By Kathleen Mullane


Its that time of the year again can you believe it when the Exams begin this week and I’m sure its been extra hard for all those trying to cram in the final bits and pieces, especially with the very warm temperatures we are having. Never mind they will be over before they know it. And we wish each and every Leaving and Junior Cert student all the very best for the days ahead. A special Mass for all the Exam students will be celebrated on this Tuesday evening at 7 o clock here in the church everyone welcome.

The reposing of Connie O’Sullivan took place last Thursday at his son and daughter in law’s home in Lower Athea where a huge crowd came to pay their final respects to a much loved Family man. Connie had reached the great age of 92 years and could been seen daily on his tractor up until his passing, indeed a great achievement for a man his age. His funeral Mass on Friday was celebrated by Canon Tony Mullins and 4 other priests concelebrated with him. A lovely tribute to Connie was read by his Grandaughter Jenny Scanlon —a true man of The Land to his End. He was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. May the light of Heaven be His. No doubt he will be sadly missed by his family grandkids and all who came in contact with him over the years.

The death also took place this past week of Moss Brouder of Brouder’s Garage here in Athea, following an illness over the past while as he was in the care of the staff of the Mercy Hospital in Cork. Many came to sympathise with his wife Anne and Family at their home in Coole on Friday evening last. Moss was known far and wide being a great mechanic and in the garage business for many years. Mass on Saturday again saw a big crowd in attendance, with his grandaughter Becky singing a beautiful song in his Honour, and his Daughter Jackie giving an emotional Tribute to her Dad. Moss was buried in Holy Cross following the Requiem Mass. May  the Light of Heaven be His.

After Mass next Saturday night June 17th the Corpus Christi procession will take place to the Hall. All parishioners are asked to join in as well as the children who received their 1st Holy Communion. Tea and light Refreshments will be in the Hall afterwards.

Sincere congrats go to Tara Finucane and Joe Flaherty of Abbey Tyres, who were married on Saturday here in Athea Church and held their reception at The Devon Inn where a great day was enjoyed by Family and Friends. Wishing them all the very best for the future.

Thought For The Week:- Time is a Very Precious Gift-so Precious that it is only given to us MOMENT BY MOMENT.