By Kathleen Mullane

Well, another year gone by and on Sunday morning the 6th class girls and boys of Athea N.S. celebrated their end of year Graduation Mass. Margaret Carroll led the school choir who sang beautifully. Sarah Missorici couldn’t be there as she was participating in the Special Olympics and, incidentally, did extremely well winning medals in gymnastics. Well done to Sarah. Sarah Kelly also was recuperating after her Scoliosis operation and wasn’t able to attend. She is wished all the very best. Teachers, parents, grandparents, S.N.A.s and of course Fr. Duggan were thanked for all their help in getting the 6th class to this stage. Each and every one of them are wished all the very best as they take another big step into secondary school in September.

Congrats to Kathleen Barrett of Knocknagorna who has recently won a gold medal at “Bloom” for her creation “ A Rich Summer Tapestry”, her floral art creation. Kathleen now teaches horticultural and gardening skills with the Kerry Education and Training Board. We wish her well and no doubt this is not the last we will hear from her !

Well, there was a nice crowd at the barbecue at the Hall on Sunday afternoon last. Fr. Duggan had organised it along with his many dedicated helpers to thank and show appreciation to all those who help out in the Church e.g. the choir, readers, Eucharistic Ministers, basket collectors, altar servers, parents and the Church related committees –  everyone was indeed welcome. Pat McSweeney and Jack Quaid were busy cooking for the barbecue. It was a lovely get-together for all concerned. Well done to all.

The Athea group are off to Lourdes this week for the annual Limerick Pilgrimage  along with some invalids from the parish. Hopefully they will have a lovely experience and that the floods that affected Lourdes last week will have abated. I was there last year after 20 years and am sorry not to be going this year. It’s really a unique trip, especially for our young people who volunteer as helpers.

Congrats to Mary Woulfe of Cratloe on her recent win at the Listowel races of the “Best Dressed Lady” event. A truly deserving winner.

The wedding took place in St. Brendan’s Cathedral in Loughrea, Co. Galway, on Saturday morning last, of Diarmuid Moran, son of Catherine and John, Toureen, Athea, to Karen Kavanagh, daughter of Val and Teresa. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Monsignor Cathal Geraghty. The best man was Micheál Moran and the groomsman was Martin McAuliffe. The bridesmaids were Lourda McCormack and Emer O’Meara. A great day was enjoyed by all at the Galway Bay hotel, dancing to Mike Denver. Congrats to the newly-weds and here’s to their future.