By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’ 

Another 21st celebrated this past weekend. Shauna Dalton of Village Living, Lower Rd., Athea had her 21st birthday at the Top of the Town on Friday night last. Shauna was joined by her relatives and many friends and all had a very enjoyable night.

Well, nearby Glin was packed to capacity on Sunday last for the Open Day at Glin Castle. Queues lined up at the gates from 12.30 onwards. The grounds were admired by all those who visited as was the castle itself. The money raised will go to the repair of the Heritage Centre. It was said that around 4,000 visitors went through the gates on Sunday.

Following the recent representations by the Pastoral Council to the Limerick Diocesan Office (with regard to Fr. Bowen’s impending retirement) the office has received same and will be in touch with the Pastoral Council in the near future. At that time the parishioners of Athea will be informed of the outcome.

Well, the Olympic Games are “in full swing” at the moment and what athletes and supreme dedication these young people are with years of preparation in the hopes of winning a medal for not only themselves, but for their country. Hopefully the Irish participants will do well and make us all proud.

Well, can you believe it, a week already gone in August and the countdown to “back to school” is on and I note that the Listowel Races seem to be getting earlier each year. I was in Ballybunion on Saturday last with the grandchildren and family and it was great to see so many availing of the “little bit of sunshine” that was there on the day – at times however, the jackets were going on! If only we could have more sunshine Ireland would be one of the nicest places to spend a holiday with Ballybunion beaches being up there with the best of them!

A reminder about the “Make a Wish” for a terminally ill child. Donations of good quality ladies clothes, handbags, hats, accessories etc will be gratefully accepted. All your donations will make a huge difference. You are welcome to go along on Thursday 20th August to the Bank of Ireland in Listowel where you might get a designer or good quality dress at a fraction of the price! Any items you may wish to donate can be handed in to me for collection by Denise O’Riordan, Bank of Ireland Manager. A great way of de-cluttering your wardrobe.