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.

Apr 232014

Clogheen & Burncourt Parish 150th Anniversary Book

Clogheen & Burncourt 150th Anniversary Book

The book, called Dominus Vobiscum, is available on the Burncourt Clogheen Parish Website – www.bcparish.com (you may need to allow pop-ups on this page for the link to open, or you can right click on the link and ask it to open in a new tab).

SOFTCOVER EDITIONS €10.00 plus €1.50 p&p for Ireland
Postage for E.U. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand €4.00
Hardcover Editions (Limited Number) €16.00 plus p&p €5.00
For further information contact naomhcataldo@gmail.com.

Apr 072014

Pilgrim Paths Day, Easter Saturday April 19th, 2014

The inaugural Pilgrim Paths Day Walk will take place from Goatenbridge to Mount Melleray Abbey [a 17 km section of St Declan's Way Walk with a height gain of 604 meters ] will take place on Saturday April 19th 2014. Walkers will gather at Mount Melleray, where they will be taken by bus to the starting point at Goatenbridge community hall from where they will walk over the Knockmealdown mountains to Mount Melleray.

Please check the Knockmealdown Active web site for further details on the event and to book your place. The cost per person to take part is just €15.

The launch of the new walk initiative, which is a nationwide event, took place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, launched by celebrated sports commentator, Micheal O’Muircheartaigh, on Monday March 31st – you can see details of the launch on the Pilgrim Paths Website.

Mar 132014

Clogheen Drama Group – Dancing at Lugnasa – March 27th to 29th

Rehearsals and preparation are well under way for the 2014 production by Clogheen Drama Group, which is Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.

The Play will take place in St. Paul’s Community Centre on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of March, starting at 8.15 each evening.

Tickets are on sale at €10 each and can be purchased at English’s Fruit & Veg Shop on Lower Main Street or from Kathleen Noonan in Parson’s Green.

The group will give a donation from takings over the three nights to the Clogheen Hospice Suite Construction Fund.

All are welcome to what promises to be a great production, directed by Liam Wall and performed by local talent.

The group thanks everyone for their continued support and, with your attendance, would like to make it a very successful fourth year.

Dancing at Lughnasa

Jan 232014

Fundraising for Diabetes Research

Following a very successful fundraising effort, John O Gorman would like to thank everyone who contributed to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes Research. John had his beard shaved off as the main fundraising event in the Farm House Bar in Graigue, Clogheen on Dec 22 2013. The event raised €1,000 for the charity. The Diabetes Federation of Ireland can be contacted on 1850 909 909 or by visiting www.diabetes.ie.

Left to right: P.J. English, Clogheen; John O Gorman, Drumlemon, Clogheen; Charlotte Pearson, Diabetes Ireland and Patrick Kennelly, Proprietor of Ryan’s Farmhouse Bar.

Graigue Diabetes Fundraiser

Jan 132014

Weight Loss Programme

The Healthy Habit System weight loss program starts at 7pm on Monday Janurary 13th  in St. Paul’s Community Hall, Clogheen. For further information contact Liam Fleming on 087 2268651.

Sep 192013

A coffee morning in aid of The Hospice will take place on Friday morning 20th September in Georgina’s (Two Rivers B&B)  from 10 am to 12 noon. Please support this very important fundraiser.Hospice Coffee Morning

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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Sep 092013

Clogheen improved the overall result by 5 points compared to last year in the Tidy Towns Competition.  268 out of a possible 400 marks were achieved and it is a credit to the many hard working people that continuously strive to improve the town.

Some comments from the report read:

The Catholic Church is beautiful and the Church of Ireland is a fine old structure and great to see it now retains its original identity.  Two Rivers B&B is splendid as is the pharmacy.  Clogheen School is well kept with young and mature trees and the green flag is proudly hoisted outside. Hermitage guest house is a great house in magnificent lawns.  The Day Care centre is a lovely setting.


There are nice bits of landscaping in many areas around the village, notably at the Catholic Church, At the Children’s playground and at the turn for Cahir. Lots of areas do not need any intervention with those brilliant stone walls. Hanging baskets are admired around the village bringing colour and freshness to the surroundings. There are lots of mature and young trees in many places.


Clogheen looks all the better from the attention you are giving to it. Well done for attending to all the categories. It was a pleasure to spend some time amongst your people.


Well done to all involved.


Read the  full report here