Athea Limerick Dance Halls

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 02, 1929; Page: 6
DANCING STARTS AT 9 O’CLOCK, Music by Devro-Daly, Kerry’s Popular Band.
TARIFF—Ladies 3/-; Gents 3/6. First-class Catering. All are –welcome.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 21, 1929; Page: 8
Music by MICK DEVEREAUX and his Popular Band. Dancing at 9 Pm- Special Catering. Tariff: Ladies, 3/6; Gents, 4/ COMMITTEED. D O’Sullivan, J. Danaher, William Ahern, Tom Kelly. J. O’Sullivan, M. Mullane. Treas. T. Kelly. Secretary, C. O’Sullivan.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, November 04, 1939; Page: 11
Will be held in THE Enterprise Hall, Athea, On-Sunday Night, Nov. 5th, ’39.
Music by McElligott’s Dance Band-Six Musicians. Spot Light Effects. Carnival Novelties.
COME AND DANCE TO A BAND AND A FLOOR SECOND TO NONE. Dance Starts at 9 o’c sharp, to 6.
Special Catering by T. J. Kelly, Proprietor. TARIFF (inc. Supper and Tax)—2/6. DANCING from 9 to 6.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 30, 1939; Page: 19
January 1st, 1940.
Music by Pat Jordan’s Band, Kanturk. SIX Performers SIX. Admission (inc. Tax & Supper)—2/6. Dancing 9 pm. to 6 a m. T. J Kelly, Prop Come and Dance to a Band on a Floor second to none. Spot Prizes. Hats free.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, March 28, 1942; Page: 17
All-Night Dance OF THE SEASON will be held in THE ENTERPRISE HALL, ATHEA —On-Easter Sunday Night, April 5th. Dancing 9 — 5 a m.
Music by Gaby and his Rhythm Minstrels—direct from the Queen’s Theatre. Dublin.
Admission (Inc. tax & supper)—3 /-.
Catering, by T J Kelly. Hall Prop.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, March 13, 1943; Page: 8
All-Night Dance will be held in the Enterprise Hall. Athea, on St. Patrick’s Night (17th March).
Music by the Cavalier Dance Band, Kilmallock (Personally conducted by Dan Foley, A L. C M , L L C M) Dancing 9 to 5a m. Cigarettes and Refreshments to be had in Hall. Tariff (inc. tax) — 2/6
Bicycles Parked Prop—T J Kelly

Kerryman 1904-current, 23.02.1946, page 11
The Hall Athea, Thursday 28th Feb. Music by Devon Dance Band. Dancing 10am to 4pm. Admission- 3/ (including tax). Failte Roimh Gach Aoinne.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, October 18, 1947; Page: 12
DANCE WILL BE HELD IN THE Enterprise Hall, Athea, SUNDAY, 19th Oct., ’47
DAXCIXG 9 to 4. Spot Prizes. Mineral Bar. Cycle Park.
ADMISSION 3/-. Come and Dance to a Band and Floor Second to None.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 06, 1947; Page: 12
Music by the Ever Popular Jack Hayes, Rathkeale, and his Band. DANCING — 9 to 4. Mineral Bar; Cycle Park adjacent to hall; Spot Dances: Spot Lights; Carnival Novelties. ADMISSION – 3/- – Come and Dance to the Ever Popular Band on a Floor second to none. T. J. KELLY. Prop.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, September 18, 1948; Section: Front page, Page: 1
ATHEA COURSING CLUB. THE DANCE, Of the Season will be held at the TOWN HALL, ATHEA,
On Friday, 24th Sept., 1948. MUSIC BY The Devon Dance Band
(By Popular Request). Dancing, 10 to 4. Admission, 3/- Come Yourself and Bring Your Friends

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 04, 1948; Page: 8
Music by ROY CAMPBELL’S RHYTHM BAND Fully amplified. DANCING 9 to 4
Special Irish Half Hour. Lighting Effects — Spot Prizes. Carnival Novelties.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, September 16, 1950; Page: 12
GRAND ALL Night DANCE to be held in TOWN HALL ATHEA on Friday Night, September 22. Music by Famous Devon Dance Band. Dancing from 10 to 4 (st), Tariff 3/-. Spot Prizes- Cycle Park- All Patrons expected to attend.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, November 04, 1950; Page: 12
Tues. night, Nov. 14th. MUSIC by DONALD COLLINS and his Popular Dance Orchestra.
Dancing 9 to 3. Admission—3/-.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, November 29, 1952; Page: 13
Limerick Athletes (No 3)—TIM AHEARNE of Athea, story by Seamus O Ceallaigh.
(Condensed, see paper for full article)
Fifty years ago Tim Ahearne went to St Michael’s College in Listowel and at sports there he showed great promise, he was born at Upper Direen Athea. The Hop Step and Jump was his best event.
First of our champions was Dan Shanahan of Kilfinane, whose record leap of 50 ft 0 in at the All Ireland Championship of 1888 at Limerick is yet the best performance of the native arena. Other me to follow hin from Limerick include; Denis Carey, Paddy McNamara, Paddy and Con leahy, John Joe Bresnihan and Tim Ahearne.

