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Kitty Purcell Loved Mullinahone Well

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Kitty Purcell Loved Mullinahone Well


Local people were shocked last week at the death of Kitty Purcell of Kickham Street. Kitty was a somewhat reclusive lady and was not in the best of health for many years. She was in her early 60s.


She lived almost all her live in Kickham Street or Chapel Street, as it would be known by some of the older people. Kitty was born at the top of the street to Jack Hickey and Peggy Brett who kept a shop where her brother Eddie now lives.


Officially she was Catherine Ann which soon became Kitty the name she retained to the end of her life. In her younger days Kitty worked as a barmaid in Murphy’s of Grangemockler. She later married Paddy Purcell, eventually moving back to her home street.


She was keenly interested in reading and politics.


Kitty’s remains reposed overnight in St Michael’s Church, Mullinahone, where her funeral Mass the following day was celebrated by parish priest Fr John McGrath. The Mass was served by Kelly Hickey, Kitty’s niece. Two members of the Hickey family took the readings: Paddy Hickey (cousin) and her nephew’s wife Marie Hickey. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Marie Hickey, Michael Hickey, John Hickey and Mary Hickey.


The offertory gifts were presented by Kitty’s son and daughter Patrick Purcell and Margaret Purcell and by her loyal friend Phyllis Direen who had called on her every day for the last 24 years. After her funeral Mass Kitty’s remains were interred in the adjoining cemetery. To her son and daughter Patrick and Margaret we extend our sympathies, also to her brothers Tommy and Eddie Hickey and to her extended family. May the soul of Catherine Ann (Kitty) Purcell rest in peace in her native Mullinahone which se loved so well.


Cemetery Appeal

All who prayed in our parish cemeteries during November were impressed at how tidy they were. Each year the local authority gives a grant for grass cutting but this falls well short of the real expense incurred.


Voluntary effort also helps but again more is needed. The cemetery beside St Michael’s Church is not part of this scheme. Our CommunityCouncil ould appreciate your support in showing reverence for all our dead. A donation of €10 each year would greatly help. You may give at church or at any of the local shops.


Local Lotto


There was no jackpot winner of the local lotto on November 19.


The numbers drawn were 9, 11,13 and 18. We did have two people who shared the match 3 prize of €150. Our congrats to both Lily Neary and Debbie Denny.


Next jackpot draw will be on Monday when the jackpot could reach €3,950.


Table Quiz


The first anniversary of the death of Rita Keating of Ballyogue will take place whis weekend. After her death her family in appreciation held a fundraising sale of work in aid of St. Brigid’s. This will take the form of a table quiz in TJ Macs tomorrow (Thursday) at 9.30pm. Teams of four can be made up on the night.


A Surplus of Priests

In these increasingly secular days it is most unusual to have a surplus of priests. In a single priest parish such as our own it is most unusual still except at special ceremonies. However on November 10 the congretation at evening Mass had a pleasant surprise when Fr McGrath PP was assisted in saying Mass by no lesst than three visiting Australian priests.


All three had Mullinahone connections hich they were pleased to share with the congregation. Also, the arrival of the three (they were a bit early for the Wise Men) was a fine testimony of the faith of Mullinahone people who have emigrated overseas in times past. The three priests were Fr Brendan Quirke, whose family roots were in Poulacapple, Fr Matthew Mullan who worked with the late Fr Tom Kennedy (Crab Ditch) in the diocese of Maitland and Fr Paul Ventien (also a good Mullinahone name). Fr Ventien was educated in the secondary school where the Bro Joseph Crowley of Kilvemnon was a teacher for many years.


Cards in Coolagh

Coolagh cards for Christmas have begun. Each Thursday night from now until Christmas games of 25 will be played in coolagh parish hall at 8pm. Prizes will consist of hams and hampers so there is every chance of the Christmas dinner as well as many hours of enjoyable card play.


Parish News

Congratulations to Eugene Brett of Oakfield who was recently wed to Nina Smith of Athlone.


