By Kathleen Mullane

Happy Valentines

Well this will be a Valentines Day on Sunday next with a difference, but during this time of Covid everything is different, but sure we have to make the most of it. Won’t it be nice for all the husbands, partners and boyfriends to Don the Aprons for a change and do the cooking on this day of Romance and Love. And you know what – sometimes a nice quite intimate dinner is lovely. It’s like the quiet weddings that couples are having at the moment, where numbers are limited due to Covid. Couples were dreading not having a big crowd as planned but having read recently about their special day, all agreed they had a wonderful time and were able to sit down, relax and take time to talk to all those family members who were so important to them – maybe its the way of the future.

Wasn’t it wonderful on Thursday morning last to tune into radio 1 and listen to the feature on the Athea new WALK AND TALK TRACK which will be put into place shortly with new benches and signs on the walking track at the GAA pitch. Damien Ahern spoke on his use of the track after work each day doing his few laps. As he said – good for mind and body, and this is what everyone needs, moreover our youth during these difficult times. Dylan Griffin, a member of the Athea GAA, uses the track to keep up his fitness levels after doing his weights. Then we had Hayley McMahon Templeathea who moved from LONDON with her family and enjoys the track to meet new people and with a special needs child its great she says for complete safety to keep an eye on the 3 of them cycling walking and playing. Lastly Paul Curry, Chairman, is delighted that improvements are being made year on year, with parishioners at home and overseas sponsoring different things at the pitch for which the club are extremely grateful. Next big job on the agenda is to tarmac the walking track, and it is hoped that everyone will maybe give a helping hand with this as every single Euro will be welcome. More about this later.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the O’Donoghue family of Keale, Athea on the recent death of their mother Margaret in her 99th year. A very quiet unassuming woman who was held in high esteem by her family, relations and neighbours. Requiem mass was live streamed on Sunday last with Fr Duggan celebrating. Burial took place afterwards in Holy Cross. Sincere sympathy to her daughters, sons and extended family. May she rest in peace.

Thought for the week-

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