By Kathleen Mullane

The death occurred during the past week of Jimmy Wrenn of Gortnagross, Athea in the care of Milford Hospice. Many came to pay their last respects at Kelly’s funeral parlour on Thursday evening last. Cremation followed requiem mass on Friday at Shannon Crematorium. Sincere sympathy to his sister Mary and brothers Vinny, Sonny, Barty and Gerard. ‘May the light of heaven be his’.

Congrats to Breda Sweeney of Hillside Drive, Athea (daughter of the late Pat and Anna Mai) who became engaged recently to Sean McCoy of Newcastlewest. All enjoyed the engagement party at Brown Joe’s. Best of luck for the future.

Well we had “Storm Freya” then “Storm Gareth” over the past couple of weeks with wind in abundance – and enough rain on last Saturday that caused fields to flood all the way back Lower Athea and the river at the bridge in Lower Dirreen almost bursting its banks. We will put up with if for now and hopefully get a good summer. As the saying goes – “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb” or

“The March winds doth blow and we shall have snow

And what will the Robin do then poor thing?

He’ll hide in the barn and keep himself warm

And wrap his head under his wing, poor thing.”

Well next Friday, March 22nd at O’Riordan’s Pharmacy here in Athea a very worthwhile tea/coffee morning will be held in aid of Daffodil Day. Anyone who would like to donate any baking, buns, cakes etc., all is welcome. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Well the countdown is on for the Grand Variety Concert which is a fundraiser for the Lourdes volunteer/invalid fund. It’s being held here in Athea Church on Sunday, March 31st at 7pm with tickets on sale at just €10. Posters are on display with the great amount of talented artists giving of their time. There will be some lovely spot-prizes also on the night for the raffle with all donations greatly received.

Family and relatives of the late Kitty McCarton (nee Roche) travelled to Chicago for her funeral last week. She had lived into her 80s and was a very well liked person in her community. Sincere sympathy goes to her sisters Nora Cunningham, Eileen Naughton, Hannah Sheehy, Margaret Roche, Noel, Christy and Michael Roche and extended family. “Go ndeana Dia trócaire le na hanam”.

On Saturday night next, March 23rd the showing of the recent S.D.C. fundraising DVD for the GAA will be shown at Collins’ Bar at 8.30pm after mass. All are welcome – and no doubt DVDs will be on sale shortly.

Congrats and best wishes to James Ryan, Lower Athea (son of Rodger and Clare) who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night last at his home. A great night was enjoyed by family and friends.