By Kathleen Mullane


Well at last we are into Summertime and even with only a few days into it  we can see the bit of a stretch in the evenings. And can you believe it this Friday sees the schools closing for Easter Holidays, yet again one wonders where the school year has gone.

This Saturday being April 1st is FOOL’S DAY and there is still a bit of FOOLING going on but nothing like there was in years gone by. And yet again I will thank Bill Casey for eventually providing me with his taxi 51 years ago on Fools Day,when after 2 pleas by my dear neighbour Peg O’Connor Kelly God rest her to come to take me to hospital for the sudden birth or our daughter Michelle who Bill thought was only fooling him, eventually she being born at St ITAS in Newcastle much to my embarrassment, fond funny memories.

Congrats and good wishes are extended to Gretta Enright, who last week celebrated her 80th birthday along with her family in Killarney. A very enjoyable time was had by all, here’s to many more years of health and happiness  to Gretta.

The death has taken place in the USA of Patrick Geoghegan, formerly of Dalton St., Athea, son of the late Corporal John  and Margaret Geoghegan. He was laid to rest in his adopted country last week. Sincere sympathy is extended to his brothers John and Leo and sisters Mary, Ettie and Anne. May he rest in peace. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated here in Athea at a later date

The death has also taken place of John Horgan of Rathronan, Athea and formerly of Listowel. His remains repose at Kelly’s funeral home this Tuesday evening  and burial will follow requiem mass on Wednesday with burial after to Holy Cross cemetery. Sincere sympathy to his sons, daughters, relatives and a large circle of friends. May the light of heaven be his.

Sympathy also to the Higgins family of Glasha on the passing of Pa last week. He was laid to rest after requiem mass in Adare on Sunday. Sympathy also to his family, relatives and friends. Go Ndeana dia Trocaire le na hAnam.

A reminder that Athea GAA are holding an Easter Scrap Metal Fundraiser over the Easter Weekend. They are asking everyone to go through their sheds and garages etc and gather up any bits of metal – pots, pans, shovels, engines, batteries, indeed anything Metal. It’s a great incentive to clean up one’s yard, and at the same time you will be helping to reduce the loan on the Walking Track which currently stands at 25,000 euro. And as we are all well aware the Track is a HUGE ASSET to our Community and beyond. If everyone gathered a little it would make a difference. I remember when we did the same fundraiser years ago for the Hall and parishioners were so good to give their Scrap, so hopefully this will be another great Community Effort.

Healthy Athea continues up to Easter at the track from 6.30-7.30 on Thursday nights and lines will be on sale for the Easter Hamper 3 for 5 euro or 2 euro a line .Best of luck to everyone.

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