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Knockdown News-19/07/2017

Peg Prendeville

We had summer for the past two days with blue skies, warm – even hot – temperatures and a gentle breeze. What a pleasure it was to be able to spend time at the beach without dodging showers, taking shelter from the gales or having to put on extra clothes to keep warm. Hopefully we will have more days like this before summer is officially over.

It was great last weekend to meet up with my former neighbours the Shanahan boys at the wedding of Patrick to Siobhan Brosnan from Ballybunion. We wish them a happy future together. The wedding provided an opportunity to reminisce on the similar circumstances of our lives. In 1972 Mary Shanahan died, at a young age, leaving her husband Jimmy a widower with six young boys from eight years down to six months. Just ten years previously in 1962 Paddy Faley, next door to Shanahans, was left a widower with five young girls. Credit is due to both these men as time has proved that both families of children succeeded in life and are happy in their present roles. We Faley girls, being somewhat older than the boys, used to love helping Mary Shanahan with the young children and so last weekend was a time of exchanging memories and stories. The Shanahans boys are all very successful in life; John married Carmel Purtil and lives in Barneigue; Michael married Christine and lives in Dorky in Surrey, UK; James is a professor living in San Francisco; Tim married Ann Sweeney and lives in Robertstown, Patrick just got married to Siobhan and Thomas, the youngest, who was reared by his Aunt Margaret is married to Eilis O’Connor and lives in Croom. The boys, now men, are eternally grateful to their Aunt Margaret for always being there for them and it was touching to hear them thank all the Clounleharde neighbours for supporting them in their early years also.

Killeaney AFC held the AGM last week. All officers remain in position for another year.

The Knockdown Shop had an anniversary last week on the 14th. It is six years since it reopened having been closed for twelve months in 2010/2011. We all hope it continues to serve the community and that the community will continue to support it. It works both ways.

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Knockdown News-12/07/2017

By Peg Prendeville

Happy 93rd birthday to Jack O’Grady who celebrated last weekend. He has a great outlook in life and continues to enjoy each day he is given.

Best wishes to my neighbour Patrick Shanahan this week as he marries Siobhan Brosnan from Ballybunion on Friday 14th. We wish them both a happy life together.

Killeaney’s new Training Pitch is almost ready for use; it has been resurfaced, new fencing put up and the new lights will be erected very soon. Well done to the very busy committee members who continue to keep the pitch in excellent condition.

I am always interested in the adventures of others so was delighted to meet Brian O’Hagan last weekend and listen to his experience of sailing from the Azores to Cork recently. Brian is married to Rita Enright of Clounleharde and they live in Dublin. Brian’s hobby has always been sailing so when he got the chance to join other like-minded friends and sail from the Azores to Crosshaven in Co. Cork he took it. Steering was hard work; the muscles in the  arms, back and chest ached constantly from grappling with the wheel. And whoever was on the helm would often receive a breaking wave of ice cold water to the face. The waves breaking on the side of the boat slammed in with a deafening boom that would startle them from their sleep. The routine was eat, sleep, sail and steer. The steering broke down somewhere out to sea so they had to rely totally on the sails for the final leg of the journey. This was probably child’s play to Brian who has already sailed across the Atlantic some years ago. Anyway they docked in Crosshaven at 9am on the morning of June 8th, greeted by the open arms, banners and balloons of their cheering and tearful families. Well done Brian, we are glad you home safe …. until the next adventure.

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Knockdown News-05/07/2017

By Peg Prendeville

I enjoyed Kathleen Mullane’s account of her trip to Lourdes last week. It made me feel I was there with them. Obviously the shrine still attracts a lot of people in spite of the reducing number of practicing Catholics. We should not fear that faith is dying as I believe it is evolving into a different understanding of what God means to us. Most people would say they believe in God or a Supreme being but it does not necessitate them going to weekly Mass to prove it. So we trust that life will go on and the earth will keep on spinning.

I was in Killarney on Sunday for the Munster final. I have never seen the town so busy; it was almost impossible to find a parking space. Doing the pub rounds on Sunday night was another experience. So many people enjoying themselves, both young and old, but also so many obviously the worse for wear due to consuming too much alcohol. The streets were awash with rubbish including chip cartons, plastic containers and sick. I thought if a tourist just happened to be in an Irish town for the first time what an impression they would get of us. Not a good one, I am afraid. It is not nice to see a lady squatting on the side of the street peeing and trying to balance her drink at the same time. We do let ourselves down, now and again. However the streets were pristine clean again next morning when daylight came. Well done to those whose unpleasant job it was.

It is holiday time and many people are travelling to various parts of Europe in search of fun and sun. Some more are staying local and being entertained at the Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay where I hear they are having a great week of music.

The National Lotto can now be played in Mullane’s Shop. A new postbox and the lotto. How lucky are we?!

Glin library will be closed on Friday 7th as I will be attending the wedding of my nephew Stephen Murphy to Michelle Moore. Incidentally Stephen went back to college in UL as a mature student four years ago. He obviously put his heart and soul into it as he came out with a degree in Product and Design and was awarded Product Designer of the Year 2017. Best wishes to Michelle and himself in their future life.

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