By Kathleen Mullane

‘Many Congrats’ 

Sincere congrats are extended this week to Karen Greaney (daughter of Ita and Tommy) Templeathea who just became engaged to John Geoghegan  (son of Eibhlís and Leo) of Dalton Street, Athea. Wishing them all the very best.

Happy 21st birthday wishes go to Joanne Histon of Upper Athea, daughter of Patricia Quinn, who had a lovely party and get together at their home last week.

A new edition to the parish last week, a little baby boy for Sandra and Richard Fitzgerald of Upper Athea who they are naming Shay, a little brother for Cathal and Tiernan. Congrats are also extended to the proud grandparents in Athea and Templeglantine.

The annual collection for Athea National School will be taken up before all masses next weekend. As we all know tremendous work has been done in and around the school in recent times with the autistic unit being a great asset. So you are asked to give as generously as you can. And even if you haven’t got children attending the school at  present you may have grandkids attending or may have attended yourself so you are asked to help out.

Well, as the Junior and Leaving Cert exams are fast approaching there will be a special mass on next Tuesday evening for all the exam students at 7.30pm here in the church. As many as possible are asked to come along as they prepare for exams.

I forgot to mention and say “Well done” to Councillor Ciara McMahon Flavin – Sinn Féin, who, on Sunday week last had a very difficult job during the ‘Remembering Zoe’ cycle run as she was directing traffic here at Sean Batt’s corner in Athea and at the speed the cyclists were going and traffic also fast approaching , she did an outstanding job!

It was great to see such a good number of parents along with their children and also their grandparents at the Community Games up at Páirc na nGael on Sunday last. Thankfully it stayed dry for the duration of the races. The tiny-tots wee a joy to watch and of course the novelty races were hilarious too. Well done to all those who took part and especially those who will now go forward to the County finals and indeed all the young people and adults who helped out on the day to make it a great success.

Thought for the Week: “They do not love – those that do not show their love”