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Knockdown News-18/03/2020

By Peg Prendeville

Congratulations to Denise Culhane, Turraree who got married last weekend to Carl Collins. We wish them a happy future together.

Fr Austin has promised to offer Mass every day for all of us while this present health scare continues. Please God we will all get through it safely.

To take our minds away from it all I offer a poem I wrote recently while thinking back to childhood and what seemed like safer and less stressful times.

Around the fire

Around the fire we sat each night

Chairs pulled together nice and tight

Dad made sure the turf was in

Mom sat knitting with a happy grin.

From a ball of wool in a wellington

A sock grew longer as the night went on.

The sound of the latch and in comes Mick

Tapping the flags with his blackthorn stick.

We make some room for another chair

Widening the circle gathered there.

Soon the stories would be told

Each one more daring, dark and bold.

Just when we thought we could take no more

Someone would stamp on the stone flagged floor.

The “Panny” mugs with the milky tea

Calmed the nerves and helped us see

That ‘twas all in fun, no need to fear

We were all family gathered here.

Soon cousin JohnJoe would lilt a reel

And we young children danced toe to heel

And Mick tapped the flags with his blackthorn stick

And Mom would raise the oil-lamp wick.

Thus we passed the winter nights

In semi darkness, no strong lights

And all too soon it was time for bed

But not until the prayers were said.

Mom tucked us up in our feather beds

With images of fairies in our heads.

We knew we were safe from hurt or harm

Cuddled up tight, all snug and warm.

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Knockdown News-10/03/2020

By Peg Prendeville

The Lenten Station Masses will be celebrated in Ballyhahill on this Wednesday  11th March @ 7pm and in Loughill on this Thursday 12th March at @ 7pm.

Yoga Classes, with Monika, are held on Mondays in Cloverfield Day Care Centre in Glin from 6pm for beginners and 7.15pm for advanced. 

Glin Baby & Toddler Group meets each Friday morning in Ceol Corbrai Hall, Glin.  Parents with young children are welcome from 10am, family contribution is €3. Refreshments are provided.

We know now that all St. Patrick’s Day parades are cancelled. My grandchild Lucy, who has Spinabifida, had been asked to be the Grand Marshall in her home town of Abbeyleix so, naturally, she is very disappointed but they assured her that she will be invited to do it next year instead!

We live in different times. It is very strange to see the Holy Water fonts in Churches filled with sanitizers and wipes instead of Holy Water. I was up the country at the weekend and had an opportunity to visit Knock on the way home. Not a drop of water to be got! But we have nothing else to do only deal with whatever situation we are in so let us be mindful of washing hands regularly with soap, coughing into our elbows, avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms and maintaining at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.  Most of all do not panic. If we all play our part we can contain this virus. But even if we get it most of us will be able to get over it, please God.


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Knockdown News-03/03/2020

By Peg Prendeville

We are into March. The rainfall for February was 321.4mm the highest in any month since November 2009. The driest February we ever had was, co-incidentally, in 2009 also with a count of 35.4! A big difference. It will take a while for the land to soak up all this water.

I was very sorry to hear that Kathy O’Sullivan, who used to work in Estuary Credit Union, passed away this weekend. Kathy had recently retired and was looking forward to going on more holidays and  spending more time with her grandchildren so it was very upsetting for everyone when she got ill recently. Sincere sympathies to her family in Ballyguiltenane. May she rest in peace. 

The children, parents and club officers of G.B Rovers FC would like to sincerely thank the parishioners of Loughill, Ballyhahill and Glin for their very generous contributions towards last weekend’s Church Gate Collection.  A total amount of €908 was collected.  Thank you also to the parents that made the collection possible.  The Saturday night was particularly tough on those helping, as weather conditions were not ideal, so a heartfelt thank you to you all from the committee.

A Table Quiz is being organized for Loughill Community Development in the Angler’s Rest on this coming Friday 6th March at 9.30pm. Table of 4 for €40. Raffle and refreshments. All clubs are invited to forward a team. All support appreciated.

The Lenten  Station Masses will be held as follows:

Ballyhahill on the 11th March at 7pm and Loughill on the 12th March at @ 7pm.

Here is a little bit of interesting information which I came across. Did you know that there has been a dramatic drop in pollution across China as the country tries to contain COVID-19. New maps using data collected from NASA and European Space Agency satellites show how nitrogen dioxide, a dangerous gas released by burning fuel, has dissipated since the outbreak due to lots of factories shutting down as people were confined to home. One problem solved but another created. Let us hope that we can overcome this virus without too many fatalities or too much fear. There are more people being killed on Irish roads than will ever be affected by the coronavirus. Let us think on that fact.

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