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JIMMY HICKEY: Now his place in the history of Irish dance is to be celebrated in a DVD; The DVD was launched by Fr. Pat Ahern in The Listowel Arms on Sunday, October 6 2019 at 7.00 pm.




By Edward Rowland Sill


This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:-

There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;

And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged

A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords

Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner

Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.

A craven hung along the battle’s edge,

And thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel-

That blue blade that the king’s son bears,-but this

Blunt thing-!” he snapt and flung it from his hand,

And lowering crept away and left the field.

Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead,

And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,

Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,

And ran and snatched it, and with battle-shout

Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,

And saved a great cause that heroic day.





American government can stop the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Saint Benedict, La., from making coffins for sale . The Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors told them that their sale of caskets violated state law, you cannot sell “funeral merchandise” unless you’re a licensed funeral director

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 832,000 working people. There are currently 55 unions affiliated to Congress, north and south of the border.







Amnesty International

In Ireland and across the world, Amnesty International exposes the truth, speaks out and creates change.


Helps vulnerable children across Ireland

Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.

Support, information and understanding for people with eating disorders, their families and friends.

UCC Students Union

DCU School of Nursing

DETECT Early Intervention Service

The Department of Health and Children's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services.

The Equality Authority

Gateway Mental Health Project ensuring hope dignity and wellness in an empowering and supportive community for people experiencing mental health issues.

Grow in Ireland helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems.

National Media Monitoring Programme for Mental Health and Suicide

Headline is Ireland's national media monitoring programme, working to promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health and suicide related issues within the Irish media.

Headstrong. The National Centre for Youth Mental Health

Headstrong is a new initiative working with communities in Ireland to ensure that young people aged twelve to twenty five are better supported to achieve mental health and wellbeing.

Irish Business and Employers Confederation.

Irish Advocacy Network.

Support and information to people with mental health difficulties by befriending them and offering a confidential listening ear or peer advocacy.

Inspire Ireland Foundation is a charitable organisation that helps young people lead happier lives.

The Irish College of General Practitioners

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 832,000 working people. There are currently 55 unions affiliated to Congress, north and south of the border.

Irish Mental Health Coalition

Campaigns for improved and prioritised mental health services in Ireland

Irish Farmers Association

The Irish Sports Council aims to plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland. Our Vision is one where sport contributes to enhancing the quality of Irish life.

Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.

Mental Health Commission

Promotes high standards in the delivery of mental health services and ensures the interests of those involuntarily admitted to Approved Centres are protected

National Disability Authority

Provides independent expert advice to Government on policy and practice

National Office for Suicide Prevention

National Service Users Executive

PCI College is the leading provider of third level educational and continual professional development programmes for mature students in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy


Please Talk was founded by students, for students. The intention is for Please Talk to have a home on every campus in Ireland, and for the Please Talk message to become synonymous with student support, and with being at college

Reach Out is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being

Shine Information Resource & Online Library is a user-friendly database of comprehensive information for persons with self-experience of schizophrenia, their caring relatives, the general public and healthcare professionals. provides information about schizophrenia and offers a platform to centralise the relaying of information in Ireland.

The Samaritans

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.

Youth Website by Community Creations

Suicide or Survive Ltd (SOS) provides services and supports aimed at suicide prevention in Ireland.

UCC Students Untion - UCCSU provide a listening and advocacy service, run awareness campaigns on mental health issues and promotes the counselling and student health services in UCC.The Welfare Officer sits on the steering committee of the uLink peer support network, organises training for peer supporters/ordinary students in Suicide Alertness and is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

Your Mental Health

Aims to improve awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being in Ireland.


 Athea Talk by Fr Brendan Oct 2019



Public Speaking


  This is Fr. Brendan and I am going to tell you about an American called Dale Carnegie who wrote, in 1926, a book entitled “Public Speaking and Influencing Men in Business”. This served for many years in the USA and as a text book for Y.M.C.A. public-speaking classes. Over one million people of all ages have graduated from Dale Carnegie Courses. I am going to share many of Carnegie’s ideas and principles with the people of Athea, Youth, Teenagers and Adults young and old. Come to my house on Wednesday night at 7.30 and we will begin.



  The first introductory discussion will be about  “developing courage and self-confidence before speaking in public”.


  Here are a few points for discussion


    Why do people enrol for this course? – One person wrote as follows…..


  When I am called upon to stand up and speak (person after person wrote) I become self-conscious, so frightened, that I can’t think clearly, can’t concentrate, can’t remember what I had intended to say. I want to gain self-confidence, poise and the ability to think on my feet. I want to get my thoughts together in logical order and I want to be able to say my say clearly and convincingly before a business or club group or audience.




  Thousands of their confessions sounded like that


  The testimony of many famous public people re public speaking is startling.


  Mark Twain the first time he stood up to lecture felt as if his mouth was filled with cotton and his pulse was speeding for some prize cup.




  The late Jean James, the most powerful political speaker that France produced before World War II sat for one year tongue-tied in the French Chamber of Deputies before he could summon up the courage to make his initial speech.






 Lloyd George (“beloved” of Irish patriots) confessed. “I tell you I was in a state of misery. It is no figure of speech, but literally true, that my tongue clove to the roof of my mouth, and at first I could hardly get out a word”.


  The Great Cicero, 2000 years ago, said that all public speaking of real merit was characterised by nervousness.,




 I can give you other examples– Charlie Chaplin suffered from “Microphone fright”. Before a mike he had a feeling in his stomach not unlike the sensation one gets in a plane over the Atlantic in a bad storm. You can see why he starred in Silent Movies.




  Lincoln had major problems. After Andrew Carnegie’s death  a friend found a plan of his drawn up when he was 33.




  It is an attainment that almost every person of education longs for. After Andrew Carnegie’s death there was found, among his papers, a plan for his life drawn up when he was thirty-three years of age. He then felt that in two more years he could so arrange his business as to have an annual income of fifty thousand; so he proposed to retire at thirty-five, go to Oxford, and get a thorough education, and “pay special attention to speaking in public”.




  There are two more Quotes




  “There is no other accomplishment”, stated Chauncey M. Depew, “which any man can have that will so quickly make for him a career and secure recognition as the ability to speak acceptably.”




 Philip D. Armour, after he had amassed millions, said; “I would rather have been a great speaker than a great capitalist”



Have I said enough.


  I encourage you all to come to my house on Wednesday night and learn how to overcome your fears. If you are terrified you are normal. I had to learn a lot myself over the years also. One never stops learning but you can now enjoy the freedom of not being afraid and become confident in oneself.




 This course is essential for our teens. When they are in Primary School they lack inhibitions.


  Come and see for yourself and as the Gospel Hymn says “Be not Afraid”


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