The recession and the weather seem to have conspired against several events this year and we are sad to have to report the cancellation of the Skeheenarinky Flower Show for 2012. This follows the postponement of the Kilbehenny pageant for this year and a few other events that have been brought to our notice - including the Cork Sumer Show. Let’s hope the economic climate and the meteorological climate are kinder to us all next year.


We are sure we speak for everyone in the community when we offer sincere condolences to Dr. Bernard Durack whose mother passed away recently in Scotland. She was laid to rest in Shanrahan cemetery with her late husband Eamon. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.


We send Get Well wishes to Nell Curtin who is presently in Clogheen Hospital. We are glad to hear that Nell is doing well and is enjoying her visitors and looking forward to coming home.


The planned get-together at Jacksons organised by the Flower and Garden Club took place on Saturday, August 4. Not even the news of the cancellation of this year’s show could dampen the enthusiasm of those gathered who had a great night among friends and neighbours. That’s one of the great strengths of Skeheenarinky community. They unite to help each other over the hurdles. The good news is that Vice Chairman Declan Duggan said that the show would be back in 2013 – bigger and better than ever.


In times gone by, there was a great tradition of moving animals to summer pastures on the slopes of mountains in Ireland. This had two benefits; one was that the animals had access to extra commonage/grazing, and the other was that, with the animals out of the way, the land on the small farms could be used for hay-making and other crops. Of course it also meant that some members of the family (usually teenagers) had to live on the upper slopes during the summer time, tending to the animals and milking cows etc. The small structures they built as shelters were known as booley huts or booley-houses. This gave rise to placenames along the Galtees such as Boolakennedy. I was reminded of all this when I looked out my kitchen window this morning and saw on distant Knocknagalty a delightful, timeless scene of cattle grazing on the upper slopes of that hill.


Items for inclusion in these notes must be handed in or phoned / sent by text to 086-3840894, or emailed to before 11.30a.m. on Monday prior to publication.