Demo & Dine 2013

Demo & Dine 2013 Photos & Video

Our Demo & Dine evening on March 22nd was a great success. Many thanks to everybody who attended and all those from Knockmealdown Active who volunteered on the night to make sure everything ran smoothly. Host, JJ Healy, entertained everyone for the evening as well as creating some exceptional dishes. He was ably assisted by TJ Crowe from Crowe’s Organic Meats in Dundrum and the dessert maker extraordinaire, Eileen Condon from Newcastle.

Congratulations to all those who won prizes in the raffle, too numerous to mention. Special congratulations go to Laura Shine who won the coveted ‘Tasting Meal for Two’ at the Old Convent Gourmet Hideaway restaurant in Clogheen. This is something we know she will very much enjoy. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dermot & Christine Gannon at the Old Convent for their very generous gesture in offering this much sought after Door Prize along with all those who donated prizes for the raffle – there were plenty of excellent offerings from which to choose.

Everybody went home having had a wonderful evening’s entertainment, an excellent meal to finish off proceedings and many people also left with some excellent raffle prizes to show for their evening out.

Finally, many thanks to JJ Healy, TJ Crowe and Eileen Condon for putting on such an excellent, entertaining and appetising display.

Below you will find some photos and video from the evening’s entertainment. The videos take some time to upload so you’ll find they will be added gradually over the coming days.

Demo & Dine 2013 Photos

TJ Crowe, Eileen Condon & JJ Healy

TJ Crowe, Eileen Condon & JJ Healy – our three Chefs for the evening.

JJ Healy Finishing Touches

JJ Healy puts the finishing touches to his Main Course.

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Pass Around the Salad

The Caesar Salad starter moves around the audience.

Black Pudding Thyme Meatballs

Black Pudding and Pork Meatballs on a bed of Pasta.

Banter between JJ Healy and TJ Crowe

Banter between JJ Healy and TJ Crowe

Passing Along the Main Course

Eileen Condon passes along the Risotto Main Course

Eileen Condon's Finished Chocolate Layer Cake

Eileen Condon displays her finished Chocolate Mouse Layer Cake

Eileen Condon's Completed Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

The Chocolate Cake in all its glory. This proved very popular during the tasting phase.

Ready and waiting for the feeding Frenzy

Seamus Butler and Barry O’Neill await the inevitable rush hour.

Getting ready to feed the masses.

Getting ready to feed the masses – JJ Healy and Caitriona Morrissey.

Feeding the troops.

At last, but well worth the wait – a fabulous meal delivered.

Demo & Dine 2013 Video

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Liam Lynch Monument

Liam Lynch Memorial Walk – April 6th

Momentous moments in history happen in ordinary places and even after the passing of time some places and experiences can still be caught. Many are aware of the final movements of General Liam Lynch on April 10th 1923. But what of his movements the previous day, when he walked from Glasha near Fourmilewater Church to Croan, between Newcastle and Goatenbridge? You can walk the route most likely taken on this day by General Lynch and his men, experiencing what it would have been like to travel quiet country roads in early Spring, knowing that every sound in the distance could very likely be troops searching for you.

A group will be taking this route from Fourmilewater to Croan on Saturday April 6th. The group will meet in Newcastle Village Community Centre at 12.30pm and will be bussed to Fourmilewater at 1.00pm. The walk is approximately 14km and should take about 4 hours, ending at the site of Bill Holuihan’s house, wjhich Lynch left to start his walk over the Knockmealdown Mountains. There will be a bus from this point back to Newcastle.

The walk will be predominantly on roads and tracks. Bring good footwear, raingear, a fully charged mobile phone, food, water and a sense of adventure. Soup will be served at the end of the walk and there is a small fee to cover the bus and refreshments.

For further information contact Michael Desmond on 087-2977334 or email

Liam Lynch Memorial Walk – April 6th

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Split the Pot Results – March 18th

The first draw for ‘Split the Pot’ was held on Monday March 18th in St. Theresa’s Hospital, Clogheen. It was very fitting that the first draw should be undertaken by Sr. Áine Power, the driving force behind the redevelopment of the hospital and a name synonymous with the hospital for so many years.

Although this was the inaugural draw, the initiative has already been a great success with many outlets selling out their envelope allocations in days. The first winners in the weekly draw were Toots Kenneally from Ballyporeen who received €214, Margaret Corbett from Clogheen who won €107 with P.J. and Margaret English picking up the sellers prize.

 Split the Pot is a fundraising initiative organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with the Friends of St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen to raise funds for the upkeep of the facility which is of such huge benefit to the entire region as well as providing Knockmealdown Active with funds for projects to improve the area along the Knockmealdown Mountain foothills.

Please do give generously where you find ‘Split the Pot’ containers which are located in a range of retail outlets around Ballyporeen, Clogheen, Goatenbridge, Ardfinnan & Newcastle. It is a very simple process, just pop your €2 in the envelope provided then write your name and phone number on it. The draw takes place weekly. You can enter as often as you wish and each week brings a new opportunity to win. Please do support generously. For further information and for a list of weekly Draw Winners visit 










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Gun Club Monster Auction – March 24th

On Sunday March 24th 2013 the Ardfinnan Ballybacon-Grange Newcastle (ABGN) Gun Club will hold a Monster Auction at the Glenview Lounge in Goatenbridge.

The auction is in Aid of ABGN Gun Club’s ongoing Amenity Projects

There is no reserve and all items must go on the day.

Viewing from 11.00 am with auction starting at 2.00 pm sharp.

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Split The Pot Starts Monday

Split the Pot is a fundraising initiative organised by Knockmealdown Active in association with St. Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen. The first draw will take place in the Hospital on Monday March 4th 2013 and there will be draws every week from then on.

Please do support the weekly draw where you see the Split the Pot container. The draw is held each Monday and is just €2 to enter. The draw containers are located in a selection of retail outlets around the five towns.

For full details about the draw visit

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