Olympic Games held In London in 1908, his distance being 48 ft. 11.25 ins. Tim was then twenty-two years old He stood 5 ft. 7 ins. in height and weighed nine stone

In 1909 he won the English Broad Jump Championship at 22 ft 1.75 ins In America, he won many championships which may be briefly summed up in the records established there for the hop step and Jump — an indoor one of 48 ft 2 3/4 ins in 1910, and an outdoor of 50 ft in 1913.
In Ireland his championship successes were —1907, running hop, step and jump, 48 feet 4 inches, running bread jump, 23 feet 2.5 Inches and tied with M J Creede, of Elton, in the running high jump at 5 feet 11 inches. 1908 Running broad jump, 23 feet l.25 inches. 120 yards hurdles, 16 4-5th seconds. 1909, Running broad jump, 22 ft 5 ins. Running high jump, 5 feet lO ? Inches, 120 yards hurdles 16 3-5th sees.

Tim took his jumping very seriously and the manner In which he prefaced his short run to the high jump in an effort to work himself up to a high state of nervous tension was a characteristic that will be remembered by all those that saw him perform


That Tim Aherne had the athletic strain bred in him may be concluded as the result of a little incident which occurred more than three score years ago One morning as people were going home from Mass an argument arose between Brown John Mullane and the father of Tim Aherne. Tim’s father, to prove his point, jumped from one pier to the other at Synan’s gate It was, of course, a standing jump and must have measured eleven feet, and none of the other young men of the district then could better it. That it was a splendid performance will be appreciated by the fact that Irish championships in this event have been won at as low as 9 feet 6 inches, whilst the best is around the 11 feet 4 ? inches mark.

Now through the glen of Upper Dirreen runs the River Galey (Abha na Gaile—River of the Morning Mist) Around on every side the hills thrust their purple peaks into the fleecy clouds, and there lies a short stretch of the river across which only two men of the parish were known to jump cleanly from bank to bank.
One of these men was William Kane, the other was John Dan Shine Both were cousins of Ahearne


When Tim returned from Listowel, moved undoubtedly by the College sports incident, he went to the river leap and cleared the jump, bank to bank, perfectly. On to be twenty-one feet, the river being about twenty feet wide at the point.
The other pair were, of course, long past their prime in Tim’s day, but the jump remained and only the three aforesaid could claim success.

Born in 1886, Tim Ahearne was just eighteen when he won two prizes at Listowel sports on July 27th, 1904. A month later he took a prize from a Limerick City meeting.

The following year he had four outings, securing treble honours at Listowel and Ardfert, chalking up a double at Castleisland and gaining one trophy at Tralee.

A Press notice of Listowel sports held on August 5th, 1906, reads” T J. Ahearne created a surprise and his performances were certainly almost sensational. He began by winning the 100 yards, then, after a hard contest with such men as Bourke, of Dromcollogher, Creede. Joe Leahy and Bresnihan, he won the high jump, getting over 5 ft 10 ins, and crowned these by jumping 23 ft 11 ins in the broad jump.”
1907 was a top notch season for the Athea lad In addition to the championship successes earlier enumerated he won the all-round championship of Munster at Fermoy, and brought numerous prizes from meetings at Ennis, Tralee, Milltown, Killorglin, Cobh, Dingle, Dromcollogher and Castlemahon.

The following year saw his Olympic Games success at Shepherd’s Bush London, when he won the hop, step and jump with a leap of 48 ft. US ins—an Olympic and British record. And It was not the only one made at that Games by a Limerick man, for John Flanagan threw the hammer 170 ft 11 I.5ins. to also set up new figures

Second to Tim Ahearne was Mac Donald of Canada at 48 ft 5.25 ins. with Larson from the land of the midnight sun third at 47 ft. 2 ? Ins In addition to the standard prize, the Athea man got a commemorative medal recording the new achievement, two diplomas, and a Royal sprig of oak from Windsor Forest, presented by King Edward

Amongst many notable 1908 performances was his double championship success, and two other important international championship appearances, the first at Edinburgh as a member of
the Irish team for the annual contest with Scotland, in which be won the broad jump and the hurdles, besides filling second piece In the high jump, and the second at Ballsbridge against America, and In which he secured two Irish successes.
1911, however, made ample and noble amends. Competing for the New York Athletic Club, he quickly worked back to his old form, and at the Metropolitan Championships held in New York he won both the broad and hop, step events.
At Baltimore, Maryland, a little later the same month, he was second to his kinsman, Dan, in the National Championship of the hop step.
A trip to Montreal was eminently successful, and he returned -with the Canadian Championship in the broad jump to his credit Tim won more prizes this year than ever before.
He led the New York Athletic Club by scoring for that combination the greatest number of points in the season. For this achievement he received a solid bronze trophy—2ft. 6ins high—an emblem of the “Winged Foot” of the New York Club, and very valuable.

