CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are- Saturday evening 7.30 Mass, Mary McGrath. Sunday morning 11am, Paul Curry. Eucharistic Ministers- Saturday evening 7.30 Mass, Sandra O’Sullivan, Ita Shine. Sunday morning Mass 11am. Pat Higgins, Vito Missorici. Servers- Saturday evening Mass, Ann M. Pierce, Eoin Sheehan. Sunday 11am Mass, Amy Ryan, Kay Broderick. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
RETIRED CIVIL DEFENCE: The Country Retired Civil Defence AGM takes place in “De Bucket” on Thursday, November 14th. Starting with Mass for the deceased members at 11am which will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Browne from the Salesian College, Pallaskenry. This will be followed by lunch and afterwards the Annual General Meeting, finishing at approx 4pm. The annual membership fee for 2014 of €15 can be paid on the day.
The Annual Regional Christmas lunch and party: is on in The Inn, Dromoland on Sunday November 24. Tickets are €25 each, payable in advance. Anybody who would like to attend will need to have your name and payment in by the 14th of November. Cheques to be made payable to Mid West Regional A.R.A.
ATHEA ANNUAL FAIR: Athea annual fair was held last Saturday November 2nd. Even though the weather was not great, nevertheless there was a big attendance with people bringing in farm animals from early morning, horses, donkeys, cattle, fowl of various kinds, goats and ponies and there were also a good number of stalls.
QUIET HALLOWEEN: This year’s Halloween festival passed off quietly in Athea and there was no cause for complaint this year. It also passed off quietly in neighbouring Carrigkerry. Some rowdy scenes were reported in some of the bigger towns in Kerry but nothing of a very serious nature.
BOOK LAUNCH: A new book by Tom Wall of Glin was launched at the Southcourt Hotel recently by the Chairman of Limerick County Council John Sheahan. “The Boy from Glin Industrial School” is the title of the book. It extends to 300 pages and there are also 67 photographs in this very interesting book. Tom outlines his experience during his time in this institution and the hazards which many of the boys who attended there went through.
STOP SIGN: There is a new stop sign on the Knocknagorna road leading to Dirreen Cross, which was badly needed at this dangerous junction where there have been some accidents down the years. This sign is clearly visible and will greatly help to prevent anybody from being injured in a traffic accident. Local people are grateful to Councillor John Sheahan who greatly helped to get this stop sign in place.
GRAVEYARD COLLECTION: The annual collection for the upkeep of the local cemeteries Holy Cross and Templeathea was held at Athea Church gate before all Masses last weekend. The graveyard committee are grateful to all those who contributed so generously.
ATHEA COMMUNITY GAMES: Athea Community Games will be bag-packing in Twohig’s SuperValu in Abbeyfeale on November 15/16. Anyone who might be willing to help out with this please contact Mary on 087-9451030.
ATHEA GUN CLUB: Athea Gun Club members were out in force on Friday, November 1st for the opening of pheasant shooting season. Pheasants are reported to be plentiful this season. The Long Tail competition which was held at the Top of the Town bar was won by father and son, Dan and Mike Costello.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Tony Noonan, Templeglantine, is switching on his Christmas Lights on Friday, November 22nd. He has a wonderful display every year and it is well worth going to see. He also supports a lot of the local charities with the monies raised from the display.