By Kathleen Mullane


Sincere sympathy is extended to Catherine Goulding of Knockfinisk on the death in Chicago of her sister Joanne Mullane on Christmas Day. Mass will be celebrated in her memory on next Sunday Morning  at 11 a.m. here in Athea Church. May she rest in peace.

Congrats and good wishes go to Michael Walsh of Dalton St. Athea, son of Sharon and the late Pa Walsh who recently celebrated his 18th birthday with a gathering of family and friends at his home. Everyone had a very enjoyable night.

Following a recent meeting of the Colbert Memorial Hall Committee ,it was hoped that some new young blood would come along and join the committee. It’s imperative that young parents join the group and maybe bring their new ideas etc to the group. John Redmond and Helen Twomey were wished the best along with John Scanlon on their retirement from the Hall, all having put in tremendous work and help over their many years with the group. We all know the Hall is a huge Asset to the Athea Community and beyond. From the weekly Bingo to the Drama each year, to Parties for many Occasions, not to mention the Sports Hall which has Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Fleadh Cheoil and so good for our young people doing Sports. So with the A.G.M coming up in the not too distant future we would be delighted with some new Faces, it’s not that you would have a lot to do, just bring new ideas and maybe Lend A Hand on an occasion.

On switching on the News this Monday Morning  and again this evening  one is devastated by the  terrible news  of the awful Earthquake in Turkey. The numbers were devastating at 600 lives lost  earlier, but now as I write the numbers have risen to 2,300 which is so heartbreaking. Little children being pulled from buildings  by Frantic parents. Apartments falling down as hundreds ran in many directions trying to escape. We don’t realise how really lucky we are in Ireland. We complain a lot about The Rain and the cold too. But you know what, we have little to complain about, its thankful we should be.