By Peg Prendeville

It is September and back to school and a promise of good weather all in one week. There was great excitement in Ballyhahill school on Monday, as there was in all other schools too, when eight young junior infants made their debut in “big school.” This is the biggest junior infant class for a few years so it was a cause of even more excitement in the school. Best of luck to them all on this new adventure in their lives. I was the proud Nana of two of them – Clodagh Prendeville and Noah Daly. How time flies. The Montessori school in Ballyhahill opens up on Wednesday so there will be more excitement in store for some pre-schoolers.

Congratulations too to Marcella and Tommy O’Grady of Glenbawn and  Brown Joe’s; their grandson Jack Cotter started school in Limerick on Monday. while Peg and Jack O’Grady’s grandson Jack O’Grady junior started in Corrandulla, Co Galway. A busy day for all the grandparents in Glenbawn!

There was a great crowd in Knockdown on Sunday for the fundraising in aid of St Patrick’s Hostel for Homeless Men in Limerick. Organised by Kay Scanlon/Long everybody enjoyed the BBQ while they looked at the match which was followed by music from Pa Quaid. Many prizes were raffled and a great day was had for a great cause. As usual people are so generous when it comes to charitable events. Kay thanked everybody who was involved in any way.

Has anybody noticed that our young people are losing their native accents. Talk to many young eight or nine year old children now, especially girls, and they all speak with a TV accent which rises at the end as if asking a question. It is a pity. One time one could guess where a person was from by their accent but that seems to be changing fast. Anybody notice?