By Peg Prendeville

Belated congratulations and best wishes to Noel Guiry, Finnoe who recently got married to his fiancée Amie in Limerick.

Congratulations to my neighbours Fiona and James Prendeville, Glenbawn on the birth of their daughter Áine – a sister for Clodagh and Saibh. It is great to see a new generation growing up closeby.

“Loughill Walking Group” is having a fun walk on Sunday 14th August at 11.30am. Registration takes place at 11am. The walk is in aid of M.D.I ( Muscular Dystrophy Ireland) Walk takes place from Loughill Resource Centre. Any support would be greatly appreciated and sponsor cards are available.

On next Sunday 7th August Glin Castle and Gardens will be open to the public. Tours of the castle and gardens will take place every hour beginning at 1 pm. Refreshments will be served in the Castle between tours. The cost is €10 person and proceeds will go towards repair works to the roof at St Paul’s Heritage Centre.

I am sure many are wondering what has been happening since the Diocesan Synod in April but be assured that a lot of work is going on at Diocesan level. In October all the delegates will gather together again to discuss the Pastoral Plan and Diocesan Statutes and the rationale behind them. The Pastoral Plan needs to identify strategic priorities without which it runs the risk of being a collection of disparate projects. Proposals which received a strong mandate from the delegates also need to be prioritised. A report will then be sent to Rome. Delegates will also assess how the Pastoral Plan can be best delivered at local level. So work is ongoing and more will be revealed in mid October. Meanwhile there is lots of information on the diocesan website for anyone who wants more detail.

It was sad to hear of the sudden death of Jerry Molyneaux last week. Though he was well known for his connection with football and sport I remember him as being my set-dancing partner with the Irish Rambling House tours of Britain back in 2000/01. May he rest in peace.