Kathleens Corner

Kathleens Corner – 04/06/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Well it’s once again a beautiful sunny evening as I e-mail my few lines to the newsletter and what another glorious week  it has been with temperatures  as high as Spain and other hotspots.  Everyone  is going around with such healthy  colours no, need for fake  tan these days.!!!!!

I’ve just watched a lovely Mass from St John’s Cathedral in Limerick with Bishop Brendan Leahy, Fr Chris O’Donnell,  who dressed up as a teacher and who I’m sure everyone  knows  especially  our youth who travel to Lourdes,  Aoife Walsh (youth ministry ) and Chris Culhane who is the leader of the Brancardier in Lourdes.It was a special  Mass for the Leaving Cert students who should have been  starting their  exams today and have gone through  so much in recent weeks, so we remember  all of them and wish  them  the  best for  the  future.
Best wishes  are extended to Bridie Ahern of Templeathea  who celebrated a very special birthday last weekend.  Hope you had a lovely day Bridie and many more to come.
Congrats to Lorraine and Gary O’Connor Templeathea on the birth of their new baby, a little boy they are calling Jack, a little  brother  for Emily.  We also congratulate the proud grandparents  Mary and Jim Herbert  of Coole West and Timmy  and Marie O’Connor in Brosna. Best wishes all around .
Stay safe and here’s  to phase 2 next week.
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Kathleens Corner – 28/04/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Well, can you believe it, the month of May almost  over and, despite the unusual time we are experiencing,  we have had such beautiful  weather so at least we can be happy about that. This being the May Bank Holiday weekend  no doubt Athea would be alive and buzzing,and music would be resounding through every avenue as the Fleadh Cheoil would be taking  place and what a glorious  weekend  it would have been. We can’t dwell too long on what may have been, but we look forward in anticipation to what the future holds and  thankfully  things are going  the right  way at the moment.  Hopefully  it stays  like  that.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the McNamara  family, formerly of Gortnagross,  Athea, on the death of Hannah at Beechwood  Nursing Home, Newcastlewest  recently.  May she rest in peace.
Sympathy  also to the family of Nora Fitzgerald  formerly  of Upper Athea   who was pre-deceased by her husband  Tom and passed  away  recently  in Waterford.  May  the light of Heaven be hers.
On this Sunday from 2 o’clock  until 6 o’clock you can hand in your weekly envelopes, your Easter dues, and your Trocaire donations to Athea Church. There will be helpers   in the church to put your envelopes  into the box. You are asked, with regard  to Trocaire, not to put coins, just notes, into an envelope to facilitate  counting. As we all realise,  funds for every  organisation  are badly needed so your  generosity  would be very much appreciated.
Congrats  and very well done to Teady Hunt of Coole who wrote a fantastic  piece for the Irish  Times recently about his lock down  during  the Covid  19 crisis,and how he fills his day. From his tai chi  early every morning to his walks and reading the paper online and a lot more including his helping out with the tidy towns and at 84 years old that’s no mean feat. I can vouch for his tai chi as last June in Lourdes  he had all us Athea contingent doing it in the hotel lobby, and boy was it so much fun.  Here’s to next year.
Enjoy the bank holiday  weekend,  stay safe and above all keep the  distance,  its  worth it  in the  end.
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Kathleens Corner – 21/05/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Another week gone by can you believe it, and yet again we have had fabulous weather. One wonders with all the painting, gardening, turf being brought  home already, silage being  cut, what will everyone  keep themselves busy with for the next few months.? I’m sure more new ideas will surface as they have done since the start of the virus where we have seen so many children, along with their parents, taking up baking. Maybe it would be a good idea to get our teenagers into the habit of being able to cook basic dinners etc as it’s so important going forward  when they leave home and go to college and out into the big world and not to be living  on beans every day!!  Also operating a washing machine is another basic necessity which all should know. I heard of some  student recently that didn’t know on what side of the envelope to put the stamp. Maybe we all as parents and grandparents, now that we all have extra  time  on  our  hands  during  the  virus, should be teaching our young people to do the basics so that they will be ready for the future.

No births marriages or deaths to report just to wish a happy 50th birthday  to Anne Marie Ennis (nee Casey) in new York, daughter  of Bill and Peggy who celebrated her special day with her family.  Congrats  to her.
 Another  lovely Mass from Athea church on Sunday last again with Fr Tony.  It’s also another step forward to have the church open every day since last Monday from 10 until  2 pm daily where  you can pay a visit and light a candle. Hopefully,  phase 1 will be a success if everyone  does what they are told  and keeps their distance and then, all going well, we will be able to proceed to phase 2 and eventually  we will get there. Remember ‘Rome wasn’t  built in a day,” take care, stay safe,we live in a great  community and continue to support our local shop, butchers, chemist and when they open all our other conveniences  such as hairdressers, garages etc, nurseries and all that we have in our lovely Athea parish
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