By Kathleen Mullane

“Christmas Fair”

Well, Sunday next sees the much looked forward to “Christmas Fair” taking place in the hall here in Athea from 12 to 5pm. All the tables have now been taken so there will be up to 20 tables with crafts, baking, plants, make-up, paintings and so much more for everyone to browse through and hopefully you will find lots of bits and pieces to buy and with Christmas on the horizon it will be a great opportunity for everyone. Of course the highlight of the day for the young will be Santa and you can have your photo taken for just €2 or €4 for a family and of course there will be a few sweets included for that!. We are asking if anyone out there would like to support our hall and maybe give a spot prize for our raffle. Whether it be a bottle of wine, an unwanted gift you may have, indeed anything – we would be delighted to have it – every little thing helps to keep the hall up and running. And thankfully with the debt clear, thanks to you all over the past few years, we want to keep it that way. Remember it’s your hall and be proud of it. So come along on Sunday, moms, dads, grannies, granddads, children, babies, all the family and have a great day – there may even be a few carols and a bit of music also.

Congrats to Seamus and Maureen Long of Glenagragra who recently celebrated their Golden Jubilee – 50 years married, along with their family – wishing them good health and happiness for the future.

Congrats also to Una Mulvihill of Lower Athea, who celebrated her 80th birthday along with her family at the Listowel Arms.

Joan and Thomas O’Brien have become first-time grandparents, their daughter Tracy and Christopher Brosnan having been blessed with their first baby in Australia, they are calling him Nathan. Congrats all around.

If anyone out there has ink cartridges we would be pleased to have them. There will be a bucket at the hall on Sunday where you can drop them and I think Athea NS are collecting also – by doing so you will be helping Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Congrats are extended to Helen and Paul Hickey of Upper Athea on the birth of their new baby boy Cian, a little brother for Niamh. Congrats also to Donie O’Sullivan the proud grandad.