By Kathleen Mullane

Well I wish I was congratulating the Limerick team this week and all the avid supporters who left from this side of the country to support them but unfortunately it was not to be and lost by just 1 point which makes it all the more difficult! But you know what – they will be there again hopefully in the not too distant future and the main thing is all types of ‘Sport’ helps bring communities together so that in itself is a “huge bonus”.

On Friday last Karen Greaney (daughter of Ita and Tommy, Templeathea) was married to John Geoghegan (son of Eibhlís and Leo, Gortnagross). Fr. Michael Wall, a family relative, performed the nuptial ceremony along with the christening of their little son John Gerard. The bride was assisted by her sisters Andrea and Rachel and Aisling Geoghegan and Fionnuala Crimmons. The groomsmen were Raymond Brouder, Mike McCarthy, John Conway and Gary Carroll. The pageboys were Jack Geoghegan and Finn Healy and Grace Ahern, flowergirl. Everyone had a great day at The Devon Inn Hotel. Best wishes go to the newly weds and congratulations.

Thursday last was the ‘Big Day’ for Pa Ahern, son of Nellie and Mossie of Garrygloss, when he wed Deirdre Fitzpatrick of Ashford. Deirdre and Pa were well known in the GAA sector. Deirdre played football for the Athea Ladies team some years ago. The wedding ceremony took place in St. Ita’s Church in Ashford. It was off to The Woodlands Hotel in Adare then where family, relatives and friends had a brilliant day. All the very best is wished to the happy couple for the future years ahead.

Sympathy is extended to Catherine Moran of Toureen on the recent death of her brother Gerard O’Connor in Newport, Co. Tipperary. ‘May he rest in peace’.

A big crowd attended the graveyard mass in Templeathea on Wednesday evening last – it was a lovely, fine evening for the occasion having had to be cancelled on 2 occasions.

The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock is on this Thursday, August 1st. The departure time is 8am from the Memorial Hall. There are a couple of seats still available so if you decide to go, inform Peggy Casey or Agatha Barrett.

The traffic on all roads I’m sure at this busy time of year is very heavy. I can only speak for my own Glin Road. Several people have got such frights recently, myself included, at the bridge near Timmy and Nora Cunningham’s. Cars speeding across the bridge are swung over to the opposite side, as there’s a sort of a bump on the bridge. Someone is going to get injured or killed there. We think there should be a sign up saying “Caution – Take Care” or “Slow Down, Dangerous Bridge”.

Congrats to Aisling O’Shea (daughter of Máiréad and Seán of Templeathea) who celebrated her 21st birthday last weekend along with her family and friends.