Congratulations to the ‘Kilcoran Stags’ tug o’ war team and their trainer Seanie Crotty on their success at the recent Burncourt Gala weekend. The Stags are on a high at the moment and won pulls against their two old rivals Ballylooby and Graigue on Sunday. They are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming big pull in Clogheen!


A date for your calendar. The Annual Skeheenarinky Vintage Run will take place this year on September 16, over a new route. The run will be leaving Skeheenarinky at 12 noon and fingers are crossed for fine weather. This is one of the most popular Vintage Runs around and we look forward to large numbers again this year. More details here and elsewhere nearer the date.


We should all be aware that a large section of the Galtee mountains in South West Tipperary is designated as a Special Area of Conservation. It is enlightening to read the National Parks and Wildlife Service publication on the site which carries the site code 646. It lists an extraordinary number of species of bird and plants, many of them protected by law. Hen Harriers and Nightjars are mentioned as well as Peregrines and Sparrow Hawks. Well worth a read before setting off on a trek. The information on grasses and plants will make your walk much more enjoyable.


Congratulations to our neighbours, Burncourt, on a very successful and entertaining weekend just passed. It is great to see the wonderful use which the Community Council there make of the hall which is in great order after the recent renovations.


At the time of writing these notes the sunshine in Clonea makes the place feel like Portugal. It was nice to see several of our neighbours from Ballyporeen and Kilbehenny down there this past week. They are maintaining a 200 year old tradition of Tipperary (and Limerick) people visiting that place. A Cork Examiner article in June 1846 stated “… for the people of Dungarvan are fully alive to the vivifying effects upon their business and trade generally speaking, produced by a residence amongst us, of a few months every summer, of 5,000 of the stirring, generous, and rich inhabitants of that fine county (Tipperary).”


It’s been a very difficult year for farmers, with animals being brought in from the wet fields in what should be the height of summer. It has also been very difficult year for silage contractors who have been working flat out whenever the weather allows. Let’s hope the fine weather forecast for the coming weekend is for more than just a few days.