A visit to the homeland in 1912 kept him out of the American arena, but he was back again the following year, when, as also In 1914, he won several prizes, including championships, at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Chicago.
Thus concluded a grand career of successful endeavour by one of the grandest figures to adorn the athletic stage—Timothy J. Ahearne of Athea.
No. 4—Paddy Leahy of Cregane.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 26, 1953; Page: 14
New Year’s Night, Friday, Jan. 1st, 1954. Music by DONIE COLLINS and his fully amplified Band. Spot Prizes. Carnival Novelties. Mineral Bar. Dancing 9-3. Tickets 4/6.
PONY RACES. TUG-O-WAR, and DANCE (Maurice. Mulcahy’s Band), on Monday.,. Jan, 25th, 1954. Full particulars later.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, February 12, 1955; Page: 9
(To the Editor, “Limerick Leader.”)
DEAR Sir,— Please permit me,
since It was my query prompted them, to pay a belated tribute to the forthrightness and originality of the views expressed by you in a leading article on the history of Partition published some weeks ago. I have waited, but in vain, for someone connected with the physical force movement at that time to put forward the other point of view.
Frankly, I am not convinced that the physical force party or Sinn Fein—call it what you will—was primarily responsible for Partition, no more than I believe the Parliamentary Party was. The Ulster Question being the legacy of a former generation, It would be as illogical to impute the blame for it to any later-day Party as it would to attribute drunkeness to the last ” half-one” in a day’s “pub-crawl.” Irrespective of its merits and its handling, subsequent events were to show, as was always the case with Home Rule, that Mr. Asquith’s measure was too far In advance of public opinion in Britain. And I don’t believe that this country commanded sufficient military resources to win Ulster by force .

To find the real root of Partition, one must go back beyond 1918, beyond 1912—back, in fact, to 1888, the year in which Mr. Gladstone introduced the first Home Rule Bill. Before this year there was no Ulster Question in any vital political sense; after it, Ulster had become In Randolph Churchill’s words, “the Tory ace of trumps.” I should think that the people who allowed Ulster to become that “ace,” when it might have been avoided, are primarily responsible for Partition. Had Parnell and Gladstone understood the Ulster mind 70 years ago Ireland would not be partitioned today.

Mr. Gladstone’s historic speech of introduction on that fateful 3rd of February was followed immediately by speeches from the two members from Co. Antrim who in the name of the northern counties protested against the conception of an All-Ireland Parliament (vide Hansard, vol. CCCIV, cols. 1089-1102). It is significant that there was no protest against legislative separation as such. An experienced parliamentarian should interpret the move at once as a ruse to obtain maximum guarantees for Ulster when the Bill reached committee.

Gladstone, however, made the fatal blunder of ignoring completely the legitimate demands of the Ulster Protestants — demands which were fairly and constitutionally stated. Had some form of federation been proposed, had the Ulster Protestants been safeguarded by the express terms of the Bill, a reasonable basis for negotiation and amendment would have been provided. As things stood, Ulster was lost through bad statesmanship on the part of the G.O.M. and a too uncritical attitude on the part of the Chief. Thus was genuine anxiety converted into positive hostility, leaving the Ulster Question to be used henceforth by the Tory Party, not in the interest of the Protestant minority, but as the “ace of trumps” which could always be relied upon to block Home Rule. As to the merits of physical force vis a vis constitutional means, I am not concerned. Suffice it to say that constitutional and revolutionary movements should tagonistic. For in every struggle for national freedom there are roles to be filled by both Mazzinis and Cavours.
“OPEN MEND.” 5/2/’55.

Irish Examiner 12 Nov. 1955, snippets from long list of bands.
Jimmy McCarthy (Milford) and his Orchestra some future bookings; 14th Athea Annual Fair Dance, 15th Brosna Coursing Club, 22nd Ballylongford Parochial hall.
Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, January 14, 1956; Page: 14
Annual FIANNA FAIL DANCE. Will be held in THE TOWN HALL, ATHEA Friday, January 20th,
MUSIC BY PADDY BREEN and his band. Dancing 9 to 1, Adm 4/-

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, March 24, 1956; Page: 5
Grand Eastertide Dance. To be held in TOWN HALL, ATHEA
Dancing 8-1. Tarriff 3/6. THE DANCE OF THE SEASON.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, November 03, 1956; Page: 5
GRAND DANCE, At Enterprise Hall, Athea ON FRIDAY, NOV. 9.
Music by DONIE COLLINS AND HIS BAND. Dancing, 9 to 1. ADMISSION – – 4/-

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, December 15, 1956; Page: 4
Grand dance In Aid of Parochial Funds will be held IN THE TOWN HALL, ATHEA MUSIC BY
Donie Collins and His Band DANCING, 8—1. ADMISSION 4/-

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, October 19, 1957; Page: 4
Music by Jimmy McCarthy’s Orchestra. Dancing 9 to 1. ADMISSION 4/-.

Kerryman 1904-current, 01.02.1958, page 16
Jimmy McCarthy Orchestra, Annual Benefit Dance, Enterprise Hall Athea, on Friday night Feb. 7th ; Dancing 9 to 1- Tickets 3/6

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 01, 1958; Page: 16
Jimmy McCarthy’s Orchestra, Annual Benefit Dance, Enterprise
Friday Night, Feb. 7th. Dancing Tickets 3/6, 9—1.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, 17.05.1958, page 4
A Grand Ceili Dance. Organised by I.C.A. and Macra Na feirme in aid of Parochial Funds, will be held in the Town Hall Athea on Friday night, May 23. Music by Western Star Ceili Band. Dancing 9-1 Admission 3/6.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Monday, June 29, 1959; Page: 11
HARVEST-TIME DANCE IN THE TOWN HALL, ATHEA, FRIDAY NIGHT, August 21, Music by Michael O’Callaghan and his eight piece Orchestra. Dancing 9 -2 s.t. Admission 5/-

