By Peg Prendeville

We are into March. The rainfall for February was 321.4mm the highest in any month since November 2009. The driest February we ever had was, co-incidentally, in 2009 also with a count of 35.4! A big difference. It will take a while for the land to soak up all this water.

I was very sorry to hear that Kathy O’Sullivan, who used to work in Estuary Credit Union, passed away this weekend. Kathy had recently retired and was looking forward to going on more holidays and  spending more time with her grandchildren so it was very upsetting for everyone when she got ill recently. Sincere sympathies to her family in Ballyguiltenane. May she rest in peace. 

The children, parents and club officers of G.B Rovers FC would like to sincerely thank the parishioners of Loughill, Ballyhahill and Glin for their very generous contributions towards last weekend’s Church Gate Collection.  A total amount of €908 was collected.  Thank you also to the parents that made the collection possible.  The Saturday night was particularly tough on those helping, as weather conditions were not ideal, so a heartfelt thank you to you all from the committee.

A Table Quiz is being organized for Loughill Community Development in the Angler’s Rest on this coming Friday 6th March at 9.30pm. Table of 4 for €40. Raffle and refreshments. All clubs are invited to forward a team. All support appreciated.

The Lenten  Station Masses will be held as follows:

Ballyhahill on the 11th March at 7pm and Loughill on the 12th March at @ 7pm.

Here is a little bit of interesting information which I came across. Did you know that there has been a dramatic drop in pollution across China as the country tries to contain COVID-19. New maps using data collected from NASA and European Space Agency satellites show how nitrogen dioxide, a dangerous gas released by burning fuel, has dissipated since the outbreak due to lots of factories shutting down as people were confined to home. One problem solved but another created. Let us hope that we can overcome this virus without too many fatalities or too much fear. There are more people being killed on Irish roads than will ever be affected by the coronavirus. Let us think on that fact.