By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Congrats and good wishes go to my neighbor and good friend Denis Greaney who celebrated his 21st birthday at the weekend along with his parents Ita and Tom, his family and some friends at his home here in Templeathea. A lovely night was had by all.

Well Athea Horse and Pony Races have been revived after an absence of 5 years. They will take place on Sunday, October 11th with the first race starting at 12.30pm. It will be a great “family fun day” with Bouncy Castles and so much more for the kids. Hopefully it will be a fine day for the races.

Sympathy is extended to Mary Larkin of Clash on the death, over the weekend at a great age, of her mother Peg Ward (nee Kiely). Many paid their respects in Shanagolden at the funeral parlour. ‘May she rest in peace’.

Thanks is extended to everyone who contributed to the Church gate collection at the weekend in aid of Epilepsy. A total of €480 was collected.

Sincere congrats and good wishes are extended to Karen O’Riordan, daughter of Andy and Noreen of Dirreen who was married in New Zealand recently to Dan Walters. Congrats to the newly weds who will reside in Australia.

Don’t forget the annual Gala Fashion Show which goes ahead at the Devon Inn tonight, Wednesday, 7th in aid of the invalid section to Lourdes. There will be a cheese & wine reception to start and the show proper starts at 8pm. As always this show attracts huge crowds – you can buy your ticket at the door for €10. There will be some great prizes on the night.

Well, if you haven’t been up to see the football pitch being drained and re-laid out it’s well worth a visit. A lot of hard work and many loads of drainage sand etc has gone into it – which, when finished, will make for a superb pitch – one of the best in the area. A running track is also going to be laid around the pitch so it will be a great asset to each and every age group for games and also for those who don’t like walking on the busy roads. The fine, dry weather last week was also a great help in preparing the pitch. Hopefully there will be many a great game played there in the near future.

As I write my lines this Monday night the “Elber Twomey” story is on TV. What an inspirational woman – whose husband, young son and unborn daughter were killed by a suicide driver on the last day of their holidays in England. She has already raised €92,000 for several charities. Actually her mother and father taught at the Convent in Abbeyfeale for years.