By Kathleen Mullane

“Grandparents” & “Remembrance Day” 

Well, last Thursday was a memorable day in many ways for parents, grandparents, teachers and pupils alike at Athea N.S. Firstly there was Concelebrated Mass in the church with Bishop Brendan Leahy and Fr. Duggan. Margaret Carroll led the schoolchildren’s choir, along with Anne-Marie Horgan and they were a real credit. The church was full with many parents and grandparents attending. Ella Ahern, Jeremiah Carmody and Conor Hayes R.I.P. were remembered with fondness. It was down to the school then where the beautiful “Remembrance Garden” was blessed by our Bishop (and if you haven’t paid a visit to see it) it is well worth going into the school to do so. A carpet of artificial grass compliments the marble and sandstone table and seats, which were made, incidentally, out of the old Church Altar and beautifully done. Water features also adorned this beautiful “Remembrance Garden” – which has a feeling of ‘true tranquillity’ – and a place where Ella, Jeremiah and Conor can be remembered, along with all other deceased family members. Thanks and well done to all who were kept busy giving out teas, coffees and all types of cakes etc. In all a lovely “Remembrance Day”.

A reminder that the Athea & District Credit Union AGM will take place on next Sunday evening, December 16th at 6pm in the Athea office. All members are invited to attend.

A great crowd attended the Going Strong Christmas Party on Wednesday last at the Top of the Town. Everyone enjoyed the meal, music, dancing and all went home with a gift – for which the committee wish to thank all the sponsors for. And indeed well done to all who helped out.

Well the hand-painted Christmas cards by Kairi Upton (grand-daughter of Domhnall) are really beautifully done. I got some the other day and they are a credit to Kairi with €2 going to the Athea Lourdes fund from each pack. Well done to a young, talented artist.

Congrats to Jade McMahon and Ciara Hunt who, this week, will receive the John Paul II prestigious award– indeed well done to them both.

Also well done to Denis Greaney, Templeathea, who is now training with the Limerick County team – watch this space.

This weekend before all masses the ‘Concern’ Christmas collection, organised by Tarbert Comprehensive School, will take place. Please support this very worthy annual Christmas appeal.