Workshop on Environmental Issues with Sinéad Ní Mhainín and Mark Molloy

Athenry Women’s Group was started in 1991. It is a community based social group and can be political when the need arises. The ethos of the group is to make friends, exchange ideas, learn new skills and contribute to the community in a practical way. The first meetings were held in the Western Hotel and then transferred to the Canton Hall where we now meet every Tuesday at 1O.3Oam.

Creche facilities were provided but as this did not work out, the Mother and Toddler Group was formed, and this group also meets in the Canton Hall each week. The first year we had a very successful fundraising dance with Matt Cunningham to fund a Children’s Programme for Lay Day. This turned out to be a huge success and the Athenry Medieval Festival mushroomed from it. The Women’s Group ran the festival each year for ten years and a sub group also ran the Padraig Fallon Festival in 1992. In 1996 we wrote and produced a comedy play, “Five Years a Growin” and in 1997 we produced a variety “Christmas Crackers” in which we joined with the Céilí Dancers, the Church Choir, the Medieval Orchestra and the Musical Group singers. We ran the Halloween Disco for children for a tew years and we always take part in the St. Patricks Day Parade.

Over the years, we ran courses under the umbrella of health, conventional and alternative. We had courses and workshops on communications, physical and spiritual maintenances, environmental and gardening issues. Arts, drama, painting, poetry, song, yoga, computers, French and creative writing, book clubs and European mornings. We gathered petitions on community issues. We went on annual outings to Wesport, Lissadel, Birr, Ballintubber, the National Stud, Japanese Gardens, the Tralee Geraldine experience, National Museum and places of National and Local interest. We visit the theatre and cinema regularly, have a meal out each term and regular local nights out

We have hosted lots of European groups, Western Health Board workshops and Western Woman’s Link workshops. Funding for some of the courses was received from the Department of Family and Community Affairs and the Western Health Board.

We are involved with the Tidy Town Committee in maintaining the flower beds at Swangate and at the Church Car Park. We have volunteered to visit the new residents in Athenry and give then the Failte information pack. Our members are also involved with Community Games, Athenry Cancer ‘Care, Retired Active Club, Bowling Club, Creative Writing, Book Club and Flower Club.

Our spring Programme is a talk on Organic Gardening by Cait Curran, Yoga with Shradda Burke-Pren, Stress Management by Bernadette McGowan and participation in the St, Patrick’s Day Parade which is one of the highlights of the term. We will also be spring cleaning the flower beds at Swangate and at the Church Car Park. We will take our usual walk to Our Lady’s Well, Clarinbridge and Renvyle and also have our night out.

The group has gone from strength to strength and will have an open morning on Tuesday 27th of April at 10.30 Newcomers are always welcome.

Members over tehe years include: Peggy Walsh, Mary McGovern, Ena O’Grady, Olive Coffey, Peggy Healy, Ann Fahy, Patricia Kelly, Maura Hardiman, Ann Rabbitte, Geraldine O’Dowd, Breda Kelly, Joy McNamara, Stephanie O’Regan, Carmel Farragher, Madelyn Brody, Ann Quinn, Maureen Lawless, Terese Walls, Aideen Rynne, Teresa Ruane, Catherine Brady, Evelyn Grealish, Agnes Kelly, Antoinette Judge, Bridie Finn, Eileen Hardiman, Marie McNamara, Helen Reidy, Terry Callinan, Mary Quinn, Margaret Ruane, Pat Collins, Elizabeth Maloney, Nora Loughnane, Terry Cannavan, Eileen Holian, Claire Moran, Mary Cunniffe, Christina O’Reilly, Bridie Cheeseman, Kathleen Forde.

19th Galway Athenry Scout Group 29 May 2019

Once upon a time….

In late I985 members of the Project Society (Gerry Farrell, Tommy McNamara, Tommy Quinn and Ned Waldron) initiated the idea of Scouts in Athenry.

They first met with Michael Cunningham who, at that time worked in Athenry Post Office and had been involved with a scout pack in Moycullen. Having received a lot of advice from him they decided to call a public meeting. This meeting was held in the Presentation College and was supported by a huge turnout. At this meeting was Donal Coakley and his wife Frances (Loughnane) who were also involved in Scouting in Renmore and they too were of great assistance. From this meeting Sean Lawless was elected Unit Leader, and Brendan Loughnane, Margaret Flaherty, Ann Pomphrett and Christy Caulfield were elected leaders.

