DANCING WINNERS: Congratulations to Cora O Mahony and her dancing partner Ken who won the Boston Scientifics Strictly Come Dancing title on Friday night last week in the Clayton Hotel Galway in aid of East Galway Cancer Care. Cora is daughter of Kay and Ned Mahony, Templeathea.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS COLLECTION: The organisers of the recent church gate collection aid of Cystic Fibrosis whichwas held in Athea recently wish to thank those who contributed so generously. The total amount donated was €645.00. This money will help to complete the construction of a new Cystic Fibrosis unit at the Mid-Western Regional University Hospital.
SHOPPING TRIP: There will be a shopping trip to Cork on Wednesday December 4 Moyvane at 7am in the morning. The cost of the trip is €16, for further details contact Eileen on 068 49337.
BIRTHDAY WISHES: Congratulations and best wishes to Shane O’Sullivan (son of Margaret and Johnny) Knocknagorna who celebrated his 30th birthday with a party of his family members, friends and neighbours at The Top of the Town Bar recently.
GRADUATIONS: Congratulations are extended to Carla Sheehy (daughter of Dick and Margaret) who recently graduated from Tralee IT with a degree in Nursing. Congratulations also to Christine Mullane (daughter of Mary and Den Joe) Lower Athea who also graduated from Tralee IT with a degree in Nursing.
DIED IN ENGLAND: The death occurred recently in London of Johnny Collins who emigrated from Athea several years ago. Before going to England, Johnny, who grew up in the parish, was a very well liked member of the local community. In later years he still kept in touch with people from Athea and Seanie Hanrahan and Billy Collins were regular visitors to him when they visited London and always enjoyed his company.He worked for the Hayes family, Templeathea and the Barrett family also who all remember him and the time he spent with them. May his soul in rest in peace. The funeral will take place in Athea.
LATE MARY (MOLL) MOLONEY, LYREACROMPANE: The death occurred last week at her home Dromadabeg, Lyreacrompane of Mary Moll Moloney, nee Brosnan, after a short term in the community hospital Listowel where she had been for respite. She had been in good health up to some time ago even though she had reached the fine old age of 99 and was attending Mass up until a short time ago. She was a next door neighbour of my own during my time living in Dromadabeg for nine years until 1957 and she was one of the kindest and most generous people that one could ever meet. She and her late husband Tom who pre-deceased her several years ago raised a lovely family who will all miss her very much and also her other relatives, neighbours and friends. The removal took place from her home to Lyreacrompane Community Centre and was attended by a large number of people who called to pay their respects and sympathise with the family. From the Community Centre the remains were taken to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Lyreacrompane and her funeral took place in the local cemetery which was also well attended by a large number of people. Sympathy is extended to her sons Mike and Gerard and daughter Bridie and to her in-laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace.
Mary Murphy - correction: The death occurred recently of Mary Murphy nee Cotter of Cratloe East, Abbeyfeale. Sympathy is extended to her family.
SOCCER RESULTS: In the U16 Cup played on Sat Nov 16th Creeves Celtic defeated Athea Utd, 6 – 5. Scorers for Athea were James Ryan, Liam Mc Auliffe, John Sexton and JJ Sheehy.Team: Timothy Tierney, Shane Dalton, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Cillian Liston, Jack Vaughan, James Ryan, JJ Sheehy, John Sexton, Liam McAuliffe, Adam Riordan. Subs used: Donnacha McEnery, Padraig O’Sullivan. In Division 2 – Sunday Nov 17th , Ballysteen defeated Athea Utd 4 – 0 In the U12 Division 3 – Sat Nov 16th Ferry Rangers defeated Athea Utd 5 – 0
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING FOR CHARITY: The Brosnan family of Templeglantine have now switched on their annual display of Christmas Lighting. This year’s display is in aid of St. Gabriel’s School, Dooradoyle, Limerick for children with Special Needs. All those who would like to come to see the lighting will be very welcome.
SENIOR CITIZENS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Annual Athea Senior Citizens Party will be held at The Top of the Town Bar on Wed Dec 11thand there will be a door prize and several spot prizes. As this will be a hot meal people are asked to give their names to any member of the Going Strong or at Brouder’s Shop, Collins Shop, Top of the Town Bar or Mary T Mulvihill. The cost is €10 each and all age groups are welcome. Anybody who would like to donate spot prizes for the party can hand them in to The Top of the Town Bar.
FOOTBALL WINNERS: Congratulations to Ciara O’Shea (daughter of Mairead and Sean) Templeathea along with twins Noelle and Michelle Curtin who were the U12 winners of the Larkin Shield held at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last week – all three girls are members of Athea Ladies Football Club.
KILLEANEY AFC AWARDS: The Killeaney Soccer Club held their Annual Awards night in The Knockdown Arms on Saturday night of the previous week. It was very much enjoyed by all those who attended. Well done to all those who received the awards who were as follows: Hall of Fame – Joe Sweeney, Pat Massey and Diarmuid Mulvihill. Joint Clubman People of the Year – Noreen and Pat Madigan – Supportesr of the Year. The Committee thanked John Shanahan who was the main sponsor of the night and also those who continued to support the club by selling and buying the weekly lotto tickets.
YOUTH NIGHT: A great youth night was held in St. Ita’s Hall in Abbeyfeale last week when young people, boysand girls from Athea, Abbeyfeale and surrounding parishes brought their musical instruments along and had a get-together which everybody seems enjoyed very much. It is hoped to have another such night later on for Under 16 boys and girls throughout the area.