St Mary’s Church Askeaton. The  Requiem Mass  was Concelebrated on Friday, at 12 noon by Fr Seán O’Longaigh and Fr Muiris O’Connor. The hymns were by Emily Clarke from her CD. Family members participated in the ceremony with readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and  tribute. Symbols of importance to Maurice’s life were taken to the Altar before mass commenced. They included a classic car and  motorcycle vest to show his passion for vehicles being a car and motorcycle owner during his lifetime.  His prison officer’s  cap and  medical dictionary to show his years spent in taking caring of others. A  cross to indicate his religious beliefs. Fr Seán paid his own tribute to Maurice, linking the readings and Gospel  to the life he led during his homily. Son Shane on behalf of the family paid tribute and thanked all who supported them in the final weeks.

His former work colleagues formed a guard of honour as his coffin left the church and the funeral cortege was escorted by a motorcycle cavalcade to the cemetery. Burial took place afterwards as the rain fell down heavily at Kilcornan Cemetery.  A large attendance from near and far was present despite the rainfall at both the reposing, Mass and burial to show the esteem that Maurice was held in.  His passing came far too early in a life well lived as he had so much more to offer to family friends and the wider community. Sympathy to his  wife Mary, sons Shane, Darragh, and Eoghan, sister Margaret, brother Peter, Uncle Sean, nephews, nieces extended family members and many close friends. May he rest in Peace.

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for the late John Barrett formerly of 8, The Cross Ardagh was held in St Molua’s Church Ardagh on Saturday September 16.  John passed away on  Wednesday August 9 after a short illness in New York aged 66. A Memorial service was held in Franke E Cambell Funeral Chapel  1076 Madison Avenue on Monday  August 14, followed by  a cremation service.  Sympathy is extended to his  brothers Pat, Mike, Eddie, Joe, Gerry and sister Kathleen, their families, and a large circle of  friends in New York and the Ardagh region. May he rest in Peace.

SECRETARY WANTED: Coolcappa National School are advertising  for a school secretary for 5 hours per week. The ideal candidate  must be willing to work to a high standard and work well with others. Experience in school-based systems will be an advantage. Please post your CV and letter of Application to the Principal Coolcappa National School, Ardagh, Co. Limerick. on or before Wednesday September 27. Envelopes to be clearly marked ”Application for Secretary.”

LADIES FOOTBALL: Congratulations to Róisín Ambrose from the Old Mill club who was named on the TG4 Junior team of the 2023 Ladies Football Championship. The awards will be presented at their All-Star Banquet at the Bonnington Hotel Dublin on Saturday November 18. Congratulations to the Under 16 team who defeated Ahane  by 2-14 to 3-8 in the County Final in Martinstown on Sunday September 10.

GAELIC GAMES: St Kieran’s defeated Claughaun by 1-10 to 0-9 in round 5 of Group 1 of the County Senior Football  Championship  played at  Clarina on Saturday  September 16. They led by 1-4 to 0-6    at half time. Team Anthony Molyneaux, Aaron Heffernan, Johnny Mc Carthy,  Diarmuid Mulcahy,  Sean Ryan, Brendan Mc Carthy (Captain),  Mossie Shine, Darragh Treacy, Liam Kennedy, Mickey Long 0-1, Noel Callanan 0-4, Kevin Meade, Alan Daly 1-5, Eoin Mc Enery, Adam Lacey. Subs  Cormac Mann, Anthony Mullins. St Kieran’s finish 4th in the table and retain their senior status for next year.  The club were one of many who received sponsorship from the Cois Sionna Desmond Credit Union Club sponsorship evening held there. John Doyle from the St Kieran’s club was part of the Limerick master’s team who defeated Armagh  by 2-14 to 1-13 after extra time in the All-Ireland Spirit Cup Final  (Tier 5)  at St Brigid’s Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon on Saturday September 16,

SOCCER NEWS: In the Desmond Division 3 League Cup Carrig Celtic lost 1-0 away to Glantine A and Kilcolman Rovers lost 3-1 away to Breska Rovers B. Creeves Celtic had no fixture.

LOTTERY DRAW: The Ardagh Development Association and Saint Kieran’s GAA joint weekly lottery   draw took place on Monday September 11. The numbers drawn were 7,2o,22,28, and  there was  no  winner of the € 14,500 Jackpot. Congratulations  to the five lucky dip winners who received  € 40 each:  Francis Mc Carthy Askeaton, DTG c/o Greaney’s, Nancy Barrett and family c/o Moloney’s, Kate Ambrose Ardagh, May Gallagher Ardagh. Next Monday night’s jackpot will  be € 14,600. 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.

RADIO DRAW: Congratulations to Mag’s Bridgeman, Knockaderry  who won € 325 in the West Limerick 102fm 50/50 draw, held on Friday September 15.The tickets cost € 2, or3 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.

