By Kathleen Mullane

Birthday wishes are extended to the following – firstly, William Mullane (son of John and Hannah, Templeathea) celebrated his 18th birthday last week with a great party at his home attended by all his friends. A great night was enjoyed by all.

On Saturday night last week it was the turn of Maura Ahern, Rathronan (daughter of  Joan and Donal) who celebrated her 30th birthday along with family and friends in Listowel. Congrats to the “birthday celebrants”

Congratulations go to Laura Missorici and Thomas Brosnan of Upper Uthea who have just become engaged. Wishing them every happiness.

At the time of writing I’ve just heard that Larry McAuliffe of Lower Athea has passed away at a great age surrounded by his family to whom we offer our sympathy. May he rest in peace.

Those who took up the collection at the weekend in aid of the Samaritans wish to thank sincerely all who gave so willingly. A total of €542.65 was collected. The Samaritans provide confidential and non-judgemental emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress and despair. They are available 24 hours a day on freephone 116123.

Another “biting” incident in the Dublin/Meath match on Sunday last. It’s a pity they didn’t have our own Jacqueline O’Connor in charge –  they wouldn’t be allowed to play without their “gum shields” – and rightly so!

Great to see that we may have someone to teach Sean Nós dancing in the hall soon.  A great workout too so, pick up the phone –  hopefully there will be enough interest. It’s great to see so many younger kids taking it up too – call or text 087 9042477.

Well, the “programme of events” is out for the Athea Parish Festival which takes place from Friday 15th –  Sunday August 24th. It opens with a Comhaltas concert and a barman’s race which should be interesting!  Saturday sees a soccer tournament and there will be music in the bars at the weekends. A Ceili takes place on Sunday 16th from  3 – 6pm with a barbecue that night. A tug-of-war, indoor soccer and basketball tournaments, pub quiz, G.A.A. Tournament, drama and a 5ak road race should make the festival a great 10 days. We look forward in anticipation.