By Peg Prendeville

At long last there is some loosening in the Covid Restrictions and hope is in the air. Now if the air got a bit warmer it would be good too. It can be very cold in the mornings and evenings all the time.

The Knockdown area is in total shock at the unexpected death of my neighbour Mickey Finucane last Sunday morning. On behalf of everybody I express my deep sympathy to his wife Mary and his son Haulie and daughter Elaine and their families. Mickey was a very quiet man who loved his cattle and working on the land. He and Mary very much missed the company of their grandson Liam who died just over two years ago. He enjoyed his weekly visit to Knockdown until it closed due to Covid and he enjoyed the company of his neighbours who often called in for a chat. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in the support of friends and neighbours – which is guaranteed.

Life is not easy for many people but it is a great consolation to know that we are never truly alone and that friends and neighbours are thinking of us and wishing us well. I can empathise with all that now and take this opportunity to thank everybody who continually send me good wishes for Jim’s recovery. It helps to endure the difficulties ahead. Personally my faith is very important to me too and I am grateful for it.

Glin Library is open again after the long closure due to COVID 19 restrictions. It will be open on Friday 14, Tuesday 18 and Friday 21st. I wish to thank everybody for my very pleasant time in Glin Library since it opened in September 2005. My last working day is on May 21st, when I begin a new chapter in my life.