It’s good to be back: First of all this week, my apologies to the Limerick Leader and to all my usual readers in Athea parish and elsewhere for the absence of my Athea Notes column since my surgery in St. John’s Hospital, Limerick in the early Summer. My thanks to the medical, surgical, nursing and other staff at St. John’s Hospital during my stay there. Thanks as well to the medical, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy staff of St. Ita’s Hospital, Newcastle West who cared for me so well during my convalescence there. A special thanks to Dr. Kieran Murphy and his staff at Athea “Westbury” Clinic for their help and attention during the past few months. Thanks also to my carers, neighbours and friends as well as my own family since my return from hospital earlier this year. May the Lord bless you all for your kindness.
COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: The first County Council candidate to call around in preparation for the forthcoming local elections in the coming year was Christy Kelly of Sugarhill, Templeglantine who is going forward as an Independent candidate. Christy and his wife have already done a large canvass throughout the locality. During the past year or so Christy has attended several meetings that have been held against austerity and misuse of public money and also Citizens against Charges. He has also written various letters to the media during the past year, particularly to the Limerick Leader outlying his beliefs. He has also lodged a formal complaint with the Gardaí over the contents of the infamous Anglo Tapes.
During that period he has led the local campaign against the unjust family home tax, septic tank charges along with all the other austerity measures that have been enforced in recent times.
There is also a rumour that we will also have our own Athea candidate going forward for the County Council in the forthcoming local election. By all accounts Athea parish will be again united for election purposes which would surely be a benefit to a local candidate going forward. It is also believed that John Sheahan, the present outgoing Chairman will also be contesting the election on behalf of the Fine Gael party. It certainly looks as if Athea people will have no shortage of candidates to vote for in the forthcoming local elections.
ATHEA TIDY TOWNS: The National Tidy Towns results were announced last week and Athea fared very well in the competition with an impressive increase of twenty eight points bringing the local points up to a total of two hundred and thirty in only the second year of the re-launch of Athea Tidy Towns. This has won Athea an Endeavour Award as the largest point increase in the County and also it was the second largest increase of points in the Country for 2013. This is indeed a result that all Athea people have every reason to feel proud of. However, the Tidy Town initiative is viewed as a gradual process with each town/village aiming on improving its points year after year until reaching the very high prizeworthy standard. Due to the nature of the competition this standard cannot be reached in a year. This year’s overall winner Moynalty, Co. Meath had already spent twenty eight years in the competition before winning the overall title. Congratulations and well done to our local Tidy Towns organization for the big effort they put into it.
FASHION SHOW IN AID OF TIDY TOWNS: Athea Tidy Towns committee are hosting a Fashion Show in the Con Colbert Hall, Athea on Saturday, September 28 at 8pm.
COLLECTION: The local organizers of the recent Church gate collection in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s Fund are grateful to all those who contributed.
BRUREE RAMBLING HOUSE SESSION: On Friday, September, 13 the official opening of The Gathering by Eamon O’Cuiv T.D. was held in the Community Hall, Bruree. This was followed by a traditional rambling house session with John Harrold M.C. on the night for both events. Taking part in the rambling house session were musicians, the Bruree NS music group, Ann and John Sheehan, John Hayes, John O’Riordan, Donie Hughes, Denis Hawe, Brian Murray and Paul Murphy who all rendered some great songs. Other singers included Doris Shire, P.J. O’Driscoll, Jimmy O’Connor, Tommy O’Riordan, Joe Carey, Jessie Griffin, Eddie Barrett, Billy O’Donovan, Liam Hogan, J.B. Rowsom, Mary Lynch and N. O’Connor. Eamon O’Cuiv T.D. expressed his joy on returning to the home town of his late grandfather Eamon de Valera.
COISTE NA NÓG: Athea U6’s team played their first match of the year on Friday evening of last week against Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Páirc na nGael. Both teams helped to produce a very entertaining game. Athea Team: Jamie Collins, Jack Sexton, Josh Woulfe, Courtney Hunt, Molly Hunt, Alex Quinn, Ella Ahern, Tómas Ahern, Sean Twomey, Adam Somers, Jamie Mahony, Eric Barrett, Fionn Histon, Amy Steward, Emma Scanlon, Stephanie Ambrose, Tony Ahern, Jamie Flynn, Jim Ahern and Tom Collins.
Athea U8 team also played Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Friday evening and it was a closely contested match in Páirc na nGael.
Athea U10 team had Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Knockaderry as visitors on Friday evening for a blitz.