CHURCH NEWS: Saturday 8th September 7.30 p.m. mass. Reader is Betty Murphy. Servers are John Sexton and Jade McMahon. Eucharistic Ministers are Majella Dalton and Cathy Wilson. Sunday 9th September 11 a.m. mass. Reader is Paul Curry. Servers are Ciara and Sinead Hunt. Eucharistic Ministers are Siobhan Barrett and Pat Higgins. A thank you letter will be issued next week to all who use the collection envelopes. The selfemployed can use this receipt for tax purposes, PAYE tax payers are asked to fill in the CHY2 cert and return it to the sacristy and the parish will get a refund. To qualify one's annual donation must exceed E25. Retired people who are taxed on their pensions do qualify for the tax refund and should fill in the CHY2 cert.
Athea Community Council held its lucky numbers draw Saturday night at Brown Joes. The jackpot was E6800. Numbers drawn were 12, 14, 26 and 29. There was no winner. E50 lucky dip to Jack Quaid, St. Bartholomew's Villas; E30 to Kim O'Grady, Brown Joes; E20 each to Olivia and Sarah, Newcastlewest; JJ Sheehy, Hillside Drive; Shannon McGlore, Templeathea and Pat Mulvihill, Hillside Drive. Seller's prize to The Gables and Lal Browne. Next week's draw is at Batts and the jackpot will be E6900.
Sincere congratulations to Maura and Gavin Curtin, Knocknagoshel on the birth of their new little baby boy Cian recently. We also congratulate the proud grandparents Mairead and Pat Langan, Glenagragra.
To Owen O'Connor, son of Marian and Jeremiah, Upper Athea who was recently appointed to Cork University Hospital as Consultant Radiologist and as a member of the academic staff of UCC, having completed a fellowship with Boston Massachusetts General Hospital in association with Harvard University.
West Limerick Resources is seeking expressions of interest from individuals and members of community groups who would like to take part in the Keeping Safe Child Protection training programme with the HSE. Should sufficient interest be identified it is hoped to offer this training in Newcastlewest at the end of September. Time and date to be confirmed. Contact Adrienne 069 79110.
What a difference a few weeks make, one just has to look around at our village and the way it has improved, firstly the hanging baskets in full bloom, the lovely painted wheel outside the forge. Then the committee took on the painting of some of the uninhabited houses. Then the church and surrounds were painted by a contractor, which really marked a focal point and it all looks beautiful. Over the weekend the ladders were hoisted to paint Colbert Memorial Hall, what enthusiasm and all done of their own free will. Great credit is due to everyone who lends a hand in any way. Don't forget to support the Tidy Town's fund raising draw September 15th. This date will coincide with the results of the national Tidy Towns competition, so hopefully Athea will do well.