by Kathleen Mullane

Firstly, I’d better wish my son-in-law Paul Curry a very happy 50th birthday as  he celebrated his special day over the weekend at the Arsenal / Man Utd. game and also the London / Limerick game in England with his sons. Best wishes to aul.

Well, this weekend sees the collection taking place for Carol, our sacristan on Saturday and Sunday at both Masses. Envelopes are available at the Church doors. Show your appreciation for all the work she does and give generously.

This Friday, January 1st, sees the start of Spring and St. Brigid’s Day. No doubt in Kerry they will be out celebrating “the Biddy”. It’s the time of year everyone looks forward to; the brighter mornings and evenings, the daffodils starting to bloom, indeed everything coming to life. These days are a bit wet and damp, however we must not complain – we had a lovely mild Christmas. At present, in Australia, the temperatures are in the high 40s. Many hundreds of dogs have died with the excruciating heat as well as people and forest fires are rampant. In the USA at present the cold is unbelievable, in the

–20s so in all we are so lucky and the mud slides in Brazil with 100s missing – another awful disaster so, enjoy the rain and no doubt we will have drier days ahead.

Don’t forget to book your seat for the Athea Drama’s production, The Lonesome West, starting next week. Phone/text 087 2743189. It is on for a total of six nights and is bound to be a great production.

Yoga continues at the hall with Lynda from 7- 8.30. All newcomers welcome. A great way to de-stress  and get those bones limbered up.

Congrats to Eamon O’Riordan (son of Mary and Ned of Clash, Athea) who became engaged to Eva Drew of Bridgetown, Clare, daughter of Michael and Bríd Drew. The happy couple were joined by family for their engagement in Ennis. Best wishes to the happy couple.

Well, not much going on this week so I’ll finish with these lines –  “Whether one is 20, 40, 60 or 80, whether its the year 2000 or 2019 –  whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along. Whether yesterday was full of sun or storm or one of those dull days with no sun at mall. Life begins each morning –  each morning is the open door to a new world and new aims, new tryings, new friendships and the good health to enjoy the day and the week ahead.”