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Kathleen’s Corner-22/06/2021

By Kathleen Mullane


Well as I start my few lines this Monday evening we are still in the longest day of the year, and wasn’t it a beautiful day. We have had many Long Days I’m sure during Covid but thankfully things are looking up. From now on the days will be getting very slightly shorter, but we must not dwell on that too much and just get on with things. We are far better off than many families who have lost a loved one during the pandemic through Covid or other illness.

Congrats to Paul Collins who, with Newcastlewest Cycling Club, over the weekend had a great race winning the A4, he had enough power to take the flag on a tight finish. He is now promoted to A3. Well done Paul and here’s to further success.

Actually it’s great to see so many out on their bikes these days-both women as well as men. I see an elderly man in all kinds of weather passing daily on his bike keeping fit – no stiff bones there. And sure we have Denny Mulvihill who is into his 70s and he has done the length and breadth of Ireland. Keep it up lads.

It was brilliant to have the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage for 4 days this past week ending on Sunday. It gave a sense of being there with Fr. Chris, Fr. Michael O’Shea, Fr. O’Dea and Bishop Leahy along with the chief handmaid, Chris Culhane the chief Brancardier, head of Nursing and of course the fabulous singers including the Broadford choir. Hopefully next year we will get there in person for the 5 days as we have now missed out 2 years of not being able to go. However Fr. Donal McNamara told us at the virtual pilgrimage that Phillipe the owner of the well known ALBA hotel in Lourdes rang him the other morning and took him on a tour of the grotto etc while cycling. IT was like a GHOST TOWN, how sad from the thousands that are usually there. However Phillipe lit a candle for all the people of West Limerick which was lovely when we ourselves couldn’t be there.


The meaning of life is to give life meaning.


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Kathleen’s Corner-15/06/2021

By Kathleen Mullane


Well it’s been a lovely few days over the past week or so with crowds flocking to whatever beach is nearest to them enjoying new found freedom with family and friends. And isn’t our own little country one of the nicest in the world if you get the weather. No high extremes of temperature not like some places that have to have the air-conditioning on for the duration of the summer months, so enjoy it while it lasts as it seems we are to have rain again this week.

Sincere congrats to Caroline Murphy, daughter of Betty and Charlie, of Hillside Drive, who has become engaged to Neilius O’Sullivan, son of Anne-Marie and Connie,  of Lower Athea. Best wishes to them both on this happiest of occasions.

The death has taken place in England of Catherine Forde -nee Hayes formerly of Glenagragra and Dirreen Athea.

Also Denis Mullane who recently passed away in Scotland, brother of Nora Hogan Templeathea. Sincere sympathy to their families and relations. May they rest in peace.

A lovely celebratory mass was said here in Athea on Saturday evening last by Fr. Duggan, to remember Fr. Michael Moroney who was ordained 50 years to the priesthood and is now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for many years. There are some lovely photos in front of the altar depicting various aspects of his life. Mike Hayes a near neighbour gave an insight into his life as did his sister Siobhán. He hopes to make the journey home in July. We congratulate him on his GOLDEN JUBILEE and send good wishes from his home parish.

Unfortunately we aren’t going to be able to make the trip to Lourdes again this year, however the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage takes place this week from 17th-20th with all liturgies streamed online. Hopefully this time next year we will be preparing to go, all going well.

Thought for this week:-

The 3Cs of LIFE


You must make THE CHOICE

To take A CHANCE

If you want anything in Life to CHANGE.


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Kathleen’s Corner-08/06/2021

By Kathleen Mullane

Today Is A Good Day

As many will agree I’m sure with the above words. TODAY IS A GOOD DAY. It’s the day that Outdoor dining reopened, as did Gyms, Cinemas, Theatres, Fun-Fairs, in all a day that saw many back to work after a long spell, kids out with their parents enjoying the bank holiday weekend which thankfully was nice and dry. Of course all beaches were packed throughout the country with nearby Beale and Ballybunion no exception. I went with my two youngest grandkids to the quieter beach nearer the Cashen in Ballybunion and escaped the crowds they thoroughly enjoyed climbing rocks, splashing in the water and of course the picnic. We are so blessed to be living so near one of the finest beaches in the country, so avail of it – all we need is more good weather.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Hannah Scanlon of Dirreen, Athea on the passing of her sister Eileen McCarthy, nee Nelligan, of Killeedy at the wonderful age of 101 years old. Sympathy to all her family also. May she rest in peace.

Incidentally I’m told Hannah herself is in the not too distant future about to celebrate being 99 years old.

This week is an all important week for all those doing their Leaving Cert which starts on Wednesday. So whether they opt for written or predictive grades or a combination of both we wish them all the very best. And remember there is always something out there for everyone once you are prepared to work.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Athea GAA Club Development Draw which is due to take place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend with 5 draws over the 5 months. Tickets are 50 Euro and can be purchased on line through club force or from GAA members or from myself. The club are beyond being delighted with the recent contributions to the Go Fund Me Page which has now reached over 10,000 Euro which will enable the club to pay for tarmac to be laid on the walking track which will be so beneficial to every Man, Woman, and Child and our Youth in the parish and beyond. You who have donated can be SO PROUD of yourselves —WELL DONE.

Thought for the week:-

Fear not for THE FUTURE – Weep Not for the PAST.


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