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Kathleen’s Corner-12/01/2021

By Kathleen Mullane

Well just as we listen to the up date news this Monday evening, its terrible to see that Ireland as a country has now gone from the least Covid numbers to the most in the world. It’s such a great pity and we were doing so well. It just means that we all have to make an extra effort in the coming weeks to try to conquer this deadly virus. We just can’t let it win. It’s when it comes to one’s own area that it really hits home.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Fr. Brendan Duggan here in Athea on the death unexpectedly of his sister Celia Gleeson of O’Connell’s Ave and Gleeson’s Shoe Shop, William St., Limerick. Requiem mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s Church on Tuesday with burial after at Dromkeen cemetery. Sympathy to her husband Michael her family, relatives and a large circle of friends. May the light of heaven be hers.

We also offer condolences to Tina Leahy, The Nurseries,  Athea on the recent passing of her mother Breda Enright of Duxtown, Rathkeale, who had been in the care of Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastlewest. Requien mass was celebrated at St Mary’s church followed by burial. May she rest in peace.

Athea Vincent De Paul wishes to thank sincerely Tom Moran,  The Red Cow, Dublin and formerly Knocknagorna, Athea for his extremely generous donation to the society in recent days. We are truly grateful, also to those kind people for their dollars from the USA. And of course to all you good people who kindly gave to our collection before Christmas. It will, as always, be put to very good use. Bless you all.

We Irish are a truly GIVING COUNTRY and only last week a huge truck went to Croatia following their awful earthquake there with food donations, nappies and clothes for those many who were left with no roof over their heads. Well done again.

Knockanure Community Hall are doing meals on wheels, indeed a great asset for the elderly and those finding it difficult to maybe get out. If you need meals delivered you can contact Paul Cosgrave on 087 9378663 who will facilitate you.

If you haven’t heard of FOREST BATHING  I  hadn’t either. It’s when we go walking in a forest, a road, indeed anywhere and look at nature around us. Nature is an incredible stress buster and in these days of Covid we are urged to get out in hail, rain or snow and enjoy our lovely numerous ATHEA WALKS, you will feel a whole lot better in both mind and body.


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Kathleen’s Corner-05/01/2021

By Kathleen Mullane

Firstly can I wish each and every one a very Happy New Year both at home and readers of our parish newsletter away from home. The newsletter is back with a bang for 2021.

Well Christmas Masses went off without a hitch and everyone who had applied for tickets got to go to their choice of Mass. So well done to all who helped out in any way at all to the smooth running of the Christmas ceremonies. Those who watched on the webcam from overseas and elsewhere complimented the beautiful altar, tree, crib, singing and Fr. Duggan’s Christmas words. Athea can be a proud community.

Fergus Scanlon, on behalf of the Friends of St Ita’s, wishes to thank everyone who bought the CD Le Cheile, the proceeds of which goes to St Ita’s, having no collections this year. Thanks is also extended to Paul Collins, shop, Knockdown Arms and Buckley’s,  Templeglantine for selling the CD. There are just a few left at 10 Euro.

Sympathy is extended to Kay Timmes and family of Gortnagross on the death of John her husband last week. Burial followed Requiem Mass on Saturday to Templeathea Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

The death also took place of Nora O’Connell recently. Requiem Mass was at Donoughmore Church and Nora was brought  to Templeathea Cemetery for burial. May the light of heaven be hers.

Well thankfully 2020 is over and it’s a year that wont be forgotten by all.

It was the year we ate Banana Bread till it came out our ears.

It was the year that workers realised they could do their work without leaving home.

It was the year children painted pictures on windows, in celebration of our brave frontline workers and only saw their grandparents through panes of glass, with no kiss or cuddle.

It was the year students remember as the year THAT WAS STOLEN  the year that DID’NT COUNT.

It was the year that many businesses closed their doors and had hopes dashed.

It was the year that families lost loved ones and hearts were broken.

However we will remember it also as the year that everyone looked out for each other. The year that Ireland was the best in the whole world for donating to charities. We learned to check on neighbours, to shop local and support our own business people. To take A STEP BACK and realise the important things in life are FAMILY AND FRIENDS. So if we have learned that much it really wasn’t a very bad year. 



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Kathleen’s Corner-22/12/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

Firstly can I take this opportunity in wishing Domhnall and Lillian, fellow correspondents, along with all readers of the Athea newsletter a very happy, peaceful and safe Christmas. Having just heard on the news about a new strain of the virus far more dangerous and fast moving than the present one, we all have to be extra careful and do what is right, it’s when it comes to one’s own door or parish that it sinks in.

The death took place during  the past week of Tommy Kelly of Coole West, Athea in the care of the staff of Killeline nursing home. Tommy had many friends and was described as a lovable rogue. Requiem Mass on Friday was followed by burial to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sincere sympathy to his family, sisters, brothers, relatives and many friends. May the light of heaven be his.

The CD ‘LE CHEILE’ is on sale at Collins’ Shop for 10 Euro with all proceeds going to THE FRIENDS OF ST ITA’S. It features some great singers including Fr. Tony Mullins, Fr Liam Enright, Fr Tim Curtin and many others. A nice Christmas present.

A nice crowd attended the Athea Credit Union A.G.M. in the church on Sunday afternoon last with Covid restrictions in place. Our Credit Union is gone from strength to strength in recent years and is a great asset to our community and is always there  to lend a hand and if anyone is in difficulty they can always go in and talk to them.

Christmas masses will be by ticket only next weekend  at 4pm 6pm and 8pm on Christmas Eve, and 9am and 11am on Christmas day. Mass will be as usual on St Stephen’s evening at 7.30 pm and on Sunday 27th at 10.30 am.

Thought for this time of year:

Remember how precious LIFE is – cherish every moment and tell the ones you love – THAT YOU DO LOVE THEM.



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