Death of Dean Michael Kelly: The recent death of Dean Michael Kelly which occurred in St Catherine’s Nursing Home, Newcastle West aged 95 years was deeply regretted by his relatives, former parishioners, his first cousin Canon Patrick Kelly, Athea and first cousin Mary Carr, Newcastle West. He was pre-deceased by his brother Pat Joe and his sister in America. He taught English and Greek in St Munchin’s College, Limerick and later became President of St Munchin’s College, Limerick. He was also Parish Priest in Castlemahon. He had a good singing voice and played minor hurling with the Limerick County team. Sympathy is extended to Canon Patrick Kelly and his other relatives. May his soul rest in peace.
CD Launch Maura Nolan is launching her first CD in St Ita’s, Newcastle West this Thursday. Maura is now resident in Kilcoleman and originally from Knockfinisk, Athea. A launch is also taking place in “The Top of the Town” Pub, Athea on Feb 14th. There will be music, song, fun and enjoyment at both venues. The CD will be on sale for €15. You can also get the CD on sale in the reception area in St Ita’s, Newcastle West and also at Maura’s live performances. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to the Friends of St Ita’s which is a very worthy cause indeed.
Set Dancing Weekend The 22nd Annual West Limerick Set Dancing Workshop weekend takes place in the Devon Inn, Templeglantine commencing Friday 7th Feb to Sunday 9th Feb inclusive. On Friday evening at 7pm there will be music and singing session followed by a Ceili at 9pm with music by the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band. A workshop will be held on Saturday (Maureen Culleton) 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 1pm. On Saturday night a Ceili will take place at 9pm, music by Striolan Ceili Band and the final Ceili on Sunday at 2pm, music with Taylors Cross Ceili Band. There will also be traditional music sessions held in the bar all weekend. For further enquiries contact Nora 069-76327 or Mary 069-81343 or Con 087 6259340.
West Limerick Radio West Limerick Radio are running an eight week course at the Studios in Newcastle West for people over 55 who would be interested in learning how to produce a monthly radio programme. The course runs on Monday and Wednesday from 2pm – 3.30pm and is free of charge. For further details contact Connie at West Limerick Radio 069-66200.
Athea Fishing Club The Fishing Cub held their AGM at the Top of the Town on Sat last 26th January. Special thanks were given to the outgoing committee for the work they have done in the past few years. Also, many thanks to the people who have supported the club.
New Committee: Chairman – Ned Mahoney; Secretary – Gerry Brouder and Treasurer – Raymond Brouder
Clothes Bank Athea Utd: have a Clothes Bank at the Grounds at “The Vales”. The clothes will benefit “The Street Children of Culcutta” as well as providing a very useful service for the people of the parish and its environs. The Clothes Bank can accept the following items: Clothes, Shoes, Blankets, Curtains, Sheets and Towels.
The Clothes Bank will be open at the following times:
Monday 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 10am – 3pm
Friday 10am – 3pm
Monday – Friday Nights 7pm – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 2pm
Athea Coiste na NoG: 2014 Calendars are on sale at Paul Collins and Rose’s Shop and from any of the Coaches. The cost of the calendar is €5. It is full of team and action shot photographs throughout the year of all our underage teams. It would make a great present for both here or abroad and everyone can have fun with the quiz on the back page.
Shock of Death of Top Referee Limerick GAA and the wider GAA Community were saddened and shocked to hear of the untimely death in a car accident of the late Shane Hourigan. Shane from Rathkeale was a member of the local St.Marys/Sean Finns GAA Club and also a member of the Munster and National Referees panel. Shane took charge of last year’s All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi-Final featuring Kilkenny and Waterford. The Munster Hurling under 21 Final with Clare and Tipperary and many more fixtures at County provincial and national levels. He was regarded as one of the Associations most promising up and coming hurling referees and highly respected by his peers. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with his wife Marie, son Shane, Mother Helen and his immediate family and a wide circle of friends. May his soul rest in peace.
Stamps Appeal A reminder to collect your used stamps again this year for Fr Seamus Reihill from St Patricks Missionary Society, Killegan, Co Wicklow. You can drop the stamps into Cairde Duchais Office for collection at any time.