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The bible of rural living

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Twenty-two years ago in 1982, Mullinahone became the cultural centre of Ireland as it celebrated the centenary of the death of its most famous son, Charles J. Kickham.
Kickham was a heroic figure in two fields. He was a poet and patriot. Two pieces of his writing have transcended time.
He was the author of the idyllic novel Knocknagow which painted a picture of life in Tipperary in the 19th century.
This famous novel, subtitled The Homes of Tipperary was to be the bible of rural living and achieved its greatest popularity during the first half of the 20th century.

Kickham also supplied the words of Tipperary's unofficial anthem Slievenamon. This song enjoyed renewed popularity with the revival of Tipperary's hurling fortunes in the late 1980s and 1990s.

The success of the Kickham Centenary week in August 1982 had two major spin-off effects.
It led to the publication each year of the Mullinahone magazine, a yearly diary of the events in Mullinahone and also each year since 1983 the Kickham Country Weekend which is held traditionally during the second weekend of August.
Kickham Country weekend with its mixture of history and sociology has attracted a very loyal band of devotees for 21 years.
Kickham Country Weekend number 22 promises to be no different. The weekend will be officially opened on August 13, 7.30pm by Pat Nolan, Tourism Officer for Carlow / Kilkenny.

The opening will be held in conjunction with a cheese and wine reception. The first lecture of the weekend will follow. It will be entitled: The Cooperative Movement in Ireland – an historical perspective. The lecture will be delivered by Gregory Tierney, former general secretary of ICOS.
The following afternoon there will be a bus tour to historic Fethard at 2pm. The tour guide will be Terry Cunningham, chairman of Fethard Historical Society.

It will be back to the Knocknagow Centre that night at 8.30pm for another lecture this time by historian Willie Hayes.
This lecture will be entitled The Estated 'Gentlemen' of Mullinahone and District duringThe garda station will be open for licence renewal as follows:
August 9, 10, 11, 12: 9am to 1pm and 8pm to 11pm.
August 13, 14 and 15: 6pm to 10pm.
August 14: 8pm to 11pm.
August 16: 10am to 1pm and 7pm to 11pm.

Senior hurling – Another South Tipp senior hurling final played and Mullinahone have qualified for their fourth final in a row.
In 2001 they lost to Ballingarry but in 2002 and 2003 they beat Killenaule and Ballingarry.
Now it is Killenaule who stands between them and three South Tipp titles in a row.
This feat hasn't been done since Carrick Swan won four in a row in the mid Eighties.
A huge incentive to win is direct passage into the county semi-final.
A blistering display of scoring from Eoin Kelly saw them beat Ballingarry in a fine game.

Team – Vincent Doheny, Martin Costello, Paul Curran, Philip O'Shea, Brian O'Meara Eddie Carey, Edward O'Brien, Niall Curran, Kyran Vaughan, Denis Byrne, John Leahy, Paul Kelly, Eoin Kelly, Pat Croke, Conor Arrigan. Sub: James Connolly for Kyran Vaughan.
Twelve of Sunday's team played in the 2002 county final replay.

driest year – July has been another rather dry month with 32.5mm of rain falling on 15 days. Wettest day of the month was July 15 with 6.5mm of rain. July 15 was St Swithin's Day.
The total yearly rainfall from August 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004 was 658.7mm of rain on 163 days. This is the equivalent of 261/4" of rain.
It is the lowest yearly rainfall total recorded locally since records began to be kept in 1980.
The average yearly rainfall during that period has been about 950mm or 38". The most recent yearly figure is only about 69% / 70% of the normal yearly rainfall.
Certainly the water table of land is being affected and has fallen quite low.

Tobairín Doimhin – Much of the restoration work on Tobairín Doimhin has been completed. Further work is now in the hands of the Co Council, whose officials have visited the site.
A table quiz to help defray expenses involved in the restoration work will be held in Quirke's Castle View Lounge on August 12.
The quiz will be for teams of four.

lotto – The local lotto jackpot on July 26 was not won. Numbers: 2, 6, 19, 21. Eight shared a match three prize of e200: Michael Luttrell, Annie Quirke, Paul Hennessy, Catherine Gunn, Pamela Grant, Seán Walsh, Pat Vaughan and Martin Fitzgerald.
Jackpot on August 9 could reach e8,550.

Aids – Br Kevin Treacy gave an excellent talk on the world experience of AIDS.
On behalf of the parish Fr McGrath gave e1,000 to help those afflicted. the 18th and 19th century.
I notice the word 'gentlemen' is surrounded by inverted commas. I wonder why?
The 11.30am Mass on August 15 will be the anniversary Mass for C.J. Kickham and his biographer James Maher.
Mass will be followed by an oration at Kickham's grave and the laying of wreaths at the graves of Kickham and Maher.
The oration will be by Eddie O'Meara MCC.
The final event of the weekend will be the annual poetry reading in the Walled Garden of Killaghy Castle. Combined with the poetry readings will be a number of musical interludes.
The poetry reading will not clash with the South Tipp senior hurling final for which Mullinahone have qualified.

Gun licences – The local garda station will be open every day next week for the renewal of gun licences.
All weapons must be brought to the station for inspection and all firearms certificates must be renewed before August 22.

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