“Let’s Walk”

 Come on let’s walk! This is the message going out this week to parishioners – men/women/students, moms dads, babies in buggies, grandparents, co-workers, friends and relatives of the late Maura Dalton , Lower Road, Athea who was taken from the community and her family so suddenly at such a young age. The staff of Tarbert Comprehensive School have organised a 5k walk and fun run for this Sunday May 26th. At 12 mid-day registration takes place at the Community Hall and then at 12.30 the walk will start off. Everyone taking part is asked to wear Hi-Vis jackets. There is no registration fee but everyone is very welcome to make a donation if they want, no matter how small. All monies raised on the day will go to the oncology units in Tralee and Limerick Hospitals. After the walk there will be refreshments in the hall and if anyone has time to make a cake or buns or whatever it would be great, the volunteers welcome any baking! Maura’s passing touched her family, many friends, co-workers and much more, so come along support the cause and raise a few euro in memory of a very ‘special lady’.  

Congratulations and so well done to Maura Hayes who along with her dad Mike and mother Rose spoke on the news bulletins on Monday evening about suicide and having lost Patrick through suicide 5 years ago. Maura had great courage admitting how she suffered depression after her brother’s untimely death, but as she stated “there’s so much help out there now” especially for young people who may be feeling down. She said go and avail of the help and “that dark cloud can be lifted”. Well done to the Hayes family. 

Congratulations and well done to Athea United Junior A’s who on Sunday last had a very exciting victory over Rockhill Rovers which ended in a penalty shoot-out taking them into the Premier Division!

To end – a few of Donal Walsh’s lines from his diary before his death at the tender age of 16 years – he has given hope to so many

“Cherish Life don’t take life for granted”. “Don’t dwell on it –what if tomorrow never comes”. “Each day is a gift – not a given right”. “Live your life – you’ll never live it twice”. “Call those friends you haven’t seen in a while”. “You can take the world on – let nothing stand in your way” and lastly “never give up – what’s worth a prize is always worth a fight”