By Peg Prendeville

The parish is still buzzing with the success of Sive, the first production by the local Abha Bhán Drama group with a full house and standing ovations each night.  Directors Eleanor and Caroline were very happy with the shows and for my own part it was a privilege to be part of the group.

The Ballyhahill Parents Association is continually working hard down at the school grounds and wishes to thank those who have come out and helped along the way in recent weeks. There are still raffle lines on sale in all the local shops so please support as much as possible. There are some great prizes up for grabs including Afternoon Tea in the Adare Manor. The teachers are putting together a concert for anyone who wishes to come and see all the school kids perform. It will be on in the Hall, Ballyhahill on 18th December at 7pm. There will be teas and coffees afterwards. There is no admission charge but there will be a Donation box if anyone wishes to contribute. The money goes towards maintenance of the school as well as buses to swimming/ football matches and lots more so it is always needed. We wish to thank you as always for your generous support throughout the year.

The village of Ballyhahill has never seen so much activity as it saw in the past week. The street was lined with cars on Friday and Saturday night as people queued up to the performances of Sive which received great applause each night. Then on Sunday evening another crowd gathered for the switching on of the Christmas Tree lights both in the Church and in the Hall grounds. Santa, as usual did not let us down and arrived with goody bags for the children. A welcome cup of hot tea and biscuits were served to all in the Parish Hall afterwards giving everybody a chance to chat with their neighbours and discuss the excitement of the week. Well done to the Ballyhahill Development and the Parish Hall committees.

There is a lovely exhibition of paintings, including greeting cards, in Glin Library by Emma O’Connor/Bray. All welcome to drop in and admire or buy as the mood takes you.

It is the time of year where there are lots of lines and raffle tickets being sold for various causes. Do the best ye can. We can do no more than that.

I am looking forward to the Athea Journal, which is due on the shelves this week.

Less than two weeks left to Christmas Day!!