By Peg Prendeville

2019 is relaxing into the routine of another year – already half way through the month!

I include the following as a word of caution. A member of my family recently had a mini fire in a house due to the hair-dryer being left plugged, though not turned on, while not is use. Luckily nobody was hurt but a lot of smoke damage resulted. All these gadgets should be pulled out of the socket when not in use. Please take note.

Meditation & Mindfulness classes will start in Cloverfield, Glin on Thurs 14th Feb. for 8 weeks for €100. Beginners: 6.45pm -8.15pm & continuation: 8.30pm -9.45pm. For bookings and enquiries call Ali Burnard on 087 6452227.

Bookings are now being taken for Sive, by John B Keane, in St. John’s Theatre in Listowel by the Abha Bhán Players on Thursday and Friday February 7/8 at 8pm. Ring 068-22566 to book your ticket. The cast of Jayne, Laura and Helen is on the Thursday night while the cast of Peg, Orlaith and Norma are on the Friday night. Somebody pointed out to me how privileged we are to be able to stage Sive in the town she was born in! Meanwhile the Athea Drama group is staging The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh in Con Colbert Memorial Hall, Athea on February 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th & 17th at 8pm. I am looking forward to seeing this as Athea has always excelled in its productions. This play is recommended for over 12s due to strong language and adult themes. Bookings must be made this year in advance by texting/calling a designated number. This booking number will be made available to us very soon.

I must apologise to the family of Paudie Mulvihill who passed away before Christmas as I do not think I included his passing in the Knockdown News. It was a great shock to hear he had died. Paudie was a great character and my memory of him is that he was great to the young people whom he used to take to discos and pubs. He always watched out for them and gave them advice. I admired how he educated himself as an adult having fallen through the school system due to dyslexia. Sympathies to all his family who adored him.

Sympathies too to the Lynch families of Glasha on the death of Sr. Josephine who died peacefully, in the care of the staff and sisters of Catherine McAuley House, this week. May she rest in peace

Calling lay people in each parish of the diocese. The Diocese of Limerick is expanding its Diocesan Adoration Lay Team in order to promote, expand and consolidate Eucharistic Adoration throughout the diocese. You are invited to a Special Information Meeting in the Diocesan Centre, St. Munchin’s College, Corbally on Saturday 9th February at 11.30 am. Those wishing to attend should give their name and  contact details to the parish office or to [email protected] or phone 086 1027400. Last date to reserve a place is February 1st.