DEATH OF BILLY CASEY: William (Billy Casey) of Lower Athea died recently in Tralee Hospital after being there for a short period. He had been ill for some time previously and had been looked after at home by family members. Deceased, who was a farmer, was a well liked member of the local community and came from a highly regarded Athea family some of whom emigrated in their earlier years and two of his sisters became Nuns. Billy was predeceased some years ago by his late wife Kathleen after they had raised a lovely family of one boy and three girls all of whom have done well since they left home. Huge numbers of people called to the Casey homestead over the weekend of March 8 and 9 where Billy was being waked. The removal took place on Sunday morning from his home to St Bartholomew’s Church, Athea prior to the Requiem Mass at which there was a large congregation who came from local areas and much further away to express their sympathy with the family. There was also a big attendance at the funeral on Sunday afternoon to Holy Cross Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his son, daughters, grandchildren, sister, his in-laws, nieces, nephews and other relatives. ‘May his soul rest in peace’.
RED SQUIRRELS: Since the item about the sighting of a red squirrel near a local forestry was published in this column some weeks ago more people have come forward to claim that they also have had sightings of these little animals in other areas of the locality. One person who lives in Glenbawn was very definite about having seen a red squirrel some time ago. If there are others who might have had sightings we would be glad if they might let us know about it.
CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: Saturday evening 7.30pm - Betty Murphy. Sunday morning 11am – John Redmond. Eucharistic Ministers Saturday Evening Mass 7.30 pm – S O’Sullivan and Peg O’Connor. Sunday morning Mass 11am – Rose Hayes and Yvonne Roche. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
COISTE NA NOG: Winners in the recent Coiste na nOg Colouring Competition were: Junior Infants – Emma Scanlon. Senior Infants – Laura McEldowney. 1st Class – James Broderick. 2nd Class- Niamh Histon. 3rd Class- Aisling Dalton. 4th Class – Eoin Sheahan. 5th Class – David O’Connor. 6th Class – Ciara Hunt. Congratulations to all the winners.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Athea CFR’s members are grateful to all those who contributed to their recent Church Gate Collection. A total of €845.77 was subscribed.
SCHOOL REUNION: The Clounleharde School Re-union is going to be held on June 29 and the committee, who have been busy for months organising it, is hoping for a big attendance of past pupils of the school from the ‘30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s who are looking forward to meeting their old school mates and friends of bygone days. It certainly was a lovely idea to bring as many as possible together for this special get-together after all the years. No doubt many of the pupils of those years as well as their teachers have since gone to their eternal reward. But for those who are still left many of whom are comparatively young and even those who are still surviving from the earlier years this re-union should prove to be a very joyous occasion. Clounleharde School like many of the others of its kind was closed when the so-called free transport was introduced and buses provided. In hindsight there are now many parents who are paying dearly for school transport who regret that many of the rural schools such as Clounleharde was ever closed down.
ENGAGEMENT: Paul Collins of Collins Bar, Shop and News agency, Colbert Street, Athea and Audrey Galvin of Finuge recently got engaged when on a visit to Dubai. Audrey is a well known presenter with Radio Kerry and Paul is a prominent footballer with Athea GAA Club. Congratulations to both of them and best wishes for the future. SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Noel Aherne and other relatives of his family on the death of his sister-in-law Sheila in England wife of Noel’s brother Billy Aherne to whom sympathy is also extended. ‘May her soul rest in peace’.
DRAMA GROUP PRODUCTION: Athea Drama Group are at present performing John B Keane’s three act play “Many Young Men of Twenty” at the Memorial Hall. The first performance is on this Thursday night March 21 also on Sunday March 24 and finally on April 6. This was one of John B Keane’s most popular productions and it was first performed by Athea Drama Group 21 years ago when the Drama Group had been revived after a lapse of several years. “Many Young Men of Twenty” is based on the wholesale trend of emigration from this country in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s of which John B Keane himself with many thousands more had some experience of emigration. Who would have thought 21 years ago in relatively prosperous times when the play was last staged in Athea that the spectre of mass emigration would again haunt our land in the second decade of the new century but that unfortunately is the new reality when the theme of “Many Young Men of Twenty” is once again being repeated. KNOCKDOWN RAFFLE: Knockdown Vintage Club and Estuary Macra Club are holding a fund raising raffle, auction and village run in aid of ACT (Aid Cancer Treatment). The prizes include Hotel Breaks, Hampers, Vouchers, Galway Crystal, Perfumes and so forth. The draw will be held on this Saturday March 23 at the Knockdown Arms. Limerick, Kerry signed Jerseys and a Munster Jersey are some of the items to be auctioned on the night. On Sunday March 24 a Vintage Car and Tractor run along with a modern Tractor run organised by Estuary Macra will take place at 12.30pm starting at the Knockdown Arms travelling the roads of the locality and by Glin Castle to the Knockdown Arms where an auction of Silage Bales, turf, timber and motor accessories will be held. Tickets for raffle will be on sale at €2, three for €5.