NATIONAL SCHOOL WALK: A sponsored walk in Aid of Athea National School will be held on this Friday April 12 for the purchase of a new English Literacy Series. The walk will start at 11.30am from the school and go around the ring by Fairy Street and returning to the school again. Anyone wishing to take part in the walk will be welcome. Sponsorship cards are available and all support will be very much appreciated.
CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers on this weekend are: - Saturday evening 7.30pm â€“ Margaret McEnery. Sunday morning 11am â€“ Tommy Denihan. Eucharistic Ministers â€“ Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm â€“ Majella Dalton and M Oâ€™ Donoghue. Sunday morning 11 am â€“ Sean Barrett and Rose Hayes. 9am Mass on Sunday will be celebrated by Canon Patrick Kelly.
DEATH OF BRIDIE SHINE: The death occurred during the week of Bridie Anne Shine of Gortnagross, Athea. Deceased, who was in her mid â€˜80â€™s, was a member of a well known and highly regarded local family and she and her late brother Mossie ran a thriving grocery shop in the village which only closed in recent times. Bridie Anne was a very religious person was still a regular attendant at Mass even though she was in failing health for some time past. In former years Bridie Anne and her brother Mossie were both members of Athea Civil Defence Unit for many years at a stage when several otter local people were also involved. Mossie Shine was also Chairman of Athea GAA Club for some years. And another brother Tadgh who is also deceased was Athea parish Clerk for a time.
Many people from far and near called to Kellyâ€™s Funeral Home on Saturday evening to pay their respects and sympathise with Bridie Anneâ€™s relatives before removal to St Bartholomewâ€™s Parish Church. There was also a big attendance at the Requiem Mass on Easter Sunday morning which was celebrated by Fr Patrick Bowen PP together with Canon Patrick Kelly. Michael Oâ€™Halloran from Pallaskenry represented the Limerick County Active Retired Civil Defence Association at the Mass. The funeral in the afternoon was also well attended. Sympathy is extended to Bridie Anneâ€™s nieces, nephews and other relatives who are all grieved by her loss and by whom she will be very much missed. â€˜May her soul rest in peaceâ€™.
EASTER COMMEMORATION: The Annual Republican Easter Commemoration in Athea was held on Easter Saturday and as usual a good crowd attended. The principal speaker on this occasion was Cork City Councillor Mick Nugent.
RECENT WEDDING: The marriage took place recently of Brian Aherne, son of Mossie and Nellie of Garrygloss, South Clash, and Ailis Commane, daughter of Pat and Alice, Knockdown. Brian has been a prominent member of Athea football teams for a number of years. The reception was held at the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine where an enjoyable time was had by all the guests. The honeymoon is being spent in Mexico and Las Vegas. Congratulations and best wishes to the young couple for every happiness in their married life.
NEW JUNIOR CITIZEN: Congratulations to Mickey and Helen Hayes who recently celebrated the birth of their new baby son whom they are naming Oran Michael. Their two little girls Patrice and Aoife are both very happy to have a little brother in the family. Congratulations too to the grandparents Mike and Rose Hayes and MicheÃ¡l and Eileen Brosnan.
JOGGING GROUP: It was recently decided to form a Jogging Social Group in Athea who will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Memorial Hall. Anyone who may be interested in joining the group can come to the Memorial Hall on either of these nights. All the participants are asked to ensure that they wear Hi-Vis Vests and suitable running gear.
LATE MARY DONNELLY: The death occurred recently in England of Mary Donnelly (nee McMahon) who was a native of Ballinagoul, Glin. Deceased, who was in her early â€˜60â€™s, had been ill for some time prior to her death. Mary who had lived in England for a long time was married to a Tyrone man. She was a member of a well known and highly respected Glin family many of whose members were closely associated with the GAA. One of her nephews Michael McMahon, who now lives in Galway, played for County Limerick Senior Football team. . She was pre-deceased by her brother John McMahon who was a Garda that was killed in a traffic accident while on duty in Carlow several years ago. Maryâ€™s funeral took place in England and her monthâ€™s mind Mass was celebrated in Glin Parish Church. Sympathy is extended to her own family members in England and to her sister Eileen and brothers Michael, Patsy and Eddie all resident in West Limerick, her nephews, nieces, her in-laws and other relatives. â€˜May her soul rest in peaceâ€™.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to John Redmond, Lower Road, Athea on the death of his mother Joan, Mallow, Co. Cork which occurred unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago. Also to Johnâ€™s wife Pauline and their family and to his motherâ€™s other relatives. â€˜May her soul rest in peaceâ€™.
BALLYBUNION RUN: Well done to all the Athea participants who took part in the Ballybunion Run on Easter Sunday. Carol Oâ€™Connor who took part for the first time and Denise Oâ€™Riordan completed the 10K run within an hour and Elaine Oâ€™Keefe performed very well coming 3rd overall in the Ladies section. Pat Hunt of Coole West who was home on holiday from Germany took part and did great time in the 20K. Another Athea participant Joe Aherne, Templeathea took part in the run and performed well also.
ATHEA UNITED LOTTERY: Results of Athea United Lottery on April 1st at Donieâ€™s Bar. No Jackpot winner. LuckyDips- Marie Buckley, Lower Athea. Peg Oâ€™Keeffe, Coole West. Eamon Oâ€™Sullivan, Ballyhahill. Paul McKenna, Lyreacrompane. Denise Duggan, Rosbrien. Sellers Prize- Agatha Barrett and Margaret Reidy.