Murroe / Boher Newsletter 20th May 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: Eleanor Bourke (Née Keane), Kishikirk, Ballysimon

Anniversaries:                                 Murroe

John, Nellie and Johnny Mackey and

Breda Ahern                                                                                11.30am this Sunday

Mary and Michael Holmes                                                                       11.30am next Sunday

Boher

John and Phyllis Hickey and

Tommy Ryan and

Ann Finucane and

Deceased members of the Leahy Family, Grange                      10am this Sunday

Nora Bartley and

Pat Bartley and

Jim Frawley and

Deceased members of the O’Connor Family, Bohergar             10am next Sunday

                                     May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Kathleen Walters.

Murroe: Evelyn Lorigan 7pm, Mary O’Brien 9am, Breda Byrnes 11.30am.

Rosary takes place each Sunday evening during the month of May in Murroe Church at 7pm

Eucharistic Adoration will take place in Murroe Church this Sunday starting after 11.30am Mass and continuing until 9am on Monday morning. This vigil of prayer is for the Protection and Safeguarding of the Unborn. Please give your name following weekend masses if you can spare an hour. This is a difficult time for all concerned. We need the support of your prayers.

Congratulations to the pupils of Killinure National School who received their First Holy Communion on this Saturday 19th May

Cemetery Masses: Annagh, Friday 15th June at 7.30pm. Clonkeen, Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm. Ballinure, Friday 29th June at 7.30pm. Abington, Sunday 29th July at 11.30am.

Coffee Morning in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation in Memory of Rhona Kett Sheridan, this Thursday, 24th May at 11am to 4pm. Venue: Hall Murroe

Lotto Results for 14/05/18 -2,14,30,31- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky Dips Kathryn Buckley, John Cummins, Kathleen Costello & Rhys O’Brien. Next week’s Jackpot 6,500. Draw in Pa McGraths.

Murroe/Boher Lourdes Group are holding a Coffee Morning on Sunday 27th May after 10am Mass in Boher and 11.30am Mass in Murroe.

Killinure Parents Council will be holding a church gate collection over the June bank holiday weekend to raise money for Killinure school.

Congratulations and well done to Owen Ryan, Cloughnadromin, who ran The Great Limerick Run -marathon on Sunday 6th May in an amazing time of 2 hours 58mins.

Murroe Boher Twinning will have their annual Bake Sale this Sunday 20th May …. Baking can be purchased after first Mass at the GAA Club across from the Church. We will have some gluten free items. We are most grateful for your support.

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 26th May. Music by Checkers. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

Darkness into Light, Murroe 2018 – the walk held in Murroe was a great success, helped in no trivial way, by all the support from the community, whom we want to thank – the organising committee, Murroe-Boher Community Council,  stewards, those who provided refreshments, helped set up the hall and the course, Frank Ryan for the use of his field for parking, local businesses (see Murroe Facebook page!), Glenstal Boys’ Choir, Irish Red Cross, Garda Síochana, and the Benedictine Community for their generosity in providing such a beautiful peaceful location to us.   We are looking forward to next year already!

Ballyhoura Rural Services is recruiting Community Support workers for the Murroe-Boher area (they are Community Employment Scheme positions). The ideal candidate should have a real interest in people, be a good communicator and be self-motivated. Own transport is essential. Positions available include roles which will involve visiting clients on a one-to-one basis in their homes. If you have been unemployed for over a year you are qualified to work on a Community Employment Scheme. Successful candidates must be Garda vetted, prior to commencing work. Please contact Kay Kennedy at email; kkennedy@ballyhouraruralservices.org or phone 061 352847.

June Bank Holiday Weekend: The Boher Community Development Association Charity Cycle in memory of Ciara McCarthy, has been rescheduled to Friday evening, 1st June at 7.15pm.  The 40km Cycle will commence from Boher Community Centre and there will be various short cut options.  Registration will commence at 6.15pm.  Refreshments will be served after the Cycle.  Entry by donation.  All proceeds to Cliona’s Foundation.

The Boher Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday 3rd June at 1.30pm at the GAA grounds, Boher.  Activities commence with the children’s Fancy Dress Competition, followed by races and novelty races for children and adults.  Back by popular demand this year, our Fittest Family challenge, where teams of 4 battle it out in a series of tasks to see who can complete the course in the best time!  Teams comprise of 2 adults and 2 children up to 15 years of age.  Also new this year, is our community picnic patch, so why not bring along a picnic and relax and enjoy events.  More details on Boher Community Facebook.

