By Peg Prendeville

Isn’t it nice to be into Spring again. The snowdrops are up and the daffodils following on their heels.

Killeaney AFC’s Lotto is up to €23,000 and generating lots of interest. It has not been won in 4 years and the committee will continue adding the usual €100 every week until it reaches €30,000. I know it is not 66 million but it would be a nice sum to win all the same. Tickets €2 each or three for €5 on sale in all local venues. If you are not in you have no hope at all!

I am looking forward to the Athea Drama group’s play at the end of the month. We should be guaranteed a laugh. Tarbert  has started up a drama group also and will be staging their play “Diarmy” on this coming weekend in Listowel. Written and directed by Mary Lavery Carrig, I look forward to this also but I am told it is not a comedy. It is set in 2013 and the love of bog is the theme.

One of the themes for the Synod in April is ‘Building Community’ and sporting organisations have much to teach us in this regard.  So the following has been arranged for anybody who wishes to attend. One does not have to be a synod delegate. This one-day conference will be a mix of keynote speakers and workshops.

Keynote Address One is Michael “Mickey” Harte. Keynote Address Two: ‘The Fellowship of Sport’ by Gerard Hartmann,  a native of Limerick City. Venue: Mary Immaculate College. Date: Wednesday 24th February. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All welcome.

As a delegate in the Diocesan synod I have attended many meetings in the past year. It is good to meet with all the different people, young and old, from various parishes and to hear of the different opinions and ideas of how we can grow as a people of faith. We do not have to agree with everything and everyone but it is good to listen and hear. All together we make up the family of God.