APRIL CEILI: West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold the next Ceili at the Devon Inn Hotel on Friday night April 26 at 9.30pm. Music by Ger Murphy and all are welcome,
CHURCH NOTICES: Mass Readers this weekend are: Saturday evening 7.30pm – Denise O’Riordan. Sunday morning 11am –Mike Hayes. Eucharistic Ministers Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm – Ita Shine and Peg O’Connor. Sunday morning Mass 11am- Pat Higgins and Sean Barrett. 9am Mass on Sunday morning will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
GERARD BARRETT DOING WELL : Film Producer Gerard Barrett, son of Joe and Peggie Barrett , Knockanure is now becoming well known in film making circles since his successful production of the one last year, “Pilgrim Hill” which he scripted and directed. The story in the film was based on the life of a rural bachelor and has gone down well with audiences since it was first screened in the Tintean Theatre, Ballybunion. It was shown recently in a Listowel Cinema and was well attended. Gerard has won various awards for his film making during the past 2 year and recently he was featured in the John Murray Show. Gerard’s first film was “The Valley of Knockanure” which was based on the killing of 3 Republicans by the Black and Tans in Gortnaglanna during 1921 when the War of Independence was at its height. Gerard has also visited the United States in recent times in connection with his film making and by all accounts has acquired some useful knowledge as a result of his trip there. Gerard’s father Joe is a native of Knockanure and his mother Peggie (Nee O’Sullivan) comes from Knocknagorna.
FAI SUMMER SCHOOLS: Local Soccer Club Athea United is already making preparations for the holding of the FAI Annual Soccer School at The Vales Soccer Grounds, Athea. This year’s event will run from Monday July 22 to Friday July 26. The camps are open to all boys and girls aged 6 to 14. All Head Coaches and Coaches are FAI accredited and Garda vetted as is FAI Policy. The cost for participants is €15 with €10 for each additional brother and sister attending the same camp. There will be further details to follow shortly. All participants will receive an eflow FAI Summer Soccer Schools full Umbro Kit backpack and football along with a Certificate of Participation at the end of the week. The camps run from 10.30am to 3pm daily from Monday to Friday with 5 fun filled days and top quality coaching. The FAI are proud to have one of the highest standards of child safety and everyone maintained on all their camps with all participants constantly supervised as well as all coached Garda Vetted. To book a place on any of the eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools log on to www.summersoccerschools.ie or call 1800652653.
Online booking offer: book on line early to receive a free adult and child ticket to a Senior International Game at the Aviva Stadium. Booking 2 children at the same camp will get 2 free child tickets with an adult ticket for an International Game at the Aviva Stadium. Booking 3 children will receive 3 free tickets.
COMMUNITY GAMES: the following were some of the competitors from Athea who were recently placed in the County Community Games Art Competition: Adam Sommers 4th place U-8 Gymnastics: Katie Byrne 2nd place U-9 well done to both competitors and also to the boys U-12 Futsol team getting through the first round of the competition.
ATHEA LADIES U-12 FOOTBALL: Athea U-12 Girls played their second game in the League against Feohanagh /Castlemahon in Pairc na nGael recently. Some great defence marking by the Athea girls kept the visitors score tally down to a single point in the opening half. Athea started the 2nd half well with scores of a point from Aibhilin Murphy and a goal by Rachel Greaney. But after this Feohanagh/Castlemahon got a string of 3 goals to Athea’s 1 point which put only 2 points between the sides with just 5 minutes remaining. But after that there were further scores by the home team and they finished with a good win. ATHEA TEAM: Michele Curtin, Ciara O’Shea, Sarah O’Connor, Nicola Scanlon, Grace Ryan, Amy Ryan, Noelle Curtin, Claire Carmody, Rachel Greaney, Laura Dalton, Aibhilin Murphy, Maedhbh Donovan and Maura Broderick. SUBS: Kathleen Broderick, Molly Pepper Carr and Tara Histon.
ENGAGEMENT: the engagement has been announced of Andrew Parkes son of Mike and Amina Colbert Street, Athea and Regina Scarievich of Germany. Congratulations and best wishes to both of them in the future. Andrew has spent several years working in Third World countries in various parts of Africa and other distant places and he has made a huge contribution through his personal commitment in intervening to improving the lives of those who have to live in poverty-stricken nations around the world.
60th BIRTHDAY: Bibi Gleeson of Upper Athea recently celebrated her 60th Birthday with a party of her family members, relatives and friends at Brown Joes Bar, Athea. Best wishes to Bibi on this special occasion for every happiness in future years.
50TH BIRTHDAY: Best wishes to John (The Dapper) Walsh of Glenagragra who recently celebrated his 5oth Birthday with a great party held at the Knockdown Arms on Saturday night of last week.
PRESENTATION: on this Saturday night April 27 Carol Noonan will present a cheque to the value of €6610 to a representative of Aid Cancer Treatment. This is the final amount that has been collected in the area for this worthy cause. Well done to everybody who helped in the collection and to all those who contributed.
ATHEA CCE CEILI: Athea Comhaltas branch will hold the next Ceili in the Memorial Hall on this Saturday night April 27. This will be the first Comhaltas Ceili in the Hall so the Branch has got one of the best bands in the country Danny O’ Mahony and Shauntrade. All Ireland Champions 2011 who are to play on the night. This is expected to be a great occasion for all those interested in Set Dancing or who are followers of Traditional Irish Music and who would like to hear the best of it. There will be a free workshop by Timmy Woulfe from 8.30pm with the Ceili commencing at 9.30pm. Food will be served during the interval. All those who intend to compete in Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh are asked to send in their entries as soon as possible to the local Branch Secretary.