By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Athea Tidy Towns have been short-listed for a €1,000 prize from the Irish Daily Mirror for their Euro 2016 project here in the village and what a lovely sight it is to see what was formerly Rita Danaher’s old house near the footbridge totally transformed and painted in Green, White and Orange with an old bike in front planted with flowers bearing the caption “Saddling up the bike for France Euro 2016”. The committee are asking as many a possible to click on the link by clicking on ‘Damien Ahern’. The more votes the better! Indeed Athea is looking extremely well at the moment with the hanging baskets really in ‘full bloom’.

This Friday night sees the annual ‘Athea United Awards night’ taking place at the Top of the Town. It starts at 9.30pm and, as always, promises to be a great night. Best of luck to all the players.

Congrats to James O’Mahony (son of Nora & Seanie of Markievicz Park) who was recently married to Mary Reilly of Tournafulla, where the couple were married. The reception was held at The Devon Inn Hotel, where family, relatives and friends all had a great day. Congrats and good wishes to the newly weds.

Congrats also to Jean Hayes N.T. Athea N.S. who got married to John Allen, Limerick, in Alvor, Portugal.

Sympathy is extended to Gerard O’Connor of Dalton St., Athea on the death of his brother John (Jack) in Patrickswell over the weekend, formerly of Keale, Athea. He reposed at Thompson’s funeral parlour in Limerick. ‘May the light of heaven be his.

All roads lead to nearby Listowel this week for the Munster Fleadh Cheoil. There should be some great music sessions over the next weekend and hopefully the weather will at least be “dry” if not “sunny” which would be an added bonus.

The GAA ‘Cúl Camp’ is also in progress at the moment at Páirc na nGael and the boys and girls were delighted that Day 1 at least went without rain, it makes everything so much more enjoyable.

Can you believe it? The kids have only barely started their summer holidays and already the “back to school” adverts are all over the place – school uniforms, books, fees etc. And no prize for guessing what’s going to be advertised next – yes of course “Christmas” – driving all kids & parents crazy yet again!

Thought for the Week “If you can learn to work together, you will win together and be able to enjoy the rewards of victory together”.