By Kathleen Mullane

This weekend before all masses the annual Christmas Collection in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul will be taken up on Saturday and Sunday. Your support, as always, will be much appreciated and the money raised will be put to good use for those in need.

Today (Wednesday 28th) is the last day for names to be given in for the annual Christmas Party at the Top of the Town on next Wednesday December 5th. This is a lovely day with mass firstly followed by Christmas dinner, dancing and of course the raffle and afternoon tea. So have a great day everyone.

The Hall Committee wish to thank sincerely everyone who gave so generously to the Church gate collection last weekend for the hall upkeep which totalled €910. As I’ve stated many times the hall is a huge asset to our community and it is “A Community Hall”, and belongs to the Athea people – so well done. And of course last week I said we should be proud of our little village and parish with so many conveniences and to add to last week’s list – we have a betting shop (Lal’s Bookmakers) – vet (Pius Collins) no less than 3 Nurseries, a Dispensary, a Gym at Páirc na nGael and C.H. Fitness, 3 Undertakers and probably some I’m forgetting, so that gives us about “20” conveniences that we are so lucky to have, so “Athea is not Finished”.

Sincere congrats to Patrice Cleary & Colm Hassett, who were blessed with their new baby, a little boy, they are naming Malachy, a little brother for Rory. Congrats also to the proud grandparents.

It was with sadness that news reached us this week of the sudden death of Mikey Byrne of The Gables. He was everyone’s friend and a part of the Athea community for many years. He will lay in repose at Kelly’s Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7-8pm with burial after Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Saturday in Holy Cross. ‘May he rest in peace’.

The death took place last week of Anne Brosnan of Gortnagross, Athea. She reposed at her home where many came to pay their last respects on Thursday evening last. Burial followed Requiem Mass to Holy Cross. Sincere sympathy to her family, relatives and friends. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

Mary O’Connor of Shanagolden has gone to her eternal reward having reached her 100th year almost. Many paid their final respects at Ferris’ Funeral parlour in Shanagolden on Sunday evening last. Burial followed Requiem Mass on Monday with burial in Kilcoleman. Sympathy goes to her family and many relations and friends. ‘May she rest in peace’.

Grandparents/Parents Day will take place on Thursday 6th December at the school. This year our Bishop will attend and this, as always, should be a lovely day with the memorial garden being opened and some of the old Church altar having been used as a table there. All are welcome.

Don’t let the Community Games be non-existent in Athea. go along to the meeting on Wednesday night in the Hall. I’m not quite sure if it’s 8pm or 8.30pm. It’s a pity no one takes over the posts.