by Peg Prendeville

Happy Birthday Nora Lynch. There was a great celebration in Glasha last week with the 100th birthday of Nora Lynch. Well done to Athea for giving her such a special evening. She looked so well and obviously enjoyed the whole occasion. It is great to see her in such good health and still living in her own house under the care of her son Jim and his family who look after her so well. I am glad she got her own page in the Observer.

Knockdown has lost another of its lovable characters in the passing of Paddy Connolly from Glenagragra who died at his daughter’s residence last weekend. Paddy, who turned 80 years old a few days before he died, loved to visit the Knockdown Arms with his pals. He was quiet but so witty and intelligent. Paddy’s grandmother was Ellen Faley so we were distant cousins. Sympathies to all his family.

Sad to see that some businesses are closing down because of the Covid. The Trading Store in Glin and Colm’s Gym have announced their closure. The Trading store is having a clearance sale at the moment. It was a little treasure chest with a bit of everything in it. Such a pity but it is so hard to keep small businesses like these going though such a crisis.

The long spell of lovely weather has gone for the moment but I really hope that it will return. We still have a lot of “summer” time ahead of us.

I don’t know who wrote the following as I found it on FB but there is a lot of truth in it and I thought I would share it.

“This coronavirus is the strangest virus I’ve ever heard of. It’s very dangerous the way it spreads. It is so mysterious the way it lurks in schools, but then dies at B&Q. It is sneaky. It can spread when buying clothes at M&S but not at Tesco. It is non-alcoholic. It can’t spread when you are buying beer. It lives for two days on Amazon boxes, you must wait 48 hours to touch them but it can’t survive on takeaway coffee cups, so enjoying a hot cup of costa is safe. It is the most curious thing, how it lives on footballs, ballet bars, even loo seats but dies on WWE ropes. It is spread by hair stylists, dog groomers, and dentists, but not by bank tellers, cashiers, and fast food workers. It’s so smart. It won’t bother the first 10 people but it knows when the 11th person shows up so be careful if that’s you. It even knows what you want vs what you need. If you want a massage or your nails done it is very actively on the prowl and not even a mask can stop it but If you need a plumber, it is weak, and a mask will keep it away. It also seems to be most dangerous after 5:30pm so businesses must start to close before the virus comes out and wreaks havoc upon the populations. Whoever heard of such a smart sneaky virus?!”