There was a great turnout at the National School on Sunday to see Santa arrive in style, courtesy of Johnny McMahon’s horse-drawn sleigh which had been built for Santa by Paddy Connolly.

Santa himself was in great form and great singing voice, and he won’t mind us saying that he looked fitter than he did last year.

It was obvious from the children’s delight that this was a very generous Santa. As usual the confectionary on offer was superb and the place looked really festive. The place had been decorated and the grotto erected by Tom Maher, Eamonn Walsh, and Catherine Walsh. The Parents Association also wish to thank Geraldine, Hannah, Vera, and Sean for their great work in making the day so special.

This annual party is a lovely tradition in Skeheenarinky and it was great to see the children revelling in the excitement. Many tiny tots were also there with their parents on their first visit and will no doubt be delighted with what they found at their future school. Principal Mrs Doyle was there on Sunday to meet them and extend a big Skeheenarinky School welcome.

(You can see a photo of Ailish and John O’Brien with children Amy and Jack at Santa’s Grotto in Skeheenarinky School last Sunday, on the opposite page.)


First, second and third were shared by three tables: Mick Brown and Teresa Quinn; Jerry Heenan and Paddy McGrath; Michael Aherne and John O’Connor.

Lucky Tables: Helen O’Brien and Mary Hyland, Mary Connolly and Kitty Butler.

Raffle: Teresa Quinn, Ned Condon, Kathleen Dinan, Willie Walsh. Don’t forget the Hospice Game at the School on Thursday, December 27, at 4.30pm.

The Cards Committee would like to wish all their players a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.


Ed O’Riordan would like to thank all those who supported the recent publication of Lonely Little God’s Acre – A History of Shanrahan Churchyard, especially all who bought books, and the Nationalist for their generous publicity.

The book was launched in great style by archaeologist Rose Cleary at the lovely Hermitage Restaurant in Clogheen on Friday night, in front of a large crowd.

Sincere thanks to all family and friends who helped on the evening, to M.C. Cllr Marie Murphy, and to all who attended or sent good wishes.

Special thanks to Pat Treacy and Mick Dunlea who played non-stop for several hours to the delight of the many people present. The book is available from Ed or from Creeds of Burncourt, English’s Fruit and Veg shop in Clogheen and Russells and the post office in Ballyporeen.


The Parents Association of Skeheenarinky National School, the children, teachers and staff would like to express their thanks to Caplices’ Christmas Tree farm for their continued sponsorship of the school Christmas tree. This support is very much appreciated.


On behalf of the local community we would like to extend our sympathy to the relatives of Tom McGrath of Kilworth who passed away recently. He was laid to rest in Kilcrumper Old Cemetery. May he rest in peace.


In recent weeks there have been several incidents including burglaries, handbag snatching, attempted break-ins etc., in towns and villages in the wider area. Don’t make it easy for the thieves. Lock garden equipment away. Secure your house. Keep your phone handy with numbers for neighbours and Gardaí etc. And please keep an eye out for your neighbours. Suspicious cars might just be Christmas visitors, but your neighbours will be glad you checked up on them


The more senior pupils in the National School were treated to a local history field-trip recently under the guidance of archaeologist Mick Dunne and Julia Walsh of Tipperary County Museum, Clonmel.

The theme of the field trip was ‘settlement’ and the pupils were taken to the site of the nearby Galtee Castle.

This was a superb opportunity for the children to learn about settlement, to see and handle archaeological artefacts, and gather information for the ‘settlement project’ that they are working on. We hope to have more news about the project in the New Year. What a terrific experience this is for the Skeheenarinky School children.


Hard luck to the under-21 hurlers who lost against Kilfeacle on Sunday in the County semi-final.

It was a remarkable achievement to come this far, and the word is out that they will be a force to reckon with in the County next year!


Skeheenarinky Notes would like to wish you all a very peaceful Christmas. Don’t forget to put 086-3840894 and in your 2013 diaries!


Sean Treacys G.A.A.

Thanks to all who supported our timber auction, it was a successful venture and the result of hard work by all involved. We invite articles or old photos of club activities to submit to any committee member as we compile a club history, email