By Peg Prendeville

Changes are coming to Loughill/Ballyhahill Parish as we hear that Fr O’Leary is moving and a Fr Austin McNamara will be joining us instead. The moves will take place in September. Changes are always difficult for everybody but it is how life goes and we must deal with them as they come. We will miss Fr Gerard who was with us since 2007.

The Foynes Air Show, at the weekend, was a huge success judging by the crowds which attended. I tried to get into Foynes on Sunday but such was the traffic congestion, I could not so I drove up to Knockpatrick and watched it from there. Many more people had the same idea so it was like a festival of its own up on the hill. It was the next best thing.

Best wishes this week to Paul Mullane and Bríd Wallace who will be married on Friday 11th in Castlemartyr in Cork.

A large crowd gathered in Brown Joe’s last Saturday night to celebrate my neighbour Jack O’Grady’s 90th birthday. His children, grandchildren and great grandchild helped him to have a great weekend. I composed the following poem in his honour. It is a great achievement to come that far with very little sickness or ill-health. Long may he continue to enjoy life.

Happy Birthday Jack O’Grady

​Jack O'Grady on his 90th birthday

​Jack O’Grady on his 90th birthday

You’re an inspiration to us all

On how to live to ninety years.

With you we are enthralled.

When you get up each morn

You get ready for to go

To tend your cabbage and your spuds

And watch your garden grow.

 You’ve been married to your darling Peg

For sixty years and four

You both have had a happy life

And a welcome at the door

For all who wish to call on you

And trash out the daily news,

From politics to religion

You share your different views.

 You’ve reared a loving family

Three sons, and a daughter

You’ve been blessed with nine grandchildren

Who have brought love and laughter.

Your great grandchild Jack is just the first

There are more to come I hear

So there will be many reasons yet

To fill your heart with cheer.

 On this, your ninetieth birthday,

It is my privilege to write

These few lines to honour you

And I pray most every night

That you’ll be with us for a long time yet

In the company of your wife

And I will call and chat a while

As I have done all my life.