Kathleen Mullane

Happy Easter

Well the first draw of ‘Split the Bucket’ (in aid of the Lourdes Volunteers and Invalids travelling in June) took place on Saturday night in the Sacristy with the committee. Maedbh O’Donovan, one of the volunteers travelling, drew the winning ticket and the lucky winner of €100 was Bibi Gleeson of Upper Athea who we congratulate. The next draw will be on Saturday 27th. Buckets are again placed in all the usual outlets so to be in with a chance drop your €2 in the envelope provided, add your name and phone number and who knows you may be the lucky winner. We thank sincerely all those who have supported the cause, also those who threw in their loose change and those who gave notes instead of the €2, it’s very much appreciated and we will think of you all in Lourdes, when we light the special candle for the Athea people.

Thanks also to Agatha Barrett who did great work at the Athea Bingo to help with our fundraising.

Congrats and best wishes go to Joannie McGurk (nee White – formerly of Colbert St.) who travelled home to celebrate her 70th birthday from the U.S.A. Last week. Her sister Betty and brother Tom also travelled from England for the occasion. They celebrated at home with sister Brownie and friends. Here’s to many more years of health and happiness to Joannie and safe trip back to the U.S.A.

Don’t forget the much looked-forward to Fashion Show on Wednesday night, a fundraiser for the Tidy Towns who do Trojan work in and around Athea. The big Limerick Clean-Up takes place as always on Good Friday, so you are asked to put on those gloves, get your bags and help along your own stretch of road or wherever. On Saturday I even brought a shopping bag of mostly “recyclable” rubbish which had been conveniently “hung on a branch” up the road – what is wrong with these people? Actually it’s a pity there’s no electricity supply on the ditch, as there’s a microwave thrown in over the blessed well!

Congrats and best wishes are extended to Stephen McEnery, Hillside Drive (son of Angela and Denis) who celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday night last along with family and friends at the Top of the Town. A great night was had  by all.

Wishing everyone all the very best for a very ‘Happy Easter’ and by all accounts the weather is meant to improve this coming week.

“May God bless you at Easter and keep you all year through,

May God give you all the faith it takes to make your dreams come true.

May his love and wisdom always help to guide you on your way,

May his light shine down upon you now,

to bless your Easter Day”