By Kathleen Mullane

The death has taken place in England of Doctor John (Sean) Barrett, formerly of Fairy St., Templeathea. His remains will be cremated in England and his ashes will be brought home to Athea where there will be a remembrance mass celebrated for the repose of his soul. Sincere sympathy is extended to his family, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Sincere congrats and good wishes go to Tom O’Connor of Gortnagross (son of Kit and the late Jer) who celebrated his 50th birthday along with his family on Saturday evening at The Devon Inn Hotel. A lovely night was had by all.

Best wishes are extended to Fr. Paddy Bowen, our recent PP who hasn’t been feeling the best recently. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Denny Mulvihill has registered to cycle on the  Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on  July 1st. Denny has chosen ‘Talbot Grove’ in Castleisland as his beneficiary. As you may know the centre provides treatment services to people affected by alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive gambling, eating disorders and other addictions and does tremendous work with every age group. You are asked to support Denny on his fundraiser for the development project of Talbot  Grove – every Euro is a great help. And we must take into consideration that Denny is in his 70s and is still putting some of the younger cyclists to shame!

Again the very best of luck to all those sitting their Junior and Leaving Cert exams starting this Wednesday.

The wedding took place here in Athea on Friday last of Christina Mullane of Lower Athea (daughter of Mary and Dinjoe) to Oakley Costello of Glin. The bride was assisted by Áine Moynihan along with her bridesmaids Catriona Quaid, Luceil Fennell, Maria Samson and Therese Noonan. The best man was Jack Costello and the groomsmen were David Scanlon, Karol Geoghegan and Hayden and Barkley Costello. The pageboy was Niall O’Shea and the flower girl Emma O’Shea. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Fr. P. Bowen along with Fr. Brendan Duggan and Fr. Crawford (Glin). A great day was had by everyone at the Killarney Heights Hotel. Congrats and best wishes go to the newly weds.

Well as I write these few lines on Sunday night, I remember with fondness Mary Woulfe, or better know to all of us as ‘Penny’, who has passed to her eternal reward today. I can still visualize the dresses she made for my sister Patsy and myself when we were young – she was gifted in all aspects, from sewing to baking to housekeeping, to nursing the kids in the playground if they fell, to minding them in the hall until they were collected at 3pm. We travelled all over to Athea soccer matches in times gone by. She was an ‘icon’ and will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace.