By Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Micheál and Aisling Moran, Knocknagorna, on the birth of their little daughter, Willow, recently.

Ballyhahill NS Parents Association wishes to thank all who contributed to the School’s Guess the Score Competition. Michael Fitzmaurice won first prize and John Reidy came in second. Congratulations to all.

Thanks to my family I got a chance to take a break from my new career as Carer and spent a lovely weekend in Salthill with my sister Helen. We could not have got nicer weather if we travelled in June. The sun shone from a blue sky and it was lovely to join the many people walking the prom and breathing in the fresh salty air from the sea. I learned that the Salthill promenade is the longest sea promenade in Ireland. Many people were enjoying the water as well as walking the shore. It was nice to get away and see that life is beginning to return to a more pleasant time with all necessary precautions taken against Covid. It is a bit concerning to see the numbers rising again so we all must take care.

This coming weekend is special to the family for three reasons. Jim will celebrate a birthday, which, last December, we doubted he would not see but thankfully he will. It is my father’s 10th anniversary and Mass is being offered in his memory in Ballyhahill on Saturday night at 6pm.  To add to all of this I am proud to say that my sister Bridie Murphy will launch her book called CONNECTIONS, a beautiful collection of colour photographs and poems. This is taking place on Sunday evening in Carrigkerry Community Hall. I congratulate her and wish her the best of success which I know it will be. Bridie writes beautifully but it is only in recent years that she has allowed anyone to see her work. Paddy Faley will be smiling in his grave and proud that the talent, which we inherited from him, still lives. Bridie’s books will be available in local shops.

It is good to see that the Athea and Ballyhahill drama groups are back in action promising some fun nights in time to come.