By Kathleen Mullane

‘Happy Days’ 

Well it was indeed ‘Happy Days’ for many young couples over the last few days. To start with new babies, Caroline and Paudie Murphy were blessed with their third child, a little girl they are naming Megan, a little sister for Aaron and Ava. Congrats to the proud parents and to the delighted grandparents Mag and Pa Sheehy of Lower Dirreen.

A new addition also for Joanne Hunt and Jason Michael in Dublin, a little boy they are naming Angus, a new brother for William. Congrats are sent to the very happy parents and to Teady Hunt of Coole, the proud grandfather.

It was ‘Wedding Bells’ for Sean Liston of Upper Athea, son of Kay and John, who was married on Saturday last to Siobhán Kiely of Templeglantine in Templeglantine Parish Church. The reception was held at The Woodlands in Adare where a great day was enjoyed by everyone. Congrats and every happiness to the newly weds.

Happy Days for Denis Barrett, son of Mary and Denis of Templeathea, who was married last week to Julie-Anne Sheehan of Corbally, Limerick. The nuptial ceremony took place in Monaleen Church in Limerick and afterwards it was off to the Castle Oaks Hotel where a great day was had by all. Best wishes are extended to the happy couple

Another ‘Barrett’ celebration over the past weekend was the 70th birthday of Maura Barrett Doolan in Dublin. All the Barrett relatives travelled up for the occasion.

A 3rd celebration for the family was the  engagement of Eddie Barrett, son of Mary and Denis, to Mary Anne Leahy of Listowel. Congrats to all.

Well the Lip Sync groups are busy back again putting in their dance-routine practices making sure they are all in readiness for the Big Fundraising show on February 4th at the Devon Inn for Athea GAA. An added ‘fantastic bonus’ is going to see Canon Tony Mullins and Fr. Brendan Duggan being part of the show and as we all know this is going to give it added excitement. As I’ve said before, get your tickets as soon as possible as numbers will be limited and you will be sorry to have missed it!

Well the unreal mild weather over the past week or so has the birds singing, the daffodils and snowdrops popping their heads above the soil and everyone in good form with little or no rain. The Christmas decorations are down and ‘Spring’ is on the way and with the evenings getting brighter by a few minutes every day – things are looking great!

A huge crowd attended Brown Joe’s on Friday night last for Women’s Christmas with a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House-well done to all.

Yoga Classes have started back again each Monday night from 7-8.30pm in the Hall with Linda.

Back to school for everyone this week and the word “organisation” is on all parents lips!

Thought for the Week:- “Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out”