by Kathleen Mullane

“The Real McCoy”

Sincere congrats must go in abundance this week to the ‘stars’ (and that’s what they are)- of the Athea Drama Group’s production of ‘The Real McCoy’ which was staged in the hall on last Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and incidentally will be staged again this week on the same nights. When they say “it’s not to be missed” that’s exactly what I would say and I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s a “real tonic” to say the least with a laugh a minute, everyone playing their important part. And we must not forget those who work behind the scenes, directing, producing, doing the set work, stage, the door and so much more that goes into such a wonderful production. ‘Standing ovations’ were in order and rightly so. Well done to all concerned and if you haven’t been – don’t miss it this week, it’s better than any medicine you’ll buy – after all “laughter is the best medicine”.

Congrats to Maurice Hayes (son of Breda & Pat, Lower Athea) who had his 21st birthday on Saturday night last at the Top of the Town. A great night was enjoyed by family & friends.

We are blessed to have such a great Credit Union here in Athea, and in last week’s newsletter there was a full page article on their Home Improvement Loans. Another new idea they have at the moment which would take one up to Christmas (which we all know is a very expensive time) is that over the 52 weeks you save starting off at (week 1) saving €52 (week 2) €51 (week 3) €50 and so on until it becomes a less amount you save each week but at the end you have quite a substantial sum – indeed “food for thought”.

 Sincere sympathy is extended to the parents Mary & Conny and to Paddy Brouder’s 8 brothers and 5 sisters and to his family on his recent passing last week. Paddy came home to Athea before Christmas and after just 6 weeks, he went to his eternal reward, having been in the care of Milford Hospice for some of the time and eventually passing away at his home in Templeathea. Many came to pay their respects at Kelly’s Funeral Parlour on Wednesday night. Requiem Mass on Thursday was followed by burial to Templeathea Cemetery. “Go ndeana Dia trocaire le na hAnam”.

Wishing everyone a happy ‘Valentine’s Day’ this Saturday – hopefully the ‘Roses’, ‘Chocolates’ and who knows an engagement ring or two in the parish will be ‘the order of the day’.