CHURCH READERS: The following are the readers at masses this weekend, Joanne Sheehy at the 7pm on Saturday evening and Michelle Goggin at the 10am on Sunday morning.
FIRST COMMUNION: Children from the national school will receive their First Holy Communion on this Saturday May 4th at 11am, a lot of preparation has gone into getting the children ready for the Sacrament by teachers and parents, hopefully the weather will be pleasant on the day.
WEATHER: Although the countryside is getting greener, growth is still very slow, grass is generally scarce and for many farmers the fodder crisis continues as cattle are confined to yards and sheds. Gardening is also delayed, soil is cold and wet, outdoor seeds are very slow in germinating, at this stage early crops will be several weeks behind in maturing.
CUCKOO: I have only one report of a cuckoo been heard calling, in a week or two many should be heard particularly on the slopes of the Ballyhouras. Swallow numbers in the locality have not built up over the past week, but many other summer migrants have arrived, many are in full song in the countryside.
WALKS: Ballyhoura Bears have an evening walk from Kilfinane on Thursday May 2nd at 7.30 pm, contact 087-947 8276, festival marking etc, all help needed.
From May 4th to 6th the May Bank Holiday Walking Festival takes place, there are over 26 guided walks to suit all abilities, from the 26.2 mile marathon, a 13 mile
half- marathon, “B” walks of 3-4 hours and a host of Special Interest Walks, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. All the information is well laid out in the brochure, or contact Ballyhoura Office, Kilfinane 063 - 91300.