CHURCH NEWS: Readers for next weekend: Vigil-Betty Murphy, 11am-Mike Hayes. Eucharistic Ministers: Vigil-Betty Aherne and Mary Sheahan, 11.00am-Pat Higgins and Yvonne Roche. Altar Servers: Vigil-Jessica Ahern and Shauna Scanlon, 11.00am-Maeve Donovan and Michael Tierney.
ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF LIMERICK DIOCESE: A beautifully illustrated book on the history of Limerick Diocese by Liam Irwin has been published. It is in hardback and costs €20. Contact Fr. Bowen for more information.
SAMARITANS: The Limerick branch are piloting a new free number 116 123. This number will eventually be the number which will be used, not just in Ireland but all across Europe.
CREDIT UNION AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Athea & District Credit Union was held at the Credit Union office on Friday December 20. Timmy Woulfe, Chairman, presided at the meeting at which there was a big attendance. Eilish Geoghegan read the minutes of last year’s AGM. Timmy Woulfe stated that last year brought many changes to the running of the organization including internal audits and qualifications needed to become an officer of the Credit Union.
It was great to see that Athea Credit Union was in a good financial state. John O’Connell and John Joe Barrett retired during the year and are a great loss to the Credit Union. Both these officers had given untold help in the formation and running of the Credit Union down all these years since 1968. It was also noted with much regret that Timmy Woulfe is also stepping down as Chairperson and this is due to new rules concerning the years spent in such a position. Timmy Woulfe wished a Happy Christmas to all present and MaryAnn Stack and Eilish Geoghegan gave a Christmas present to all who attended.
WEDDING: Congratulations to Emma Mullane, daughter of Kathleen and Paddy Mullane, Templeathea and Dave Mulvihill, son of Ann and Noel Mulvihill, Barragougeen, Moyvane who were married in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Athea on Friday 3 January. Fr. Patrick Bowen PP celebrated the Nuptial Mass. The bridesmaids were Katie Lynch, sister of the bride and Deirdre O’Riordan, twin sister of the groom. Best man was Gerry Walsh and groomsman was Francis O’Riordan. The reception was held at The Malton Hotel, Killarney. The couple will honeymoon in Mauritius and Dubai. Emma is a member of the Garda Síochána.
BIRTHDAY: Happy birthday to David Brosnan, Upper Athea son of Eileen and Micheál Brosnan who celebrated his 30th birthday recently.
JACKPOT WINNER: Congratulations to my former neighbor, Patrick Dalton, Gortnagross on winning the Jackpot of €6,400 in last week’s Community Council draw. Also to his wife Mary and children Marina and Joseph. The ticket was sold by Brouder’s Shop.
ENGAGEMENT: Congratulations to Shane O’Sullivan, son of Margaret and Johnny, Knocknagorna and Lisa O’Connor, daughter of Tom and Teresa, who got engaged on New Year’s Eve.
EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING: Participants are now being sought for a new employment ability skill programme which will start in January and run two mornings per week (Monday and Friday) from 9.30am – 1pm. The course will cover modules including functional maths, team-work, work experience and a language (TBC). The course is a FETAC Level 4 programme delivered by the Limerick Education and Training Board. Limited places available. Contact Finn at West Limerick Resources on 069-61316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SYMPATHY: Our sympathy is extended to Fr. John O’Shea PP Abbeyfeale on the unexpected death of his brother during the past weekend also his other relatives. May his soul rest in peace.
GROW ORGANISATION: The community of mental health movement (GROW) meets on Thursday nights at 8pm in the Station Room, Desmond Complex, Newcastle West. All are welcome to attend.
ATHEA UNITED DRAW: Athea United Soccer Club held their weekly draw on Monday Dec 23 at Brown Joe’s Bar. The Jackpot on the night was €11,900. The numbers drawn were 13, 14, 25, 30. There was no winner. Lucky dips were won by the following: John Allen, Templeathea, Tommy Mullins, Ardagh, Billy McKenna Jnr, Upper Athea, Peg Mulvihill, Blane, Catherine Hayes, Templeathea. €50 Christmas dip-Teresa O’Brien, Ardagh. Seller prizes-Pat Hayes and Margaret Dalton. The new Jackpot will be €12,000 when the draw returns from Monday, Jan 6 at Batt’s Bar.
WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Patrick O’Donovan, West Limerick Dáil Deputy, on his recent marriage in Croagh Parish Church to Eileen Keary of Croagh. The couple were joined by their families, including parents Nellie O’Donovan and Bridie and Stephen Keary. Best of luck to the young married couple.