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Comings and Goings in local schools

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It is that time of year again. Schools are back again into another year's routine. New pupils have started in all three primary schools in the parish and of course a number of the younger still brigade are off to playschool. The somewhat older brigade may be starting on a bus for a second level school and horror of horrors the older teenagers are off to college for the first time. In spite of all the upset, all these things will be the norm in a matter of weeks. The holidays have brought changes to some of our schools. Last week the pupils of Kilvemnon N.S. bid farewell to their teacher Ms. Kate O'Connell. Kate who was married in July has been appointed Principal of a school in Galway and takes up duty there.

During her time in Kilvemnon, Kate made a huge impression and she and her school won many competitions. A native of Fethard, South Tipperary's loss is Galway's gain in particular in the IT field. Kate was wished every success and sincerely thanked for the huge contribution she made during her time in Kilvemnon N.S. A willow tree was planted in Kate's honour last Thursday. Kate is being replaced on the staff in Kilvemnon N.S. by Conor Horan to whom we extend a warm welcome. Conor in his mid twenties is a native of Gortnahoe parish where he plays hurling and football for that Club. Conor is also an active member of Macra na Tuaithe.

Mullinahone N.S. has said goodbye to one of their SNA's, Amy O'Connor. Amy who is a daughter of Pat O'Connor, formerly of Carrick Street has gone to Australia. Replacing Amy in the school is Linda McGrath of Fethard Street. Linda is the daughter of Jimmy and Ann McGrath. We wish Amy all the best in Australia and Linda all the best in Mullinahone . We would also like to congratulate our Primary Schools and their teachers and pupils on their appearances in the media in the lead up to the All-Ireland Hurling Final. All acquitted themselves to the highest standards. Bualadh bos doibh go leir.

Junior "B" Hurling
On Saturday afternoon in Davin Park, Carrick on Suir, Mullinahone defeated St. Mary's Clonmel to win the 2009 South Tipp Junior Hurling "B" Championship. Last year, our lads also appeared in the Junior "B" Hurling final, but lost to Moyle Rovers. In last year's semi-final, they had defeated last week's rivals. Only once previously had Mullinahone won this title. This was back in 2002. Having lost the Junior "B" Football Semi-final rather unluckily and won so many games in Junior Football and hurling, our lads certainly deserved their title.

On the day also, they were more than a match for St. Mary's and pulled away in the second half. The fifteen who took the field deserve the greatest credit as does the manager Michael Scott and his three selectors Martin Knox, Pat O'Connor (The Kerryman) and John Langton. When the manager and his selectors took on the job early in the year, it could hardly have qualified as the plum selectorial job in the club. Well done lads.
Well done also to the backroom team that the lads gathered round them to keep out.

All of those or most of them were mentioned by Captain Bill Tobin, as he accepted the Cup on Saturday on behalf of his team, in a very gracious speech. This was the second Championship this year that Mullinahone Chairman of the South Board, Dick Egan has presided over. The fifteen who lined out in the final were John Murphy, Joseph O'Meara, Martin Costelloe, Richard Cahill, Aaron O'Shea, Noel O'Shea, Richard Neary, Adrian Doheny, Kevin O'Meara, Bill Tobin (Capt), Brian O'Meara, Danny Luttrell, Declan McNamara, Michael Luttrell, Richard Morrissey.

Subs used: James Maher, Aidan O'Brien, also Alan Walsh, Dan Croke, Eoin Egan, Eddie Phelan, Larry Needham, Niall Mullally, Shane Ahearn, Kieran Foxe. The nature of Junior Championship means that a number of other players will have played games in the earlier rounds and were then upgraded. Perhaps, PRO Jackie Bolger might draw up a full list of all those who played a part even if it was a very small one on the field during the Championship games. In the course of the Championship, only one game was lost.

This was narrowly to St. Patrick's when Mullinahone had a very depleted side. Well done to all concerned and best of luck in the county semi-final. Among those who collected his first South Tipp Junior "B" Hurling Medal on Saturday was Brian O'Meara. Brian now has South Tipp hurling medals in adult competition in seven different grades. This list doesn't include any football medals. Brians medals were won in – U.18 "B" (1990), U.21"B" (1988), U.21"A"(1989) Jun "A"(1989), Inter (1990, 1991) seniors 1993 onwards and now Jun "B" 2009.

Another Medal

Another medal in the news last week was a gold medal won by Jack Kickham of Ballydavid in the ill-fated challenge game played between Tipperary and Dublin on Bloody Sunday 1920. Jack was one of six Mullinahone Club players who were in the Tipperary panel that day when Michael Hogan of Grangemockler was shot dead in Croke Park by British troops. Michael Hogan was buried in his football gear which included the jersey worn in the match by Jack Kickham. Jack's medal was offered at an auction in Dublin early in the week of GAA items many of which came from the Shinny (Limerick) collection. Hopefully, the Bloody Sunday medal may yet come into the hands of a Tipperary collector.

