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Three not so wise men July

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WHAT PLACE in the parish of Mullinahone might predate Lourdes, Fatima, Garabandal, and even Knock as a Marian Shrine?
The answer is Mullinadubrid (The Mill of the Well). This well is beside the road between Albert Curran's and the old school of Kilvemnon.
For two generations this well supplied the old school with fresh drinking water.
We were told that the old water table for this well stretched from the Pollagh's through the limestone to emerge at Gleeson's - Curran's – having passed under Kilvemnon.

The Board of Guardians of Callan Union had erected a pump at the site as the permanent well was about four feet below the level of the road.
Tradition had it that water taken from the pump went soft within the hour but water taken directly from the well stayed fresh much longer.
The well flowed away into the nearby Anner. The well was confidant to many secrets but one dark secret of Mullinadubrid Well was rarely spoken of by the local people and so passed from memory.

The writer C.J. Kickham knew the spring well but refused to write of it because in his own words “the full history of this holy well could not be given without alluding to the awful fate that befell the men that desecrated it and I could not bring myself to write that there was found in my neighbourhood vandals so wicked as to destroy these sacred marks left here by the vision that appeared at this holy well''.
This conversation was in 1875 (four years before Knock and 17 after Lourdes), between Kickham, Mr Francis O'Brien and Pat Cody of Ballycullen who lived in the old Power homestead.

Pat Cody sent a written account of the well, its vision and later curse to the editor of the local paper circa 1900.
He writes of happenings of 65 years previously, be that in 1835 or 1810 it is unclear. It was then the custom to fertilise land with burned limestone. This stone was burned in a kiln.

There used to be the ruins of such a kiln quite near the well of Mullinadubrid. The landlord of Mullinadubrid built this kiln at his own expense and also allowed his tenants a free acre to provide limestone for their lime needs.
Three men were employed at the kiln to produce As he had no house of his own he used to be put sleeping in the furthest outhouse from the farmhouse. From here each night the most dreadful howling came.
This lasted for the rest of his life. Why were the trio so cursed you ask? Years before the time of which we write in the 1700's or earlier two teenage girls had finished making butter at around dawn and were approaching the well for water.
As they rounded a sharp bend near the well they saw a heavenly light around the well. They also saw a slim lady dressed in a blue mantle kneeling and drinking from the well.

The vision smiled at them and glided away towards Slievenamon, to dissolve into the rays of the rising sun. The girls ran home and woke the family who gave out to them but went with them back to the well.
There they found in marble in the limestone the print of a girls left hand and also in marble the print of her left knee where the vision had touched the limestone as she knelt to drink.

Thus this holy visitant left its mark to convince the doubtful and as a proof to all ages of the certainty of the statements of those young girls.
It was these sacred marble marks that the three men destroyed when they burned the limestone from the holy well of Mullinadubrid and found themselves cursed.

Why wasn't the story to be found in the folk memories of the people? Perhaps as always there are some things that people don't wish to talk about.
Kickham had a noted devotion to the Blessed Virgin and he knew the history of the well. Another tradition is that each fourth week in May a whitethorn tree in the well's vicinity is more than normally covered with a luxurious growth of blossoms.
A more detailed account of the story of Mullinadubrid well can be found in the 12th edition (1993) of the Mullinahone Magazine.
Certainly in time it predated Lourdes, Knock and Fatima. Could it be that if the well were restored that there would be no need of pilgrimages to far away places.

In 1993 Mick Larkin appealed for any more information on Mullinadubrid Well. We now repeat the request.
MARY McCORMACK – Mary McCormack came to live in Ballyduggan from Kilmoganny about seven years ago with her son John and daughter Catherine.
She had previously lived there for almost 30 years. She was from Borris, Co. Carlow.
Mary integrated well into the local community. She became a member of the Knocknagow Social Club and was also a keen bingo player, adopting the motto “have bus will travel''.
About a year ago Mary's health declined and she spent some time in hospital. She then spent time in the nursing home in Killusty where she received excellent care and attention.

Mary passed away at the age of 79. She reposed in Kennedy's Funeral Parlour before being brought to St. Michael's Church.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated by parish priest Fr John McGrath who was a regular visitor to Mary during her time in hospital and in the nursing home. Readings were by her grand-daughters, sisters Ruth and Rachel McCormack.the lime. One year the local lime supplies were attended to early.
The landlord allowed the three workers to stay on site producing lime for farmers from further afield. For this lime the men were paid but they in turn had to pay carters to bring stone to the kiln.
Greed reared its ugly head and the three decided to cut out the middle man. They could bring all the stone they wanted from the nearby well and its environs.

