It is with sadness this week that we report the death of a well known and popular gentleman in Ballyporeen. On Wednesday night, May 9, John Sheehy passed away peacefully in St. Teresa’s Hospital, Clogheen, in the company of his loving family after a short illness. John was born and reared in Moher, Ballyporeen, and could only be described as a quiet gentle man who’s passion in life was farming. He was an active man right up to recently and kept in touch with what was going on around. John was the one of a family of seven he was the second eldest of two girls and seven boys. John married Nell and they had one son J.J. John was proud to see J,J, work on the farm and take over where he left off. I’m sure this was a great comfort to John. Removal took place on Friday night from John’s home in Moher to the church of the Assumption Ballyporeen. Requim mass for John was celebrated on Sunday, by Fr Joe Flynn, and a friend of John’s, Fr Walsh, Also present was Fr.Fitzgerald, from Mitchelstown, the crowds that turned up for John’s rosary, removal and final farewell bore testimony to his popularity. John was laid to rest in St. Mary’s cemetary, may he rest in peace. We would like to take this opportunity to offer our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to his loving wife Nell, his son J.J, his brothers Tim. Seamus and Maurice, his sister Nora, his sisters in law, nieces and nephews and all his relatives and neighbours and the huge circle of friends that knew John. He will be a great loss to our village and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.


We would like to remind all parents and children of Scoil Tempeall Toinne that our sponsored walk will take place on this Sunday, May 20. The walk will start in Glengarra Woods and promises to be very enjoyable. The children currently have sponsor cards and we would appreciate if you could return them when full to the school. There are prizes for all cards that are filled and there are goodies for all children that take part in the walk. This walk is to subsidise school tours and our swimming that is currently taking place. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.


Jack and Jill have been retained by the H.S.E. to collect used crutches and zimmerframes to be recycled to benefit the Jack and Jill foundation. In support of this Mattie McGrath T.D. will hold a crutches collection day on this Saturday, May 19, in his constituency from 10am to 12noon. Please support this worthy cause and bring along any crutches that may be lying around and that are no longer in use. Old mobile phones and ink cartridges will be collected on the day in support of the Jack and Jill foundation.


The Irish cancer society will hold their annual church gate collection on this Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Your support would be very much appreciated,


Bus from Araglen to Ballyporeen via Mitchelstown on Saturday, June 2,contact Breda Hyland 058 50565/0879904390 or Bernie 0872919571.


Gaelic for mothers. Anyone with an interest in football, having fun and getting fit at the same time, meeting this Thursday night, May 17, at 8pm in the GAA dressing rooms. For further information contact Lorraine Hackett 0872920277 or Ann Fitzgerald 0871857348. All are welcome to take part.


We would like to take this opportunity to offer our sympathy to Johnny and Margaret Corbett and family, Clogheen, on the very sad loss of their loving daughter Claire who passed away at the weekend. Claire was laid to rest in Cahir on Monday. Our sympathies also to Claire’s husband and two children. May she rest in peace.


We would like to congratulate the 12 children in the parish who made their first holy communion on Saturday, May 12.

A huge thank you to the parents who provided and served the refreshments in the school hall afterwards it was very much appreciated; thanks to caretaker Ned O’Brien for his help and to our school principle Niochlas for the use of the school. To the parents council who also put a lot of work into the organising,