Kathleens Corner

Kathleen’s Corner-19/04/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Eastertime in Athea’

Well, Wednesday night last saw a huge crowd yet again attending the annual Tidy Towns fundraising Fashion Show in the hall. The local models did a great job as did all those involved in setting up the ramp and hall, the music, lighting and so much more. There was a huge amount of spot prizes and well done to all the business people for their help. In all a very enjoyable night. The highlight of course being Fr. Brendan Duggan modeling a lovely man’s suit – well done to Fr. Brendan – he got a good few cheers.

Holy Thursday had a good crowd attending the evening ceremony with the blessing of the Eucharistic Ministers, including 2 new ministers, if anyone else would like to become a minister contact Fr. Duggan or the sacristans. Good Friday again had a large crowd at the Stations of the Cross at 3pm and again at the evening ceremony.

One of the largest crowds ever attended the annual Good Friday “Open Alcoholics Anonymous” meeting at the hall on Friday night. The Ballybunion group hosted the talk session this year and bravely gave their life stories, they’ve come a long way. Thanks to those who organized the teas and cakes etc afterwards. Dr. Murphy and Fr. Duggan also gave an input into the meeting.

The Paschal Fire blazed for the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday night at 9pm Fr. Tim O’Leary was back in the parish and concelebrated mass with Fr. Brendan, a big crowd attended and the choir added a lovely atmosphere.

The ‘Dawn Mass’ at 6am on Easter Sunday morning again saw a nice crowd getting up to Parkana and the Killeens. The Ahern family of Coole are thanked for allowing the mass to be celebrated on their land. Fr. O’Leary said the last mass at the Killeens 20 years ago.

Despite Good Friday being a damp and showery day we all took to our own specific roads to do the big ‘clean up’ in association with ‘Team Limerick Clean Up’ and organized by Athea Tidy Towns. It was great also to see children doing their part. It is hoped that everyone will refrain from throwing rubbish out on the roads, thus helping to keep Athea Tidy.

Athea was “buzzing” on Saturday when hundreds of cyclists passed through Athea in the ‘stage 2’ of Kerry Group Rás na Mumhan. Onlookers stood at various locations all cheering on the cyclists who passed Athea on 3 occasion. The colourful sight and speed was unreal. Paul Kennedy, NewcastleWest was the winner on the day and was presented with his prize up at the GAA pitch where refreshments were served to the weary bodies –  well done to all involved. In all a very busy week in our little village.

Sincere sympathy to Derek Byrne, Gortnagross on the death of his father Joe in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. May he rest in peace.

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Kathleen’s Corner-12/04/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘May God bless you at Easter and keep you all year through

May God give you all the faith to make your dreams come true

May His love and wisdom always help and guide you on your way

May His light shine down upon you now to bless you on Easter Day’


Well can I start this week by wishing all readers of the Athea & District Newsletter, both at home and abroad (along with Lillian & Domhnall who put it all together every week) a very ’Happy & Joyful Easter’. It’s actually a lovely time of the year with everything “coming to life” after the winter (even though it was a very good one – no snow – no ice!).

The Easter ceremonies started on last weekend with ’Palm Sunday’. On this Holy Thursday the blessing of the Eucharistic Ministers takes place at 7.30pm. Good Friday sees the stations of the Cross at 3pm with the evening ceremony at 7.30pm. Holy Saturday has the Easter Vigil Mass at 9pm. Easter Sunday Dawn Mass will be celebrated at 6am in Killeen, Parkana, (weather permitting, otherwise in the church).

On Good Friday night the usual A.A. Meeting will take place in the hall. This is always very well attended and gives us all a great insight into Alcoholism. It’s a good idea also for our 56h/6th year secondary students and college students to attend when they will hear first hand about the ‘downfalls of drink’ and individuals who will courageously tell their own life stories. Everyone is welcome and I’m sure we all know someone whose family had been affected by drink.

The Easter Saturday Commemoration will take place at 3pm near the hall here in Athea. All are welcome to the parade.

The annual ‘Clean Up’ takes place on Good Friday as usual. Gloves and Hi-Vis jackets can be picked up at the hall from 10am. You are asked to clean up around your own area and the bags will be collected along the roadside by the Tidy Towns people.

The Tidy Towns Fashion Show takes place this Wednesday night in the hall. Your support for the event would be much appreciated. Tickets are just €10 and who knows you might win the prize for “Best Dressed Lady” or a spot prize!

The death took place during the past week of Tom Ahern of Knockfinisk, Athea. His remains reposed at Kelly’s Funeral home on Tuesday evening last where hundreds came to pay their last respects. Burial followed Requiem Mass on Wednesday to Holy Cross. Tom was a great singer in his day, a passion that was passed on to his family too. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, sons, daughters and many relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Sincere congrats are extended to Lorraine Higgins (daughter of Bernie and Pat, Glenagragra) who on Friday last was married to James Fenlon in Kilkenny. After the nuptial ceremony, family, relatives and friends had a great day at Langtons Hotel in Kilkenny. Best wishes to the newlyweds.

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Kathleen’s Corner-29/03/2017

By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Well it was indeed a weekend of “out and about” over Saturday and Sunday last. Saturday had us enjoying a temperature of 17° in some places and doesn’t everyone have a “spring in their step” when the sun comes out! And it puts everyone in a much happier state of mind. On Saturday night as the clocks went forward everyone was relieved – its so much better than when they ‘go back’ and the dark evenings.

Hopefully all the mothers in the parish and beyond had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday and were pampered to the last! Many families went to nearby Ballybunion and walked to the mouth of the Cashen, others doing the cliff walk and aren’t we so lucky to have such a beautiful beach and so near us.

The death took place during the past week of Ellen O’Keeffe, wife of the late Michael and mother to Kay, Joe and Kevin. Many came to pay their last respects at Kelly’s funeral parlour on Saturday evening last. Sympathy to her family, relatives and friends. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

Thanks is extended yet again to all who came along to support the Coffee Morning on Wednesday last in the hall. The money raised will go to the Lourdes Invalid Fund. In all between the church concert and the various other fundraising events it is hoped to send 3 to 4 invalids from the parish along with the youth volunteers which is great. It was remarked the other day that since Christmas our little parish has raised around €40,000 for the Autistic Unit at the school, the debt on the GAA pitch and the Lourdes Invalid Fund. This is an unreal amount and everyone must be thanked and complimented.

Also on Friday night last a great crowd attended the quiz in Knockdown which was another fundraiser to help towards the cost of the Athea Vixens Basketball group going to Barcelona in April. All further help would be greatly appreciated.

A hand-rail has been put up on both sides of the footpaths up to the church. This will be a great help for the elderly especially in bad weather conditions.

The A.G.M. of the Con Colbert Community Hall was held on Wednesday night last, attended by Auditors Dooley & Co, NewcastleWest along with the committee of the hall. It was stated that the hall was in a good financial position and thankfully is being used for bingo, sporting events, drama, parties, meetings, yoga, dancing etc which is needed to keep the bills paid.

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