by Peg Prendeville

The most exciting thing in Knockdown is watching the new shop growing each day. Well done to Ta and his son Paul and the men who are working on it daily. Ta is providing a great service to the local community who benefit greatly from the convenience of a local shop. I look forward to the next few months when it will be open again DV. ( DV = deo volente = God willing)

The past few fine days have been a great blessing to everybody. We took a trip to Clare on Friday to Jim’s sister. Jim was recently given a power chair which has helped us both very much as he can be more independent and I do not have to push. I enjoyed walking along the prom in Lahinch with the sun shining and the waves lapping and everybody in good humour. On Sunday we drove to Baragh and walked on the Greenway. It was such a busy spot with families and children out to enjoy the fine day. There were lots of cyclists also. The Barnagh shop staff were kept on their feet serving food and icecream. We had the lovely company of three of our youngest grandchildren with whom I had a game of crazy golf. It is lovely to be in the company of young children. They keep you on your toes and entertain with their questions and comments. We are blessed.

I went to see KATIE, the play by Therese Prendeville in the Glórach on Sunday night. A very emotional play and so well acted. Well done to all. The tissues came in handy!

Congratulations to Newcastlewest Rugby Football club on winning the North Munster final last Sunday in the U13’s. Three lads from Loughill/Ballyhahill are among the team – Ross Phillips, Noah Daly and Harry Wallace, three great boys who love their sports.

I have yet to hear the cuckoo but I hear he is in the Kerry area so he should be along soon. Then we will have the rattle of the turf machines. And another year flies by.