“Remembering Anna-Mai”

 All of Athea, Moyvane and beyond were plunged into a state of shock when news filtered through early on Monday morning last of the very sudden death, at a relatively young age, of Anna Mai Sweeney of Hillside Drive. Anna Mai was predeceased by her husband Pat only a few years ago (Pat having done Trojan work for the Community Council up until his death) Anna Mai likewise sold tickets for the Community Council always willing to help out.

I remember Anna –Mai from years back when my mother and father were alive, at the ‘Top of the Town’, she used to work for Peggy Brown. Every evening she would bring out hot homemade pancakes with butter on top to Peggy while she was running the shop – the smell was something else. ‘Fools Day’ was another memory, when my father (God rest him) would send her off to someone down the street looking for “a Glass Hammer” – that would be the war when she found out she was being fooled.  Later on then she gave “a helping Hand” to Helen Browne when Helen was attending to customers. Anna Mai could be called on at any time and you could guarantee the place would “Sparkle” after her. No doubt she will be sadly missed by her family, relatives and friends and indeed everyone who knew her over the years. ‘May her gentle soul rest in peace’.

Sympathy is also extended to the Windle family of Glenagragra on the death in England of Eileen Ahern (nee Windle) having been ill for some time. She too was a young age ‘May the light of Heaven be hers’.

On this Saturday night July 13th there will be a grand fund-raising Irish night for the Vintage Rally at Donie’s. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the music, sing-song etc.

Once again well done to the Tidy Towns people who, week after week, come up with something unique and new to enhance our village. The latest addition is the old bike which belonged to Margaret Scanlon’s mother in Glenagragra which has been planted with a basket of flowers near Rita Danaher’s old house near the Bridge and how great it looks parked on the little path! The Mural is really taking shape and is most colourful with many kids having a hand in painting in some of the squares – well done to everyone it’s a credit. 

Well the “HEATWAVE” is with us and many are finding it unbearably hot, we aren’t used to it – maybe we should be taking our “SIESTAS” from 2-4pm like in Spain!