By Peg Prendeville

A Harvest Mass will be celebrated in both Ballyhahill and Loughill this weekend October 15th. Loughill on Saturday at 6pm and Ballyhahill on Sunday at 10 am. The Sunday Mass is being offered in memory of Paddy Faley.

Loughill /Ballyhahill Walking group is holding a fundraising Fun Walk on Sunday 15th October from Loughill Resource Centre in aid of Muscular Dystrophy.   You can walk 5km or 10km. Starting time is 11.30am. Sponsorship cards are available or just register on the day @ 11am. Further details from Eamon Griffin and Maura O’Connor 0877539926. All support appreciated.

A Whist game started in Ballyhahill Parish Hall last Sunday 8th October 2017 at 8.30pm.  All welcome every Sunday night.

The 2017 AGM of Gerald Griffins GAA club will take place in the clubhouse Ballyhahill on Friday November 24th at 7.30 pm sharp.

The local guild of ICA will meet in the Hall this Wednesday night October 11 at 8.10pm. It will have an autumn theme.

A Craft and Food Fair will be held in the Parish Hall on November 26th. Anyone who wishes to book a table and sell their arts or crafts is welcome to do so. Contact Mary Stanley at  087 1463208.

Ballyhahill Development is once again working on organising the Halloween Spooktacular on Monday evening October 30th. It was a great success last year so it will probably be bigger and scarier this year. More details later on.

I attended the National Treasures Roadshow in Galway last Sunday. It was a busy day with many people offering to show their own treasures. I had a missal which my mother had bought at a mission in Feoghanagh in 1950. It is interesting to go through the prayers which are full of fire and brimstone and depicts that era when the church was much more severe than it is now. The missal, which is about 3 inches by four inches is covered with a piece of oil tablecloth and signed by my mother.

I had time last week to go through the Ballyhahill cookbook which is on sale in Knockdown or through the pupils. I am very impressed by it. The very idea of asking each pupil which was their favourite food and then asking them to write out the recipe was a great idea. Recipes from pancakes to portercakes, scones to soups, chocolates to casseroles cover the full range of wholesome family meals. It is also most interesting to observe that a very rural national school has pupils, and therefore recipes, from Scotland, Poland and Zimbabwe as well as the traditional Irish ones. It is beautifully presented in full colour in a spiral bound book. All of the ingredients are stocked in most kitchens which makes it more appealing. The icing on the cake, pardon the pun, is the inclusion of a colour photograph of each child and staff member. It is a piece of local history to be cherished. Well done to all involved