Kathleens Corner

Kathleen’s Corner-24/05/2017

 By Kathleen Mullane

‘Many Congrats’ 

Sincere congrats are extended this week to Karen Greaney (daughter of Ita and Tommy) Templeathea who just became engaged to John Geoghegan  (son of Eibhlís and Leo) of Dalton Street, Athea. Wishing them all the very best.

Happy 21st birthday wishes go to Joanne Histon of Upper Athea, daughter of Patricia Quinn, who had a lovely party and get together at their home last week.

A new edition to the parish last week, a little baby boy for Sandra and Richard Fitzgerald of Upper Athea who they are naming Shay, a little brother for Cathal and Tiernan. Congrats are also extended to the proud grandparents in Athea and Templeglantine.

The annual collection for Athea National School will be taken up before all masses next weekend. As we all know tremendous work has been done in and around the school in recent times with the autistic unit being a great asset. So you are asked to give as generously as you can. And even if you haven’t got children attending the school at  present you may have grandkids attending or may have attended yourself so you are asked to help out.

Well, as the Junior and Leaving Cert exams are fast approaching there will be a special mass on next Tuesday evening for all the exam students at 7.30pm here in the church. As many as possible are asked to come along as they prepare for exams.

I forgot to mention and say “Well done” to Councillor Ciara McMahon Flavin – Sinn Féin, who, on Sunday week last had a very difficult job during the ‘Remembering Zoe’ cycle run as she was directing traffic here at Sean Batt’s corner in Athea and at the speed the cyclists were going and traffic also fast approaching , she did an outstanding job!

It was great to see such a good number of parents along with their children and also their grandparents at the Community Games up at Páirc na nGael on Sunday last. Thankfully it stayed dry for the duration of the races. The tiny-tots wee a joy to watch and of course the novelty races were hilarious too. Well done to all those who took part and especially those who will now go forward to the County finals and indeed all the young people and adults who helped out on the day to make it a great success.

Thought for the Week: “They do not love – those that do not show their love”

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Kathleen’s Corner-17/05/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

A free basic internet skills 10 hour training programme will be coming to Athea Library in September/October. Topics covered include introduction to the internet, internet safety and security, email search engines etc. This course is open to everyone and will be the first training course to be held in the newly refurbished  library. For further information or to book a place contact Damien Ahern on 087-9042477.

Plans of the newly proposed church car park are in different locations and shops etc in the village. Fr. Duggan has them put up to give everyone an idea of what the new extension will look like when it’s completed.

Congrats and good wishes are extended to Christopher Barrett and Sharon of Lower Rd, Athea who were blessed with their first baby recently, a little girl they are calling Emily. We congratulate the proud grandmother Agatha Barrett of Markievicz Park also.

Our eldest citizen passed away this week namely Molly White of Gortnagross, Athea who was in her 99th year. Many came to sympathise with her family and relatives at Kelly’s on Saturday evening. Burial took place in Holy Cross on Sunday after requiem mass. Sympathy is extended to the Casey family and relations on her death. ‘May she rest in peace’.

Sympathy also goes to Derek Byrne of Gortnagross on the recent death of his mother Emily last week. So soon after his father had passed away just weeks ago. ‘Go ndeana Dia trocaire le na h’anam’.

Josie Golding (sister of Agatha Barrett & Birdie Kinsella, Athea) was also laid to rest this past week, having reposed at Riedy’s funeral home NewcastleWest. Sympathy to her immediate and extended family. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

Hannah Mai Collins, The Nurseries, Upper Athea lost her brother Michael Sheehy suddenly also last week. Michael was a native of Lyreacrompane/Ardfert. Sympathy goes to Hannah Mai and all the Collins family. ‘May he rest in peace’.

Our oldest parish resident now (since Molly White passed) is Nan Hurley who is also in her late nineties. Nan’s sister-in-law Helen stack of Templeglantine was also laid to rest this Monday in Holy Cross Cemetery, Athea. ‘May the light of heaven shine on her’ 

What a sight to behold on Sunday morning last when nearly 500 cyclists pedaled their way through Athea on the cycle run ‘Remembering Zoe’ all doing their utmost for the various charities that would benefit from their hard work. Well done to all who took part.

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Kathleen’s Corner-10/05/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Bits & Bobs’ 

Well as I sit outside this Sunday evening writing my few lines, one could feel they were in one of the ‘hot spots’ in Europe. And having walked in Ballybunion today with an unreal calmness in the sea, not a wave and crowds enjoying the glorious sunshine having their get-togethers on the beach, some having little barbecues, the kids lapping up the freedom and in swimming and a view that was like a ‘picture postcard’ out over the water – one could say we were in an idyllic location if we got this weather for a while – long may it last – it gives everyone a boost!

Donie Lyons, well known singer and musician, is launching his CD on this Sunday, May 14th at 3pm in Barrett’s in Glin. We wish him well with the launch.

The very best of luck to all those receiving their 1st Holy Communion this Saturday here in Athea. Mass is at 11am and hopefully they will all have a nice day.

The wedding took place on Saturday last in Moyvane of Andrew Sheehy, son of Joe and Noreen of Clash, Athea to Fiona Mullins of Moyvane. The reception was held in the Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee where a great day was had by all. Congrats and good wishes to the newlyweds.

Well it’s Eurovision time yet again and you either ‘love it or dislike it’. Hopefully Ireland will get through to the live show on Saturday night! However even if they do, the way the voting has gone now leaves a lot to be desired! Some families make it a ‘Eurovision night’ and have friends over and have the usual treats etc and make a fun night of it. So whether you like it or not hopefully young Brendan Murray, Louis Walsh’s choice, will do us proud.

Well after everyone’s hard work on Good Friday with the “Team Limerick Clean Up” and everyone around Athea doing their bit we may have sat down to say the least! Every day one walks the road you could come out with a bag full of rubbish, or indeed as I did the other day with my grandkids and came with “a buggy full” of cans, bottles and papers! And the other day I’m told, someone put in a load of newspapers into one of the village bins and they all blew out around the street and even up into the Church yard. Do people realize if they don’t have a recycling bin that you can recycle cans and bottles and glass here in Athea and nearby facilities take papers etc. so please help keep Athea tidy and looking the way we would like to see it.

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