By Kathleen Mullane

Firstly, to all those who will be receiving their Junior Cert results on this Friday – they are wished the very best of luck. It’s been a long wait for them – longer than usual and this being their 1st public exam – it seems so important to them, I suppose it prepares them for ‘the bigger picture’ ahead.

Congrats and best wishes go to Pat-I Mulvihill, Hillside Drive who has retired from the ESB after a long spell! He joined with family and co-workers at Fennessy’s in Limerick on Friday night last and ended the retirement celebrations here in Athea

The death took place last week of Kay Dillon of Park, Athea who was in her nineties. One remembers Kay when she would come to the village years ago – you would stop to look at her. She was always dressed so beautifully – hat on head and of course the make-up perfect! Many came to pay their last respects at Kelly’s funeral parlour on Tuesday evening last. Burial followed requiem mass on Wednesday to Holy Cross cemetery and all those who had the mass booklet with her photo on it agreed she was like a “True Film Star”. Sincere sympathy to her daughter and sons, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Next weekend before all masses the church-gate collection in aid of Epilepsy will be taken up. Epilepsy affects thousands of people in Ireland and can be a frightening experience, so you are asked to give as generously as you can

It’s good to see that the Athea Parish Journal is going to go ahead again this year. The vital part of the journal is to get everything in early, as from years of experience doing the journal – putting it together – proof reading it and a whole lot more takes a lot of time. So gather up your photos (especially the older black and white ones if you have them), write your club and individual articles of trips made or whatever and get them all in to Domhnall and Lillian as soon as you can (myself included!!!).

Well the weekend is fast approaching for the “Ronald McDonald” fundraiser. Come along to the hall on Friday morning for the coffee morning at 9.30am – all are welcome – all donations however small will be welcome. Athea is donned out in the “Red and White” all over the place – even the washing on the line down near the hall!. Come along on Sunday morning to register in the hall from 11am for the run/walk – bring along the babies – buggies – grannies – granddads – dogs on leads – “put on the red and white and off we go.

Congratulations to Kaliyah Enright (daughter of Caroline and Richard, Templeathea) who really is making a name for herself in the horse-riding sector. Over the weekend she jumped 3’-3” in Tralee on her pony “Athea Star”. Kellihers Agri Feed, Tralee have welcomed her to the team and are going to sponsor her – as they see great things for her. Well done to Kaliyah.