By Peg Prendeville

Doesn’t this lovely weather put everybody in good form? I am almost afraid to say anything because by the time you are reading this column the weather may have changed but we had it good for almost a week. Mind you we are lucky it does not get much hotter; it was awful to see what happened in Portugal during last week with uncontrollable forest fires causing the deaths of so many. So a little bit of moisture now and then is good.
Congratulations to Kearney’s Home Baking who celebrated its 25th
jubilee on last Friday 16th June. It is great to see a home-grown
business do so well. Maura and Siobhán threw a party to celebrate and thanked all the loyal staff and customers who supported them through the years. We wish them well for the next 25 years.

Congratulations too to O’Brien’s Cheese who had a stand at the Taste of Dublin show last weekend getting lots of attention and admirationfor their cheeses. Jim says they had an incredible time and wishes to thank the BOI Business for supporting an amazing Producers Row! O’Brien’s biggest thanks goes to all who voted for them to get there and to everyone who wished them well and came to support them! Both of these companies – Kearneys and O’Briens – are helping to keep employment figures up and are to be commended for their entrepreneurship and courage. There must be something in the air down in Tenekilla!
Talking about air I was in Spahill on Saturday helping to draw home the turf; it was great to inhale the fine fresh breeze and hear the cuckoo singing high above us.
It was lovely to meet Ellen Anne Roche, wife of Christy, last Monday in Athea and to hear that she reads the Athea news every week at her home in Chicago. Our little world has got so small.
Ballyhahill/Loughill ICA had their summer meeting last week. Pauline Tee was congratulated on becoming a 1st time Granny recently to Reeva Sharp who was born to Paul Sharp and Rachel. After the business of the meeting Peg gave a brief account of her visit to Australia. The women enjoyed a lovely tea and conversation and promised to be back in September when the monthly meetings will start up again.
A meeting to prepare for the World Meeting of Families in 2018  will take place on  Thursday 13th July 2017 in the Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Hosted by The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies (in association with the Irish Institute of Catholic Studies). 2.00pm Prayer and Words of Welcome by Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick.  2.30pm Amoris Laetitia by Cardinal Christoph
Schönborn, O.P., the Archbishop of Vienna, Austria. 4:00pm Parallel Workshops. 7.00pm Public Lecture “The Parish: Family of Families” by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, O.P.To book your place call Deirdre on 061 204507 or email: [email protected] Cost: €20 (full programme) or €10 (Public Lecture only).