Athea is a small rural village in the west of County Limerick, approximately 3 kilometres from the Limerick - Kerry border.
The village has had many famous residents including Con Colbert, the youngest man to be executed by the British Army after the Easter Rising in 1916 and the Ahern brothers, who received Olympic medals in the games in 1916.
The village was dominated by agriculture in the past and a large Creamery still dominates the streetscape.
There is an annual Motorcycle Festival in June which attracts thousands of visitors to the area. This festival has activities for all ages and is an important event on the national road racing calendar.