Cub Scouts started in the Community Hall the following week and about thirty children from the town enrolled. After a short while in the Community Hall it was decided to look for Scout Premises of their own. Wisely they realised St. Mary’s church would be an ideal scout hall even though it was in great disrepair. All the community organizations were consulted and asked if they had an interest in St. Mary’s and the reply was no.

Sean Lawless, Christy Caulfield and Ann Pomphrett researched every aspect of acquiring St. Marys. As it is owned by the Church of Ireland they met with Canon Leslie Forestall who was Rector in Galway at the time and he gave it to the Scout leaders with his blessing.

Three Trustees from the town were then appointed. Tommy Quinn, Vincent Shields and Canon Leslie Forestall.

St. Mary’s was in bad repair so members of the project society under the guidance of Sean Lawless together with scout leaders, parents and community members helped to raise funds, begged and borrowed materials needed for the repairs. They were help also by FÁS scheme, which was running in the town at that time. This task took eighteen months to complete. Gerry Holland, Pat Higgins, Paddy Lyons, John Lawless and Hubert Kavanagh supplied skill and labour. The windows and materials were sponsored by The Credit Union, Frank Brody, Frank O’Neill, John and Josie Murphy and John Lawless sponsored the teak windows and Mid-Western Farmers Co-Op sponsored the paint.

St. Mary’s was blessed by Monsignor Mooney and Canon Leslie Forestall. Work could not have been completed without the help of the local community and friends of Athenry living in Galway and surrounding areas.

Scouting started then and thrived for the next ten to fifteen years and is now run by Scout leader Sean Myler.

St. Mary’s Church – Sponsors: Athenry Credit Union, Athenry London Emigrants, Digital (Galway) Ltd., Athenry Co-Op Mart Ltd., Mid -West Farmers Co-Op. Ltd., V.P. Shields & Sons Ltd. Sol, Frank Brody, M.R.C.V.S. Priests Of Parish, Jim & Mary Kelly, John & Josie Murphy, Frank O’Neill. E.S.B., Keane Kitchens Ltd., Flaherty Markets Ltd., John Lawless Builder, Gouldings Ltd., Peadar Monaghan, Irish Cement Ltd., Spar — M.N.C. Ltd., Michael Quinn, Christy and Teresa Archer, Gerry and Claire Nevin, Mc Phersons Ltd., Martin Maloney, Sean Torpey, Paddy Gardner, Jimmy Somers, Corbett & Sons Ltd., Rocca Tiles Ltd., Hynes Ltd., Clareco Paints, H.G.W. Ltd., Berger Paints Ltd., A.l.B Ltd., Ulster Bank Ltd., Crown Paints Ltd., Sean Lawless – Contractor, Connacht Court Group.

Guides Memories: When the Den was officially opened Girl Guides were formed. Athenry Girl guides were founded in September l988. The Guide leaders were Susan Nally, Janice Laffey, Francis Laffey and Martina Farragher. They held a fundraising Santa in Hanberry’s Hotel which was a great success, During winter months the guides leamed skills such as First aid, Fitness and health, knots, home skills, outdoor cooking, safety and lots more to equip them for their first camp the following summer. They took part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and won first prize for their float.

Athenry guides along with Guides and Brownies from all over county Galway took part in the “People in Need” fund-raising by joining hands from Shop Street and around Eyre Square. On the way to this venture the guides met with film star Daniel de Lewis of ”My Left foot” fame.

The long awaited first camp took place in June 1989 grounds of St. Marys. The venue was ideal as it was safe and compact and perfect for guides on their First camping experience. It was a wonderful setting for our songs and ghost stories told around the campfire in the dark of night.

The parents were invited along the next morning for a visit. After confidence gained, and friendships made at their first camp they went camping to Corrandulla for a weekend. There they learned the basics of canoeing. Next outing was a week spent in the outdoor adventure centre in Clonbur where they took part in canoeing, assailing, hiking, orienteering and potholing. Now the guides and leaders had got adventurous and were ready for Melleray 1991, an international camp was held in the grounds of beautiful Melleray Abbey to celebrate 80 years of guiding in Ireland.

The Athenry Guides mixed with guides from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chernobyl, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Greece Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Scotland, Wales and U.S.A. where once again they took part in lots more exciting adventures including an overnight survival hike, archery, back-woods cooking and adventure trails.

Now there was no stopping them and they joined with guides from Corrandula Barna, Mervue and Riverside and headed for the Isle of Man where the guides spent a wonderful week exploring and learning about the lovely island. They learned the skills of raft building using their knowledge of knots and set sail a short distance out to sea.

