It was a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ballyporeen; the weather was perfect, the floats were magnificent and the crowds came out in large numbers. The good results news is that Skeheenarinky National School won First Prize in the school section with a wonderful display titled ‘Spring has Sprung’. Congratulations to all the pupils and parents who participated. A lot of hard work goes into these entries and it is a great event for the children. The Flower and Garden Club certainly provided beauty and colour to the parade with their ‘Celebrity Chefs’ entry. Michael McGrath looked particularly fetching in his red and white striped pinafore. The surprise of the parade for many was the fact that the Titanic sank in Ballyporeen when many expected it to take First Prize. This was one of the most imaginative, most spectacular and most topical entries that could be imagined seeing as it’s the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. An enormous twin-keeled yacht had been converted - complete with those distinctive funnels - and with a troupe of emigrants accompanying, it made the long perilous journey from her home port of Skeheenarinky Vintage Club to Ballyporeen. But it’s the taking part and the fun of the day that is important and Skeheenarinky congratulates the winners ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’ who took first prize. Everyone is already looking forward to next year.


Sincere condolences are offered by the people of Skeheenarinky area to the families of Nanny Mac and Teresa Murphy of Clogheen on the passing of those two popular ladies recently. Nanny Mac – aged 105 – had been adopted by all who knew her as their ‘Nanny’ and it was a privilege to know her. Teresa Murphy - the mother of Councillor Marie Murphy – was predeceased by her husband Ned and together they ran the famous Clogheen pub, Nedeens, for many years. Clogheen’s loss is heaven’s gain. May they rest in peace.


The regard in which the local Goff family is held was demonstrated last Monday when a bus load of local people and several cars-full made the journey to the Curragh to pay their respects to the family of John Goff’s (Snr.) brother Denis and Denis’ wife Lizzie who both passed away on the same day last week. May they rest in peace.


The newly formed Burncourt Parent and Toddler Group had its first gathering last Wednesday morning. It was well supported and we will be meeting on Wednesday mornings at 10.30 until 12.30. All new members welcome. For further information contact Mags Keating 086 3241169 or Marian Butler 087 9675342.


At the last meeting, a motion was made to send a letter to the County Council regarding road issues in our area. The speed limit on the Castle Road is excessive considering the school, the bend in the road, the number of houses, and the narrowness of the road all the way up the mountains. The committee is requesting that this speed limit be reduced to 50 km per hour. Similarly it was deemed that the speed limit of 100 km/h on that section of the R639 passing through Skeheenarinky is excessive due to the location of the school and the entering and exiting of traffic at the cross roads especially at school opening and closing times and should be reduced to 50 km per hour. The third issue was the school-warning-lights just before the school on the Kilbehenny side of the R639. The letter will point out that the lights have not been working for a long time. Lastly, the letter will inform the council that traffic-signs on the Caves Road have been vandalised in a way that not only makes them offensive but misleading and dangerous. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 16, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.