We, in this part of the country, escaped the recent storms and floods with little or no damage in comparison to coastal towns and resorts. It is hard to believe the awful devastation which was done to all these lovely places which seem so idyllic in the summer eg Rossbeigh, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Salthill to name but a few. There are different pages on Facebook which has photographs up of all the damage done. At least there was no loss of life but lots of money and manpower will be needed to bring places back to what they looked like beforehand. The only signs I have seen locally is a fallen tree at John and Mary’s house, which used to be Dan Faley’s house. It fell very close to the house but did not do damage.

I watched the programme on Paisley on Monday night. A tough man is all I will say. It will be continued on Monday next.

As usual at this time of year I am looking forward to seeing the Athea drama. “Stop it, Nurse” is the name of this year’s play and sounds promising. I admire all people who are dedicated enough to come together a couple of times a week, learn off their lines and put them into action so as to entertain all who are interested and I think people like these deserve to be supported. I expect that there will be full houses each night.

I was amused when reading the Athea newsletter last week to see the comments of no wrenboys in the Athea direction but lots in Ballyhahill and Carrigkerry. It is a pity the tradition is dying out in Athea so maybe, like the drama group, a few people would get together and revive it for next year. There is a challenge for all ye talented people in Athea! Get cracking.

Sympathies to Nancy Langan, Glenagragra and all her family this week on the death of her sister Nellie O’Sullivan. Also to Catherine Moran, Toureen on the death of her brother Martin O’Connor. May they rest in peace.