By Peg Prendeville

I went to the film Glassland in Listowel on Monday night. A very powerful film! Once again congratulations to Gerard Barrett who seems to have the knack of being able to get inside people’s minds and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Go and see it.


There was a big turnout in Knockdown for the Table Quiz in aid of Ballyhahill N.S. on last Friday night. Credit is due to the Parents Association for the work that went into organising such a successful night. It was a night of fun followed by music and song. Well done to all for taking part and helping to raise funds towards painting the school.


Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s Secret Millionaire programme. The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. Each day, the Cycle Against Suicide will cover an average of 100 km and cyclists can participate in as many or as few legs of the Cycle as they wish. It began last Monday and will be passing through Glin on Sunday next and stopping for a lunch break in Tarbert at 2pm. The community in Tarbert would appreciate any donations in the form of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits or beverages to help feed the cyclists as they pass through. There may be a couple of hundred, who knows? If you can do anything to support this worthy cause please ring Breda Lavery on 0871909880. If you can’t then maybe you can give moral support by waving on the cyclists as they pass through on the N69. Their motto is “Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can Break the Cycle of Suicide in Ireland!

The Irish Cancer Society will hold a church gate collection in Loughill/Ballyhahill on next weekend of  Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May  and will appreciate all support.

The Parish Liturgy group is organizing a Parish Mission in Ballyhahill Church on  21st to 24th May. This will be conducted by the Vincentian Fathers. All parishioners are invited to take part by attending one or all of the ceremonies. More details later. The children in Ballyhahill School will receive their First Holy Communion on this Saturday the 2nd May at 11 a.m.  We wish them and their families every blessing and hope the weather will be kind.