Congratulations and happy birthday wishes to friend and neighbour Mick Gleeson of Coolroe who recently celebrated a significant birthday with the four lovely women in his life - wife Deirdre and daughters Aoife, Roisín and Meadbh. Mick and his friend John Goff were among a group who scaled the heights of Skellig Michael a couple of weeks ago on a windy day – a feat which is not for the faint-hearted. There’s life in the old dogs yet!


Brigid and Steven Ryan of Kings Yard would like to hear from anyone who has photos of the erecting of the Patrician Cross on Galtymore summit in 1962 or who has stories from the day. A commemoration of the event is planned for June 9, with a walk from Kings Yard to the summit and a barbecue and music on return. All proceeds will go to charity – South East Mountain Rescue Association and Brú Columbanus. (Brigid 087 6573276 or Stephen 086 1945585)


Congratulations to all the Skeheenarinky and Ballyporeen pupils who made their First Communions recently. Skeheenarinky First Communicants were Roisín Maher, Bill Curtin, Heather King, and Amy Delaney.


Sincere condolences are offered to Eleanor Duggan of Skeheenarinky whose mother, Sheila Parker, of Ballybride, Conna, Co. Cork passed away recently in the loving care of the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital Dungarvan. May she rest in peace.

Condolences also to the family of Elizabeth Williams of Tincurry, Cahir, who passed away recently. She is survived by her husband Redmond and daughters Linda and Emma. May she rest in peace.


At the last meeting, sympathies were extended to John Goff on the death of his brother, Denis, and to the families of Mary Hyland and Jim O’Neill, both of whom passed away recently. May they all rest in peace. The national funding agency has informed us that due to budget cuts, the only security devices that will be provided for free are the monitored alarms. Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, internal emergency lighting and external security lighting will no longer be funded. Some residents have recently requested monitored alarms and those applications have been submitted. Others, aged 65 or over, who would like a monitored alarm should contact any member of the committee. Our next meeting is Monday, May 28, at 8.30pm at the school. All are welcome.


There are many advantages to living in a wonderful place like Skeheenarinky and not least of those is the extraordinary variety of bird life. It’s a topic that has been visited by these notes previously but is worth detailing again. So far this year local gardens and feeding tables have had house sparrows, hedge sparrows (dunnock), blackbirds, chaffinches, pigeons, wagtails, blue tits, greenfinches, crows (rook), grey crows, coaltits, jackdaws, seskins, magpies, swallows, thrushes, goldfinches, starlings, collared doves, robins, and bullfinches. We have been told that a hen harrier was sighted recently near Galtee Castle and another resident reports that the cuckoo is alive and well in Skeheenarinky.


A great evening was had by all at the well-attended Skeheenarinky Flower and Garden Club’s first ever cards game on Sunday evening. The many players who attended at Jackson’s Pub enjoyed good company and a mountain of wonderful food and cakes made by the hardworking ladies of the club. We would like to thank the many sponsors of the huge range of spot prizes that were on offer and special thanks must go to club president, Seanie Crotty, who organised the event and to Tony of Jacksons Pub for all his help.


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