By Kathleen Mullane

‘Many Congrats’ 

This week we start by congratulating Mary O’Mahony (daughter of Nora and Seanie, Markievicz Park) who, on Saturday last, was married here in Athea to John Heffernan. Fr. Bowen performed the Nuptial Ceremony. The chief bridesmaid was Anne Sheehan and the bridesmaids were Ciara Sheehan, Mary O’Reilly, Tricia Sheehan and Holly Heffernan. The best man was Jerry Heffernan and the groomsmen were Michael Heffernan, Liam Heffernan, John and Jamie O’Mahony. The pageboy was Callum O’Mahony and the flowergirls were Abbie O’Mahony, Emma Monaghan and Sarah Saccard. A great day was enjoyed by all at The Listowel Arms Hotel.

Last Friday, Áine Moran (daughter of Catherine and John of Toureen) was married to Ros Cotter of Cork (son of Rhona and Ted). Fr. Michael Cussen was the celebrant of the mass at St. Michael’s Church in Sneem. The chief bridesmaid was Áine’s sister Catríona and the other bridesmaids were Gillian Newman and Andrea Lynch. The best man was Colin McAvoy and the groomsmen were Enda Cotter and Brian Harty. The reception was held at The Sheen Falls Hotel in Kenmare.

Congrats to the newlyweds.

Well, a great celebration takes place next Saturday night, June 18th beginning with 7.30pm mass as usual in the church. After mass everyone is invited down to the hall to celebrate along with Fr. Paddy Bowen who is celebrating his ‘Golden Jubilee’ 50 years a priest – no doubt he is wished all the very best for the future from the Athea parishioners and beyond.

A word of advice – don’t throw away your old record players if you have them! My grandson in America has just bought one. Would you believe they are the “in thing” there at the moment along with the records. So if youave  45, 78 or 33 LPs hold on to them, they are “hot property now”.

Beware of bogus phone calls again. If you see a long digit number that you don’t recognize, don’t answer it and if you do, don’t ring the number back feeling sorry for the person crying at the other end. All it will do is eat your credit up.

Another thing if you’re out and about at the beach during the summer always know where your small children are. Recently in Banna Beach there were two male foreigners going around with an empty child’s buggy. In these days one can’t be too careful of weird types who can turn up anywhere. I suppose all children should be advised and warned what to do if approached by strangers.