It was great to see such a representative audience at the Eirgrid presentation in Burncourt last Tuesday evening. The meeting which was facilitated by Burncourt Community Council, was arranged so that the consultancy firm representing Eirgrid could come to the area and answer questions. Of course, as is often the case in these scenarios, they could anticipate the questions before the meeting started, and the audience could anticipate most of the answers. Nevertheless it was a useful exercise and an important coming together of concerned people. The bottom line is that Eirgrid can get a sort of compulsory purchase if they want to bring their pylons across your land. It’s a way-leave, the same as that enjoyed by the ESB. We also heard that they can place a pylon and 400kv lines with all their associated horrors just 27 metres from your home! Isn’t it nice to know that the legislators in Dáil Eireann are looking after us so well.

There is still time to make your views known to Eirgrid. Constructive arguments based on fact are best. Matters such as visual impact, environmental damage, loss of value to property, damage to tourism prospects, etc., are all sound arguments. If there are listed buildings in your area, schools, areas of population, make sure Eirgrid know about them.


1st. Hannah O’Flynn and Breda Nolan; 2nd. Ned Condon and Mick Walsh; 3rd. Hannah Luddy and Breda Fox. Lucky Tables: Bob and Kay O’Reilly. Jack King and Jerry Heenan. Raffle: Dinny Wallace, Hannah O’Flynn, Jack Shiely, Teresa Quinn.


Congratulations to Ger Murphy of Brackbawn, Skeheenarinky, and his bride, Lilly Murray, who were married recently in Clonmel. The happy couple held their wedding festivities at Kilcoran Hotel where we know they will certainly have had a great time. We wish the newly-weds many happy years of wedded bliss.


Congratulations to proud parents Breda and Aidan Leahy of Donohill on the birth of their son, James, recently at Cahir Garda Station; and well done to popular local Garda, Kieran Donovan, who was one of the three Gardai who delivered the baby in what must surely be a first for Cahir Garda Station. We hear that the parents, baby and Garda are all doing well.


There were great reports from the Kilbehenny Walkers coffee-morning and sale of work on Sunday last when the walkers collected a tidy sum of money towards the completion of the kitchen at Kilbehenny Community Centre. Such community spirit is praiseworthy indeed. It is nice that there are several Skeheenarinky faces among the walkers.


While the rest of us were indoors with the heat on, looking out at the snow on the Galtees this morning, the young Skeheenarinky School hurlers were togged off and out in the school grounds playing and training with their trainers. No wonder they get such great results.


It’s great to see the work going on at the pub these past few weeks. It’s great to see work going on anywhere but especially at ‘the local’ and everyone around is eagerly looking forward to news of it re-opening. We are sure that the investment being made by Mick and Mary Kennedy will be appreciated by all and that when the pub does reopen, it will be busier than ever as it is a venture worthy of our support.