By Peg Prendeville

The Annual General Meeting of Ballyhahill Development Association will be held on Tuesday 11th Dec at 8 p.m. in the hall. New members welcome.

It is now we are seeing some changes in our parishes as a result of the Synod. The introduction of the new unit of Parishes in our area will commence on next Sunday – 1st Sunday of Advent. The priests will rotate between the parishes of Glin, Loughill/Ballyhahill, Foynes/Robertsown/Shanagolden, Kilcolman/Coolcappa. As Fr McNamara said on Sunday “we must embrace these changes and know that God’s spirit is with us – no matter what.”

A great crowd attended the Food and Craft Fair in the Parish Hall last Sunday. It created a nice atmosphere where people got a chance to meet and shop and chat in a relaxed way. Well done to the Parish Hall committee for organising it.

Ballyhahill National School Parents Association has some great prizes up for grabs in this year’s Christmas school raffle so please buy a few lines to help support the local school. Some great work is being done and it is hoped to keep it up so all monies fundraised are greatly appreciated. They can be bought from all the school kids or in any of the local shops. There will be a gathering on this Saturday 1st of December at 9am at the school for the monthly clean up so if you have a spare hour or two to give on the morning it will be appreciated.

Glin Library will display Emma O’Connor/Bray paintings for the month of December so do not forget to call in. The exhibition will be displayed from December 4th.

Glin Fair is being held this Saturday while on Sunday December 16th there will be Wrenboys from far and near competing for the prize of being crowned best Wrenboys of Glin 2018. Tis all go!

The time has come for the Abha Bhán Players who, after months of learning lines, will be staging SIVE in the Parish Hall in Ballyhahill this coming weekend so again your support will be appreciated. Directed by Eleanor McSweeney and Caroline Gee it will run for four nights: Fri 30th Nov, Sat 1st Dec, Fri 7th Dec & Sat 8th Dec. Doors open at 7.20pm and show commences at 8pm. You can buy tickets in Paddy O’Rourke’s Shop, Ballyhahill or book them by calling 069-82245 / 085-1088445 between 6-8pm any evening. There are two sets of female casts. The first cast is: Helen Hayes, Jayne Daly and Laura Kerin and they are performing on both the Friday nights. The second cast is: Peg Prendeville, Norma Nolan and Orlaith McSweeney and they are performing on both the Saturday nights. The male cast members, who will be on stage for every performance, are Ger and Brendan Stack, Pat Noonan, Tony O’Shaughnessy, Terence McSweeney and Martin Halpin. There are many busy bees backstage also to ensure that the set and props are in order. Thanks to all who gave props and helped in any way. You are advised to book your tickets as they are going fast!

Loughill/Ballyhahill Parish Drama 

There’s drama in the parish

Is the whisper on the ground

It seems that “Sive” is being produced

So spread the word around.

The Parish Hall is where it’s at

On the 30th of November

As well as the 1st, and 7th and 8th

Of Christmassy December.

This team of local actors

Has been busy all the year

Learning lines and acting out

The aim it is quite clear.

It’s to bring a spark of levity

Into our winter season

So be sure that you support them

As it is their only reason

They’re from all parts of the parish

From very young to “getting old”

They have so much fun together

As their lines they try to hold.

Remember they are amateurs

Some have never been on stage

So do not be too critical

If their words fall off the page.

And though there is sadness in the play

There is laughter too you’ll see

For the witty lines contained within

We sincerely thank the late John B.

So be sure to book your tickets

-To be got in Paddy’s store

You will definitely not regret it

And will be coming back for more.