By Kathleen Mullane

Best of Luck

The very best of luck to all those who will be receiving the dreaded “Leaving Cert” results on this Wednesday. Hopefully they will all get what they are hoping for and remember that it’s “not the end of the world” if they don’t!.

The death took place during the past week of Kitty Barrett (nee Woulfe) of Lower Athea. Kitty had reached a great age and had been pre-deceased by her husband John Joe. Many came to pay their last respects at Finucane’s funeral parlour on Friday evening last. Kitty was laid to rest after requiem mass on Saturday in Holy Cross cemetery.

Kitty was a real lady – mother to a big family and a great help to her husband John Joe in the earlier days of the Athea Credit Union. ‘May her gentle soul rest in peace’. Sympathy to her daughters, sons, relatives and friends.

The annual graveyard mass will take place in Holy Cross on this Friday, August 18th at 7.30 pm weather permitting. The alternative date will be Tuesday, August 22nd. So if you have anyone who has family or relatives buried in Holy Cross you might pass on the word to them.

When I was up at the recycling units (near Holy Cross) the other day it was ‘disgraceful’ to say the least, to see so many broken glass bottles just thrown on the ground with so many lethal pieces of glass jutting up. If a child fell on them they would be cut to pieces. Of course it would be too much of a hard job to just throw the broken pieces in to the relevant containers. I did some of the bigger pieces but a brush would be needed for the smaller bits. Please consider safety

Next week sees the start of the much acclaimed Rose of Tralee festival which will attract tourists and many from all over. There will be lots of free entertainment etc and a great buzz with the stalls etc on the streets. I’ll have my eye out for Seamus Richardson, a second cousin – who is one of the escorts and a grandson of Mikey Fitz of Knocknasna. Also as far as I know Aisling Walsh from Ballylongford (the Sydney Rose) who, at the moment, is favourite and has connections in Athea. Best of luck.

Well the ‘countdown’ is on to the schools ‘reopening’ and where did the summer holidays go everyone wonders. It will be back to ‘organization’, ‘early mornings’, ‘homework’, ‘evening activities’ and all that goes with the school year yet again!. 

Thought for the week:- “To talk without thinking – is to shoot without aiming”