By Peg Prendeville

The Abha Bhán Players met last week to discuss the possibility of staging another play by end of year so watch this space! The last production of The Buds of Ballybunion was really enjoyed by hundreds of people so we aim to keep up that standard.

The Committee members stay the same as follows:

Chairperson        – Eleanor McSweeney

Vice Chair         – Edel Buttery

Secretary           – Jayne Daly

Treasurer           – Norma Nolan

P.R.O. – Peg Prendeville

All other members are involved in back stage activities and do loads of work behind the scenes.

This Wednesday marks the 1st anniversary of the Ballyhahill Rambling House. So it will be a party atmosphere this Wednesday night when it meets for its monthly gathering in the Parish Hall. All welcome.

It was only when my husband, Jim, got his stroke that I learned about Aphasia, which means he cannot talk or make conversation. So I feel I should share the following to let others, who were like me, aware of the condition. “Monday marked the beginning of Brain Awareness Week!  Aphasia Ireland is dedicated to creating awareness and support for those living with aphasia and their families. Brain Awareness Week is an annual event that celebrates the progress in brain research and encourages people to learn more about the brain and how to keep it healthy. This year, we’re asking for your help to make Brain Awareness Week a success. We need your support to raise awareness and continue to provide care and support for those with aphasia. Your donations will help us continue our mission to empower people with aphasia to lead a normal, happy life. It will also help us provide ongoing support and resources to those around them. If you ever get a chance to support this please do so. There is a gofundme page set up for anyone who wishes to google it.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all. Aren’t we glad all the travel restrictions and distancing are gone! Let us hope we do not have to live through times like that again. It seems a bit insane when you look back on it… being separated from grandchildren, separated from dying relatives. Jim was in hospital in that time also and I was sometimes allowed to be in the same room as him at a 2 metre distance with mask and gloves. On mature reflection I ask was it overdone? Anyway, it is in the past and we go forward with hope and courage.