By Peg Prendeville

I was saddened to hear of the death of Liza Mulvihill of Glin on Sunday morning. Liza would be 100 years next August and I know her friends in St Ita’s Hospital were looking forward to the birthday celebrations.  She was in the Camelia ward in St Ita’s since 2012 and was a lively woman who read voraciously and laughed and sang and played the bodhrán if given the chance. I interviewed her in 2010 for the Ballyguiltenane Rural Journal. I asked her “Have you any last ambitions in this life”  “What I’d love is to get my Respite in St. Ita’s Hospital on the same week as Paddy Faley gets his and preferably the same room!” she says with that twinkle in her eyes again. “We’d have great fun reliving old times!” I am glad to say that they did share respite weeks after that and both enjoyed their chats together. But in the last few weeks Liza slowly faded away. She had told me some time ago that there is no fun when all your friends and family have gone before you so I think she is happy now among them again in the spirit world. May she rest in peace.

It was such a pity that, after all the recent fine weather, it had to rain last Saturday for the Holy Communion ceremonies in Glin and Ballyhahill. Congratulations to Katie Massey, Knockdown who received her 1st Holy communion in Ballyhahill.

Poetry Ireland is organising a Poetry Day on this Friday May 7th and Glin Library will be focusing on poetry for the day. Pocket poems will be given out and it is hoped that one or two converts to poetry will be made!

There is a 5k walk/run starting at 4.15am on Friday Night/Saturday morning 9th of May at The Castle Demesne Newcastle West to raise funds for the Darkness into Light and Pieta House. Those who wish to take part but can not walk that distance are invited to the church in NewcastleWest where there will be Adoration at the same time.

Ballyhahill Parish Clerks’ collection will be held next weekend at the 6 pm Mass in Ballyhahill or 10 am Sunday Mass in Loughill. It is our opportunity to show support to Bridget in Bally and Danny in Loughill.

The results to the synod questionnaires in B/L have been forwarded to the Diocesan synod office. Everybody will be informed of the final analysis in due course.