By Kathleen Mullane

If anyone is looking for a door key I found one on the road near my house the other day with a pink tag on it. Give me a buzz if you think its yours!

Well by the time you read this no doubt the ‘Pancakes’ will have been well eaten and enjoyed. In days gone by the day was used to get whatever food was left in the pantry, eaten up before the fasting on Ash Wednesday which was a totally Black Day. Nowadays there is more encouragement into “taking up” something for the ‘6 weeks and 4 days’ of Lent rather than giving up something you love. I wonder would our youth give up their phones for a few hours a day? and start talking and saluting people instead. I wonder would those who normally throw their rubbish out on our roads refrain from doing so and instead help with our big “Good Friday” clean up in and around our lovely village. I wonder should we all give more time to visiting our elderly in our parish and in nursing homes. And lastly to de-stress and laugh a lot more and enjoy every day as if it was our last!

Exercise classes for over 55s are starting here in the hall on Tuesday next March 3rd from 11.30am – 12.30pm. Further details from Nicole on 087-9459971. Everyone is welcome, it should be fun and it will prevent those ‘ageing bones’ and muscles from seizing up.

The death has taken place, following a long illness, of Mary Greaney of Garryowen, Limerick (nee O’Connor formerly of Knocknagorna). Sadly Mary’s sister Sheila was only buried last week in Limerick also. Her remains reposed at Cross’ funeral parlour on Monday evening where relatives and friends paid their respects. Burial followed requiem mass at St. John’s Cathedral to Mount St. Oliver cemetery. Sympathy to her sisters, brothers, family and relatives. ‘May she rest in peace’.

“SPRING INTO EASTER” – Athea’s Midnight Multicoloured Walk – what is this you might ask? Well on Good Friday night-into Easter Saturday a very exciting walk will take place at the GAA pitch with young and old invited to come along wearing the brightest-oddest colours they have. Mismatching socks, shoes, hats – “anything” – there will be prizes for best dressed children and adults! Lanterns will be in abundance, torches etc – even the kids could be making paper lanterns in advance. Registration will be in the hall (after the AA meeting) -walk to the pitch then and refreshments after in the hall. Donations big or small will go to the Lourdes Fund and Athea GAA.

Another “Grand Concert” is in the pipeline for Sunday, April 5th – to send our Youth Volunteers and Invalids from the parish to Lourdes in June. Emily Clarke will head the concert (she has a new C.D coming out shortly also). Maura and Donie will entertain the crowd as will Mike Guina, Trumpeteer. A lot of our brilliant local talent also. So come along – enjoy the night and help out a great cause. The last few years have been a great success.