CHURCH NEWS: Readers for this weekend: Saturday evening 7.30pm-Mary McGrath, Sunday morning 11.00am-Tommy Denihan. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday evening 7.30pm- C. Wilson and Ita Shine, Sunday morning 11.00am-Vito Missorici and Rose Hayes. Altar Servers: Saturday evening 7.30pm –J. Ahern and S. Scanlon, Sunday morning 11.00am-M. Donovan and M. Tierney. 9am Mass Sunday morning will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
There is also a notice in the Parish newsletter asking those who are making Church gate collections not to put the tables and collection boxes on the footpath so as not to cause an obstruction to those walking up to the Church. This is a recommendation from a recent Parish meeting.
GAA CALENDAR: The 2014 calendars in support of the Athea Coiste na nÓg club are on sale at Rose’s Shop and Paul Collins’ Shop or from any of the coaches. The cost of the calendar is €5 and it contains many photographs of teams and action shots which were taken throughout the year of all the under-age teams. It would be a lovely present for local people or Athea people living abroad.
THE JOURNALS: Both the Athea Parish Journal and Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal are still on sale in all the usual outlets in Athea and elsewhere. The Athea Journal, in its 25th edition, is better than ever with many interesting articles including the GAA, Soccer Club, Comhaltas, Athea Coiste na nÓg, Athea Golfing Society, Community Games, Tidy Towns, Knockdown Vintage Club, Athea Community Council and many more items of local and general interest and also a wide range of beautiful photographs in full colour.
LATE ELLEN O’SULLIVAN: The death occurred during the week of Ellen (Nellie) O’Sullivan (nee Enright) of Lower Athea. Deceased and her family are well liked members of the local community and her death is widely regretted. She was predeceased by her husband Bernard several years ago and is survived by her family members and other relatives. The removal took place from Lyons’ Funeral Home, Derry, Listowel on Monday night to St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea and was attended by a large number of people who came to pay their respects and sympathise with the family. The Requiem Mass on Tuesday was also well attended and also the funeral to Holy Cross cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her family members and sisters Mary and Nancy.
AIRTRICITY WINDMILLS: The first of the Airtricity windmills in Upper Athea now appear to be well underway and has given considerable employment to many local people during their initial phase. It is expected that more land in other parts of the parish will be required in the future for the Airtricity windmills. This will of course be of great benefit to some local farmers who have land for sale and also provide useful employment for many workers throughout the locality. By all accounts Airtricity provides a clean form of electricity without the pollution of other fuels and this is good for the environment. Before the advent of the windmills in the locality there were unfounded rumours that the windmills would interfere with radio and television reception but so far there is no evidence to suggest that such is the case. Airtricity have contributed many grants to several local organizations and it is hoped that some more organizations who have not yet benefited from these grants might be considered in future including some who have been excluded for grants up to now.
CEOL LUIMNIGH CONCERT: A party was held for residents of Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastle West on Sunday, January 12 2014. The following Ceol Luimnigh members provided the entertainment which was enjoyed by all the residents and staff. Tom O’Donoghue, John Mullins, Ide Hession, Martin Keyes, Donie Lyons, Terence O’Mahony, Ned McGee, Con Warren, Mary O’Keeffe, Pat Daly, Pat Curtin, Sean O’Gorman, Martin Enright, Pierce Rowsome, John O’Riordan, Con Herbert, Tom O’Riordan, Irene Reidy, Mary Lynch, Daithí O’Riordan. Red Cross members, Josie O’Keeffe, Norah Dooley and Pat Dalton MC.