The Athenry girl guide leaders were Sue Nally and Janice Laffey.

Brownies: Athenry Brownies were founded in May 1985 and they too spent many happy years in St. Marys. Leaders were: Eileen O’Donohue, Margaret Shanahan, Mary Gallagher, Ann Murphy Newcastle, Ann Farrell- Keane Newcastle and Olive Coffey (Brown Owl).

The Brownies numbered about thirty and they also had a packed programme such as The Festival of Light – a project on India and camped in Portumna meeting other brownies from Co. Galway. Craft and skills were also part of the programme. Brownies ran for a number of years in Athenry.

Girl Guides folded due to lack of leaders and girls being accepted as Beaver and Cub scouts.

Scouting Diary: Scouting started with great gusto. Sean Lawless was unit leader and also Scout leader assisted by Pat Hogan and John Small. Other leaders down the years were Caroline Mitchell, Padraic Judge, Eilish Morrissey, Tony Breheny, Stephen O’Sullivan, Ciara Fitzpatrick and Brian Quinn.

Scouts are at presented on a sabbatical but will restart again hopefully.

Christy Caulfield was Cub Scout leader with Ann Pomphrett. Later on, Frank Laffey, Pat Holland, Mary Quinn, Stephanie O’Regan, Catherine Reilly, Sean Meyler and Linda Meyler, Rose Barrett, Padraic Ward and Julie Carr.

There were on average thirty-six cubs including boys and girls (Sarah O’Regan was the first girl cub scout in Athenry).

Beaver Leader was Joe Coffey, Maria Mc Namara, Ann Fahy, Peggy Healy, Carmel Mitchell ,Teresa Ryan, Kathleen Briggs, Linda Meyler, Rose Barrett, Catherine Mc Manus and Martina Bane.

There were over thirty-three beavers in the lodge for the last ten years.

In the ten years hundreds of children past through scouts, cubs and beavers which is a very enjoyable and awarding organization for youth. The scout, cub and beaver programme was packed and varied. Scouts went hiking, camping, canoeing, abseiling, they made rafts, kitchens, laundries, went orienteering, got lost, got wet, had great fun, took part in the World camp in Portumna, went to Larch Hill (Ireland’s scout headquarters), won medals, won competitions, lost competitions, went night hiking and became better people.

Cubs and beavers also had a packed and varied programme. Co. Galway quiz competitions were won on a few occasions by the Cubs and beavers and they also won individual unit fun competitions at the Galway regional camps.

Paul Ring, the Chief Scout of lreland, visited the den in 1993 and planted an ash tree in honour of the occasion. The scout, cub and beaver float won in the St. Patricks day parade in 1985. Children have learned skills such tying knots, tent erecting, cooking outdoors and indoors, first aid, safe cross code, hiking, country code etc plus eighty more experiences in the scout manual.

We left our home in St. Marys some time in 1997 and needed to record our history after moving to our new home in the Community Hall, Clarke St..

Good luck to the Heritage Company who now occupy St. Marys.

If you have any photographs, roll books, programmes or anything relating to scouts cubs and beavers as this is only the bare bone of scouting history in Athenry we would appreciate them as we hope to record as much as possible in a booklet in 2001.

This information was gathered together over a period and thanks to Gerry Ahern, Christy Caulfield, Olive Coffey, Janice Laffey, Sean Lawless, Marie McNamara, Eileen O’Donohue, Ann Pomphrett, Tommy Quinn and Ned Waldron and many more. The information may not be fully accurate but it is as I remember it.

Athenry Cub Scouts had a wonderful week-end recently when they took part in the County Galway Regional Cub Camp in Renville Park, Oranmore.

Nine units took part with 140 cub scouts. Leaders Stephanie O’Regan and Sean Meyler travelled with the group.

Swangate is a special area of Athenry.  It’s like living in the countryside and the town at the same time.  It stretches from Hanberry’s Hotel to Bridie O’Hanlon’s house.  She’s gone now, God rest her!  It overlooks the beautiful Back Lawn and through the trees we can see St. Aughta and the hills of Clare.  Behind us we have that wonderful row of beech trees, in Brady’s field – the rampart – along the old town wall.

Many people have come and gone in the past twenty years.  Lilly and Martin Beirne now run the hotel where Kathleen Hanberry lived for years.  Mrs Jackie Monaghan is now retired.  Poor old Dr Nan Whelan is gone and Tommy Ryan diligently looks after her house and gardens.  Our children’s  ponies keep the grass in the paddock down.

