Athenry News – Christmas 2000

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Just recently taken to the stage is the newly formed Lir Theatre Company. Adding to the long tradition of drama in Athenry which dates back to the l920s founded by Pat Naughton and Co. their first production “I do not like thee Dr. Fell” was staged in Dobby and Coffeys from the 20th to the 23rd of November 2000 under the direction of Pat Naughton. Treading the boards alongside him were Colette Morrissey, Pauline Dempsey, Joe Tighe, Jimmy Ryan, Niamh Reidy and Aidan Archer.

The show was a stunning success. Best wishes to all for the future. Looking forward to more! Lir Theatre Company’s poster designed by Elaine Grey.

Athenry Handball & Racquetball Club Rejuvenated

The Alley (beside Kenny Park) was recently refurbished with generous donations from local people but especially Tommy Quinn, Byrne Mech, Johnny Healy (builder), Tommy Lane (painting contractor), Rynal Ruane (electrician), Maloney’s Hardware, Mike Quinn, Tom Cleary (builder). The club would like to thank all who helped.

New members are always welcome and membership forms can be got from Sean Cleary, Gerry Dempsey, Bob Reilly, Mike Gardner and Rynal Ruane.


A branch of Foroige, the nationwide Youth Club federation has been set up recently in the town. The local club as presently constituted is for the l2-15 age group (post-primary). Membership has been fully subscribed.

lf any other youth are interested a waiting list will be drawn up. Anyone wishing to apply should call to the Community Hall at 8pm sharp on Thursdays.

The aims of Foroige are to foster an interest in the personal development of the members and their contribution to their community. The aims are promoted within the structures of the club. Officers and the committee are elected by the membership and the business of the club is conducted under the direction of this, the youth’s own, committee.  A group of Adult Leaders are available for consultation.

The emphasis is on the ideas of the members and their personal contribution to the activities of the club.

Meetings at Community Hall at 8pm. We regret, that only a waiting list is available for young aspirants.

Any adults interested in becoming a Leader or able to assist in any way would be welcome. If there are more adult leaders, it may be possible to have a second club and thus accommodate more of our youth.

Contact  Anne or Stephen



Athenry Friends of People with Special Needs

The monthly disco, this year, has continued, to be a very popular and enjoyable night out. Up to 25 people with special needs from Athenry and surrounding areas come on the first Friday of each month to the New Park Hotel.

It is a joy for the helpers involved to see how everyone enjoys themselves each night. It is great to hear their expectation that the next disco will be just as good.

The “disco group” also had a very successful Summer Trip on the Corrib Princess last May. Soilse’s Annual Holiday for this group took place in the first Week of November in Kilcuan, Clarinbridge.

This was the third successive holiday at Kilcuan. The week included swimming, outings to the Salthill Aquarium, bowling in Galway and of course the Hallowe’en Party. Up to 20 helpers came during the week at various times to assist the holiday group and to enjoy the ‘craic’.

Soilse is very grateful to all our friends who supported us in so many ways.

Art Competition

Athenry Heritage would like to invite you to enter their Children’s Christmas Art Competitions.

The theme of the Competition is to paint, draw or sketch one of Athenry’s remaining Medieval features, for example – Athenry Castle etc.

The Competition is divided into 3 age groups (5-7 yrs.) (8-11yrs.) (12-15yrs.)

Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 winners in each category and all pictures entered will be later exhibited at Athenry Heritage Centre.

Please include your name, date of birth and address with your entry.

Entries must be received before January 16th. 2000 and should be sent to:

Medieval Art Competition,

Athenry Arts and Heritage Centre, The Square, Athenry

Winners will be notified. Prizes sponsored by, Athenry Heritage, Conroy’s Photographic Studio: This n’ That: The Orange Shop:

Mary O’Gorman

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About this record

Written by Various Authors

Published here 12 May 2023 and originally published Christmas 2000

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