© Athea Church
The present church was built in 1832 and is dedicated to
St Bartholomew. According to a plaque on the left-hand side of the church,
it was erected in 1832, reorganised, enlarged and dedicated to God in
1862. A plaque on the right hand side of the church states that it was
restored in 1986-1987 by Thomas O'Donnell, PP. Patrick Kelly PP rededicated
it on 18th of October 1987. There is a Calvary scene to the right in front
of the church, while there is a grotto to Mary to the left.
© Calvary scene and Grotto
outside Athea Church
In July 1999, President McAleese planted a cedar tree in
the church grounds in memory of Fr Sean O'Hanlon, who introduced the organisation
GROW to the country while he was a curate in the parish from 1971 until
1977. GROW helps people who suffer from depression.
© Cedar Tree in memory of
There is a stained glass window in the left transept of
the church to the Blessed Virgin. In the right transept of the church,
there is a stained glass window to St Patrick. There is a statue to Mary
on the left of the altar and on the right is a statue of the Sacred Heart.
There is a shrine to the Legion of Mary in the right porch of the church.
© Altar in Athea Church
© Statues in Athea Church
There is a stained glass window on the left of the nave
of the church, which depicts St Bartholomew and St Ita. This window was
donated in memory of Thomas and Catherine McCoy by their daughter Kitty.
The stained glass window on the right of the nave depicts a church and
a cross, and bears the words 'Faith of Our Fathers'. Beneath the window
is a plaque, which reads "Pray for Dr Philip McGrath, his wife Mary
and brother Jimmie."
Buried within the church is:
Ryan, PP Athea, Died 1870, Aged 81
Buried in the grounds of the church are:
O'Donnell, PP 1983 - 1987, Died 6th May 1987
Canon Cussen, PP 1965 - 1982, Died 19th December 1982
Connolly, PP 1935 - 1949, Died 7th March 1949
Moriarty, PP 1949 - 1965, Died January 12th 1965
R. Woulfe, PP Old Fallings, Wolverhampton 1924-1962, Late of Cratloe,
Athea, Died November 24th 1962
O'Shea, PP for six years, Died 12th January 1924
Fenton, PP for six years, Died 5th August 1930
O'Hanlon M.S.C., C.C., Athea 1971-1978, Died February 8th 1978