By Kathleen Mullane


“The Grand Finale”


Well, the final showing of the much acclaimed “Walking on Sunshine” will be staged in the Memorial Hall on this Sunday night November 20th. Again this past weekend the cast played to a full hall – this being their 4th performance. Well done to them all and to you the Community of Athea and beyond for supporting this fund-raiser. Thanks also to John Joe Tierney who raised €881 from his recently organised Céilí for the hall. If anyone has any other fund-raising ideas we will be glad to hear of them!

Abbeyfeale Drama group are looking for an audience here in Athea on this Thursday night for their performance of “The Magic Glasses” – (a play by George Fitzmaurice). Admission is ‘FREE’ and it will start at 8pm sharp and is suitable for all ages. They are entering this play in the All-Ireland One Act Drama Competition on November 26th and your attendance will prepare the group for the competition by playing in front of a live audience.

“The Matter of Life” – a great new book written by Kay McDonnell (daughter of Kitty and the late Tom Normoyle of Knockdown, Athea) is now on sale here in Athea at Brouder’s Shop, at Mullane’s Shop in Knockdown and the Sonas Health Shop in Newcastle West. It’s a guide to healthy eating and living and has been extensively researched by Kay for the past 2 years.  Kay owns the Listowel Therapy Centre and has worked for the past 15 years as a complementary Therapist specialising in massage, advanced reflexology and IPh laser therapy, she is wished well with her new venture.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Mai Lane (nee Woulfe) of Pilgrim Hill, Kilmorna, Co. Kerry who was laid to rest recently. ‘May she rest in peace’.

Also sympathy goes to Liam O’Connor and his family, Knocknasna, on the death over the weekend of his wife Kathleen. ‘Go ndeana Dia trocaire le na hanam’

Have you given in your shoe boxes to the school or to area co-ordinator Teresa Flavin in readiness for their journey overseas to those poor children who eagerly await their contents.  It’s somewhat harder  I’m sure this year to put things together with many out of work etc and not much money around – however I’m sure those little kids will be so thankful for whatever they receive no matter how small ‘it’s the thought that counts’ at the end of the day.