By Kathleen Mullane

The death took place during the past week of Patsy O’Sullivan of Toureen, Athea. Patsy was a very well-liked member of the Athea community, always ready to share a joke! Many came to pay their final respects at the family home last week. Requiem mass the following day was followed by burial in Templeathea cemetery. Sincere sympathy to his daughters Joan, Mary, Martina and Anne Marie and sons Dan and Liam. “May the light of heaven be his”.

The unexpected death occurred over the weekend at a young age of Adrian Murphy (son of the late Hannah and Liamy of Gortnagross, Athea). Adrian resided in Newcastle West with his wife Gillian. His remains reposed at Cross’ funeral home in Limerick on Monday evening where many paid their respects to his wife and sisters and brothers. Cremation took place after requiem mass on Tuesday in Shannon Crematorium. ‘May he rest in peace’.

On Saturday 27th mass will be brought forward to 5pm, as suggested by the Bishop, in order to allow parishioners home early to watch the Limerick game at 6pm. Hope they win, following our prayers at mass!

The Templeathea graveyard mass will be on this Wednesday 17th at 7pm weather permitting.

I must mention when we were in Lourdes recently Thady Hunt had us doing ‘Tai-Chi’ in the hotel lobby before we headed out daily. Thady tells us he does it every morning watching it on his computer – it must be excellent for one’s health Thady having celebrated his 84th birthday last week – maybe he should start giving lessons to all?

Great to see such a huge crowd in Ballybunion on Sunday last – one of the warmest days this year. Every space was taken up and haven’t we some of the best beaches around – just hopefully we will get more sunshine to avail of the sea. The warm day also brought out many cars and tractors for the Athea Vintage Rally/Run, all in pristine order.

Thursday, August 1st is the parish pilgrimage to Knock. Anyone wishing to go can give their names to Agatha Barrett, Peggy Casey or ring me.

Congrats to Jacqui Stackpoole and her partner Con Wrenn who reside in Templeathea and have been blessed with their first baby, a little boy they are calling Tommy. Best wishes also go to the proud grandparents Margaret and Tom Stackpoole of Gortnagross.

Thought for the week:-

A single conversation across the table with a Wise Person is worth a month’s study of books.