By Kathleen Mullane


Well, as I try to put words together this Bank Holiday Monday Evening, little did any of us know the tragedy that would Rock our Athea Community and beyond since last week’s newsletter.

As news filtered through last Thursday it was disbelief that Paudie Mullane of Knocknagorna, had left us so tragically at such a young age. Everyone tried to comprehend the loss of a great young man who was loved so dearly by his family his co-workers, his many friends and neighbours here in our parish and way beyond as he had worked on many projects for so many families through his carpentry skills, employed by Micky Hayes construction.

Many went to pay their respects at the family home over the past few days and the huge crowd again on Sunday afternoon at Kelly’s funeral parlour was testament to Paudie’s great character, he was admired and loved by so many

The Requiem Mass today, Monday, saw the church again overflowing. Canon Tony Mullins celebrated a beautiful Mass and concelebrant’s were Fr. Brendan Duggan, Fr. Denis Mullane, Canon Declan O’Connor, Fr. Michael Cussen and Fr. Tom McMahon.

Moving words from his brothers were emotional for everyone. However, Athea as a Community as small as it is had rallied around over the past few days and I’m sure will be there always to offer support .

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Paudie’s mother and father Mary B. and Conor, his brothers Thomas, Sean and Conor, his relatives many good friends and all his workmates. He was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery .


On this Thursday August 4th Mass will be celebrated in Holy Cross for all those buried there at 7.30 pm, and on Tuesday evening August 9th in Templeathea graveyard  at 7.30pm.


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