Heartiest congratulations to Jenny and P.J. Hennessy on the arrival of Nessa Sarah. A new daughter for the popular couple and a baby sister for Charlie. Congratulations also to proud grandparents, Pa-Joe and Kathleen, and to Jenny’s family in West Cork. We wish them all health and happiness.


1st. Mick Browne & Theresa Quinn; 2nd. John O’Connor & Michael Aherne; 3rd. P.J. Hennessy & John Sherlock: 4th. Nell Sheehy & Hannah Hickey. Lucky Tables: Eily Conway & Una McGrath; Bridget O’Brien & Kitty English. Raffle: Bridget O’Brien; Kathleen Dinan; Theresa Quinn; Mary Hyland.


Well done to the Parents’ Association for getting into the spirit of the Celebrity Bainisteoir games. A magnificent sign affixed to the wall opposite the school was a fitting reminder to all Skeheenarinky residents (and to all passing traffic) to get behind their local Ballyporeen Football Team when they travelled to Killeshin last Saturday. We have been advised that we should not announce the result as RTE want it to be a secret until they broadcast the game.


It was a busy weekend on the GAA front especially for those who travelled to Killeshin to watch the Celebrity Bainisteoir game and who also travelled to Croke Park on the Sunday. All our local staunch Tipp supporters are great sportsmen and women, and while being bitterly disappointed with the result of the Hurling Final will be the first to congratulate our local Kilkenny supporters.


On Friday, September 9, the retirement celebration for Mrs. Devine will take place at the Glengall Room, Kilcoran Lodge Hotel at 7pm. (Please note change of previously advertised venue). The evening will begin with a Thanksgiving Mass which will be followed by a presentation to Mrs. Devine. This, in turn, will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to catch up with old friends and to chat with Mrs. Devine. The Parents’ Association Chairman, Sean Landers, points out that anyone who is in any way connected with Mrs Devine and her time at the school is very welcome to attend. Mrs. Devine has given extraordinary service to the children and parents of Skeheenarinky National School over a number of decades, and we are sure there will be a great turnout on the evening. Sean’s number is 086 4031876 for RSVP.


We have been asked to give a mention to the Duhill Gala Day and we are delighted to do so. It sounds like a fantastic day is in store for anyone attending! Starts with Cake Sale after Mass, and a midday Fun Cycle. Other events planned, include children’s relays, GAA Blitzes, Over 40’s match, Novelty Competitions, Pony Rides, Dog Show, Face Painting, and Bouncy Castles. Tug of War competition, Farmers Market and Craft Stalls and much more, a family day out not to be missed. Proceeds go towards the up-keep of hall and the senior citizens party


A great part of our Irish heritage is preserved in the place-names that we use every day. Some of these names are of townlands and others are of sub-divisions of those townlands. However, in the not so distant past, almost every field in every locality had a name. Every rock and indentation on the mountain, every detail in the countryside, and every hole and bend of every stream was recorded and passed down from generation to generation. We are very close to losing this valuable heritage (the NRA don’t help by refusing to allow place-name signs on the motorway bridges). If you are aware of any field names or if you know someone who can remember them in your area, record them now before it is too late! Perhaps each area could at some point publish those field-names. What a great project for schools to get involved in.


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