By Kathleen Mullane

It was a double celebration in the last couple of weeks for Joan & Willie O’Riordan of Upper Dirreen. Firstly their daughter Moira and her husband Ian Sheehy were blessed with their new baby girl Aoibhinn and their son John Paul and his wife Norma had their 2nd baby, a little boy they are calling Eoghan William, a little brother for Siúin. We also congratulate the other grandparents Noreen and Gene Brouder of Templeathea. Best wishes to all of them.

Adult dancing classes have re-commenced in the hall with John Joe on Tuesday nights. No partner is required – set dancing is a great way of keeping fit. It starts at 9pm.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Catherine Crowley of Knockfinisk on the recent death of her brother Frank Meade at a young age. A huge crowd paid their final respects to the family last week. ‘May the light of heaven be his’.

This weekend before all masses the church-gate collection in aid of Epilepsy Ireland will take place. Your support, as always, for this worthy cause would be very much appreciated.

Well, the lovely dry, frosty weather over the past week has enabled the farmers to cut silage, spread slurry, move bales and also lawns have been given their final pre-winter cut hopefully. And with October with us this week – all is looking good! And  with October in mind we must all try and do our bit – go through our photos etc and help Domhnall and Lillian’s job in putting the “30th” edition of the Parish Journal together. I’m sure there are many articles that could be written by individuals and also delve into your photo albums and pick out some for the journal. All will be kept safely for you.

Well, the big ‘Celebration Night’ is almost upon us for the gallant Athea winning teams of 1963 and 1968 – celebrating ‘55’ and ‘50’ years respectively and isn’t it great to see so many of the players still alive “to tell the tale”, and travelling to the Devon Inn on this Friday 5th from England and all parts of Ireland. If you still haven’t picked up your ticket – you hopefully won’t be disappointed as only a few are left. It’s going to be a great night of music, dance, renewing friendships and a whole lot more. If you need to book a family table or get a ticket contact Paul Curry, Pat Sullivan or myself . If there are enough people interested a bus may travel on the night. Contact me Kathleen Mullane on 087-1233361.