Kathleens Corner

Kathleen’s Corner-18/03/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

To start on a happy note – we are told that temperatures will rise around Easter to 24°-26° for a few weeks – we live in Hope.

What can one say about all that has happened ‘Worldwide’ in the past week – it’s like nothing we have experienced before! And now as I write my few lines this Sunday evening – pubs and restaurants will be closing tonight – airports are in chaos– there is panic buying – families are stressed and worried. However, I think – and many will agree, that we here in Ireland are very lucky – we look out for each other – we help each other – we check on our elderly and no matter whose house you call to you won’t go hungry – so this message is – We will all get through this difficult time. Try not to worry and stress – if possible get out in the fresh air and go for a walk – it’s good for both “Mind & Body” and with the GAA track everyone can keep a physical distance away from each other. Unless you really have to don’t stay ‘cooped up’ inside all day – one questions the fact that before when there were no phones, x-boxes etc and all kids were out playing in dirt and muck – there was none of this – maybe a lesson learned.

Well masses have been postponed but our church is open daily from 10am – 3pm. I listened to a lovely mass on 102fm at 10am this morning – it’s called ‘Sacred Space’ presented by John Keeley (Philomena Kiely’s father-in-law) and continues each Sunday, so tune in.

Another person doing his bit for others is Denny Mulvihill who, in the near future, will cycle over 600k from Mizen to Malin in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and for a 75 year old man – it’s no mean feat!

Tune into Radio 1 Céilí House on Saturday night next when two Athea musicians Eamon O’Riordan (son of Ned & Mary)  and Liam Woulfe (son of Nancy & Timmy) will air their music talents.

Congrats to Geraldine Missorici who celebrated her 60th birthday recently along with her family at The Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney – best wishes to her.

Birthday wishes also go to Sean Ryan, Lower Athea who celebrated his 21st birthday with family and friends on Saturday night last at his home.

Congrats all around.

Thoughts for this week: “Find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive” And “You don’t always need ‘A Plan’. Sometimes you need to let go and see what happens”.

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Kathleen’s Corner-10/03/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

Well, hopefully most of the St. Patrick’s Day Parades will go ahead as planned this year and that the majority of them won’t be affected by the Corona Virus. In days gone by – as children we all waited in anticipation to await the display of colourful badges that would go on sale. We would race with our few shillings and pence to buy one before they would be all gone. Bunches of shamrock were posted to families in England and overseas, sometimes being fairly withered when it got to it’s destination – nevertheless it was “a great memory” of Ireland and home. Everyone wore something Green – with the girls hair tied up in ribbons. Now there’s flashing lights, hats – beards – green beer and a lot more. On St. Patrick’s Day everyone claims to have “A Drop Of Irish Blood in Them”.

These days – Morning, noon and night its the “Corona Virus”. However what’s not mentioned is that 1 child dies every 30 seconds from Malaria in Africa and these are U/5 children. It’s terrifying – imagine 3,000 a day and not a word about it! The health experts here on the Late Late Show have warned everyone to calm down and not to panic – or jobs will be lost. Take it from the experts!

Next Saturday morning, March 14th at 11am there will be a mass of Anointing and Healing here in the church, this is a very special mass.

Keep the date Sunday, April 5th in your diary. The “Grand Concert” takes place here in our church, starting at 6.30pm. Emily Clarke of renowned singing fame will head the show – Maura and Donie will lend their talents and of course Mike Guina – who had everyone on their feet last year – will be on his trumpet. There will be singing and dancing in abundance and some great raffle prizes on the night. By supporting our fund-raising concert you are helping to send our youth helpers and invalids from the parish to Lourdes in June on the Limerick Pilgrimage. Tell your friends as it promises to be a great night.

The Athea Tidy Towns Volunteers were busy on Saturday morning last planting near the River Walk on the Glin Road. No doubt when the weather improves, they will be able to continue their great work. The Good Friday “Limerick Clean Up” is on the horizon and we will all be out cleaning up our roads, which have been strewn with bottles, cans and rubbish since Christmas. We all have to do our bit and pick up other’s mess!

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Kathleen’s Corner-03/03/2020

By Kathleen Mullane

Hopefully everyone has survived “Storm Jorge” over the past weekend and that it didn’t do any structural damage or otherwise. We were lucky in Athea we didn’t have an electricity outage as did Abbeyfeale. They say ‘March comes in like a Lion – and goes out like a Lamb” – if this is true it will be great – we live in hope!

The death occurred last week in the care of the staff at St. Camillus Hospital in Limerick of Michael Sheehy of Knocknagorna, Athea. Michael worked for many years in England before moving back to Knocknagorna where he was cared for by his brother Jackie. Many came to pay their last respects at Kelly’s funeral home on Wednesday last. Burial followed requiem mass on Thursday to Holy Cross cemetery. Sincere sympathy goes to his brother Jackie and sisters Kathleen, Mary, Joan and Eileen, relatives and friends. ‘May the light of heaven be his’.

The Corona Virus, having spread rapidly, has prompted the HSE to advise the following – holy water fonts not to be used in the church, the sign of peace to be marked with a smile, nod or wave, not a handshake and the Eucharist to be received only by hand.

Sincere congratulations go to Maureen Mulvihill of Hillside Drive, Athea, who celebrated her 60th birthday over the weekend along with family and friends at Batt’s Bar on Friday night and at the Top of the Town on Saturday night. Best wishes to her.

Preparations for our “Spring into Easter – Multicoloured Midnight Walk” are well underway! It will take place on Good Friday night after the AA meeting. Registration will be from approximately 11pm with the walk taking off from the hall at 11.30pm to the GAA pitch. In the weeks ahead – be checking out any “Colourful” clothes you may have, the brighter the better as there will be prizes for the best dressed adults and children. Also you can be checking out and maybe making a paper lantern. There will be no candles – just lights, torches, phone lights etc. Some paper lanterns will be on sale in the lead-up to the walk. Lanterns can be made out of anything e.g. plastic bottles, lampshades – use your imagination. There will be donation buckets on the night and all the money raised will go to sending our youth helpers and invalids from the parish to Lourdes and with half going to Athea GAA to further enhance the track.


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