by Peg Prendeville

I went to see the play Lovely Leitrim in Athea on Sunday night last, always looking forward to a bit of drama but I was not prepared for as much as we got! Domhnall decided to liven things up a bit more but I am glad to hear he is on the mend and hope he will be back to his desk before the week is out. I still look forward to seeing the play next weekend.


Loughill/Ballyhahill Parish Annual is at the printers; it is packed with lots of very interesting articles from all ages, nine to ninety. It amazes me every year how more stuff keeps coming and is a great sign that nothing ever ends or stays the same – there is always more!


Congratulations to Ballyhahill NS who did so well in the recent Credit Union Quiz; the Murphy twins Aaron & Darragh Murphy, Knockdown and David Culhane, Glenbawn were among those celebrating. I hear there is a Table Quiz coming up in Knockdown on Friday March 16th to raise funds for Ballyhahill school. Table quizzes are always good fun, so don’t miss it.


My family in Perth tells me that the autumn weather is creeping in and things are cooling down to a comfortable 30 degrees!! My comfortable zone is what we are getting in Ireland now which is very pleasant these days.


A Ceremony of Light will be held in Ballyhahill Church on this Wednesday 29th at 7pm for those children from both Ballyhahill and Loughill Schools who are preparing for Confirmation which will take place in Loughill Church on Tuesday 6th March at 11 am. Next Friday is the 1st Friday in March and Fr O Leary will be visiting the sick and housebound.


It is great to see Pat Brosnan back in his corner again and I want to wish him well.



n ���907ora O’Grady, Chernobyl Children International at The Thatch Bar in Newbridge.
We congratulate three special ladies, Nora Barrett  Rooska West, Mary
O’Connor, and Bridie Kiely both Glensharrold who recently celebrated
their birthdays. They are three of our most senior citizens, and an example, to us all on how to enjoy life. Long may they retain good health, to sing and dance and to enjoy social events, around the locality.

Congratulations to all involved in West Limerick 102 Community Radio who were granted a 10 year licence by the B.C.I. in recent weeks. This is good news for all listeners, who avail of the service to keep up to date with all the local news, and happenings around West Limerick
and beyond.
The 5th annual Entertainment Awards night will take place at The Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, on Monday 12th March starting at 8.45pm.  A host of household names will be performing including Declan Nerney, Crystal Swing, Mick Flavin, and Shawn Cuddy the Amigos.  A wonderful night is guaranteed and all support will be most welcome.
Lent has arrived and with it the campaign to help the poor through Trócaire in the third World. The boxes are available in the schools and the churches, and all people are asked to collect one and to give a little over Lent to help all those less well off. The money is well spent by Trócaire to help the people to grow food send their children to school and to earn an income to help them survive in tough
The Desmond Foxhounds will meet at Carnagh Kilcolman, on Sunday 11th
March, and at Rooskagh Hill on 25th March, at 11am.

The County Limerick senior Scór finals will be held in Cappamore Community Centre on Friday 20th March at 7pm.
The annual Desmond League Ladies Dance will be held in The Devon Inn
Hotel Templeglantine, on Saturday 31st March.

West Limerick Resources recently launched its first in a series of Community Information Points in Carrigkerry Community Centre. An
Information Assistant is available to assist people to access relevant
information on-line or in printed form should they request it.
Literature on benefits and vital services is also available to view or take away. The free service is open four days a week from 9am to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and no appointment is necessary. The list of information that can be sourced include the household charge, employment training, education opportunities, switch to digital television, health services available, farming issues, MABS and coping with debt. The service will operate on a confidential and
sensitive manner, and plenty of parking available, and all are welcome. This is a great service for the locality and people should avail of it where necessary. Our thanks to Ed O’Connor, and West
Limerick Resources, for putting the service in place.

The 12th annual charity céilí in aid of Chernobyl Children International will take place in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine, on Friday 2nd March at 9.30pm. Music by Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band and numerous spot prizes and admission €10. Mike Kiely a native of
Glensharrold is very involved in this fundraiser, and all support will be appreciated.
A fundraising horse and pony ride in aid of Limerick Mid-west Cancer Care and Limerick Mental Health will be held on 4th March at 12 noon, starting and finishing at The Thatch Bar Newbridge, Askeaton. Tina Scully from Askeaton is the proprietor of the bar and one of the main people behind the fundraiser, along with her family and members of the
local hunts. The cost of entry is €50 per horse and €25 per pony and they hope to raise, €15,000 for the charities. To participate, contact Dympna O’Donnell at 085 703 5261.

At our most recent Pastoral Area meeting it was decided to attend the Eucharistic Congress as a group on Tuesday, 12th June. Tickets for the Congress are €30 each and the bus fare is €15 each. You must make your own arrangements for food and refreshments. The bus will leave at 5.30am. If you are interested in travelling, you must have your name
and your money given to the priest of your parish before 4th March 2012.
There will be a meeting of our recently formed steering committee, in the sacristy in Ardagh on Tuesday night, 6th March at 8.00pm. The Redemptorists who are giving the mission will be present.