By Kathleen Mullane

“Many Congrats”

Sincere congrats and good wishes go this week to Carol and Liam O’Connor on the birth of their new baby girl they are naming Molly, a little sister for Ellie Mai. Congrats are also extended to the proud grandparents, Catherine and Haulie Liston.

Congrats are also sent to Tom Collins (son of Kathleen and Paddy, Knocknagorna) who has become engaged to Caroline O’Reilly of Cavan. Wishing them all the very best for the future.

Samantha Ahern celebrated her 21st birthday on Friday night last with a great party at the Top of the Town attended by her parents Trish and Tim, family, relatives and many friends. A great night was enjoyed by all.

The children’s dancing classes resume on Tuesday next, 9th September in the Memorial Hall at 6.45pm. Boys and girls are welcome, also especially newcomers. It’s great to see our young people being able to dance.

All the players will be glad to hear that basketball registration will take place this Wednesday evening, September 3rd from 6.30 to 7.30pm in the hall. All players, both boys and girls, are asked to come along and new players are very welcome.

Our masses now have to be reduced from eleven to seven a week. The 9 o’clock Sunday Mass is gone also Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm and Fridays at 9.30am due to the fact that Fr. Bowen can be available to help out in other parishes in our Naomh Íde Cluster, now that Fr. O’Gorman has passed away leaving Tournafulla and Mountcollins without a priest. Are the late Fr. Gerry Roche’s words coming to pass when he said “there will be black priests saying Mass in Ireland yet” and with so little ordinations maybe his words are very true.

A great congrats to the Athea Ladies Football team who played a much favoured St Ailbes in the semi-final of the County on Monday  night in Rathkeale under lights. The opposition were up 12 points in the first 15 minutes and at half time, luckily for Athea, a goal remained between them. St. Ailbes levelled early in the second half, however the Athea ladies played their hearts out and thanks to Colm Hassett were “as fit as fiddles”. The final score read 7 – 8 to 6 – 10 ,  how close could it have been! – a brilliant game. Athea haven’t been in a county final for 4 years and now they play in the final this Saturday against Monagea. Time and venue have to be decided – look out for posters in and around Athea. They are looking for as much support as possible on the day so come along and hopefully they will bring the silverware home to Athea. We wish them all the very best.