By Peg Prendeville

A presentation by Glin historian, Tom Donovan, on the Easter Rising will be made in Conways at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday night the 28th January.  The presentation will concentrate on the part played by local people from Glin in the rising of 1916 and the war of Independence.  Everybody is welcome to attend and it is hoped to commemorate the people involved as part of the National Celebration.

There is a cultural night coming up in the Devon Hotel on Friday January 29th organised by the Diocesan Synod. All are welcome as it is an open event. This evening of culture will incorporate elements of poetry, music, Gaeilge and local history marking the tercentenary of the birth of poet Tadhg Gaelach Ó Suilleabháin, who born in Tournafulla in 1715. Most of his well-known poems were of a religious nature.  The evening will be hosted by Neilus de Róiste. The key note address will be given by Salvador Ryan, who is professor of Ecclesiastical History in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, with poetry readings by Canon Micheál Liston and music by a variety of local musicians. All are welcome to attend. Devon Inn at 7.30pm on this Friday January 29th. 

You can then continue to enjoy some more culture with an Irish night in Conway’s Bar in Glin at 9pm on Friday night also, organised by the local Comhaltas branch in preparation for the county Fleádh Ceóil which will take place in Glin in June. So you will be spoiled for choice

I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to believing in climate change but I suppose it cannot be denied that the weather system is changing throughout the world. The temperatures for the past few days are lovely but not normal and one does not know what to expect each day. We are now threatened with the tail end of the storm which put the east coast of America in standstill for a day or two. In fact it will probably have passed over by the time you read this. Luckily the weather has not really disturbed any of us too much in this part of the world so we are lucky.

Thankfully all my “sick” neighbours are back in good health again. We are a tough lot in Knockdown.