Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 22:52
Christmas got under way in Mullinahone on a high note. On Sunday night we had a wonderful recital of Christmas carols in St. Michael’s Church provided by our local parish choir. The recital was augmented by a selection of Christmas songs sung by the children of our three primary schools. The atmosphere in St. Michaels Church was added to by the Christmas trees and lights in the Church. As the choir sang a special slide show from a computer was to be seen over their heads. All in all, it was a wonderful show. Thanks to our choir, to the school children, their teachers, Fr. McGrath and Neil Thompson who provided the slide show. On second thoughts, maybe Christmas in Mullinahone was launched earlier in the week when a Christmas tree was lighted up in the Square. Well done to all those involved as tree donors, workers and electricians or electricity suppliers. The tree was lit up to the strains of Jingle Bells from John Willie Smyth.
The Christmas Penitential Service will take place
in St. Michael’s Church on this Friday night December 20th from 7pm to 8pm with visiting clergy. Condolences to Ned, Tom and John Brett on the recent death of their sister Kay Gannon of Athy. Sympathy also to Eileen Phelan, Mohober on the recent death of her mother Mary Moloney. Months mind Mass next Saturday Dec. 21st at 8pm for John Burke, Kyleafreaghane. Anniversaries Saturday Dec. 21st at 8pm Peter Hally, Ballycullen, Sunday December 22nd at 9.30am Pat Butler, Raheen and Sunday Dec. 22nd at 11.30am Paddy Brett, Oakfield. The Winter collection for the clergy of the Archdiocese is also being taken up at this time.
The adjourned AGM of our juvenile football and hurling club will take place on this Wednesday night Dec. 18th at 8pm. All are welcome.
The Mullinahone Community text alert scheme will go live over the next few days. You will receive an introductory text notifying you that the system is live. You do not need to respond to the text. Please note the text alert number is 0504-21500.
Last weeks draw took place on December 9th. The numbers drawn were 8,13,18 and 20. There was no jackpot winner, but 2 shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congrats to Ber Lawrence and Rite/Sean. Christmas Meat Vouchers were won by Adie, Lucie, Allie and Melissa and Fran Walsh. Next week’s jackpot could be worth €1,450. This will be the last lotto draw of 2013.
Mullinahone Credit Union
The Credit Union will be open on Friday December 27th during Christmas week.
A tractor run in aid of St. Patrick’s National School, Drangan on Sunday December 29th at 12 noon. All support would be greatly appreciated. Come along for some Christmas/New Year crack.
A Happy and a Holy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our readers.
Local Clubs AGM
The AGM of the local GAA Club took place in the meeting room on Friday night last. About 20 members in all attended, which was somewhat on the small side. Chairman Martin Cody presided. Elected to administer the club for the coming year were Chairman Martin Cody, Vice Chairmen Dick Egan and Lance Vaughan, Sec. Eddie McCarthy, Treasurer Albert Curran and PRO Jackie Bolger. Written reports were presented by the Secretary and by the Treasurer.
The Secretary’s report showed that the club had engaged in over 20 championship football and hurling games during 2013 at minor, U21 and senior level. Only 2 games were won during the year and one was drawn. Not a single game was won in football nor was a game won in minor hurling or football during the year. Managers were appointed to the following teams for 2014. Intermediate football Jackie Bolger, U21 football Johnny Kennedy and senior hurling Sean Foxe and Willie Phelan. The Treasurers report saw a loss in the clubs finances during 2013 in spite of very generous sponsorship from Mullinahone Co-Op. The adjourned AGM will take place in mid January, but prior to it a follow-up meeting to the recent club workshop will take place so that reports from the workshop can be acted upon.
The ashes of the late Ned Hyland, formerly of Cappnagrane who died in England were received and blessed in St. Michael’s Church last weekend and were interred in Isertkieran on Sunday. Condolences to Ned’s extended family. Anniversary Masses next weekend Saturday Dec. 14th at 8pm Anniversary Elizabeth and Jack O’Meara, Jamestown as well as Mick and Patti O’Meara, Sunday Dec 15th at 11.30am months mind Kitty Neary Modeshill. As Christmas approaches, the annual pre-Christmas Penitential Service will take in St. Michael’s Church. However, parishioners are asked to note that this service this year will be on a Friday night Dec. 20th. This is Friday night week and the service will be from 7pm to 8pm. Many are also looking forward to the Christmas carol service which is due to take place in St. Michaels on Sunday evening next December 15th at 7pm. Come along and join in the festive spirit.
