By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’

A few more “congratulations” to be extended this week to parishioners. Firstly Maireád White (daughter of Margaret & Ned) of Coole East, Athea, became engaged to David Moriarty (son of Nora & Dermot) The Hill, Abbeyfeale. Wishing them the very best on this happy occasion.

Lorcan McAuliffe, son of Rose & Bill, Lower Athea, celebrated his “18th” birthday on Saturday night last along with his friends in Listowel and Ballybunion. An enjoyable night was had by everyone.

Plans are well underway for “The Night at the Dogs” – the big fundraiser for Athea GAA for their important pitch development. Leave Saturday, August 15th free for what promises to be a brilliant night. Business people are asked to help out with sponsorship and it should be a great family fun evening – more news later in time.

Previous to the night will be the “Village Festival” which will run over the August bank holiday weekend. And if last year’s event is anything to go by it should be great – as was the tug-o-war and barman’s race. The repeat performances of ‘The Real McCoy’ and so much more to look forward to and to remain at home in Athea for the bank holiday weekend! And don’t forget the senior citizens Afternoon Tea Party which is part of the festival and which will take place at the Top of the Town on Thursday, July 30th from 3-6pm. Names to be given in this week. This was very well attended last year and most enjoyable!.

Congrats to Mary Brouder of Knockaclugga who is celebrating her  80+ birthday this weekend.

If anyone is looking for a seat to Ed Sheerin in Croke Park on this Friday or Saturday there are still a few seats available on both days – you can ring Brendan on 086-8341476 as soon as possible.

Well after a few weeks of early morning & late night – every couple of hours bottle feeds – my last kitten out of the 4 (of which their mother had got run over) died unfortunately and this was the one that had been for a few days with a surrogate mother cat. The proof is “that mother’s milk is best”.

Well done to Mayo who had a great win over Sligo on Sunday last. There were a few loyal Mayo supporters in the parish very happy.

There are signs up already for ‘Back to School’ – advertising school uniforms, books etc and before you know it – no doubt we will have the Christmas adverts bombarding us from every corner.