Eily’s Report – 23rd April

Dia is Mhuire dióbh go léir a cairde and welcome to my Report.

This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made. That the Lord has made.   Let us rejoice, let us rejoice,  and be glad He did.

Oh the joy of a warm sunny spell and I hope that everybody is making full use of it. It seems a pity that little children have to spend long hours in class when their bodies would benefit so much from the  warmth of the sun and think of all the fun they could have in the great out of doors following the long months of wet weather which we have come through. Thankfully the people of the land are getting an opportunity to do their work. It’s great to see more and more cattle out grazing. Little lambs prancing in the fields and even the little rabbits making an appearance late in the day. Some folks have lots of bunnies around them and sometimes they can even be a problem especially when they make a meal of the baby plants of cabbage or flowers which you have so tenderly put into the ground. I don’t have that problem, living as I am on an island of sorts, encircled by the beautiful Finow river on one side and the busy Main Road on the other, boundaries that keep all wild life away.  So I have to depend on other peoples rabbits for my pleasure. I catch a glimpse of them grazing on the hilly fields as I drive to town. But at breeding time it grieves me to see lots of the little ones foolishly  wondering on to the busy traffic and meeting their waterloo.  But all is not lost as the hungry mother fox makes no delay in availing of a tasty meal. I know, Mother Nature can be cruel at times.

God Bless all those who came out on Saturday to clean up our streets and approach roads. The full bags of litter along the sides of our road, waiting to be collected were testament to the hard work of all those who answered to call at the weekend.  One can’t but notice the difference because the amount of stuff thrown out of cars was gone beyond anything of the past. I think that when people see litter on the road, they figure that it’s alright to add more and I’m hoping that ,following the clean-up on Saturday that road users will refrain from littering the place again.  So on behalf of us all I want to say a sincere word of thanks to our Tidy Towns committee and their helpers for clean-up on Saturday and appeal to any would-be litter monger to show respect for their work and keep Millstreet clean.

Still with Millstreet , did you see the ‘One Night in Millstreet’ film? Thanks to some friends I was taken there one night last week. Looking at it from our comfortable cinema seats, it was hard for us to imagine that  we were actually there on the night all of 29 years ago.  The main parts were taken from the activities of that historic night. The commentator remarked that there was a large presence of hard core gangsters present from Dublin. We were there as ushers showing people to their seats and did we ever imagine who we were ‘smiling’ at. The sea of people on the film has to be seen to be believed.  All standing and shouting and in our safety conscious world that we live in today it was the stuff that nightmares were made of. Work done, I had a seat on the balcony as the fight began so I was at eye level with the Ring. God knows I know very little about boxing but I thought on the night that Eubank should have won and that was why I found the film so interesting (and it even included a lovely shot of my previous home and Kilmeedy Castle) The film  answered a lot of my questions and at the end of the day I figured that Collins’s brain was too much for Eubank’s brawn.

The great thing about what I write sometimes is that if I get something wrong or cannot remember something such a place name or even a person’s name, that some reader will go off and find it and  let me know. A few weeks back I was talking about the Blacksmiths in the town but could not recall the family name of the man at the West End called the’ Rover’. Thanks to a friend who went to the trouble to look it up and let us all know that his full  name was Denis O’Riordan. It gives the feeling that we are all in this together. Great.

To celebrate Diocesen Youth Week  at  our 11.30 Mass on Sunday there was great emphasis on our young people. Chaplin on the Community School  John Magee attended and gave a talk at the beginning of Mass. Young people brought up the gifts and did some readings. There was also an input from the choir.  The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Tarrant and he complimented John Magee and his pupils on their meaningful input into their special Mass.

The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting an online  Q&A for young women who  would like to know more about the Poor Clare Way of life. To take place from 7-8.30 on Wednesday May 1st.

More details from vocations @mscmmissions.ie

Kerry Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, (Golden Jubilee) led by Bishop Ray Browne Aug.29 to Sept.3. from Kerry Airport.

Details ring 0879318976. Or on line.pilgrimmage @dioceseofkerry.ie.

The Camino Trail with MSC will take place from July 29 to August 5 2024  For details contact 021 454 6691 or Email mary.morrish @mscmissions.ie

The message from Pope Francis this week ,our life finds fulfilment when we discover who we are ,what our gifts are  where we can make them bear fruit, and what path we can follow in order to become signs and instruments of love ,generous acceptance,   beauty ,and peace ,wherever we find ourselves.

With the month of April moving on, we will have that enjoyable meeting of people of all ages at the local library on Friday.

 A notice from our Presentation National School  entitled

 ‘Autism Awareness Celebration.’ They are hosting a  fundraising coffee morning for their Special Classes and are inviting us to be part of it.  To take place on Tuesday April 30th at the Presentation National School from 10 am. to 12 noon.  Your support will help provide essential resources and enriching programs for those special classes .There will be an opportunity to view facilities for neurodiversity children which includes playground equipment purchased with  proceeds from  last  year’s coffee morning . Please support them well.

Here are the results of this  weeks lotto draw which was held on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were8,17,23,29  and the jackpot was not won.

€100 went Jerome McCarthy, Carriganima. The seller was Colemans and they got €50 sellers prize.  €50 went to Margaret Cooper, c/o Margaret Bourke. €20 each went to Ml. O’Callaghan, c/o Colemans. PJ & DJ c/o the Bridge Bar. Ml. Hickey, Claracleagh. Anita & Sean c/o Corkery’s Bar, Sandra & Haley c/o John Enright, Skye Kelleher , Moulnahorna, c/o Eily, Linda & Mary Coleman, c/o Colemans, Boyz c/o Michelle Whelan.

Next Draw April, 28th . Jackpot €4,400 from 11 am to 1. All welcome.

Members of the Active Retired group will have Tea and scone from 1.30 at the Day Centre followed by Bingo.

The Men’s Shed is open four days a week. Tuesday to Friday from 2 to 4 pm. Go there for your best value in kindling. Two bags for €5.

Adult Retired coffee morning at the lovely Kall & Dynne every Thursday at 11 am. 45 Drive at the Day Centre every Tuesday night at 8.30 also in Ballydaly of Sunday night and Cullen on Wednesday night all at 8.30 sharp.

Watch out for the Mushera Platform Dancing which resumes on May 5th.

Continue to enjoy the lovely weather. Take a moment to admire a beautiful flowering shrub or to listen to a little bird singing it’s heart out. So much to see and do when the sun is shining and when night comes just say ‘Thank you Lord for my work and play, I try to be good for I know that I should  that’s my prayer at the end of the day.

Slán agus beannacht.




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