By Kathleen Mullane

Sun at Last

Congrats to Tara O’Connor, daughter of Joan and Georgie, Lower Rd., Athea,  who celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday night last at “Mick’s Local” in Abbeyfeale.  A great night was enjoyed by family, relatives and many friends.

Sincere congrats go to Christina Ahern (daughter of Breda and Séamus of Hillside Drive) who recently got engaged to Noel Brosnan of Templeglantine in Australia. She is home on holidays at the moment and celebrated another big event last Saturday night at Brown Joe’s when it was her 30th birthday. Family and friends all had a great night at her surprise party.

Congrats to all those, who on Friday night last, received awards at the Top of the Town when Athea Utd held its annual awards night.  A great crowd of young players, along with their parents, came along and all enjoyed the disco with Pat O’Donnell, especially the parents!.

Well, there was a great atmosphere at the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in nearby Listowel over the weekend. And thankfully the weather stayed dry for the open air set dancing in the square on Sunday. Timmy Woulfe was on stage calling the sets and the fitness level of all the dancers, young and not so young, was unbelievable; incidentally Athea dancers included!

The G.A.A. Cúl Camp was a great success last week and of course everyone was delighted with the new pitch which was highly complimented by the coaches etc. Some lovely new seats have been got for in front of the stand and isn’t it great to see so many availing of the walking/running track. Sharon Reidy tells us that seven rounds of the track is just over 5K! The outstanding debt on the new pitch is around €75,000 and it is with everyone’s help in buying a ticket for the draw that the debt can be brought down. Incidentally there are still a few tickets remaining if anyone would like to buy one for the last remaining seven draws with some great prizes.

The hall is paid for with everyone’s help, also the bridge and soccer pitch with the weekly lotto draws so let’s get behind this latest great improvement for our village and our young people and for the safety of walkers.