by Kathleen Mullane


‘Best of Luck’


The very best of luck to all those in the parish and beyond, who are sitting their Junior and Leaving Cert exams this week. Hopefully they will all get the results they have worked so hard for.

We congratulate and also wish all the very best to Brid Riordan of Clash – daughter of Mary and Ned, who on Saturday last was married here in Athea to Tony Shanahan of “Barna Transport”. Athea was a “sea of coloured Barna Trucks for the occasion. Here’s to their future happiness.

To Denny Mulvihill we also wish the best of luck, as he takes on the arduous task of cycling 640km from Mizen to Malin Head in aid of ‘Aislinn’ – the drug rehabilitation centre which gives tremendous help to young adults who are affected by drugs, alcohol, gambling etc., Sponsorship cards are in circulation and a few Euro from as many as possible would be a great help. If anyone wants to join Denny en route they are welcome.

Best of luck and congratulations to Marian and Mike Cummane, Knockdown who celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss recently, and went away for a few days to celebrate the occasion.

Congratulations and good wishes go to Liz and James O’Mahony of Cratloe on the birth of their new little baby girl recently, a sister for their little boy Jamie. Congratulations also to Mary and Jim O’ Mahony of Coole the proud grandparents.

A very important ‘open meeting’ will take place this Monday 13th June at the Listowel Arms Hotel in relation to the forthcoming cuts in School Transport. A huge crowd attended the last meeting 2 weeks ago. Jimmy Denihan has organised for Minister Kieran Cannon to attend the meeting on this occasion. There were many annoyed parents at the last meeting and Martin Ferris, Arthur Spring, Pat Leahy and others spoke on the situation. Over 20 parents as well as school principals spoke from the floor. As many as possible are asked to attend at 8.30pm, in the hope that the situation on the transport cuts could be reversed, as some parents who live far away from their schools will be without buses from September onwards, and as most parents are out working now it will be a disaster for them. Maybe we will be going back to the days again of children walking a few miles to school!

Glad to see and hear that our fellow correspondent Pat Brosnan is out and about again after being hospitalised and won the Newly Composed ballad section for the 22nd time on Sunday at the Co. Fleadh Cheoil in Hospital.