By Kathleen Mullane


Well, all roads led to the CAPITAL from early morning on Sunday as Hurling enthusiasts and very loyal supporters made their way to Croke Park. This was the game that everyone had spoken about in the past few weeks, from America to Australia, from England to China from Spain to Athea, all wondering would our gallant Limerick hurlers be able to make it three -in -a- row.

The heat also was another topic for discussion, how would they hold the pace with helmets on in the sweltering conditions. To say it was Nail-Biting was putting it mildly. The skill both teams played with was a joy to watch. The last 4 minutes of extra time at the end was the worst to watch, not knowing the minute the opposition would hit in a goal. The joy at the end for players, spectators, management and all associated with the team was  unbelievable. Hugs, Tears and the strains of Limerick you’re my Lady could be heard everywhere.

No doubt we are all proud of them, and I’m sure many young boys all over the country will have Hurley’s in hand, including our own club here in Athea, and who knows we may yet have a player on the Limerick team in time to come.

Congrats are sent to Yvonne and Christopher Kelly in England on the birth of their new baby, a little girl they are calling Grace  Annalise, a little sister for a delighted Hugh. The proud grandparents Joan and Tom O’Brien and Sue and Kevin Kelly of Templeathea are also congratulated.

Happy Birthday wishes are also sent to Sheila Mulvihill of Dirreen who celebrated her 80th birthday along with her family at the weekend at The Old Stand. A great day was enjoyed by everyone.

Congrats to David O Connor, son of Kathleen and Patsy of Knocknagorna who recently passed out at the Garda Training College in Templemore. He will be stationed in Limerick.

I have One ticket left for the forthcoming GAA  draw. Tickets are 50 Euro and there will be 5 draws over 5 months with some great prizes.

Fr. Willie Russell will be coming from Rathkeale to join our Abbeyfeale Pastoral Area. He will reside in Abbeyfeale and help out at the parishes in the Pastoral Unit which includes Athea.

We also send Congrats to Lar O’Connor of Lower Athea who celebrated his 60th birthday along with his wife Mary and family recently.

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