By Peg Prendeville

I extend sympathy to the family of Jerry Griffin, Glenagragra who died on Sunday last and to Val and Breda Mullane on the death of Breda’s father Denny Farrell, Tinekilla.  Deaths are sad at any time of year but especially so coming into the Christmas season.

Knockdown was lit up like a giant Christmas Tree on Sunday evening when the Estuary Rollers arrived in a convoy of about 80 tractors which were all lit up with Christmas lights. This was a fundraising effort for Milford Hospice. In spite of rain and miserable conditions many people, including excited children, were waiting for the convoy to arrive which it did about six o’clock. It was a huge success for all those involved in the event and was the cause of great excitement in the area.

Ballyhahill School Parents Association informs me that the “2020 calendars will be on sale throughout Christmas and New year so please support if you can. They are a lovely gift for those at home and abroad and contain lots of old photos which are amazing to look at and see how things have changed.  They are €10 and available in Knockdown and Ballyhahill. The  Christmas raffle is being held this coming Friday morning the 20th so get your name down if you want to win one of the great prizes up for grabs. Lines are just €2 and again are in Knockdown until Thursday.”

Congratulations to Noah Daly, Ballyhahill N.S. who was one of four children who got prizes for designing a bookmark during the Children’s Book festival in Glin Library last October. The other three were Honor Mulvihill, Jack Lonergan and Meabh Dunne fro Glin school. The entries were judged in Limerick HQ Library.

Loughill/Ballyhahill Christmas Mass bouquets are available in both Sacristies.

A DVD of the Cailin Ban which was acted out in Glin last September is on sale in the Glin shops. It includes lovely aerial views of Glin and the Shannon Estuary.

Price €15. A lovely Christmas present.

Christmas is only a week away so I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and healthy New Year. Thanks to Domhnall and Lillian who continue to produce this little newsletter every week. Congratulations to them also for the beautiful Athea Journal which is out on the shelves this week. I look forward to reading it over the holidays. See you all in 2020, with God’s blessings.