CHURCH NOTICES: Mass readers this weekend are: Saturday evening 7.30pm Denise Oâ€™Riordan. Sunday morning 11am John Redmond. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday evening Mass 7.30pm Majella Dalton and Ita Shine. Sunday morning 11am Siobhan Barrett, Sean Barrett. The Servers: Saturday evening 7.30pm Laura Dalton, Nicola Scanlon. Sunday morning 11am Luke Gleeson, B. Finucane.
RECENT DEATH: The death occurred recently, unexpectedly, of Eileen Kirke, sister of Joe Aherne of Glenagore, Athea. Joe and his wife Betty have conveyed their thanks to all who sympathised with them in their bereavement, special thanks to all those who travelled to Dublin. Go ndeana Dia trÃ³caire le na h-anam.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Fergus Scanlon, on behalf of The Friends of St. Itaâ€™s Hospital, Newcastle West, would like to extend thanks to everybody who contributed so generously to the recent Church gate collection in Athea. A total of â‚¬757.44 was contributed. Thanks is also extended to all those who helped in any way with the collection.
AUTUMN WEDDING: Prominent Athea footballer TomÃ¡s Mullane of Knocknagorna, Athea (son of Mary B and Conor Mullane) was wed at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glin to Eleanor Stackpoole (daughter of Patsy and Catherine) of Tulleague, Glin. The ceremony, with Nuptial Mass, was celebrated by Fr. Tom Crawford P.P. Glin. The chief bridesmaid was Cathriona Stackpoole, sister of the bride and the other bridesmaids were Joanne Stackpoole, Ailish Ahern and Alice Fitzgerald. The best man was Sean Mullane, brother of the groom and groomsmen were Padraig Mullane, Conor Mullane and Stephen Oâ€™Sullivan. The readers were Eamonn Stackpoole and Catherine Oâ€™Sullivan. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by Patrick Oâ€™Sullivan, TT Mullane, Helena Collins, Sean Stackpoole, Johnny Barrett, Denise Geoghegan and Catriona Ryan. Reflection: Trisha Keane. Offertory Gifts: Catherine Stackpoole and Mary B Mullane. The Musicians were Cadenza. The reception was held in The Malton Hotel, Killarney where an enjoyable evening was held for the families and guests. The honeymoon is being spent in Cork and TomÃ¡s and Eleanor are planning a trip to Malaysia and Australia early in the New Year. Good luck and every happiness is extended to the newly married couple.
FIRST RESPONDERS: Athea Community First Responders (CFRâ€™s) are holding their AGM on November 4th at 8pm in the Memorial Hall.
TIDY TOWNS AWARD: Congratulations to Athea Tidy Towns committee who recently received the â€˜Limerick in Bloomâ€™ award in the competition. 46 villages and towns competed for the prize. A beautiful trophy and two glass plaques and a cheque for â‚¬1,500 was presented to Athea Tidy Towns. This was a fitting award for all the work and effort that the committee put into it since the beginning of this year. At the Church gate collection last weekend the local people showed their appreciation when they contributed the sum of â‚¬1,325.
SEAN BRODERICK AWARD: Last Sunday at 12 noon Mass in Abbeyfeale Church Sean Broderick was presented with a Bene Menenti Medal. Bishop Brendan Leahy was the chief celebrant of the Mass. Congratulations to Sean on receiving this honour in recognition of the many years he has dedicated to Church activities in Abbeyfeale parish including the choir.
BAPTISMAL TEAM: The next baptismal team meeting is November 12 in Athea Sacristy. Parents who wish to baptise their children in the next month are encouraged to attend.
ATHEA GAA CLUB DRAW: The monthly Club draw was held in Donieâ€™s Bar on Friday, 25th October. The club wishes to thank all those who supported the draw during the year. The winners were:â‚¬500-Billy & Mary Oâ€™Connor, Gortnagross. â‚¬250-Margaret Tierney, Templeathea. â‚¬150 each to Brian McKenna, Upper Athea, Matt T. Tierney, Templeathea, Ned Oâ€™Mahony, Templeathea, Marion White, Gortnagross.
ATHEA GAA AGM: The annual general meeting of Athea GAA Club was held at the clubhouse in PÃ¡irc na nGael on Friday night of last week. The secretary Sean Ahern gave a detailed account of the past year in his report. The treasurerâ€™s report was read by the treasurer Ãine Reidy. The outgoing chairman Denis Collins in his chairmanâ€™s address thanked everyone who helped out in the club and all those involved in the various teams. The club extended thanks to outgoing officers, Sean Ahern, Denis Collins and Ãine Reidy who all stepped down from their positions for their outstanding work and commitment to the club during the past number of years. The following officers were elected on the night. (The positions of Treasurer and Assistant Secretary will be filled at the next committee meeting. If there is anybody interested in these positions please contact any of the newly elected officers). The following is the executive committee who were elected at the AGM: Chairman: Paul Curry, Secretary: Jacqueline Oâ€™Connor, Assistant Treasurer: Roger Ryan, PRO: David Oâ€™Connor.
FEALE RANGERS: Fr. Caseyâ€™s, Abbeyfeale defeated Feale Rangers Athea/Mountcollins under 21 side at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Friday evening of last week in a tense and exciting game by 2-11 to 1-13. Both teams played very well but unfortunately for Feale Rangers they went down by one point. Feale Rangers team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Jamie Lenihan, Mark Oâ€™Connor, Gary Vaughan, Cian Oâ€™Sullivan, Denis Greaney, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Mahony, Matthew Brouder, James Brouder, Maurice Hayes, Dylan Griffin, Michael Mullane, Dan Mullane, Conor Moroney, Liam Oâ€™Brien, Jason Oâ€™Flaherty, William Finnegan, Sean Casey and Emmet White.
60th BIRTHDAY: Mary T. Mulvihill, Colbert St., Athea celebrated her 60th birthday recently with a party of her family, relatives and friends at the Top of the Town Bar.
OTHER BIRTHDAYS: Christopher Barrett celebrated his 30th birthday at Brown Joeâ€™s Bar recently with his family members, relatives and friends.
Bill Hunt, formerly of Gortnagross, who is now resident of Lystol Lodge Nursing Home, celebrated his 79th birthday last week and was visited by many of his friends for the occasion.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing classes (with tuition by Josephine Oâ€™Connor) have commenced in the Con Colbert Memorial Hall on Thursday nights at 9pm. Everybody is welcome to attend.
LOCAL JOURNALS: Articles for the Athea Parish Journal and the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal and other material including photographs should be sent in immediately so that these will be on time for publication. All material will be returned in due course.