ATHEA GAA AGM: Athea GAA Annual General Meeting will be held at the Club Room, Páirc na nGael on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8.30pm. Nomination forms for election to the Executive Committee have been sent out to the club members and anybody wishing to nominate a person for a position are asked to please send in the candidate’s name and sign the nomination form, it is important to get the consent of the person who is being nominated.
The motion form has also been sent out to the members. Should anyone wish to put forward a motion for discussion on the night they are asked to write down the motion and sign the motion paper. The date for receipt of nominations and motions is on or before Monday, January 28th. Please return forms to Sean O-Eachthairn, Runaí, Áth an tSléibhe Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, 15 Russell Close, Ballykeeffe, Co. Limerick. All members are asked to attend the AGM and new members will also be welcome.
SOLAR ENERGY: A number of householders throughout Athea area have recently received letters inviting them to apply for details regarding the possibility of installing Solar Energy equipment in their homes as an alternative to existing power supply and fuel sources. Apparently solar energy has many advantages including protection of the environment and a much cheaper form of heating and free hot water systems as well as the opportunity for people to reduce carbon consumption as well as fuel bills. The government is now assisting homeowners to install the Solar Panels with a grant of €850 via Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) in order to encourage people to adopt this clean energy source for all their heating needs.
The solar systems are comprised of uniquely sourced products available exclusively in Ireland to Activ8 Energies. The energy produced is free and completely tax free, providing a dependable tax free return on the investment. There is every reason to believe that solar energy will be one of the leading power source systems of the future as it has everything to recommend it. It is a natural and clean source of energy and kind to the environment, so those who have received the application forms about it would do well to consider finding out more with a view to the installation of the system of solar panels in their homes particularly while the government grant is still available.
NEWCASTLE WEST RED CROSS PARTY: Newcastle West Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society will host its annual gala, belated, Christmas/New Year dinner and party for senior citizens, widows and widowers at the Desmond Complex on this coming Sunday, January 27 at 1.30pm. Admission is strictly by ticket only. Tickets are available from committee members or by phoning Pat Dalton at 069-62306 on or before Thursday, January 24 to facilitate numbers catered for. Your kind co-operation in the matter will be very much appreciated by the Red Cross committee. As always a great day is assured.
CHARITY CÉILÍ: The 13th annual Charity Céilí in aid of Chernobyl Children International organized by Mike and Catherine Kiely, Templeglantine will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday, February, 8 at 9.30pm with music by Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band. A great night is assured and there will be lots of spot prizes. All support will be appreciated.
WELL DONE LADS: Jason Dalton, Glenagore, Tommy Quaid, Upper Dirreen and Padraic Walsh of Lower Road, Athea were members of the West Limerick U-16 Divisional Team that won the Plate final in the interdivisional tournament that was played recently.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the Brouder (Broderick) family of Upper Athea on the recent death of their sister Joan in England. Sympathy also to the Vaughan family of Upper Dirreen on the death in Leeds, England of Julia Cassidy (nee Vaughan) which occurred recently. May both their souls rest in peace.
NEW YEAR BOY: Congratulations to Sean Ahern, secretary of Athea GAA Club, and his wife Orla on the recent birth of their new little boy they are naming Gearóid . Best wishes too to the new baby’s grandparents Mossie and Nellie Ahern, Garrygloss, Athea.
ATHEA COISTE NA NÓG: The AGM of Athea Coiste na nÓg will take place on this Saturday night, January 27 at the Clubhouse, Páirc na nGael at 8pm. All are welcome to attend and anybody interested in helping with underage club activities during the coming year will be very much appreciated.
VANDALS STRIKE AGAIN: During the Christmas period the local National School was targeted for a senseless act of vandalism, presumably at night time, and by all accounts outside the range of security cameras. The type of vandalism on this occasion was spray painting parts of the school walls and windows with streaks of red paint which is believed to be difficult to remove. Why anyone would resort to this kind of blackguardism is difficult to understand by defacing our local school, which was reconstructed and extended just a few years ago at considerable cost, is impossible to understand. This was not an act of just a matter of high spirits induced by alcohol over the festive season, nor a childish prank, it was, as far as it is possible to surmise, a deliberate attack on a public building by thugs who understand very well the criminal nature of what they were doing. It is extremely unlikely that those who carried out this criminal act came from Newcastle West, Glin, Listowel or Abbeyfeale, the general consensus throughout Athea parish is that those vandals are home grown and known to at least some people in the area who are aware of their activities. It is an awful pity that a quiet, peaceful and friendly village such as Athea can have the lives of its law-abiding and decent people disrupted by law-breaking elements who should have no place in a civilized community at any stage.
EXHIBITION IN THE RDS: Athea National School students (5th and 6th class) recently exhibited their Science Project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday, January 10. The project title “Investigating the odds of Planet Earth being struck by a large asteroid in the future” was pitched to the organizers in early October and the students and their teacher Ms Emer Prendiville and their principal Mrs Margaret Watters were delighted to be given the opportunity to exhibit their display at the RDS Primary Science Fair. Tom Moran of Bewley’s Hotel Group kindly covered the cost of transport for the students and treated them to an evening meal before their journey home.
DEATH OF ARTHUR QUINLAN: The death of Arthur Quinlan, just before Christmas at the age of 92, brought back memories to those of us who had known him for the wonderful person that he was, not only as a renowned journalist who met and interviewed some of the famous world leaders of our time, but also as someone who treated all whom he met with respect and as an equal. My own acquaintance with Arthur Quinlan was during my time as Athea correspondent for the Limerick Weekly Echo in the 1970’s when he was the Editor of that newspaper. When working in Limerick at that time my first call on Monday mornings would be to the Echo office to hand in my Athea Notes. Going in there wearing my helmet and full motor cycle outfit Arthur Quinlan would greet me with a cheerful “good morning” followed by a good-humoured “Ah here comes the man from outer space”.
Arthur Quinlan was predeceased by his wife Vera last April and he is survived by his son Tom, daughters Ann and Joyce as well as other relatives to whom sympathy is extended. May his soul rest in peace.
ATHEA UNITED: In Division 3 League on January 7 Athea United defeated Ferry Rangers 2-1. Athea United: Donal Woulfe, Raymond Brouder, Jason Quille, Tom Greaney, Matthew Tierney, Shane Mulvihill, Pa Kiely, Eoghan Nash, Mark Horgan, Mike McCarthy, Stephen McEnery. Subs: John Geoghegan, Jonathan Mulvihill.