By Kathleen Mullane


The Fleadh is over once again, and yes it went off very well thankfully. The numbers in the various competitions were down, but of course this was to be expected as during Covid there was no music classes etc. The story-telling with Frances Kennedy on Wednesday night was enjoyed immensely, as was the singing night on Thursday at Top Of The Town.

The opening on Friday night had many people gather in the street and of course the Wrenboys were a major attraction. Competitions began on Saturday and the weather was an added bonus as many enjoyed sitting around the hall listening to the various groups and individuals practising for their events. The concert and ceili were thoroughly enjoyed by music and dancing enthusiasts.

The great message that came out of the Fleadh was the amount of people who commented on our BEAUTIFUL LITTLE VILLAGE. We met one lady from Limerick who went around to the hall kitchen to Colleen and Matt’s mini-restaurant. What she said was that you wouldn’t get the sort of food she got in a Top Hotel. That was indeed great to hear. So many commented on the flowers, hanging baskets and the general quaintness of Athea. So well done to each and every person who helped out with the smooth running of the Fleadh and gave of their time and effort to put ATHEA on the Map. Everyone should be proud.

Sincere congrats are extended to Brian Sheehy, son of Margaret and Dick, of Hillside Drive, who, on Saturday last was married to Sarah his long time partner in Ardagh Church. Fr Chris O’Donnell was the celebrant. The bride was assisted by Shirley, Lorraine and Liz. The groomsmen were Padraig, Sonny and J.J. and their little girl Kayla also played her important part. All had a great day at the Devon Inn and they are off to Portugal on their Honeymoon.

Also on the day their was another celebration for the grooms sister Carla and her husband Eoin Moloney of Lower Dirreen who had to miss the weddding as their 1st baby decided to arrive. A little boy they are naming Ryan. Sincere congrats to the proud parents ,and to the happy granny and grandad Margaret and Dick.

Don’t forget the big 100th celebration at Athea N.S, on Friday. Mass will be at 12 o’clock and Fr. Brendan Duggan will be back for the exciting occasion. Past pupils staff and anyone connected with the school over the years is welcome to come along. It should be a lovely occasion.

Well done to Kathleen Barrett of Knocknagorna who did so well in the Super Garden competition recently. Despite not being the overall winner she was a winner in her own right and did herself and ATHEA proud.

Best of luck to Joe Aherne, Glenagower who, this Saturday, takes on the JFK MOYLAGH 50 mile challenge in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. All donations no matter how small will be a great help.

Finally all the very best of luck to all those doing their exams this week. Don’t stress too much, there is something there for everyone .


Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe, stay positive. ALL IS WELL.