Athea Tidy Towns

Athea Tidy Towns-22/12/2020

By Damien Aherne

Athea Tidy Towns Committee with Fr. Brendan Duggan

 Athea Tidy Towns Launch their Newest Project – a contactless Bottle Refill Station

A Contactless Bottle Refill Station is the newest facility to be installed in Athea, thanks to the efforts of the local Tidy Towns Committee. The idea was muted a number of months ago by the group who then decided to submit a funding proposal supported by Councillor John Sheahan to the Community Enhancement Programme through Limerick City & County Council. The proposal was successful and a grant of €4000 was made available towards the installation. The group enlisted the help of local illustrator Rachael Grainger who designed the artwork for the fountain. Rachael was previously commissioned by the group to bring the Athea Heritage Trail to life through her unique designs.

Athea Tidy Towns are hopeful this will reduce their consumption of single use plastics and help us in our efforts to become a more sustainable community. The hills around Athea are a popular route for cyclists who pass through the village regularly who will now be encouraged to stop and refill their water bottle at the site. Pedestrians and local school children will also be able to access the fountain with their reusable bottle.

Following a public call out for a sponsor to fund the ongoing maintenance costs of the unit, Athea & District Credit Union have generously offered to cover the cost of maintaining the unit ensuring a fresh clean water supply in the years ahead.

Speaking with Athea Tidy Towns Secretary, Damien Ahern, he noted; ‘We would like to especially thank Sinéad

O’Donnell  and Padraig Vallely at Limerick City & County Council for assisting us with delivering this project and to Councillor John Sheahan for assisting us with funding applications. We are delighted to be one of five locations within the county to be home to a contactless Bottle Refill Station. We are encouraging everyone to bring their reusable bottle to our new fountain and to ‘have a bottle on us’.

The fountain was launched on Sunday, December 20th and a blessing was performed by Fr. Brendan Duggan.

History of Athea’s Water – By Jamie Kelly 

Water has always been considered an important resource by our ancestors. Many of our ancient traditions and beliefs revolve around the power that it holds. For centuries, water has flowed through Athea Village providing a never-ending supply. The Galey, the Village Pump and the Athea Water Scheme (1929) all provided inhabitants and passers-by with a source of water for drinking, cooking and washing. The installation of this new water fountain beside the 1930’s water hydrant continues the tradition of people accessing water in the heart of Athea Village.

Representatives from Athea & District Credit Union at the opening of the Bottle Refill Station



Henry Moran & Damien Ahern

Councillor John Sheahan cutting the Ribbon

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Athea Tidy Towns-03/11/2020

By Damien Ahern

Athea Tidy Towns November Fundraiser

  1. Completion of the Athea Tidy Towns Heritage Trail

Leaflet + Kids Booklet

  1. Planting of 6 Native Whitebeam trees together with stone flower beds at Athea Creamery Yard
  2. Erection of Hanging Baskets and floral displays in the village and their maintenance
  3. Assistance with maintaining green areas during lockdown
  4. Developing Athea Riverwalk – erecting fence, laying path, planting trees & shrubs together with the construction of Hen Harrier Arch
  5. Installation of public water bottle refill station
  6. Sandblasting and painting of the footbridge and the painting of other derelict buildings on Colbert Street

3 Installation of speed reduction signs on the Listowel and Abbeyfeale Rds

  1. Securing further public lighting for the village

Throughout the month of November, a gofundme page will be live and will accept donations safely online from bank cards/credit cards etc by following the link which is available on the Athea Tidy Towns Facebook Page.

Donation boxes have also been placed in O’Riordan’s Pharmacy, Collin’s Shop and Griffin Butchers.

As always, thanks to the wonderful Athea community for your continued support.

Míle buíochas

Athea Tidy Towns Committee



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Athea Tidy Towns – 18/08/2020

by Damien Ahern

We were delighted to welcome Padraig Cronin from the Hen Harrier Project to our Riverwalk recently. Padraig was very impressed with the progress made and has requested us to host a ministerial visit in the near future to showcase the walk and the important awareness raising initiative of Athea – the hen harrier capital of Ireland. A permanent arch has been ordered for the walk and should be completed in the next few weeks. Three benches will also be installed at the site. Two of these benches are sponsored by local families and the final bench will be erected in memory of Bridie O’Shea who helped so many people in the community during her time living in Athea – with much of this work being done unnoticed.  

Our application to the Town & Village Renewal Project is now complete. We should know in the next few weeks if we were successful. Fingers crossed. 

We hope to be in a position to advertise a fundraising initiative beginning in September – more details to follow. 

Great to see work continuing at Athea Creamery – congratulations and best of luck to the new business established here – ‘ The Lab’. Looking forward to welcoming you to our community. 

Heritage Leaflets & Kids Activity Books will be made available soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Some of our members visited the wonderful Glasha Lake for a guided tour by Pat & Bernie Higgins. What a wonderful amenity and asset to Athea and an absolute haven for wildlife. Well done to Pat & Bernie and family for all the work they have put in here over the last 25 years. Such potential! 


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