By Peg Prendeville

Best of luck to the cast of the Abha Bhán Drama group which will be competing in the drama festival in Knockaderry on this coming Saturday night March 2nd when they will perform Sive. This will be your last chance to see this performance. The show starts at 8pm in Knockaderry Hall. Winners will be announced on Sunday night after the play “A Wake in the West”. The excitement is mounting!

I attended the Abbeyfeale drama “A marriage of Connivance” last Saturday night. Well done to director Mary Boyle and her cast and crew for a brilliant performance. It was a great comedy, well acted and brought much needed humour to the packed audience. It is great to see so many parishes getting involved in drama these years. It seems that it had died down for a while but is back in full swing. It is a great outlet for all the creativity around. Long may it continue.

Speaking of creativity I hope none of you readers will mind me talking about my own grandchild Lucy who was born with Spina Bifida and who will celebrate her 6th birthday this Thursday February 28. Though confined to a wheelchair, and dependent on family to cater for her personal needs, Lucy is attending mainstream school and recently entered the school talent contest where she sang and “danced” and almost hopped out of her wheelchair with enthusiasm and delight. She received great acclaim from the judges for her “stage presence and confidence”. The school is looking forward to seeing how she progresses as she gets older. So am I. We are proud of our Lucy who is as happy as a girl can be and boasts that she is the only girl in her school who has a wheelchair. Lucy is “cool”!

I was part of a group of librarians who got a tour of the Glucksman Library in UL this week. This is a huge library with seating in various rooms for 2200 students and equipped with all the technology that students need. A new extension has been added on in the past few years making it a most spacious and comfortable study area for all. I was impressed.

St. Fergus’ National School in Glin will be hosting a fashion show on Wednesday 13th March in aid of much needed funds towards the proposed set down/parking area for the school.  Tickets €15 each are available in local shops and from the school office.  If you would like to support this event and you aren’t free to go on the night, you can put your name and telephone number on the back of the ticket and you will be entered into the Door Prize Draw on the night.  And don’t forget the Table Quiz in Knockdown on the 15th March for Ballyhahill N.S. Do your best to support them all.

The Knockdown Vintage Club members are busy preparing for the Vintage Day in Knockdown on March 31st. This is turning out to be a massive occasion every year with large numbers attending. No doubt this will be successful also. Raffle tickets are on sale with very attractive prizes, the first prize being two nights B&B in Killarney Plaza Hotel.

The month’s mind Mass for Liam Finucane takes place this Friday at 7.30 pm in Ballyhahill.