This Thursday night Dec. 12th sees a Bingo Night in our GAA centre. There will be a Christmas jackpot of €500 and also a raffle. 8.30pm is “Eyes Down” time, so sharpen the old pencil and come along.
Congrats to Alex Maher , Ned O’Meara, Megan Scott, Chloe Costello, Matthew Direen and Eve Rowan from Mullinahone NS who were winners in the recent Clonmel Library Colouring and Poetry competition. Congratulations to Jane Thompson and Alex Maher who were winners in the Sherkin Island Environmental competition.
A meeting to organise community games locally in 2014 will be held in the Community Centre on this Thursday night Dec 12th at 7pm. All are welcome.
Championship win down under
A photo in this weeks parish newsletter shows the following local lads Joey Maher, Ballycullen, Richard Fitzgibbon, Carrick St, Adrian Maher, Ballycullen, Michael O’Connor, Killenaule, Peter Dunne (cousin of Vicky Maher) Carrick St., Ned Tobin, Mullinoly, Michael Lonergan, Killaghy, Adrian Doheny, Whitegates and Shane O’Brien, Carrick St. All nine were on the winning team in the West Sydney championship winning the final 2-0. The teams motto could well have been “Mullinahone Abu” under the “eagle eye” of manager “Gibby” Richard Fitzgibbon to those not in the know.
Winning numbers last week were 3,15,17 and 20. No jackpot winner, but five match 3 winners who shared €150. Congrats to M. Rochford, Jim Clarke, Breda O’Dwyer, Jessica Cuddy and Emma Kerr. Next draw Dec. 16th when the jackpot could be worth €1450.
The AGM of the Juvenile football and hurling club took place on Friday night last in the GAA meeting room. The meeting was well attended. Chairman Declan McNamara presided. Among the attendance were the chairman of the CJ Kickhams senior club Martin Cody and the treasurer of the senior club Albert Curran. Reports were presented by the chairman, secretary and treasurer. The chairman stood down after his years at the top and Victor Direen Clashbeg was elected chairman. Sean Reilly was re-elected treasurer, as was Jackie Bolger re-elected PRO. The secretary Pat Fitzgerald, who also wished to step down is to continue until a new Runai is elected. This is likely to happen at the next meeting of the club which is to take place next week.
Rainfall locally in November amounted to 41.7mm of rain on 12 days. Only 8.4mm fell during the last 19 days of the month. The year’s total rainfall to date is in the region of 650mm (26 inches). Were December to produce the same sort of rainfall as the other 11 months of the year, the yearly total for 2013 will be very low indeed.
Local Lotto Draw
The numbers drawn in the local lotto draw on Monday night last were 12, 14,19 and 26. We had no jackpot winner and only one match 3 winner of €150. Congrats to Brian Forristal. Next draw is on December 9th.
Christmas Carol Service
The now annual Christmas Carol service will take place is St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone on Sunday evening December 15th. The service will involve both the parish choir and pupils from the parish primary schools.
Sharpen your pencils or markers etc. so that you can attend the Bingo Night in the GAA Hall on Thursday next December 12th at 8.30pm. A jackpot of €500 and raffle will be on the menu. Support would be greatly appreciated.
Condolences to the family of John Burke of Kyleafreaghane who passed away recently at an advanced age. Sympathy also to Ray O’Sullivan, Killaghy on the death of his mother Mary in England. Mary was also in her nineties. Anniversary Masses next weekend Saturday December 7th at 8pm Months Mind of Anna Barrett, Compsey, Saturday December 7th at 8pm anniversary Michael White, Clonlahy and Sr. Benignus White, Sunday December 8th at 9.30am anniversary Ellen Hickey, Carrick Street, Sunday December 8th at 11.30am anniversary Jack and Josie Sheehan, Ballydavid. During this Mass the remains (ashes) of Ned Hyland formerly Cappaghnagrane will be blessed and interred afterwards in Isertkieran. Monday next December 9th will be a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses on Monday 9.30am anniversary Molly and John Mullally, Lismolin and 11.30am anniversary Ellen Scott, Jamestown. Preparation for 1st Communion 2014 began last weekend in St. Michael’s Church. Adoration continues each Thursday from 11am to 9pm.
Well done St. Michaels
Congratulations to St. Michael’s NS who were awarded a prize of €300 from South Tipp County Council for winning the Best Travel Project in the 2013 Enviromental Awards.
