By Kathleen Mullane

“Out & About”

Sincere congrats and good wishes to Neilus O’Sullivan of Lower Athea, son of Anne Marie & Connie, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night last at his home with a great party attended by family and friends.

I’d better congratulate my own daughter Emma and her husband Dave Mulvihill, Moyvane, who were blessed with their new baby boy Brian last week, a little brother for Ava and of course we the proud grandparents are delighted with our new grandson as are Anne and Noel Mulvihill of Barragougeen, Moyvane.

The board of management along with the staff of Athea N.S. thank sincerely everyone who contributed to their church gate collection at the weekend.

Yet another farm accident this weekend when an eight year old little girl was fatally injured and died and her friend has serious injuries, after the bucket of a tractor travelling near them, while they were out blackberry picking, fell on them both. And again last week a farmer’s wife, walking in the fields, followed by her cat who caused the cattle to stampede and kill her. To date there have been 23 farm accidents alone so far this year, the worst in 10 years. Maybe we should be educating our children, not only about safety on out roads but also about being safe while near machinery, tractors etc.

A reminder that from the 1st October onwards our Masses will be reduced to 7 a week. There will be no 9am Mass on Sunday mornings for the foreseeable future. This weekend sees the “Harvest Dues”, the personal collection for our clergy. Also this weekend there will be a church gate collection in aid of Epilepsy –  please support the cause.

Well, charity shops are springing up in all the surrounding towns. Abbeyfeale now has two shops, Listowel has three and Newcastle West has four shops (with three of them next door to each other in Maiden Street.). Don’t throw away your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags or books you may have read, give them into the shops where the volunteers there will only be too delighted to get them to make a few Euro for their specific charity. I always like to buy a few bits also to help the charity. A browse in a charity shop can unearth some great surprises. “What’s one man’s clutter is another man’s treasure”