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Prayin' for Rain ????


HUP na HOURA:

In ​Kilfinane, every Monday and Tuesday in July at 8pm.​ After a very successful season last year, it returns again this month. You are treated to a candlelit seated show with complimentary local artisan produce, tea and coffee. The best of talent is on display, Derek Hickey ( Accordian), Liam Flanagan (Fiddle), Ronan Ryan (Flute) and Deirdre Scanlan (Singer). You will also see traditional Irish dancing - a mix of step, set, sean-nos and brush dancing. A great night of entertainment for E15, Concessions E10. Also group rates available, contact hupnahoura@gmail.com or 087-4548501. Booking is essential.

CHURCH NEWS:​

F​r. Dan still has some Family Tickets available for the Pope's Mass in Croke Park.

N​o week-day Masses, this week, due to Priests Annual Retreat.​

Adoration will continue at the usual times - Granagh, Wednesday, 10am - 5pm.

Ballingarry on Thursday, 11am -12pm and 6pm - 8pm.

The weekly bulletin is taking a breather also until the end of August. The following are the Readers & Ministers for July and August. Readers:- July 21st; Ciara English & Grace Purtill. July 28th; Jim Chawke. August 4th; Mary Ahern. August 11th; Breda Lynch. August 18th; Patsy Power. August 25th; Maria Boyce. Eucharistic Ministers: - July; Marian Noonan. August; Peggy Tierney.

D​e​​VALERA​ MUSEUM:

​The following are the new opening times for the museum in Bruree.​ Open Tue - Fri, 10.30am to 3.00pm. Closed for Lunch, from 1pm - 1.30pm. Open Saturday 1pm - 4pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.

WATER, WATER:​

The weather is beautiful isn’t it? ​The best ​S​ummer since ’76 they say.​ But I’m sure you’ve noticed the land turn slowly yellow. I’m sure,

​some are​ praying for rain.​ ​But can you imagine if the rains never came?​ ​ If the taps ran dry.​...​

While we are experiencing this heatwave doesn't it give us some... small insight... into the lives of poor people in third world countries, such as Ethiopia​,​ which ​is​ also​ in the middle of a severe drought. 7.9 million people are in dire need, struggling to find enough water​,​ while facing starvation. ​

Almost half are young children. Failed rainy seasons have led to back-to-back periods of drought, which has had devastating consequences for a country that relies heavily on agriculture.​ ​ In the north-east region, ​in ​

one of the worst affected areas, thousands of livestock animals have died and food prices have exploded. ​ ​

Many thousands of families have lost their livestock, are unable to rebuild and now struggle to provide for themselves and their children. Each day, children across Ethiopia’s north-east​,​​ trek long distances - sometimes over ​nine​ hours - on a dry desert landscape, with no food and sometimes without shoes, to find water .The amount they can carry in their containers, sometimes as little as ​three​ litres, is just enough to sustain their family for a day or two before making the long trek once again.​!!!!

If we were to walk in their shoes..... it would make us much more appreciative of what we have here at home, we would be so much better conserving our natural resources and we wouldn't be complaining about little insignificant things. ​

NAT GEO & the GAA:

An amazing production is coming to the Gaelic Grounds in September. It is a European premiere with the world renowned National Geographic. It will be a ninety minute audio visual spectacle of footage never seen before, synchronised with an 80 piece orchestra and choir. The show will also feature Eanna Ni

Lamhna, environmental commentator and wildlife expert.

Tickets available now from ticketmaster.ie or from Gleeson's Sports Scene.

G​RAVEYARD MASSES:

There was a great turn-out for all graveyard masses last week, the sunshine definitely helped. As is the case in most graveyards, there are a certain number of graves that are not looked after regularly and have got untidy. It would be a lovely gesture if some people, who had a bit of spare time, would look after an extra grave. A good deed that would not go astray.

SNIPPETS:​

If you are passing through Elton, watch out for a beautiful piece of Artwork in the village. Grace & John Griffin have shared their talents to help the Tidy Town​s​

committee. You can also see the results on our Facebook page - granaghcommunitynews. ​

B​roadford Summer Festival takes place from 12th to 15th July.​

Sunday 15th July, Newcastle West Agricultural Show will be held in Ballynoe, Castlemahon.

D​romin/Athlacca GAA are holding a T.E.A.M. festival from 20th - 22nd July.

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