by Kathleen Mullane



Two more new babies in the parish since last week– our population is increasing thankfully! Margaret and Tony Aherne of Lower Athea were blessed with their new baby girl, whom they are naming Áine. Her four little brothers Tomás, Jim, Tony and Eoin are delighted to have a little girl in the house at last.

Congrats are also extended to Julie Kiely of Templeathea and Adrian Ring who had their first baby recently – a little boy they are calling Óisín-Ned. Congrats also to all the proud grandparents of the new babies.

Sincere congratulations to Bridie Twomey of Upper Athea who recently celebrated her 60th birthday along with friends and family. Here’s to the next 10!

Congratulations to both Sineád Hunt and Margaret Stackpoole who brought home a bronze and silver medal respectively from the County  Athletic Games in Mungret recently. Well done incidentally to all those who took part from Athea.

Well Athea Tidy Towns people have done another week of outstanding work in and around the village. The hanging baskets dotted on the walls are really beautiful and many houses have got a face-lift and are newly painted. It’s amazing what can be done when a few dedicated workers get together. Anyone passing through our little village would definitely comment now on how “pretty” and “quaint” it looks. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved.

Congratulations to Denny Mulvihill who has taken the initiative once again to help out little Glen Wilkie of Foynes and get him on the road to Boston for a €60,000 operation which will help him to walk again. Denny, next Saturday 14th., will start his fundraising cycle form Malin to Mizen and back, a total of 1500k, miles on his bike. It will take Denny 8 days to complete his feat. He is looking for whatever support you can give. In these recessionary times we know it’s not easy, but every Euro helps. I have a sponsorship card as well as others if anyone would like to donate even a little-let’s be thankful that we can walk.

I will not depress you  talking about the weather but in the USA at the moment they are even feeling ‘weak’ and ‘giddy’ with the heat – I wonder which is worse – at least we can ‘breathe’ and take an umbrella if it’s raining.

Thought for the week: “He who wishes a thing done quickly and well must do it himself”