Congratulations to Conor Mulvihill and Jane Wrenn who were married by Canon Tony Mullins in Tournafulla on Friday last with Helen Wrenn, sister of the Bride and Best Man Conor Keaveney U.S.A.

Welcome to the Fleadh

Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh comes to Athea this week for the 10th time. It is the biggest Comhaltas event in the county and an opportunity for musicians, singers and dancers to compete for a place at the Munster Fleadh which will be held in Newcastle West in July.

The entertainment kicks off on Wednesday June 1st with a night of Storytelling at the Top of the Town, 9pm. Frances Kennedy in charge.

On Thursday night, same time, same venue, we have a singing night, Bean a’Tí Catherine Broderick – all welcome

Official Opening on Friday at 8pm in the Square followed by Wrenboy exhibitions.

Competitions begin at 10am on Saturday in venues throughout the village with entertainment on the Gig Rig from 5pm. The night is given over to a major concert in the Memorial Hall with “Fuinneamh”, again starting at 8pm.

More competitions on Sunday starting at 10am  and there will be entertainment on the Gig Rig throughout the afternoon.

Sunday night is dancing night with a Ceilí in the hall at 9.30 pm, music by Donie Nolan, Fear a’Tí John Joe Tierney. There will be many, many sessions of music over the weekend so enjoy!

Athea National School

Are celebrating 100 years on Friday, 10th June at 12:00pm. There will be a Mass at the school, followed by light refreshments and all are welcome, past pupils, staff or anyone connected to the school down through the years. Come along and celebrate with us.


Athea Parish Church Notices

Mass Intentions next weekend

Fri June 3rd 7pm: Denis Collins – Month’s Mind.

Sat June 4th 7.30pm: Joan O’Connor.  Penny Woulfe.  Margaret O’Connell ( Toureendonnell)

All mass services can be viewed online via the following link

Readers Paul Curry & Angela Cafferky

Eucharistic Ministers: Margaret Enright & Mary O’Donoghue.

Weekday Mass Times this coming week:

Tuesday morning 9.30am & Friday evening 7pm. (First Friday)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Devine Mercy Chaplet on Tuesday morning.

Parish office hours:   Mon – Fri 11am-1pm.

Contact Siobhan on 087-3331459 or email [email protected] – if you wish to book a mass, make an enquiry for a christening/wedding date, arrange a signed mass cards and all administration queries. The next baptism course will be on Tuesday June 7th.

Thank You: Sincere thank you to all who continue to contribute to the Weekly Offertory Collection. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

Leaving  & Junior Cert Exams: The intentions of all students sitting exams will be included in the Vigil Mass next Saturday 4th of June at 7.30pm. All students and their families are invited to attend.

The Way I See It

By Domhnall de Barra

Since this is the week of the Fleadh and a celebration of our native culture, I won’t be writing my usual bits (don’t worry, I will be back complaining again next week), instead I include a few “Sean-Fhocail”. These are old sayings or old words of wisdom that come from the time when Irish was the spoken language in this country. They were passed down from generation to generation and I’m sure some of you will recognise them from your schooldays. Many have also lived on in the English tradition and they are well worth preserving.

Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón

Many a time a man’s mouth broke his nose.

Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras

Hunger is a great sauce.

Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scoilb.

A windy day is no day for thatching

Is deas an rud an beagán ach é a dhéanamh go maith.

Little is best if well done.

Saoll an chait, a piscín.

The cat’s life, its kitten.

Is gaire cabhair Dé ná an doras.

God’s help is nearer than the door.

Faigheann an tseanbhróg an tseanstoca.

The old shoe gets the old stocking

An té a bhíonn siúlach, bíonn sé scéalach agus an té a bhíonn scéalach bíonn sé bréagach.

He who travels is talkative, and he who is talkative tells untruths.

Mol an óige is tiocfaidh sí.

Praise the youth and they will bloom.

An rud is annamh, is iontach.

What is rare is strangest.

Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir.

Time is a good messenger (Time will tell).

Ní bhíonn airgead amadáin i bhfad ina phóca.

A fool’s money doesn’t remain for long in his pocket.

Tús maith leath na hoibre.

A good start is half the work.

Is é buille an phinn an buille is fealltaí.

The pen’s blow is the most treacherous. (The pen is mightier than the sword)

Ní thagann ciall roimh aois.

Sense doesn’t come before age.

Bíonn blas ar an mbeagán.

A little tastes well.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.

We all exist in each other’s shadow.

Is minic ubh mhór ag cearc bheag.

A small hen often has a large egg.

Fág an drochscéal san áit a bhfuair tú é.

Leave the bad tale where you found it.

Má bhíonn tú ar lorg cara gan locht, beidh tú gan chara go deo.

If you seek a friend without fault, you will be without one forever.

Chuirfeadh sé cosa faoi chearca duit.

He’d put legs under hens for you.

Is binn béal ina thost.

Silence is golden.

Is fearr an sláinte ná an táinte.

Health is better than wealth.

Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.

There will be another day.

Is glas iad na cnoic i bhfad uainn.

Faraway hills are green.

Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Unity is strength.

Ní mar a síltear a bhítear.

Things are not always as they seem.

Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile.

It takes one to know one

An té nach bhfuil láidir ní foláir dó a bheith glic.

He who isn’t strong needs to be clever

Muna bhuil agat ach pucán gabhair, bí i lár an aonaigh leis

If you only have a puck goat, be at the centre of the fair with him

Athea United Soccer 

Huge congratulations to our under 16’s on their shield final win against Shannonside on a score line of 2 goals to one. Captain Jack Sexton, (Left) instrumental in our first goal being presented with the shield by Desmond League PRO Pat Mullvihill. The winner coming from Evan Curry with all goals being scored in the second half. Well done to management and players for bringing home a badly needed bit of silverware for the Club’s trophy cabinet.

Congratulations and best of luck one of our own.
Jamie O’Mahoney who will play in the Kennedy Cup for the Desmond League in two weeks time at the University of Limerick.