By Peg Prendeville

A huge crowd attended Knockdown Arms last Saturday night to wish John Hynes a Happy retirement. John worked for 29 years in Aughinish and is now enjoying a more relaxing life. Despite receiving two hip replacements in 2017 and 2019 he can still amaze everybody with his lively stepdancing which he proved to all. John, who is a popular man in these parts, is wished a very happy retirement with his wife Mary and family. It is nice to see that his son Daniel, who spent some years in Australia, is back on Irish soil again.

The present Ballyhahill NS Parents Association is very active and has done a lot of work down in the school garden during the last week. We hope that you all agree that it is looking very well. Thanks to all those who gave of their time to help them out. There are window boxes on all the windows adding to the  colour. The school kids are getting involved with the watering and feeding of them which is great to see. Thanks to all for your continuous support and a special thanks to O’Briens Cheese for supplying the stone around the shrubs. 

Congratulations to the children who received their 1st Holy Communion last weekend in Loughill. Katie Lenihan, Freya O’Sullivan, Ava O’Connor, Ava Mullane, Dylan Ambrose, Dara Moloney, William Delee. Again thanks must go to the teachers and parents and Fr Austin for their work in preparing the children.

Rachel McSweeney is heading to Uganda in three weeks on a volunteering trip in aid of Nurture Africa. She has organised a Pub Quiz and Trad night in the Angler’s Rest in Loughill next Saturday, May 25th at 9 pm to help raise funds for the venture. €5 per person. Rachel will appreciate all the support she can get. Lots of fun guaranteed. 

The Irish Blood Transfusion service will be holding a blood donor clinic in the community centre in Foynes on Monday, 27th May from 5pm to 8pm. 3000 units of blood are required every week. 1000 people receive blood or a blood product every week. 1.4 of our population require blood at some point in their life.