Bby Kathleen Mullane


‘Out & About’


Firstly a reminder to put back your clocks this weekend now that winter time is on our doorstep. Many hate this time of the year with the longer dark nights, however, it’s a time for everyone to wind down slightly and with just 9 weeks to Christmas – a New Year and Spring “is just around the corner. And hopefully a bit of drier weather. A good time of the year to maybe start visiting someone you haven’t seen in a while, to take up some hobby or activity or with an amount of evening classes going on – it’s never too late to return to learning.

Congratulations and good wishes are sent to Teresa and Tom O’Connor of Hillside Drive who celebrated their Silver Jubilee, 25 years of marriage, at the weekend with a meal at The Devon Inn and then a great get-together of family, relatives and friends at Top of the Town after.

Everyone, I’m sure, will join with me in wishing a speedy recovery and all the very best to Canon Kelly and hopefully he will be out and about very soon again.

Well, a great event in the life of everyone’s friend ‘Patie O’Sullivan of Lower Athea’, who at the weekend celebrated his ‘80th’ Birthday. Here’s to many more years of good health and happiness to Patie!

On Saturday night next October 29th everyone is invited to come along to the’ grand fundraising ‘CÉILÍ’, organised by John-Joe Tierney for the hall. It starts at 9.30pm and there will be teas etc served. Lots of foot-tapping on the night!

Sean Liston (CFR Trainer) is looking for help to do some bag-packing at Listowel Super Valu on Saturday November 5th for Athea CFR’s – please contact Sean on 087- 2589872.

Don’t forget to clean out your presses and gather up your old clothes, shoes, bags, towels and bed linen and give them to Athea Ladies Football Club for their “CLOTHES DRIVE” fund-raiser on November 4th from 6-8pm. All items to be handed in to the Club House between those times.

Well, once again the past weekend saw the Hall fund-raising Concert – “Walking on Sunshine” attract huge crowds on both Saturday and Sunday nights with some having to be turned away such was the volume of people. What an “unimaginable success” – all down to a Community working together, as you all did for our scrap-fund-raiser also and now “the fruits” of everyone’s labour is showing with the hall debt being greatly reduced. It’s proof what can be done when everyone ‘pulls together’. Without naming individuals well done to everyone who helped in any way towards the Concert’s great success and to Foroige for all their baking etc. What was also great to see was the young people who attended the concert, teenagers and young adults alike- we need a lot more of this type of thing for them.