CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: Saturday evening 7.30pm-Margaret McEnery. Sunday 11am Mass-Michael Hayes. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm-Bridie Ahern and Mary Sheahan. Sunday 11am Mass-Sean Barrett and Siobhán Barrett. Servers- Saturday evening 7.30pm-Jessica Ahern and N. Scanlon. Sunday 11am Mass- M. Donovan and M. Tierney. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
LABOUR CANDIDATE: Stephen Goulding, Carrigkerry, has been selected by the Labour party as a candidate in the forthcoming local election for the Newcastle West area.
ABBEYFEALE KARATE CLUB: Abbeyfeale Karate members attended a Karate seminar in Abbeyfeale recently. The seminar was given by Sensei Palma Diosi, 4th Dan. Sensei Palma is a fulltime instructor of the Honba Doio in Dublin, JKS squad coach and former Hungarian Kumite champion.
RETIREMENT: Best wishes to Tony and Peg Murphy for a happy retirement from operating Abbey Coaches which has recently been sold to Fitzpatrick’s Coaches, Listowel. Tony and Peg were always very helpful and courteous with their customers over many years and we wish them every happiness in their retirement.
CHARITY CÉILÍ: A charity Céilí in aid of Fr. Chris O’Donnell mission fund in aid of St. Patrick’s parish, Argentina, will take place at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine on Sat. November 2nd at 9.30pm with music by the Templeglantine Comhaltas Céilí band. Admission- €8. A raffle will also take place on the night with many spot prizes and all are welcome.
WINNING HORSE: Congratulations to Pius Collins of Lower Athea whose horse “The Poacher” won a race recently at Ballylongford Races.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Pat Mulvihill of Hillside Drive, Athea recently celebrated his 60th birthday at Donie’s Bar, Athea. A great night was enjoyed by all who attended. Pat has been a member of various local organizations including The Civil Defence, F.C.A. and the Community First Responders Group.
ATHEA ANNUAL FAIR: Athea Annual Fair will be held on Saturday, November 2nd. There will be the usual stalls with various articles for sale where people will find some good bargains and also sales of horses, cattle, donkeys, ponies and various kinds of fowl. Since the fair was revived some years ago after a long lapse it has become a big annual event once again with crowds coming from all over the county and other parts of Munster and some from the West of Ireland for a good old fashioned fair. Athea is the place to come to on this occasion.
ATHEA TIDY TOWNS: A collection in aid of Athea Tidy Towns on this weekend will be held before all Masses. People are asked to contribute as generously as possible towards this collection as Athea Tidy Towns committee has done very well this year and have further projects in mind for the coming year.
GRADUATION: Congratulations to Carol Noonan, Clounleharde who recently graduated with a FETAC Level 5 in Art. Her work is at present being displayed at Newcastle West library and it will also be in Glin library this week.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Congratulations to Peg and Jack O’Grady, Glenbawn who are celebrating 64 years of marriage this week. They are both very well at present and Peg has just come home from hospital after recovering from an accident some weeks ago.
ENGAGEMENT: Congratulations and best wishes to Helena Collins of Templeathea (daughter of Mary Ellen and Denis) who recently became engaged to Arthur Mooney of Kildare. Best wishes to them both for their future happiness.
JOURNALS: Athea Parish Journal and Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal will both be published as usual this year. People are asked to submit articles, stories, poems as well as photographs to both journals within the next couple of weeks so that these will be on time for publication.
MILFORD HOSPICE: Thanks are being extended to all those who supported the Coiste na nÓg fundraising quiz in aid of Milford Hospice on Friday night of last week at the Top of the Town bar. Thanks as well to all who generously gave spot prizes and those who bought raffle tickets.
ATHEA UNITED: In the FAI Junior Cup action at The Vales recently Athea United competed in the Blue Ribbon competition of Irish Soccer for the first time in over a decade when their visitors were Clare Premier League Champions Avenue United. There was a good attendance at the match and Athea United came very close during the opening minute when on form striker Kevin O’Keeffe saw his shot strike the Avenue crossbar. Shortly after that the Clare side went ahead when their midfielder scored. Then two minutes from half time the Avenue team headed up the pitch before eventually scoring their second goal. In the second half Avenue continued to dominate and scored a further goal. With nineteen minutes left Athea United got back into the game when Kevin O’Keeffe got on the score sheet leaving the final score Avenue Utd 3 - Athea United 1. Athea United team: Mike Kehoe, Ryan Carroll, Matthew Tierney, Tom Collins, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Joe Vaughan, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Maurice Hayes, Kevin O’Keeffe. Subs used: Dylan Griffin and Mike McCarthy.
In the Under 14 Division 2 Adare United had a 5-2 victory over Athea United. Shane Dalton scored twice for Athea. Athea United team: Cathal O’Brien, Jason Dillon, Shane Ambrose, Micheál Dalton, Seamus Leahy, David O’Connor, John Sexton, David O’Sullivan, Andy Ahern, Jack O’Connor, Shane Dalton, Ryan O’Connell, Joseph Dalton, Micah O’Connell and Dylan Swift. Referee: Liam O’Connor.