By Kathleen Mullane

Many Congrats

Well it was a week of happy events this past week, so ‘many congrats’ are in order!

Firstly we congratulate Stephanie Barrett and Cillian O’Connor of Colbert St. on the birth of their new baby boy they are naming Brogan. Congrats to the proud grandparents also along with Agatha Barrett of Markievicz Park who has become a great grandmother.

Sincere congrats to Clodagh Histon, also Agatha Barrett’s granddaughter, who was the deserving winner of €17,600 in the Community Council draw. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer young girl.

Congrats also to Mary T. and Denny Mulvihill on the birth of their new grandson Dáithí in America, a little brother for Saoirse. Congrats are extended to the proud parents Conor Mulvihill and Jane Wrenn.

The wedding took place on Friday last of Jane Stackpoole of Gortnagross, Athea (daughter of Margaret and Tom) to Michael Guinane (son of Nora and Mike). Fr. Michael Cussen performed the nuptial ceremony here in Athea church. The bride was assisted by her sisters Christina and Jackie and Claire Horgan. The best man was Aiden Guinane along with P.J. Reidy and John O’Connor. Coleen Murphy was flowergirl and Shane Broderick and Jake Guinane were page boys. Everyone had a great day at The Devon Inn. Congrats and good wishes go to the newly weds on this happy occasion.

Congrats to Catherine Tierney of Templeathea, daughter of Margaret and Ted, who has taken up a teaching position in Athea N.S. Best wishes to Catherine.

Congrats also to Colm Leahy of Upper Athea who celebrated his 40th birthday along with family and friends recently at the Top of the Town. A great night was enjoyed by all.

Set and Céilí dancing classes for the children will recommence on Tuesday 12th September at 6.45pm in the hall with John Joe – all newcomers welcome.

It was lovely to see all the different coloured jerseys of the various cycling clubs and individuals who passed through Athea on Saturday morning last all in aid of The Brothers of Charity Services in NewcastleWest. Well done to all who gave of their time and ‘braved the elements’

Well the Listowel Races start on Sunday next September 10th, with the opening day being a ‘Family Day’ with loads going on. The races mark the end of the summer and hopefully the weather will be kind for their duration.

The outgoing altar-servers were presented with a ‘thank you’ gift at last Saturday’s evening mass, in gratitude for their help over the past couple of years. Fr. Duggan thanked them all and Teresa O’Halloran gave them their gifts. Well done to Donnacadh Barrett, Michael Walsh, Aaron Enright, Lydia Murphy, Becky O’Connor and Allanah Collins, all now ‘retired’.

The new altar servers are also welcomed and will take up their duties shortly.

Thought for the Week:- “You can fail so very often. But you are not a failure ‘til you give up.”