By Kathleen Mullane

‘Out & About’

Sincere congrats and good wishes are extended to Michelle Murphy (daughter of Noreen and Denis, Dirreen, Athea) who recently became engaged to Jason Foley (son of Helen and Francis, Abbeyfeale). They celebrated the special occasion along with their families at Leen’s Hotel, Abbeyfeale and afterwards with a party at Jack O’Rourke’s, Abbeyfeale. A great night was enjoyed by all.

Thanks to everyone who gave so generously to the recent church gate collection in aid of Epilepsy. A total of €450 has been passed on to the organization. Well done to all.

This weekend before all masses the church gate collection will be taken up in aid of St. Ita’s in NewcastleWest. As we are all aware great work is done there and we all know someone who has been there or is presently there in their care. So please give as generously as you can.

Well it’s that time of the year when we can begin to gather our ‘bits and pieces’ for the Christmas shoebox appeal. The boxes will be collected early in November for distribution to the very needy in orphanages etc overseas. Last year 250,000 boxes left Ireland for these children – it means so much to each and every one of them. To see their happy, smiling faces when they open up their boxes is indeed worth the little effort in putting a shoebox together.

Once again the window next to Rose’s Shop has been decorated for Halloween by Athea Credit Union. It’s lovely to see all the different window designs throughout the year. No doubt the Christmas window display will be next on the agenda.

And wasn’t it great to see Eibhlís Geoghegan of Athea Credit Union on television last week on the programme ‘Find the Frock’ as she shopped for her nephew’s wedding. You indeed looked great Eibhlís.

A good crowd attended the Horse & Pony Races in Glenagore on Saturday last despite the damp conditions, all who attended had an enjoyable day and there were no injuries thankfully.

I’ve been asked to mention, by a person who, on recently visiting a parents grave in Holy Cross was very upset and annoyed to find it desecrated. So if anyone sees any strange goings-on or anything out of the ordinary (you are asked to keep your eyes open). Canon Mullins has been informed and also the Gardaí.

Congrats and well done to the Athea combination basketball teams who, on Sunday last, had some great wins. The U14 boys overcame Kenmare on a scoreline of 51-21 and the U16 boys, in extra time, won 33-29. Well done to Trish and the boys.