By Kathleen Mullane

“Many Congrats”

Sincere congrats and good wishes are extended to Kit and Michael O’Connor of Lower Athea who, along with their family, travelled to Harrow in England at the weekend where at the same church they got married in 60 years ago,, they attended mass and celebrated “60” years of wedded bliss, along with family, relatives and old-time friends. They did likewise 10 years ago on the occasion of their “Golden” 50 years of marriage. This  is indeed a wonderful achievement for them both and here’s to many more years of health and happiness to them both.

Many congratulations are also sent to Lisa O’Connor (daughter of Margaret and Mike of Upper Athea) who on Friday last was married here in Athea to Eamon O’Callaghan of Rockchapel. The bride was assisted by Sarah Chawke, Jackie O’Connor and Triona O’Callaghan. The best man was Diarmuid O’Callaghan and groomsmen Seamus Hickey and Denjoe O’Callaghan. Flowergirls were Niamh Guiney and Darcy Chawke. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Canon Tony Mullins and Fr. Denis Stritch. It was off to The Devon Inn Hotel then where everyone had a great day of celebrations. Wishing the newly-weds all the very best and many  years of happiness together. 

A reminder that there are just a few days now until March 24th when Michael Ahern of Garrygloss does the parachute jump in aid of “Bumbleance” – the children’s ambulance which is invaluable. Please give your support, sponsorship cards are in shops and pubs. We remember Mike & Therese’s little brave Ella at this time and the many other sick children and those who had availed of the ‘Bumbleance’ in time of need.

Those clocks all go forward an hour this coming weekend and despite losing 1 hour’s sleep no doubt everyone will look forward to the long evenings again.

Great parades all over the country on ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ and wasn’t the one televised from Dublin just so reflective of the ‘Modern Dublin’ with so many cultures taking part. It’s great for our island too, bringing in so many tourists to our shores from far and wide. And with Skelig Michael and ‘Star Wars’ we are really being ‘put on the world map’.

Great to see Anna Geary (whose mother Ellen Anne Danaher hails from Templeathea) who is now into the final of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on this coming Sunday night and in there with a great chance to win the “Glitterball Trophy”. We wish her all the best and no doubt Athea is voting for her!

Unfortunately, the fund-raising concert which was to have been held in the Church on Sunday evening last, was cancelled due to weather. It will now take place on Sunday night, April 15th. Please give your support and help send Athea invalids to Lourdes.