SKEHEENARINKY SPEED LIMIT REVIEW
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced that he is asking County Councils to review speed limits and to use ‘local knowledge’ in this review. Perhaps now is the time for all of us to write to the Council and to Councillors requesting a reduction to 60kph on the R639 going through Skeheenarinky and on the minor roads. It will be worth mentioning the school traffic with parents and children and school buses exiting onto the Castle Road and then on to the R639. There are several busy crossroads along this stretch serving almost one hundred houses, access to Galtymore, the Mitchelstown Cave etc., as well as a pub on the main road and a large number of houses. So, start writing - we’ll never get another chance!
SMALL SCHOOLS MEETING
Deputy Mattie McGrath is holding a public meeting this Thursday night, February 16, at 8.15pm in Cahir House Hotel, in relation to concerns raised about the future of small schools. Ms. Breda Fitzgerald, Principal Newtown N.S., will address the meeting.
SKEHEENARINKY PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION
Our next Cookery Demo with Ballymaloe-trained Mary O’Farrell will now take place on Tuesday, February 21, in Dan Casey’s Bar, Kilbehenny, starting at 7.30pm with proceeds going to Skeheenarinky Parents’ Association. Please ring Helen 087-1779687 or Susan 086- 0523184 for more information. Limited places, €E25 per person.
Table Quiz: Don’t forget to keep February 25th free for the Parents’ Association fund-raising table quiz at Jacksons.
SKEHEENARINKY SCHOOL HURLING
On Wednesday, Februry 8, the school under-12 team took part in a 7-a-side blitz with Burncourt, Newcastle, and Clogheen on the all-weather pitch at Newcastle. It was organised by development officer, John Cummins. In what must be a great boost for the young hurlers, Skeheenarinky gave a fine display of skill and ground-hurling and won two games and had a draw in the third. Players: James King, Tomás Vaughan, Dean Finn, Oisín Brennan, Darragh Brennan, Jack Murphy, Ricky Morrissey and Joey Connolly.
We have been asked to acknowledge the great work being done by a local council worker who is opening drains and water courses along the roads - the minor roads in particular. Without this essential work the minor roads would suffer greatly during the wet weather especially along the mountain-side. God bless the work!
SKEHEENARINKY COMMUNITY ALERT
Next meeting of the Community Alert Committee will be on Monday, March 5, at 8.30pm at the school. It is hoped that applications for pendant alarms, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will be available at that meeting. All are welcome.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT
Even though it’s two years away from a ‘build’, it’s good news for Skeheenarinky area to see that a notice has been published inviting competent companies to submit expressions of interest in the ‘Design, Build and Maintenance’ of drinking water treatment plants for Burncourt and Fethard water schemes . The notice can be seen at etenders.gov.ie website.
STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN
We are well used to seeing Seanie Crotty on the stage in Burncourt and Kilbehenny and also in the Kilbehenny pageant. And there he was the other night on TV3 telling the government just what he thought of the plans to make people upgrade septic tanks at great personal expense. Well done, Seanie!
DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING COURSE
The Skeheenarinky AED Defibrillator Training Course will take place on Monday, February 20, at the school at 7pm sharp. Several people have already indicated they will be there for re-training, and new trainees will be most welcome. Please bring E10.