By Peg Prendeville

The lovely spell of warm dry weather has been interrupted a bit but we hope not too severely and we look forward to some more.

Congratulations to Ben Betts who was part of the Under 20’s Squad who beat new Zealand in the Rugby World Cup last Saturday. Ben, whose family lives in Ballyhahill, went to school in Ballyhahill and Glin. We wish him continued success.

Congratulations to Jamie Long, Knockdown who celebrated his 21st birthday last weekend

I recently attended a training day in Pearse St Library in Dublin and was surprised to learn that the head of Nelson, whose pillar was blown up 50 years ago, is held in that same library. Obviously the head, which is very large, was not damaged so he still keeps watch from his shelf in Pearse St library, Dublin 2.

This year the Solstice occurs on Monday June 20th. West Limerick Mental Health association has decided to come to the picturesque village of Glin to celebrate the event and to avail of the wonderful recreational amenity that the Knights Walk has become. Young and not so young are invited to assemble in the church car park from 7pm, with the walk commencing at 7.30pm. Afterwards, the solstice candle will be lit followed by light refreshments and a chat at St Paul Heritage Centre, all in the cause of promoting positive mental health. The association is grateful to Glin Development for its assistance in hosting the event this year. I recently walked the Knight’s Walk and was delighted to see that on the benches, which are provided for resting and taking a breath, somebody has posted some poems. It is a lovely touch. Maybe the keen walkers who do not want to stop would not be interested but it caught my curiosity and so I stopped to read each one. It made the walk even more pleasant.