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Knockdown News – 27/10/2020

by Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Bridie and Stephen Murphy, Glensharrold, who became grandparents last week when their son Stephen and wife Michelle gave birth to baby Archer, a brother for Mason. We wish them all the best of fun in the years ahead.

Congratulations, too, to Tina and Noel FitzGerald, Ballyhahill who became grandparents when their daughter Christine and husband Dermot Hale gave birth to Ruadhri, a brother for Hannah. Glad to hear that all are doing well.

Hallowe’en is upon us. In recent years there has been more emphasis on Trick or Treating but in this year of Covid 19 that is not encouraged but there is an opportunity for the children to go back to the old fashioned ways of celebrating; e.g. snap apple, and taking coins out of a tub of water with your teeth. The pumpkins have replaced the turnip as it is easier to carve out so there is still room to have plenty fun.

In these days of restrictions Fr Austin hopes we are keeping well and staying safe and wants to assure us that Mass is offered for our intentions and that we are remembered in prayer each day along with the spiritual act of Holy Communion. All Mass intentions which were booked are offered privately on the date booked. We are all grateful to him for that.

Along with Churches the libraries are closed again too. But there are lots of services available online with our library cards, including Borrowbox, Pressreader and Free magazines for those who cannot live without some reading material. Check it out at

Charlie Chaplin is reported to have said the following. They are relevant today.

(1) Nothing is permanent in this world, not even our troubles.

(2) I like walking in the rain, because nobody can see my tears.

(3) The most wasted day in life is the day in which we have not laughed.


Remember: Wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your distance. Stay at home as much as possible.


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Knockdown News – 20/10/2020

By Peg Prendeville

We are on to Level 5. It is like being kept back in class; we have to repeat the year all over again and hope to learn some more as we go on. But that is how it is, we must keep plodding on and hope to come out at the other end safe and well.

Mullane’s shop continues to be the one stable event in our lives. It opens its doors every morning to cater for us all. But from this week onwards it will close at 8pm each night instead of the usual 9pm. So keep that in mind. It is great to have such an amenity in Knockdown and we are grateful to Ta and Ita  for keeping the business going.

I was watching the programme on Sunday night DIY SOS The Big Build programme to help Amy Mulcahy from Annacotty and her family settle into her new home after an accident in 2019.  It was very emotional to watch how Amy and her family were so grateful for what was done for them. Well done  to Neilus Brouder, and the staff of Con Brouder Fitted Kitchens, Glin who took part in this project. It was amazing to see the changes that took place in 9 days. Shows what can be done when people work together.

An Post will ensure free delivery of all card and letter mail posted to and from residents of Nursing and Care homes in the State until January 31st 2021. By writing FREEPOST where the stamp would normally be affixed, An Post will carry cards, letters large envelopes and packets weighing up to 2kg without a postage stamp.

Customers can send these items through the Post Office network and post boxes across Ireland.

Mass was broadcast live from Glin Church last Sunday with our own Fr Austin. It will be live each Sunday morning at 11 am with our three Pastoral Unit priests rotating – Fr Austin, Fr Tim Curtin and Canon Tony O’Keeffe. Fair play to the priests; they are all doing as much as they are allowed and I am sure are looking forward to being able to meet us parishioners in person. We hope for a reasonably normal Christmas.

Remember: Wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your distance. 

Trust that All Shall Be Well.


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Knockdown News – 06/10/2020

by Peg Prendeville

It was a pity that the Gerald Griffins Intermediate team were narrowly beaten by Claughan on Sunday last but we must take our beatings as well as our winnings. The chance will come again. But it looks like there is an end to sporting events for another while now that we are gone down to level 3. My own personal rant is that I notice that very few keep the 2 metre distance. I think that it would make a huge difference if everybody made an effort to do this. People are good on the masks and I presume washing the hands but the distance is ignored. It gets very annoying to see groups, be they students or sports fans, celebrating like there was never a mention of a virus. So we suffer on.

Libraries doors are shut once again. If people want a book they must ring and order it and they will get a phone as to when to collect it at the door. Glin library 068-26910.  Life is changing fast. We hope to keep up with it.

A poem to lighten the mood. I wrote this a few years ago. But the magic continues thankfully.

My Morning Visitor

She comes in every morning and brightens up my day

With her easy chatter and sense of fun and play

She eats a slice of bread with jam announcing it is “yum”

Oh, the joys of being a Nana are far better than a Mum!

Our conversations take us all around the world

We can go to far Australia and see that flag unfurled

Or maybe we’ll just stay in Ireland and drive up to Athlone

Even though we’re sitting in our kitchen chairs at home.

We say a prayer for all the sick and those who’ve passed away

We light a candle for them all and wish them a pleasant day

We wonder how “Big Nana” is, in her life up in the sky

We guess she might be busy making up an apple pie.

But now the bus is coming and to school she has to go

“I’ll call again this evening. I want to, don’t you know.”

So she puts on her jacket, and kisses me goodbye.

I am so very happy that she calls – just to say “Hi”.  


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