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Flags, Banners and Bunting fly in Village

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Flags, Banners and Bunting fly in Village
Mass-goers the weekend were taken by surprise to see the principal streets of the village en fete. This was due to the initiative and hard work of the group who on Saturday afternoon be-decked the place with Tipperary and Mullinahone flags and bunting. Well done lads. The flags and bunting of course served a threefold purpose. In order of time, the local colour was up just in time for the South Tipperary Senior Hurling Final against Killenaule which was played on Sunday evening. Maybe the extra bit of support tilted the balance and helped us to a surprise one point win. Indeed, the odds seemed stacked against us but that is the way of sport.

The favourites don’t always turn up trumps. If they did sport would not be sport. We ourselves know only too well the shock of losing finals a decade or so ago when we were firm favourites. Well done to our team and mentors who won us our ninth South Tipperary Senior Hurling Title. Congratulations to Ky Vaughan and Pat Croke especially. On Sunday last, the veterans were winning their ninth medals. They must surely now be the Mullinahone record holders of such medals.

The green and red bunting will certainly serve as a reminder to visitors that the local team is still one not to be ignored as they won their first title since 2006. A number of the players were taking part in their first senior divisional final, so congratulations are due to them also. Both our county reps on the Senior team were in top form. Eoin Kelly scored 1-13 of the sides 1-17, while at the other end our captain Paul Curran gave a Man of the Match display at full back. To complete a great evening for Mullinahone, the Tomas O’Riain Cup was presented to the Mullinahone captain by the chairman of the South Tipp GAA Board Dick Egan himself, a Mullinahone man.

One young man who will always remember the win is Donal Cody of Poulacapple. Donal came on as a sub and hit a great lead point which proved to be the winner just before the final whistle. The flags and bunting are now in place to greet all our under 12 and under 10 visiting clubs who will come to Mullinahone next Saturday for the Club’s Annual tournament. Before the tournament, the clubs will march through the village to the local Sports field behind a famous band which also played at the hurling final on Sunday evening. The tournament is to be visited by the President of the GAA, Christy Cooney during the day.

Three of the visiting teams from the North of Ireland (Antrim, Derry and Monaghan) will be hosted in Mullinahone over the weekend. We bid them welcome and also we welcome the other County representatives and teams representing local clubs to the village of Kickham. We encourage the people of Mullinahone to turn out in big numbers to see what should be a great spectacle and a great day’s young hurling. The tournament will be attended by the TippFM Roadcaster which well broadcast from Mullinahone. It should be a great day of celebration.

When the tournament is over the bunting will go on to serve its third purpose which is of course preparation for the forthcoming All Ireland Hurling Final. It is great to see the blue and gold flying again for a final after eight years. Of course, as the game is against our neighbours Kilkenny, we know that some of the black and amber will fly as well but that is the way of border places. We may not be the favourites for this game, but that is no reason not to support the team. We urge all local householders and business houses to come out strongly in support of our own players and all the Tipp team and deluge the place with waves of blue and gold.

Local Lotto Draw
The Local Lotto Draw took place on Monday August 17. The numbers drawn were (4, 6, 13, 16). We didn't have a jackpot winner but there were seven Match 3 winners who shared the Match 3 prize of €175. Congratulations to Liam O'Brien, Eddie and Frances, Ann Scott, Mary and Jim Kenny, Chelsea Mary Ciaran Lyons, Brendan O'Sullivan, Conor and Granny. The next draw will take place on Monday August 31 when the Jackpot could be worth €3,150. You could have a great weekend at the All-Ireland and even a holiday and have change. However to win, you must first be in.

Community Playgroup
A most important date in your diary. This Thursday evening August 27, the local Mullinahone Community Playgroup will meet at the Playschool on the Carrick Road at 7.30pm. It is essential that all parents/guardians attend on Thursday evening. By attending, you can confirm/book your child's playschool place and collect your enrolment pack. The organisers look forward to meeting you all on Thursday night. The Playschool will re-open on Tuesday September 1 at 9.15am.

