By Peg Prendeville

There was a bit of excitement at Crough Creamery on Sunday last when it seemed to have reopened for an hour. Scenes were re-enacted of tanks being delivered in a donkey and cart as in days of old. The tanks were a little too clean and new to be for real but many memories were rekindled of the days when queues would form up along the Turraree road as people chatted to their neighbour while they waited in line to deliver the milk. Den O’Brien was on hand to take some photos. The local Vintage Society had organised the photo-shoot. Well done to them.

Congratulations to Josephine Sheehy, formerly of Dromagarraun, now living in Sydney, who came home to be married to Australian Daniel Engeman last Saturday in Adare. We wish them both all the best in their future life in Sydney.

Congratulations to Michelle Foley, Glin who celebrated her 21st birthday last weekend with friends and family. Michelle is grandchild to Mrs Cusack from Cratloe.

I was travelling from Abbeyleix to home this Tuesday morning and remarking to myself on the amount of traffic which is on the roads especially in early morning as people head to work. It would not be my choice to be driving in traffic every day and I pity those who have no choice as they head to work in Limerick, Cork or even to Dublin. I thought also on the pollution which is emitted from each car and wondered how long our atmosphere can take it before we are all poisoned. Heavy thoughts for an early morning! But I also enjoyed the solace of being on my own listening to the radio or CD depending on how depressing the news on the radio was.

The Limerick Diocesan Synod delegates are working away in the background and will soon be interacting with all parishioners in each parish so that all opinions and voices are heard. The agenda for the 2016 synod will be set on the results and concerns of the people. There is no fairer way than that, I believe.