By Kathleen Mullane

This coming weekend, Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd June the Church gate collection will be in aid of West Limerick Radio. Your support would be very much appreciated  as the station keeps all in touch with the day to day news and also does so much advertising for different communities etc – so please help.

The graduation mass for those in 6th class who will be moving on to secondary in September was really lovely on Saturday evening. A lot of preparation by their teacher Margaret Ahern, the school and parents alike went into the ceremony. All dressed in their uniforms and having spent 9 years in Athea N.S., having made long-lasting friendships – they were all ready to take another step into their further education. We wish them all the very best on their continuous journey. A bouquet of flowers was presented by the children to Margaret Watters, Principal also to Margaret Ahern, Class teacher and a token of appreciation to Fr. Brendan for his input and many visits to the class. Thanks was also extended to Margaret Carroll for her wonderful music and Anne-Marie Horgan for also helping with the choir.

The wedding took place on Saturday last of Maggie Cronin, daughter of Nora Sheehan, to Matthew Chivers U.K son of Karen and Tony. The bridesmaids were Tina Murphy, Sara Haynes, Noelle Tedford, Trisha Sheehan, Chloe Chivers and Brooke Connor. The groomsmen were Michael Healy, Freddie Beautyman, Sam Emms, Alfie Demicol, William Cronin and Jamie Sheehan. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Fr. Brendan Duggan. The reception was held at the Devon Inn where everyone had a great day. Congrats to the newly weds and best wishes for their future happiness.

Happy joint 21st birthday wishes to both Ronan Hayes and Pádraig O’Sullivan who celebrated their birthdays together on Saturday night last along with family and friends, an enjoyable night was had by all.

Well the Lourdes Youth Volunteers from our parish are off to lend their “helping hands” to the sick and elderly this Wednesday. Maedhbh O’Donovan, Eoin Sheahan and Aidan Curry are those travelling. On Thursday they will be joined by the Athea contingent headed by Fr. Duggan. A candle will be lit for all the Athea parishioners by the group whilst there. Thanks again to all those who gave so generously to ‘Split the Bucket’, those who gave individual donations etc, you will all be prayed for and remembered on this pilgrimage.

It was great to see the ‘Glin Men’s Shed’ here selling their lovely wooden boxed, feeders, thatched cottages and a lot more on Saturday last. What ‘gifted hands’, a pity Athea doesn’t have a ‘Men’s Shed’, as I’m quite sure there are many gifted people in our midst too.