Progressive 45 every Friday night at 8.30, Boher Community Centre.

The Valley Golf Society outing to Dundrum Golf Club (kindly sponsered by Glenstal Abbey) was held on 05/05/18. Results as follows: 1st – Tom Ryan – 40 pts, 2nd – Paul Power – 36 pts, 3rd – PJ Joyce – 34 pts. Our next outing will be in Ballyneety Golf Club on 19/05/18 at 12 mid-day

Murroe AFC Notes: Murroe afc 50th anniversary dinner dance held recently was a great night. Over 100 people attended the Castletroy Park Hotel and enjoyed good food music and company until the wee hours. Michael O Regan presented the club with a memento on behalf of the LDMC and Declan McDermott on behalf of the Women’s league also spoke. The Limerick County Schoolboy league was represented by Eoghan O Donnell and Trafic provided the entertainment. A special presentation was made to long standing club player Eamonn O Connor for his lifetime contribution to football. The AGM of the club takes place on Monday June 18th at the clubhouse and all are welcome.

Murroe Boher Ladies Gaelic Football. Congratulations to our senior club player Shauna Ryan, who was one of 3 Limerick players to be selected on the LIDL National Team of the League 2018. This is a huge accolade for Shauna and her family and an honour for Murroe Boher and Limerick Ladies Gaelic Football. Well done Shauna, we are proud of you! Please keep an eye out on our Murroe Boher LGFC Facebook page for Club and County activity and upcoming events.

Murroe Boher Bord na nOg would like to thank everyone that played and supported us in our recent Golf Classic held in Ballykisteen on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May. A special mention to Gerry Docherty and Tom Ryan and the committee for organising such a successful event. We would like to congratulate our u10 Hurlers who played in a blitz on Sunday 13th May in Newport, beating Sixmilebridge, Newport and Kilmacud Crokes  on the day. We would like to pass best wishes to David Hickey and Jack Nicholas playing with the Limerick Minor hurlers V Tipperary and to Seamus Hickey playing for the Limerick Seniors V Tipperary in the Munster Championship.

6km walk will take place on Saturday the 26th of May, starting at the Community Centre Doon at 8pm, in aid of Doon & District Mens Shed and Doon Community Centre/ Playground. BBQ afterwards in the Local Pub, with prizes for walkers on the night. All are welcome.

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Thought for the Week – Vulnerability

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If the spirit is to have any impact in my daily life then I have to give it time and space – I need to be vulnerable and let go of control – I don’t do vulnerability very well – I prefer control.
Yet growth depends on vulnerability -think of the crab. It must shed its shell, its armour casing, in order to grow. That makes it vulnerable for a time. It is a risky to live undefended, in openness to the other, even for a short while – and it is easy to be wounded in this state.  But the wound is the opening that lets the energetic spirit into our lives – blowing where it will – helping, but not forcing us to grow into a life of love.  As long as we show up the Holy Spirit keeps working – that is its job!
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Summer Concert in Abington Church Friday 18th May @ 8.00pm

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To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President Maestro Plácido Domingo invited all citizens in Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge.  Sliabh Feilim singers will undertake this challenge during their annual summer concert which will be held in Abington Church, Murroe, at 8pm on Friday 18th May.  This year we especially welcome Mulcair Men’s Shed Choir who will entertain during the concert.  We hope you will join us on the night.  Admission €10, proceeds to go to Friends of Abington.

Murroe Website EditorSummer Concert in Abington Church Friday 18th May @ 8.00pm
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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 13th may 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Anniversaries:                                     Murroe

Bob, Mary, Tom and Eamon Holmes and

Deceased members of the Holmes Family                      11.30am this Sunday

John, Nellie and Johnny Mackey and

Breda Ahern                                                                 11.30am next Sunday

Boher

Nicola Hyde                                                                 10am this Sunday

John and Phyllis Hickey and

Tommy Ryan and

Ann Finucane and

Deceased members of the Leahy Family, Grange                       10am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Des Duffy.

