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Christmas blots out shortest day - w/e Dec 22

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Christmas blots out shortest day - w/e Dec 22

I suppose that this is because of the proximity of Christmas. With so much emphasis on lighting up the place for Christmas and in plenty of time the absence of daylight is not noticed as it once used to be. Whatever about the shortest day being forgotten except by Newgrange-types people still reflect on the lengthening days in the new year once the Christmas season and the back to work/school/college trek has begun. This year for some reason the days of late have been rather gloomy and lighting-up time in homes has definitely been somewhat earlier than in other years. Perhaps the reason this year has been the amount of rain that has fallen from the clouds since early last month.

October was a very wet month but November began with five rainfree days. However things then changed and starting from November 9 we have had only two days rainfree since – November 28 and December 8. During November 142.4mm of rain fell on 21 days. This amount was only barely less than the total rainfall during October which was the wettest month of the year so far. There hasn't been much let up either in December as we have had only one day completely rainfree since the start of the month. With rainfall in excess of 100mm during each of the last three months it is no wonder that land is sodden and fields are waterlogged. We haven't suffered as much as some people in the country according to our TV screen but it would be welcome if it dried up a bit for Christmas. Perhaps the longest day will see a turn in the weather. We'll change the traditional greeting for Christmas and the new year to our readers. This year we will wish them a drier Christmas and a fine new year. I wonder will it do any good?
 

CHRISTMAS – Our Christmas ceremonies in St Michaels church got off to a good start on Sunday evening with a very well attended Penitential service. The six priests who took part were all quite busy.
 

GAA – Our game with the Cork county champions was much delayed but eventually both sides lined out in Cloneen. The result was a first ever win for the Tipperary Intermediate football winners in Munster and a first ever loss for the Cork Intermediate champions. This brought us to Cahir on Sunday against the Kerry champions Ardfert and also last year's All-Ireland junior football champions. There was not much between the two teams on Sunday but two goals conceded in the first half gave Ardfert an edge. Eventually they wore down our lads and ran out 2-9 to 0-8 winners.
Our team was: Noel Leahy, Noel O'Shea, Niall Curran, Edward O'Brien, James Connolly, Dermot Hackett, Ky Vaughan, Paul Curran, Alan Curran, Paul Kelly, Edwin O'Meara, Pat Croke, Eoin Kelly, Brian O'Meara, Kevin Walzer. Subs used Philip O'Shea, Declan McNamara.Among the interested spectators at the game on Sunday was Michael Donovan whose family left Mullinahone in 1955.
 

MASS – Our Christmas Masses have been arranged as follows: Christmas eve first Mass of Christmas 8pm. Christmas day Masses: 9.30am and 11.30am. Details concerning morning Mass between Christmas and new year will appear in the next Mullinahone parish newsletter.

REFLECTION – With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance all things are attainable.

LOTTO – There was no jackpot winner in the local lotto on December 11. We did have three match 3 winners who shared e150. Our congratulations to the Brownings, Mary Sawyer and Bernie Ryall.
The winning numbers were 7, 8, 9 and 19. In the lead up to Christmas we also had a draw for meat vouchers. The winners were Nicola McInerney and Nellie Fennessy. Our congratulations to both also.The jackpot for the next draw may have swollen to e2,600. It would start 2007 nicely. Remember to win you must be in.

SENIOR CITIZENS – The members of the Knocknagow Retired Persons Association travelled to Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny, for their annual Christmas lunch last week. Their Christmas raffle was held in the Springhill. Winners were: first Michael Noonan, Cloneen; second Bill Tobin, Mullinoly; third Mary Dunne, Ballydonnell and fourth Ann O'Brien, Clonagoose.
The outing was greatly enjoyed and the committee would like to thank all those who supported them or helped out. The club would like to extend seasons greetings to the community at large.

MAGAZINE – Now that all the Mullinahone magazines have been dispatched far and wide for Christmas, one can get down to reading the most recent magazine and digesting it. One can also engage in the local past-time of seeing what is missing.
This is probably a local version of the well known game "I spy". Photographs old and new always attract attention. I am impressed with Donal O'Brien's centrefold of the Mullinahone Market 2006. Those with a historical bent will enjoy "Cromwellian Planters of Mullinahone and District" and "The Corn Mill of Compsey". Some severe sentences handed out in "By-gone Days in Mullinahone". I wonder how would some of today's antisocial behaviour brigade have fared?
Our primary schools are full of activity and detail. I enjoyed reading of Peggy and Paddys home-coming to Carrick Street from foreign parts. Yes, this year's Mullinahone magazine will still make an excellent gift for the unexpected caller over the coming holidays.
One should also have one or two of the magazines on reserve. This would also help in staving off bankruptcy from the community.

WELL DONE – Marie Lyons (Cappaghnagrane), a pupil of Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon, has just won the Tipperary section of the Spar Kids Healthy Eating competition. Marie designed her very own healthy lunch and greatly impressed the judges. It is very important to eat healthly and make sure that you get all the vitamins, minerals and protein that one needs to be fit and strong.
Aoileann Garavaghia a top RTE TV chef visited Kilvemnon during November to give the students a "yumee party". Young people have enjoyed the "yumee" series on RTE for the past five years or so. Aoileann has also published two cookery books for children. Aoileann has always encouraged children to learn about food in a fun and exciting way with special emphasis on safety in the kitchen.

All the Kilvemnon pupils made "drop cakes" under the supervision of a master chef. She also helped them to make fruit punch which went down a treat. None of the pupils were stopped for drink driving on the way home. Well done to Marie and Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon.
20 December 2006
 

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