Clay Pigeon Shoot
Drangan National School Parents Association in conjunction with Crohane Gun Club, are holding a fundraising Clay Pigeon Shoot. This Shoot will take place on Sunday next August 30 at Jim Horans Farm between Drangan and Killenaule. The Shoot begins at 11.30am. "If you fancy yourself with a gun, come Clay Pigeon Shooting for fun". "Novice shooters can" try their hand, on our "HAVE A Go stand."

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery." "Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present".

Community Council Draws
June Draw
E150 Jim O'Connell, C/o Eileen Healy; E70 Kevin Keating, Clonagoose; E25 John and Rena Fox, Ballycullen; E25 Joe O'Gorman, Raheen; E20 Odhran, Conor and Darragh Kelly, Boherboy

July Draw
E150 Janice Field, C/o Sheila Foley;E70 Ann Pollard, Carrick Road; E25 Christina Phelan, Cappaghnagrane; E25 Tommy Forristal, Poulacapple; E20 Bridget Hennessy, Kilvemnon

Parish News
We welcome all our teachers and pupils as they begin the new school year.
We wish good luck to those who are starting a new step in their education be it at pre-school, in Primary School, at Post-Primary School or at Third Level.

Sympathy is extended to the families in Mullinahone of Agnes Barry (nee Honey), Cappawhite, Noreen O'Halloran (nee White), Grangemockler, Mick Maher and Michael O'Shea all of whom passed away recently.

Anniversary Masses next weekend
Saturday August 29, 8pm, Paddy Brett, Bawnavrona,
Sunday August 30, 11.30am, Michael and Mary Crowley, Kilvemnon

Honda 50 Run Report
A full report on the recent Honda 50 Run will appear next week. Meanwhile, a few brief points. A wonderful success with over a hundred taking part. The run was organised by ex Poulacapple man Michael Power. The Run began at "high noon" and the riders returned to Mullinahone about 3pm in time to see the All-Ireland Semi-final on the "52" TV, set up in the Sports Hall which was also the refreshments centre. The Richie Quirke Fund benefited from the run. Richie is making progress in rehabilitation in Bath. Another Rally coming up is the Slievenamon Tractor Run on Saturday September 12. Contact Tommy/Caroline O'Brien at 052 9153442 for details. Well done to Simon McGowan on completion of his triathlon on Croagh Patrick in under 5 and a half hours. More next week.

Mullinahone GAA Club
Seniors Win
Our Seniors had a great win over Killenaule on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-16. The team mentors and panel of hurlers can be very proud of their success to date. They now go into the County quarter-finals. Sunday was also a proud moment for South Board Chairman, Dick Egan as he presented the cup to team captain, Paul Curran who also was man of the match.
Our junior hurlers not to be out done are also in the South Junior B final against St. Mary's.

All-Ireland Final
The final will be all ticket and with tickets in great demand members should contact Club Sector Oliver Vaughan with their requests. You must be a paid-up member.

Annual Hurling Tournament

Our annual tournament will take place on Saturday August 29th. Our visiting teams from Ulster will arrive on the Friday and stay with families over  the weekend. The parade of teams behind a full marching band will start at the Community hall in Carrick St., at 10.30 and will arrive at the sportsfield at 11.00 for the official opening by GAA president Christy Cooney. In the interest of everybody's safety we would ask for the residents of Carrick Street, to park in Toss Lonergan's car park and for residents in Chapel Street, to park in the church car park while the parade is in progress. A meeting will take place next Thursday night at 9 pm in the Sports Complex to make arrangements for the day. We like anybody who can act as stewards or who can help in anyway to attend.
With the tournament on Saturday followed by the All-Ireland on September 6th and Mullinahone winning the South Senior title it's a good time to put up plenty of colour.

Golf Classic
The Club would like to thank all the teams and sponsors who made our annual tournament so successful last weekend. Thanks to all the people in the club who worked so hard to organise the day especially Joe Pollard who's help was much appreciated.

Recent Deaths

The club extends its sympathy to Stella Leahy and the extended family on the death of her sister, Agnes Barry, Cappawhite and the White family on the death of Noreen O'Halloran of Grangemockler. May they rest in peace.


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