PATIE ENRIGHT’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY: The first anniversary of the death of Athea’s famous musician and singer took place last week when Patie Enright was commemorated at the evening Mass at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Saturday, February 2. Patie’s death occurred on January 31 2012 after a short illness and was widely regretted, not alone by his wife Gretta and his immediate family and relatives but by music lovers and traditional singers all over Munster and beyond where Patie was well known and highly appreciated during his lengthy musical career.
In his younger years Patie formed and led the very popular Western Star Céilí band that played for audiences in various parts of the county and indeed the country as well as a number of times in England. Most members of the original Western Star band have now gone to their eternal reward including Dick Prendiville and Mick Barrett who also died quite recently. Several years after the Western Star had disbanded Patie linked up with his cousin late Timmie O’Keeffe, another fine musician, to form “The Boys in Blue” and they played in many different venues throughout the country during the following years. Patie and Timmie were also very talented set dancers with the Athea polka set that won the All-Ireland Scór competition in 1978. Patie worked in the building trade in his early years building and reconstructing work. In this too he employed a number of other workmen all of whom were good at their jobs. Before we returned from England in 1967 Patie and his assistants carried out a fine reconstruction job on our house in Knocknagorna at a very reasonable cost. Later Patie went into the fitted kitchen business which his son Raymond has now continued. It is now just over a year since Patie died and he is still missed by his family, friends, neighbours and relations in Gortnagross and around the parish. He will also be remembered throughout West Limerick and beyond whenever music is played, songs are sung and polka sets are danced. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
COLLECTION: The local organizers of the recent Athea Church gate collection in aid of the homeless are grateful to all those who contributed.
PIONEERS FOR 50 YEARS: Vinnie and Marie Wrenn, Gortnagross were presented with their Golden Julilarian Pioneer Pins and Certificates by Fr. Patrick Bowen PP Athea at the West Limerick Regional Dinner Social at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine.
STAMPS FOR KILTEGAN: Unused stamps for the Kiltegan St Patrick’s Missionary Society are still being collected at the Cairde Dúchais Printing office, Athea. Fr Seamus Rehill, who organizes the collection, is very grateful for the response all over the country which they are getting for the used stamps collection. Our own late Fr Gerry Roche was a member of St Patrick’s Missionary Society.
MOYVANE SCÓR BALLAD GROUP: On Thursday of last week the Moyvane Scór na nÓg Ballad Group along with their supporters travelled to the RTE Studio in Dublin where the group performed in the new TG4 programme Scór Encore. The girls, Aimee Lindsell, Margaret Mulvihill, Lisa Mulvihill, Laura Stack and Lisa Stackpoole gave a great performance and were highly commended by the panel of judges. The programme will be on air from TG4 around the end of February. The date of the girl’s televised show will be confirmed at a later stage and will no doubt be on the TG4 programme in the usual sources. The Mulvihill sisters Lisa and Margaret are daughters of Thomas and Maria Mulvihill, Moyvane. Their mother Maria (nee Dalton) is a native of Knocknagorna, Athea, so because of this connection people in our local parish will be very interested in viewing this programme.
ON DUBLIN CAMOGIE PANEL: Saoirse Mae Andrews, 12 year old daughter of Chris and Tina (nee Brosnan) who is a native of Athea and who live in Dundrum, has been selected to play in the Dublin U-13 County Camogie team. Saoirse Mae, who attends a Gael Scoil (Primary) in the City, together with her older sister Siobhra, are members of the Ballinteer St. John’s GAA club and have been very much involved in school camogie and football teams during the past number of years.
ATHEA GAA AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Athea GAA Club was held at the Clubhouse, Páirc na nGael, on Saturday night, February 2. There was a big attendance. The Chairman, Denis Collins, who presided, welcomed the members and Sean Aherne, Secretary, read the minutes of the 2012 AGM and the more recent EGM as well as the Secretary’s annual report. Eileen O’Sullivan and Margaret O’Sullivan were thanked for providing the refreshments at the AGM. Margaret O’Connor was also thanked for having washed team’s jerseys on various occasions. Club Treasurer, Áine Reidy, gave a detailed account of the income and expenses of the club during the past year. The ticket sellers for the 500 Draw were thanked for their continued help and Jim O’Sullivan, Michael Reidy and Mike O’Connor were all thanked for the work they carried out on the field during the year.
Coiste na nÓg officers and committee were complimented for their great commitment in looking after the underage teams and the Athea Ladies teams were also praised for their play on the field during the past year. A membership fee of€20 for adults and €10 for pensioners and students was agreed. Noel Barry will manage the Intermediate team during the coming year, while John Hunt and Tim Somers will manage the Junior B team. Martin Trench was thanked for his input into training teams in Athea during recent times. The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairman- Denis Collins, Secretary-Sean Aherne, Treasurer-Áine Reidy, Assistant Treasurer-Roger Ryan, PRO-David O’Connor.
LATE NORA WALSH: The death occurred during the last week of Nora Walsh (nee McMahon) of Upper Dirreen, Athea who was a well liked member of the local community. Nora was predeceased by her husband Joe some years ago. There was a big attendance at the removal from Lyons’ Funeral Home, who came to pay their respects and also at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea. The Requiem Mass and funeral on Tuesday of last week to Holy Cross Cemetery were also well attended. Sympathy is extended to Nora’s family and her other relatives. May her soul rest in peace.
SOCCER: In a Division 1 League game played on February 3, Athea defeated Askeaton 3-2. Athea United- Pa Ahern, Ryan Carroll, Padraig Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Tom Collins, Joe Vaughan, Darren Murphy, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Jamie Collins, Kevin Murphy. Subs used-Cillian O’Connor, John Cotter, Maurice Hayes. Referee-Sean Hartnett.