By Peg Prendeville

Happy Birthday greetings to Liam Enright, Clounleharde who was 93 years old on Monday last. Liam still goes for a walk each day.

It was great to watch 98 year old John Hunt on the Late Late last week and to see the delight on his face as he held up the Liam McCarthy cup. Ryan Tubridy got great enjoyment out of interviewing him.

Ballyhahill N.S. Parents Association members will be bag packing in Tesco Newcastlewest on Saturday 22nd so if you are in the shop on the day please support them if you can. They are looking for bag packers for the day also, so if you can spare an hour or two during the day they would be very grateful. Just contact any of the parents in the school to let them know. They would like to thank everybody who showed up to help  give the school a clean up before the new term started. There was lots of cleaning and painting done and they hope to keep it going throughout the year so again if you are willing to give a hand please let them know.

I must congratulate a lady who is a member of the staff in Athea National School. When I started work in Glin library in 2005 this lady from Poland joined up soon afterwards. She had been a teacher in Poland but came to Ireland with her family to find work in spite of having very little English. But due to her determination and interest and enthusiasm she is now fluent in English and  knows some Gaeilge as well as her native Polish and German and on last Monday became an Irish citizen! Well done to you Magdalena Landziak. I am proud to know you. The infants in Athea are lucky children.

Best of luck to Dymphna O’Brien who is part of the Limerick Ladies football team who will be playing in the Junior All Ireland Final against Louth in Croke Park  on next Sunday 16 September! There may be another trophy heading our way!

Bridge Lessons will begin in Foynes Parish Centre (the former AIB building) on Wednesday 26th September at 7.30 pm for anybody interested in learning the game. Further details from Mary at 087 7573978.

A Flu Vaccine clinic for Dr Eileen Cassidy’s patients will be held in Foynes clinic on October 9th from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm and in Glin clinic on October 10th from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. No appointment necessary. All staff will be on duty and no delay is envisaged.

I am looking at the rainfall figures for the past summer and note that in the months of May, June, July and August 246.6 mm of rain fell. This compares to 271.8 for the month of January alone.