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Monday, July 20, 1959; Page: 17
Town Hall Athea, presents return visit of Peter O’Connor on Sunday Oct. 18 1959. Dancing 9-1, Admission 3/6.
Limerick Leader 1905-current, Monday, July 27, 1959; Page: 17

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, January 09, 1960; Page: 15
Town Hall, Athea. Dancing Friday Next (JANUARY 15) Music by THE SYLVIANS
DANCING, 9 TO 1. Admission 4/.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Wednesday, June 22, 1960; Page: 16
A Grand dance, Will be held in the TOWN HALL, ATHEA, On SUNDAY NEXT, JUNE 26.
DANCING, 8.30 —1, O.T. ADMISSION, 3/6.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Thursday, August 18, 1960; Page: 4
In the TOWN HALL, ATHEA, On Friday Night, August 19, 1960
MUSIC BY MICHAEL O’CALLAGHAN And His Orchestra, Buttevant.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, October 08, 1960; Page: 18
Athea I.C.A. ANNUAL DANCE, At the Enterprise Hall, Athea
On SUNDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 9 – Music by “The Western Star Ceili Band.”
Dancing, 8—12. Admission, 4/-.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, December 10, 1960; Page: 18
A Grand Ceili, In the Enterprise Hall, Athea, on SUNDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 11 . Music by the Ever Popular Glenside Ceili Band. Dancing 8pm, admission 4/-

Limerick Leader 1905-current, 03.03.1962, page 9
Templeglantine Branch of Macra Na Feirme, will hold a Grand dance in the Enterprise Hall, Athea in Sunday Night, March 4. Music by the Rockies Dance Band, Tralee. Dancing 9-1 Admission 5/-

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, June 02, 1962; Page: 23

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, February 16, 1963; Page: 9
Edited, see paper for more on Kit Ahern, I.C.A. visits Australia.
Entertained by Miss Joan Keane of Moyvane, who is actively engaged in all the Irish organisations. And there, too, she met the well-known Irish scholar and historian, Tom Culhane, and his wife, Kathleen, who comes from Shanagolden.

Mrs. Ahem told me, “it is a great pity that Tom Culhane cannot be brought over to Ireland to record all the traditions he has got of Glin and Athea parishes He has a great wealth of knowledge, and I have preserved some of it in his recordings of folklore and old poems about the Glin and Athea areas.”
Tom is now some thirty years in exile, and was a great friend of the late Dr. McGrath, Athea, with whom he corresponded regularly. Another exile is Dick Mullins from the Shanagolden area, and from Sandringhan, near Melbourne, Mrs. Ahem has good wishes for the Hanafin friends, especially Colm of Askeaton.

FAREWELL PARTY After the Conference she went to Adelong, where her host was Father Gerry Downey of Abbeyfeale. And in all these places she had meetings with the rural women’s associations and Irish groups. Memorable of the latter was the farewell party led by Tom Culhane, Dick Cremmin, Dan Breen and Dan Aherne. Another interesting personality was Tom Brennan. Tom, a lawyer, was born and reared in Australia; yet, he speaks fluent Irish and is an authority on Irish history. In Sydney, Mrs. Ahern was entertained by Con and Paddy Woulfe, of Knocknagorna, Athea. Their sister and a brother, Dick, are also In Sidney. Dick’s wife is a relation of Margaret Burke-Sheridan, and Mrs. Ahern told me, “I have a recording of Irish songs beautifully sung by their daughter, who has inherited much of the talent of this famous singer.” There also she met the Barretts of Dirreen. In New Zealand, she was the guest of Mrs. Leach, a sister of Mrs. Tom Harnett, Abbeyfeale And from a Convent outside Wellington she brought greetings from the Myres family in Limerick and Tralee. Limerick Is well represented in Honolulu, too. There she met Mrs. Marie Murphy, relatives of the Limerick Chalks, with good wishes to May McDonnell of Rathkeale and Mrs. Donogh O’Brien. During her stay in Los Angeles, Mrs. Ahern was guest of Mrs. Pettite, who is a friend of Mrs. Tim Hartnett. “I was entertained by many Limerick priests there, she told me, including Monsignor Dan Collins, Father Mick Collins, and Father Tom Moloney.” “Ono of the greatest joys I had,” she continued, “was my visit to school pals and ex-pupils who are now In the some religious Order.” She met Josie Leahy from Beenanaspig, Athea, Mother Superior, Little Company of Mary: another Athea lady, Maudie Enright and Kitty O’Connor, Rathoran, a past pupil of hers from Colaiste Muire, Abbeyfeale. And a near neighbour,there was Meenie Hanrahan, who has relatives In Athea. In Los Angeles too, she met Kitty Mullins, who sends greetings to her mother and friends in Glin. Mrs Ahern had a very special welcome and reception there from Father R. Harnett, New St. Abbeyfeale, and Father Paddy Collins, Convent St, Abbeyfeale. In Chicago, she stayed with her first cousin, Ed. Gargin, Professor of History in Loyola University. Ed’s mother is the former Miss Liz McAuliffe, Newcastle West. “I met many Athea people in Chicago,” Mrs. Ahern said “and was guest of Mrs, Phil Kelly, formerly Miss Mile Dore from Derk, Duagh, and the former Miss Teasy Kelly, whose husband, John Sullivan, comes from Kilbaha.” Jim’s sister, who was also a school pal of Mrs. Ahern’s, is now a nun in Texas. “The Kelly’s and the Dore’s have an open house for all Irish visitors,” Mrs. Ahern added. In Chicago, too, she renewed acquaintance with a past pupil, Mrs. McCarton (formerly Miss Kitty Roche), the Shines and the O’Connor’s, and at St Mary’s Techny got greetings for Peggy Conliss of Balllnacurra. She met Jerry Walsh, whose parents come from Moyvane, and Tom Scanlan, son of Jerry Scanlan, of Upper Athea, Jerry and Tom send greetings to their friends and relatives at home.
Among the many kind hosts was her aunt, Mrs. Con Kennedy (formerly Han McAuliffe, Newcastle West), and her other aunts. Kit and Han, who send greetings to all in Newcastle West. A big night in New York was the occasion of presentation of medals to the champion Limerick hurlers. At the Victory Dinner she met Pat Lyons, Corner House, Newcastle West, Radio Officer on m.v. “City of Sydney.” With him were James O’Connell and Michael Sheehy. Michael, a Newcastle West man, too, now owns his own hairdressing salon in the Bronx.

