by Peg Prendeville

It is hard to believe we are into the start of Lent, today being Ash Wednesday. Life is quiet but peaceful around Knockdown. Some people are beginning work on their gardens including 87 year old Jack O’Grady who has his ground prepared for vegetables. The daffodils are beginning to open up and there are signs of spring everywhere. The evenings are stretching and it is a lovely time of year after the darkness of winter to see new life. It is a re-assurance that no matter how dark things get in the physical or mental world, that there is a guarantee that brightness eventually comes again. It is how nature works. There is always hope and we need that in this country right now.

There will be a Clothing Recycling Drive in aid of Killeaney AFC on Saturday 10th March in the Killeaney grounds, Knockdown. Please donate, in plastic bags, all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. Collection can be arranged if necessary. Wearable clothes will be recycled and re-used and other items will be recycled as industrial wipes or soundproofing.  Mobile phones are accepted – please keep separate from clothes. Book, but not schoolbooks or copies, are accepted. Dirty or wet clothing, mats, carpets and duvets are not accepted. The collection will be held between 9 am and 12 noon. Contact 086 8500755 for more information. This is an ideal opportunity for an early spring clean with no disposal costs. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Mary O’Rourke will be giving a talk on “A full life unfolded” in Newcastle West library on Thursday March 8th at 8pm. This event is in association with International Women’s Day, which is a day to remember the struggles of women, past and present. Mark your diary!

The Loughill/Ballyhahill Parish Annual is bulging with very interesting articles this year and promises to be a bumper issue. Thanks to all who respected the deadline of February 15th.  It is now being prepared for the printers.