Skeheenarinky School Parents’ Association AGM will take place on Tuesday, March 20, at 8pm. These are challenging times in schools all over the country and strong Parents’ Associations are vital to every school. Parents should make every effort to attend.


Applications are now available for free security devices. Eligible residents are those over 65 years of age, living alone or with another over 65. Security devices include pendant alarms, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and emergency lighting. If you are interested, application forms can be obtained from committee members.


A concerned local resident has drawn our attention to the extensive dumping on the hillside on the Castle Road. No attempt has been made to conceal the refuse and it is not even bagged. The dumping has been reported to the Gardai and the County Council, and it is hoped the Council will be able to dispose of the unsightly mess in the coming days. There is the problem however, that the rubbish is now on Coillte property.


A reminder to all dog owners to make sure their dogs are secured at night as we are well into lambing season on lowland farms, and it won’t be long before lambs make an appearance on the mountain. No matter how mild-mannered your dog is, it can easily join a pack – especially at night -and become really vicious causing huge injuries to sheep and lambs. With the mild weather we have been enjoying, many dog-lovers are taking their dogs for walks on the mountains and on forestry trails. No better place for a walk. But remember, dogs have to be on a lead! Even on its own, a dog will chase sheep, and ewes will lose their lambs even after a short chase. So keep that lead on!


Congratulations to the Meaney and Fox families on the arrival of baby Niamh to proud parents Brian and Siobhán. The little bundle of joy weighed in at 6lbs. 15oz. on March 7.


Deputy Mattie McGrath will hold a public meeting in relation to the Septic Tank Regulations Consultation Process in the Community Centre, New Inn on Thursday, March 15, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.


There has been quite a bit in the news recently about the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which takes place in Dublin this year from June 10 to 17. In 1932, the 31st Eucharistic Congress was also held in Dublin. Radio Athlone (later Radio Eireann) was established in that same year to coincide with the Eucharistic Congress. At the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on the closing Sunday an estimated one million people were enraptured by the voice of John McCormack singing Panis Angelicus. Tens of thousands more listened on their radios around the country. Leading the national-school teachers of Ireland at the Phoenix Park that day and throughout that week was Skeheenarinky National School Principal – Michael Kearney. He was the president of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) in 1932-33.


A new, environmentally way of controlling weeds in conifer plantations, of particular benefit to Christmas Tree growers, is allowing Shropshire sheep to graze in the plantation. Strange as it may seem, Shropshires are particularly suited to this type of grazing and on Caplice’s Christmas Tree farm, a number of these sheep have been introduced with great success. Of course sheep bring lambs and the Shropshire lambs at Caplices are probably the first such lambs ever to have been born along the Galtees.