One of the victorious hurling team was Sean Monaghan, who is carrying on the great hurling tradition of his father, Paddy Monaghan, N.T. Among others present at the function who send good wishes were: Batt and Kathleen Wren, Athea; Mrs. Quilty, formerly Miss Eileen Hutchman; Tom Broderick , Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale; Pat and Shiela Murphy, Abbeyfeale; Bridget Moran, Clash Athea; Ita Ahem, Parkanna, Athea; Mrs. O’Sullivan, formerly Nora May Riordan, Ballagh; and May ScanIan, Upper Athea, with special greetings to Joe Quaid of Derreen.

In Rochestor, Mrs. Ahern got good wishes for Mrs, Fahy and friends at Ashbourne Ave., Limerick. From Brooklyn, Con Kennedy, Guiney’s Bridge, sent greetings to all in Brosna and the Bridge; Mickey O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill, to Jim Driscoll, Paky Culhane , and all his Glin friends and relatives; and from, Mrs. Ahern’s aunts greetings to Pat and Owen McAuliffe, and relatives. Other messages came from Tom and Dick Mullins, to their Glin relatives, as well as to Padraig and Donal O’Carroll, “looking forward to seeing them in the not-to-distant future.”

Summing up her wonderful experiences, Mrs. Ahern told me, “what made it all so rewarding for me is that I had a purpose, and my Interest was in people rather than places or climate. I told other people about our own Associations and about our country,” And, paying a tribute to the countrywomen of Australia for the great effort she said: “Their kindness and hospitality there endeared them to the whole world.” The same warm welcome was given at the various conferences in the United States, at San Diego, Madison and Atlanta.
And, here at home, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association are preparing to give the representatives of the six million strong association of Countrywomen of the world a memorable “Cead Mile Failte,” during the World Conference of 1965,

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, January 18, 1964; Page: 15
Dance TOWN HALL, ATHEA 24; Music by Vanguard Six (Tralee).
Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, June 25, 1966; Page: 6
(J B Keane, Out in the open page, see paper for much more, below is only a flavour of some subjects covered.)
ATHEA footballers come to Listowel twice in the past two weeks to compete In the frank Sheehy Memorial —Tournament. Their first visit resulted in a draw, but everybody who was at the match agreed that Athea should have won. They were unlucky to be at the wrong end of some strange decisions. Maybe the fact that the referee was a Listowel man had something to do with It.
(In the replay they lost again and he blamed the referee. Timmy Woulfe got great praise for his performance). Denis Drew aged 92 was first man in Ardagh to vote in Presidential Election, Dubliner Ronnie Drew visited him at his home. Price of milk same as ten years ago.
Six were competing at the beauty contest at Athea carnival and there was a crowd of 800 in the Marquee dancing. Since blowing up Nelsons Pillar, business with tourism is slack.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, June 06, 1964; Page: 3

While on his way from Limerick to Killarney on Wednesday of last week Mr Daniel Foley, National Commander of the American Legion, interrupted his journey in the West Limerick village of Athea where he was the guest of relatives who assisted in the search for news of his ancestors . On the way he was met by Mr. Maurice Danaher Shanagolden, who joined him with his party. On arrival in Athea the distinguished visitor was received by Mr William Hurley, Manager Athea Co-Operative Creamery, whose grandmother was Foley and believed to be a kinswoman of the Legion Commander’s ancestors

While in Athea, Mr Foley was taken to the local cemetery at Templeathea, a few miles from the village, where a grave believed to be that of his greatgrandfather had been already located by Mr Hurley. From the facts available the Commander was more or less satisfied that the location was the correct one but positive identification is subject to a further check by Mr Foley when he looks up family records on his return to the US. He was satisfied, at the same time, that his grandfather, Daniel Foley, emigrated to the United States from Athea.