Many people have lived in Mahon’s since Harry and Leo passed on.  Gabe and Margaret Gardiner, Jim Ryan and family, The “Bank Ladies”, Nolans, lrene O’Connor, who had a thriving B & B and a beautiful garden has gone back to her native Boffin and now the Somers family – Enda and Mary – have taken it over.  We welcome them.

Finian Gardiner was the only child in Swangate in 1977.  Now there are fourteen children between the O’Regans, Costellos, Coffeys and Fahys.  Tadhg and Patricia Costello live in St. Ethna’s where Babs O’Regan and her brother Pete resided.  Connor and Mary Fahy now live where the Brodys were.  Eamonn Brody who has a thriving business is next to Niall and Annie Morrissey. Paddy and Annie Greally have gone – may they rest in peace!
The Doherty family lives in Bridie O’Hanlon’s house now.

Sadly but naturally life goes on as was proved recently on the sad occasion of the burial of Rheda Doyle (nee O’Regan).  It was great to see twenty-nine of Granny’s (Nora O’Regan) grandchildren and as many more of their relatives and friends playing ball on the lawn at the back of the Hotel while the adults met after the funeral. (This fine lawn which runs from the dining room to the Town Wall and Old Tower is a great amenity).

Athenry Women’s Group started in February 1991. Our first thought was to do something for Lady’s Day.  Suggestions flowed and ideas were spinning twenty to the dozen.  Did we need a licence?  Did we need insurance?  A fundraising dance was held.  We got huge support from the community.  We were up and away.  Bands were booked, sports organised, baby show, treasure hunts, dog shows, children’s disco all arranged, programme printed, flyers flying. This was a week of weeks – Carnaun Centenary, Athenry Queen, Athenry Festival, Anniversary of Dominican Priory, De Bermingham family home gathering and each one having their own huge success and complementing the other.

The Festival has grown each year and here we are in the middle of preparations for the 1995 Festival.  It is a company now and the size and the cost of it has more that doubled over the years and the community has grown accordingly.  More and more groups of local talent (hidden until recently) are taking part and this is what it is all about.

The 1995 committee is as follows: Madelyn Brody, Catherine Brady, Bridie Finn, Agnes Kelly, Breda Kelly, Mary McGovern, Joy McNamara, Maria McNamara, Geraldine O’Dowd, Ena O’Grady, Ann Quinn, Ann Rabbitt, Pat Rabbitt, and Teresa Ruane.

Fundraising is one of the major necessities of the festival.  Letters are dictated and sent to past and would be sponsors.  The committee then go personally to each of the businesses in town for support being very aware that there are numerous worthwhile events also being supported by them.  The next stage then is the programme needs to be drawn up.  New ideas for the medieval section, bands, artists, acts, to be booked and all the complimentary events organised.  At this stage one would expect a breather – alas! – costumes have to be pulled down from all the attics of the group.  Lists are marked off – sighs of regret at costumes torn or not returned at all.  Sewing nights begin – the Women’s Group roll in to help and many more gather around and lend a talented hand.

In the meantime the PR of the festival goes on as well as the workshops in the old school (by kind permission of Sr.  Leo).  Student workers and volunteers produce props, stalls, flags, swords and war weapons.  Their motto is ‘You name it we’ll make it.’ The Presentation College Gym is home to over fifty five children – aspiring tumblers, gymnasts and mask makers.  Here they acquire the skills for the future festival at all these workshops.  This workshop is run every Tuesday and Friday morning by Harry who has the loveliest of manner in teaching the children while they stretch some muscles they never knew they had.

At this stage a half eye is thrown – ‘will we have enough money – blind faith arrives – God is good and the devil isn’t too bad either’.

The time draws nearer – the Canton Hall is a hive of activity, people come and go to book their own costumes and maybe one for “their sister’s family or cousin who will be here for the festival”.  Women root out hot presses, wardrobes, drawers for material – a few yards of this or that evening dress of the 60s – old curtains, remnants. ‘Oh isn’t that lovely’, – that dress could tell a tale and memories are recalled while it is tailored for a knight or lady.  Each does her share of dying clothes authentic colours only but alas other articles of clothing in the household acquire strange colours.

