By Kathleen Mullane

“Happy New Year”

“Another year, another start, a time of ‘Hope’ for every heart

A time to leave the past behind and share a new-found peace of mind

Then going forward day by day, find love and joy along life’s way”

Have a good New Year –

May your problems be little ones

May you always have walls for the winds

A roof for the rain,  tea beside the fire

Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire

Be happy – be healthy, be lucky – long and fun-filled days to each and every one.

Well, another Christmas over and a new year begun and we won’t talk about the “rain” and the “floods” over the past few weeks, we look forward to a brighter and hopefully “drier” 2016!

Business was brisk in both the shops and pubs in the lead-up to and following Christmas. The Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve, as always, had the church full to capacity and the choir sang the Christmas Carols beautifully. St. Stephen’s Day had a good few batches of wrenboys out and it was great to see some of the younger boys and girls well able to play their different instruments and having the confidence to sing and dance also.

Congrats and good wishes are sent to Sarah and Denis Collins on the birth of their twin girls Ellen and Abbie, little sisters for Denis Jnr. We also congratulate the very proud grandparents Mary Ellen and Denis Collins of Templeathea.

A great crowd attended the annual charity game on St. Stephen’s Day organized by Athea Utd at The Vales. There were some great laughs along the way as the various teams competed against each other. The winning team on the day was “Magic Mike’s” team captained by Mike Reidy. The fantastic sum of €700 was raised for the Athea Going Strong. Well done to all.

The GAA Coiste na nÓg Table Quiz, as always, attracted a very big crowd after Christmas at the Top of the Town and despite the terribly wet conditions the winter wellie walk went ahead on New Year’s Day.

A reminder that the AGM of Athea GAA takes place on this Saturday night January 9th at 9pm at the clubhouse. All members are asked to attend as it’s the place to air your opinions and give your views on matters.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the White family of Coole on the death of Mary over the Christmas period. Many came to pay their last respects at Finucane’s Funeral Parlour. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy also to the Riordan family on the tragic death of Patrick Curtin of Moyvane. Go ndeana Dia trócaire le na hanam.