Mr Foley also availed of his visit to Templeathea cemetery to pay silent tribute of respect at the grave of Corporal John Geoghegan who lost His life while serving with the Irish UN Forces in the Congo in 1961. In addition he paid his respects at the resting place of Captain Paddy Dalton, Athea. who was killed by Crown Forces at Knockanure during the War of Independence in 1921. Before leaving Athea he was taken on a visit to the home of Mr Jack Leahy, Beaneaspuig where one of the Foley ancestors lived in the old days. On resuming his journey to Killarney, Mr Foley made another brief stop at Abbeyfeale where he called on another relatives — Mrs. Mary Moloney, Chapel Street

Mr Foley was obviously very pleasantly impressed with everything he saw and the hospitality accorded to him on his brief sojourn in Athea. He expressed regret at the fact that a crowded schedule did not allow him more time to spend in the parish of his ancestors but he assured Mr Hurley and his other hosts that he would definitely pay a return visit sometime in the future. The Commander, who represents 3.5 million American veterans of three wars, was associated with the late President Kennedy, also a member of the Legion. Arrangements for Mr Foley’s visit to Athea were made by Mr. Hurley with whom he has maintained correspondence for some time past
After leaving Killarney the Legion- Commander continued his European tour with a visit to France where he represented the Legion at the D-Day celebrations in Normandy. His subsequent Itinerary included an audience with the Holy Father in Rome and a visit to the Holy Land

Limerick Leader 1905-current, 07.05.1966, page 21
Athea GAA proudly presents Ireland’s No 1 Ballad Group- The Ludlows of radio and TV. No 1 Ireland’s Top ten at the Town Hall Athea on Thursday May 12. Music by Western Star, Dance Band. Dancing 9-2 Adm. 6/6.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, July 02, 1966; Page: 13
Athea strongmen beat Abbeyfeale as carnival ends Athea Carnival.
A TRULY local flavour was given to the closing of Athea’s third annual carnival on Sunday last when Athea strongmen beat Abbeyfeale in the final of the tug-o’-war contest. A local donkey owned by Mr. Paddy White also took the laurels in the final of the donkey derby.
The carnival, which began on Friday, June 17, drew large crowds every evening from North Kerry and West Limerick. One of the highlights of the week was the wren boys competition on last Saturday evening. Three groups from Knockaderry, Cratloe and Ballough and Athea competed in the final. On Sunday evening the feis which was organised in connection with the carnival had to move indoors due to the inclement weather. But far from dampening the enthusiasm of the dancers, many of whom had travelled from Tralee, the stage of the Enterprise Hall supported some excellent displays of traditional Irish Step dancing. As the dancers departed, crowds began to line the main street awaiting the start of the donkey derby. It was Athea in the lead from Abbeyfeale as the ‘speedsters’ passed the finish line and the spectators were jubilant as they escorted the victor to Charlie Curtin’s field for the presentation of prizes. Just below the field, on the bank of Athea’s river 16 men from Abbeyfeale and Athea were preparing for the tug-o’-war contest. Spectators squelched over the swampy ground to get a better view of the trial of strength. The teams took the strain and the contest began. At the end of two “pulls” Athea had emerged victorious. Mrs. Peggy Liston introduced and selected the music for the public address system and she said: “I still believe that the rebel songs are top of the list in popularity.” Mr. Jim Collins said that there had been a long tradition of festive occasions in the village. To illustrate the point he had made he held up a poster advertising a social occasion in the town in 1917. It read, ” Come To Athea Countess Markievicz, 21st Sunday, October “17, forget not the birthplace of Con Colbert, Irish songs, Irish dances, recitations, musical selections and various other items of amusement including football match.” The cost of admission to such a broad selection of entertainment in those days was 6d. Jim added that this poster had come into his possession recently and that it had lain between the pages of a prayerbook owned by the Colbert family for the past 49 years. Mr. W. Hurley, vice-chairman of the Con Colbert Memorial Committee was another man who was very pleased with the success of the carnivai. He explained that the Memorial Committee had collected some £3,500 locally but since the committee will be getting 50 p.c. of the carnival’s profits there should be a substantial increase in this sum. Concluding the evening the crowd gathered in the marquee for the final dance of the carnival, over which the Carnival Queen, Miss Teresa Kelly, Abbeyfeale, presided. Teresa, who was chosen by a panel of judges which included Listowel’s playwright John B. Keane, had a “wonderful week.”

The results of the week’s competitions are as follows: Juvenile sports —50 yds under 10—1, M. Collins, Knockanure; 2, J. Hayes Athea.100 yds under 11—1, P. Collins, Athea; 2 M. Collins, Knockanure. 100 yds under 12—1, P. Collins, Knockanure; 2 . T. O’Connor. Athea. 220 yds under 14—1, J. Regan, Flean; 2 M. O’Connell, Listowel. 220 yds under 12—1, J. Leahy, Listowel; 2. P Collins, Athea. Long jump under 12—1, D. Lynch, Athea; P. Collins, do. Long jump under 14—1, P. Collins; 2, J. Regan, Athea. (See paper for more results)

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, June 10, 1967; Page: 29
Special attraction: Final Farm Tasks Competition (six branches competing),.Side Shows, etc. DANCE SAME NIGHT, TOWN HALL, ATHEA Music by BUNMY DALTON SHOWBAND
Admission 6/-.

