By Peg Prendeville

Somebody in the Knockdown Vintage Committee has a strong link to the weatherman. They could not have got a more pleasant day, last Sunday, for their annual run in aid of their three chosen charities, Dromocllogher Respite Centre, Friends of St. Ita’s and Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue. From early morning bikes, cars and tractors started coming, together with throngs of people, some laden down with food, all eagerly looking forward to a great day. And so it was. To me, an onlooker, it looked to be the biggest yet with all parking spaces used up in no time at all. They stretched from Ta Mullane’s house over past the shop, pub and on to the Spahill junction. Everybody was in good humour, some meeting up with people they had not seen since this time last year. All were offered tea, sandwiches and goodies. There was music, raffle prizes, auctions and banter, all adding up to a great day for the area. Great credit goes to the hardworking committee who puts in hours and days of hard work to ensure success. Long may it continue.

I was very sad to hear of the death of Pa Higgins, Patrickswell and late of Glasha. He is survived by his brother Jim who is the last of that Higgins family in Glasha. Sincere sympathy to his wife Anne and children Maurice, Maura and Mark and extended families. Pa was lovely gentle fellow always with a smile.

I am delighted to see my good friend and neighbour Marian Cummane back home after a recent spell in UHL. Marian and I are friends since we were 6 years old, going to primary school together and working together in Dublin back in the 70’s.

Last Sunday’s Mass in Ballyhahill is the last Sunday Mass until October. From next week onwards the 9.30 Mass will be in Loughill.