By Peg Prendeville

Well done to the Ballyhahill Parish Hall committee who organised a Rambling House session last Wednesday night in the Hall. It was a huge success with about 60 people attending. Among them were singers, dancers, storytellers and musicians. It is proposed to have another on Wednesday 13th April at 8pm. It was good to get out to a night of entertainment after almost two years at home. However we must still be very vigilant re the virus and take all necessary precautions. It is rampant in the area at the moment.

Jim and I spent a lovely day in Bunratty Folk Park on Saturday last with some family members. This was part of the St Patrick’s festival. It is years since I had been there so it was all new to us. I admit it is not very wheelchair friendly but we managed. It is good to be in the company of children as they bring joy to the simplest things. There were different child events on the day to keep them happy. I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade on TV and I was impressed with the colour and the effort that goes into putting the whole thing together. I admire the energy of those people who do all the background work.

Forty eight Ukrainians arrived in Ardagh late on last Saturday night and are being accommodated in Cahermoyle House, thanks to St Kieran’s GAA Club and Ardagh Development Association. We welcome them to our area and hope that they will settle in without too much trauma. I can imagine what it would be like for a group of us landing in Ukraine without knowledge of the area or the language and missing our own homes in Ireland. They need all the support that we can offer. Please God there will be a resolution to this awful situation sooner rather than later.

Don’t forget the Knockdown Vintage Run on this Sunday March 27. I hope the nice weather continues.

“Clodagh
Prendeville
showing us the
medals which her great grandfather Patrick Galvin earned during the War of
Independence
in 1921.”