Cycle Success, Up the Deise and Back To School

Golden Couple.
We send warm congratulations to Billy and Ann Flanagan, Amberhill who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A little bird told me the news the other day and no Billy, it wasn’t a pigeon!! I’m sure Billy serenaded Ann with a song or two and maybe a waltz or two also. We wish this popular couple many more years of happiness.


Cheque Presentation
On July 16th the Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor club celebrated their 10th annual tractor run followed by a barbeque, old time threshing, birds of prey and live music from John O Shea back at Haughtons. It was certainly one of the days that sticks out in my mind from the Summer. The weather was glorious and the atmosphere was electric. Of course this wasn’t all just for fun, they run this tractor run each year to help raise funds for The Solas Centre. On Friday night last in Haughtons the group presented a cheque to The Solas Centre for €6,600.50. What a fantastic amount and a huge well done to the organisers, all who took part and all who supported.


A Place To Remember.
If you have ever taken a walk or a jog around Knockaderry Lake then chances are you met or had a conversation with the late Willie(Melvey) Murphy, Lord have mercy on his gentle soul. Willie was what I would describe as a lovable rogue and could literally charm the birds out of the trees. He had a great love of nature and animals and his home by the lake was his castle. He loved chatting to people and listening to their story and loved a good laugh. On Tuesday evening last I attended a beautiful little ceremony where a memorial plaque was unveiled in Willies memory. This plaque was erected by Willies neighbours and friends and a great crowd attended to watch Fr.O Byrne bless this plaque by the lake. We enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and some beautiful home baking afterwards and I have no doubt that Willie was there in spirit. As you take your walk or jog around the lake now maybe stop for a minute at “Willies Place” and think of him and take a minute out of the busy day to take in the beauty that surrounds you just like Willie did. Rest in peace Willie you will never be forgotten.


Cycle Success
A big well done to all the ladies and gentlemen from our area who took part in The Sean Kelly Tour cycle. The conditions were very unsuitable with wind and rain for most of the route but they battled on and overcame the challenge. I hope they are all rested now and ready for the next challenge.


Up The Deise.
Well done to all our local businesses and homeowners for decorating our parish in our Waterford colours. It is wonderful to see such pride in our county and it is heartwarming to hear the excitement in the voices of young and old as they speak about the match. If you havent had time to decorate yet dont worry there is still time. May I give a special mention to Tony O Leary, Tom Whelan and Michael Jnr Power who I saw the other day decorating the roundabout with flags and bunting.


Back To School
I know I am going to be very unpopular for mentioning the “school” word but unfortunately the Summer holidays must end sometime. I would like to wish all those returning to playschool, national school, secondary school and college the very best for the year ahead and hope that they enjoy a happy and safe year. A mention to for all the teachers and school staff members who are also returning and we wish them a happy and productive year.


Take Note
Clubs and organisations will begin to resume their activities in the coming weeks so if you would like to let people know about these then please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or or indeed stop me if you see me out and about, the notebook is always in the car. Any news of weddings, engagements, significant birthdays, new babies we’ll report it all just shout!