By Kathleen Mullane

All the very best goes to the girls and boys of 2nd class in Athea N.S. (twenty six in all) who will receive their 1st Communion on this Saturday, May 16th here in Athea Church. The ceremony starts at 11am and hopefully “the sun will shine out” for all of them on their very special day.

A last and final call by Fr. Bowen for any outstanding Trócaire boxes which may be still in your homes since Easter and have forgotten to hand in or as stated previously you can place your donation, however small, in an envelope and mark it “Trócaire” – every little helps to feed many mouths.

Sincere congrats and good wishes go to Paul and Audrey Collins who were blessed with their first baby recently, a little girl they are naming Aoileann. We also congratulate the proud grandparents Margaret and Pius Collins and of course her ‘great grandmother’ Mary Collins.

Congrats are also extended to Mary Ellen Quille (daughter of Ellen and Donnacadh) who celebrated her 30th birthday along with family, relatives and friends on Saturday night last at the Top of the Town. A great night was enjoyed by everyone.

Congrats also to Jeremiah Healy who celebrated his 30th in Abbeyfeale at the weekend (Jeremiah is son of Teady and Mary (nee Hanrahan). Everyone had a very enjoyable night.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Miriam and Seamus Ahern of Parkanna on the death of Miriam’s mother, Statia Nelligan over the past week. Many came to offer their sympathy at Lyon’s Funeral Parlour on Sunday evening last. May the light of heaven be hers.

Congrats to the Intermediate football team who, on Saturday evening last, had a great win over Cappamore in Feenagh in the 2nd round of the Championship. The final score was (3-06) to (0-3).

As I write my few lines on this Monday night our thoughts and prayers are with Louise Lanigan and the Higgins family, Pat, Bernie and their family in Glasha, on the death, at such a young age, of Darragh Lanigan, formerly of Tarbert. Louise and Darragh were celebrating their wedding day just a month ago with their families, now they are preparing for his funeral. May God give them the courage to cope at this most difficult of times. “May he rest in peace”.