Last Mass on Sunday last was an anniversary mass for John Costelloe of Poulacapple who passed away in 1992 in his middle fifties. John had been involved all his life in Mullinahone GAA and was himself a fine footballer. About thirty years ago, in 1978/79, John was very involved in the purchase for the community of what is now Mullinahone GAA field and Sports Complex. At the time, his chief assistant in acquiring a playing field for the village and parish was John Vaughan of Grove.

On Sunday last, after John Costelloe's Anniversary Mass, a photograph of John was unveiled in the Mullinahone GAA Sports Complex in recognition of John's huge part in the provision of the facilities which exist for the parish today. The unveiling of the photo was carried out by his old friend John Vaughan. Present were members of the Costelloe and Vaughan families. Present also was Jackie Bolger PRO Mullinahone GAA who looks after the Sports Hall and who facilitated the unveiling ceremony. It is certainly a most fitting tribute to John Costelloe and the good work that he did which has borne such great fruit.

Family Reunion
On All Ireland Day, where was the highest blue and gold flag supporting Tipperary to be found? There will be many answers but the most correct one could be on the very top of Slievenamon on the tip of the cairn of stones on the mountain's summit.

It was placed there the previous day by Clan Bermingham or a group of about thirty members of the extended Bermingham Family who had a re-union that weekend. John Bermingham and his wife Monika run a retreat holiday home Croc an Oir on the banks of the Anner in Ballycullen. Many visitors come here from all over the world to sample the peace and quiet and maybe to look up ancestors who might once have come from the Anner Valley. This has led the Berminghams into the world of genealogy and family trees and reunions. A group of the Bermingham family (extended) cousins etc. got together and decided to climb Slievenamon which looks down on the family home in Ballycullen and before that in Cloran on the side of the mountain. Those who reached the summit were presented with a special certificate so it was a most unusual family reunion. Of course, there were people from many counties but as the Berminghams were in the Cloneen area before the time of Cromwell (c 1650), it was the Tipp flag which was planted on "Sui Finn" or the highest point on Slievenamon.

Golf Society
Mullinahone Golf Society's next outing is on this Saturday September 19. The venue is the GoldCoast Golf Club, Dungarvan and the off time is 9.15am. Contact Kevin O'Meara to confirm your place at 087 2065864. In golfing circles Sunday last, was a great day for Sean Walzer. While Clare were winning the U.21 All Ireland in Croke Park, Seanie was making off with the big prize at Callan Golf Club.

Local Lotto
Last draw took place on Tuesday September 9th.

Numbers drawn were (15, 18, 20, and 24). No Jackpot winner but three people shared the Match 3 prize of E150. Well done to Carmel Kennedy, Paddy Foley and Martin Keating. Next draw Monday next September 22 when the jackpot could be worth E1,950. To win you must first be in.

Mullinahone GAA Club
Junior B Hurling champions:
All roads were leading to Davin Park in Carrick last Saturday for the South final between ourselves and St. Mary's.

There was a slow start to this game with both teams trying to find their feet and touch on a very heavy pitch which wasn't prepared with hurling in mind. Adrian Doheny, Richie Neary and team captain Bill Tobin were doing well in the early exchanges.
The first half was touch and go with the sides going in at half time with Mullinahone leading 0-7 to 0-5. The second half was all Mullinahone with former Tipp. Star Brian O'Meara showing all his experience to score 1-3 from play. With Ml. Luttrell and Danny Luttrell also in good scoring form Mullinahone were holding all the aces. The experience of Noel O'Shea and Martin Costelloe anchored the back line well. This win wasn't won on individuals alone but with the full panel of players giving great commitment all year.

At the end a very happy Bill Tobin who led by example all through accepted the cup from Dick Egan.
The last man to accept this cup for the club in 2002 was John McCormack.

It was great to see so many players involved then still there. Well done to all the players involved for giving us such great enjoyment. Credit also to Michael Scott and his selectors Harry Knox and the Kerryman for the big effort they put into the panel all year.

The team was as follows: John Murphy, J. O'Meara, M. Costelloe, R. Cahill, C. O'Shea, N. O'Shea, R. Neary, A. Doheny, K. O'Meara, B. Tobin, B. O'Meara, D. Luttrell, D. McNamara, M. Luttrell, R.Morrissey, A. Walsh, E. Phelan, N. Mullally, D. Croke, Jim Maher, S. Ahearn, E. Egan, L. Needham, C. Foxe.

Juvenile Club
Our U16 hurlers await the challenge of Kilsheelin in the Sth. Semi-final. This is their first time in the 'A' grade and have been improving steadily all through the championship. Best of luck lads. Its that time of the year when things start to wind down slowly with many of our teams now involved in local tournaments. Great credit is due to all the trainers of our juvenile teams for the time and dedication they give to these kids and who provide so much entertainment all year.

Sports Hall
The hall is now available to book for soccer for the coming winter. Please contact Jackie Bolger on 086-8341843 for times. Anybody or groups who use the hall or gym facilities are asked to leave them in a clean and tidy condition when leaving. Circuit training under gym instructor Andy Cashman takes place every Tuesday and Thursday nights for ladies only. New members always welcome


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