By Kathleen Mullane

This Saturday sees the grand Vixens basketball fundraiser taking place here in the Community Hall. Lizzie Lyons from “Lizzie’s Little Kitchen” in Listowel and Ballybunion will hold her cookery demo which will include food tastings. There will also be a grand door prize and some great raffle prizes. Tickets are just €15 and can be bought from Trish Aherne, Tina Byrne, Helen Twomey or any of the club members. Please support the fundraiser, as we all know the club have a great bunch of players, who are showing their skills at the respective schools they attend also and putting “The Vixens” on the map! Doors open at 7pm and 8pm is “cooking time”.

The death took place during the past week of John Horgan of Upper Athea. John had been ill for a while and passed away peacefully in St. Ita’s Hospital in Newcastle West. Many came to pay their last respects at Finucane’s funeral parlour here in Athea on Thursday Evening last. Burial took place after requiem mass on Friday to Holy Cross cemetery. Sincere sympathy to his wife Norrie, his family and many relatives and “soccer enthusiast friends”.  May he rest in peace.

The death also took place last week of Paddy Feury of Glenagragra, Athea. Paddy reposed in Glin funeral parlour where many came to sympathise. Burial took place in Kilfergus cemetery on Friday. May he rest in peace.

Well, wasn’t it great to see “the sun” at last over the long bank holiday weekend. The cuckoo could be heard singing, the cows eventually left out to graze and in general the sunshine “putting a spring in everyone’s step” – long may it last. This Bank holiday Monday sees temperatures in England rise to the highest since the 1970’s  for this time of year – hopefully this isn’t our summer!

Well, for those of us “Eurovision” lovers the Eurovision starts this week from Lisbon in Portugal – with the final on Saturday night. In recent years many families have had “Eurovision Nights” in with their families. However with Ireland not doing so well in recent years – we hope Ryan O’Shaughnessy will qualify at least this week to get through to Saturday night’s final.

Thanks to all who sympathised with us on the unexpected death of our cousin Mary Malone (O’Connor), Ardagh, this week. She will be sadly missed by her children Sean and Carol, husband Dave, mother Phil, her relatives and many friends. May the light of heaven be hers. 

Thoughts for the week:-

“Live every day as if it was your last”

“Life is a one way street and your are not coming back”.