By Kathleen Mullane

‘Hearties Congrats’

 Sincere congrats and every good wish goes this week to Nora & John Hunt of Coole West who were blessed with their new baby girl Alice Catherine last week – a little sister for Ciara T.J. and James. We also send congratulations to the proud grandparents Margaret & Larry McAuliffe and Teady Hunt.

Congrats are extended  to Ned Ahern of Dirreen who celebrated his 60th birthday along with family and friends at Donie’s over the weekend. Another 60th was celebrated by Jerry Brouder of Templeathea as well this weekend – a very enjoyable time was had by “the birthday boy” and his family.

Last Friday was the wedding day of Louise Higgins (daughter of Bernie & Pat of Glenagragra, Athea) to Darragh Lanigan of Tarbert. The wedding ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart Church in Barraduff, Co. Kerry. The bride was assisted by her twin sister Leanne and the best man was  Shane deady. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Fr. Derek Leonard. A great day was enjoyed by everyone at The Muckross Park Hotel. Congrats to the newly weds and all good wishes to them for their future happiness.

Congrats and well done to the Athea Utd U10s soccer team who on Saturday morning last played Glantine in the League final in Templeglantine. A draw saw them winning out the League and bringing the shield home with them to Athea. There was great excitement among the players and their parents alike – well done to them all.

Enrolment forms for those intending to start at Athea N.S. this September can be picked up at the school also enrolment for the Autistic Unit and for the free ECCE pre-school year, or you can get further information by ringing the school office on 068-42333. First Holy Communion day for the pupils is on Saturday Mary 16th.

Well another Easter over again and the children are all back to school! The first week of the holidays was disappointingly wet and windy, however, last week truly made up for it with temperatures hitting the 20s in parts. Many families headed to Ballybunion to avail of the fine weather and rightly so. Though as the older people used to say “April and May – keep away from the sea”. However, this didn’t deter some swimmers on Thursday when I went there with my grandchildren and tey enjoying the freezing water. Ballybunion on a sunny day is as good if not better than any beach in a foreign country – hopefully this summer there will be many more days