Congratulations to Kim O’Grady of Glenbawn and Brown Joe’s who got engaged to her man Tom Mulvihill (T-bag) while away on holidays last week. We wish them all the best for the future. Kim’s Granda, Jack O’Grady, will be 90 years of age next week and has planted his vegetable garden himself again this year. Happy Birthday to you Jack and we wish you many more.

All in the area were very sad to hear of the passing of Maureen O’Connor, nee Nash from Turraree and Cloverfield, Glin. Everybody had a good word or funny story about Maureen; she was always a very popular lady and always did the best for her family and her grandchildren who will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace.

Welcome home this week to Paul Mullane and Bríd Wallace who are home from Australia to be wed very soon. Noel O’Connor too arrived just in time to meet his grandmother Maureen before she passed away.

Knockdown was busy at the weekend with two “Hen parties” departing from there one heading towards Killarney and the other to Galway. They all arrived back safely and finished up in Knockdown for the final singsong.

All the schools are closed now for the summer. Before breaking up, Ballyhahill NS treated the children to a day trip to O’Brien’s Cheese Farm which is due to open shortly. We wish Jim, on the Hill, the best of luck in his venture. Jim is always up for a challenge and does not stop until he achieves his dream. Another industry is born in  Ballyhahill.

Next weekend promises to be busy with the 5/10K run in Athea followed by the Foynes Air show in the afternoon. Let us hope the weather stays fine for all the events.