LATE MARY MURPHY: The death occurred during the weekend of Mary Murphy (nee Fealey) of Dalton’s Terrace, Athea. Deceased, who was in her ‘80’s, was still in fairly good health up to a short time ago and used attend Mass at the local Church accompanied by one of her daughters. Mary was originally from Abbeyfeale but had lived for most of her life in Athea where she and her late husband David (Sonny) Murphy raised a big family. The Murphy family and extended family are well-known and highly regarded and it must be one of the most plentiful names in Athea. In recent years there have been a lot of sad bereavements in the Murphy families. Mary’s own daughter Marie died a few days after she was married in a ceremony in the Regional Hospital, Limerick some years ago in a wedding that touched the hearts and evoked the sympathy and admiration of thousands of people throughout Limerick and beyond for Marie and her young husband. Mary’s husband Sonny, her brother in-laws Tom and John all died within recent years and it is only some weeks ago when Mary’s brother in-law Liamie and his wife Hannah both died within a fortnight of each other . And now Mary’s unexpected death coming on top of all this makes it particularly sad for all the local Murphy families. There was a big attendance of people from far and near at Kelly’s Funeral Home on Monday evening who came to offer sympathy to Mary Murphy’s family and relatives before the removal to St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea. The Requiem Mass on Tuesday and the funeral in the afternoon to Holy Cross cemetery were also well attended. Sympathy is extended to her sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, sisters, her in-laws and other relatives. ‘May her soul rest in peace’.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: The “Darkness into Light” walk will take place all over the country on Sunday, May 11. It will begin at 4am when thousands will come together in the darkness of the early summer morning and walk or run the 5k stretch of road. 15,000 took part in this last year in 14 counties. Pieta House will hope to benefit from this special walk again this year to help prevent the rise of suicide in the country which has become all too prevalent over the last couple of decades. Registration for Darkness into Light is available at www.pieta.ie
99TH BIRTHDAY : My thanks to fellow Limerick Leader area correspondent Luke Keane who in last week’s Knocknagoshel notes highlighted the recent 99th birthday of my first cousin Sheila Carmody (nee Brosnan) Ballyduff, Knocknagoshel. Sheila is the one survivor out of my uncle Patie Brosnan’s family of five girls. As Luke mentioned our grandmother from the father’s side Kate O’Connell who died in 1941 was aged 99 at the time. She remembered the famine and the time that the Indian meal mixed bread and maize gruel were all part of the staple diet for children at the time. It must have been a healthy diet considering that our grandmother survived well into the 20th century afterwards. By all accounts her mother and Sheila’s great grandmother Kate Cronin lived to 104. Best wishes to Sheila, my dear cousin, on her 99th birthday and roll on April next year for the really big one. HOUSEHOLD TAX: Several house owners throughout the locality have received letters about their household tax which apparently will become law on July 1st. There appears to be a certain degree of confusion regarding the completion of the form filling and declaration of the value of the property concerned. Even the guide brochure that comes with the other papers does not in at least some cases appear to be very much help as some fail to understand its contents. The forms that came with the original household charge were far easier to understand and complete. JUNIOR CITIZENS: Four new babies arrived in Athea Parish during the past week. Diarmuid and Tina Collins celebrated the birth of a baby girl whom they are naming Ella, a sister for Mark and Jamie. Grainne and Conor Brouder welcomed their first child a little girl they have called Seoidín to Templeathea. Con Ambrose and Sharon O’Donnell had a sister for their boy Dylan, they have named her Ella and Paul Hickey and his wife Helen of Upper Athea had a little girl they are naming Niamh. Congratulations and best wishes to all the four couples and happy times with their new children.
ATHEA VINTAGE RALLY: A fundraising night was held recently at the Top of the Town Bar in aid of the Annual Vintage Rally which will be held later this year. The committee have thanked all who supported this night and also the fundraiser at White’s Bar.
PILGRIMAGES: This year’s Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from June 21 to 26. The fares are- pilgrims €699, Invalids €599. This includes travel insurance. The same Hotels will apply. Invalid forms are available from the Lourdes office. The Travel Pilgrimage Agency is Pilgrimages Abroad, Lauri Duffy Travel, 69 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin. Telephone: 01-6359300. A special West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place on the 14th August with full board at the Hotel Paradis for seven nights accompanied by Spiritual Director with a direct flight from Shannon. Itineraries, booking forms and further information on request without obligation by contacting Pat Dalton 069 62306.
ATHEA UNITED VICTORY: Athea United B team had a great win over Knockaderry on Friday night of last week when they brought home the Division 3 League Cup in a closely contested game that went to a penalty shoot out. At the half way stage the teams were level at 1-1 and that was the way it stayed until the final whistle. Athea scorers in the shoot out were: - Sean McGrath, Mike Mulvihill, Sean McCarthy and Mark Horgan. While Donal Woulfe in goal for Athea saved Knockaderry’s 2nd penalty. After the game referee Pat King presented the Man of the Match Award to Shane Mulvihill and Bernadette Harnett of the Junior League presented the Cup to Athea United B Captain Pa Kiely. ATHEA UNITED B PANEL: Donal Woulfe, Raymond Brouder, Jason Quille, Tom Greaney, Sean McGrath, Pa Kiely (Captain), Eoghan Nash, Shane Mulvihill, Mark Horgan, Steven McEnery, and Mike McCarthy,. SUBS USED: Chris Hayes, Morgan O’Connor, John Geoghegan also Dan McMahon, Beanie, Gary Connell. Well done to all the team.