Community Council Draw (November results)
€150 T.J. McInerney, The Square, €70 Bernadette Mockler, Ballycullen, €25 Graham Davies, Clashbeg, €25 Dick Egan, Bawnavrona,€20 John Gillman Jnr. Fethard Street.
Support for those suffering in the Phillippines has now reached €3,700 as a result of 2 local gifts of €500 and €1,000.
CJ. Kickhams AGM
The AGM of C.J.Kickhams GAA club will take place on this Friday night December 6th at 8.30pm in the GAA complex. Members, players and prospective new members are invited to attend. This is your opportunity to discuss and influence the direction of our club for 2014.
Coolagh Card Games for Christmas commence this Thursday December 5th at 8pm for prizes of Hams and Hampers. All are welcome to Coolagh Hall every Thursday until Christmas.
There will be a tractor run in aid of St. Patricks NS Drangan on Sunday December 29th at 12noon. All support would be greatly appreciated.
Playing Season is over
The defeat of our U21 hurlers in the South semifinal on Sat. last in Kilsheelan brings the playing season to an end for CJ Kickhams GAA club. In the end our lads brought Carrick Swan to extra time in a good game of hurling. Our lads showed huge improvement since they lost their last league section game to Ballybacon. The changes made to the team since the previous game brought about a huge improvement. Most of the changes made were due to players having recovered from injury and coming back into the side. It was great to see Jack Shelly back in action and seemingly well recovered from a serious injury. The team scored 2-17 in 80 minutes of hurling, but unfortunately they were four points short. It was definitely the team’s best display of the season and had they won, no doubt, they would have been even better in the final.
Nearly all the lads are still under age next year so this is one team which is unlikely to see many changes in management. The panel of players who lined out at U21 this year was Richie Walsh, Paul Gayson, George Browning, James Phelan, Gary Cronin, Eoin Fennelly, David Walzer, Sean Walzer, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Luke Mullally, Cathal Horan, Jack Shelly, Stephen Quirke, Micheál Dunne, Graham Horan, Joe Hogan, Kevin McGrath, Jack McCarthy, Edward Dunne, Colin Byrne and Liam Hicks. It is also hoped that Denis Connolly will be recovered and able to join the squad again in 2014. When the records of 2013 are looked at it can be seen that our U21’s came closest to winning a hurling championship to end the year on a hopeful note.
Condolences to Breda Gahan, Kickham Place on the death of her sister Marie O’Reilly in Middleton, Co. Cork. Anniversary Masses next weekend St. Nov. 30th @ 8pm Bernie and Martin Lynch as well as Catherine and Michael Mullally and Sr. Philomena Croke. Sun. Dec. 1st @ 9.30am Mary Heaney, Kickham Place. Sun. Dec.1st @ 11.30am Rita Keating, Ballyogue. Parishioners are invited to place their petitions in the petition box at the back of our church. No offerings please. Grateful thanks to those who contributed €2,200 to the Disaster Appeal at Masses last weekend. First Holy Communion 2014 preparation begins in the Church on Sunday next Dec. 1st @ 9.30am and 11.30am Masses.
Our thanks to Eddie Duggan, Killaghy St. who has retired as chairman of the local Community Games Committee after many years of service. There will be a meeting at the Knocknagow Community Centre on this Thursday Nov. 28th to put a new committee in place @ 7.30pm for 2014.
The Ready, Steady Coach programme is being run by Munster LGFA tutors in the GAA Hall on Saturday next Nov. 30th from 10am to 12.30pm. Participants must be over 16 years of age. For more info. or to book your place ring or text 086-2319623. All are welcome.
Josie wins jackpot
Congratulations to Josie O’Keeffe, Mullinoly, who last week won the local lotto jackpot of €2,750. The winning numbers were 3,8,13 and 22. While Josie is doing the Christmas shopping, the rest of us can try to win the new jackpot on Monday night next Dec. 2nd.
A Christmas Fare in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare and Temple Street Children’s Hospital will take place at Ballylanigan House, Mullinahone on Fri.6th from 2-7pm and on Saturday Dec. 7th from 10am to 5pm. A host of Christmas gifts on offer. Enquiries to 087-2920440.
Tidy Towns would like to thank all who attended a very successful quiz last week. They also thank all our very generous sponsors. Your valuable support enables us to work towards enhancing our village. A great night was had by all and brings to an end another successful year when we improved our Tidy Town’s marking by 11 points. We would also like to thank personnel of South Tipp. Co. Council for all their hard work and support during 2013.