Murroe: Breda Fitzpatrick 7pm, Michael O’Loughlin 9am, Saundra Ni Chiosog 11.30am.

Masses for coming Week: No morning Mass in Murroe on Tuesday.

No morning Mass in Boher on Monday and Wednesday

Rosary takes place each Sunday evening during the month of May in Murroe Church at 7pm

Adoration in Murroe Church will finish at 6pm next Friday for Exam Mass

Congratulations to the pupils of Murroe National School who received their First Holy Communion on this Saturday 12th May

Exam Mass will take place in Murroe Church on Friday next 18th May at 7.00pm. All exam students, families and friends are invited to this Mass. A book is available in Church Hall’s where you can write the name and address of a Student doing 2nd or 3rd level exams.

Cemetery Masses: Annagh, Friday 15th June at 7.30pm. Clonkeen, Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm. Ballinure, Friday 29th June at 7.30pm. Abington, Sunday 29th July at 11.30am.

Sliabh Feilim Singers: To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President Maestro Plácido Domingo invited all citizens in Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge.  Sliabh Feilim singers will undertake this challenge during their annual summer concert which will be held in Abington Church, Murroe, at 8pm on Friday 18th May.  This year we especially welcome Mulcair Men’s shed choir who will entertain during the concert.  We hope you will join us on the night.  Admission €10 Proceeds to go to Friends of Abington

Lotto Results for 07/05/18 -3,4,22,28- No Jackpot Winner. €50 Lucky dips. C O’Connell, Biddy & Tom Hickey. €20 Lucky Dips Maureen Coleman, Maureen O’Malley, Darragh Ryan & Seamus O’Sullivan. Next week’s Jackpot 6,400. Draw in Powers.

An Evening with James Kilbane in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballinahinch, Tipperary on Thursday 17th May 2018. Doors7pm. Donation ticket €10. Fundraiser in aid of the Irish Hospice Association.

Murroe Boher Twinning will have their annual Bake Sale on the 20th May …. Baking can be purchased after first Mass at the GAA Club across from the Church. We will have some gluten free items. We are most grateful for your support.

June Bank Holiday Weekend: The Boher Community Development Association Charity Cycle in memory of Ciara McCarthy, has been rescheduled to Friday evening, 1st June at 7.15pm.  The 40km Cycle will commence from Boher Community Centre and there will be various short cut options.  Registration will commence at 6.15pm.  Refreshments will be served after the Cycle.  Entry by donation.  All proceeds to Cliona’s Foundation.

The Boher Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday 3rd June at 1.30pm at the GAA grounds, Boher.  Activities commence with the children’s Fancy Dress Competition, followed by races and novelty races for children and adults.  Back by popular demand this year, our Fittest Family challenge, where teams of 4 battle it out in a series of tasks to see who can complete the course in the best time!  Teams comprise of 2 adults and 2 children up to 15 years of age.  Also new this year, is our community picnic patch, so why not bring along a picnic and relax and enjoy events.  More details on Boher Community Facebook.

Progressive 45 every Friday night at 8.30, Boher Community Centre.

Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land 19th – 27th December 2018 Taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Last Supper Room and Calvary), Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, River Jordan, Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Contact James Treacy 061-921470 or 0860572216 payments can be made in instalments.

Murroe Boher Community Games Athletics in Glenstal Gamesfields at 6pm on Sunday, May 20th.  All welcome to take part in our annual sports day.  Please register your child/children online by 19th May at www.murroebohercg.com. Queries to info@murroebohercg.com or Greg Ashe 087 234 6850.

The Valley Golf Society outing to Dundrum Golf Club (kindly sponsered by Glenstal Abbey) was held on 05/05/18. Results as follows: 1st – Tom Ryan – 40 pts, 2nd – Paul Power – 36 pts, 3rd – PJ Joyce – 34 pts. Our next outing will be in Ballyneety Golf Club on 19/05/18 at 12 mid-day

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club Best of luck to our intermediate team who take on Na Piarsaigh in the league county final on Sunday (13th) at 2.30pm in Monaleen, Peafield Pitch – on the road between Morrisson’s Pub and Monaleen Stores. Please come out and support our girls as they look to bring home some silverware! Hard luck to our U16 team who lost their league plate final against Blackrock/Effin on Thursday evening, the girls will now be looking towards championship which starts in August. Well done to Ciara Oliver, Orlaith Hickey, Sarah Jane Flynn and Sophie Quaid who are part of the Ahane-Murroe/Boher team who are into a league semi-final, after winning all their group games, on Tuesday (15th) in Ahane at 7pm against Newcastle West. Best of luck to all our girls and please come out and show your support.

