By Kathleen Mullane

“Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter” 

Well, one would wonder what season we’ve had over the past few days. One minute the sun is shining, then the wind rises, next it’s an almighty shower of  hailstones and of course we mustn’t forget the all important ‘rain’. Some areas up the country have even experienced sleet and snow! As the saying goes ‘April Showers – bring May flowers”. And let us not despair yet – I read in the paper last week that July and August are meant to be ‘Scorchers’ – we live in hope!

The Con Colbert Memorial Service takes place here in Athea Church at 11.45am on this Sunday, May 8th after mass – you are asked to come along and join in remembering Con Colbert on the anniversary of his death 

Congrats to Donal O’Connor and Maggie Larkin on the birth of their new baby son Daniel recently. We also congratulate the proud grandparents Teresa and Thomas O’Connor and Mary and Liam Larkin. As well as that – baby Daniel has 2 great-grandmothers – Kitt O’Connor of Gortnagross and Sheila Mulvihill of Dirreen. Best wishes all around,

Another lovely window display by Athea Credit Union (next to Rose’s at Brouder’s Shop). It really is a huge asset to our community and is there at everyone’s disposal, so give it your support. No doubt Mary Anne had a hand in setting up the artistic displays!

Congrats to Ronan Hayes of Lower Athea (son of Breda and Pat) who celebrated his 18th birthday at the weekend along with his friends, family etc in Listowel. All enjoyed a lovely night.

Well done to the Athea Intermediate team who, on Friday night last week, met Cappagh in Foynes and had a great win finishing on a scoreline of (2.19) to (1.6) in the 2nd round of the Intermediate Championship. Also the U14 boys had a draw with Glin  on Monday night in Glin. Good wishes go to Michael Tierney who unfortunately got another broken collar bone just minutes into the game, he was missed on the pitch,

It was my first time going the whole route of the running/walking track at the GAA pitch tonight and it is indeed wonderful. No traffic and you’re not afraid of being run down. It’s brilliant especially for the elderly and our young people. I see Jackie Sheehy doing his laps up there – his bones won’t seize up! And the basketball players make use of it too. Everyone is welcome