By Kathleen Mullane


Well this weekend sees the start of Summer Time and maybe it will throw a bit of extra light on the long evenings which will make a very welcome change especially for our elderly who usually find the winter evenings long, moreover now with Covid.

Actually one can see many people even around our own parish having tunnels put up to grow their own vegetables etc. This is great to see and it keeps families busy weeding ,watering and watching their produce grow, as well as having the satisfaction of having your own organic food and its a great hobby and a way of filling in spare time.

With no collections being held this year we are all asked not to forget our Trocaire boxes which can be given into the church or to Fr Duggan or Siobhán in the next week or so, every little will help so many who are suffering from HUNGER, DISEASE AND THE RAVAGES OF WAR. Ethiopia is one of these places so please give what you can. We think we are badly off but when you see a little 5 year old in a camp with thousands of displaced families his mother, brother and grandmother having been shot  all on his own it makes one think.

Once again IRELAND has done so well with the Christmas SHOEBOX APPEAL, and though it was a bit different this year due to Covid, we did not let the kids down. The smiling faces as they opened their boxes said it all.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Brouder family on the death of Connie, Templeathea last week. Many of his family due to Covid were unable to travel home from America for the funeral but it was live streamed on Saturday from Athea Parish Church, Fr Duggan being the celebrant. Burial followed to Templeathea cemetery with parishioners and friends lining the route. May the light of heaven be his.

Our sympathy also goes to Willie Nolan and his family in Upper Athea and the Nolan family in Moyvane on the death of Willie’s brother Robert last week. He was laid to rest on Monday following requiem mass in Moyvane. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Wasn’t it great to see KNOCK getting International status on Friday evening last. This means a great deal for the Marian Shrine and will bring many more visitors to Knock in the future.

Thoughts for this week are