CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm – Kathleen Mullane. Sunday morning (St Patrick’s Day) 11 am Mass – Michael Hayes. Eucharistic Ministers - Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm - Ita Shine and C. Wilson. Sunday morning Mass 11am – Sean Barrett and Pat Higgins. 9am Mass Sunday (St Patrick’s Day) will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Holy week Ceremonies at St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea are as follows: Palm Sunday Blessing and distribution of Palm. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7.30pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass. Holy Thursday 8pm Commemoration of the Lord’s Supper. Renewal of Commitment by Eucharistic Ministers. Adoration at Altar of Repose- 9pm – 11pm. Good Friday 3pm- Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion. Stations of the Cross . 7.30pm Veneration of the Cross. Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil 8pm Solemn Celebration of Mass and renewal of Baptismal promises and Blessing of Easter Water.
DUCK AND SWAN: At the recent Duck and Swan Irish night at Batt’s Bar the raffle winners were - €50 Jimmy Kelly, 10 bags of Turf – Evan Curry, 10 bags of Turf – Jimmy Wrenn, €25 voucher – Pa Moore. The ticket sellers Lillian Fitzgerald and Brouder’s Shop and musician Domhnall de Barra were all thanked and also the prize sponsors and those who bought tickets or helped in any way.
DEATH OF LIAM MURPHY: The death of Liam Murphy, which occurred in the Regional Hospital over the weekend, was widely regretted throughout Athea Parish, West Limerick, North Kerry and beyond. Liam was in his early ‘80’s and had been in his usual good form up to last year when he spent some time in hospital after which he appeared to have made a good recovery. For the Murphy family, Gortnagross it was a double bereavement within a few weeks as their mother Hannah was laid to rest last month. As mentioned previously in this column after Hannah’s death she and Liam raised a large and lovely family and their home in Gortnagross was always a friendly and hospitable residence. We remember Liam calling on St Stephen’s Day with the Wrenboys and dancing a few steps. Liam was a member of the well known and highly regarded Murphy family of Athea many of whom are now gone to their eternal reward. His late sister Margaret was married to John Geoghegan, a local man who was killed in the Congo in the early ‘60’s when serving with the United Nations Irish Peace Keeping Soldiers during the war in that far off country. Two of Liam’s brothers, David (Sonny) and John, who both lived in Athea, also died within the last few years. A large number of people from far and near and all walks of life called to pay their respects and express their sympathy on Monday evening to Kelly’s Funeral Home. The removal to St Bartholomew’s Church took place later on Monday evening. There was also a big attendance at the Requiem Mass on Tuesday afternoon and at the funeral afterwards to Holy Cross Cemetery. Liam is survived by his sons, daughters, grandchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews, his in-laws, and otter relatives to whom sympathy is extended. ‘May his soul rest in peace’.
COMMUNITY GAMES ART WINNERS: In Athea Community Games Art and Handwriting Competitions the committee thanked Margaret Watters, Principal Athea National School, and the staff for hosting the recent Art and Handwriting Competitions. There were 115 entries from the school pupils and the committee members were delighted with such a good response. They have indicated that without the co-operation of the school staff this would not have been possible. The entries were independently judged and the winners will now go forward to represent Athea in the next round of the competition. Athea Art winners were: - U-8 Girls- 1. Leigh Ann Mulvihill. 2. Aisling Donovan 3 Aoibhe O’Sullivan. U-10 girls- 1. Denise Carmody. 2. Tara Histon 3. Sarah Scanlon. U-12 girls- 1.Claire Carmody. 2. Shauna Scanlon. Joint 3rd – Meadbh Donovan and Aibhlin Murphy. U-14 Girls- 1. Claire O’Shea 2. Grace Ryan 3-.Emily Pierse. U-8 Boys. 1. Conor McDonagh. 2. Adam Somers. 3. Ciaran Hunt. U-10 Boys- 1. Jacob Connelly. 2. Robbie Woulfe. 3, Gavin Mulvihill. U-12 Boys- 1, Eoin Sheehan. 2. Thomas McEnery. 3. Jack McCarthy. U-14 Boys- 1. David O’Sullivan. 2. John Sexton. 3. Joseph Dalton. Congratulations to all the winners and best of luck in the next round.
ATHEA TIDY TOWNS AGM: The AGM of Athea Tidy Towns committee was held recently in the Colbert Memorial Hall. The Chairman Lal Browne welcomed the members to the meeting and thanked them for their help and support during the year. The other local people who helped with the clear-ups during the year were also thanked. The Treasurer Henry Moran in his report stated that the finances of the Committee were in a sound position. Projects that are planned for the coming year include restoration of the Handball Alley, planting of flowers and trimming of hedges in preparation for the Tidy Towns competition. The following officers were elected for the coming year. Chairperson- Lal Browne, Vice-Chairperson – Kathleen Barrett, Secretary – Damien Ahern. Treasurer- Henry Moran. President - Thady Hunt.
50TH BIRTHDAY: Best wishes to Denis Murphy, Dirreen who recently celebrated his 50th birthday with his family members, relatives and friends at The Top of the Town Bar. Denis is a member of the Staff of St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West and is also prominent in the running of Athea United Soccer Club.
AIRTRICITY GRANTS: There was a good attendance at the Memorial Hall on Thursday night, February 28 when the Airtricity Company presented a total of €140,000 to 26 different groups in West Limerick. The total investment that Airtricity has brought into West Limerick since 2008 has amounted to €450,000. Local Athea projects to benefit from the grants will be dry-lining insulation for the older section of Athea National School, Athea GAA Club will get energy efficient lighting on the sidelines of Pairc na nGael, Athea United Schoolboys will get energy efficient lighting and security lighting and Athea Tidy Towns Committee will get new energy efficient street lighting. Athea Voluntary Housing will receive new security lighting around their houses. The Memorial Hall will also receive new lighting.