By Kathleen Mullane

Birthday Celebrations 

Well it was a very busy week this past one with many celebrating very important birthdays. Dick Woulfe of Gortnagross celebrated his “80th” along with his family recently at the Devon Inn, a lovely night was enjoyed by all of them.

On Sunday 12th Teady Hunt, Cool West was “80” and will celebrate his important birthday along with his family and grandchildren in Portugal.

Bill Casey of Colbert Street will be celebrating his “80th” birthday this week along with his family, some of whom have come from America for the special occasion. Hope they have a great time.

On Saturday Margaret O’Connor of Lower Athea had a brilliant “89th” birthday along with her family and friends up at her daughter’s in Tooradoo. Here’s to another bigger one next year Margaret, when you will be celebrating your 90th!!!

Myles Vaughan of Carrigkerry had his “60th” celebrations along with his family and friends on Friday night at The Knockdown Arms. Another great night!!

We’re coming down in age a bit now – Padraig Langan, son of Pat and Maireád of Glenagragra had his “21st” celebrations at the Top of the Town on Saturday night. Best wishes to Padraig on getting “the key to the door”!

Last but not least Ciara O’Connell, daughter of Caroline and Mark of Templeathea, had her 18th birthday celebrations at home in a marquee, attended by family, relatives and friends – congrats also to Ciara.

Well done to everyone for their kindness in contributing to our Hall collection at the Church gate at the weekend. The total collected was €773.25 which was indeed much appreciated by the hall committee as the running costs are high, e.g. insurance, light, heating, showers, upkeep, maintenance etc. but where would Athea be without if for bingo, basketball, drama, dancing classes, keep fit, indoor soccer, birthday parties etc and may I remind you the hall is available for functions, parties, anniversaries, post funeral functions and with the new kitchen it’s a great asset. Once again, thanks to you all.

Sympathy is extended to Peg Casey and Eileen Brosnan on the death of their sister Kathleen Matchett (nee O’Sullivan) of Ballyduff. May she rest in peace.

And finally – LOST – last seen in the middle of May – if found please return “THE SUN” to Ireland.