The Lay of the Land is a series of events and workshops to extend the reach of the River Suir. The project has been designed to engage with the wider community to map, reveal and celebrate the River Suir and to develop a ‘shared vision’ for the future.

There will be a workshop in the Ardfinnan Area on Thursday, July 7, in Ardfinnan Community Centre from 6-9pm including a guided river walk. Further information is available from Seamus Butler or Helen Nugent.


The Beaver Group recently had their end of year day trip, they had a fun filled day beginning with a trip on the bus to The Suir Railway in Kilmeaden where all the Beavers and their leaders got to take a trip on the train. From there the group travelled to McDonalds in Waterford and finished up in The Copper Coast Farm in Fenor, A great day was enjoyed by all. Thanks to anyone who helped in making this such an unforgettable trip. Beavers will return in September.

The Cub Group had been holding a competition over the last few months for best group to wear their uniforms on a weekly basis. The Cubs had uniform inspections on a regular basis and the winners were: Sean Collacott(sixer), Grace O’ Mahoney (seconder), Martin Condon, Erin Burke, Katelyn O’ Sullivan and Laura Burke who received their prizes last week. Well done to everyone in this Six who made such a big effort to wear their full uniforms. The Cubs are busy preparing for and looking forward to their weekend camp in Parsons Green.


On Friday, July 8, in Newcastle, Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú will officially launch Éigse Shéamais Uí Mhaolchathaigh.

This is a celebration of the life and literary work of Mr. Ó Maolchathaigh who lived in Croan, Newcastle at the end of the 19th century.

His biography ‘An Gleann agus a raibh ann’ is a very important work in that it depicts life around Newcastle and Goatenbridge at that time. There will be lectures, also on the musical heritage of the Suir Valley. Along with lectures there will be walks, trad music and dancing displays and ‘spraoi’. The Éigse is being organised with the assistance of Foras na Gaeilge, Newcastle Muintir na Tíre, and Oidhreacht An Chaisleáin Nua. For further details, or to register for any part of the Éigse, please contact Helen McGrath 087-2405061 or e-mail


The dreaded words that are said by children of all ages (and maybe even some adults) during the summer months. We are looking to compile a list of activities and things to do that don’t cost anything or at least very little and would like a list of suggestions from you about what can be done in our area. We will print this list next week with examples so get your minds thinking and let us know on ardfinnancommunitycouncil @


If anyone wants to put information in the Ardfinnan Notes please contact Irene Quirke by email on ardfinnancommunitycounci l@ or hand deliver notes to Irene. All notifications must be sent before 5pm each Sunday to guarantee inclusion in the following weeks paper. If you have any queries you can contact her on 086 1725559.