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Families come together in grief - w/e Dec 8

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Families come together in grief - w/e Dec 8

THE sad death took place recently of Paul Cronin of Ballyduggan. Paul first became ill last March but it was only recently that the very serious state of his illness was diagnosed.
He was only 48 years of age at the time of his most untimely death.
In a sad coincidence of fate Eileen Gayson (Paul's wife) lost her father Andy when he was only 49 years of age. At the time Eileen who is the second youngest in her family of 17 was only eight years of age. Now for the second time the man in her life has been taken from Eileen at a young age.

Paul was a native of the Slate Quarries in Co Kilkenny, a heritage of which he was very proud and proclaimed by the sight of his Kilkenny jersey among the offertory gifts. Paul was also very interested in darts and music, other facets of his life shown in the offertory gifts.

He was essentially a family man. The importance of family was clearly evident at Paul's funeral. Paul himself was one of ten children. His wife Eileen was one of 17. All but one of his brothers and sisters and his wife's brothers and sisters were in attendance at Paul's funeral and the one absentee was prevented by illness from being present.

Paul and Eileen met in nearby Nine-Mile-House and Bagatelle's Summer in Dublin recalled the memories. Paul reposed in the family home where he died before being moved to St Michael's Church, Mullinahone. Fr John McGrath PP attended to the funeral obsequies. At the funeral Mass the lessons were read by Paul's son Davy and his brother Michael.
The offertory gifts were presented by Timmy Gayson (brother-in-law), Pat Hayes (uncle), Paul Gayson (godson), and Paul's family, Eileen, Karen, Davy, Alan, Niall and Gary. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Niall Cronin (son), Gary Cronin(son), Paul Gayson (godchild), Tina (sister), and Andy Gayson (brother-in-law). Music which was a great love of Paul Cronin was provided by John Bermingham, while Elaine Cleere gave a special rendition of The Rose.

At the conclusion of the funeral Mass John Gayson on behalf of his sister and her family thanked all who had helped out during Paul's illness and its aftermath. In a poignant memory Paul's late mother passed away last April shortly after Paul becoming ill.

During his more than 20 years among us Paul became quite well known and was accepted into the local community like many a Kilkenny man before him. Most of this time was spent in Ballyduggan and before that in Kickham Place.
After Mass Paul's remains were taken to St Michael's cemetery Killaghy for burial. His reposal at home, his removal to St Michael's, his Mass and his burial in Killaghy were all well attended.

As we say goodbye to Paul, long, long before his time, we offer our condolences to his wife Eileen, his daughter Karen, his sons Davy, Alan, Niall and Gary and to his large extended family. May the soul of Paul Cronin rest in heavenly peace.
mullinahone rewrite history – This is the fourth year of the Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship. The previous three championships have all been won by the Co Cork intermediate champions so Mullinahone's win over the 2006 Cork champions, St Vincent's in Anner Park, Cloneen on Sunday was an outstanding achievement.

It was also unique as prior to last Sunday no Tipperary club had won a game in this championship. Our last three intermediate football championship winners, Grangemockler (2003), Killenaule (2004) and Moyne-Templetuohy (2005) had all fallen to defeat in their first outing in Munster. Mullinahone's reward for last Sunday's win is another mountain to climb. On Sunday next they face the Kerry county champions, Ardfert in the Munster semi-final. The winners will play Clare's Corofin in the final.

Next Sunday's game is also a home fixture and will probably take place again in Cloneen in Anner Park. Not only are Ardfert the Kerry champions, but they reached that grade by winning the All-Ireland Junior grade club championship in 2004.
The 15 who lined out in Munster for Mullinahone on Sunday last were Noel Leahy, Noel O'Shea, Niall Curran, Edward O'Brien, James Connolly, Dermot Hackett, Ky Vaughan, Brian O'Meara, Alan Curran, Pat Croke, Edwin O'Meara, Mark O'Brien, Kevin Walzer, Eoin Kelly, Paul Kelly. Sub used Shane Collins.

Knocknagow social club – The next meeting of the Knocknagow Social Club will be their Christmas Party which will be held in Kilkenny.
For further details or to make a donation please contact Maura O'Sullivan or any member of the Knocknagow Social Club committee.

Prizewinners – Well done to the pupils, teachers and parents of Poulacapple NS. They have just won a major prize in the South Tipperary County Council Tidy Schools competition. The award achieved by Poulacapple NS was the Best Waste Management Policy 2006.

The school places great emphasis on the theme "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and green is the colour as compost bin, paper shredding, clothes recycling and special disposal of batteries, old phones and ink cartridges have a high priority and profile in the lives of the pupils.

