LATE MICHAEL O’CONNOR: The death occurred during the past week of Michael O’Connor of Charleville Co. Cork. Deceased, who was a native of Upper Athea, had lived in the North Cork area for many years where he was a well liked member of the local community. He had been in failing health for some time prior to his passing and his death is regretted by his family members, relatives, friends and neighbours in Charleville and Athea. The Requiem Mass was celebrated in Charleville and the funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea. Sympathy is extended to his family in Charleville, his brother Seanie and other relatives in Athea. ‘May his soul rest in peace’.
CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are – Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm – Tom O’Keeffe. Sunday morning Mass 11am – Paul Curry. Eucharistic Ministers – Saturday evening 7.30 Mass – Anne Denihan and C Wilson. Sunday morning Mass 11 am Vito Missorici and Yvonne Roche. 9am Mass on Sunday morning will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
OPERATIONS SUSPENDED: By all accounts work on the new Electricity Turbines in Upper Athea has been suspended for the time being but will be resumed later on in the year. The purpose of this close down is to give the hen harrier and the other wild birds an opportunity to remain undisturbed during the nesting season. This is one measure that is being adopted to try and preserve the wildlife that still are left in our bogs and wetlands. There are a whole lot of birds that were rather plentiful which have now almost completely disappeared from the rural countryside which is certainly a pity. What could have been a more lovely sound in the quiet stillness of a balmy summer’s night than listening to the corncrake? Then when people were working out in the bogs the sharp cackle of the grouse cock was once a familiar sound. The plaintive cry of the curlew, the droning of the snipe and the joyful song of the larks were all very much part of the rural landscape in our youthful days but alas to be heard no more. Where have all those beautiful birds gone to during the past two or three decades. Has anybody got an explanation for their disappearance? Last year Tommy O’Riordan from Granagh composed a lovely song with a traditional air about “Ireland’s Disappearing Birds”. This song won the Newly Composed Ballad Competition at Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh.
LIMERICK GAA DRAW: Athea GAA Limerick Development Draw promoters are now calling around the area selling tickets for this year’s draw. Supporting the draw it is a great means of fundraising for both the Club and the County. Half of the sales from the tickets will be returned to the Club and the remaining half will go to the County GAA Board which is to be used primarily for the coaching of the underage teams throughout the County. Tickets cost €100 for the year or €10 for each draw. Please contact any member of the local GAA committee to buy a draw ticket. Prizes are: - 1st. €15,000, 2nd - €5,000. 3rd €2,000. 4th - €1,000. 5th – 8th - €500. 9th – 25th - €250. Special Prizes – June Draw – 2 Munster Football Final Tickets plus €100 and 2 Munster Hurling Final tickets plus €100. April and June Draw: - 2 All Ireland Hurling Tickets plus B&B and 1 evening meal in the Croke Park Hotel. May and July Draws: - 2 All Ireland Football Tickets plus B&B and 1 evening meal in the Croke Park Hotel.
PAROCHIAL PARTY: On Sunday evening of last week there was a big attendance at the Colbert Memorial Hall for the Party that had been organised by Fr Patrick Bowen PP and the Parochial Committee as a token of thanks and appreciation for all those who help in the running of the Parish Church services. The Eucharistic Ministers, readers, altar servers, basket collectors, choir, cleaners, helpers and cluster groups and others who help in the running of the parish. Mike Hayes and Pat and Bernie Higgins welcomed all the guests as they arrived and served out refreshments. Canon John O’Shea from Abbeyfeale then spoke and asked those present to continue helping the local clergy with the work of the Parish. Fr Bowen thanked Canon Kelly for his continued help. Mary Daly and Nan Hurley were presented with bouquets of flowers in appreciation for their help and also Ann Molyneaux, Canon Kelly’s housekeeper was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Athea Wren Boys performed at the Party and John Joe Tierney provided the music that kept the dancing going throughout the night. Young Ciara Hunt danced a reel and there were songs from Betty Murphy, Sean Barrett, Theresa O’Halloran Bernie Higgins and Fr Patrick Bowen. Colleen Reidy, Matt Tierney and their assistants served a tasty buffet meal to all who attended followed by apple tart and cream. Much credit is due to all who organised the party and helped on the night.
NEW JUNIOR CITIZEN: Keith and Anne McCarthy recently celebrated the birth of a new baby girl whom they have named Laoise, a little sister for Ava. Congratulations to them both and to the baby’s grandparents Gerard and Julie O’Connor, Gortnagross and to the great grandmother Margaret O’Connor, Lower Athea. Congratulations also to Maurice and Anne Marie Horgan on the birth of their first child Nancy Marie and also to the baby’s grandparents.
ATHEA UNITED RESULTS: In the Division 1 League played on April 7 Athea United A defeated Glantine 2-1.
ATHEA UNITED: Tom Collins, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Ryan Carroll, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Tim Collins, Maurice Hayes, Conor Mullane, Kevin O’Keeffe, Darren Murphy and Kevin Murphy. SUBS: Joe Vaughan and Cillian O’Connor.
In the U-10 Division 3 played on April 6 Athea United lost 3-1 to Kildimo United. ATHEA UNITED: Gavin Mulvihill, Pierce O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Shane Sexton, Conor Mullane, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Dermot Pierce and Fergal Pierce.
On this Friday April 19 Athea United Junior B team will play Knockaderry in the League Cup final at Clounreask at 7.30pm