By Kathleen Mullane

‘Happy Mother’s Day’ 

“A mother” is someone who gives and cares, dreams and plans and makes the impossible happen.

“A mother” is someone who keeps going and giving , caring and helping,

She’s too often the last to be thanked but she’s always the first in our hearts.

Wishing all Mothers a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Put up the feet and let yourself be pampered for even one day of the year.

Sincere congrats to Jamie Collins, son of Pius and Margaret, who celebrated his engagement with a party on Saturday night last along with his fiancée Siobhán O’Connor of Ballylongford here at Collins’ Bar, Athea. Best wishes to the newly engaged couple.

Congrats to James Ryan, son of Clare and Roger, Lower Athea, who celebrated his 18th birthday with family and relatives from England at the weekend.

Congrats to Fiona Barrett, daughter of Noreen and the late Vincent of Knocknagorna, who was married on Friday last to Dean Jerrett. A great day was had by all at The Meadowlands, Tralee.

A couple of new babies have been born over the past few days. Firstly we send congrats to Donie Lyons of Donie’s Bar and Liz Gould who were blessed with their new baby boy recently.

Congrats are also extended to Ellen and Pat Mulcahy who were blessed with a new little girl over the weekend, a little sister for Patrick and Seán. We also congratulate the proud grandparents Josephine and Jim O’Connor of Gortnagross and great grandfather Jim Larkin of Clash.

Sincere sympathy goes to Bernie Reidy of Colbert Street on the death of her sister Joan Furlong in California recently. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’

The death has also taken place in England of Brian Murphy, nephew of Betty O’Connor of Upper Athea. Relatives will travel to the funeral and burial this week, sympathy to them all. ‘May he rest in peace’.

Well done to the Athea Drama Group on their staging of ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ last week which attracted  great crowds and will continue again this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A very different play by Jimmy Murphy which told a true life story. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure and go this week.

And isn’t it great to have our hall for these events. And I’m sure if you’ve been in the hall recently you may have noticed the amount of work that has been done over the past few weeks. New toilets, sinks and tiles have been put in both the men’s and ladies toilets and thanks to the FAS workers who helped to do the painting etc., and of course Helen and Theresa O’Connor with the cleaning and Sharon with the efficient bookings etc. New piping for the toilets has been put in and the sports hall has brilliant new lighting at a cost of over €300 a light! However, it’s so good to see the sports hall being used by the Basketball, GAA and Soccer and it keeps our young people healthier.