County Council Candidates: A number of County Council candidates for this area have already been chosen for the coming local elections. By all accounts Fianna Fail has chosen Francis Foley, Michael Collins (both outgoing) as well as Seamus Aherne Athea who has also been there before. Christy Kelly of Sugarhill, Templeglantine is standing as an independent candidate and there is also rumour that another candidate from Athea is likely to be contesting the election, this however has not been confirmed. Its seems that on this occasion according to reports that Athea will be included as a unit in this coming election and will not be divided between Newcastle West and Rathkeale constituencies as was previously the case. If this is correct it would certainly be in favour of an Athea candidate who would be more likely to obtain support from the entire parish. Present County Council Chairman John Sheahan of Ballyguiltnane who previously contested and was elected in the Rathkeale area will also no doubt be a candidate in the forthcoming election. So far we have not learned of any other candidates being selected for the local area but of course Fine Gael and Labour parties will also be selecting their candidates and perhaps Sinn Fein are also likely to do so as possibly a number of non-party candidates will go forward, as well as Christy Kelly who has already been out canvassing these past few weeks. We wish all the candidates every success.
New Macra Club: A new Macra Na Feirme Club is being organised in the Limerick area and surrounding parishes. Anybody who might be interested in joining from the Athea area will be welcome.
New Junior Citizen: Congratulations to Johnny and Katie Scanlon, Colbert Street on the recent birth of a baby son. Alana, Aoife and Joe are all delighted with their new baby brother, also the grandparents John and Doris Horgan and Brian Scanlon.
Church Notices: Mass readers this weekend are Sat even 7.30pm Mary McGrath. Sunday 11am Paul Curry. Eucharistic Ministers Sat 7.30pm Sandra O’Sullivan and Ita Shine. Sunday 11am Pat Higgins and Vito Missorisi. Servers Sat even mass Ann Marie Pierce and Eoin Sheahan, Sunday mass 11am Amy Ryan and Kathleen Broderick. Sun 9am mass will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
Late Mary Mullane, Templeathea: The death occurred last week of Mary Mullane (nee Shanahan) of Glin Road, Templeathea. The deceased had been in failing health for some time and her death is widely regretted. Mary’s son Fr Denis Mullane is PP of Coolcappa- Kilcolman. Mary was pre-deceased by her late husband William some years ago. A big number of people called to the Mullane homestead over the weekend to pay their respects and sympathise with the family. Among those who called was the Bishop of Limerick. The requiem mass at St. Bartholomew Church, in Athea at 2pm on Sunday was concelebrated by her son Fr Denis Mullane and a large number of priests from the diocese and otherwise. Sympathy is extended to her sons Fr Denis, John, Liam and Gerard and her daughter Mary, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, her in-laws and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace.
Referendum Result: The unexpected result of last week’s referendum on the proposal to abolish the Seanad, there is little doubt that it has been a major setback for the government parties. The fact that the referendum was either boycotted or ignored illustrates the lack of support of the government’s proposal or more particularly that of the Taoiseach, whose top priority it has been. The reality is that the majority of the people are opposed to the demolition of democratic structures in the country, not alone of the Seanad, but also of the various town councils which now comes in to operation after the next local elections. What is needed in this country is more not less local democracy, such as operates in England where every parish in the country has its own local council and where there are also structures such as Rural District Councils. Perhaps after the Seanad proposal has been turned down by the majority of the people, the government might wake up to the fact that the majority do not like to see any interference with the concept of local democracy. By all accounts many people throughout the country were surprised and disappointed with the decision by the emerging Sinn Fein party to support the government’s proposal to do away with the Seanad. As far as the other referendum about the establishment of a new Criminal Appeals Court, it is obvious from the small number that voted that it had little interest among the ordinary people of the country.
Late Billy Nolan: The death occurred recently of Billy Nolan, Adare and formerly of Lyreacrompore. Billy was a member of a well known and highly respected Lyre family. He served as a Gardai in Adare during most of his career and was well liked in the Adare area. Previous to joining the Gardai he was a local agent for the New Ireland Assurance Company and the Irish National Insurance Company in the Lyreacrompore area and surrounding areas. He in fact succeeded me as the local New Ireland agent and Irish National agent after my appointment in the Listowel and North Kerry area to the Royal Liver Friendly Society in 1957. Billy’s death is widely regretted both in Adare and Lyreacrompore. Sympathy is extended to his family in Adare and his brothers and sister and other relatives. May his soul rest in peace.
Congratulations to Tom: Congratulations to my fellow Limerick Leader Correspondent Tom Aherne, Carrigkerry for his success in the titled original writing in Irelands Own among forty writers in the third anthology of that popular publication. Tom has won several awards for his writings in Irelands Own, Old Moore’s Almanac and several other publications.
Late Patsy Byrne: Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Patsy Byrnes who was a native of Duagh and was well known in racing, coursing and construction circles in both Ireland and in Britain. It was only the previous week that two of his horses had won at the Listowel races. His death came as a great shock not alone in his native Kerry but also very much so in West Limerick where he had many interests. He was very popular with all the people who had known him during his lifetime. He had contributed to a great many worthy causes during his lifetime and will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace.