Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of Eddie Fitzgerald of Coolroe who passed away recently. Eddie was predeceased by his wife Bridie and is survived by his sister Hannah, his brother Michael, and his sons Michael and Eamonn. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time. May he rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy is offered to Jack O’Brien of the Sawmill, Skeheenarinky, and to other members of the O’Brien family on the passing of Jack’s brother, Pat O’Brien in England in recent days. Pat had lived in England and Scotland for some years and will be laid to rest there. May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Skeheenarinky National School on their historic victory in the Cumann na mBunscoil hurling finals at Semple Stadium on June 7th. A full report from trainer Eddie Maher appears elsewhere in The Nationalist. Special congratulations to Skeheenarinky’s captain and Player of the Match –Tomás Vaughan! Whether it is in sport, athletics, quizzes, or history project competitions, this is a school that keeps on winning! Well done to all students, teachers and parents! It’s not often that one sees Kilkenny people cheering on the Blue and Gold but Skeheenarinky principal Catherine Doyle and parent Paul Brennan are ardent Kilkenny fans and among the school team’s proudest supporters.


The 31st Fermoy MS (Local Branch) Annual Galtee walk will take place on Sunday, June 17, from 12pm (Black Road Route). This is the main fundraiser for the Fermoy Branch and traditionally this has been well supported by the community down through the years. Refreshments will be provided on the day and anyone wishing to provide confectionary or sandwiches for the weary walkers or obtain sponsorship card please contact Eleanor Duggan on (086)249 32 52 or any committee member. A very worthy cause and a great day out!


The Gala Weekend is almost here and the preparations are well under way for a fun and action packed weekend. See posters for full details. 45 Card Game at Jacksons on Friday night. Coffee morning at Karol DeFalco’s on Saturday 10am to 2pm. Ceoltas Trad Music session on Saturday night at the pub. Admission free! Sunday is Gala Day in school grounds with all the usual activities and some new ones. Music Sunday evening in Jackson’s. This weekend is an important fund-raising weekend for the school parents’ association and the money raised goes towards school expenses as well as paying for pupils’ panto trip and Christmas party and other extracurricular activities. Please be generous.


Karol and Ed look forward to seeing you at the school fund-raising coffee morning at Galty Cottage (The Old Teachers-House) on Saturday 16th. All your old friends will be there so call in for a chat and a cup of tea. Some delicious cakes and tarts are promised!


There was a conversation here with some friends recently about the old days and how people made ends meet and used the resources from the countryside to put food on the table and to make a few extra shillings to help pay household bills etc. Blackberry picking, mushroom picking, whort picking, trout fishing, and hunting rabbits were all common activities that, in a way, kept us connected to our hunter-gatherer past. Rabbits were hunted with terriers, snared, shot, netted etc. All for the pot or for sale for their fur. I am reminded of all this because of the huge numbers of rabbits around at the moment, growing fat of the produce of Skeheenarinky gardens.