“Samhradh, samhradh, bainne na ngamhna, thugamar féin an Samhradh linn”: thus begins one of the best known and loved songs from the Irish. Traditionally sung on May 1st to welcome the summer, it has regained popularity as it features in The Gloaming series of concerts with Liam Ó Maonlaoí. It kept on playing in my head when, seated in the window of a grand manor house recently, I watched the lights of the tractors as the famers worked frantically late into the night to get their crops planted. Signs of Spring, not to mind Summer, were scarce this year. Two days of sunshine last week gave us all a lift as we collectively savoured the promise of approaching summer. Heading for Lehenaghmore today, my attention was drawn to the magnificent old horse chestnut tree which stands on the banks of the stream. I have watched it throughout many seasons and am so delighted that it has survived the harsh weather to clothe itself in its garment of lime-green leaves. The late Spring has made me appreciate more the patience of nature: despite all appearances to the contrary, she throws off the shackles of winter eventually and delights us with her beauty.
We were very fortunate indeed that the sun shone so brightly on Confirmation Day, April 26th.The children had worked so hard with their teachers, learning about the Sacrament, practicing their responses, prayers and hymns, co-operating and showing infinite patience. They understood that by their patient endeavour, all would be well on Confirmation Day. All of us who were there were so proud of these marvellous children who brought the Spirit very much alive by their reverent and prayerful attitude.
May Mary our mother, Queen of the May, watch over our children and our Parish always. Teach us patience and perseverance as we travel on our journey.
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