A STORY AND A SONG: In Pat O’Donovan’s programme on West Limerick radio 102 FM of Saturday February 16 the special guest was Peg Kelly of Sugar Hill, which is in Templeglantine and just outside Athea parish border, Peg described about her young days growing up in the rural area of Sugar Hill, then qualifying as a nurse, working in England and at Limerick Regional Hospital as well as St Ita’s in Newcastle West. She is also a regular singer at Rambling House nights. She sang a variety of some well known and popular songs including “The Story I tell you is True”, “Rosslare Harbour”, “Noreen Bawn”, “Never Grow Old”, “Eileen Mc Mahon” and “My Limerick Vales”. People in West Limerick or indeed any other area who might have missed the programme can get a CD copy of it from West Limerick Radio 102 FM, Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West for €5.
FASHION SHOW: The Annual Fashion Show, which is jointly organised by the Parents Association and Tarbert Comprehensive School, will be held in Ceol Corbraí Hall, Glin on Friday March 8 starting with a Cheese and Wine Reception and there are several spot prizes and also a door prize. Tickets cost €10 and can be obtained from the Parents Association or contact 087- 2715367.
THE WITNESS MUSICAL: The Witness is the story of Jesus told by Peter and the other men and women who knew the Master best. Featuring a great cast and co-ordinated by Fr Terry Loughran “The Witness” a musical will be presented by The Diocese of Limerick in The Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March at 8pm. This production, which is being staged just before Easter, is an ideal opportunity for parishes, youth groups, as well as individuals to participate in a meaningful and relevant way and enter into the spirit of the season of preparation for the events of Holy Week. Young people would particularly enjoy the musical. Tickets can be booked at the Lime Tree Box Office. Telephone 061 774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie at €15 each.
JACKPOT WON: Congratulations to Timmy, Tricia and Anne Sheehan, Hillside Drive who won the Community Council Lucky Numbers Jackpot of €3,700 on Saturday night of last week. The winning ticket was sold by Anna May Sweeney. If anybody would be interested in selling tickets to family, friends and neighbours the Lucky Numbers Committee would be delighted to hear from them. Please contact any member of Athea Community Council or call into the CD Office.
A LACK OF INTEREST : In spite of the fact that a meeting which was organized by Athea Community Council and well published in advance only one member from another local organisation attended on Monday night of last week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of running a Gathering Festival in Athea during the August Weekend. It seems unfortunate that no interest was shown by the various organisations in this proposal as Athea people who are living abroad or in other parts of Ireland would very likely return for a visit during that weekend.
RED SQUIRRELL SIGHTED: A number of local people recently spotted a red squirrel emerging from the forestry near the old school in Knocknagorna. For Athea area this is a very rare sighting and it must be several decades since any of these little animals were last seen anywhere in this locality. In fact by all accounts the red squirrels are reported as becoming very scarce in parts of the country where they were once plentiful. It appears that in places where the grey squirrels take over and inhabit they kill off all the red squirrels.
WELL DONE DENIS: Congratulations to Denis Greaney, son of Tommy and Ita, Glin Road, Templeathea who recently won the West Limerick Minor Footballer of the year Award 2012. Well done to Denis in his deserved award.
BASKETBALL NEWS: The past week has been one of much activity for the Athea Vixens Basketball teams. On Thursday they travelled to Killarney to play the local Killarney Cougars. Athea U-12 lost their game on the day. The Athea U-14 won 42-40 and the Athea U-16 side won 37-27. The U-14 Girls are in the League Cup after defeating Glenbeigh on Saturday after which they were narrowly beaten by Kenmare. On Sunday of last week the U-12 side played in Tralee and also the U-10 team. The U-10 boys lost one game to Killarney Cougars before they won two other games against Dingle and Ballymacelligott. The U-12 boys won both their games on that occasion. Well done to the club manager Patricia Phillips Aherne for having the teams in such good shape and also to her assistants Aimee and Rachel Griffin, Laura Quille, Clodagh Histon, Aine O’Sullivan and Sam Aherne who all help out with the young teams. There is no doubt that basketball has taken off and made great strides in Athea area since Patricia Phillips Aherne first organised the game here.
DEATH OF SEAN ÓG: The recent death of the famous GAA results broadcaster Sean Óg O Ceallacháin brought many memories of other days and other times when we used to listen for the results of all the big GAA matches on Radio Éireann of a Sunday night. No television in those far off times but the voice and details of the games brought them all to life in our youthful imaginations. By all accounts Sean Óg was born in South Quay, Newcastle West on May 12 1923 that would be around the time of the end of the Civil War. His father, also Sean, was a native of Coalisland Co. Tyrone and his mother Francis Madden was from Ballyhahill. Sean’s parents were married in Dublin and then moved to Newcastle West but later went back to Dublin again. Sean was a very prominent footballer and hurler and played on the Dublin County teams in both codes. He was also a well known referee. But it was because of his long period in broadcasting the GAA results that his name really became a legend ‘Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam’
SOCCER RESULTS: In the U-10 Division 3 Athea United had an easy 5-0 win over Glantine in an away game on February 16. ATHEA UNITED: Andrew O’Riordan, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Michael Tierney, Brendan Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, TJ Hunt, Daire O’Shea, Dermot Pierce, Shane Scanlon, Michael Walsh, Conor Mullane, In a U-8 Friendly Match played at The Vales on February 16 in the Astro Pitch the vctoriouss Carrig Celtic defeated the home side Athea United 4-3.