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Great Weekend for hurling

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It was a great weekend for Mullinahone hurling. The weekend began well for the locals when, our juniors had a do or die win over neighbours Ballingarry by 2 - 13 to 1 - 13. On Saturday afternoon, the action moved to Kilsheelan when our Under 12’s were playing in the South Tipperary Under 12B Semi-final against Cahir. We’ll return to that game later. On Sunday, a great number of local supporters travelled to Croke park to see the Tipperary V Galway thriller. Club members were well pleased with the 50 or so cut price tickets produced by Runai Eddie McCarthy from Croke Park. Doubtful if Croke Park will be as generous when the Semi-final against Waterford comes up.

Great for Mullinahone people to see Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran playing their parts in Tipps great win. It was good also to see Paul Kelly moving around the pitch as waterboy. Perhaps, his return to hurling is not as far away as we thought when he was first injured. Back to that Under 12 semi-final in Kilsheelan. Some weeks ago, we brought you news that our under 12’s seemed to be turning their season around having started with a heavy defeat by Killenaule. They then had a very narrow win over Cahir and as improvement came further wins over Ballybacon and Clonmel Og saw us finish second in the table with Killenaule on top. Cahir finished third and as a result, we had to play them again in the semi-final. There was a stark contrast between the league game and the semi-final showing the vast improvement which Declan McNamara and his selectors Pat Fitzgerald and Sean Reilly have brought about in the team over the last few months.

On Saturday the team gave a very skilful display and ran out rather easy winners especially compared to the narrow win earlier in the season. Cathal Kavanagh has emerged as a good goalie. His full back line on Saturday was Shauna Kennedy, the only girl on the team and well worth her place. Conor Croke was at full back and Oisin Drennan was at corner. On Saturday, Oisin was as prominent as usual due to the fact that Cahir put on less pressure than usual. Our half back line did well with Darragh Kelly at centre back, flanked by Conor O’Halloran and Stephen Reilly. Our midfield pair were very impressive on Saturday. Sean Fitzgerald and Michael Cody worked very well together. Our half forwards have also been improving. Colin Shelly was at centre forward and he was flanked by Eoin Brett and Liam Fennelly. Up front, Oisin McNamara was in good scoring form while our two corner forwards Bailey Grace and Colm Mockler also played their part. Subs introduced during the game were: Paul Houlihan and David Whelan as well as Colm Byrne, Aaron Byrne and Dale Crowley. The panel was completed by Jordan Denn and the recently returned Jordan Shortt. In the final, for which we should have a week or ten days to prepare, we will again face Killenaule. While they are very strong, we should do a lot better than we did first day out.

The great improvement in the skill level of many of our players which was seen on Saturday was what impressed our followers most. Well done to all the squad on reaching the final. Looking back to 1986, when we reached our first under 12 hurling final, we note that the full back on the team was Declan McNamara and a member of the panel was Liam Crowley (father of Dale Crowley). Another member was Martin Croke (brother of Conor Croke) and Nigel Brett (father of Eoin Brett). Two members of that 1986 were to go on to play minor hurling for Tipperary. Incidentally, we lost that final to Fr. Sheehys but over the years went on to bigger and better things. Our two future County minors were Pat Croke and Ky Vaughan who was to captain the 2002 Mullinahone Senior hurling team. They were joined in that County final by another member of the 1986 Under 12's Tony Dalton. Who knows what the future holds this year or next year, which is 25 years after 1986 when we are likely to have no under 12 Championship.

Local Lotto

The last draw took place on Monday July 19th. The winning numbers drawn were: (5, 14, 15, 27). There were no jackpot winners, but we had five winners who shared the Match 3 prize of E150. Congratulations to Mary Hayden, Mark Bolger, Aine and Maura, Josie Hickey and Maura o'Sullivan. The next draw will be on Tuesday August 3rd (due to Bank Holiday on Monday), when the jackpot could be worth E1,750. However, to win, whether it be Monday or Tuesday, you must first be in.

Gun Club
All members of Mullinahone Gun Club please note that your membership expires on July 31st. You are advised to pay your membership before that date to ensure continuation of cover. Telephone Martin Reilly at 087 7991179.

Self Help Africa
Self Help Africa wish to thank all those who supported the recent church gate collectionwhich raised €631. Self Help Africa is an Irish Agency which was formed in the aftermath of the terrible Ethiopian Famine of 1984. The money collected goes to poverty stricken farmers for the purchase of livestock, seeds and fertilizer. For example: €15 provides seeds stock and the necessary supports to enable a family set up a vegetable garden. Again buiochas to you all from Self Help Africa.

Ballingarry 1848
You are cordially invited to take part in this years Famine 1848 Walk which takes place in Ballingarry on Saturday afternoon next, July 31st. The Walk takes place from the National Flag Monument in the village of the Commons to the Famine Warehouse 1848 on Saturday at 3pm. This years Walk will be led by the Chief of the O'Brien Clan, the O'Brien of Thomond (Lord Inchiquin), a relation of William Smith O'Brien M.P., who led the 1848 Rising. Again, the 1848 Committee invites you to the commons on Saturday afternoon.

Legend of Luke Kelly
The Fionn MacCumhaill Players are holding a fundraiser.
Anybody who is a fan of Luke Kelly's should go along to McCarthy's Hotel, Fethard where Chris Kavanagh and the Patriots play a Concert in the Marquee on this Saturday July 31st. The Concert starts at 9.30pm. This I am informed, will be a great night at this wonderful tribute act and you may have to pinch yourself to see if you are dreaming, so close is Chris to the real thing. He has the voice, the look, everything. Tickets are available for €10 in McCarthy's Hotel. Phone 086 0834208.

Healthy Forests
On this Saturday July 31st, Mr. Sean Connick T.D. will open Coilltes' "Healthy Forests, Healthy People" Exhibition at the Abhainn Ri Festival in Callan. This is a public event and all are welcome at 7pm to the National School on the Kilkenny Road, Callan. The Exhibition Opening will be followed by the launch of the renewable energy strand of the Festival where Mr. Connick will plant a tree to mark the occasion in the Abbey Meadow. The Exhibition will run until August 8th and is open daily from noon - 7pm. Info from 087 9980161. When visiting the Exhibition, dont forget to fill out the form to be in with a chance of winning a hurley (Kilkenny)

Woodlands Walk
A guided Walk at Castlemorris Wood will take place on Tuesday August 3rd at 7pm. Meet at the Grand Gates. Info from 087 9980161. This is one of the many free events taking place throughout the Festival and is open to all. Please join in.

Busy Saturday
If you are energetic you could walk in the Commons, attend the Exhibition opening in Callan and then head for the Luke Kelly Show in Fethard.

Parish Newsletter

Congratulations to Annette Ryan, Ballydavid on her recent marriage to Sebastian Prudhomme from Belgium. Condolences to the Hickey and Healy families on the recent deaths of sisters Annie Hickey and Bridget Fleming which took place within hours of each other.

Anniversary Masses next weekend

Saturday July 31st 8pm
Anniversary Roger Quirke, Gurteen
Sunday August 1st 11.30am
Anniversary Billy Cantwell, Kickham Street

Thanks to all those who contributed to the recent Priests summer collection. If you have not already given your offering, it will be greatly appreciated when received. Thank you. The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday next. Local contact is Joe O'Gorman.


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