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Murroe Darkness into Light – 4.15AM Sat 12th May 2018

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We are delighted to welcome everyone to Murroe for the Pieta House Darkness into Light walk at 4.15am on Saturday, 12th May.  Please join us afterwards for refreshments at the hall.  The Memory board will be outside the forge, and you are encouraged to add your own personal message.

  • There will be no money collected on the night – you must register on line at www.pieta.ie, with Murroe as the venue.
  • Local information will be posted on the Murroe Darkness into Light facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MurroeBoherDIL/  and the Murroe web page www.murroe.net    as we get closer to the date  – it is advisable to check this close to the event.
  • Silent kilometre, where you are asked to walk in silence, will be from the back gate of Glenstal Abbey for 1km.  It will be clearly marked.
  • Traffic and Diversions: We ask that participants car pool as much as possible.  Stewards will be directing traffic, so please follow their instructions.  The road from the Five Roads-Glenstal Abbey-Muintir na Tíre hall will be closed from 3-5am, except for local traffic.  The route from the Monument to the back gate of Glenstal will be very restricted from 4.15-5am, with diversions in place.
  • Before the walk starts, Glenstal School Choir will entertain the crowd, so if you are walking, plan to be there before 4am.
  • First aid will be provided by East Limerick Red Cross.  If you need to contact them during the walk, please talk to any steward or helper who will be able to guide you.
  • Children are very welcome to come on the walk with their parents.  For safety reasons we advise families to stay at the back or side of the walking crowd.
  • Running is not encouraged.  The motorbike leading the walk will stay with walkers on the route.
  • People can bring dogs on leads.  Anyone with dogs should be at the very back of the walkers as the walk starts.
  • Rubbish bags will be provided outside the hall.
  • Toilets will be open at the Muintir na Tíre hall and at the GAA pitch.

We want to thank everyone for their support, especially our sponsors, whose names will be listed in the Muintir na Tíre hall.   We are looking forward to hosting a memorable walk!

Murroe Darkness into Light committee.

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Thought for the Week – The Theory of Three Ages

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Joachim de Fiore, a twelfth century Calabrian monk, was ahead of his time – he came up with the theory of three ages. The Old Testament is about the reign of the Father(Judaism) and the New Testament about the reign of the Son(Christianity).  He believed that humanity was at the edge of a third age – the age of the Holy Spirit – that an ancient experience of the spirit was re-emerging and would proceed from the gospel of Jesus, but move beyond its focus on the Jesus of history to an experience of universal Spirit and the mystical Christ.
According to Joachim, in this third stage, we would be able to understand the words of God in their deepest meanings – understand that the spirit is holisitic, embodied, and immanent rather then transcendental and removed from our world.  He also believed, that as God speaks through the soul of human beings, the old order would collapse and its hierarchical structures become unnecessary.
The Pope of the day, Alexander IV was having none of it and condemned his theories and charged him with heresy. Heretical or not we seem to be moving into a new era.
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Murroe / Boher Newsletter 6th May 2018

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Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan                          Fr. Tom Ryan

Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051                                Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557

Recent Deaths: Josie O’Donnell, Doon

Anniversaries:                                     Murroe

Jim Commons and

Willie Cunningham and

Michael and Kathy Ryan and

Joe, Bridie and Danny Kirby                                         7pm this Saturday

Bob, Mary, Tom and Eamon Holmes and

Deceased members of the Holmes Family                      11.30am next Sunday

Boher

Nuala McLoughlin and Bridget Foley                            10am this Sunday

Nicola Hyde                                                                 10am next Sunday

                              May They Rest in Peace

Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Elizabeth O’Connor.

Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm, Suzanne Barron 9am, Tom Seaver 11.30am.

Masses for coming Week: No morning Mass in Murroe or Boher this Monday.

Rosary will take place each Sunday evening during the month of May in Murroe Church at 7pm starting this Sunday, May 6th.

