By Peg Prendeville

The White Easter, which was threatened, did not materialise but it was rather cold and not as pleasant as we would like it. The dawn Mass in Kilteery took place on a beautiful but cold morning. The Easter ceremonies, just like the Christmas ones, are not as well attended as they used to be “when we were young” but those who attended were glad to do so. Thanks to all our priests who continue to work on in spite of dwindling numbers.

Another bit of history was made in Ireland when the pubs were allowed to open on Good Friday. My neighbour Jack O’Grady was nearly three years old when the ruling was brought in, in 1927, that all pubs should be shut on Good Friday. He was more than happy to be alive last Friday when the rules were relaxed and he could have his Friday night pint in the Knockdown Arms.

Last Friday was Team Limerick Clean-up Day and it was good to see many people out doing their bit to clean up our roads. It is a waste of time giving out about the state of them as it does not make a difference and so, on last Friday in a two mile stretch of road, six bags of coffee cups, bottles – both plastic and glass, nappies, cans, chocolate wrappers and even soiled clothing was gathered.  Those of us who continue to throw out rubbish through the car windows should be ashamed of ourselves and the lack of pride we take in our country. But at least for this week the country looks neat and tidy again thanks to all the volunteers and Limerick City and County Council and JP McManus.

The Drama group, directed by Eleanor McSweeney, will meet again on Thursday 12th at 8pm in the Hall. It is great to see new faces and the enthusiasm of all.

Please note that the Masses will change on this coming weekend when the Saturday evening Mass will be in Ballyhahill at six p.m. and the Sunday morning one will be in Loughill at ten a.m. Kitty Normoyle’s month’s mind is in Ballyhahill this Saturday.