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Excitement builds for visit to Cork

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Perhaps it was the blazing sunshine of Saturday and Sunday last but suddenly people felt that it was summer. This reminded us if we needed to be reminded that the hurling championship was about to begin. All winter the trip to Cork for the first round game was off there in the future, but now it is definitely on top of us. Two years ago, we travelled to Pairc Ui Chaoimh and won our first game there against Cork for many years. Can we repeat the medicine? I certainly hope so. What sort of crowd will travel? Will the recession have a major effect. As far as the All Ireland Championship is concerned, Sunday next is not knock out, but on the other hand, defeat by Cork is never palatable. As always, they would love to take our Munster Crown and we would love to come back through the tunnel as victors. On the local front, preparations have been made. Tickets have been sought and secured (I hope). Our own Eoin Kelly will captain the side and he will be backed up at the other end of the field by Paul Curran. What a pity the third member of our trio, Paul Kelly was unfortunately injured on his return to us. Not too many Tipp flags on display as yet in the village. Cork is always a big game, almost as big as a Munster Final.

The winners on Sunday will play Limerick in the semi-final. If it is Tipperary, the semi-final will be in Thurles. Let us hope that it is as we wish all the best to Eoin and Paul and the rest of our panel. To all who travel, we say safe home or "Slan Abhaile".

Local Lotto:

The last draw took place on Monday May 17th. The numbers drawn were: (2, 3, 8, 23). We didn't have a jackpot winner, but there were four Match 3 winners who shared E160. Congratulations to Mary Vaughan, John Fleming, Billy Maher, and P and A. Morrissey. The next draw will be on Monday night May 31st, when the jackpot could be worth E2,750. However, you wont win if you are not in. It seems a good investment for only E1.50.


For 17 years, Susan Meagher was a public representative on South Tipperary County Council for the Fethard Electoral Area. Susan was a well-known and popular personality in Mullinahone. Not bad going for a Derry lady who lived in Ballingarry. To mark her years of public service, a presentation is being made to Susan in Ballingarry Parish Hall on Friday May 28th at 9pm. A dance will follow the presentation and refreshments will be served. Tickets for this function cost E10 and may be obtained locally from Tony Wilson. Susan Meagher retired as a member of South Tipperary County Council before the 2009 local elections. Buiochas duit Susan as do chuid seirbhis poibli.

Road to Cappaghnagrane
This week we travel once more along the Road to Cappaghnagrane. The townland is one of the highest in the parish being situated on top of a hill giving a fine view of the parish to our emigrant poet.
I strolled in fancy down the road and a rustic stile I climb,
I sit and gaze in rapture, for the view it is sublime,
The hawthorn blossoms white as snow, the fields so lush and green
God grant that soon I'll see again that lovely peaceful scene,
And though the wanderings in my blood, my heart is ever drawn,
To my old home by the hillside on the road to Cappaghnagrane.

GAA Auction:
When our hurling supporters return from Cork richer/poorer, they and the rest of us have the giant auction to look forward to the following bank holiday weekend. For those who haven't heard, the auction will take place on the Sunday evening of the bank holiday June 6th, starting at 7pm. The evening start is to allow families to do their own thing on Sunday afternoon and then return to Mullinahone in time for the auction. A great variety of items are expected to go on sale and hopefully there will be plenty of bargains. Homes in the parish are being visited to build up the supply of stock. You can also make a contribution by contacting a member of the Mullinahone Club. Proceeds from the sale will be used to lessen the debt on our fine new Sports Hall, which is proving to be such a benefit to all the members of our community. Don't forget to tell your friends and relatives outside the parish of this great sale on Sunday evening week, June 6th, at 7pm with local auctioneer John Quirke in charge. Viewing of items will take place on the Sunday afternoon. Our senior hurling side is not expected to be playing that day.

Friends of Chernobyl:
Thurles Friends of the Children of Chernobyl are looking for families to take children from Belarus for a holiday of one month from June 30th to July 28th, 2010. This holiday gives the children the chance of being in a radiation free environment. It is of invaluable importance to their immune system. Please contact 087 7556685 or 052 9154838.

