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One for the road

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03 March 2004

AN AREA roads meeting of South Tipperary County Council was held in Mullinahone.
The meeting was the one at which monies for road repairs were decided.
Mullinahone was selected for the meeting because it is customary for each meeting of the committee to be held in the home village of one of the councillors.
Local independent councillor Eddie O'Meara was pleased with the day's work.
Monies totalling almost e1 million were allocated to five projects in the area.
Projects to be attended to this year are:

The main Clonmel/Kilkenny road in the Poulacapple area (e500,000).
The road from the Finger Post, back into Ballyduggan, towards Mullinahone, (e300,000).
The Ballydonnell road from Lismolin towards in the area of Drummond Bridge (e40, 862).
Ballyrichard Road towards Drangan (e27,300).
The area road's meeting in the village was certainly a success for the local area.

mary power –
The death took place recently at Nenagh Hospital of Mary Power, better known locally as Mary O'Brien and born in Ferns, County Wexford as Mary Nolan.
Mary met her first husband Michael O'Brien in Dublin and was widowed at an early age almost 40 years ago when her husband was killed in an accident. The family lived in Ballywalter.
In later years Mary married Seán Power who died some years ago.
Mary was approaching her middle eighties.
For seven years she had lived in Thurles with her daughter Teresa but she had journeyed back to Mullinahone on a regular basis to meet her old friends at Knocknagow Social Club.

Remains reposed in Brett's Funeral Home before being removed to St Michael's Church. Large crowds were in attendance on all occasions, a tribute to the esteem in which Mary and her entire family were held.
Remains were received in St Michaels by Fr McGrath PP who was very diligent in visiting Mary Power during her time in Nenagh Hospital.
Mary had a heart condition for some years but her health deteriorated seriously in the month before her death.
Other clergy who took part in her funeral obsequies came from Littleton and Bohernanave, Thurles, as well as Fr Lambe PP Drangan, Cloneen.
Items displayed during Mary's funeral Mass illustrating her life were an aeroplane to show her great love of travel, toy animals which illustrated the animals she kept when involved in farming, a family portrait and a memento of Slievenamon where she made her home.

The mementos were displayed by representatives of her 54 grandchildren. Prayers of the faithful were also recited by some of her grandchildren. She had six great grandchildren.
Her niece Mary Kelly and one of her grandchildren Tina Callaghan did readings.
After Mass in St Michaels, Mary was interred in Cloneen Cemetery in the heart of an area in which the woman from Wexford had become widely known and admired.
Mary was predeceased by her son Michael 24 years ago.
She is survived by sons Peter and Tom, both Thorny Bridge, Joseph, Holycross, and Eugene, Ballytwohill; daughters Ann Delaney, Vancouver, Canada, Mary Hatti, London, Margaret Cavanagh, London, Philomena Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Patricia Moriarty, Two Mile Borris, Josephine Wallace, Dundalk, Teresa Callaghan, Thurles, Pauline Healy, Roscommon and Bridget O'Gorman, Moyne.

games – The local Community games are back in full swing again in 2004. Last year they were successful in a number of competitions.
This year five teams have been entered. Competitions are indoor soccer (boys under-13), Gaelic football (mixed under-10), girls' football (under-12), hurling (boys' under-13) and soccer (boys under-12).
The committee also holds individual competitions for art, underway in the local schools, and in athletics which will be held later in the year.
Due to the community games parish rule, children from outside the parish boundary are not allowed to enter any of the aforementioned competitions.

birthday –
February 29 saw Larry Comerford, Clashbeg, celebrate his 96th birthday. Larry was a leap year baby, born on February 29, 1908.
He is the oldest man in the parish.

communion –
First Holy Communion is in St Michaels Church on May 29. Parents who wish to have their child receive First Holy Communion are invited to request that their child be part of the preparation.
Children who were not baptised in Mullinahone must provide a certificate of the child's baptism.

chernobyl heart – Oscar winning short documentary film Chernobyl Heart will be shown in Mullinahone tonight (Wednesday) by Ideal Pictures.
In the late 1950's and 1960's Ideal Pictures showed a film in O'Briens Hall each Wednesday.
Behind the venture were Seán Roche (Adi's Father), George Sutcliffe (brother-in-law of the late Jack Sheehan) and Mickey Walsh of Clonmel Homes.
On Sunday in Holywood the film Chernobyl Heart, which features the work of Adi Roche and all the Chernobyl aid people, won an Oscar as Best Short Documentary Film.
In a recent RTE interview, Adi mentioned her late father going off to show films on a weekly basis to country places in South Tipperary and Waterford.
Such places included Mullinahone, Gortnahoe, Leamybrien and Ring. Those days were far from the glittering days of Oscars but they had a magic all their own.
Mullinahone has a number of people who raise money for Chernobyl. They too will rejoice in the Oscar win because it also honours them.

whist – A whist drive will be held on March 10 at 8.30pm in the Parish hall, Callan in aid of Fr Philip O'Halloran, Mill Hill missions, Uganda.

luck –
Good luck to two local quiz teams on Sunday in Hotel Kilkenny.
In action in the chapter finals of the national Credit Union Primary School's Quizes will be Drangan NS (under-11), Mullinahone NS (under-13).
a bono story – Last time we got the title of Ann Marie O'Connor's first novel wrong.

The proper title, Everyone has a Bono Story makes a lot more sense as the story deals with a young woman who stands to win a badly needed e5,000 if she can get to meet the great man. The paperback is on sale in Kilkenny and Clonmel. Some of the characters in the story have similarities to family members.One wonders who is the nun in disguise? Could she be found in the local area?

gaa games – The draws for the 2004 South Tipp championships have been made. In senior football Mullinahone have drawn County champions Cahir.
There is a losers group. In senior hurling which is knockout, the locals have drawn Ballingarry in the semi-final. In junior hurling they are grouped with Clonmel Óg, Carrick Swans, Marlfield and Kilenaule.
Top two will qualify for semi-finals. The Club is entered in junior football. In under-21 'B' football the locals have a bye in round one. There is also a losers group.

In under-21 'A' hurling they are drawn against Killenaule. Again there is a losers' group. In minor football they are grouped with Davins, Clonmel Óg, Kilsheelan and Ballingarry.
Top two will qualify for semi-finals. In minor hurling 'B' they are grouped with Clonmel Óg, Kilsheelan and St Marys.
Again two teams qualify for the semi-finals.

In the county senior hurling league they are drawn with Killenaule. Nenagh and Galtee Rovers, Bansha.
On Sunday they lost 1-10 to 1-7 to Killenaule Nenagh had a narrow win over Galtee Rovers.
They now travel to Bansha to play Galtee and round off the league with a trip to Nenagh.
In the county senior hurling championship they are in a five team group with Nenagh, Templederry, Upperchurch and Cashel. The winners of this group qualify for the county quarter-finals.

dry Month – February ended on a dry note. Rain fell on 11 of the 29 days. In all 44.6mm (1 ¾”) of rain fell. Nearly 2/3 of this amount fell on the first four days of the month.
February 2 (Feast of the Purification) was the wettest day of the month.

lotto –
It is hoped that the local lotto will be able to resume its weekly draws on March 8.
A delay in the renewal of the court licence should be ironed out by then.


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