First Holy Communion of the parish takes place on this Saturday, May 14. Seventeen children will make their First Holy Communion in the Church of the Assumption, Ballyporeen at 11o’clock and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them the very best on their very special day. They have been working hard preparing over the last few months and now their big day has arrived.


The local A.E.D./C.P.R. Group will hold a training course in the Parochial hall on Thursday May 19 at 7pm sharp. Thirty training positions have been secured on the night. For enquiries, contact Chairman Jim O’Brien at 087 2490089.


Well done to everybody who took part in the “Cycle for 40” in Skeheenarinky on Sunday last. There were over 90 cyclists and though the rain held off, the wind was quite strong, however, this did not discourage anyone and there is great credit due to all who took part and indeed all the organisers.


Choir Practice for Holy Communion preparations will take place on this Wednesday night, May 11, at 8pm sharp. All members are asked to attend.


Ballyporeen is represented on the newly formed Knockmealdown Active steering group by Jim O’Brien and Billy Hale.

Knockmealdown Active has been set up with the aim of promoting the Knockmealdown Mountains & surrounding areas of Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Newcastle, Goatenbridge & Ardfinnan. The group is being helped in every way by Con Ryan, recreation officer with the South Tipperary Development Company and Philly Ryan from Celtic Community Link, a Muintir na Tire initiative.

A recent report by Dublin-based company SLR Consulting found that Ballyporeen had numerous attractions to offer visitors and locals in the area, including walking, historical features and a vibrant local community. Billy and Jim are already hard at work promoting the area to visitors and it is understood that Billy has already convinced a Chinese colleague to honeymoon in the area instead of France.

Meanwhile, Knockmealdown Active is running a photographic competition with €50 prize for the winner. The photo should show the spirit of the Knockmealdown area. Entries should be emailed to before May 30.

To find out more about Knockmealdown Active, contact Jim O’Brien on 087-2490089 or Billy Hale on 086-8175626. You can also find Knockmealdown Active on Facebook.