By Kathleen Mullane

On Saturday, May 12th Lizzy Lyons (of “Lizzy’s Little Kitchen, Listowel and Ballybunion and of T.V.3 fame) will be coming to the Hall here in Athea as a fundraiser for the Athea Vixens Basketball Club. Tickets will be €15 and the doors will open at 7pm with the demonstrations starting at 8pm. There will also be several food tastings which, no doubt, everyone will enjoy. There is going to be a ‘grand door prize’ and also several other great prizes for the raffle. So get your tickets early and support the basketball club who, under the training and leadership of Trish Phillips Ahern and her helpers, have an outstanding club and group of young boys and girls. Incidentally, well done to the U16 boys who, on Friday evening last, played a ‘cracker’ of a game against the talented ‘Regional’ team in the Community Games Final. It was ‘tit for tat’ the whole way through with Athea losing by just 1 point. Well done to them all.

It was a great day on Saturday last here in Athea Credit Union as they celebrated 50 years in business. The office was decorated for the day. Kids got their faces painted, there was tea/coffee and treats. Fr. Duggan blessed the office at 1.30pm with a big crowd in attendance. Katie O’Sullivan thanked everyone. It was great to see some of the original founders of the Credit Union there including John O’Connell and Timmy Woulfe with deceased members being represented by family members. Here’s to continued success to our Credit Union, which is a great asset to our Community, so use it well. Well done to Margaret Mulvihill, Lower Athea, who won the €100 voucher from Hannah Mai’s Flowers/Collins’ Nursery.

Well, what can one say about the brilliant fund-raising concert at the Church on Sunday evening last. A great crowd attended. The children of Athea N.S. dominated the first half. One didn’t realize there was such talent amidst our young people from Margaret Carroll’s guitar class, to the outstanding singing of Becky Broderick and Emma Scanlon along with the N.S. choir – all were brilliant. We had John Joe Tierney’s set dancers and of course Ciara Hunt’s wonderful dancing. Timmy Flaherty, grandson of Joan and Donal Carroll, enthralled everyone with his banjo playing. The Athea Church Choir were wonderful and of course Mike Guinane, or “Mike Solo” as he is better known, had everyone joining in with his trumpet playing. Donie Lyons and Daisy Kearney did “The Railway Line to Ardagh” and of course Fr. Tony and Fr. Brendan didn’t let the clergy side down. The Broderick family, Cratloe, again so talented, the Athea Wrenboys full of gusto and of course Domhnall de Barra who had the hard job of getting everyone to come along – well done to all who volunteered their time, those who gave spot prizes and indeed everyone who made it the great night that it was. Well done.

Congrats to Laura Missorici-Brosnan winner of the Red Cow weekend.