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Knockdown News-19/04/2017

By Peg Prendeville

The sun did not dance in the sky on Easter Sunday morning for the dawn Mass in Kilteery but it was a lovely ceremony all the same. The Easter ceremonies are not attended half as well as they used to be, maybe twenty years ago, and reflect the way people’s attitude to church ceremonies have gone. People still believe in a higher power but do not feel the need to go to Church to prove it. We live in very different times to our parents. Sometimes I would love a glimpse into the future to see what more changes will happen but it is probably better to live in our own time and appreciate all we’ve got.

Last Friday – Good Friday – was designated Team Limerick Cleanup Day but the rain did not encourage anybody in Knockdown to go out picking rubbish. Saturday was a better day and a couple of concerned citizens did a cleanup of some local roads. The caretaker of Killeaney had done some work during the week also and consequently there was a large number of bags to be collected by Mr Binman. It is amazing how much rubbish is thrown out on to the roadsides but alas, no cheques or golden treasure was found.

I was delighted to hear the news that O’Briens Cheese from The Hill, Ballyhahill has been shortlisted as a finalist for Taste of Dublin with BOI Business! They would like people to vote for them on: . The competition ends on the 11th May. We are all cheering for them.

When the schools reopen after Easter it is hoped to run a Story Hour for little ones in Glin library on the morning of Wednesday April 26thwhich the children from Ballyhahill Pre-school are looking forward to attending.   There is a Poetry hour planned for Thursday April 27 – National Poetry Ireland Day – from 1 – 2 pm for anybody interested in reading their own or just coming to listen to others read their favourite poems. 

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Knockdown News-12/04/2017

By Peg Prendeville

This coming Friday April 14th, as well as being Good Friday, is Limerick Clean-up Day when many people go out with their bags and pickers and pick the rubbish off the roadsides. In Knockdown there is a general invitation to anyone who has an hour to spare to meet in Killeaney grounds for a clean-up within a radius of a mile or so of the Knockdown Arms. Bags and pickers will be available. Please support this community venture.

Last Sunday was a great day for Kerry supporters and those who travelled to Croke Park were not disappointed. While my Kerryman attended the match I took the opportunity to visit the capital and soak up a bit of other culture in the GPO Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery museum. Both places were very interesting and were busy all day with lots of visitors curious like myself. It is a pity that there had been some vandalism done there on the Saturday night.

Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the 9th World Meeting of Families in August 2018. The last one was held in Philadelphia. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church. Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith. Last Saturday in the South Court Hotel in Limerick, Bishop Brendan with 150 parish and community representatives gathered to launch Limericks preparation for this event. It was an energising meeting giving a flavour of what is to be expected. Though most of the activities will take place in Dublin there will be events in each diocese also for those who cannot travel to the capital. No doubt there will be lots more about this during the next twelve months.

The AGM of Ballyhahill/Loughill ICA will be held on this Wednesday at 8.10 pm in Ballyhahill.

Glin Library will be closed on Good Friday. Opening again on Tuesday April 18th at 10 am.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter. May the sun dance in your heart if not in the sky! 



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Knockdown News-05/04/2017

By Peg Prendeville

I enjoyed reading Domhnall’s account, last week, of growing up without electricity and all modern comforts. I was talking to a man recently who told me he was telling his 12 year grandchild of exactly the same circumstances, no electricity, no water on tap etc etc. His grandchild stood wide-eyed listening to him and said “But, Granda, did you have wifi!” It was then my friend realised that this generation has no concept whatsoever of what life was like then. And it was only 60 years ago.

Sincere sympathies to the Culhane family on the unexpected death of Eileen Culhane, Ballyguiltenane on Saturday last. Sympathies too to Una O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill on the death, last week, of her sister Anna O’Leary, Hamilton Terrace. I was also sorry to hear of the death of Jimmy Danaher, Knocknaboula. On top of all those I heard that Margaret Ahern, Glin and Newcastlewest, died in Milford Hospice and was buried on Monday. Margaret was our minder for two years after my mother dying. She was only 18 and had the job of looking after the house and farm, two sisters and me. So it was really one big child looking after three small children. Not all of it was perfect! We have lots of memories of those two years. May she now rest in peace.

Knockdown was a hive of activity and fun for the weekend with the Macra Quiz on Friday night and the Vintage/Modern tractor Run on Sunday. The sun shone out and brought out a huge crowd from near and far creating a carnival atmosphere. Lots of food was served to all in the Knockdown Arms before the Run and Ta served hot food afterwards. A monster raffle was held on Sunday evening. Once again it was a great success for the Knockdown Vintage committee which was formed in 2010 making this their 8th year organising such an event. It gets bigger and better every year.

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