By Kathleen Mullane


These are the words that were to be seen and heard in so many places over the last few days, as the death of the young teacher Aisling Murphy stunned our country, and not only in Ireland but in many parts of the world where Irish Communities held Vigils for the young woman.

Here in Athea our Vigil was held at the GAA Pitch on Friday night. Paul Curry welcomed and thanked everyone for coming, and Fr Duggan said a decade of the rosary for the repose of her soul. Well done to all Athea organisers who had candles lighting, music playing in the stand and posters throughout the track. In all it was a memorable gathering by our community in her memory. May the light of heaven be hers.

Sympathy is extended to Maurice Stack of Beenanaspug and the Stack family of Gale Bridge in Moyvane on the death last week of John Stack brother of Maurice. R.I.P.

The death also occurred in Moyvane last week of Mikey Flaherty formerly of Blaine Athea. He was laid to rest following Requiem Mass on Sunday in Holy Cross Cemetery here in Athea.

The deaths have also occurred in England of Harry Windle formerly of Glenagragra, Athea, who died in Birmingham recently, and also Denis Browne our uncle formerly of Kileedy a regular visitor to Athea in times past who died in London. May they all rest in peace.

The wedding took place after Christmas of Jenny Liston, daughter of Kay and John of Upper Athea, to Liam Kavanagh. They were assisted on their special day by Eleanor Liston, Kieran Liston, Grace Hough and Abbie Galvin. Everyone had a great day at The Dunraven Arms in Adare. Congrats to the newly weds and all the best for the future.

Can you believe it, the Christmas SHOEBOX APPEAL this year had a total of 178,479 boxes sent by Team Hope from Ireland to countries all over the world this year to children who may have had little for Christmas. The shoeboxes from the Limerick Area went to Romania, so all of you who were so good yet again to fill your shoebox be Super Proud that you have made some little Boy or Girl very Happy. Well done.


Obstacles are what appear when you take your eyes off your dreams.