MILFORD HOSPICE: Ardagh ICA guild are holding their annual  collection for Milford Hospice in the Community Centre Ardagh on Thursday September 21 from 10amto 1pm. Your generous support would be deeply appreciated.

HERITAGE MEETING: St Kieran’s Heritage Association will hold a meeting in the Community Centre Ardagh on Thursday September 21 at 8pm. Over the summer months some members participated in a number of walks around the area and also in Tralee, Lyreachrompane and Galbally. The arrival of the Gardai to Ardagh 100 years ago will be marked by the association next month.

SCRAP METAL: St Kieran’s GAA club will be holding a scrap metal collection on Saturday September 23. from 9am to 6pm in the new pitch car park in Ardagh, for people who may want to dispose of unwanted scrap metal.  If they wish to do so they can contact Ivan on 087-657 7551 or David on 086-220 5572

OSKAR FUNDRAISERS: A number of fundraising events will be held by the St Kieran’s GAA Club in the run up to the Oskar night in the Devon Inn on Saturday November 11. The Peaky Blinders members will be holding a pig race in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Saturday September 23. The Bridesmaids cast will be running a number of events beginning with a Bingo Loco event in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Friday September 29. They will hold a clothes collection in Ardagh and Coolcappa on November 4, and 5. The Calendar Girls will be holding a Table Quiz in Neary’s Bar Ardagh on Friday October 6. The Snapper group will hold a tractor run in Ardagh on Sunday October 8 with registration at 12.30pm.

GREENWAY WALK: A walk will be held from Abbeyfeale to Listowel along the greenway on Sunday September 24 at 11am. It is in remembrance of Jim O’Connor from Kilmorna who was a great community person. All proceeds are in aid of the Cork, Kerry Bus operated by the Kerry Cancer Support  Group. Donations can be made online or on the day.

SET CÉILÍ: A set  Céilí will be held in Lyreachrompane Resource Centre on Sunday September 24, from 3pm to 6pm. Music by Taylors Cross, and spot prizes galore. Admission € 10. All proceeds in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. Set dancing classes will commence in the hall Ballyhahill on Monday September 25, from 8pm to 9-30pm, with Fiona. All are welcome including beginners for a fun night of dance exercise and friendship.

CLUB DRAW: The next Limerick GAA Club draw will be held on Saturday September 30,  and announced on the Sports Show on Limerick Live 95.The entry fee  is € 10 per month or € 40 for the remaining four draws  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. 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. The star prize for September will be an Apple iPad to the value of € 500.


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Kathleens Corner – 19/9/23

by Kathleen Mullane


The annual Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice will take place here in the Hall as usual on this Thursday September 21st starting at 9 o clock. All donations for this very worthy cause would be greatly  received no matter how small. No doubt the organisers would also be grateful for any cake, buns tarts or indeed any baking. So, if you are on the school run or in the vicinity of the Hall, pop in.

Well the Listowel races have started and hopefully the weather won’t be too bad for the week. Wednesday is the big race day and of course Friday is the day that all the students look forward to with Saturday now being one of the favourite days where vintage dressing is the order of the Day  with many pre –loved suits , dresses etc being worn with a story behind each one. And we must send congratulations to Mary and Phillip Woulfe who on Sunday were the runners up in the Best Dressed Couple competition winning them a night away in The Lyrath Estate and, I must say, they looked amazing, well done to them.

Congrats are extended to Mary O’Connor of Markievicz Park who celebrated her 50th birthday along with her family and friends on Saturday night last all having a very enjoyable night.

Great news today we see that Brown Joe’s has been named  as the South-West winner of the Irish Pub Of The Year competition. Pubs from all parts of the country  were chosen as winners of their particular region so its nice that Athea is on The map, well done  to Brown Joes.

On Tuesday next the Tuesday Club for over 55s which will include Wellness and Self Discipline will start in the Hall  from 11.30-12.30  with chair aerobics, games and refreshments. Further information from Nicole on 087 9459971.

The death took place over the weekend of Anne Carroll of Templeathea after a relatively short illness. Many came to sympathise at the Family Home on Monday evening. Requiem mass on Tuesday was followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetry. Sincere sympathy is extended to her husband Ned, her sons Kieran and Declan, her sister, brother, grandchildren, many relatives and a large circle of friends .May the Light of Heaven be hers.

In the USA  they have a talk in schools called STRANGER -DANGER and I was looking at Reality TV recently about a little girl who was abducted while walking to school like she always did with her brother. Anyway, to make a long story short, even though she was only 7 years old she had the knowledge to describe to the police, after her ordeal, many key things about her abductor,  his accent, the fact that he had a tatoo of a snake on his arm, his height  and hair colour as well as other things about him which helped the Police to Capture him eventually. Maybe its these kind of things we should be telling our young people nowadays.



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