By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Well, another Easter yet again gone by. The weather was cold and blustery, however, families seemed to wrap up and get out and about for Easter Egg hunts and to celebrate the holiday period. The Easter ceremonies were well attended by families and visitors alike. Fr. Bowen, along with the choir and other helpers, really made the Easter ceremonies very meaningful – well done to all.

The Good Friday ‘clean up’ had helpers and the Tidy Towns committee doing a great clean-up on the approaching roads to Athea. A couple of areas that haven’t yet been de-cluttered are from the Templeathea Church Road Cross to Cunningham’s bridge and also from Flavin’s Cross right over to Mulvihill’s Cross on the Lower Road – so if anyone has a few spare minutes or is passing those areas they might do the good deed and pick up the rubbish, cans, bottles etc that people throw out. We would ask everyone to please now refrain from throwing rubbish about. I don’t know how many ‘Red Bull’ and Coke cans I picked up on our Glin Rd, not forgetting the amount of sugar alone these cans contain. I think it would be great training for kids and young people to help clean up our roads – in America and elsewhere the confirmation classes have to do 16 hours of Community work in preparation for the sacrament. Indeed food for thought!

Sincere sympathy is extended to John O’Connell, his daughters Joan and Marie, son Shane, grandchildren, relatives and friends on the death of Nora over the Easter period. Many came to pay their last respects at Finucane’s Funeral Parlour on Saturday night. Burial followed Requiem Mass on Sunday. ‘May she rest in peace’.

Well, the walking/jogging group is re-starting again and we will be meeting at the hall on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm. All adults are welcome and Hi-Vis jackets are the only requirement. You can go at your own pace, walk, stroll, jog or whatever – it’s not a race – all are welcome.

A great night is anticipated this Thursday night for the Fashion Show – the Tidy Towns would be grateful of everyone’s support.

“The Country Boy”, a play by John Murphy, starts in St. John’s Listowel on March 31st to April 5th – directed by Denis O’Mahony of the Lartigue Group the cast includes Claire O’Connor, Lucille O’Sullivan, Margaret Murphy, Mike Moriarty and Robert Bunyan.

Thought for the day – “The best gift to give anyone is a prayer”.