By Peg Prendeville

Sympathies to Geraldine and Mickey Costello, Turraree on the death of their oldest son James this week. May he rest in peace and may all the Costello family be consoled by all our prayers and thoughts.

A Craft and Food Fair will be held in the Parish Hall on November 26th. Anyone who wishes to book a table is welcome to do so through the Parish Hall committee. Contact Secretary Mary at 087/1463208.

A Bingo fundraiser will take place in Glin Ceól Corbraí on Sunday 19th November at 3pm to raise funds to repair the heating system in Loughill  Resource Centre.

The recent walk from Loughill Resource Centre in aid of MDI was a huge success. Weather conditions were perfect as both runners and walkers took to the road. A huge appreciation to all who ran, walked, filled sponsorship cards, put up posters, shared on facebook or gave donations days prior and on the day. Thanks to Paddy O’Rourke, Ballyhahill and to Eamonn and all the Sunday morning  walking group and their families for all the support in organising this second walk in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in Loughill.  There will be a presentation to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in the coming weeks.

Ballyhahill Development Association is once again organising a spectacular outdoors Halloween walk for all the family on next Monday 30th Oct 2017, commencing at 6 pm sharp to 8.00 pm. This fun filled/scary haunting trail kicks off outside the Primary School, Ballyhahill.  On this spooktacular adventure you will be greeted by friendly witches (and not so friendly), mysterious creatures, ghouls and spooky ghosts.  There will be treats for the children. Afterwards children can meet the friendly witch with her magic eye who will regale you with stories of Halloween in the Parish Hall where there will be light refreshments for the adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: €5  Families €10.

On Monday 30th Oct at 3pm  the West Under 21 football championship will take place. Clan Na Gael V Gael Na Sionna at Rathkeale.Bog Garden.

I received the following from Gerald Griffin’s club. BORD NA NOG would like to inform everybody living in the parishes of Loughill /Ballyhahill and Glin and everybody involved with Gerald Griffins and Glin GAA clubs of a very important upcoming meeting. 2018 will see much change in our underage structure and there is a proposal at present at county board level that could alter age groups from even to odd age groups. Eg u16 to u15 or u14 to u13 etc. In order for us to field teams in leagues appropriate to our numbers and age strengths, we may have to take steps to enter teams on a singular club basis , with player movement in the appropriate direction. This is a matter which must be discussed immediately and thoroughly as it concerns the future of our young players going forward. To this end certain proposals are in place and will be aired at a public meeting to be held at Gerald Griffins Gaa Clubhouse on Wednesday 8th November at 8pm. It is imperative that the correct actions are taken arising from this meeting and that this decision will be transparent for all. We look forward to seeing you.

Our PP Fr Austin took a well deserved break recently and so the normal daily mass-goers organised and attended a Liturgy of the Word at 9am each morning in Ballyhahill while he was away. It was well received by those who attended and is a sign of things to come when a priest will not always be available to celebrate a Mass. This was one of the topics discussed at our recent Diocesan synod – how the laity would take responsibility and improvise in the absence of the priest.

There is a vacancy for a Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator in Limerick Diocese. This person will work as part of a two-person team to deliver on the objectives and actions of the Young People theme in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. The role will involve the creation, resourcing, delivery and support of youth ministry programmes and initiatives across the Diocese, working also with schools and parishes with a focus on building capacity in the local context. Completed application form to be returned via post or electronic mail to: General Manager/Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Limerick, Social Service Centre, Henry Street, Limerick or [email protected] by the deadline of  5.00pm on Friday 27th October, 2017.