By Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to the team of volunteers who cleaned up Templeathea graveyard recently. It is obvious that there was a lot of hard work done and it is great to be able to see the walls of the old church again.

Killeaney AFC is holding its annual Awards night and Social in the Knockdown Arms this Saturday night 14th November. The committee members, who work away in the background all year, are hoping that there will be a good turnout from the players and their families.

There will be an evening of  traditional music, song and dance in the Hall, Ballyhahill on this Friday night 13th November in aid of Trad for Trócaire. Everybody is invited to come along and listen or to take part. There will be a welcome for all. Starting at 8.30 pm.

Brigid Fitzgerald’s photos of local places is attracting lots of attention and compliments in Glin library. If you are passing give a call in.

An interesting incident happened last week in the library. A reader, originally from the UK, but now living in Glin has taken up stamp collecting and bought a large batch of old stamps from some other collector.  He came in to me with an envelope dated 21st November 1933 addressed to a Mr Tom Kit Culhane, Ballygiltenane ( sic) and was wondering if that family was still in the area. It turns out that he was Tom Connolly’s grandfather. It was an interesting find even if the envelope was empty! I do not know where it has been all these 82 years.

It is the time of year for craft fairs and dates are booked for Athea, Glin, Foynes and Askeaton so there are plenty opportunities to do some Christmas shopping while  supporting our own local craftspeople at the same time. The Bank of Ireland is sponsoring an Expo in Askeaton on 20/21 November where there are up to 50 stalls advertising and selling local produce ranging from cakes to crafts to jewellery to paintings to anything you like. Should be interesting. I believe it is better to support our own than buying online from huge anonymous companies.