This they did and burned it into lime. For this they were cursed. One was crushed to death under a stone fall in a nearby quarry. Another received a wound on his knee which became a running sore. He also became afflicted with an un-natural thirst from which he died. The third was censored by the local people more than either of the other two because he was the most educated of the three.
He could only do light work and was employed by locals to educate their children.

Prayers of the Faithful were by Mary's extended family.
As Mary's remains were removed from St. Michael's for burial her favourite song “You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone'' was sung by versatile local musician John Bermingham.
Mary was then brought to scenic Rathanna cemetery in her native Borris under the shadow of Mount Leinster for burial.
Thus we said goodbye to a woman who came to us late in life. We had only barely got to know Mary and her ways, her liking for reading and music and her love of her religion and the Mass.

Chief mourners were her sons John, Ballyduggan; James, Kilmoganny; Patrick, Myshall, Co Carlow; Michael, Ballybrack, Borris; Matty, Castlecomer and her daughters Catherine, Ballyduggan and Sally (Barron), Jerpoint, Thomastown.
She is also survived by grandchildren, son-in-law and daughters-in-law.
Other relatives are her sister Katie and brothers Jack, Peter, Paddy and Andy Doyle.
Her month's mind Mass is in St Michael's Church on Saturday at 8 pm.

CHIROPODISTS – The visiting chiropodist, Joe O'Gorman, will be back again in the community centre on Monday at 10 am.
Ms Francis O'Donoghue BSc, a state registered chiropodist and podiatrist, has opened a clinic at Modeshill.

DAY OUT – On July 3 the children of Poulacapple NS, parents and principal teacher Mary Meagher enjoyed a great day out at Pogas Wonderland in Goff's, Co Kildare.
The school had been awarded £2,500 worth of tickets for participating in a national colouring competition before the summer holidays.
Pogas Wonderland is an indoor type of adventure centre. The children were brought to Goffs in cars driven by parents.

OSCAR WILDE – The Fionn MacCumhaill Players are doing something very special in Cloneen in August.
The play in question will be Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Candlelit tables for six and for four will be available in Cloneen Community Centre.
The garden scene setting will be especially good. Table service will be provided for supper.
The cast are working very hard to ensure a performance of the highest quality. The show is on August 20-22.
The cast: Miss Prism (Peggy O'Brien); Algernon Moncrief (Aidan Clancy); Jack Worthing (Noel Clancy); Gwendolyn Fairfax (Sam Outrom); Cecily Cardew (Aisling Ryan); Lady Bracknell (Anne Williamson); Lane (the butler) Pat O'Gorman; Merriman (a butler); (Eddie Duggan snr.); Dr Chausable (vicar) (Eugene O'Meara); footman (David O'Meara); costumes (Michael Kennedy); sets and lighting (Pat Williamson); director: Anne Williamson.

KNOCK – The Cashel and Emly pilgrimage to Knock is on August 1. Pilgrims will leave the car park opposite the church at 8 am. Details: Joe O'Gorman at 052 53118.

LOTTO – The £8,000 plus local lotto jackpot is well worth winning. The winning numbers were: 2, 8, 16 and 21. There were five match three winners who shared £150. Cathal Brett, Eleanor Quirke, Thomas Hickey, Mairead Luttrell and Ger Byrne.
On July 26 supporters could be playing for £8,250.

MINOR HURLING – The minor hurlers and their mentors did well in Carrick-on-Suir. The team beat Clonmel Óg by 3-18 to 3-4 in a group game in the South Tipperary minor hurling B championship.
Team: Richie Morrissey, Joe O'Meara, Andy Lonergan, Richie Neary, David Hennessy, Shane O'Brien, Shane Collins, Alan Cronin, Adrian Doheny, Niall O'Brien, Kevin Bolger, John Murphy, Ned Tobin, Donal Cody, Mikey Egan. Subs: Eoin Egan, Michael Hicks and Damien Hickey.
The mentors are Timmy O'Connor, Terry O'Brien and Jackie Bolger.

QUIZ – A quiz to help defray expenses incurred in the restoration of “Tobareen Down'' Well is being organised.
The quiz will be in Quirke's Lounge on August 12.

GUN CLUB – Club fees and insurance are due on July 31.
The club will hold an open clay shoot on August 2. All members are asked to help out. Pheasants and ducks are doing well.
The dry, mild weather has been kind to the poults and they received an excellent start in their local home.
Ducks are starting to fly and will shortly spread their wings for pastures green. They have had no major problems with predators.
Farmers who are having problems with crows/pigeons in Winter/Spring barley should contact the club.

UNDER-AGE – The under-12 hurlers fell to Fethard in Mullinahone. However, they had done enough in previous games to qualify for the semi-finals.


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