Skeheenarinky Pupil Plays at Semple Stadium

Skeheenarinky Pupil Plays at Semple Stadium

Congratulations to Tomás Vaughan, a fifth class pupil at Skeheenarinky National School, who played in the half-time game at Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Sunday last. (Sadly, Tipp senior hurlers were beaten by Cork in the big match.)

Tomás – son of Johnny and Julie - was one of just a handful of young players drawn from South Tipp for the game and his selection is a great tribute to his hurling ability and also to John Cummins and Eddie Maher who coach at Skeheenarinky School. We’re all proud of you, Tomás!

Flower and Garden Club AGM

This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Skeheenarinky Flower and Garden Club will be held at Skeheenarinky School at 8.00 pm on Tuesday, May 1. Everyone is welcome to come along to discuss the arrangements for this year’ Flower Show which will be held on Saturday, August 11.

School Table Quiz

The Parents Association table quiz was held on Saturday night and it was a great success. Twelve tables of four took part and the quiz was eagerly contested right up to the last question. The eventual winners were Declan Duggan, Michael Duggan, Tracey Cassidy, and Michael McGrath. As usual Michael Slattery was in excellent form as Quiz Master. Special mention must be made of the two young ladies, Julie and Rebecca who collected the answer sheets and did a fine job. The quiz was the ideal venue for a surprise birthday cake for Fr. Joe Flynn who, as P.P. and manager of the school is a great supporter of anything connected to Skeheenarinky school. Fr. Joe’s table also took second prize in the quiz. As promised, it was a great social occasion as well as being a successful fund raiser.

Skeheenarinky Caves

When Arthur Young wrote about the Skeheenarinky Caves on Lord Kingsbourough’s estate in ‘A Tour in Ireland’ he described them thus:

…it takes the appearance of a vaulted cathedral, supported by massive columns. The walls, ceiling, floor, and pillars, are by turns composed of every fantastic form; and often of very beautiful incrustations of spar, some of which glitters so much that it seems powdered with diamonds; and in others the ceiling is formed of that sort which has so near a resemblance to a cauliflower. The spar formed into columns by the dropping of water has taken some very regular forms; but others are different, folded in plaits of light drapery, which hang from their support in a very pleasing manner. The angles of the walls seem fringed with icicles. … For several hundred yards in the larger branch there is a deep water at the bottom of the declivity to the right, which the common people call the river. A part of the way is over a sort of potter’s clay, which moulds into any form, and is of a brown colour; a very different soil from any in the neighbouring country.

Arthur Young was writing in 1777, some fifty-six years before the discovery of the nearby, and now famous, Mitchelstown Caves!


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