By Kathleen Mullane

‘Bits & Bobs’ 

Congrats go to Aisling McAuliffe (daughter of Denise and John), Lower Athea who has recently become engaged to David Brosnan (son of Micheál and the late Eileen) Upper Athea. They celebrated on Saturday night last with family and friends at the Top of the Town. An enjoyable night was had by all.

Good news Fr. Duggan tells us this weekend that luckily he doesn’t have to go for any heart surgery or stents – which is great. Also following a recent conference the ‘3’ most important words that came out of it were – “Please” – “Thanks” and “I’m Sorry”, he said. I’m sure we all agree with that!

Don’t forget this coming weekend is our Sacristan’s collection for Anne Mulvihill and Carol O’Connor who do great work in the church day in, day out. Envelopes are available at the church doors. Please give generously.

Don’t forget if you have missed out on buying a ticket for the Athea GAA Club draw, you can still be in with a chance for the next 7 draws at a cost of €10 a month or €70 in total. There are some great prizes to be won and at the same time you are helping to offset the debt on the lovely pitch Athea now has and of course the running/walking track. Phone me on 087-1233361 if you need a ticket. They are also handy if you need to give someone a present.

The lovely weather over the past few days has seen many loads of turf still being brought home from the bogs. The farmers are busy doing the last ‘bits and pieces’ after what wasn’t really a bad few weeks. The rain seems to come at night and it is relatively dry during the day. Last Sunday saw a big crowd in Ballybunion and isn’t it great to see the young children with their buckets and shovels enjoying themselves at no cost.

Also last Sunday the Rescue Dingy was giving free rides to many out into the sea giving them all a taste of the great work they do in keeping everyone safe. The R.N.L.I. and the lifeboat people are a great group to support as they do tremendous work in all kinds of weather and in hazardous conditions, saving people’s lives and more often than not putting their own lives at risk.

Thought for the Day: – “A man’s true wealth is what good he does for the world”

Thought for the Week: – “One loyal friend is worth two thousand relatives”