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PAVED WITH HISTORY II

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Last week, we took all our readers on a walking tour through the streets of Mullinahone. We only got halfway before we had to take a rest having walked down from the Grotto in the east and then out to Killaghy Castle in the North. This week, we start our walk in the West out at the Asses Turn, where the roads to Drangan and Cloneen divide. Now that’s a name “The Asses Turn”, with a story but can anyone tell it. As we pass into the village, we see one of the first private housing estates to be built in our village “Glendara”, yes the Celtic Tiger left his paw marks on Mullinahone. A little bit nearer the village is Oakfield, which was for over a hundred years, the home and farm of Mullinahones Parish Priest since Famine Times. Indeed, back in the dim and distant past, a priest had to turn down the Parish of Mullinahone because he couldn’t afford Oakfield. Into Fethard Street, which is unusual, in that, down the middle of the street is the boundary between the townlands of Killaghy and Beaverstown/Mullinahone.

For years, the well off side of the street was the Killaghy Estate side. Half way down the street on the “poor” side is the Soup House reportedly dating back to Famine Times. Here soup/food was dispensed to the hungry masses, but at what price, I cannot say. Just down the way on the other wealthier side is “Teaghlach Ciocaim” or Kickham’s House now in the middle of re-construction. Where did anybody ever get the idea that C.J. was a Champion of the poor and a roaring socialist? We are back in the Square and turn sharply right towards the South down Pierce McCann Street. Where did you say? In the early days of the infant state in a fit of patriotism, all the streets of Mullinahone were renamed. Well no more than most of the others, Pierce McCann didn’t catch on and Carrick Street survived.

Down Carrick Street and looking at the “auld stone” as Kickham called the ruin of the old monastery of St. John belonging to an old Norman order of knights templar Muileann (Naomh) Eoin. The Mill of St. John. Probably, the place that gives Mullinahone it’s name. On our right are the Carrick Street Houses erected by South Tipperary County Council in the later 1930’s. For nearly 40 years, since the Carrick Street evictions of 1890, the site of the cabins had been derelict and abandoned as the Land War raged on locally in the Courts until 1909. Down to Conway’s Corner.

That is where you turn left and head out the “Rocks Road”. On the corner stands Rock Lodge, a third or so generation house. The original house was built around 1800 for the landlord Nicolson Constable. Later in the century it was rented/leased/bought by Timothy Vaughan. The house was destroyed as a reprisal during the War of Independence by British Troops as were other houses in the area. The house was then restored. We head out the Carrick Road and see the Knocknagow Community Centre and Playschool on our left.

The Centre was once the local Vocational School from the middle of the 1950s to the end of the 1960s. It was erected by the people of Mullinahone by Voluntary labour to expand education in Mullinahone.

Across the road is the Forge Meadow. What a name and what's the story? It is nearly journey's end. Well stop at the new Church in Mullinoly. It was erected in 1842 to serve the small Church of Ireland Community. Called the "new" Church because it came into existence three years after the new stone, St. Michael's R.C. Church in 1839 or because it replaced the "old" Protestant Church in Kilvemnon Graveyard. It is known as Kilvemnon Church though situated in Mullinoly. This is in the heart of landlord country of such as John O'Blundenor Constable or Silitoc who brought the informer "Neill" to the Castle to tell the story of the sop to be lit on Carraigmoclear. The speed limit signs for Mullinahone begin in this area. Just outside another of our private estates, "Blackthorn Walk", a way of life far removed from landlord days and times. Who says that our Village is not paved with history.

LOCAL LOTTO:
The last draw took place on April 19th. The numbers drawn were (19, 21, 25, 26).

Again, we didn't have a jackpot winner, but Rose Grant (hairdresser) didn't mind as she was the sole winner of the match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations Rose and well done also on your window displays in your salon for Easter and St. Patrick's Day. Rose can always be depended on to brighten our lives with a window display at various festival times during the year. Next draw will be on Tuesday night May 4th due to the Monday May Bank Holiday. The Bank Holiday Jackpot could be worth E2,150 so to win, please be in. It only costs E150.

KILMEMNON N.S.:
Enrolment forms for incoming Junior Infants (Sept 2010) for Scoil Mhuire are now available from the school office (phone 052 9153542).

PARISH NEWSLETTER:
First Communion Day in St. Michael's this year is Saturday May 15th. We had a First Communion preparation at last Mass on Sunday last. Notice is given that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on August 1st 2010.

A special mass on behalf of St. Joseph's Young Priests Society will take place in Bothar na Naomh Church Thurles at 7.30pm on Thursday May 20th. Congratulations on their recent weddings to Paul Quirk, Gurteen and Patricia Fennelly, Killenaule, to Siobhan Maher, Rossane and Martin Carrigan, Clara and to Sinead Kennedy, Fethard Street and Liam Purcell, Dublin.

Anniversary Masses next weekend
Saturday May 1st 8pm Anniversary Dick and Annie Fitzgibbon, Carrick Street

Sunday May 2nd Anniversary Peggy Luttrell, Poulacapple.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2010 June 16 – 21st Cost €688. Details from Fr. Tom Hearne at 061 352223.

MULLINAHONE GAA CLUB:
U21 Football:
Hard luck to our U21 footballers who lost to Rockwell Rovers last Sunday evening in the county football final.
Rockwell went into an early lead with two goals but our lads worked hard to claw their way back into the game at half-time. The second half saw Rockwell goal again . From here on our lads really threw everything at them but couldn't get that all important goal. The final score 3-06 to 0-9. The team lost nothing in defeat as they did everything in their power to win this game. We thank them for their dedication and entertainment in this years championship. We thank also their manager Decie Mac and his selectors Noel O'Shea and Niall Curran who left no stone unturned to prepare the team. Finally we congradulate Rockwell Rovers on their victory in what was a fine sporting game.

Junior hurling:

The manager for the coming year is Victor Direen. His selectors are John McCormack and Martin Cody. Junior hurling training now starts in earnest and all players are asked to attend training with seniors and U21's on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7-30.

Senior Hurling:

The seniors play Carrick Davins in round two of the championship next Sunday in Clonmel Sportsfield at 2-00.

Tipperary minor hurlers:

Congradulations to Cathal Horan and Eoin Fennelly who are part of the minor panel against Cork this Wednesday. They have come through the ranks from underage in our club and it must be a proud night for Johnny Kennedy and the juvenile club to see two of their own represent their county.

Tipperary Draw:
Draw tickets are now available and can be got from co-ordinator Tommy O'Sullivan or any club officer.

 

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