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It is hard to believe but the longest day

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It is hard to believe but the longest day (June 21st) is almost upon us. We have noticed the longer evenings but for some reason, we haven’t been getting that feeling of long warm summer evenings. 

It came as a surpirse to many that the month of May this year was one of the warmest Mays on record. Of course, we knew that rainfall in the month was light with only 38.7mm of rain falling on 15 days during the month. The old saying “a wet and windy May fills the barns with corn and hay” must have caused worry to farming folk as wet and windy it was not. 

It is no surprise with growth so slow that the silage season has been late in getting under way. Of course, the advent of silage machines on the roads requires us to take even more care in our driving. There have been one or two not too serious spills lately. The weather in June has been in the mould of May little rainfall but no great warmth in the sunshine either.

On the schools front, we know that it is summer because in post primary school the exams are virtually over and primary  schools are winding down for the “boring summer season”. On the sportsfields, games have got a new lease of life with Tipperary hurling in particular, getting a great boost with the win in Cork. 

Next Sunday will tell us whether we must travel to Limerick or Thurles for the final. Having had no senior hurling championship game until last weekend, our seniors are out again on Saturday evening next in Fethard when they cross caman’s with South Champions and table toppers Killenaule. 

Yes the signs of summer are to be seen around the area alright. This time next week the days will already beginning to shorten.


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"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


poet. C.J. Boland