By Kathleen Mullane

‘Athea News’ 

The annual Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice and organized, as always, by Anne O’Keeffe and her group of “dedicated helpers” will take place on Thursday next September 15th in the hall from about 9.30am onwards. Everyone is welcome to come along and give a little donation (whatever you want to put in the box) all for the good cause and at the same time you can sample some of the lovely cakes, buns etc along with your cup of tea or coffee.

Congrats and good wishes go to Dylan Griffin of Templeathea who, on last Saturday night, celebrated his 21st birthday at the Top of the Town, along with his family, relations and many friends.

If you haven’t yet tuned in to Ger Barrett’s “Smalltown” on T.V.3 on Thursday nights at 10pm – do so. He’s a very talented young man who is really making a name for himself on screen and son of Peggy & Joe Barrett. We wish him continued success.

As we are well aware there are some extremely good singers in our parish and with this in mind, it is hoped that any men, women or students, may join the ‘Athea Choir’. Also they are looking for a keyboard or organ player who might like to help out. Ring Margaret Carroll on 087-9395273 or John Redmond on 087-2730398, if you can sing or play.

Well, as I’m writing these few lines this Monday night and at the same time watching “Keeping Ireland Alive” – the Health Service in a Day, the wonderful work the doctors and nurses and surgeons are shown doing is unbelievable, not to mention the transplants etc. and wasn’t it wonderful to see Joanne McMahon in the Burns Unit in St. James’ hospital heading down for yet another of her many operations with a smile on her face at all times and just so grateful to be alive. Indeed she is such an inspiration to al.

Fr. Brendan Duggan, who is coming to Athea as our Curate, is coming from Monaleen parish and previously had been in the foreign missions and in New York. Lal Browne went to Rockwell College with him it’s reported. We will welcome him to our parish and at the same time will be sad to see Fr. Bowen leaving.

Thought for the week – “No matter what we possess in life – all that we have in the end is TIME”