By Peg Prendeville

There was great excitement in Loughill/Ballyhahill last Saturday when the Gerald Griffin’s Ladies, captained by Aimee Woods, brought home the Junior County Cup to the parish. They certainly hit the headlines even before the game at all with their early start at 9am but it paid off. Well done. Congratulations too to the U12 girls who won the County Shield in Rathkeale. Great promise for the future.

Ballyhahill featured well in Listowel on Ladies day with some women making it to the final selection for their fashions. It was one of the better days weatherwise which suited all those ladies who go to such trouble to look glamorous. Congratulations to Carol Stanley, Brid Brouder and Lisa Daly who featured in the Irish Examiner on Saturday. Looking through photos on Facebook it seems that every woman there was in style. Well done to all those who can spend a day walking in high heels and still keep smiling! Meanwhile I was left babysitting while the Mammies had a day out!

The local ICA guild had the September meeting last week. There are lots of competitions coming up so the members will be busy deciding which to enter. The guild congratulated Geraldine Cahillane on winning first prize for her Limerick Lace at the Limerick Show during the summer. At each meeting a member speaks on a topic of interest and again, it being Geraldine Cahillane’s turn, she delighted the members with her information on local garden birds. Pauline produced a lovely tea and all the members enjoyed the camaraderie and chat that follows. The guild wishes good luck to the new Hall Committee members and look forward to working with them in the future.

It was lovely to see Eileen Kilmartin give a flying visit home last week to see her Dad Jack O’Grady and give a quick call to the neighbours.

Tickets are on sale now in Knockdown for the Cookery demonstration in the Parish Hall Ballyhahill on October 1st at 4pm. There is a raffle on the tickets if one cannot attend but wishes to support the  event. The Ballyhahill School Parents Association will launch the Cookery Book with all the pupils’ favourite recipes. The book will also include a photo of each participant. All funds raised go towards the school.

I am delighted to hear that Kearney’s Home Baking is listed as a Finalist in the Irish Food Awards ‘Blas na hÉireann’. The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce in Ireland. The winner will be announced on September 30th. It might be another win for the parish.

It is nice to know that the Athea Newsletter is read across the world. I know that Micheal Long formerly of Turraree loves reading it in Texas every Thursday night.


I hate making mistakes especially when it comes to people’s names so I apologise for two which I’ve made in recent times. The six children who started school in low infants in Ballyhahill should have read as follows: Ayda Daly, Grace Campbell, Klara Phillips, Thomas Rimmer, Charlie Conway and Donncha Kennelly. Two weeks ago there was a photo with Ashlee Woods who won the Killeaney Lotto. She was pictured with her Uncle Denis, who bought the ticket for her and not her father Jim as I incorrectly stated. Apologies to all.