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Martin is the man

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The parish of Mullinahone and in particular, Mullinahone GAA Club was honoured last weekend when Martin Cody of Poulacapple was elected Chairman of Bord na nOg in South Tipperary. Martin who spent almost seven years as secretary of the Mullinahone Juvenile GAA Club in succession to the late Thomas Cahill has been Vice-Chairman of South TIpperary Bord na nOg for a number of years. A measure of the esteem in which Martin was held by the delegates of the South Tipperary underage clubs is the fact that at the Bord na nOg convention, Martin was not opposed in the Election for Chairman. Martin himself follows in the footsteps of Mullinahone GAA member Dick Egan who was Chairman of South Tipperary Bord na nOg until three years ago.

Dick is now the Chairman of the South Tipperary Senior Board having been elected to this office more than a year ago. With two Mullinahone natives now in the principal GAA positions in South Tipperary this reflects very highly on the standard of administration in Mullinahone. Both Martin and Dick would be regarded as men who would uphold the rules and the rights of ordinary members of the GAA in South TIpperary. The fact that both men are in the top GAA positions in South Tipperary is not unique but it has only happened once in the past.

This was towards the start of the present decade when the Ardfinnan Club held the same honour with Willie Barrett Chairman of the Senior Board and Michael Lonergan being at the same time Chairman of the Juvenile Board. South Tipperary Bord na nOg came into existence in the mid 1950’s and of course, South Tipperary Senior Board celebrated it’s centenary in 2007. Prior to the elections of Willie Barrett and Michael Lonergan, no Club had ever held the two offices at the same time. Mullinahone has this almost unique honour as the parish goes into it’s own celebration of 125 years of GAA in the parish. As Martin steps up to the choir, we wish him the best of luck as we congratulate him. No doubt, Martin’s talent for seeing that rules and regulations are not glossed over will be put to the test. Meanwhile “Rath ort, a Mhairtin”.

Christmas in St. Michael’s

Christmas is definitely coming and preparations are well in hand in St. Michael’s Parish. We have a parish choir in strict training for “Silent Night” and all over the Christmas period, we hope. Lights are being readied with due attention to health and safety. Our lovely crib will also be in view again this year and maybe the animals will have a change of bedding in keeping with good agricultural practice. These things are all on the outside but they do hype up the feeling. On the inside, we will have our Annual Christmas Penitential Service on Sunday evening next December 20th at 7pm. Once again, we will have a number of visiting priests. On Thursday evening December 24th at 8pm, we will have the Eve of Christmas Mass which is of course, timed to suit the younger people who will be expecting an important visitor later in the night.

Masses on Christmas Day will be the usual times of 9.30am and 11.30am. Further Christmas details next week both here and in our parish newsletter.

Poulacapple N.S.

Well done to the children and teachers of Poulacapple N.S. who have been very successful in projects and competitions during the last school term.

Busy Bees Design a Logo Competition for Bio-Diversity. Niamh Burke a 6th Class student in Poulacapple N.S. won first prize in the Primary School section and was awarded a Sony digital camera for her efforts. The overall school prize was awarded to Poulacapple N.S. whose students made use of re-cycled material in their colourful entry. They too won a Sony Digital camera and memory card.

Energy Awareness

Project 2009

Poulacapple NS have also been awarded a prize for their Energy Awareness Project. Three of the schools students along with School Principal Mary Meagher attended the Award Ceremony in the Hotel Minella, Clonmel on December 7th.

Sherkin Island Art


Poulacapple N.S. had four winners in this years art competition. The winners were Ciara Fleming (senior infants) and David Fleming, Jack Hindley and Roisin Welland (1st Class Students). The quartet were awarded beautiful books about flowers and wildlife as prizes.

Local Lotto

The last draw took place on Monday December 7th. The numbers drawn were (8, 13, 14, 15). There was no jackpot winner but one lucky person won the Match 3 prize of E150. Congratulations to Deirdre O’Sullivan. Congratulations to both Bernie Cuddihy and M. O’Brien who each won Christmas vouchers. Next draw will take place on December 21st (the shortest day/longest night), when the jackpot could be worth €1,550. To win you must first be in.

The November draw resulted as follows:

E150 Josephine Kennedy, Poulacapple

E70 Eileen O’Meara, Killaghy

E25 Cait Hogan, Briarsfield

E25 Mary Gunn, Kilvemnon

E20 Jake Gunn, Kilvemnon

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz in aid of Starlight Stage School will take place on Thursday 17th December. The venue is T.J. Macs and starting time is 9.30pm. A table of 4 costs E20. Please come early and support.

Mullinahone Credit Union

The opening nights for Christmas and the New Year in Mullinahone Credit Union will be Wednesday December 23rd opening 7.30pm - 9pm and Wednesday December 30th opening hours 7.30pm - 9pm. No other opening night before Christmas and the New Year except Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday December 30th. Opening on Thursday 17th and Friday December 18th as per usual.

Parish News

Preparation for First Communion 2010 will continue at 11.30am Mass in St.

Michael’s Church on Sunday next December 20th.

Anniversary Masses next Weekend

Saturday December 19th8pm Anniversary Peter Hally, Ballycullen

Sunday December 20th9.30am Anniversary Maureen Cleverly nee Ryan,Ballinacloghy,

11.30am Anniversary Paddy Brett, Oakfield.

Any subscriptions for the winter collection for the priests and retired priests of the Archdiocese which were forgotten last weekend can be handed in this coming weekend. Thanks to all.

Mullinahone GAA Club

Adjourned AGM

The above meeting will take place this Sunday evening at 7 pm in the Sports Hall.

Managers and selectors will be required for minor hurling and football, U21 hurling and football, intermediate and juniorB football and senior and juniorA hurling. It is important for all our players who are members to attend along with anybody interested in helping for the coming year. This year marks 125 years since our foundation and hopefully it will encourage as many people as possible to become members for the news year. Membership for general members is E25 for the coming year. With Tipperary senior hurlers rise in fortunes it is important to be a member to avail of championship tickets.

Sports Hall and Gym

Membership for 2010 is now due and can be paid to Jackie Bolger. I thank you sincerely for supporting the gym in 2009 and I am delighted to say there’ll be no increase in price for the coming year. Single membership E120 and for couples E170. If you have no experience of using a gym our gym instructor and personnel fitness trainer Andy Cashman will be on hand to give you advice and construct a programme to your needs.

For any enquires on booking the hall or joining the gym contact Jackie on 086-8341843.

Juvenile Club

Club shorts ,jerseys and socks are available from Rita Curran and would make great Christmas presents. There are some gear bags available from Johnny Kennedy. The juvenile club would like to say a big thanks to all the people who supported their recent annual calendar sale. The response was very encouraging to the club and the people who put so much work into games for our young kids. Some calendars are still available and can be bought from any club officer.

Eoin enjoys the sun

After a year of enduring injury and the disappointment of losing the all-Ireland final Eoin Kelly is enjoying a well deserved break with the All-Stars in Argentina. We forget at times that winning five All Stars is a remarable achievement for a Mullinahone player and many believe he should have got his sixth with a great display in the All-Ireland final. Enjoy the break Eoin.

Martin reaches the top

Congratulations to Martin Cody on being elected as South Bord na nOg chairman for the next three years. Martin has been involved in our club as selector and referee for many years and this is his just reward for his dedication.

Indeed as we start into our 125 year in our club its an absolute honour to hold both top offices in the South board as Dick Egan is the present Senior Board chairman. Well done lads. You’ve made history for our club.


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