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O'Meara and Davern's work pays off 05 May

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O'Meara and Davern's work pays off

THURSDAY proved to be a most momentous day in the life of the community. By mid-day quite a crowd had gathered to witness the official opening of the newly refurbished St Michael's primary school in the village.
The opening ceremony was performed by former Minister for Education, Noel Davern TD, Deputy Davern standing in for the present Minister for Education and Science, Noel Dempsey.

Perhaps it was appropriate that Deputy Davern was the one to open the school because he and local councillor Eddie O'Meara did trojan work to see the school refurbished.
The two certainly share much of the credit with the chairman of the Board of Management, local parish priest, Fr John McGrath (of course at the end of the day it took a huge effort from the whole team which involved Dept of Education inspectors, the principal and staff and the general public.
The refurbishment was arrived at in record time at a cost of £1.3 million.

After the official opening the school was blessed by patron Dr Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.
Dr Clifford paid handsome tribute to all who had brought such a happy day about. The pupils of St Michael's School then presented samples of their work to the parents and invited guests. The final verse of CJ. Boland's “The Two Travellers was much quoted by visitors and pupils alike and I wouldn't care much for Sierra Leone if I hadn't seen Killenaule. But the man who was never in Mullinahone shouldn't say he had travelled at all''.
Principal James Cahill, paid tribute to those who had made the refurbishment possible, builder, Tim Corbett and his son Pat.
While the school was out of action the campus moved to the GAA grounds next door, where prefabs were installed in the car park.
Right beside the new school, Tim Corbett and son, have built a new sports hall which should benefit the community as a whole.
Refreshments were served prepared by Paul Meehan.
Among the guests on the day were two former principles of St Michaels, John O'Neill who had served for 40 years in Mullinahone and Dan Garvey now in his nineties.
Both must have been impressed with the new St Michael's, as the village is now set with a state-of-the-art 21st century education facility.

HARDLY FAIR – In June 1928 John Holden of Ballywalter was elected as a member of South Tipperary Co Council. It was to be another 71 years before a Mullinahone man was to enjoy the same distinction.
In June 1999 local community independent candidate Eddie O'Meara born in Clonlahy the next townsland to John Holden's Ballywalter, and living in Ballydonnell became Mullinahone's first elected councillor in almost three quarters of a century.
That was five years ago and now Councillor Eddie will attempt to equal an even older Mullinahone record, that of Philip Mansfield.
In 1925 which was 79 years ago Philip was re-elected to the County Council for the Fethard area.
Despite excellent service to the local community in difficult times for him and his family Eddie faces an uphill task to acquire a nomination not alone to be re-elected.

Since 1999 the rules of nomination have been changed and the new rules certainly hinder the prospects of an independent candidate.Even such an outgoing independent councillor who has served as the voice of the people must get at least 15 members on the voting register of the area in which he wishes to stand to sign his nomination papers and to attend with him in person, fully documented when he presents himself and his nomination papers to the office of the returning officer.

A candidate standing on behalf of a political party has not to content with this difficulty so it seems that election rules favour the party person to the disadvantage of candidates who are independent representatives of local communities.
It doesn't seem fair and is yet another obstacle that has to be overcome if Councillor Eddie and his likes are to be returned in June. It is a consolation that once in a while David gets the better of Goliath.

MESSAGES – Happy birthday to Buddie Howe, Ballyduggan, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Buddie now joins a select club in the local community.
Condolences to Mary O'Dwyer of Ballydavid on the recent death of her brother Tom.

LOTTO – The local Lotto jackpot, in excess of £6,000 was not won on Monday, April 26. The winning numbers were: 1, 3, 8 and 13. Five winners shared the match 3 prize of £150. Congratulations to Sally Brett, Peter Treacy, Eleanor Wynne, Josie O'Keeffe and Norman Evans.
The jackpot on May 10 is expected to reach £6,450.

SCHOOLS GAA – On Tuesday, April 27, Kilvemnon NS had a fine win over Kilcash NS in the Cumann na mBunscoil 7-a-side hurling championship.
The game was played in Mullinahone and remained close until near the end when Kilvemnon pulled away. The final score was Kilvemnon 5-11, Kilcash 5-3.
There were certainly plenty of goals to keep the spectators happy. The Kilvemnon NS team lined out: James Carroll, Jack Dorban, Niamh Maher and Gary Cronin. Subs: Ian Healy, Michael Brennan and Natalie Mockler.
Next on the list is a game with Mohober NS over at the other side of the parish. This should be a very good game as should the upcoming clash of Poulacapple NS and Lisnambrock NS/ What does the proverb say about a house divided?

MOLL – We were treated to a fine presentation of John B. Keane's 'Moll' in the Knocknagow Centre, Mullinahone on Friday night. Although it is somewhat out of season it was a pity that there wasn't a bigger turnout for this fine show. Set in the era when 'Bingo' began to rage through rural Ireland in the 50's/60's. This is one of the plays which saw the genius of Keane at its most incisive. We saw the hierarchy within the church examined and exposed when “tuppence halfpenny looked down on tuppence''. It is just as well that we have reached the era of regulated payments to the clergy.
The Murroe/Boher Dramatic Society presented a very true picture of the Kerry-Limerick era of Keane. Perhaps at times they remained too close to the script and dialogue may have dragged. One of the criticisms of 'Moll' in local quarters was that the play didn't employ enough characters.

Murroe-Boher solved this dilemma by using different actors to play the parts on alternative nights. Other groups could copy. Will done to Fr Tom Hearne on bringing the group to Mullinahone.

ST MICHAEL'S CHOIR – Preparations are well underway for a service of Peace and Healing in aid of Ashlinn Adolescent Treatment, Ballyragget, organised with St Michael's choir with special guests, Kilkenny Gospel Choir, Ballyragget parish choir and Lisdowney choral group. The service is on Friday, May 14 at 8 pm in St Patrick's Church, Ballyragget.

CREDIT UNION – On Friday, May 5, 1978, Mullinahone Credit Union Limited opened its doors to the public. That was 26 years ago next Friday. Now there is about £2.5 million in the kitty. In fact last weekend saw about £25,000 advanced in credit by the credit union. This represents fifty times what was in the whole credit union all those years ago.

PLAY SCHOOL – Congratulations to Oisín Drennan who won first prize in an art competition, organised by the County Childcare Committee. Congrats also to Sean Fitzgerald whose entry was highly commended.
Well done to the other entrants from the pre-school and to the pre-school leaders for taking part. Visit the county library in Clonmel to view all entries from budding artists.

UNDERAGE GAA – The past week was a mixed one for underage players. During the week we played Clonmel in Clonmel and lost by six points. On Monday night we concluded out under-16 football campaign with a fine win over Cahir 1-12 to 1-5.
This leaves us with ten points and a chance of a play-off for a semi-final place.
Points dropped to Clonmel Commercials, and to St Patrick's and Killenaule are now proving vital.
At under-12 level our footballers went down narrowly to Swan. Our under-16 footballers lined out: Michael Lonergan, Alan Walsh, Niall Mullally, Richie Morrissey, Sean Quirke, Ned Tobin, Kieran Gahan, Donal Cody, Shane O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Michael Cooper, Eoin Egan, David O'Meara and Kevin Walzer against Cahir.


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"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