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Lesser hurling lights sparkle June

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It was a good weekend for hurling in Mullinahone and this time it was a case of the lesser lights doing most of the sparkling.
A smaller than usual number of supporters travelled to Limerick on Saturday to see Tipperary in action against Limerick. Three locals were picked on the starting fifteen, with Paul Kelly lining out in the half-forward line, though picked to start at midfield. Brian O'Meara was brought on just before half time and the most inexperienced county player, Paul Curran, who played at corner back, was very prominent and had a good game.

A very narrow win now sees Tipperary facing Cork in the next round for a place in one of the two All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Local hurling got off to a good start on Friday when the minors had their first game in the South Tipperary “B” championship. They had a good win over St Mary's, with the advantage of the wind in the first half, and built up a good lead 3-8 to 1-2 at half-time.
The second half was more even but they still emerged winners 5-14 to 3-8. Manager Timmy O'Connor and his selectors, Jackie Bolger and Terry O'Brien, will have been pleased.

Team – Richie Morrissey, Kevin Walzer, Andy Lonergan, Ned Tobin, Richie Neary, Shane O'Brien, Shane Collins, Ally Cronin, Adrian Doheny, Niall O'Brien, Kevin Bolger, Mikey Egan, David Hennessy, Donal Cody Michael Hicks. Sub – Kevin Quirke.
The same management team with a different chief was in charge of the junior hurling team in Fethard on Sunday. They played Marlfield who, a generation ago, were the kings of South Tipperary hurling.
On Sunday Marlfield were only a pale shadow of the teams of the past and Mullinahone's juniors went on a scoring spree to win their second game. Another win for this outfit could see them into the semi-final.
The same 15 lined out as the previous week, with some positional changes.

Team – Danny Morrissey, Sean O'Meara, Jackie Bolger, Dan Croke, James Comerford, Noel O'Shea, Stephen O'Brien, James Maher, Joey Maher, Adrian Maher, Bill Tobin, Micheál Cahill, Declan McNamara, Kevin O'Meara, Michael Luttrell. The full compliment of subs was also used, including some recently released Leaving Cert students. With the availability of such as John Skehan, Alan Curran, Niall Doheny and Kieran Kennedy, competition for places has now intensified.
In senior football circles, Mullinahone has drawn Carrick Swan in the first round losers' group in the South Tipperary championship.

Elections – The local elections are now well over and the countryside has been returned to its state of pre-election neatness. If one or two posters have escaped the net perhaps readers might oblige, as it wasn't the intention to leave any posters up. Former garda in Mullinahone, Denis (Dinny) Dunne, was elected to Clonmel Town Council. Dinny has since been elected mayor of Clonmel and has presided over the announcement that Guidant is to provide 1,000 new jobs in the Clonmel area.
Local councillor Eddie O'Meara was not so lucky.

On the very day that Dinny was elected mayor, Independent Eddie took a tumble at home, injuring his leg, and has been confined to Waterford Regional Hospital. While waiting for repairs, Eddie has been planning his political future and will be putting his best foot forward as soon as he is able.

Proud 80 – Margaret (Peggy) O'Connor of Carrick Street, celebrated her 80th birthday with a special Mass in St Michael's church, Mullinahone, on Saturday. Peggy's large family gathered from all over the world to help her celebrate. Four generations were present at the big event. Peggy is unlikely to cut back on the travelling and perhaps could trade in the bus pass for a new plane pass to mark the big 80.

Parish news – Sympathy went to the family of the late Mary McCormack of Ballyduggan, who was interred during the week. Further details to follow. The month's mind Mass of the late Tommy Keating was on Saturday in St Michael's Church. The summer collection for the priests of the archdiocese will be taken up in Mullinahone next weekend. Envelopes will be distributed to each household.

Under-10 soccer – There is no back door in under-10 soccer and after a spirited campaign, the youngsters bowed out to a very strong St Kevin's team from Littleton. The disappointment that normally clouds losing dressing rooms was replaced by enthusiasm to try again and a shared sense of fun on what, for many of the boys was a first sporting journey. Everyone wanted to play in every game and at times there could have been three teams on the field. In the end over 26 players got to sample the action and their appetites have been whetted for more.
Colum Fullbrook is recovering from injuries received in a recent accident, while Niall Kennedy is celebrating swimming success. Eddie McCarthy and the boys need luck on the Gaelic field, as he attempts to turn the 'Keanes and the Rooneys into Kellys and Leahys.

Players used – Denis Connolly, Gary Cronin (4), George Browning, Colin Fitzgerald (1), James Carroll (4), Eoin Fennelly (4), Robert Reilly, Luke Mullaly, Steven Quirke, Sean Bermingham (3), Jack Shelly (3), Killian Skorka, Sean Walzer, David Walzer, Richie Walsh, James Vaughan, Conor Vaughan, Cathal Horan (3), Kieran Morris, Chris O'Brien, Diarmuid O'Halloran, James Hindley (1).

Those waiting in the wings for next year – Colum Fullbrook, Shane Power, William Croke, Steven Carroll, Edward Dunne, Micheál Dunne, Luke Brabazon, Niall Kennedy, Jack McCarthy, Sean Burke, Colin Byrne, Graham Horan, Paul Gayson, Ken Chapman, John Marnell, Micky Chapman, Ciarán Mockler.

lotto – Winning numbers in the local lotto on June 21 were 17, 19, 24 and 25. Nobody had the magic four but three people matched three. They shared a prize of e150. Vicky Large, John Molloy, c/o Kelly's, and Joe and Bernie Doheny. Tension and interest in the jackpot is certainly building and the first jackpot in July could be e7,800.

No Chiropodist – There was no visit from the chiropodist on June 28.

Her next visit to Mullinahone is on July 26.

Accord – An item of interest appears in this week's issue of the Mullinahone parish newsletter regarding marriage education services. Would you like to give of your time for others and also benefit from personal development? Accord Thurles is currently recruiting men and women to train as marriage education facilitators. An information evening will be held in Accord House, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on July 5 at 8pm.
Contact Accord at 1850 303 202 for details. Accord is the Catholic Marriage Care Agency which also provides marriage and relationship counselling at 1850 303 202.
The local parish newsletter has now gone into its third year. Editor Paul Meehan produces an eagerly-sought news-sheet each weekend and enjoys a good circulation at home and away. Readers and those in charge of clubs and groups are asked to supply news to Paul. Items should be handed in to Meehan's shop, Carrick Street, before 6pm each Thursday.

Under-12 Hurling – After a good start to the under-12 hurling championship and two good wins, local hopes took a tumble in Killenaule on Thursday. Due to a number of reasons, the team was missing quite a few regulars. Parents to transport the team were also in short supply. In the end, they went down heavily to the home side who appear to have a useful 15 this year.
More support at the next game would be welcome. Local supporters would welcome information as early as possible regarding fixtures and venues. Perhaps some regular posters might be arranged.


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