By Kathleen Mullane

Well hopefully at this stage Domhnall & Lillian have enjoyed their week’s break from our “Parish Newsletter” – it’s great to get away from the usual surroundings to ‘recharge the batteries’.

Happy 21st birthday wishes are extended to Clodagh Histon of Hillside Drive who recently celebrated her 21st birthday along with family and friends at the Top of the Town. All had a very enjoyable night 

Lorcan McAuliffe (son of Rose and Bill, Lower Athea) celebrated his 21st at home with family and friends last Tuesday evening – it was on to Ballybunion then where celebrations with friends continued. Best wishes to Lorcan for his 21st.

Congrats to Áine and Moss O’Connor of Carrigkerry on the birth of their 1st baby – a little girl they are naming Sophie-Mai. We also congratulate the proud first time grandparents Margaret and Jim Geaney of Toureendonnell.

Special birthday wishes go to Raymond Brouder (son of Bridie and Jerry, Templeathea) who celebrated his 30th birthday with a great party attended by his family and many friends at the Top of the Town recently. The night was made extra special by the music of Liam O’Connor (the fastest fingers on the accordion) joined of course by Raymond on bodhrán. It was “an electric night” of music.

This Thursday sees the annual parish pilgrimage to Knock taking place. There are still a few seats available. Agatha Barrett is taking the names if you would like to go. She can be contacted on 068-52930. The bus will leave from the hall at 8am sharp.

Tenders are being invited from contractors for the proposed work in relation to the extension of the church car park. Full details with closing date can be seen in the church porch or details can be got from Fr. Duggan re where to apply.

Great news for Jane Stackpoole who married Michael Guinane here in Athea recently, who have been chosen, along with Miriam Langan of Glenagragra who will be getting married in September to Pa Brouder. They have been chosen to attend the Pope’s mass in Dublin in the Pro-Cathedral in August. This will be an intimate gathering unlike the thousands who will be attending in Croke Park and the Phoenix Park, so they are very privileged. Fr. Duggan put forward their names and it was the ‘luck of the draw’ after that!.

Well done to Fr. Duggan who I see doing his daily walk around the ring each morning, by the time he is finished – he has his plastic bag full of rubbish. In a “5 minute” stretch yesterday I picked up 6 cans and a big glass Cider bottle – please help our dedicated Tidy Towns volunteers.