By Kathleen Mullane

Well, what a few beautiful days we have had this past week and some years the races in Listowel would have been on at this time. Ladies Day would have been unreal but looking at this week it was sad to see the stands and racecourse void of race goers on TG4. a sign of our strange times unfortunately. We live in hope for next year.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mary Ellen Collins and family of Templeathea on the unexpected death of her sister Kathy Robinson in Croagh at the weekend. May she rest in peace.

The death has also occurred of Mikie Mulvihill of Shanagolden quite suddenly, brother of Denny Mulvihill and brother-in-law of Mary T., Undertakers, Athea. May the light of heaven be his.

The wedding took place here in Athea Church on Saturday last of Padraig Brosnan, son of Joan and Patsy, Knocknagorna, Athea to Susan Flavin of Ballybunion. The reception was held at the Devon Inn Hotel where a lovely day was had by relatives and friends. Congrats to the newly weds and here’s to many happy years together.

A great game of football on Sunday last in Templeglantine where the Athea Minors took on Belville Gaels in the quarter final of the championship. We were up a good few points at half time but unfortunately the opposition netted goals a plenty in the start of the second half and they won by just 1 goal at the whistle. However, it was a most enjoyable, hard fought match with Athea giving their best. Difficult for me with 2 grandsons on the Athea team and 1 on the opposition!!!

Our U14s faired better on Monday evening when they met Blackrock here in Athea and played a great game winning 3-14 to 2-4. it’s great to see sports coming back again and our young people so enthusiastic, having been devoid of games due to Covid.

Isn’t it lovely to see the apartments across from the Church getting a facelift, with a coat of paint. Our quaint little village is being called “picturesque” – colourful, homely and many more great adjectives. Well done

Thought for the Week:

The more things that are forbidden – the more popular they become