Sympathy to the families of Catherine Purcell, Kickham Street and of Patrick O Brien, Tinakelly who both died recently.


Anniversary Masses next weekend, Saturday 8pm, anniversary Ellen Hickey, Fethard Street, Sunday 11.30am.


Anniversary Rita Keating Ballyogue.


Shoe Box Appeal

Poulacapple NS were omitted in error from a list of partons of the Shoe Box Appeal. Apologies and a big belated thank you to the pupils and teachers of Poulacapple NS for all their boxes. Also thanks to Fr McGrath for making some late deliveries to Thurles Collection Centre.



If you love life, life will love you back.


Mullinahone Magazine

It is out, warts and all. The Mullinahone magazine (25th anniversary edition of Knocknagow News) hit the newstands or shops over the weekend. Again it seems to be a fine publication.


Joe Tobin intorduces us to The Champ. We look a Mullinahone through silver tinted glasses. Some older photos with many absent friends. The 25th Kickham Country Weekend reports. By the looks of things we have left over marks on diocese of Ossory.


Some elders recall retail outlets in Mullinahone (even before my time). Our primary schools report extensively and we have a lovely picture parade at the centre. All of that is very litle of what is a fine book. Great credit to Mick Larkin but it is enough to be going on with.


Mullinahone GAA

Emma strikes All Ireland glory. In 1997 when Tipperary lost to Clare in the All Ireland final, Pat Kenny brought his Kenny Live show to Mullinahone to interview some or our county hurlers. On the television footage many of our young juveniles were filmed showing their skills to the nation. One of those juveniles was Emms Williams. It’s ironic that ten years later Emma was to win an All Ireland senior camogie club medal with Cashel. Emma has played with Cashel in recent years but started her playing career with Mullinahone under 12s an under 14s. On behalf of all her team mates from those early days we congratulate Emma on a fantastic win. We contratulat also her proud parents Joe and Ann Williams. Of course Joe was no mean hurler himself so as the saying goes she didn’t pick it up from the ground. Enjoy your success Emma. You may be very proud.


Juvenile Medal Presentation

On next Saturday night our under 14 county champions will be presented with their medals following 8pm Mass. The function takes place in the sports hall. Everybody is welcome, as are children.

Micheal Hogan Memorial

Last Sunday in Grangemockler a wreath laying ceremony took place to remember Michael Hogan, who was shot in Croke Park. A good turn out by clubs showed the respect to this day. The graveside oration was by former president Paddy Buggy. The Mullinahone banner was carried by John Vaughan and Tony Nolan.


Representing the club were chairman Tommy O Sullivan and treasurer Albert Curran along with PRO Jackie Bolger. Dick Egan attended in his capacity as did Martin Cody as Bord na nOg vice-chairman.


It was one of those occasions that reminded us of the vast history associated with the club.


Shoe Box Appeal

It is great to report that 258 shoe boxes were collected this year. A sincere thank you to all involved, children, families, teachers, parishioners, Carol and staff, Penny’s Clonmel, Tom Fenessey, principal, Presentation Convent, Brightsparks Playschool, Angela Fogarty, Fiona Lawlor, Margaret Kennedy, Partents Council, St Joseph’s NS for all their help. Thanks also to Kathleen Holden Kelly for joining with us from Mullinahone, bringing the total to 382 children will realise that somebody cares for them.


Nick Williams

Tipperary institute will host Celliuradh 2007 on Friday. The theme for this years event is discover the work you were born to do, presented by Nick Williams, International Speaker and Author. Please contact 0504 281236


Diocesan Childcare


Information meeting on December 6 at 7pm in St Patricks College, Thurles. All are welcome.


Ring A Link

Door to door services, Thursday and Saturdays, Lisronagh, Mullinahone, Fethard, Killenaule, Drangan, Ballingarry, Cloneen, Ballynonty, Dualla, Ballinure. LoCall 1890 42 41 41. 9am and 4.30pm weekdays and 9am to 12.30 on Saturday.




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