By Kathleen Mullane

Bits & Bobs

Athea Credit Union are holding their AGM on this Friday night at 7pm in the Credit Union office. All members are invited to attend and as we are all aware the Credit Union is a major asset to our Community.

Yoga Classes with Linda Mumbray are finishing this week and will resume again on January 9th after Christmas from 7pm – 8.30pm.  The classes are a brilliant way of relaxing, relieving stress and in general just being flexible and at €5 a class such good value and I’m sure after Christmas we will all need it!

Sympathy is extended to Jim Leahy of Upper Athea on the death last week of his sister Breda (who had been ill for some time) in Newmarket-on-Fergus. “May the light of Heaven be hers”

Athea Vixens Basketball Club have a lovely calendar on sale, and I must say the photos of various boys and girls teams are of exceptional quality, and isn’t it wonderful to see so many boys and girls being involved, from very young to adult teams and travelling to the hall here every week for training from Glin, Ballyhahill, Tarbert, Listowel etc. Trish (Phillips) Aherne must be complimented.

The Senior Citizens Christmas party on Wednesday last at The Top of the Town was a great success, from the mass to the food and on to the dancing; a raffle with some great spot-prizes given so generously, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done to all the organisers and helpers.

The special mass on Saturday for the anointing of the sick was well attended and all agreed it was a lovely ceremony.

Another great day is anticipated this Friday 16th December when ‘Grandparents Day’ takes place starting with mass at 10.30am in the Church. It’s down to the school afterwards for refreshments etc and a school tour. Last year was a great success and lovely for grandkids and grandparents to meet up together.

When I said the other day that “I had to leave collecting up the leaves” because the ‘midges’ nearly ate me and then the following day it happened to others – one wondered was it summer time. What with the very mild weather you would be wondering what season we are in, hence no one can believe its Christmas time!!

And thankfully people have got a ‘bit of sense’ and are not gone so very mad cleaning, painting and shopping overboard – and instead leaving these jobs till the “spring-time” and brighter days.