by Kathleen Mullane


Bit’s & Bobs


Some say “Double Trouble” -but I’m sure it’s “Double Joy” on this occasion for Áine & Diarmuid O’Riordan of Athea Pharmacy who have been blessed with twins this past week – a little boy they are calling Diarmuid Óg and the little girl is being named Siúin. And no doubt little sister Aibhínn is doubly delighted with her new brother and sister as are the proud grandparents who along with the parents we congratulate.

Sympathy is extended to the Sheehy family of Templeathea on the death last week of Patrick (Barney) after being ill for some time. His remains were removed from Lyons’ Funeral Home to Athea Parish Church and burial followed Requiem Mass the following day. May he rest in peace.

No doubt everyone is looking forward to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics which will be shown live on RTE 2 this Friday from 8.30 to midnight. With London the hosts it will be extra special – so near our shores, and with a very strong Irish contingent of athletes on their team it would be great to see the Irish flag being hoisted – we wish them all the best.

Just came across these few lines recently “You’ve had a long hard day at home or at work – you’re stressed, tired and not interested in doing much or maybe you’re out of work at the moment, bored, worried, frustrated and running out of options when it comes to paying the bills. Either way there’s something at your disposal which costs nothing, is a natural anti-depressant, lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure and releases feel-good hormones in your brain. This is no “wonder drug” with unpleasant side effects, it’s the simple act of ‘Walking’. Because it’s so simple we underestimate just how effective it can be in maintaining and restoring good health. We are designed to move about! The benefits have surpassed those derived from taking anti-depressants, without any of the side effects. In other words turn off the TV or computer for an hour or two and get outdoors instead – as they say in hail, rain or snow! And what about it if you do get wet – it won’t harm us. It’s great to see many parents with their kids these day doing the ring on their bikes and cyclists have really multiplied in numbers. There’s a great sociability in walking or cycling but also it can be a great time for contemplation”