Aug 262016

Duhill Gala Weekend 2016

The Duhill Gala Weekend 2016 runs at Castlegrace Crossroads from Wednesday September 7th to Sunday September 11th. This year’s activities include a 1916 commemorative mass, 5km fun run, tour of Grubb’s Mill and of course the Gala Day itself on Sunday from 1.30pm.

Duhill Gala Weekend 2016

Jul 212015

Clogheen August Bank Holiday Festival 2015 – Wednesday July 29th to

Sunday August 2nd

The annual Bank Holiday Festival weekend kicks off on Wednesday July 29th with a €10 Card Game in St Paul’s Community Centre at 8.30pm.

On Thursday July 30th the annual 5km road race/fun run takes place with registration at Community Hall from 6.30pm, race starts at 8pm – see poster below.

Friday 31st sees the first Jumbo Games Night at St. Pauls’ Community Centre at 7pm.

Saturday August 1st there will be a Magical Duck Pond event at Kildanogue Duck Ponds on the Goatenbridge/Newcastle road from Clogheen. Adults €5, kids free – starts at 1pm.

Community Walk and Picnic; Loughglen Bridge via Forest trail to Kildanogue Duck Pond, 1pm register at Community Hall, Bus provided for 1hr walk (best for over 8 years). Storytelling and bring your own picnic. 2pm register at Community Hall, bus provided for storytelling and picnic area.

National Sheep Racing Finals at 7.30pm at Community hall.

On Sunday August 2nd we will have the traditional Family Gala Day, adults €5, kids free starting at 2pm at Fr Sheehys GAA field. The activities will include under age matches, races, obstacle course, bouncy castles, games and BBQ.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Clogheen Festival 2015

Clogheen Festival 5K Road Race

Jul 132015

Duhill Gala Day – August 30th 2015

The annual Duhill Gala day will be held on Sunday, August 30th 2015 from 2-5pm

All the usual fun of the fair:

  • Cake Sale ( after mass )
  • GAA Matches
  • Dog Show
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Obstacle Course
  • BBQ
  • Side Shows
  • Pig Race
  • Live Music
  • Raffle on the day.

As well as the re-introduction, after many years, of the Downhill Freewheel Bicycle Race from the Vee.

Also The Duhill Dash, 6km Fun Run / walk for Men, Women and Children will take place on Friday, August 28th at 7pm starting at Duhill Hall.

Apr 142015

Table Quiz – Thursday April 16th

Friends of Civil Defence are holding a table quiz to support the Carey family on their recent bereavement. The table quiz will be on Thursday April 16th in St. Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen starting at 9pm. Tables of four are €20.

Refreshments and raffle on the night.

Please support this worthy cause.

Aug 112014

Duhill Gala Day – August 31st 2014

Duhill Gala Day will take place on Sunday, 31st August this year. See poster below. The activities on the day are;

5 Mile Fun Run Saturday evening @ 6pm Registration at Duhill Hall


Cake Sale In Hall after Mass
G.A.A. Blitz Children and Adult matches
Dog Show
Tug of War
Display of Vintage Cars and Tractors
Obstacle Course
Bouncy Castle and Face Painting
Various Side Shows and Stalls.

Duhill Gala Day August 31 2014

Jul 312014

Clogheen August Bank Holiday Festival 2014 – Wednesday 30th July to Sunday 3rd August.

The festival opens on Wednesday night July 30th with a 45 card game.

On thursday night the annual 5k road race and fun run take place. Start at 8pm. We would like to encourage all our local walkers to participate in this event, the course is flat and refreshments are served in the Community Centre after the race.

Friday August 1st; There is a new event this year; the Keg Rolling Competition. Each publican is asked to enter a team in this event which will be held on Main Street at 7.30pm. Teams of 3 persons, Ladies and Gents teams.

Our young folk are invited to a Teddy Bears Picnic in the grounds of the Community Centre on Saturday at 2pm. Get Mum and Dad to pack the picnic basket and don’t forget to bring teddy.

The highlight of the festival is our National Sheep Racing Finals. This takes place on Saturday Night in the grounds of the Community Centre at 7.30pm. Bookies will be on hand to take your bets.

Our Gala Day will take place on Sunday August 3rd in Fr. Sheehy’s G.A.A.  Park by kind permission at 2pm. Usual range of events include underage matches. tug of war, B-B-Que, cake sale, bouncy castle, buried treasure and all the fun of the fair.

The festival raffle is ongoing, 1st prize; €100 Shopping Voucher at Browns XL Clogheen. 2nd prize; A Television kindly sponsored by Colm Browne X.L. and 3rd prize is a bottle of whiskey.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Jul 012014

Mountain Lodge, Glengarra Woods

Mountain Lodge, Glengarra Woods

Most people are by now aware that the Mountain Lodge in Glengarra Woods has been closed as a Youth Hostel for some years now. Shortly after its closure, windows were broken and much of the roof lead was stolen by vandals. Consequently this beautiful, historic old building is now in a very poor state of repair.

