By Kathleen Mullane


Well hopefully at this stage you all have had a lovely Easter whatever you did for the break and hopefully everyone didn’t eat too much EASTER eggs and make themselves sick like many do having been off the goodies for Lent.

The Easter ceremonies were, as always, very well attended starting on Holy Thursday night and continuing until Easter Sunday with the final mass for Fr. Duggan.

A very big crowd gathered early for the 11am mass here in our church where Fr. Duggan had celebrated many masses during his 6 years with us. He was assisted on the day with Canon Tony Mullins and Fr. McMahon and the parish priest from Moyvane /Knockanure.

Great credit is due to Siobhán Barrett – Sacristan, Teresa.

O’Halloran and Pat Higgins for all their Input and to the Pastoral Council who lent a hand.

As for the Choir, they really added to the atmosphere which was emotional for so many. It was the End of An Era somewhat, no resident priest in Athea, however we will not despair as I’m sure things will work out somewhat differently with Lay Parishioners having to get involved.

Fr Duggan was presented with a beautiful framed picture of different aspects of Athea along with a Monkey Puzzle Tree which he loves. It was up to the Top Of The Town after mass for refreshments, attended by parishioners and Fr. Duggan’s family members. Another framed picture was presented to Fr.  here by Paul Curry on behalf of Athea GAA, depicting many sporting activities which he had attended over the years here in Athea. In all it was a lovely and fitting Send Off, and we  wish him well and hopefully he will make it back to ATHEA for many visits in the next few years.

Sincere congrats are extended to the following newly weds who got married recently .

Katie O’Sullivan, daughter of Breda and Sean of Lower Athea, was married on Easter Sunday to Cormac O’ hAlmhain from Inis Oirr – the Aran Islands. A brilliant day was enjoyed by family and friends at The Woodlands Hotel in Adare. We wish them all the very best for their future happiness.

Congrats also to Denise O’Connor, Glensharrold, daughter of Mary and John who married Kieran Brouder, son of Geraldine and Patsy, Moyreen, Ballyhahill recently. Agreat day was enjoyed by all at The Devon Inn, Templeglantine.

Congrats also to Norrie Woulfe of Cratloe who had a great day on Saturday last as she celebrated her 90th. birthday along with her family, relatives and a large circle of friends at the Community Hall here in Athea. Here’s to many more SPECIAL birthdays for her.

A big crowd attended the Annual  A.A.  open meeting at the hall on Good Friday night. Well done to the Lixnaw  Group who spoke so openly. And. Thanks to those in the kitchen for the lovely tea and goodies afterwards

Thought for the week:-

Exercise is the Miracle Cure – Inactivitis the silent Killer.