By Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Laura and Patrick Scanlon, Turraree, on the birth of their first child last week. A first grandchild to both the Lavery’s and Scanlon’s so there was, no doubt, great excitement.

Congratulations too to cousins Philomena Faley, Co Tyrone and Joanna Fealy, Birmingham. These two ladies were great pals growing up and spent their summer holidays together in Glasha and Turraree, between Langans, Higgins, and Uncle Dan Faley. Their lives went in different directions as adults but coincidentally both their daughters got married last weekend. We wish all the best to Aisling Daly and husband and to Alexandria Josie and her husband in their married lives.

I was sad to hear that Willie Higgins formerly of Glasha, Athea has died in Birmingham where he emigrated many years ago. He was aged 93. Sympathies to Pa and Seamus and their families. Willie was pre-deceased by his sisters Noreen and Ciss and brothers Mossy, Mick and Bob.

I was very sad, also, to hear that Oliver McGrath had passed away. He was a talented man and a much loved member of Athea Drama Group. Some years ago he rang me and asked would I be interested in joining the group – they were short a female role. At the time my children were younger and I would not have had the time to commit so I declined but it would have been an honour to thread the boards with Oliver. May he get a lead role in Heaven now. Sympathies to all his family.

Best of luck to my two grandchildren Áine Prendeville and Cleo Daly who are cousins and best friends, when they are not fighting, and who are starting BIG school in Ballyhahill this week. Their future awaits. May it be exciting for them.

The best news is that Jim Prendeville is defying the odds and managing to take a few steps and is on his way to walking again. We are grateful. It is just nine months since he got his stroke. Thanks to all who are keeping him in their prayers.