By Peg Prendeville

Happy St. Brigid’s Day to you all. Springtime has started. Actually it started some time ago as the daffodils are up and in fact are blooming in some areas. The birds are chirping also and the evenings are staying brighter for longer so there is great hope and promise in the air.

Sympathies to Geraldine Hayes, and her family, Glenbawn, on the unexpected death of her brother-in-law James O’Connor, husband to Geraldine’s sister Catherine, last week.

There was a small turnout to the quiz organised by the ‘The Druids from Lalaland’ featuring Fr Brendan Duggan, Fr Tony Mullins, Bookie Lal Browne, Paul Curry and John Sheahan in the Knockdown Arms last Friday but those that turned up were enthusiastic and a good night was had. Congratulations to the Knockdown Vintage group, Carol, Dave, Jim and Patrick who had the highest score. They graciously gave back their win to the Druids present. John Sheahan, as usual, did a great job both making up and asking the questions ably helped by John Hogan from Glin who added up the scores.

Ballyhahill Parents Association is hoping that there will be a bigger turnout to their quiz which will be held in the Knockdown Arms on Friday 24th of February to raise funds for Ballyhahill National school. There will be prizes and raffle on the night. €5 per person. 9pm sharp! Please gather some friends and join them on the night to test your knowledge but mainly to have some fun!! It would be appreciated if each parish club or committee put a team together and make it a fun night for the whole parish. Neighbouring parishes are welcome to take part also. All support will be very much appreciated. I have been given the task of calling out the questions which will have been put together by the parents’ association committee. Mark your calendar for Friday 24th February at 9pm in Knockdown.

Well done to the pupils of the school who did so well in the Cois Sionna Credit Union quiz. The U11 team came third (Katie Massey, Chloe O’Halloran, Tom Healy & Stephen Kearney) and the U13 team came second (Philip Kearney, Cara Leahy, Jack Finnerty McCoy & Patrick Massey). With 15 teams in each age category, they did their school very proud! Maybe they will compete in the abovementioned quiz?

Paul O’Brien will entertain all with his singing voice in Glin library on this Wednesday 1st February. Everybody welcome.