CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: - Saturday evening 7.30pm Betty Murphy. Sunday morning 11am Caroline Pierce. Eucharistic Ministers – Saturday evening Mass – Ann Denihan and Mary Sheahan. Sunday morning Mass 11 am Vito Missorici and Siobhan Barrett. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly. The Parish First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday morning May 18 when 13 National School pupils will receive the Sacrament for their first time.
THE PROTESTANT CHURCH: Rose Enright is at present doing some research into the history of the old Protestant Church in Athea which was in its time situated near the Gould Monument in Upper Athea. There is no doubt that there are still many of the older generation around Athea who would remember it well but whether they would be able to think of the times that religious services were being held there is another question. In my own younger days as an insurance agent coming to Athea the local Church is still remembered by me as a lovely building surrounded by plants and trees. Most likely it was belonging to the Church of Ireland at that time back in the ‘50’s. It was surely a pity that it was demolished because like many other similar Church buildings of its kind when these were no longer being used for religious purposes they were taken over by local committees and used as Heritage Centres or for entertainment purposes. This happened in Listowel, in Glin and in other areas around the country.
NEW SON AND GRANDSON: Congratulations to Elaine Reidy of Knockdown and her husband on the recent birth of their baby son and also to Elaine’s mother Mary Reidy on the birth of her first grandson.
FLEADH BY THE FEALE: In spite of the fact that there were various counter attractions during the May Bank Holiday weekend including the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney, the Hooley in The Hills in nearby Lyreacrompane , the River Fest in Loughill/Ballyhahill and the big hurling game between Kilkenny and Tipperary on television on Sunday afternoon nonetheless there were good crowds at the weekend three day Fleadh by the Feale in Abbeyfeale with a feast of dancing, music, songs, recitations, poetry recitals, busking competitions, bone playing competitions and so forth all of which contributed to a very enjoyable weekend. The Busking Competition which was the opening event on the Friday night was a bit disappointing because of the fact it had to be held indoors because of the continuous downpour of rain. Then on Sunday afternoon some of us attended Daisy Kearney’s storytelling, singing, recitation and poetry recitals at St Ita’s Hall where as usual a good crowd attended and where many well known Limerick, Cork and Kerry entertainers performed including Daisy herself who as always told her usual fascinating and amusing stories. She also recited that beautiful poem ‘Dawn on the Irish Coast’ and that lengthy well known recitation “Cod Liver Oil” which is the story of Rita’s Jennet and was a hilarious and amusing tale composed by the great North Kerry poet and All Ireland Traditional Songwriter late Dan Keane of Moyvane. All those of us who attended Daisy Kearney’s session on Sunday afternoon enjoyed it as we ever did after all the years. So well done to the Fleadh by the Feale Committee for including it in the programme and to Daisy for organising it as usual. Thanks also to the local ladies who treated everybody to a lovely meal and tea after the session.
GAA DRAW: The Athea GAA draw will be taking place soon and the club are asking people to give it all the support that they can. Iit is difficult for all organisations to keep things going as usual during the present recession and as much of this funding from the draw will be used for the promotion of Coiste na nÓg and ladies football and it is hoped that the draw will be a big success. The promoters will be calling around selling tickets during the next few weeks in time for the first draw on May 25.
CÉILÍ: Ita McQuinn will host an end of season Céilí at Monagea Hall on Thursday May 23 with music by Michael Sexton. Dancing will start at 9pm and everybody welcome.
BONE PLAYING CHAMPIONS: Congratulations to our neighbour from nearby Carrigkerry who once again became the All Ireland bone playing champion at Fleadh by the Feale in Abbeyfeale over last weekend. The Carrigkerry man has won and been placed in the competition so often that it is no surprise to see Paddy Donovan take the title on this occasion as well. The Junior Champion in this year’s bone playing was John Forde and well done to him also.
COLLECTION: The local organisers of the recent Church Gate collection in aid of Rehab are grateful to all those who contributed.
LIMERICK RUN: Well done to the big number of Athea participants who recently travelled for the big Limerick Run. They all did well and finished in good times as well as raising money for CRY The Adult Sudden Death Syndrome. The Athea walking and jogging group are now well organised since they got together and continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening with their exercises from 7.30 to 8.15 pm for beginners and 8.15 to 9pm for faster participants.
ATHEA UNITED SOCCER: In the Division 1 League Athea United A defeated Kildimo United 2-1. Cillian O’Connor and Darren Murphy scored for Athea United. ATHEA UNITED: Ger Collins, Ryan Carroll, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Cillian O’Connor, Gerard Sexton, Maurice Hayes, Conor Mullane, Darren Murphy and Kevin Murphy. SUBS USED: Joe Vaughan, John Cotter and Kevin O’Keeffe.
In the Division 3 League in a home fixture at The Vales on Sunday morning of last week Athea United B played Knockaderry and the game finished in a scoreless draw. After that the Athea Captain Pa Kiely was presented with the Division 3 Trophy which had already been secured by Eddie O’Shaughnessy from the Desmond League. Well done to the team members on winning the Cup and League double during the past month.