By Kathleen Mullane


Well what a week we have had, such HEAT- it was quite hard to bear it at times such was the humidity, and everyone found it so hard to sleep at night, but wasn’t it lovely. We went to Beale for a change on Sunday,  drove on to the beach, which is so handy for unloading chairs, picnic etc. As one sat down and looked and listened all around, I thought what a difference a few years makes. Our parents if they came back wouldn’t think they were in IRELAND.

To our left was a big group of families no doubt, barbecue going lovely smells, and sort of Caribbean music going strong and a bit of dance moves included. To our right were a Spanish couple enjoying the warm sunshine. Another group of joint families gathered around their table full of food etc these maybe were from Thailand or the Phillipines. It was so great to see the many different nationalities in our midst. We indeed now have a Multicultural country, like the many Irish who left our shores to make new lives for themselves in England, America, Australia and more recently in Dubai and the Arab Emirates.

The wedding took place on Wednesday last here in Athea Church of Mary-Ellen Tierney, daughter of Margaret and Ted, Templeathea to Tom Abbott of London, son of Dave Abbott and Annie Strugnell. The bridesmaids were her sisters Catherine and Maireád and Linda O’Keeffe and Marisa Quirke. Fr Tom Mangan celebrated the nuptial mass. The reception was held at Ballygarry House, Tralee where a great day was enjoyed by all. Congrats to the newly weds and all the best for the future.

Sincere sympathy to Vito Missorici, Templeathea on the death of his mother Maria in Sorrento Italy.

We offer sympathy also to Mossy Langan, Glenagragra and his family on the death of Nancy at St Ita’s Hospital, Newcastlewest. She was laid to rest, after requiem mass in Athea, in Kilfergus cemetery, Glin  on Friday last.

Sympathy also to Anne Heaphy of Ballylongford and her family on the death of her husband Conor. Anne had been a teacher here in Athea for many years. May the Light of Heaven be all of THEIRS.

Congrats to our gallant Athea intermediates who, after extra time, had a great win over Monagea in Newcastlewest on Saturday evening last in very warm conditions. Dylan Griffin, Captain, accepted the cup amid cheers of excitement .Well done to them all.