Out & About

by Kathleen Mullane

Sincere congratulations and good wishes are extended to Grainne Mulcaire (daughter of Gerty nee Danaher of Athea) who has recently opened her new dental practise in her home town of Balybunion, wishing her all the best with her venture.

Congrats to Chris & Teddy O’Connor winners of the Athea Utd lotto in Monday nights draw winning €23,600, well done.

The diocesan synod which took place over 3 days in Mary I in Limerick this past weekend, it saw the culmination of 2 years work since 2014, when it was launched. It had been officially blessed by Pop Frances and 400 delegates discussed 100 proposals formed over an 18th month process. It was the biggest thing in 80 years. Discussed were celibacy, married priests, women priests, deacons and a whole lot more. So hopefully there will be a good outcome after all the hard work.

“The Hen Night Epiphany” will be staged at St John’s in
Listowel on this Saturday night at 8 pm. Tickets can be booked on 068 22566. If you have any friends in the area, you might let them know what a wonderful production it is, or if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to see it, now is your last chance.

Don’t forget everyone is welcome every Monday & Wednesday night at 7.30 pm at the hall to join in the walking/jogging group. Men & women and young adults – a great way of
getting fit.

This week is ‘Cystic Fibrosis’ awareness week. Actually
Ireland has the highest percentage of C.F. sufferers, with 1 in 19 having C.F. the highest in the world. We are asked support the week.

The huge fund raising event for the Joanne McMahon thanksgiving fundraiser will take place in Castlemahon this Sunday 17th April. The events are as follows:

100k cycle – 9am. 90k Cycle – 9.15 am

40k cycle – 10 am 10k Run/Walk 12 noon

5k Fun Family Walk – 12.10 pm

Everyone is welcome, men women & children. All money raised will go to St. James Hospital (Burns Unit). There will be a special Thanksgiving Mass in Castlemahon Church at 3pm. As we all know Joanne is daughter of Bernie Ambrose (nee Stack) of Athea.

One day we hear coffee is bad for you, then it’s something else, now a recent study done with 6000 participants over 11 years has shown that those who drank 1 – 3 cups of tea a day, were 35% less likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke – indeed our tea drinking nation will be glad to hear it!

Despite the terrible wet, windy & cold day we had last Sunday, the Knockdown Vintage Charity Run was well attended, benefitting the Jack & Jill foundation.

Thought for the week “Truth like oil will come to the surface at last”.