By Kathleen Mullane

Isn’t it great to see our hall re-opening again after being closed for so long due to Covid. It reopened this week in accordance with recommended guidelines. If anyone needs to make a booking for a party or sports in the sports hall they are asked to contact Sharon Reidy on 087-9650620 for information/bookings.

The annual Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice, which is always so well supported here in Athea, will once again take place on this Thursday, September 23rd from morning school time until about 2 o clock. Seeing as last year there was no fundraising, it’s so important that it’s supported this year. As I’m sure we all know someone who has had the dreaded cancer and the hospice does untold work for the patients.

Sincere congrats to Andrea and Jeremiah Healy who have recently been blessed with their new baby boy they are naming Odhran Daniel, a little brother for Finn. We also congratulate the proud grandparents Ita and Tommy Greaney, Templeathea and Mary and Teady Healy in Abbeyfeale.

If anyone is interested in cleaning the Brass in the church once a month they can contact Fr. Duggan or Teresa O Halloran. All help would be appreciated.

It’s brilliant to see the TARMAC being laid this week up at PAIRC NA GAEL. It will be so beneficial to walkers and runners alike. And every age group both from the youngest to the elderly will benefit. On Sunday next everyone is invited to the pitch at 2p.m. as part of the National Inclusive Fitness Day promoted by Carole Park. Some well known guests will also be present. The newly surfaced track will also be opened on the day. So come along and enjoy the atmosphere. And remember it’s with all those who continue to support the CLUB DRAW AND VARIOUS FUNDRAISERS during the past while that this tarmac track has been made possible. Actually the first draw will be held shortly with some great prizes –  I just have a few tickets left at 50 Euro if anyone wants one .

Sympathy to the relatives and friends of the late Kit Liston who was laid to rest on Monday in Holy Cross following requiem mass. Kit was from Knockfinisk and spent her final days in a nursing home in Newport. May she rest in peace.

At the time of writing there still hasn’t been news of Jack Keane of Upper Athea who is missing since Wednesday last.We are all asked to keep our eyes open, in the hope that there will be some news soon of him.