By Peg Prendeville

I was very saddened to hear that Tommy Moran had passed away early last week. Everybody knows Tommy so there is no need to mention his talents or generosity or resilience or courage. I did not know him personally but when Jim got his stroke over two years ago Tommy rang to offer sympathy, encouragement and advice. He rang periodically since then to ask how he was. It was so kind of him. Sympathies to his wife Sheila and all his family. I was sorry too to hear of the death of Kathleen Fitzgerald of The Terrace in Glin who died at a great age in Dublin where she had gone to live with her daughter. She was a lovely lady and, judging from all the comments in RIP, a great teacher who was held in high esteem. Isn’t it great to die and leave such great memories behind! Both Tommy and Kathleen did that. May they both enjoy eternal rest.

There was an extra big crowd at the Rambling House in Ballyhahill last Wednesday night with up to 120 people present. Lots of great music, song, recitations, dance and food which put everybody in good humour to celebrate the first year of the Rambling House which is going from strength to strength.

Last Thursday morning in Glin library a lovely crowd attended a Maidin Gaeilge to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. Again there was music, song and dance and tea/coffee and sweet treats. Thanks to Maedhbh in the Library who organised it. It was great for everybody to catch up with many friends and have a chat while being entertained. No doubt there is great talent in West Limerick.

Don’t forget that the Knockdown Vintage will be having its annual run on Sunday next beginning and ending in Knockdown. This is always a huge event and a great day out for young and old.

A lot of the forestry in Spahill has been cut recently changing the landscape once again.

Ballyhahill NS is still fundraising to help paint the school and to install a Sensory room for special needs children. They are hoping that all past pupils will contribute. Boxes have been put in Knockdown and Paddy’s. All little donations will add up.