Jimmy Buckley Concert: Sincere thanks to all who helped make the Concert last Sunday night such a great success. Thanks to all the stewards, car park attendants, ticket sellers, committee members, etc. Special thanks to the ladies who catered for the band and the people who erected the stage and floral decorations.

Exam Mass will take place in Murroe Church on Friday 18th May at 7.00pm. All exam students, families and friends are invited to this Mass. A book is available in Church Hall’s where you can write the name and address of a Student doing 2nd or 3rd level exams.

Coffee Morning for Cancer Research held on 21st April at Madaboy, along with further generous donations, raised a total of €3,050.  A huge thank you to everyone who supported this very successful event; those who baked delicious treats, those who helped all morning to run the event and those who donated so generously and helped to make it a great party! Special thanks to Sinead Dineen and her Ukealadies for their lively entertainment.

Lotto Results for 29/04/18 -3,10,29,30- No Jackpot Winner. €20 Lucky Dips Bridget Hynan, Alan Barry, Willie Walsh & Amy McNamara. Next week’s Jackpot 6,300. Draw in The Valley Inn.

Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish, on Saturday 12th May. Music by Tommy Carroll. Tea Served. Admission €10. Great night guaranteed.

Murroe Boher Twinning will have their annual Bake Sale on the 20th May …. Baking can be purchased after first Mass at the GAA Club across from the Church. We will have some gluten free items. We are most grateful for your support.

Boher Community Development Association will hold it’s annual parish fun day on Sunday 3rd June at 1.30pm at the GAA pitch Boher.  Activities kick off with the kids fancy dress competition followed by races and novelty races for kids and adults. Back by popular demand this year our Fittest Family Challenge where teams of 4 battle it out in a series of tasks to see who can complete the course in the best time!! Teams comprise of 2 adults and 2 kids up to 15yrs of age. Also new this year we are introducing our community picnic patch so why not bring along a picnic and relax and enjoy the events! All who participated last year thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hopefully even more people will join in the fun this year! Everyone most welcome

Murroe Darkness into Light will start at 4.15am at Muintir na Tíre Hall next Saturday morning, 12th May, at 4.15am.  We hope as many people from our local community as possible can join us.   We will not be taking donations on the night –you must register at www.pieta.ie, choosing Murroe as the venue.  We would appreciate if people could car pool where possible.  Please check the Murroe Darkness into Light Facebook page for further information.

Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land 19th – 27th December 2018 Taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Last Supper Room and Calvary), Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, River Jordan, Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Contact James Treacy 061-921470 or 0860572216 payments can be made in instalments.

Murroe-Boher Community Games: The Annual Athletics Sports Day will take place in Glenstal Gamesfields on Sunday 20th May. The first event will be at 6pm sharp.  We would encourage everyone to register online. Further details, including online registration, will be available on the MBCG website http://www.murroebohercg.com  Looking forward to a lovely evening in Glenstal.

Murroe Boher Bord na nOg, would like to congratulate three of our players who played with the East Limerick School team this week in the Mackey Cup. They were Rory Casey, Oisin Holmes and Darren Collopy.

Murroe Boher GAA Club are running a Golf Classic on the 10th/11th May in Ballykisteen Golf Club. If anyone is interested in playing or putting in a team, they can contact Rory on 086 31768224, or any member of the committee. A team of 3 players cost €120 or you can sponsor a Tee box for €50. This fundraiser is to complete our Ball Wall facility, due to be complete by June 01st.

Murroe/Boher Camogie Club Well done to both our intermediate and u16 teams who won their respective league semi-finals to qualify for the final next weekend. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the upcoming fixtures for both games.

