Kathleens Corner

Kathleen’s Corner-19/07/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Bits & Bobs’ 

Congrats go to Aisling McAuliffe (daughter of Denise and John), Lower Athea who has recently become engaged to David Brosnan (son of Micheál and the late Eileen) Upper Athea. They celebrated on Saturday night last with family and friends at the Top of the Town. An enjoyable night was had by all.

Good news Fr. Duggan tells us this weekend that luckily he doesn’t have to go for any heart surgery or stents – which is great. Also following a recent conference the ‘3’ most important words that came out of it were – “Please” – “Thanks” and “I’m Sorry”, he said. I’m sure we all agree with that!

Don’t forget this coming weekend is our Sacristan’s collection for Anne Mulvihill and Carol O’Connor who do great work in the church day in, day out. Envelopes are available at the church doors. Please give generously.

Don’t forget if you have missed out on buying a ticket for the Athea GAA Club draw, you can still be in with a chance for the next 7 draws at a cost of €10 a month or €70 in total. There are some great prizes to be won and at the same time you are helping to offset the debt on the lovely pitch Athea now has and of course the running/walking track. Phone me on 087-1233361 if you need a ticket. They are also handy if you need to give someone a present.

The lovely weather over the past few days has seen many loads of turf still being brought home from the bogs. The farmers are busy doing the last ‘bits and pieces’ after what wasn’t really a bad few weeks. The rain seems to come at night and it is relatively dry during the day. Last Sunday saw a big crowd in Ballybunion and isn’t it great to see the young children with their buckets and shovels enjoying themselves at no cost.

Also last Sunday the Rescue Dingy was giving free rides to many out into the sea giving them all a taste of the great work they do in keeping everyone safe. The R.N.L.I. and the lifeboat people are a great group to support as they do tremendous work in all kinds of weather and in hazardous conditions, saving people’s lives and more often than not putting their own lives at risk.

Thought for the Day: – “A man’s true wealth is what good he does for the world”

Thought for the Week: – “One loyal friend is worth two thousand relatives”

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Kathleen’s Corner-12/07/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Birthday wishes are sent this week to Nancy Woulfe of Gortnagross, who celebrated her 80th birthday along with her family at The Listowel Arms Hotel recently. Wishing her many more years of health and happiness.

Micheál Ambrose, Lower Dirreen along with Liam McAuliffe of Lower Athea had a joint 18th birthday celebration at home in Lower Dirreen along with their family and friends and then on to Ballybunion on Tuesday night last where all had an enjoyable time. Best wishes to them both.

Thanks is extended to all those who gave so willingly to the church gate collection in aid of the Colbert Community Hall at the weekend. The total collected was €902. And we remind everyone that the hall belongs to ‘You’ the Athea community and you all should be proud to be part of it. It has so many uses from all the sports played in the sports hall to the Friday bingo nights, to the yearly Drama productions to those who use it for parties and for post-funeral meals and so much more, dancing classes, Athea N.S. activities etc. All bookings help to keep the hall going so it’s a brilliant asset to the Athea community. And the collection money will once again be used for hall improvements.

Envelopes are available in the church for the sacristan’s collection on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July. Anne and Carol do great work each day in the church and should be fully supported for their unending work and commitment.

Athea is looking “Blooming”  these day to say the least with the hanging baskets all over the street giving a great touch of colour. The Tidy Towns group work endlessly to make our little village a lovely place to live in and be proud of. So let’s keep it that way and if you come across a few weeds or a can or bottle or rubbish thrown around, you might pick it up, thereby helping to give Athea some ‘extra points’ at the time of judging.

Sometimes we don’t give our youth enough credit and maybe try to ‘label them all with the one brush’, saying they don’t talk anymore and are obsessed with their mobiles and would not salute you. Well I saluted a little boy the other day as he came down the street on his bike – he’s no more than 11 or 12 and of course I said ‘hello’ to him and I was so pleasantly surprised when he said “Hello Kathleen, how are you” – thank God for some nice young people and ‘manners’. Well done Cillian – a little gentleman!

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Kathleen’s Corner-05/07/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Firstly I want to apologize at having left out Nicole Fitzgerald’s name from my list of those who joined us in Lourdes. And I wouldn’t mind but Nicole helped out greatly pushing wheelchairs etc. Well done Nicole – you were a great help.

Also with regards to the big candle that was lit by the group on pilgrimage for all the intentions of our Athea parishioners at home – this was got out of the fundraiser in the church which you all gave to so willingly,  so well done to all – you were all remembered.

Next weekend the church gate collection will be taken up before the two masses in aid of the Colbert Community Hall. You are asked to give as generously as possible as the upkeep of the hall has many costs, from heating to insurance, gas, electricity etc. And you are reminded that parties of all kinds are welcome to rent out the hall and kitchen for all types of events.

Anyone wishing to go on the Ring of Kerry outing (organized by Ballyhahill Going Strong) on July 11th is asked to contact 069-82132 Lizzie or Eileen 069-82229 as soon as possible. There will be a pick up in Abbeyfeale also. The fare is €40 which includes meals and the bus trip.

James Dunne “Artist Extraordinaire”  has added another new face to his mural up at the top of the street depicting the old forge that once was there. Now Dr. Kieran Murphy can be seen up in the right hand corner and the resemblance is unreal. What a gifted artist – we are lucky to have him in our midst. And of course the flowers and hanging baskets are adding an extra touch to the village – isn’t’ it lovely to see our little village looking so well – let’s keep it so.

A big crowd attended the memorial mass on Friday night last for the late Dr. John (Seán) Barrett here in Athea. Sympathy is extended to his sister Maura, brothers Tom, Denis and Jim, his relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Well we are into July already, another year halfways gone. Just Friday last the National Schools got holidays and would you believe that day I saw on a window “Back to School” bargains – what do you bet in the next short while we will see them putting up adverts for Christmas shopping!. God be with the days when “Christmas” was “Christmas” and “Easter” was “Easter”! Now they try “to get to people” months in advance.

Thought for the week – “A man can’t get rich if he takes proper care of his family”

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