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 28, 1968; Page: 15

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, January 04, 1969; Page: 2
TIM WOULFE has been playing with Athea Club for twenty years — he won a West Limerick Junior Football Championship with them at fourteen — away back in 1949, but I doubt if anything gave him greater pleasure than the winning last year with his club of the premier county senior football award.

His father Michael, won a county senior football championship crown with Abbeyfeale in 1915, and Tim now principal of Athea National School, three years after winning his 1949 West junior football medal, collected a western minor football trophy. With Athea he won western and County junior football laurels in 1930 and again in 1963 and he had the distinction of figuring on the Western Gaels team that won county Senior football championship honours in 1960, and was a reserve on the hurling aide that captured the county blue riband of that code the following season. Tim has played in all grades of football—minor, junior and senior—for Limerick, and was all through his long career one of the most consistent players of the side. Keenly Interested in all aspects of G A A administration, he is a referee of outstanding ability, and has rendered great service to the Association as vice-chairman of the West Limerick Board At thirty-four his playing days are drawing to a close, but Tim has a lot to give the Association in other fields A forward-looking Gael, full of exciting ideas, he is surely one of the men who will play a leading part in shaping the GAA of the seventies and eighties. They are bound to be decades of challenge, and one lesson to be learned from this series of interviews is that we have the men who are prepared to face up to anything the future cares to produce. Tim Woulfe went very deeplv into many of the points I raised with him, and I propose to deal with this most interesting interview on the question and answer basis So, without further ado here goes: — QUESTION . AND ANSWER
Q —A new approach to modern problems is necessary for the GAA Do you agree?
Q—How would you implement (a) At club level
A—Clubs need to be re-organised at ground level. Most rural clubs are stagnant, apart from whatever activity is forced on them in fulfilling fixtures or in minimum co-operation with higher authority. The fault, however, does not rest solely with the clubs, boards at all levels have failed dismally to provide the stimulus and the guidance to remain viable.
(b) At divisional level
A—I feel the greatest weakness is in failing to communicate with the rank and file. Boards should look into the difficulties of the weaker clubs and supply the advice and urn morale boost that is needed, e g , with regard to finance, internal organisation, planning, club activities—in general, helping them to feel an integral part of the organisation. ( Long interview, see paper for more)

Limerick Leader 1905-current, Saturday, November 14, 1970; Page: 28
TOWN HALL ATHEA- Monday. Nov. 16 —FAIR NIGHT —Music by
Pat Max and The Specialists. Dancing 9 to l-30 Adm ?

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 19, 1970; Page: 41
The Big- DANCING ‘9—1.30. MUSIC BY Beats Showband TARIFF 8/-
Coming St. Stephen’s Night—Pat Max and The Specialists

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 26, 1970; Page: 51
ATHEA CALLING DANCE IN THE TOWN HALL. ATHEA, THURSDAY, 31st DECEMBER, Music by THE WESTERN STAR. Proceeds go to Father Gerry Roche to help him, to build a Church and School in his Mission in Kenya. DANCING 9 — 1 ADMISSION 8/-
MONSTER WHIST DRIVE at St Mary of the Angels, Whitefield, Beaufort, ON TUESDAY – DEC 29th
Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 26, 1970; Page: 88
Music by Michael O’Callaghan. DANCING 9—1. ADMISSION 8/

Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, June 02, 1973; Page: 29
Athea’s Carnival starts on Sunday, by Michael Hilliard. (Edited)
Carnival begins on Sunday an continues till June 17. The GAA have a debt of £3,000 for new sportsfield and the memorial hall also needs extra funding.
Dancing in six pole marquee for the first time to cater for numbers attending. Seven dances during the fortnight. Bands include; Hoot’nannys, Joe McCarthy and Stage 2, Bill Ryan and Buckshot, Western Star for June 10th, Cottonmill Boys, California Brakemen and the Conquerors.
Athea could only field juvenile teams but this, according to carnival, secretary, Timmy Woulfe, will be rectified in a big way in the future. Not only has the village a sportsfield to be proud of but when the community centre is completed the local club will also have changing facilities. In fact the sportsfield and hall will be the foundation of what is hoped will become a community recreational complex.

But back to the present and the need to raise funds by holding a carnival. The G.AA. has held a carnival each year for the past ten years and, in common with previous carnivals, the one starting on Sunday has a large number of events to keep, everyone busy.

Among the main items will be the two football, tournaments one junior and one senior. At most carnivals there is only a senior competition but the Athea committee felt that junior teams should have an opportunity to compete in their tournament. This year, as well, as the senior teams, the Knockanure, Gerald Griffins, Mountcollins and, Castlemahon junior teams will be playing in Athea…

