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Broadband is here but ......

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Mullinahone has got broadband. That is the local news being thrown at us from all sides, but what does it mean?, not everybody understands. In fact, most people don't, so this week we'll try a little "broadband for dummies". Broadband is a development of the phone service. Once upon a time, Mullinahone had a telephone service when, one rang up the local exchange if one wanted to make a phone call. then we got an automatic exchange and we didn't have to call in the aid of the local exchange. Next came mobile phones and such things as faxes. Now along comes broadband which is the next stage in the development of a phone or communications service


It's arrival in Mullinahone means that we are now in much closer contact to the wider world. We now have a much more powerful phone service and through computers or laptops, we can connect with other computers or laptops or even phones around the world. It's arrival in the village makes it easier to contact government offices or other companies. It will even be possible to talk to relatives or family through computers at the far side of the world. The real benefit of broadband is that one can conduct ones business now from the comfort of ones own home. Students of course can make great use of broadband and the internet if they use it for studying.

At least, with the arrival of this new service, home phones will not be tied up for hours if someone in the house is "surfing the net". Now you can surf away and take a phone call at the same time. On the other side of the coin, you can send or be sent photographs over the internet. On the old dial up system, you might have spent up to an hour downloading photographs from some friend when suddenly someone came in on the line and broke the connection meaning you had to start all over again. At least, that wont happen now.

Of course, like most services, broadband will have to be paid for like for example, Sky television. For the moment, to avail of broadband service in our area, you need a landline phone service. This service is provided by Eircom. If you have this service, then there are any number of companies who will provide a broadband and phone service such as Perlico and Vodafone. Imagine no more having to travel to a graveyard in another County to pick up signals.

There may be difficulties and teething problems. For instance, the broadband signal which is transmitted from your telephone exchange in Mullinahone has a problematic range of three miles and the fall off in power is gradual as one moves out from the exchange. Just like water, the service is better the nearer one is to source and also depends on the quality of the pipes. When your service-pipe breaks down, will the owner of the pipes rush to fix it, especially if he is not the one supplying the service. There are also telephone lines which are in a manner, shared and will not carry a broadband signal.
Before you rush off to order your broadband, it might be a good idea to have some of these things checked out. There are many experts on these matters. Hopefully, the poor old dummies will be listened to as well. Happy surfing.

Reflection
"The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."

Thank You All
A huge thank you to all who supported this year's Shoe Box Appeal. In total, 185 boxes were collected. Operation Christmas Child was undertaken with gusto by the children and teachers of our three Primary Schools, Mullinahone National School, Poulacapple National School and Kilvemnon National School and the staff of Mullinahone Co-Op. Special thanks to the organisers in these places - Mary O'Reilly, Mary Meagher, Barbara Luttrell, Mary Hogan and Patricia Hogan. Thank you all for sending a shoe box. You will be making a real difference to some of the worlds poorest children and showing them that they have not been forgotten. By taking part in this project, our young people especially cannot help but be influenced for good in what is becoming quickly a much more selfish world.

Choir for Christmas
It is great to see a local choir being prepared for Christmas. It is still not too late to join in. Contact Ann at 087 2271762 or Mary at 086 3046751 for more details.

Local Lotto Draw
This week's Lotto Draw took place on Monday November 9th. The numbers drawn were (1, 3, 9, 27). We didn't have a jackpot winner but two people shared the Match 3 prize of E150. Congratulations to Erin Noonan and Mary Murphy. Next draw will be on Monday November 23rd when the jackpot could be worth E3,300. However to win, you must first be in.

Gun Club
While out shooting, members are requested to carry with them at all times their NARGC card. Any member who did not receive a card, please contact Martin Reilly at 087 7991179. All members are fully insured under the NARGC compensation fund. The club would like to thank all landowners for the use of their lands for the coming season. The Club would also like to wish all members a safe and enjoyable shooting season.

Youth Club
Members only Trip to Fethard Youth Cafe on this Friday November 20th. Bus will leave at 7.30pm sharp from the Sportsfield. Names must be in to secure seats on the bus. Bus fare will be E3. Ring or text Helen at 087 9243470, Claire at 087 9243378 or Mary at 087 8299381.

Parish News
We congratulate the Editor Paul Meehan on the new design of the heading of the Mullinahone Parish Newsletter. Condolences to husband Tom and the family of Eileen Lonergan of Kyleafreaghane whose death took place last weekend.
As preparation for First Communion 2010, the children involved will take part in a special naming ceremony on Sunday next the feast of Christ the King.

Anniversary Masses next weekend
Friday Nov 20th10am Anniversary Kitty Purcell, Kickham Street

Saturday Nov 21st8pm Anniversary Ned and Kitty Gardiner and Michael Gardiner, Poulacapple.

Sunday Nov 22nd11.30pm Anniversary Paul Cronin, Ballyduggan,

November Prayers for the Dead were offered in the cemeteries of Kilvemnon, Inchikieran and Modeshill on Sunday afternoon last.

Well done
Well done to Melissa and Evelyn O'Brien who completed the recent Dublin City Marathon in aid of the Charity AWARE. A sponsorship card is available in the Post Office for anyone who would like to give sponsorship.

Showtime

With only a fortnight to go before the big Musical in Cloneen, excitement is building. More details next week.

Upcoming Quiz
The annual "Rita Keating" Table Quiz is being arranged for Thursday November 26th. The Quiz will take place in T.J. Macs and will begin at 9.45pm. Once again, this Quiz will be in memory of Rita Keating and proceeds will go to St. Brigid's Hospital, Carrick on Suir. For further details, please contact Claire Keating-Fogarty, The Square, or C/o Lonergans

 

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"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."

 

poet. C.J. Boland