What Services?

What Services?

A letter received this week asks ‘what services are offered for the new Household Charge in rural areas?’ The writer pointed out the following: He already pays €400 per year for bin collection. He pays €450 per year in Motor Tax to use the roads. He pays tolls if he goes to Cork or Dublin. He points out that he will have to pay water-rates as soon as the meters go in and Eamonn Gilmore has warned he might even have to pay for the meter. Being a rural dweller, the writer of the letter provides his own sanitation services – unlike urban areas - and has much to say on the Septic Tank charges and inspections. He pays €480 per year for whatever satellite service he uses. He provides his own security lighting to protect his premises while this is provided in towns. He paid stamp duty at an exorbitant rate when he bought his house and development charges when he made some changes. He pays income tax on his wages, and VAT on everything he purchases. Finally, the letter writer pointed out that he had to pay a licence/tax to get married, to own a dog, to own a gun, to drive a car, and to have a TV. He said he would like to have sent an email but Eircom was sold off by the government and they refuse to provide proper broadband service in country areas. Award for Conor Bradley

Congratulations to Conor Bradley of Coolroe, Skeheenarinky who won a medal for recitation at the recent Feis Maitiu drama competition in Fr. Mathew Hall in Cork City. Conor is a pupil of CBS in Mitchelstown and, we are proud to say, is a past pupil of Skeheenarinky National School. The judges spoke highly of his clear and confident presentation and awarded him a Merit with a medal. Well done, Conor!

Jim O’Neill

Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Brigid and the family of the late Jim O’Neill who passed away earlier this month. Jim was a popular local man who enjoyed the outdoor life being a well known fisherman and gun club enthusiast. He was laid to rest in St. Mary’s cemetery, Ballyporeen. May he rest in peace.

Cards Results

1st and 2nd shared by two tables: Tom Noonan and Kevin Moloney; Kitty English and Brigid O’Brien. 3rd: Kathleen Dinan and Margaret Crotty. Lucky Tables: Dinny Wallace and Hannah Flynn; Mike Kearney and Liam O’Donoghue. Raffle: Teresa Quinn; Ned Condon; Una McGrath; Ned Condon.School Table Quiz Reminder

Don’t forget to support your local school this coming Saturday. Skeheenarinky Parents’ Association Table Quiz takes place on Saturday 21 at Jacksons pub at 8.30 pm. Tables of four - €40. Always a good night out and a great chance to catch up with neighbours and friends. Good prizes for winners on the night. Raffle and refreshments.


It is always a pleasure to note the exemplary behaviour of our local young people, and we compliment those who are presently collecting funds to take sick children to Lourdes in September. This is in association with the Mitchelstown Carmelite Lourdes fund and, as well as collecting funds, the young secondary students will accompany the children as helpers. Tickets are 3 for €5. Contact Tara Curtin if you would like to help her raise funds for the project.


Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of Eilish Keating (nee O’Donoghue) of Burncourt who passed away recently. Eilish was laid to rest at Burncourt Cemetery on Tuesday, April 17. May she rest in peace.


Items for these notes can be emailed to or phone 086 3840894 or handed in at house. Deadline is 11.30 on Monday morning prior to publication.