By Kathleen Mullane

The death occurred over the weekend of Ita Bradley formerly of Athea, who had been in the care of Arus Mhuire nursing home in Listowel. Her remains were at her daughter Geraldine’s home over the weekend in Templeathea for private family time due to Covid. Requiem mass was celebrated on Sunday by Canon Tony Mullins with beautiful music played by her two sons, along with Margaret Carroll’s lovely rendition of Our Lady Of Knock to whom Ita was very dedicated. Her granddaughter Sarah had made a special card in which she wrote that she hoped her nana would meet Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse in heaven which was very touching. Burial took place after mass to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sincere sympathy to her daughter Geraldine, sons Kieran and Colm and extended family, relations and many friends. ‘May she rest in peace’.

On Saturday, December 5th the annual Vincent De Paul Xmas Appeal collection will take place here in Athea. Due to Covid this year it cannot take place at the church. Therefore we will be holding it between 9am- 6pm near Collins’ Shop. We are especially asking this year for your generosity as always as many are in dire straights. Envelopes have been given out to households in the parish or you can use your own envelope and give it at our collection table or to a member of the Vincent De Paul. Otherwise any donation, no matter how small, would be welcome at the collection point. All money raised will go to deserving families. Every little helps a lot.

Isn’t it great to see the walking track. At the GAA pitch being used, early morning until late at night with lights on during darkness that come on automatically when one passes the clubhouse. No traffic, so safe and social distancing adhered to fully. Great for mind and body during Covid and all year around.

No doubt everyone will be glued to the Limerick game this weekend we wish them well, a few green flags wouldn’t go astray I suppose in and around the parish to bring a bit of excitement into the place. Everyone agrees that its great to have the games on so late for the All Ireland, it takes ones mind off Covid. We wish Mayo well also in their encounter and isn’t it a tonic to see the likes of Cavan and Tipp, underdogs,  making it through for a change. Here’s to SPORT.