Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my weekly report.
Canon John got our month of June off to a good start this morning by blessing Holy Water at the beginning of ten o’clock Mass. The June month is starting off on a very encouraging note with a few lovely sunny days behind us and hopefully lots more to come. The fine days set the whole world around us up a gear or two, with farmers delving into silage making at every waking hour and families doing everything they could to make the most of the sun. Bar-b-cues were going full belt in many gardens, the sound of children playing, filling the air, while others took to travelling out a bit, relishing their new found extended limits. We were fortunate enough to take on the Shrone Lake District where a glorified goat path inches you along the craggy terrain and where the slow pace gives you time to study the rocks and streams in detail and the calm lake almost hidden at the foot of the mighty Paps. For the driver it takes full concentration but for the lucky passenger, sheer joy. There are places where you can stop, converse with other brave people like yourself ,or young couples doing it all on foot. Our final pitch took us all the way to the top of the down hill and the descent into the renowned Claydagh Valley and the exit into the busy main Killarney to Macroom Road. How great it is that due to modern ways that those of us in advanced years can enjoy the beauty of these remote gems as well as those who can do it all on shanks mare.