By Peg Prendeville

Everybody is getting excited about the hurling match this weekend including our clergy. So in order to please all Fr Austin will celebrate Mass at 5 pm on Saturday but will also celebrate the 6 pm one to accommodate those who like that time. The editorial team of the Loughill/Ballyhahill Parish Notes usually takes the summer off but this year it is still being produced weekly. Please send any notes for publication by Thursday evening to Fr McNamara or directly by email to [email protected]. However it may happen that, some weeks, there is nothing to publish so the Parish Notes is not guaranteed every week.

I was sad to hear that Nora Mulvihill has passed on to eternal life. Nora felt at home in St Ita’s for many years and welcomed all who visited her. She kept track of all the residents and could keep you up to date on them all. She was always in good form and appreciated all that was done for her. May she rest in peace.

Sympathies to Helen Enright and her family in Ballyhahill on the death of her mother Nora Quirke from Ballaugh who died in her 99th year.

I understand that the tickets for the play “The Colleen Bawn” are printed. Priced at 40 euro each, which includes a cheese and wine reception, I hear they are selling like hot cakes so if interested get in touch with Glin Development members John Anthony Culhane or Marie Fitzgerald. A cast has been put together and rehearsals will be in full swing for the month of August.

A Summer’s Morning

The curlew calls way up in the sky,
The cuckoo’s song comes back in reply,
The cattle are lowing on their way to the barn;
Sounds on a summer’s morning.

The perfume of hay just recently cut,
The scent of the flowers as they open up,
The sterile fresh air as it sweeps in the dawn;
Smells on a summer’s morning.

The rustle of leaves in the pure gentle breeze,
The chirping of birds making nests in the trees,
The turf machine promises “I’ll keep you warm;”
Sounds on a summer’s morning.

The cloudless blue sky with its streamers of white
Whispers to us of its traffic all night,
The gorse all ablaze, the spray of whitethorn;
Sights on a summer’s morning.

Flower gardens resplendent in colours so bright,
Grasses all glistening from the dew of the night,
Bathed in brightness, all lovely and warm;
The world on a summer’s morning.

Heart light and airy, the world’s at peace.
With each breath of air all my worries cease,
For love is around us, no need of warring
Thoughts on a summer’s morning.

Due to unprecedented demand for Cailïn Bán tickets, Dominic West will make a second appearance on Tuesday 10th September. Tickets are E40 each and can be booked from the shops (Hogan’s, Marie McNamara, Dolores McNamara and Brides Boutique) on Wednesday 24th July.