‘Love is in the Air’

Well this Friday February, 14th, as everyone knows, is ‘Valentine’s Day. I’m not very sure if it’s as popular as it used to be in times gone by – on the other hand it probably is – only that we’re getting older and the younger people are the ones enjoying the roses, the chocolates, the cards and the engagements etc. In “our day” it was the many cards sent in the post with the “Guess Who” at the end and you sometimes were left wondering who sent them. However, to ‘young and not so young’ a very happy Valentine’s weekend and who knows, you might be pleasantly surprised and get a surprise or a meal out or indeed a meal at home, but let him cook!

Well, the drama “Stop it Nurse” ended on Sunday last after an unbelievable 7 packed nights. It was initially meant to run for 5 nights but such were the crowds an extra 2 nights were added. It’s definitely a sign that a good comedy is what everyone wants to get rid of the doom and gloom. Sunday night’s takings, which was €2,250, were presented to the Chernobyl Children’s Fund. Well done. We look forward in anticipation to Athea Drama group’s next production.

Sympathy is extended to Mossie Ahern of Garrygloss on the death of his sister Joan in Abbeyfeale recently. Also to Gerard Foley of Cratloe on the death of his mother who died at a great age last week.

May they rest in peace.

Anyone wishing to help out with the recent devastation caused in Limerick by the flooding can contribute by putting their donation in an envelope marked “St. Mary’s” and hand it in with next week’s collection at Mass.

Best wishes are sent to Canon Kelly for a speedy recovery.

It was “birthday time” this weekend firstly for Shauna McAuliffe, daughter of Denise and John, Lower Athea, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Friday night last along with family and friends at the Top of the Town. Peter O’Connor, son of Catherine and John of Hillside Drive had his 18th celebrated at Brown Joe’s also over the weekend. Best wishes to both Shauna and John.

Don’t forget the important registration nights this Wednesday, Feb. 12th from 6.30-7.30pm at the clubhouse for all the girls under-age players and then on Sunday, Feb. 16th from 12o’clock to 1.15pm the Coiste na nÓg will have their registration day for the U-16’s. It’s very important for all our young boys and girls to get involved in sport of some kind with obesity being a huge problem now.