By Kathleen Mullane

You are reminded that the much loved musical “Annie” will be performed on this Thursday and Sunday nights at 8.30 in the hall by the pupils of Athea N.S. This is a grand fund-raiser for the school which in recent times has been undergoing vast improvements which of course are quite costly. The shows start at 8.30pm and tickets are available from the school at €8 each. Your support would be greatly appreciated for what promises to be a great show.

The benefit dance in aid of Martina Tierney (Barna), sister of Sandra O’Sullivan, Hillside Drive, will be held on Friday June 27th at the Devon Inn. The final few tickets are presently on sale at €5. Music on the night is by Maura and Donie and there will be many spot prizes on the night. Doors open at 9pm. Your support for this worthy cause, in order to make Martina’s life that bit more comfortable, would be much appreciated.

Well, this Sunday, June 15th, is another “fundraiser”. This time it’s for Athea G.A.A. who are  also doing many improvements for the club and field and have more ideas for the future. This is going to be a great Fun Day. Registration is at the pitch from 12 noon to 1.15 and both the 5k Fun Run and Adventure Run start at 2pm. There are cash prizes for the first man, woman and child home. There will be presentations, spot prizes and a barbecue at Collins’ afterwards – all that’s needed now is the “sun” – I’m sure those that are doing the Adventure Run (over 16s) will not worry about the weather as they will be going through mud, rivers etc. What a great way to spend “Father’s Day” and indeed  Happy Father’s’ Day to all on Sunday.

Well, isn’t Athea looking just beautiful at the moment now that the Tidy Towns have put up the hanging baskets and the window boxes in and around the village. James Dunne has the second horse painted on the mural at Tadhg Shine’s old forge wall at the top of the street; what an amazing artist in our midst ! It’s such a credit to all concerned who give of their time and energy, but don’t forget if you’re passing in and out the approach roads, pick up a can, bottle, paper or any rubbish that might be lying about. Everyone can lend a hand or pull a weed or two – all helps to keep Athea tidy.

The one thing we are lacking here in Athea is somewhere where tourists or indeed anyone can get tea/coffee. Last Saturday a group of French tourists stopped in Athea in beautiful vintage cars looking for same. It’s a pity they had passed out O’Halloran’s Nurseries.