DEATH OF THADY QUAID: The unexpected death of Thady Quaid which occurred during the week was received in Athea with a profound sense of shock and sadness. Thady who was in his mid ‘60’s was a native of Dirreen, Athea but had lived in Ballybunion with his wife and family for several years. The Quaid family is highly respected in Athea area and well known throughout the county because of the participation of some of its members in athletics and the GAA among other things. The Quaid family are also near relatives of the great athletes of former times Dan and Tim Aherne of Olympic fame. Thady’s younger brother Tomás played for the County Senior football team. Thady and members of his own family in Ballybunion were also very much involved in GAA games and activities. The removal from Kelly’s Funeral Home to St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Sunday evening was attended by a large number of people from far and near who called to pay their respects and express sympathy with the family. There was also a big congregation at the Requiem Mass on Sunday morning and a big attendance at the funeral in the afternoon to Knockanure cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife and family, his brothers, sisters, aunt, his in-laws and other relatives. ‘Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam’.
LATE PADRAIG LISTON: The recent death of Padraig Liston of Ballybunion was widely regretted throughout Athea area where deceased had many relatives. His father Owen Liston is a native of Athea as was his aunt, late Kit Aherne, who was a member of Kerry Council and later a Fianna Fáil Deputy representing North Kerry in Dáil Éireann. His brother Eoin “Bomber” Liston was a prominent football star with the Kerry senior team for many years. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved family, his near cousins in Athea and his other relatives. ‘ May his soul rest in peace’.
CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: Saturday evening 7.30pm-Patsy Hayes. Sunday morning 11am- Paul Curry. Eucharistic Ministers Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm- Mary Sheahan and B Aherne. Sunday morning Mass 11 am: Vito Missorici and Rose Hayes. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
THE WITNESS: A final reminder that The Witness, a Musical by Carol and Jimmy Owens, which tells the story of Jesus, told and sung by Peter and the other men and women who knew The Master best, featuring a great cast and co ordinated by Fr Terry Loughran will be presented by the Diocese of Limerick at The Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College on Friday March 8 and Saturday March 9 at 8 pm. Tickets available from Lime Tree Box Office 061 774774 at €15 each.
DISAPPOINTMENT FOR KERRY CLUBS: While it is certainly a great achievement for three from our Kerry neighbours football teams reaching the final stages of the All-Ireland Club Finals and Senior Final in Senior, Intermediate and Junior Club Championship games the heartbreak of losing in the three different grades must have been traumatic, not alone for the clubs involved, but indeed in the County as a whole when football is the dominant sport and almost a way of life. To reach an All-Ireland Final in any competition sporting, cultural or whatever for groups, teams or individuals and then see it all snatched away at the final fence can be a painful and chastening experience for all concerned and their supporters. Those of us who have had experience of reaching and sometimes not being placed among the winners in an All-Ireland competition in a contest of course very different from football have perfect knowledge of the feeling of disappointment after such an event, but after all it is not the end of the world as thankfully some of us found out when we tried again and achieved some of our All-Ireland dreams and ambitions in these competitions. So while we who are originally natives of the “Kingdom” can surely empathise with the footballers of Killarney Crokes, Finuge and Kenmare who represented the Kerry clubs in Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football. One must feel sorry for the clubs that each had to come away without having achieved ultimate success and this particularly for Colm “Gooch” Cooper who captained both the Crokes and Kerry in All-Ireland finals and was deprived of lifting either trophy. But hopefully there might be another day for all Kerry’s defeated teams.
RECENT BIRTHS: Eamonn and Yvonne Roche, Templeathea recently celebrated the birth of their first, child a little girl. Congratulations and best wishes to them both and also to the grandparents Patrick and Josie Roche, Templeathea and Paudie and Nancy O’Connor, Upper Dirreen.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the family members and relatives of late Johnny Nash of Duagh whose death occurred last week. ’May his soul rest in peace.’
PROMOTION: Tim O’Keefe son of Peg and the late Timmy O’Keefe, Coole West, who has been a member of the Gardaí for some years, has recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and he has been appointed to Tralee Garda Station. Congratulations to Tim on his promotion and best wishes in his new role.
COMPULSARY GUM SHIELDS: Following a decision at the Annual GAA Congress last year the wearing of gum shields by all underage players up to and including minor grade are required. This rule has been in effect since January 1 of this year and must be observed in all games as well as in training sessions. Up to this the wearing of gum shields by underage players was a voluntary option but that is no longer the position since this rule has been introduced.
THE GATHERING: A great new song titled “The Gathering” has recently been composed by Kilcummin song Writer Ted Leizcyneski and sung by Noel Hartnett of Tralee. The song was broadcast last Sunday night on West Limerick Radio by presenter Margaret Enright in the Country Jamboree programme and apparently it was well received by the listeners who considered it a lovely new composition with very much of a current theme. We will surely be hearing more of it later throughout the year.
SOCCER RESULTS: U-10 Cup 1st round- Athea United - 3 Abbeyfeale United B - 1. Division 3 League Cup semi-final 2nd -Leg Athea United B – 3 Ballingarry B – 0. Athea United B win 7-2 on aggregate.