Kathleens Corner

 Kathleen’s Corner – 30/07/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Wasn’t it great to have the Athea Parish Newsletter back on the shelves for the first time since March last week. Hopefully now that as many as possible will buy it each week thus enabling  it to be printed, it’s especially welcomed by the elderly and those who don’t have Internet etc and keeps everyone in touch with what is going on in our parish and beyond.

The collection for our parish clerk Carol O’Connor will take place on the weekend of August 15th/16th, envelopes will be available at the church doors this weekend, or you can use your own and put your name on it. Now we all know the immense amount of work Carol has done in recent times especially during the Covid, opening and closing the church, doing the altar, arranging flowers every week, taking mass bookings and a lot more, so we all need to show our continued appreciation.

Tuesday  evening’s mass has been cancelled  for the time being, as now there’s Saturday evening mass at the usual time of 7.30pm. Therefore all masses now are at the weekend Thursday and Sunday mornings at 10.30am and Friday and Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Any day will cover you for Sunday. 

Well today (Sunday) we took a drive to Ballybunion, and thankfully it’s great to see a buzz around the place, with people queuing outside restaurants and shops etc. They need the business moreover now having been closed all along, and their season is so short anyway. If you haven’t taken  a trip out to Bromore Cliffs just outside the town on the Doon road it’s well worth the visit. For €5 at the gate you get to walk around the Cliffs and view the breathtaking scenery, and if you are lucky you may get to see the dolphins swimming and the seals who live in the caves. Tim Flahive, the farmer who owns the area of land, gave us a low down on the walk and told us the funny story of the fox that tried to eat all his hens and the job he had to catch him eventually getting stuck in an outhouse chimney and photos to prove it.

It’s  great to have such scenery so near us with tourists raving about it. And with just a few weeks left of the extended school holidays  it’s as well to make the most of it before getting back to our daily routine  of watching the clock etc for schools. 

Thought for the week —gratitude is the best attitude.

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Kathleens Corner – 16/07/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Well today Wednesday being Saint Swithins day and a day of mist, cloud and rain, hopefully we won’t get 40 days of the same type  of weather as was the prediction in times  gone by.

I’ve been asked to inform readers that a further Mass will now be said on Saturday  evenings  at 7.30 in addition to the 2 evening Masses on Tuesday  and Friday evenings and the morning Masses on Thursday  and Sunday mornings at 10.30 am. With the new Webcam  and speakers, the sound system is excellent. The collection  box for the weekly envelopes is placed inside  the door and you are  asked if you have any outstanding  envelopes they would be  very welcome to keep the church  bills etc. paid. Thanks is extended  to all those who already  have given in their donations. 
I just note the Late Late are showing a toy show musical  this Sunday evening with the best bits over the years and we are reminded we are half way to Christmas.  Can you believe it, they are telling  us already.
As the green shoots of normality are resuming somewhat we must not forget the lessons lock-down taught us and how it helped us grow. As things are re-opening some people are lamenting the loss of the quieter life of the pandemic. Before mid march everyone was rushing to meetings, to work, to get home, to classes, to nights out, to attend parties and lots more. Lock down  wasn’t easy, however it helped everyone  to contemplate life. Baking was done ,gardens and flowers were planted, every house was painted, families went walking and cycling  with their  families. Friends and families are the most important thing in our lives. We can take time to smell the roses and learn how this unique time taught  us how to enjoy the new pace of life
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Kathleens Corner – 02/07/2020

by Kathleen Mullane

Hi everyone,

I bet those of you who have had the luxury of going to the hairdressers or barbers this week are feeling “a million dollars”; a weight off everyone’s head — little did we all think that  getting a haircut would be such a luxury and also  one notices the amount of women who have decided to let their hair  go grey since the covid started.  As the saying goes “growing old gracefully” – there’s  nothing  wrong with it! !!!
Sincere congrats and good wishes are extended to Patrice Cleary and Colm  Hassett  on the birth of their new baby girl they are naming Maisie  Grace  an adorable  little sister for Rory and Malachy  her two brothers. Congrats also to Pat and  Patsy  Cleary,  the proud grandparents  in Templeathea.
The death took place this week, at St Ita’s  hospital  Newcastlewest,  of Tommy  (Willie) Liston.  Tommy was a publican in Athea in his earlier days. A lovely quiet gentle man. Rosary  was said at Kelly’s  Funeral Parlour on Tuesday  evening. Requiem mass on Wednesday  was followed by burial  to Templeathea  cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended  to the Liston family  and extended relatives. May his  gentle soul rest in peace.
Thought for the week–We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for we do not know.
I’m sure many of you were watching RTE 1  this past two night showing  St James’  Hospital  in Dublin and those who were  unfortunate  to have covid. It really brought home to us how fragile life is if we contacted  the virus and how  difficult  a job the doctors  and nurses had, not only physically  but mentally. The hardest part, all agreed, was when a family  member died without a goodbye, a hug or a kiss — so sad – be thankful for front line staff.
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