A meeting of the Clounleharde School Reunion committee will be held in Knockdown on this Wednesday May1st at 9.10 pm. The committee is delighted to see that over 60% of those invited to the reunion have indicated that they will be attending our gathering on 29th June. It will be a night of recalling both pleasant and maybe not so pleasant memories of this school which closed its doors on 2nd October 1967.

The AGM of  Loughill/Ballyhahill Parish Hall committee will take place in the Parish Hall on Thursday May 9th at 8.10pm. This is open to anybody who wishes to attend. Anyone from the parish who would be willing to be part of the committee will be very welcome to join. The Hall is a great asset to the parish and it is important to keep it maintained.

Thanks to Gerard Curtin and the Glin Historical Society and the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society for a very interesting walk through the history of Ballyhahill last Sunday. There were 50 to 60 people gathered in the church car park at 2.45 ready to make their way to Tenekilla to see and learn about the cromleach or portal tomb and also the standing stone which is outside the Ballyhahill border in Turraree, Glin. From there they returned to the village to learn about the old forge at Cliffords; they then proceeded to the parish Hall where Gerard gave a history of the creamery and the old school as well as Archbishop Fitzgerald’s house and lots of other interesting snippets of information about the parish. After that there was an invitation back to Kearney’s bakery for tea and scones. It proved to be a very enjoyable, informative, social evening

I will be reading from my book “The Purple Pencil” in Rathkeale Arts Centre on this Thursday night may 2nd at 8.30 pm. I will be joined by singer Josie Meehan who is accompanied by musician Ger Fennell. This is an open event where all are invited to celebrate Bealtaine with the Rathkeale Community Arts group.