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Bee Blogs April 2018

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Finally the dandelions are in bloom – they are almost a month late. I don’t know why people dislike these orange sunbursts – they brighten up our dull lawns and grey road sides and it is the only plant that represents the sun, moon and stars! The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball  of seeds resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds are the stars.
We almost think they are gold as we pass
  Or fallen stars in a green sea of grass.”  John Clare
John Clare saw the beauty in a bright blaze of dandelions, a flower whose name comes from the French ‘dente de lion’ – teeth of the lion – a good description of its leaves.  Up until the 1800’s, people would pull grass out of their lawns (Note the piece at the end on lawns and their care!) to make room for dandelions and other so called weeds such as chickweed, and chamomile. Every part of the dandelion is useful; root, leaves, flowers – the root has medicinal qualities, the leaves can be used in salads and the flowers make wine. They were considered a delicacy by the Victorian gentry and used in sandwiches and salads.  They have one of the longest flowering periods of any plant. The furze is one I can think of that has a longer flowering period.
I have been through my hives a second time and four have perished despite having enough food. The rest are way behind. I suspect part of the reason for this is that they have not been able to gather enough pollen for breeding and also the winter bees have died and have not yet been replaced in sufficient numbers to allow the colony to build up. And there was another frost last night.  I recall, Mrs Clarke, the school secretary for many years, telling me, that in the old days, if there was snow on the Galtee Mountains in May no rates were paid.
I am leaving my colonies alone hoping that they will recover and build up in time for the flow. I have taken one precaution – and feeding them with Candipolline gold – a pollen and sugar supplement. They are taking it very slowly and it is possibly too little too late. But I feel as if I am doing something to help the cause.
I saw a cuckoo last week and it sang for me. Br. Alphonsus, a Capuchin friar I met on retreat recently gave me this poem:
The cuckoo sings in April
The cuckoo sings in May
It whistles a tune in the middle of June
And in July it flies away…
I noticed beekeepers protesting outside the Dail about the hedgerow issue. I wrote to the Minister of Agriculture protesting at the disappearance of hedgerows all over the country. They are being removed to make way for bigger fields of grass for our ever expanding cow numbers. I feel it is so arrogant to remove the habitats of so  many other creatures – soon there won’t be a butterfly, a bee or a rabbit – we will be on our own with our cows. What a dull world we are creating.
ROUTINE HIVE INSPECTIONS
The mechanics of routine beekeeping will become habit the more you visit the hive. Look for these specific things and follow these procedures while inspecting your bees and their hive:
  • Observe the “comings and goings” of bees at the entrance. Do things look “normal,” or are bees fighting or stumbling around aimlessly?
  • Smoke the hive (at entrance and under the cover).
  • If you’re using a screened bottom board, check the slide-out tray for varroa mites. Determine if treatment is needed. Clean the tray and replace it.
  • Open the hive – remove the first frame
  • Work your way through the remaining frames.
  • Do you see the queen? If not, look for eggs. Finding eggs means that you have a queen. If you are 100% certain there are no eggs (and thus no queen) consider ordering a new queen from your bee supplier.
  • Look at uncapped larvae. Do they look bright white and glistening (that’s good) or are they tan or dull (that’s bad)?
  • How’s the brood pattern? Is it compact (with few empty cells) and does it cover most of the frame? This is excellent.
  • Is the brood pattern spotty (with many empty cells)? Are cappings sunken in or perforated? If yes, you may have a problem.
  • Do you see swarm cells? Provide the colony with more room to expand. Check for adequate ventilation.
  • Always anticipate the colony’s growth. Provide additional space by adding honey supers. Give them room before it’s obvious that the bees need extra space.
  • Replace all frames and close up the hive.
I love this conversation recorded between God and Saint Francis on lawns and their care! 
GOD to ST. FRANCIS:   You know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet?  What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago?   I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colours by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.
St. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers ‘weeds’ and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
GOD: Grass? But, it’s so boring. It’s not colourful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It’s sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilising grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.
GOD: The rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. make the Suburbanites happy.
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.
GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?
ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.
GOD:  They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?
ST. FRANCIS:No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.
GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilise grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?
ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.
GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.
ST. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.
GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It’s a natural cycle of life.
ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.
GOD:  No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist.loose?
ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.
GOD: And where do they get this mulch?
ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.
GOD: Enough! I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?
ST. CATHERINE:
    ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Lord. It’s a story about…. GOD:
    Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

 

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Thought for the Week – BASIN THEOLOGY

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A layman said to a priest after Mass, ‘You priests talk a lot about giving but when you get right down to it, it all comes down to ‘Basin Theology.’
What is ‘Basin Theology’ asked the priest?
The layman replied, remember what Pilate did when he had the chance to acquit Jesus? He called for a basin and washed his hands of the whole thing.
But Jesus, the night before he was to die, called for a basin and proceeded to wash the feet of the disciples.
It all comes down to basin theology…which one will you use?
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