By Kathleen Mullane

Well ‘Storm Ciara’ is raging outside at the moment coupled with Driving Rain this Sunday evening and hail etc supposed to come yet. Thankfully however we have electricity and heat so we can’t complain too much.

I would like to thank Séan Hanrahan who helped me with the church gate collection, in terrible, wet conditions, over the weekend in aid of people with disabilities (St. Vincent’s Lisnagry) and also to Trish Phillips-Ahern who helped put away the tables and soaked posters and to all you who gave so generously – it no doubt will be much appreciated. The total collected was €355.

The death occurred last week of Martin Rigg of Parkmount, Athea (and formerly of Cahir, Tipperary). His remains reposed here at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Thursday evening where family, neighbours and friends paid their respects. Burial followed requiem mass on Friday to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sympathy to his wife Anne (Guiney) and extended family. May he  rest in peace.

Also this past week Willie Pa O’Connor passed away peacefully at his home in Abbeyfeale. Many paid their last respects on Friday evening at Hartnett’s funeral parlour. Burial followed requiem mass on Saturday to Reilig Íde Naofa. Sympathy to his son Pat, Templeathea and his sister Betty, Coole and to extended family. May he  rest in peace.

The North Kerry Harriers wish to thank sincerely all the land-owners who accommodated the Hunt last week also to anyone who helped out on the day and preparing for the event and to White’s Bar – a great day ensued.

Well done to Athea Drama Group who are now half-way through their 6 night production of “Looking for Love” which is attracting big crowds, with some new faces on stage this year. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to see it, it’s on again Thursday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Exercise classes for over 55s will be starting in the hall on Tuesday, March 3rd from 11.30 to 12.30 further details from Nicole on 087-7781561.

Well great crowds of men, women and children are availing of the walking track on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm, some arriving beforehand to get in extra laps. It’s also being widely used every day and everyone is delighted – no chance of getting knocked down with speeding cars. Everyone tries to do the 7 laps (5k). Liz Flynn (Woulfe) had a great idea the other night – as some would lose track of how many laps they had done. Liz puts 7 pebbles into her pocket and after each lap either throws out 1 pebble or moves 1 pebble after each lap to the other pocket – great head Liz!

“Happy Valentine’s Day” to one and all this weekend. No doubt there will be an abundance of flowers, chocolates and maybe even a ring.