By Kathleen Mullane

“Many Congrats” 

Sincere congrats to Declan White along with his wife Mary who were blessed with their second baby recently, a little girl they are naming Chloe, a sister for Emma. Congrats and good wishes are also extended to the proud grandparents Nora and Tommy White of Upper Athea.

The organisers of the ‘Split the Bucket’ – Lourdes Invalid fund wish to thank sincerely everyone who recently contributed to the collection. The shops and business people are also thanked for allowing the buckets on their premises. The last and final winner of €50 was Jackie Stackpoole, Templeathea. A candle will be bought by Fr. Duggan in Lourdes on behalf of the parish and everyone will be prayed for.

The wedding took place on Saturday last of Stacey Galvin and James Kenrick of ‘Galeside’, Athea. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Fr. Brendan Duggan here in St. Bartholomew’s church. The bridesmaids were Catríona Kenrick, Chloe Kenrick and Gemma Mulvihill. The bestmen were Mikey White, Ger O’Connell and Micheál Downey. The flowergirl was Amy Kenrick and the pageboys were Owen and Conor Kenrick. The reception was held at The Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine where everyone had a great day. Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds.

On Saturday evening next, June 15th, the special ‘Graduation Mass’ for all the 6th class pupils, who will be leaving Athea N.S. in the next few weeks, will be  celebrated at 7.30pm. We wish them all the very best as they embark on another step in their lives.

We also continue to remember all those who are sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams at the moment. Hope all is going according to plan.

Well done to Tommy Moran and all those who faced the challenge of absailing down the many floors of “The Red Cow” last weekend all in aid of St. James’ Hospital in Dublin, where Tommy received such wonderful treatment after his stroke. Thanks is extended to all his Athea friends and neighbours who contributed to the worthy cause.

Well everyone is still talking about the success of the recent Fleadh Cheoil held here in Athea. And “the burning question” on everyone’s lips already is  – “will Athea get to host it next year again”? Well if this year’s outstanding success is anything to go by, I’m sure Athea is in with a good chance with everything going for our village and great venues for all the various competitions – we are in a great position for the future.

“Thought for the Week”:- “Generosity is giving more than you can and pride is taking less than you need”.