‘Out & About’

Congrats to Ciarán Barrett (better known as “Brick”), son of Agatha and the late Tony, who came down from Dublin to celebrate his 40th birthday on Sunday night last at the Top of the Town. A great night was enjoyed by family, relatives and friends.

Well the August weekend  has gone, the last long weekend now until October and it was a mixed weekend weather-wise. However, do not despair, we are predicted to have a “mini heat-wave” in the next few weeks with temperatures reaching up to 30° in Leinster and Munster and the weather is going to be good into September – we won’t say no to it!

It’s the 100th Anniversary of our Blessed Well here in Templeathea very shortly and with regard to this a get-together at the well will take place on this Wednesday evening after 7.30pm Mass in Athea. All those interested should present themselves at the well with their ideas on how to commemorate this very special occasion. As many as possible are asked to attend.

As we all know the Parish Festival begins on August 15th and will continue until August 24th finishing with a 5k run. The committee are sponsoring a party on Wednesday afternoon, August 20th, for the Going Strong members. There will be a hot meal and music so it’s important that all those wishing to attend should give their names into Rose at Brouder’s Shop or indeed to any Going Strong committee member.

Wasn’t it lovely to read about Margaret Loughrey who won €34 Million in the Euro Millions lottery. She’s keeping 1million for herself and putting the rest into her home town of Strabane to create jobs and improve business and conditions in the town which will help so many. Her reasoning- “what I never had, I won’t ever miss”!

Sincere sympathy is extended to the O’Sullivan family of Lower Athea on the death last week of Margaret, who hadn’t been well for a while. Many came to pay their last respects at her son Connie’s home on Wednesday evening last. Concelebrated Requiem Mass with Fr. Denis Mullane, Fr. Cussen, Fr. O’Leary, Canon Kelly and Fr. McMahon was followed by burial in Holy Cross cemetery. A lovely few words by Margaret’s grandson at the end of Mass showed what a wonderful “grandmother” she was and he urged all to appreciate grandparents.