by Peg Prendeville

Bride and Groom Philip and Linda Clifford (Murphy)

It has been a weekend of births, marriages and deaths. Glenagragra has lost two close neighbours who will be greatly missed. Peggy Scanlon and Mary Flavin have both passed away and we extend sympathies to both families and extended families. Both Mary and Peggy have spent their whole life in the area and have many extensions to their families. Their neighbours will miss them also. May they rest in peace.

Meanwhile I congratulate my own son James and wife Fiona who gave birth to a baby daughter, Clodagh, on Friday 27th May. All are doing well and Paddy Faley is delighted to have another great grandchild.

Congratulations also to Linda Murphy, daughter of Bridie and Stephen, who got married to Philip Clifford, Granagh in Carrigkerry last Saturday. We wish them many happy years together in their new home in Glenastar. Both Linda and her father Stephen are champion bodhrán players and when Philip walked his new wife down the aisle after the ceremony both Linda and her Dad were handed a bodhrán and they gave an impromptu performance at the door of the Church. Poor Philip will probably be called to breakfast every morning to the sound! All the Murphy clan is very talented, musically, so the guests were well entertained during the weekend with a blend of tradition and modern. Bridie is well known for her photos and now she has her son Kevin following on her heels and ready to pass her out as he was the photographer on the day. Check out his website but don’t forget Bridie either. That would never do!

The newly formed Knockdown Vintage group is holding a fundraising night in Knockdown on Sunday night next with Big Maggie playing. There will be a raffle on the night also. Please come and support and you will be guaranteed fun. The Vintage Display/Fun Day is organized for the 17th July in the Killeaney Grounds.

FUSION, an art exhibition by Askeaton Art Group, will be opened in Newcastle West library on the 23rd June. This exhibition will show the best of the work by the Askeaton Art group, including some new work by member Carol Noonan, Clounleharde. This group has produced a body of drawings and paintings that is not to be missed. Eimear Brophy from the VEC is opening the event. Mark your calendar.

The Library hours in Glin have been changed. Wednesday used to be the Closed day but from this week on it is closed on Monday. All the county libraries are now closed on a Monday except NewcastleWest. So in Glin it is Tuesday and Thursday from 11 to 2 and 6 to 8. On Wednesday and Friday it is 11 to 2 and 3 to 5. All are welcome to call even if you are not a reader. Just come in and admire the building which is loaded with history.

Next Friday is the 1st Friday but Fr O’Leary will be visiting the housebound on Thursday instead.