Another feature is that one beauty queen, and two contenders for titles will be selected during the two-week, carnival. Athea’s own carnival queen will be selected by All-Star Pat Hartigan at a dance in the marquee on Sunday, June 10. The Athea, heat of the Princess, of Desmond competition, will be run during the following, Wednesday’s dance while the local “Miss Teen Limerick’ will be chosen on Friday, June 15th.
The carnival, has its official opening on, Sunday at 8 p.m. with the St. David’s Pipe Band, Newcastlewest, marching through the village. The first round, of the junior football tournament, between Knockanure and, Gerald Griffins will be played and a sale of work, organised, by the ladies committee will also be held.
The following night the ever popular sport of churn rolling will make the streets resound as open and confined competitions are held and on, Tuesday night the second, round of the junior tournament, Mountcollins facing, Castlemahon, will be held. On Wednesday the first round of the senior football tournament gets off the round, and the following night the annual cycle race, over a, fifteen-mile course, will be held, for the Con Colbert trophy. The junior football final will be played on Friday, June 8. The pub-singing competition, a very popular carnival, event over the past few years, will be set in motion on Saturday night, the judges travelling around to each of the pubs to hear their entries. This will be followed by an open-air dancing session in the village centre. The committee have found, that these impromptu sessions have gone down very well in, the past, and, there has never been any lack of dancers.
On Sunday, June 10, both young and, old set off on, a sponsored walk which will consist, of a ten-mile tramp on the Knockanure circuit. This 2.30 p.m. Later in the day another first round of the senior tournament will, be played. Monday evening sees a tractor backing competition (with trailers attached) as the farmers, of the area show off their skill. There has always been a wealth of traditional music, song, and dance in, the Athea and surrounding area and this year a competition for a traditional show is being held during the carnival, under Comhaltas rules. This will be an inter-parish affair with teams from Abbeyfeale, Templeglantine, Carrigkerry and Athea competing. The first round of this will be held in the new community centre on Tuesday, June 12, although the official opening of the centre will not be for some time yet. Also scheduled for the final day is a children’s feis, organised by dancing teacher Jimmy Hickey, and a juvenile sports.
“Co-operation for this year’s carnival, stated secretary Timmy Wolfe, “seems to be at an unprecedented level. All the local organisations have pitched in to assist us in running the event.”
Joining Timmy on the committee is its chairman, Tommy Reidy; assistant secretary, Jimmy Collins; John Joe O’Connor, treasurer, and John Joe Barrett, assistant treasurer, together with a large committee.

Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, February 16, 1979; Page: 19
Timmy Woulfe, now principal of Athea National School, has always had a love of sport, music and dancing and this certainly came through at the “This Is Your Life” session.
Donal de Barra, Athea, a well-known traditional musician and music teacher, said that Timmy had been a great inspiration to him.
“I was mad about football and he was the great football star. He was the Mick O’Connell of our area,” said-Donal. He added that Timmy was the first person to enter him for a music competition, lending him an accordion with which to compete.

Timmy was very much to the forefront in reviving set dancing. Although the Athea set teams are now among the top performers in the country he was not happy to just leave it at that—he teaches dancing to young and old, often during his lunchtime break from school.
He worked just as hard to build the Con Colbert Memorial Hall in Athea—the local community centre which was opened in 1973 and puts much larger towns and villages to shame.
Paying tribute to his work in this respect Mrs. Nora Wrenn, MCC, Athea, said: “Had it not been for Timmy Woulfe that hall would never have been erected in Athea. Day and night he worked hard for it.”

Limerick Leader 1905-current, 16.09.1989, page 14
Snippet of article on John Quaid of Athea who left school with little education beyond Primary Cert, went to England at 16 and now home and is signing deal for £1 Million with PCL International, the Shannon based Computer Company. See paper for details.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, 30.12.1989, page 17 (Snippets from Articles).
Local Journals in Limerick; Castlemahon, Templeglantine, Kilbehenny, Crecora, Adare Past pupils Journal. The concentration in this issue of paper was on The first issue of Athea Journal. Patrick Barrett was chairman of editorial committee. Maighread McGrath wrote about Times past, she quoted from ledger of 1896, a barrel of porter cost £1.16s. She also wrote about Micheal Mac Grath a local man who produced his own play in Athea. Caoimhin O Danachair writes about the church in Athea, hedge Schools and other local history bits. Fr. Patrick Kelly writes about Athea Church which was rededicated 18th Oct. 1987. It was built in 1832, there was a mass house in Athea in 1750. Paddy Faley gives account of Day in Bog. Domhnall de Barra who came back to Athea in 1972 to become n organiser for Comhaltas. Munster Flea Athea 1976. Tribute to Paddy Aherne of glensharrold editor of West Limerick Journal and his son Tom gives some history facts about Athea. Muiris O Cuinneagain, tells about becoming Principal at Clash National School. Dr. Kieran Murphy gives his impressions of Athea and its people. Leo Finucane, gives report on his film making. Joseph O Keeffe gives his thoughts on his ordination due on 9th June 1990. See paper for many more writers and articles.

Limerick Leader 1905-current, 02.03.1991, page 8; Review of Review of Athea Journal.
Noreen Barry give example of indenture, where Dan Hartnett of Coole West, Athea was bound to his uncle Tom Hartnett a mason from 28th June 1911 to 1914; Mairead McGrath, recalls the execution of 28 year old Con Colbert in 1916. Paddy Faley recalls Fr. Timothy Leahy a Columban priest born Athea 1894 and ministered in China. Tricia Parks had article on Myths and Legends; Leo Finucane had the story of the gale River; Liz Horgan wrote on pony racing; Seanie O’Connor wrote The road to the Lane; Paddy Quaid wrote on Link to the Past. Other writers Tony Murphy, Marie Murphy, Jean O’Keeffe, , a profile of Nora Wren. Journal cost £3.50.

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