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Lady of another era passes on Aug

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THE DEATH took place last week at her home in Ballycullen of Cissy Maher.
Cissy was approaching her 91st birthday.

She had been unwell at home for some months before her death in the devoted care of her extended family.
However even though confined to her home during this time she remained bright and alert and in full control of her faculties.
Cissy was a true representative of a former generation. She was born in Ballycullen. She lived in the townsland all her life and she passed away there last week.

She was always a family person and never one for travelling, though over the years she did make the odd trip to Knock and also to England and Co Limerick to visit her married daughters.
She was born Cissy Brett and after marrying her late husband of 60 years Danny Maher she moved up to the house still in Ballycullen which became the Maher home.
Her husband Danny died fours years ago, at the time he too had reached his nineties. Cissy loved being visited in her own home.
One of her special visitors was Sister Christine who as parish sister called to see her on a regular basis.

Cissy loved to have her family around her. At her funeral the extended Maher family gathered from the four corners to pay their respects.
Cissy wasn't a wealthy woman but she was rich in the blessings of family life. Her remains reposed in her home before being removed to Brett's Funeral Home and then to St Michael's Church.
Among those who took part in the final obsequies were Brother Philip Tobin, a family relative, Fr Purcell, Callan, Fr Kennedy, Mullinahone, and Fr McGrath, Mullinahone.
The story of Cissy Maher's (nee Brett) life was presented by her grandchildren Paul Kelly, Niamh Maher, Fiona Maher, Olive Maher and her great grand daughter Hannah Queally.

They presented a photo of Cissy and a famous collection of GAA cups, brown bread, a symbol of welcome in the Maher house, a family photo which showed the family and many of the 30 plus grandchildren and a rose which was symbolic of family care and Cissy's love of flowers.
Readers at the Mass were her grandchildren, Limerick hurler Ollie Moran and Breda Maher. Prayers of the faithful were by her grandchildren Noel Foxe, Damien Maher, Maria Moran, Eoin Kelly, Michelle Maher, and Nuala Kealy, each representing a different branch of the family.
The Offertory gifts were presented by daughters Biddy, Rena, Mary and Ann, while grandchildren Liam and Sean Bates served her funeral Mass.
She is survived by daughters Eileen O'Connell, Nothingham, England; Biddy Moran, Castleconnell, Co Limerick, Rena Foxe, Ballycullen; Mary Kelly, Ballydonnell, Theresa Kealy, Callan; Ann Bates, Faugheen and sons Billy, Callan; Daniel (Dillon) Ballycullen; Tom, Ballycullen and John, Ballycullen.
Cissy who was the last of the Brett family is also survived by over 30 grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as by sons-in-law and daughters-in-law.
This lady of another era will also be missed by neighbours and friends.

Huge numbers attended the removal of the remains and funeral Mass.
Cissy was interred in St Michael's Cemetery, Killaghy.

africa - Clothes for Africa will be collected from St Michael's Church on Thursday, 11am.

birthdays - Two local young people were 21 recently, Tracey Lonergan, Killaghy and Brian Egan, Bawnavrona.
objectives Achieved - It was a case of objectives achieved in the South Tipperary Senior Hurling Final played in dreadful conditions in Kilsheelan on Sunday.

Mullinahone, appearing in their 9th final since 1993, won their seventh title, by 2-12 to Killenaule's 0-9.
The bonus for Mullinahone is that they have now qualified for the Tipperary semi-final.
The win sees Mullinahone draw level on the success ladder with Ballingarry.

The South finals lost since joining senior hurling ranks in 1992 have been to the men in maroon and white in 1994 and 2001.
Sunday was our fourth South Final appearance in a row and they achieved the three in a row for the first time.
This feat was last achieved by Carrick Swan in the 1980s. They won four titles between 1983 and 1986.
The locals won their first South Tipp S H final on August 22, 1993.
Last Sunday was also August 22.
Four players started that game in 1993 and played again on Sunday, John Leahy, Brian O'Meara, Kyran Vaughan and Pat Croke.
Pat Croke won the man of the match award on his 29th birthday. His two goals were a welcome present for Mullinahone on a night when scoring was difficult.

Much has changed on the hurling scene since Pat lined out as an 18-year-old in the 1993 final and Ky Vaughan at 17 was a year younger.
On Sunday's first 15 there were no minors and Philip O'Shea was the only under-21 player. With Paul Kelly and James Connolly ready to step into the side it looks as if the team is settled or that there are not too many senior hurling prospects waiting in the wings.
After the game captain Eddie Carey accepted the Ryan Cup on behalf of the club.
Pat Croke was presented with his man of the match award by sponsor John Quirke, Cahir.

Thoughts of the parish at large will now turn towards the county scene as followers hope to retrace the glory path of 2002. Two years ago the locals again beat Killenaule in the South Final and Roscrea were involved from North Tipperary.
Meanwhile focus in the club must now turn to the minors who have qualified for a South Final in which they will play Carrick Davins.
A midweek result in which Swan beat Killenaule in Junior hurling upset calculations with Swan, Mullinahone and Killenaule finishing level at the top of the league section table and only two spots available.
On Saturday in Cloneen, Mullinahone will renew rivalry with Killenaule at 6.30. The winners advance while the losers face a play-off with Swan for the second place.
In minor hurling the final against Davins is on Wednesday week, 6pm in Monroe.

lotto - The local lotto jackpot was not won. Numbers were 3, 6, 8 and 10.

Nine people shared a match three prize of e225: Kay Doran, Liam O'Brien, Nipper, Bernie Cuddihy, Jackie O'Shea, Breda Cody, Bridget Phelan, Michael Lonergan and Declan McNamara.
The jackpot on August 30 could be e9,000.

cancer society - The Irish Cancer Society have thanked Dan Kennedy and his helpers for raising e1,000 at the church gate collection for the society. They are also grateful to Fr McGrath PP.

underage GAA - The under-16 hurlers travelled to Goatenbridge on August 16 where they beat Ballybacon/Grange.
On August 23 they were at home to Fethard. After a number of walkovers the game against Ballybacon was useful preparation for the under-16 semi-finals.
Donal Cody, a member of the under-16 team, is part of the Tipperary under-16 hurling panel that will contest the Arrabawn Co-op All-Ireland this weekend.
Tipperary play in Dr Morris Park on Saturday against Laois and Clare in their pool matches.

gun club - Membership and insurance are now due.
All firearms owners have been asked to bring their firearms to the garda station when renewing licences.
A successful open shoot was held recently. Once again the weather was fine and all shooters enjoyed the different traps.
Fifteen bird down the line: 1 Matt Condon; 2 Brian White.
Double woodcock: 1 Peter Smith; 2 Brian White.
Crossing Pigeon: 1 Eamon Condon; 2 John Harris.
Springing teal: 1 Matt Condon; 2 Peter Atkins.
Crossing duck: 1 Brian O'Connor; 2 James English.
game rearing - Pheasants are expected to be ready for release shortly.
Ducks are doing well. Thanks went to members who have undertaken to feed and care for the mallard.
These ponds will be made sanctuary ponds, there will be no shooting.
A number of landowners have requested help with bird control.


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