Sewing machines sew, bobbins pop, needles and scissors get lost, fuses blow, tea is drunk, cigarettes smoked and tales are told.  Clothes are designed, mixed, matched, shortened, lengthened, lost, found, hung up, taken down, booked, unbooked etc.  Traffic still flows and finally the days draw near.  Costumes are all earmarked – panic!  As someone shouts “There are ten or twenty more costumes needed, didn’t I tell you”.  ‘That’s mine! Where’s his?’ That’s just the top half. Where is the cloak? And the pressure rises.

At last the day of the festival dawns and everyone survives the dawn.

A roster has been drawn up for the festival days.  Major panics, mini meetings, quick decisions taken and all is well.  Somehow we all survive (it happens) and all is well.

Flop!  I’m tired – not finished yet.  Costumes to be gathered, listed and back to the attics.  “Thank you” letters written, balance sheet balanced, bills paid, hall cleaned up, the last cuppa, signing with relief ‘Thank God’.

Do you remember when the Parish sports started in Athenry? Would you believe in 1957 – that long ago – oh! I was 7 years old then. It was affiliated to the National Community Games in 1973 and in 1974

Athenry got gold medals in Butlins in the first ever variety show and also in hurling. Seamus Kearns qualified in the long puck and Danny Carr as a long distance runner in Butlins. Athenry also got fist prize in the County parade.

The committee by nature changed over the years with the exception of secretary – here you were guaranteed long term employment – at least a five year contract. The secretaries were Rene Kearns, Mary McGovern, Peggy Walsh, Eileen Lyons and now Breda Kelly. Treasurer was a permanent job with no pension. Jimmy Somers has held this job for twenty years. Paddy Ryan, Tommy Quinn and Christy Archer are still committee members and were on the original committee. Some members have gone to eternal reward. John Crosby, Tommy Hansberry, Paddy Somers, Mattie Pat Higgins and Pat Melia and Fr. Charlie O’Malley and many more who always helped on the days of the sports. May they rest in peace.

1995 and the Community Games is as strong as ever. Hundreds of children have received gold, silver and bronze at local, county and national level in hurling, chess, tennis, an, variety, long puck, athletics, basketball; and the list goes on.

This year’s committee include: President Mary McGovern; Chairperson Waltie Burke; Secretary Breda Kelly; Treasurer Jimmy Somers; Asst. Treasurer Stephanie O’Regan; Committee: Carmel Farragher, Eileen Lyons, Mary Somers, John Morrissey, Pake Higgins, Tom Page, Paddy Ryan, Mary Hansberry, Joe Hansberry, Paddy Mitchell, Tommy Quinn, Willie Doherty and Christie Archer.

The children who qualified from the Parish this year for the county finals are:

Chess Michael O’Regan, Joanne Kelly, John Joyce, Evelyn Kelly, Ronan Cahill and Seamus Flynn.

Art: Conor Kelly. Table Quiz: Paul Hession, Cormac Cloonan, David Carroll and John Joyce.

Athletics: Sean Glynn, John Fahy, Claire Dempsey, Claire McNamara, Kenneth
McNamara, Giles Brody, Krystal Ruddy, Stephanie Madden, Pádraig Ward, Jason Ryan, Ann O’Grady, Eimear McNamara, Paul Hession, Thomas Kelly, Brian O’Regan, Sharon Fahy, Eoin Rooney, Sharon Quirke, Riona Burke, Nicola Nally, Niall O‘Brien, Aileen McNamara, Jaclyn Kelly, Claire Morrissey, Stephen Kelly, Margaret Page, and Jarlath Fahy.

This is only the bare bones of the history of a wonderful organisation. In the next edition it is hoped the stories, the work, the weather reports, highs and the lows, the near misses, tears and triumphs of those wonderful years will be included.

We thank the committee for all the help and encouragement they gave to the youth of the parish over the last 37 years. Maybe you were one of those children. When you look back with pride on your achievements and realise maybe now it‘s your turn to help the committee and give your children and the children of the parish the help and encouragement you got.

While we are hoping for a badly needed resource centre, the computerization of the huge volume of community games data might be a worthwhile project for someone willing to help an overburdened committee.

Think about it.

Can you imagine where there are now scrapped cars and much sought after car parts in Car Spares of Cross Street that down to the bank of the river sheltered by a lovely line of beech trees there were two beautiful lawn tennis courts.  Here the people of the town played tennis in their long white flannel trousers and flowing skirts on Sunday afternoons and in the summer evenings and had ‘strawberries and cream.’ This was in the long hot summer evenings of the late 1930s.  The courts were owned by Jimmy Payne and were ‘caretaken’ like a new born baby by Oliver O’Grady (brother of Christy O’Grady) and Leslie Condron of Condron’s Hotel now the Dunclarin Arms.

