by Kathleen Mullane

“There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Everyone remarked what a beautiful “Queen of the May” ceremony was held on Saturday night last in the Church. Once again the girls and boys of the 1st Communion class took part in a lovely procession, all bringing their bunches of flowers to Our Lady’s Statue. The choir with Jessica Ahern and Tim Connelly at the helm really added to the entire event. Well done to all involved including Fr Bowen and Michelle Kearney, their class teacher.

Well another “Mountain” of scrap ready to go to the scrap dealers and over €6,000 made already and lodged to the Credit Union. Well done to you all. But keep it coming – we’re not giving up yet! A different kind of “MOUNTAIN” now is our follow-up fundraiser on June 26th, when you are all invited to climb “MANGERTON MOUNTAIN” in Killarney. Sponsorship cards are presently being organised and it is hoped that every family will take one. This will be a family fun day out and it’s not a difficult climb, even Padraic Enright from Athea who is just 7 years old has done it. Hopefully with the heat wave that is due this week – it will continue into June and picnics could be brought etc. – every few euro would count for this climb.

The following – the fundraising committee would like to gratefully acknowledge and sincerely thank for their extreme generosity

To the Con Colbert Memorial Fund” we, the Roche family wish to contribute to the fund in memory of Fr Gerry, and in appreciation of the availability of the hall for our use at the time of the funeral. We wish you well in your fundraising and hope that you will clear the debt in as short a time frame as possible. We appreciate the effort the committee have to put in to reduce this debt, and hope that the parishioners of Athea and far beyond will enjoy and benefit from this wonderful amenity”.

Yours Sincerely,

Nora Cunningham ( Roche)

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Scanlon family of Glenagragra on the death of Peggy last week. Also sympathy to the family of Mary Flavin, Glenagragra who passed away over the weekend. ‘May they Rest in Peace’.

A huge crowd attended the open meeting at the Listowel Arms last Monday night with regard to the proposed cuts in the School Transport System. Athea National School was well represented by Margaret Watters and many concerned parents. Minister Jimmy Denihan spoke as did Martin Ferris, Arthur Spring and Pat Leahy, as well as the organisers and people on the floor. Minister Denihan has organised for Kieran Cannon, Minister for State to be present at the next meeting on 13th June, at which more parents are asked to attend and voice their fears – so please come, it’s urgent and vital.