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Three cups visit Poulacapple - w/e Dec 1

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Three cups visit Poulacapple - w/e Dec 1

IT MIGHT only be a small school, but it is certainly one of the best known landmarks to those who travel the roads of the South East.
Because of its lovely artistic displays, for many years Poulacapple NS is well known to many who travel the main road between Clonmel and Kilkenny.
For many years a speed limit was sought to make it safer for those attending the school. Now happily such a zone is in place on the road passing the school.

Poulacapple school is over one hundred years old and is situated in the parish of Mullinahone. However, for many years, about two thirds of the pupils attending Poulacapple NS have come from the parishes of Windgap and Callan in Co Kilkenny.

This has led to great hurling rivalry within the school. On Monday the three All-Ireland hurling trophies, senior, under-21 and minor, were united for a short while in the school.

The Kilkenny contingent were visiting the school to meet the pupils and to promote hurling and to show them the McCarthy Cup and the Cros Caiseal (under-21). The Tipp contingent contributed the Irish Press Cup (minor hurling), so a very small school was, for a while at least, the centre of the hurling world.

The Kilkenny trip across the border was kindly arranged by Poulacapple NS past pupil John Corrigan.
Relationships in the school are further complicated by the fact that though the school is situated in Co Tipperary, all three serving teachers are natives of Co Kilkenny.

However, though rivalry exists, peace still prevails and the young people and hurling are the winners.
On the inter-county front, Mairéad Luttrell, a member of the Tipperary senior camogie panel, is a past pupil of Poulacapple.
To Mary Meagher and her staff we say thank you on promoting gaelic games in the school. Leading the Kilkenny team on Monday were James Ryall and Noel Hickey.

JACKPOT WON – Christmas came early for local lady Mary Fitzgibbon of Carrick Street on Monday.
Mary scooped the jackpot of e9,250 in the local lotto, one of the highest jackpots since the lotto began. Numbers drawn were 8, 9, 17, 24.
For the lotto organisers it is back to the beginning with the jackpot starting again on Monday next at e2,000.

ST MICHAEL'S – St Michael's NS (the village school) has been and will be busy on the sports front.
Last week the school travelled to Littleton to take part in the county play-offs of the INTO sponsored schools' football sevens.
Mullinahone had qualified for the finals by winning out their section in Kilsheelan. They were grouped with Drom NS, whom they defeated 5-3 to 0-4 and Ballyporeen whom they beat 2-7 to 2-0 to qualify for the final.
Here they played Mount Bruis NS from the Tipp town area. Mount Bruis is a small school and as such had an age advantage over Mullinahone, winning the final by 3-7 to 1-3.

Mullinahone were represented by Jack McCarthy, Luke Mullally, Conor Vaughan, Sean Walzer, Jack Shelly (captain), David Walzer and Liam Hicks. Subs: Robert Reilly, Aaron Hayden, Tyler Hicks, Kevin McGrath and Colum Fullbrook.
Well done to mentors James Cahill and Sean Walzer on getting the team so far.
On Sunday the school quiz team travelled to Clonmel to take part in the South Tipp GAA primary schools quiz. Mullinahone answered well though they didn't make the list of prizewinners.

They did, however, do well enough to advance to the county final of this quiz on Friday night.
The four who represented Mullinahone NS on Sunday were Jack McCarthy, Killian Skorka (captain), David Walzer and Jack Shelly. Well done lads and best of luck next weekend.

On Thursday in Littleton, Mullinahone will play Gaelscoil Dúrlas in the Tipperary primary schools' football final. The game goes ahead at 12.30pm and support would be appreciated.

The team are well prepared and last week's sevens final should have sharpened the team.

NEWSLETTER – Condolences this week to Eileen Cronin (née Gayson) and family on the sad death of Eileen's husband Paul Cronin, Ballyduggan.
29 November 2006





"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


poet. C.J. Boland