By Kathleen Mullane

‘Back to School’ 

Well, it’s ‘back to school’ and organization this week again and weren’t the kids blessed with the lovely sunshine we were experiencing over the past few days, especially us here in Munster, some days were warmer than some of ‘the European hotspots’! And can you believe next Monday is yet another bank holiday and then it’s summer school hols and exams for those doing Junior and Leaving Cert, another school year yet has flown by.

Timothy Tierney (son of Anne & John Joe, Templeathea) celebrated his 18th birthday recently along with his family and friends in Abbeyfeale. Everyone had a very enjoyable day.

Sincere congrats are extended to Laura Missorici who, on Friday last was married here in Athea to Thomas Brosnan of Upper Athea. A great day was had by all at The Dromhall Hotel in Killarney. Best wishes to the newlyweds for the future.

Sympathy is extended to Siobhán Barrett, nee Collins, (formerly of Knocknagorna) on the death in Loughill of her husband Paddy Barrett, suddenly over the weekend. Many came to pay their last respects at the family home on Sunday evening last. Requiem mass on Monday was followed by burial. ‘May the light of heaven be his’.

Very wise words I may say from Domhnall de Barra in last week’s newsletter. ‘In a Nutshell’ we are advised to use all our facilities here in Athea to the utmost, from our Post  Office, to shops, garages, butchers, pubs, printing works etc. So that we will hopefully be left with our brilliant facilities, which some small villages are ‘bereft of’. As someone said to me recently and to quote – “if your forget your money coming into Athea to shop you needn’t worry, someone would help you out – or you could pay later”. Whereas this doesn’t happen in the bigger supermarkets.

Just came across these few lines about retirement which give us the ‘10 best things about it’

  1. Not having to wake up to an alarm
  2. No rush hour traffic
  3. Spending enough time outdoors
  4. Having ‘entire’ days to yourself.
  5. Keeping the house & garden in good order.
  6. Having time to read the books you want.
  7. Going for a day out mid-week.
  8. Sitting in the garden when the sun shines
  9. Having at least one hobby.
  10. Turning your hand to gardening.

            Indeed things to look forward to!