By Kathleen Mullane

“All Help Needed”

Well, if anyone out there has some time to spare on this coming Saturday they would be very welcome to come along to the cemetery in Templeathea from 10am to 1pm. Even if they can’t spend the whole time there, even an hour or whatever. Last Saturday some of our dedicated Tidy Towns people started to take the ivy off the old Church there and this weekend they are hoping for some help. There is some lovely stonework to be revealed. The Church was built between 600-800 AD, so is very old, but with care and attention it can be restored hopefully to its near former glory! This project, Teady Hunt tells me, is sponsored by the Tidy Towns. If, like in America, the confirmation class would like to do some community work this would be an ideal opportunity. All are welcome – “many hands make light work”.

Best wishes are extended to Mary McGrath of Lower Athea who recently retired from her teaching post at Killocrim N.S. where she had taught for many years and was much loved and respected by the many children she had put through her capable hands. Enjoy your retirement Mary.

Well, this Saturday night, September 17th sees a “big night” at Limerick Racecourse for Limerick Bord na nÓg. Athea’s own Jacqueline O’Connor will be taking part in the very popular – “Strictly Come Dancing” as will her daughter Sarah along with others from the various surrounding clubs. As we all know Jacqueline does tremendous work for Athea GAA and Coiste na nÓg and deserves all the support she can get. Voting cards are available and you can give anything you wish – further details can be got from Jacqueline on 086-0670091. She will be “treading the light fantastic” on Saturday night along with her dancing partner – many hours of dancing practice have gone in over the weeks – we wish them well.

The “Fair of Athea” is once again on the horizon and will take place on Saturday, November 7th. A much looked forward to event which brings many into our village – hope it’s a fine day!

Well last Friday was “Ole-Ole” designated day – the Irish soccer team having beaten World Champions Germany on Thursday night. It was a great time for Irish sport – the soccer wasn’t as lucky on Sunday against Poland – however, the rugby against France was watched by thousands of Irish supporters all over the world. Indeed “Irish Sport” was at its best last week and long may it last.