Visit the Watergate
It was well worth tuning into the Arts Show on KCLR last week to hear an extensive interview with Mullinahone playwrite, Willie Egan. Willie's newest play will be staged in the Watergate Kilkenny for four nights from Wednesday May 26th to Saturday May 29th. The play called "The Good to Suffer" was extensively discussed on last week's Arts Show. In a wide ranging interview, it emerged that the pre Vatican Two theology of the Catholic Church, which saw the poor who suffered in this life being rewarded in the next; coming under the microscope. On a local front, one of the stars of the show is expected to be Eugene O'Meara of Cois na hAbhainn. Eugene has been a stalwart of drama in the local area for a number of decades. His various roles have always been "Gems of purest ray serene" to quote the poet Gray. It is great to see Eugene's undoubted talents being recognised on the wider stage of the Watergate.

Locals who would like to see for themselves the latest performances of both Willie and Eugene should contact the Watergate at 056 7761674 or I am informed by a little bird that Eugene was in sparkling form as a directorof a youth group play over the weekend. Remember the big nights left in the Watergate Thursday May 27th, Friday May 28th and Saturday May 29th.

The Little Mermaid:

This seems to be a busy weekend for drama locally. On Wednesday evening next June 2nd in St. Michael's N.S. Hall, the pupils of Mullinahone N.S. will present "The Little Mermaid" at 7.30pm. "The Little Mermaid" is an adaptation of a Hans Andersen story by Jason Paul Ryan. Jason Paul teaches drama in St. Michael's N.S. on an ongoing basis. People are invited to come along and enjoy this end of year show. It is also a fundraising venture in what is a fine school hall. Admission is €5 for adults and €3 for students. As well as Jason Pauls production each of the classes in the school will also be appearing on stage in what should be a tour de force. No doubt, some new talent will be unearthed whether it is in the music, dancing or dramatic line. While these productions put great strain on their teachers, the pupils in general, seem to enjoy them and to gain an amount from them for future bigger productions, "From little acorns, great oaks grow". Remember, St. Michael's N.S. Hall Wednesday June 2nd 2010 is the place to be and "The Little Mermaid" is the show to see.

Big Events:
Some weeks ago, we had a number of big events in St. Michael's N.S. One of these events was a tour to Dublin. Here is the story of the big day in the words of one of the pupils Nicole Shelly who went on the tour.

"On May 5th, fifth and sixth classes of St. Michael's N.S. went to Dublin on a school tour. First we visited Croke Park, the GAA's National Stadium. We arrived at Croke Park at 10.30am and met our tour guide Corey. She brought us into the press room and told us the story of how Setanta came to be called Cuchulainn. Colin Shelly dressed up as Setanta and Michael Cody dressed up as a Red Branch Knight. The room had a big screen. We watched highlights of the 2009 All Ireland Final. We then went into a gym room to test our sports skills. We tested our catching our soloing and our speed of reaction. There were also mini screens in there on which to watch old All Ireland finals. Then we went for a tour of the GAA Museum. We saw Nicky English's jersey, the original McCarthy and Maguire Cups and Christy Ring's medal collection. Then we went through all the stages that the players go through on an All Ireland Final Day. We saw where they get off the bus. Then we went into the dressing rooms. They were very big. They had 28 power showers and a sound proof hall where the players have their last preparation before going on the pitch. We then ran out the tunnel the same as the players do on All Ireland Final Day.

Corey, our tour guide, then told us more of the story about the Stadium. She told us about "Bloody Sunday and the history of the stands. We visited the players lounge. The chandeliers in there were classy. They were made of Waterford Crystal with 32 footballs representing the 32 counties and seventy sliotars representing the seventy minutes in a major game. All were made out of Waterford Crystal and were beautiful. This finished our Croke Park Tour. We then had our lunch. Then we headed for Kilmainham Gaol. Again, we met a tour guide. We went into the gaol and saw all the cells. Our guide told us about Joseph Plunkett and how he was married to Grace Gifford the night before he was executed. We saw the chapel where they were married. Then we went to the execution yard. We left Kilmainham about 3.30pm. We had our dinner in the Poitin Stil Restaurant. We had a lovely meal there and headed for home. We arrived back around 6pm. I preferred the tour of Croke Park to that of Kilmainham Gaol. Altogether I had a wonderful day. Nicole Shelly.

Parish Newsletter:
May devotions on Sunday evening in St. Michael's at 7pm. Rosary each evening at the Grotto Monday to Friday during May at 7.15pm.
Anniversary Masses next weekend
Saturday May 29th Anniversary 8pm Mary and Margaret Tobin, Ballinacloghy
Sunday May 30th Anniversary 9.30am Tom and Mary, Clashbeg
Sunday May 30th Anniversary 11.30am Michael and Sally Scott, Jamestown.
May they rest in peace.


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