By Kathleen Mullane


Well as I do these few lines this Monday night ,one wonders is it Summer or Winter we have. We have had the wettest MAY on record I’m told. I went out no less than 3 times today to pull weeds, which I may add are more than plentiful, and had to come in from the hailstones each time not to mention the cold it was BALTIC, and the poor flowers are getting an awful battering. However we must not despair, the temperatures are on the rise towards the weekend, so get out the sun block.

Great excitement in the Mullane and Cleary households this week.. Helen Cleary and Sean Mullane were blessed with their first baby, a little girl they are naming Hannah. Congrats to the proud parents and to the proudest grandparents Pat and Patsy Cleary of Templeathea and Mary B and Conor Mullane of Knocknagorna.

The death took place last week in Tralee at a young age of Margaret Cummins, nee O’Hanlon, formerly of Dirreen, Athea, at UHK., following an illness. Requiem mass was celebrated here in Athea by Fr Duggan on Thursday last followed by burial in Holy Cross cemetery. Sincere sympathy to her husband Chris, young son Kyle, mother Joan, sisters Christina,,Eileen and Nora brother Mikey, uncle Donal and relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Thanks is extended to all who donated babies needs to the Ronald McDonald fund over the past 2 weekends. No doubt all items will be put to good use.

Athea is a wonderful community, at the time of writing I note that the amount now donated to the GAA  go fund me page is now the great figure of €9,337 its heading for the €10,000 mark who would have thought it. But it will be a magnificent walking/running track when the tarmac is laid and so safe for every age. Once again well done to all.

James Nolan will be laid to rest in London this Tuesday following a road traffic accident. It was nice that the Athea GAA flag was taken over by his mother Pauline in memory of his time on the pitch as a young player. May he rest in peace.

Hope all you dedicated Eurovision enthusiasts enjoyed the final in Rotterdam on Saturday night. What a change it is now from the solo singers of years back. Now its a complete show with backing dancers. I’m sure my neighbour Vito Missorici and family were delighted with the ITALIAN WIN.

Thought for the Week:-

Alone we can do so little -Together we can do so much.