Eily’s Report – 23rd May

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly Report.

Blue skies, lovely sunshine and a gentle breeze not an easy time to settle down to write. But there is a fine wash blowing on the line, so let that be my consolation. Good for You, Mother Nature.

The month of May is fading fast but not without proof that it’s a good one. The silage season is in full swing and by all accounts the yield is good. Grass lands and cornfields also. These are the most important features in any year. To see the food crops doing well is reason enough for us all to rejoice. The white thorns are weighed down with flowers and there is a huge crab-apple tree on our road and the show of blossoms has to be seen to be believed and as I mentioned our road. The County Council have spent a lot of time and effort cleaning the margins all the way from Church Street to Kilmeedy Bridge. No half measures, they took away all the growth right in to the wall/ditch. Which is great. Trouble is that people still continue to throw litter out of their cars and with no grass margins to hide them they completely ruin the whole scene. We can only ask the offenders to please change their ways and remind them once again that a hefty fine awaits anybody who is caught.  The anti-litter applies to both town and country areas .

Can I take a quote from our Mass Leaflet this week . This month marks the 8th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis on Caring for our Common Home. It says, “The Universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. Standing awestruck before a mountain we cannot separate this experience from God”

Nature is very busy at this time of year, everything is growing, the birds seem to have made their decision in choosing a partner building their nests and settled down to hatching. They don’t sing as much, nor flit from tree to tree. Instead they are more intent on feeding the one in the nest as they await this seasons young. The air is full of floating seeds of the dandelions as they break away from the mother plant and get carried off by the wind to pastures new. Recent information on how important the humble dandelion is to the birds in the early part of the year has trained us to be more tolerant of this milky plant which has stood up to endless torture over the years. If we take our time we can identify with the words above that there can be a mystical meaning in so many things. Not everybody has the time that we, the elderly have to browse. In a way it comes naturally to us because when we were children we roamed the fields on Summer days. Rolling and tumbling in the long grass and messing about in a stream. Sitting on a stone mid-stream  on a sunny day you often saw a honeybee or wasp gliding by on a leaf and the multi-coloured dragonflies hovering.  Our time was our own, we could stay watching them till the water took them out of sight. And when he was gone there was always something else to draw our attention. There is no use in comparing our time back then with the world of today, but the bottom line is to make the most of what you’ve got and enjoy every moment.

I got a call from an elderly lady to say that she is not able to visit her dear husbands grave  in St. Mary’s because of the state of the place . He is buried in the top section and she told me that it needs to be developed and set out in a manner which will enable people of her own  calibre ,and indeed anybody to go there in safety. People have fallen there, one lady I know broke a bone there ,and was laid up for a long time. I hope that this plea will be taken up by those who do something about  this problem.

Did you know that our Air Ambulance went to help out at the terrible explosion site at Creeslough last year and as a result they have been invited to place collection boxes in many places throughout   the country. Please take note that their title/logo has been changed , from Air Ambulance .  to

CRITICAL   Emergency Medical Response .

The T in critical is in the shape of a cross.

The planes of Drishane have lost none of their allure. Fine weather on Sunday added to the splendour of the Vintage Gathering . The place looked like something out of this world. And to add to the scene the fresh green plains were dotted with fences and brightly coloured obsticales  as far as the eye could see, in readiness for the next equestrian event June 1st to 4th.  The organisers were delighted with the response. They picked up every scrap of debris before leaving and left the lovely Drishane Estate as nice as they found it. All proceeds will go to our Sheltered Housing Complex. Well done to all concerned.

Their next outing will be a car run , on June 17th.

A young college graduate who got a job in Millstreet is in dire need of a place to stay. Can anybody help. The nearest she has at the moment is Mallow. Please help if you can.

Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were, 1,4,24,26 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Mike OMahony, Coomligane, The seller was Malpaso and they got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to Tara Bourke, Stockholm. €20 each went to Mike O’Mahony  and Caroline c/o The Bridge Bar, Alan The Buck, c/o Malpaso, O’Connor Family, Tullig, c/o the Wallis Arms, Joanne & Erin McAuliffe, c/o Nick Tarrant, Lauren Buicke, c/o Capabu, Catriona Twohig, c/o Lehane & Robert,  Elaine Crowley, c/o Angela Kelleher  & Robinson & Mulherns c/o Joan Sheehan. Jackpot for next week €8,800 the draw on May 28th.

The annual Mass will be said at Tubrid Well this Friday evening May 26 at 7.30. Please lookup the web for details of all the church Services , Masses at our cemeteries etc.

Eucharistic Adoration at our Church every Tuesday. From 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Please support it well.

Rosary continues at Tubrid Well every evening at 8. And in Aubane on Thursday at 8 pm.

Agus sinn abfuil a cairde Slán is Beannacht Dé libh go léir.

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