By Kathleen Mullane

“Happy Valentines” 

Shane Tierney, on behalf of the North Kerry Harriers, wishes to thank everyone who came along to watch their hunt recently in and around Athea. It was one of the biggest attended in a long time. The farmers are particularly thanked for allowing the hunt through their fields. Also Gerard Whites for accommodating refreshments after. In all a great day was had by all.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Marian Chawke of Gortnagross on the recent death of her mother Bridget Harding in Pallasgreen last week. She had reached the great age of 102 years. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

This Thursday being ‘Valentine’s Day’ I’m sure there will be plenty of ‘flowers’, ‘chocolates’ and who knows maybe ‘an engagement ring or two’. I just wonder nowadays are there as many cards sent as there was when we were young? In those days you would get a card and you would try to distinguish ‘the writing’ as more often than not it would be anonymous and would say from “Guess Who” or ‘A Secret Admirer’. That was the fun thing – to be left wondering and you would be looking at everyone’s facial expressions wondering if it was that person that sent you the card!

Well this Friday night Feb 15th sees the ‘Launch Night’ of the GAA fundraiser S.D.C. at 8.30 at the Top of the Town. With just 3 weeks left to the Big Night, excitement is starting as the practice sessions are in full swing. You are urged to purchase your tickets on time to avoid disappointment.

The death has occurred in England of John Danaher, formerly of Upper Athea, who was in his early sixties. Funeral arrangements will be made at a later date. Sympathy goes to his brothers, sister and extended family, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Athea Drama “The Lonesome West” is attracting big crowds every night – there are just three more nights to go if you haven’t already booked. The group have donated so willingly to different charities and organisations over the years and deserve support. Also the kitchen proceeds during the drama are also benefitting several different groups which is great, e.g. basketball, footsall and this Sunday night sees the proceeds benefiting the 2 Athea Youth Volunteers to Lourdes this June – Maedbh Donovan and Aidan Curry – your support would be welcome.

I heard on Radio Kerry recently that on Feb 23rd at Tralee Rugby Club, from 11-5pm, bikes can be left (no tricycles) anyway wheels are on, they will be sent to Africa so kids can cycle to school – a great idea for unwanted bikes.

Thanks to all who supported St. Vincent’s Lisnagry collection last weekend. A total of €555 was collected, which will be a great help. Thanks to Denise O’Riordan and Roger Ryan for helping me.