By Kathleen Mullane

‘Fair Day’

Well, this Saturday, November 5th sees the annual ‘Fair of Athea’ taking place. Above all it is hoped that our ‘dry spell’ will continue for the weekend and no doubt there will be stalls in abundance, with all varieties of animals from dogs to hens, ducks, horses and much more. I remember years ago (when my mother and father R.I.P. had the Top of the Town) my mother would be gathering bones to make soup for the day. All the farmers would be in for a bowl or two. And of course the water-gun fights – it was always a great day. Nowadays ‘the soup’ has been replaced by fast-food wagons etc and of course Paul Collins with his newly refurbished shop has opened up his new ‘deli’ counter – with this we wish him well. In all everyone is looking forward to the day and especially to meeting everyone who can come out for the day that’s in it. Athea Credit Union will be closed on the day.

Andrea Greaney (daughter of Ita and Tom) Templeathea who recently became engaged to Jeremiah Healy, held their engagement party at Murphy’s in Abbeyfeale on Saturday night last. A great crowd attended and all had a very enjoyable night.

A last reminder to all parishioners and beyond, if you have any photos the Athea Parish Journal is looking for them especially old ones for the forthcoming production – or if anyone would like to write an article or whatever – all helps and it’s a great gift for relatives overseas for Christmas. Of course the clubs are asked to “get the skids” on – and produce their 2016 club news.

There will be a special ‘Remembrance Mass’ on Sunday next, November 6th (weather permitting) at Holy Cross cemetery at 3pm – to remember all those buried there during this special month.

The Remembrance Tree has also been put up near the altar in the church and you are invited to place the names of your loved ones on the cards available to be remembered during November. There will also be a very special Remembrance mass on Saturday night next November 5th at 7.30pm for all those who died within the last year.

A reminder to organize your ‘Shoeboxes’ for Team Hope. They will be transported to the needy in various parts of the world in time for Christmas. It’s great to get children and young adults involved in making up a box each as it gives them the true meaning of Christmas.

Doesn’t everywhere look lovely at the moment, all the Autumn colours of the trees and falling leaves and so dry. Enjoy being out and about – make the most of it.