Community Service Recognised
Two locals were recognised for their century of community service in Mullinahone on Saturday night last. The pair honoured were Sheila Foley of Parkmore and Mick Larkin of Carrick Road. Sheila, who is from Ahane in Co. Limerick first arrived in Mullinahone in the mid 1950,s and Mick from Ballygar in Co. Galway came here later in the same decade. Both were to marry and settle here. Sheila married the late Denis Foley,a native of Dublin who was Creamery Manager here while Mick married Nora McMahon from Co. Clare who was teaching locally.
Both families contributed hugely to life in Mullinahone. Sheila was instrumental in founding Macra na Tuaithe (Foróige) and directing it for more than 25 years. She became Chairperson of the Kickham Centenary Committee 1982 and went on to guide the Kickham Country Weekend ever since. She also became the Chairperson of Mullinahone Community Council. Mick Larkin came here as a Forester. A bad football injury put an end to his football career. Mick became the driving force of the Anner Players in the late 1950’s and of the new Anner Players in the 1980’s and later. History was his strong point. He was editor of the Mullinahone Magazine for 25 years. This magazine grew out of the Kickham Centenary of 1982.
Mullinahone is a very historic spot, but it took a Galwayman to write its history which Mick did in 2002 with “Mullinahone. Its Heritage and History”. He and Nora also produced the hugely informative Mullinahone Parish Its Burial Grounds. Involved with Mullinahone Community Council since its inception Mick and Sheila both stepped down from the Council recently and were made presentations by the Council at a special function in the Knocknagow Centre after Mass on Saturday night. Both the Larkin and Foley families attended this Mass where their records of parish service were recounted by Parish Priest, Fr. McGrath.
The presentations were made on behalf of the Community Council to Sheila and Mick by the Chairman of the Carrick-on-Suir Municipal Area, Eddie O’Meara. MCC in the presence of a large crowd of well wishers. To both the Larkin and Foley families we say Míle Buíochas for your century of parish service. Parish Newsletter A special Christmas Carol service will take place on Sunday week, December 14th. The Christmas Penitential Service will take place on Sunday 21st December. Both events begin at 7pm. The appeal for the return of catechisms has been slow in taking off.
These catechisms are meant to be passed around among families. A welcome was extended in our newsletter to our new archbishop who will replace the present archbishop in February. Dr.Clifford has been a frequent visitor to Mullinahone over the years. Christmas Fair The Annual Christmas Fair in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Homecare and Temple Street Childrens Hospital will take place at Ballylanigan House on Saturday next 6th December from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday 7th December from 10am to 5pm. All manner of treats will be available. A great way to begin your Christmas shopping.Your support would be much appreciated. Further details from 087-2929449.
Our minor hurlers are out of the championship. On Saturday in the semi-final in Cloneen they found a better balanced, Ballingarry to be too strong. However, they cannot be too disappointed as they played some good games in recent weeks, a big improvement from their days as U16’s two years ago. Many of the team are still young and will be playing minor again next year. One of the better features was the improvement shown this year by some of the lesser lights on the team. Well done to Declan and Co. for the work put in. Our intermediate football final with Grangemockler didn’t take place on Sunday. We await developments.
The AGM of our juvenile club will take place on this Thursday 4th December at 8pm. Christmas Tree Last year we had a Christmas tree on the square. It proved very popular. We will again have the tree and lights this year. Come and see it lighted on this Sunday evening 7th December at 6.30pm. The parish choir will be there to begin the festivities with some traditional carols.
Local Lotto Jackpot
The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 24th November. The numbers drawn were 11,19,23 and 24. We didn’t have a jackpot winner, but we had 5 Match 3 winners who shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Bobby Bouche, Nipper and Kerryman, Maura O’Sullivan, May Mullally, Eimear O’Duffy and D. Moloney. Next draw will be on 8th December when the jackpot could be worth €8,800.
A Word to the Wise
Be safe, be seen. If you are using the roadways during this dark and foggy weather, please use a high viz jacket. Be safe, be seen.