By Kathleen Mullane

“What a Day”

Well, if any of you were present at the Joanne McMahon fundraising Run/Walk/Cycle in Castlemahon on Sunday last you will know what I’m talking about when I described it as “what a day”. All the big yards had opened up their premises for parking and volunteers were on hand directing the traffic everywhere. The music, atmosphere, men, women, children, babies in prams, up on parents backs all taking part in the walk/run – every cyclist in the area on their bikes. So many from Athea took part, with Joanne having many Athea connections and it was brilliant to see herself leading the Castlemahon schoolchildren. The community hall was packed to capacity as everyone enjoyed refreshments afterwards. Denny Mulvihill had done 114km on his bike when we met up with him, not bad for a 70 year old. All monies raised by the various fundraising events will be handed over to the burns unit at St. James’ Hospital in June. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way from our own Athea parish to Sunday’s event.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Natalie Thornton of Templeathea on the recent death of her father David Parish. ‘May he rest in peace’.

At the time of writing I’ve just heard of the death of Josie O’Sullivan of Toureen who hadn’t been well for some time. Sincere sympathy is extended to her husband Patsy, daughters Martina, Joan, Mary and Anne Marie and sons Dan and Liam. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

Well, this Friday is an important day in the lives of the girls and boys of 5th and 6th class in Athea National School. Bishop Brendan Leahy will perform their Confirmation ceremony with mass starting at 1.30pm. Hopefully it will be a nice day for the ceremony.

Just looking at an article in one of the tabloids recently which read “Mums do 23 different jobs” – and I’m sure all mothers will totally agree with this. Research shows that super mums spend an extra 32 hours a week working at home and would stand to earn over €22,000 a year if being paid the average wage!

These are the tasks we Irish mammies do:-

  1. Cleaner (180 mins a week). 2. Chef (174 mins a week). 3. Housekeeper (138 mins a week). 4. Counsellor (114 mins a week). 5. Personal Assistant (108 mins a). 6. Teacher (90 mins a week or more). 7. Story teller (80 mins). 8. Waitress (80 mins). 9. Nurse (72 mins a week). 10. Driver (100 mins or more). 11. Sports Coach (66 mins). 12. Accountant (54 mins). 13. Judge (55 mins). 14. Hairdresser (30 mins). 15. Gardener (55 mins). 16. Dog Walker (55 mins). 17. Decorator (48 mins). 18. Plumber (42 mins). 19. Stylist (42 mins). 20 Party Planner (36 mins). 21 Travel agent (36 mins). 22 Seamstress (30mins).

I wonder how many jobs the dad’s have?