AUTUMN WEDDINGS: The wedding took place recently in Prince of Peace Church, Fossa of Donal Mangan, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry and Lizzie Sheehan of Toureendonnell, Athea. The reception was held at the Malton Hotel, Killarney where an enjoyable time was had by all the guests. Best wishes to the young couple as they begin their married life.
The wedding took place on Saturday 21st September of Stephen O’Connor of Upper Athea, son of Margaret and Mike, to Jackie Vaughan, daughter of Rachel and James of Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Stephen, who had been working in Australia previously, had come home to be married in the Church of the Assumption in Moyvane. The bride was assisted by her sisters Catriona and Marie and Lisa O’Connor, the groom’s sister. The best man was Michael O’Connor and the groomsmen were Mark Reidy and Diarmuid O’Connor. The pageboys were Shay and Flynn and the flower girls were Carla and Clayreva. The ceremony was performed by Fr. John O’Connor, Fr. Lucid and Fr. Patrick Bowen. The reception was held in Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee where a great gathering was enjoyed by the relatives and guests. The newly married couple are spending their honeymoon in Spain before they return to Australia. Congratulations and best wishes to them both in their married life.
ATHEA GOLF SOCIETY: The Captain’s Day results from Saturday, September 21st. Athea Captain James Scanlon’s day was held in fine weather on Newcastle West golf course which was in great shape for the occasion. The results were: Category A: 1. Eoin Lenihan. 2. Thomas Sexton. Category B: 1. Mick O’Connor. Category C: 1. Oliver McGrath. Nearest the Pin: Tom O’Keeffe. Longest Drive: Mick O’Connor.
COISTE NA NÓG: Athea U10 footballers played Duagh in Páirc na nGael on Monday evening. Both teams played some exciting football in a very tight game. Panel: Gavin Mulvihill, Fergal Pierse, Gavin Ambrise, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Daire O’Sé, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Paraic Enright, Dermot Pierse, Eoin O’Sé, T.J. Hunt, Conor Mullane, Andrew O’Riordan and Cillian O’Connor.
Fixtures for October; Under 14 Shield Final: Athea U14 team will play Ballybricken/Bohermore in the Shield County Final, time and venue to be confirmed. Monday, Oct. 14th Athea U13 team will play a match away to Shamrock Gaels at 6.30pm. Cars leaving at 5.30pm. Friday, Oct. 18th. Athea U8 team will take part in the U8 final day blitz. Time and venue to be confirmed. Monday, Oct. 21st. Athea U13 team will play a home match against Blackrock at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael and players to be in the field for 6pm.
ABBEYFEALE I.C.A.: The Mainistir na Féile Guild of the I.C.A. have resumed activities after the Summer break. The guild has already twenty four members and would welcome new members from the Abbeyfeale area and surrounding parishes including Athea. For people who are new to the area and looking for friendship the I.C.A. is a very suitable organization for them. The guild meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Adult Educational Centre (formerly the Vocational School at Mountmahon) at 8pm. Craft and physical fitness will feature in the forthcoming guild activities and an international night is also being planned. The officers and committee for 2013/2014 are: President: Kathleen Leahy, Vice President; Elizanne McMahon, Secretary: Peggy O’Neill, Treasurer; Ann Broderick. PRO: Anne Marie Dennison. Contest Secretary: Mary Cahill. Craft Officer: Eileen Lane. Art Officer; Rita Horgan. International Officer: Peggy Jones. An Grianáin Teachta: Joan Murphy and Timiva Mary Boston. For further information contact Peggy at 068-32270.
LATE MAURA LANE, NEWCASTLEWEST: The death occurred during the week of Maura Lane (nee Cremin) Castleview, Newcastle West. Both she and her husband Mick and their family were very popular and highly esteemed residents of the town. Her husband Mick was parish clerk in Newcastle West Church for a number of years. The Lane family have been friends of our own for several years and it was always a joy to meet them or visit them . Our sympathy is extended to Mick, sons, daughters, grandchildren, her in-laws and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace.
SET DANCE CLASSES: Josephine Hannon O’Connor will be holding a Céilí dance class at the Abbeyfeale GAA club room on Wednesday nights at 9pm. Set dance classes for beginners will take place in the Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea starting on October 24th. Further information from 087-9267037.
A STORY AND A SONG: Last Saturday’s special guest on Pat O’Donovan’s programme of A story and a Song on West Limerick Radio FM featured Patricia Hartnett, Parteen, Co. Clare and her granddaughter Eileen who recited a very nice poem “Memories of Autumn” and also sang a song of her own composition “Tomorrow”. During the programme Patricia Hartnett sang “Moonlight in Mayo” “Sean South from Garryowen” and “Dublin City in the rare old Times” and also recited the following poems: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, “Christmas is Near”, “The Hall Door”, “The Eye of the little yellow God”, “Our farm in Effin”, by brother Gerard and the “Bridge of sweet Bruree” by Mainchin Seoighe.
RISING SOCCER STARS: Congratulations to rising soccer stars and young brothers James and Sean Ryan, sons of Clare and Roger, Lower Rd., Athea who have been called for the F.A.I. emerging Young Talent programme for the 2013/2014 season. Sean will be Under 13 panel and James will be Under 16 panel. Both attended numerous assessments during the summer months at the Athea United Pitch “The Vales” through which they progressed to the F.A.I. top class coaching programme. Well done also to the Athea Soccer Club. The club also wishes the best to the three junior players Christopher Hayes, Jason Quille and Darren Murphy who are emigrating to Canada in search of work.