The school were presented with their award at a special function in Hotel Minella, Clonmel on Monday night. Four of the pupils Catherine Foley, Ciara McDonald, Sean Burke and Colin Byrne accepted the award on behalf of the school. They were accompanied by the school teachers and Carmel Kennedy and Rose Byrne who travelled on behalf of the parents.
The award I am sure will also be recycled and probably used to buy flowers which will be used to make the environs of the school even more beautiful. The school would like to thank the pupils, the parents, the teachers and manager Fr McGrath PP and all who helped to keep the school tidy and litter free. As the old saying goes "we live in each other's shadow". Well done Poulacapple.

Community council draw – The results of the November Community Council draw were e150 Mary O'Connell, Ballingarry; e70 John Shelly, Clonagoose; e25 Nellie Bolger, The Square; e25 Natalie Gillman, Jamestown; e20 John Bermingham, Ballycullen. Congratulations all.

Local lotto – The local lotto jackpot was not won on November 27. The numbers drawn were 13, 16, 26 and 27. Not only did we not have a jackpot winner but we didn't even have a match 3 winner. However the committee drew five lucky dips who shared e150. The lucky dippers were James Maher, Timothy Phelan, Eileen O'Sullivan, Sally Brett and Meibh Maher. Congratulations all. Next draw will be on Monday night when the jackpot could be e2,300. Santa Claus would appreciate it. Remember if you are not in you can't win.

Parish news - During Advent in the lead up to Christmas, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place each Sunday afternoon from 2.30 - 4.30pm. A special penitential service for Christmas will also take place in St Michael's Church on December 17 at 7pm.

Sympathy is extended to the relatives of the late Bridie Boland, Mullinoly (Con's wife), who died recently in Cashel. Also sympathy to Gretta Phelan, Kickham St whose brother-in-law Tom Collins (Brigid's husband) died in England and also to the husband and daughters of Rita Keating, Ballyogue who passed away last week after a very long illness.
Thanks this week to the Hicks family, Mullinahone NS and to the O'Brien family, Kilvemnon NS, who are keepers of the parish Chalices. Next week the keepers will come from Poulacapple NS and Mullinahone NS.

Drugs project worker – Recently Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative appointed a new drugs project worker Stuart Moloney. Stuart is hoping to undertake work with local communities to raise awareness of drug related issues. Anyone interested or worried about drug use in the area can contact Stuart at 087 6188075 or 062 62824. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
well done Martin – Congratulations to Martin Cody of Poulacapple. As local man Dick Egan of Bawnavrona stepped down after three years as chairman of South Tipperary Bord na n"g Martin Cody of Poulacapple was elected as vice-chairman of that body at their recent AGM.

Martin was runai of our local juvenile club for seven years and should prove a most capable replacement for Dick in the coming years. Both Dick and Martin were elected South Board representatives on County Bord na nOg so the Mullinahone club is well represented at the higher councils.
schools football final – Bad weather caused the postponement last week of St Michael's NS county football final. It is hoped to play the game this week. Good luck to Mullinahone.
Coolagh cards – Are you interested in winning a hamper or ham for Christmas? If so try cards in Coolagh Hall each Thursday night.

Mullinahone magazine – It's out and it's selling well. I am referring to the latest edition of the Mullinahone Magazine. As usual it is in time for Christmas and priced at e7, it makes a grand present for those who might live away from Mullinahone.
We haven't space or time to review this year's magazine but as usual it reveals some splendid nuggets. In presenting the "Seven Ages of Man" a tribute to his late mother, Malachy Curran becomes Kilvemnon's answer to both Shakespeare and Willie Egan, Malachy forgot to tell us that when his mother missed the Christmas cake that she found both the iced top and the box.

Poetry makes a comeback in the magazine. I liked Niall Walsh's mind of a young boy and Eoin Kelly receives the ultimate award, a tribute in verse from Joe Tobin. Next week we'll have discovered more.
soccer – For the first time Mullinahone will field a team in the Tipperary under-11 soccer league. Many of the players have been together since they were seven or eight years old playing on short pitches into small goals. Now they make the step up to a full-size pitch, regular goals and an 11-a-side team. It is a challenge eagerly awaited by a dedicated bunch of boys who hail from all over the parish a beyond.

The team is managed by John Bermingham with great assistance from David Carroll and Tommy Forristal.
David brings his own brand of infectious enthusiasm to each training session and sets a great example to the lads with his wholehearted commitment. The first league game is on Saturday in Cashel.

The under-14 team were unlucky to lose by the odd goal in five in Clerihan at the weekend. This team is being coached by Alan Cronin, Jamie McGrath and Ian Gahan. It is very encouraging to see younger members of the junior team helping out with the underage teams as it is often very difficult to find willing volunteers.
The juniors had a one all draw with Doon to continue their quest for promotion.

Sincere sympathy is offered to the Cronin family on the death of Paul whose sons Alan, Shane and Gary are stalwarts of the club.
All regular training sessions and fixtures were cancelled as a mark of respect.
06 December 2006



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