“Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat

Please put a penny in the ‘Old Man’s Hat’

If you haven’t got a penny, a halfpenny will do

If you haven’t got a halfpenny, may God bless you”


Well the above lines are years old but still apply. This weekend sees the annual Vincent de Paul collection taking place before all Masses and in these recessionary times you are being asked to give what your are able to afford. Whether it be a few cents or a few Euros “every little helps” and this year, more than ever, some families really need everyone’s help.

You are asked to please give in your names immediately to any of the Going Strong committee for the Vincent de Paul/Going Strong Christmas Party which takes place at the Top of the Town on Wednesday, December 12th. As there is a hot meal involved it is imperative to have exact numbers.

Don’t forget the A.G.M. of Athea Credit Union on this Friday night at 7pm in the office. All members are invited to attend.

What “talent” and “imagination” is here in our parish – this could be seen on Friday last when the Athea Crafts Group were selling their bits and pieces in The Square. It looked like a real little market town – what with Colleen’s baking as well.  They must be congratulated and will be there again on this Friday from 9.30am – 1pm. So give them your support.

Of course this Sunday, December 9th sees the much looked forward to “Athea Christmas Fair” taking place in the hall from 11am – 5pm. There’s going to be something for everyone from crochet and knitted items, home baking, handmade cards, make-up, Christmas flower displays and so much more. Already over 20 tables have been taken and the money raised will go towards the upkeep of the hall and its day to day running expenses

Well done to John Joe Tierney who held a great fund raising Céilí on Saturday night last. We thank you all for your support on the night, the money again will go to the hall for light, heat, insurance and general upkeep. The debt is now down to just over €3,000 and we are holding different fundraisers instead of a draw this year as families are under enough pressure.

Teresa Flavin, on behalf of “Team Hope”, thanks all who made up shoe-boxes this Christmas. 3,531 boxes have gone to orphanages in Croatia this year.