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Two County Titles within 24 hours - w/e Nov 10

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Two County Titles within 24 hours - w/e Nov 10

For 44 years from 1929 to 1973 Mullinahone failed to win a county title in football or hurling. Of course during those years it was all football.
 
During those years we reached three county finals but lost them all, the senior of 1945, the minor of 1956 and the junior of 1965. Even after the junior final of 1973 we were to lose the county junior hurling final of 1979 before we won two titles within seven days in 1988 the U21 'B' in football and hurling.

The success of those years and the years that followed may have made us blasé about winning county titles but even in our dreams we never expected to win two county titles within 24 hours. Yet that is what happened last weekend.
On Saturday our minors defeated Loughmore in Littleton and on Sunday our Intermediates got the better of Kilsheelan in Fethard to regain the title that we last won in 2000.

For the parish it was special but for Kevin Walzer it was an extra special 24 hours. On Saturday he played in the minor final and the following day he came on in the intermediate final to win his second county medal. Having won the county title on Sunday our intermediates now try their luck in the Munster championship against the Cork champions. This game is expected to be played at a Tipperary venue.
 

MINORS REVERSE RESULT OF 1956 – Sometimes events conspire to illustrate the inherent truth of old sayings, proverbs or in Irish "seanfhocail". Last week in Mullinahone was a good example of this. It took place in the world of GAA and the old saying in question was "It's a long road that has no turning".

On the bank holiday Monday our intermediate footballers played Newport in the county semi-final. Back in June 1966 our intermediate footballers played Newport in the county junior football final of 1965. We were favourites to win but victory went to Newport. Until last Monday we had waited 40 years to get our own back.
Three of our team last Monday were Ky Vaughan, Paul Kelly and Dermot Hackett. Forty years ago their fathers Lance Vaughan and Jimsy Kelly were on the team that went down to Newport and Tom Hackett was on the subs bench though subs didn't have a bench then.

Within five days on Saturday our minor footballers played Loughmore/Castleiney in the county final in Littleton. After a thrilling game our lads emerged victorious 0-8 to 0-7. Back in October 1956 our minors of the day played the then Castleiney in a county minor football final. Fifty years ago we lost 0-6 to 0-3. Our team played that year in conjunction with St Pat's. In the south final they beat Cahir. Nine of that team came from Mullinahone. The nine were Dan Galligan, Tom Gunn, Frank Kelly, John Costelloe, Johnny Ryan, Jimmy Kelly, Micky Rochford, Johnny Dunne and Jack Gardiner.
In the county final it is reported that Billy Curran came on as a sub. Of the ten, it is worth stating that on Saturday Jimsy Kelly was in Littleton to see the turning of the road. A total of 90 years GAA history was then overturned in a period of five days.

Next week we will return in depth to our minors who won a well deserved county title. For the moment we will just offer them our congratulations and state their names. Mullinahone lined out Michael Lonergan (Killaghy), Niall Mullally (captain) (Ballinacloghy), Joseph O'Meara (Ballydonnell), Richard Morrissey (Rossane), Niall Cronin (Ballyduggan), Brian Quirke (Poulacapple), Shane O'Brien (Fenane), Edward Phelan (Cappagh), Tom Collins (Callan), Brian Treacy (Clongoose), Kevin Walzer (Carrick Road), Niall O'Brien (Ballylanigan), Sean Curran (Kilvemnon), Donal Cody (Poulacapple), Michael Hicks (Gurteen). Sub used Ned Tobin (Mullinoly).
 

WEATHER – The last week has given us very fine weather but in spite of that the total local rainfall during October was the highest monthly total this year. The total rainfall during the month was 143.6 mm on 21 days. In fact we have to go back a full year to October 2005 for a month as wet.
October 2004 was also the wettest month of that year but just in case one is getting the idea that October is traditionally the wettest month let us remember October 2003 when only 24.1mm of rain fell making it the second driest month to August of 2003.
To return to the present year, October 25 with 33.1mm of rain was the wettest day of the year so far. In fact, it was the wettest day locally since October 28, 2004 when 43.1mm of rain fell. October had the same number of wet days as May with 21 but average rainfall in October was much heavier.

REFLECTION – The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.

ANOTHER TITLE – Perhaps it was the kindness of the day or the nearness of the venue or the closeness of the opposition but Mullinahone's supporters were out in force on Sunday in Fethard for the county intermediate football final with Kilsheelan. They were not to be disappointed. After the fine win by the minors the previous day the intermediates were greatly heartened and began well. However, they were unlucky in their scoring attempts and it took a fine goal by Brian O'Meara on the stroke of half time to give them a well deserved lead.

Mullinahone came under more sustained pressure in the second half with goalie Micheal Cahill fielding one fine ball under severe pressure. However Mullinahone kep their nerve and held on for a fine two points win which just about made up for their South Final loss to the same opposition some weeks ago. Mullinahone now advance to play in the Munster Championships in which they will meet Cork opposition Glanmire or St Vincents at a Tipperary venue. Well done to all concerned.

This year our footballers won their four league section games in the South before losing the South Final. They then recovered well winning the County quarter-final and semi-final on the bank holiday weekend.
The 15 who lined out to recapture the title which they last won in 2000 was Michael Cahill, Noel O'Shea, Niall Curran, Edward O'Brien, Ky Vaughan, Dermot Hackett, Philip O'Shea, Paul Curran, Alan Curran, James Connolly, Edwin O'Meara, Pat Croke, Paul Kelly, Brian O'Meara, Noel Leahy. Subs used Kevin Walzer and Shane Collins. Contrary to popular belief this was an experienced football side with at least six of the players having lined out with Tipperary in championship football.
 

PARISH NOTES –
Congratulations to Brian Larkin, Carrick Road and Diane Roberts. Bunclody, Co Wexford who were recently married.
Condolences to Gretta Phelan, Kickham Street on the death of her brother Fr Tom Kennedy in Australia. Fr Tom was well known in Mullinahone to which he returned on a regular basis over his 50-odd years of ministry. Fr Kennedy was in his mid-70s.
Cemetery prayers did not take place on Sunday last due to the county final.
November prayers will take place in Mullinahone cemetery on Sunday at 2.30pm and Killaghy at 3pm. On November 12 prayers will take place in Kilvemnon at 2.30pm in Isertkieran at 3pm and in Modeshill at 3.30 pm.
There will be Mass for Fr Kennedy at 8pm on Friday.
Anniversary Mass on Saturday at 8pm for Mary and Tommy Bradshaw, Ballycullen and their son Billy Bradshaw.

THANK YOU – The brown and black collie dog which was reported lost last week has been found. The owner says thanks to all.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Fr Joe Collins will speak to parents who have children for First Holy Communion in 2007 in St Patrick's College, Thurles on Monday from 7.30-9pm. This will be the first of two talks.
The second will take place on November 20. The purpose of the two talks is to make sure that parents are also well prepared.
 

COMMUNITY GAMES – The local Community Games committee are looking for new active members. Anyone interested in joining the committee should telephone Una at 53343 or Tina at 53513.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL DRAW – October results: e150 Susan Bates, Ballylanigan; e70 Rose Byrne, Ballyduggan; e25 Graham Davies, Clashbeg; e25 Liam O'Dwyer, Ballyvadlea; e20 Margaret Hall, Kilvemnon.

LOCAL LOTTO – The local lotto jackpot was not won on Monday. The numbers were 1, 10, 13 and 18. We did however have a match 3 winner who won e150. Congratulations to Miriam O'Keeffe. Next draw will be on Monday when the jackpot could be e9,100. To win you must first be in.

 

 

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