By Kathleen Mullane

Put the clocks back 

Sincere sympathy is extended to Con Kearney, Lower Dirreen and his wife Sheila on the death of Con’s brother  Donal in Kanturk over the weekend. Reposing was in Newmarket, Co. Cork on Saturday evening and many came to pay their last respects. “May the light of heaven be his”.

Sympathy also goes to Kevin Dillon (formerly of Park, Upper Athea) on the recent death of his wife Lilian. She reposed on Thursday evening at Tagney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland. Kevin was one of the 1968 County team who recently had their commemoration night with Athea GAA. Go ndeana Dia trócaire le na h-anam.

A reminder to put your clocks back by an hour on this Saturday night/Sunday morning. Thankfully and hopefully by 2020 it is reported that there will be no changing times, hence no long, darker nights!

Athea Tidy Towns have their annual Church-gate collection this weekend October 27th/28th. As we are well aware the volunteers do tremendous work and every cent they win through hard and dedicated work or from this collection each year, they put back into making Athea a little village that we all can be so proud of – so please give generously .

Thought for the week: It is possible to own too much – a person with 1 watch knows what time it is – a person with 2 watches is never quite sure.

Congrats to Claire Ryan, Lower Athea who celebrated her 50th birthday recently along with her brother Ed who was 60 and 2 nieces who were 30. All enjoying a holiday in the Dominican Republic.

The wedding took place on Friday last of Matthew Tierney, Templeathea, son of Noreen and John, to Michelle Murphy of Abbeyfeale. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Fr. Brendan Duggan at the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale. Afterwards it was on to The Woodlands Hotel in Adare where the newly-weds were joined by family and friends and of course all the Athea footballers who had Matthew as part of their team from U-10s onwards! A great day was enjoyed by everyone. Congrats and best wishes to the newly-weds for the future.

“Team Hope” have launched their annual Christmas shoebox appeal, so it’s now time to organise your shoebox for those little children who have little or nothing for Christmas. The delight on their faces when they open their boxes makes it so much worthwhile.

Sincere sympathy is also sent to Fr. Tony Mullins, Abbeyfeale/Athea whose brother Michael died in England recently. He reposed at the family home in Carrigkerry on Saturday with burial in Ardagh on Sunday. ‘May he rest in peace’.

Athea bingo lovers are asked for their support at Halla Tadhg Gaelach, Tournafulla on Sunday, November 4th at 3pm with €2,100 in prizes. A double book and 2 sheets is €15, a single book and 1 sheet is €13 and a ½ book is €5. All support would be welcome.