Here is a list of some of the tennis players: Jimmy Payne, Oliver O’Grady, Maura Bree, Nellie Carter, Mollie Bradley, John O’Dowd, Tackie Howley, Jack Geraghty, Josie Curran, Maidie Fitzsimons, Christy Delaney, John O’Rourke, Bob Holmes, Nora Byrne, Mary Mannion, Kitty Fahy, Lily Howley, Carmel Jordan, Sheila Hassey, John Joe O’Grady, Leslie Condron, Pierce Jordan, Charlie Redmond, Jane Kilkelly, Annie Carroll, Mary Rabbitt and Paddy Hassey.

In the early forties the club moved to Stack’s field behind Nevin’s House in the New Line.  This had been a cricket ground for the British forces stationed in Dunsandle at the time.  The three lawn tennis courts had a ‘cinder’ base and would have been the best surface in all Ireland.  The pavilion was transported by Malachy Kearney from the Barracks in Renmore as there had been the tragedy of a man from Derrydonnell trapped and burned in it during the trouble times.

Tom Atkinson was the man who not only loved tennis but also the club.  He was caretaker, arranged the matches and was one of the backbones of the club.  Matches both in tennis and romance were won and lost here.

Players came from Galway, Tuam, and Ballinasloe to play in tournaments.  Clem McGuinness and Scan Dempsey both played on the Connaught team.

There were some great dances in the pavilion.  Memories of these lazy hazy summer days are still vivid but have yet to be recorded. Dances were held in the pavilion, Murphy’s hall and Craughwell to the music of Stephen Garvey and Brose Walsh.  Functions were enjoyed till the break of dawn in Duffy’s hotel.  Life was wonderful!

Here too are just some of the tennis members:

Rosaleen Fitzpatrick, Seán Dempsey, Christy O’Grady, Tom Atkinson, Frank Dempsey, Joan and Patsy Murphy, Clem McGuinness, Tim O’Regan, Babs O’Regan, Gerry Moore-O’Farrell, Cecila Corbett, Noel O’Grady, Tom Jordan, Tom Cleary, Seán Coen, Mattie McNamara, Ena O’Grady, Joy McNamara, Eddie Somers, Rita Glynn, Carmel Whelan, Ann Kelly, Maisie Curran, Myra Coen, Pat Kennedy, Willie Higgins, Carmel Coffey, Francis Sweeney, Michael Quinn, Seán Glynn, Michael Kennedy, Seán Atkinson, Paschal Fahy, Mary Atkinson and Joe Walsh.

In the 1960s two tennis courts were built at the top left hand corner of Raheen Parish grounds.  Séamus Cullinane and Colm Hilliard from the Community Council initiated the restart of the club.  It took off with a mighty swing and in the 1980s two new courts were built and in 1985 two others were finished and all four floodlit.  Seamus Cullinane and Colm Fitzgerald from the Community Council worked hard to get Lottery money which was matched funded by the Tennis club.  Fashion shows, cake sales and supper dances were organised and teams were playing at both county and club level tournaments.  Friendly matches were played every second week and the club was in full swing with over a hundred members.  Clem McGuinness’s cup for ladies and Tom Atkinson’s cup for men were feverishly played for.

This is a list of some of the members in the 1980-1990:

Tom Cheevers, Francis Kennedy, Paddy and Padraic Ryan, Fr. Charlie O’Malley, Colm Fitzgerald, Gerry Atkinson, Clem McGuinness, Tom Carr, Kevin Healy, Arthur and Claire Brown, Carmel Burke, Brendan Burke, Nicola and Maria Burke (both on the Connaught team), Stephanie O’Regan, Joy McNamara, Hilary Walsh, Scan Monaghan, Carmel Farragher, Helen Tully, Muriel Nolan, Dave Ward, Maeve Rooney, Hilary Walsh, Michael Dunleavy, Christy O’Grady, Ann Cullinane, local families – Lawless, Holian, Brody, Nevin, McGovern, Rynne, Brennan, Hession, Quinn, Coffey, Crimmin, Brady and hundreds more too numerous to mention.

Since 1990 the tennis club has gone downhill and now in the summer of 1995 there is not even a tennis committee.  When there is a need in a community someone, somehow helps to fill that need.

It appears there is no need for a tennis club in Athenry any more?  Or is there?