Sincere congratulations and good wishes go to Mary Anne White of Coole East who celebrated her ‘80th’ birthday on Saturday night last at the Devon Inn, where her family had organised a great party for her. Everyone had a very enjoyable night. Here’s to the next ‘10’ years of health and happiness.

Congratulations also to Jerry Griffin of Brookfield House who travelled to America with his wife Kathleen recently where he celebrated his 70th birthday along with relatives. They had a great time despite the storm and “Hurricane Sandy”.

Congratulations to Marie and Vinnie Wrenn who received their Gold Pins at the recent Pioneer Social at the Devon Inn – having been pioneers for 50 years. Well done to them both.

Congratulations and well done to all those who took part in the ‘Tomathon’ or who supported the fundraising in any way for Pieta House. On Friday night last a huge crowd attended the handing over of the cheque to Joan Freeman of Pieta House. The total amount came to the huge sum of €177,764.00. Also €10,000 was raised in England for suicide prevention. The Carrigkerry Wrenboys added a great atmosphere on the night. The money raised will be of huge help in the prevention of suicide. Every €1,000 raised will help to save a life.

John Joe Tierney is again holding a grand fundraising Céilí at the Hall on this Saturday night starting at 9.30pm. Last year’s Céilí was a huge success and raised a great sum for the hall. So please give it your full support.

We will have more news on the forthcoming Christmas Fair next week, which again is another hall fundraiser which we ask you to support. Rather than holding the usual annual draw-we felt, in these times of recession, we would have different fundraising events to pay the hall bills this year.

Sincere sympathy goes to the family and relatives of both Maureen Scollard of Knockfinisk and Pat O’Connor of Glenduff who were both laid to rest – going to their  “eternal reward” this week. ‘May the light of heaven be theirs’.

Don’t forget to call along to the ‘Athea Crafts Group’ stall on Friday next and the following Friday between 9.30am-1pm. They will be selling their hand-made bits and pieces near Colleen’s Cake Stall. Great to see such industrious people!

A programme just on RTE about TAX-it said “Tax is like plucking a goose – trying to get the most amount of feathers with the least amount of “hissing”.