By Kathleen Mullane

“Bits & Bobs”

Don’t forget this Thursday 19th sees the annual coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice taking place in the Community Hall from around 9am onwards. This is always a very well supported day and people give very generously, so come along, have a chat with a cup of tea or coffee and of course the ever delightful cakes and buns and donate whatever you feel like giving, every little helps a lot.

Athea N.S. Will hold their annual church gate collection on Saturday/Sunday, 27th and 28th September. Whether or not you have children attending the school you are asked to please remember the days when you may have attended or may now have grandkids going to the school. The school has great facilities and is one of the most up to date in the area so please support.

The Tuesday and Thursday nights walk/jog 5K now starts at 7.30pm from the hall due to the earlier darkness moving in and after the races it is hoped the start time will move forward to 7pm in order to beat the darkness. Please bring high-vis jackets, all are welcome.

Well, the Listowel Races are with us once again, how quickly the past year has gone by, and the course has been watered in parts due to the ongoing glorious dry weather. No doubt the races will attract big crowds especially Wednesday, Kerry National day and of course Friday being Ladies’ day – the hats and the style will be fascinating. The races are televised each day on TG4.

This coming week is Carbon monoxide awareness week. As we all know Carbon Monoxide is better known as “the silent killer” and just for a few Euro, an alarm or two in your home, especially if you burn solid fuel, is vital and may save a life.

On next Friday night, September 19th there will be a free talk at the Glórach Theatre in Abbeyfeale at 8pm. It will be on Jim Woulfe from Athea who fought in the War of Independence and was killed in the Spanish Civil War. It should be very interesting. All are welcome.

Sympathies are extended to Oliver McGrath and family on the recent death of  his brother Dee in Dublin very suddenly.

Sincere sympathy also to Patsy Cleary and his family on the death of Tom at a young age. May the light of heaven be theirs.