Burncourt Community Council members as representatives of the wider area opened negotiations with An Óige to lease the building with the initial aim of saving the building from further decline. The aim was to house a restoration project in Burncourt Community Council and link with other interested groups. Mountain Lodge has been part of the heritage of the area for over 150 years and it would be dreadful to witness the disappearance of such a historic landmark from our communities.

A project of this nature requires the support of the wider community from Cahir to Mitchelstown as well as local communities in Ballyporeen, Ballylooby, Clogheen, Skeheenarinky and others.

With this in mind, Burncourt Community Council will hold a meeting on Thursday, July 3rd assembling at 7pm at Mountain Lodge to assess the situation and then on to Burncourt Community Hall for the meeting at 8.30pm.Obviously people are free to attend both venues or just come along to the meeting in the hall.

While aware that all communities have their own fundraising projects, it would be great if communities could unite on this task.

For further information contact Breeda Fitzgerald on 0876967661.

May 062014

Night at the Dogs – Noel O’Callaghan Fundraiser – Friday May 9th

Family and Friends of Noel O’Callaghan Ballyporeen have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and support while organising a ‘Night at the Dog’s fundraising evening being held on Friday May 9th. The evening is being organised to raise money for customised transport for Noel, who suffered a stroke two years ago.

To facilitate those who wish to travel to Curraheen Greyhound Track in Cork City, the committee has set up bus contacts for the various areas. Anyone wishing to travel is asked to contact Ger Flynn, Clogheen 086 809 1015; John O’Gorman, Ballylooby 086 829 8989 or Dickie Maher, Burncourt 086 846 814.

The first race starts at 7.40pm sharp. Tickets cost €10 which entitles the purchaser to entry, race card and inclusion in a special raffle. Prizes include All Ireland Tickets, two night breaks, overnight stays in Dublin and much more. Anyone under 12 will have free entry but must leave by 11pm according to track management rules.

For more information contact Eugene Fitzgerald 086 172 4882 or Eamonn O’Callaghan 089 446 2542.

Sep 132013

We received the following interesting information from our local historian, Ed O’Riordan.

The time has come for everyone who lives in the beautiful valley between the Galtees and the Knockmealdowns, from Newcastle and Cahir all the way to Mitchelstown, to stand up and be counted regarding the proposed Gridlink 400kV cables and pylons! Following the first round of public consultation, three one kilometre wide routes have been marked on a map and one of the routes lies just south of the Galtee mountains in one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland.

The other two routes are marked through County Waterford which would seem to make sense, given that the power-line is going to link Waterford with Cork. There is some suggestion that Waterford doesn’t want the power-line and pylons and so, South Tipp was chosen as one of the possible routes. It is up to each and every one of us to let Eirgrid know that South Tipp does not want the power-lines either.

I urge you to attend at the open day at the Clonmel Park Hotel between 1pm and 8pm on 18th September. Make yourself aware of valid reasons for objecting. Look up the County Development Plan and ask why the ‘protected views’ are not being protected by the local authority!
Regarding the County Waterford objections, let us all make the point that practically all Waterford tourism is coastal based – Dunmore East, Waterford City, Bunmahon, Stradbally, Clonea, Dungarvan, Ring, Helvic, Ardmore and Ferrypoint across from Youghal. I do not minimise the importance of Historic Lismore. The valley between the Galtees and the Knockmealdowns has the beauty of the valley; it is the view from the Vee, and from all the vantage points on both mountains. Not many tourists will come to see the gigantic pylons. This valley is already disadvantaged when it comes to tourist facilities but works valiantly to market the mountains and the attendant views. All views will be dominated by pylons if the power-lines come through the valley. County Waterford is far better placed to absorb the pylons and power-lines that this valley. County Waterford has been blessed with magnificent coastline; Tipperary has not. Waterford coastline and the wonderful Copper Coast geopark will not be impacted in any way by either of the other two mapped options which run through County Waterford.

Of course, as well as the issue of views and tourism there are concerns for people living beside the pylons (as close as fifty metres), for communities, concerns about health etc.  Farmers are greatly concerned about their animals.  Environmentalists are concerned about the damage to birds especially birds like owls that fly at night.  But the real issue here in Tipperary is why is Tipperary on the map at all?  We hope all our public representatives will fight tooth and nail to prevent the High Voltage powerline and enormous pylons coming through this beautifull valley.

For further information, the EirGrid Stage One Report in full is available here (or you can read it below). Corridor options affecting this area start on page 140.

Please attend at Clonmel on the 18th or learn to live with the pylons as your view!

Ed has set up a face book page with all the information. You can view it here.

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