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July 12th is one of the best known dates in Irish history being the anniversary date of the famous Battle of the Boyne. This year the history of July 12th was over-shadowed in Mullinahone by the death on that date of Annie Hickey nee Healy of Ballyduggan. Annie was only 70 years of age at the time of her passing which took place rather unexpectedly at her home though she had been in poor health for the last ten years. Few knew now seriously ill Annie really was because she was a great woman for keeping the good side out. She loved meeting people and she was invariably in good form when speaking to them. Always laughing and joking, people liked meeting Annie, because meeting her made them feel better. Now sadly, that wonderful gay lively personality is gone for ever and we are all the poorer. To ad to the gloom of Annie’s passing, word came through from Effin in Co. Limerick during Annie’s reposal of the unexpected death there of Annie’s youngest sister, Bridget Fleming, (nee Healy). Bridget was only 59 years of age. Both sisters were born in Beaverstown to the late Tim and Ellen Healy. Annie grew up there and then moved to Dublin for some time. Once, while home on holiday, she met her future husband, Seamus Hickey. Both went to London to work but returned to Mullinahone to get married. They went back to England but eventually returned to Mullinahone for good about thirty years ago with their two children. Annie in particular, was delighted with this, as she loved Mullinahone and the way of life there. The now Hickey family quickly became part of the local community building a house in Ballyduggan. For Annie, it was as if she had never left Mullinahone. In later years, Annie became very attached to the local Knocknagow Retired Peoples Club and loved going to their meetings and on their outings. Annie loved community gatherings. Perhaps it was this that led her in her youth to join a community of nuns for some years.

This fact was unknown to her husband and children and only emerged during the days of her funeral. Some people are good at keeping secrets, while others are less so. Annie’s remains reposed at her home and were then brought to St. Michael’s Church for her funeral Mass. Chief Celebrant at her Mass was her first cousin Bishop Seamus Freeman of Ossory. Bishop Seamus was assisted by Fr. Breen P.P., Ballingarry who was doing holiday duty for our own Fr. McGrath and also Fr. Celsus Tierney, Holycross who was once a curate in Mullinahone. A strong sense of family and religion could be felt during Annie’s Funeral Mass with her cousin the bishop saying the Mass and readings being taken by her two cousins Sr. Josephine Healy and Sr. Anna Mary Healy. Annie would have liked that. The white pall was place don her coffin by her son John and her daughter Theresa. The responsorial psalm was sung by John McCormack (keeping up the local tradition) with Kevin Hickey on the organ.

The prayers of the faithful were recited by Margaret Delahunty (cousin) John Brett (nephew) Katie Slattery (grand niece) Mary Freeman (cousin) Niamh Lanigan (grandniece) and Bernie Hickey (sister in law) while the offertory gifts were presented by her sisters Ellen Brett and Mary O'Connell.

After Mass, Annie's remains were interred in St. Michael's Cemetery, Killaghy, with a very large congregation present. Similar and even larger numbers attended both the reposal and the funeral mass, tributes indeed to Annie's universal popularity. The chief mourners were Annie's husband Seamus Hickey, her son John and her daughter Theresa, her sisters Sr. Josephine Healy, Mary O'Connell, Ellen Brett and her brothers, Simon Healy and Philip Healy. Annie is also survived by her two aunts Biddy Freeman and Statia Hurley, cousins, in laws and extended family. Her passing will also be regretted by her many friends and neighbours. To all, we extend our sympathy. Annie was a unique personality and we are unlikely to see her likes again. May she rest in peace. Annie's month's mind mass will take place in St. Michael's Church at 8pm on Saturday August 14th.

Kickham Country Weekend:

The 28th Annual Kickham Country Weekend will take place in Mullinahone this coming weekend August 6th – 8th. The weekend will be officially opened on this Friday evening August 6th at 7.30pm, following a cheese and wine reception by John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison. John is a native of Bansha, Co. Tipperary and when he retired as Governor of Mountjoy earlier this year, he caused quite a stir. John is a brilliant speaker and always well worth listening to. The first history lecture of the weekend. "The Diary of Amhlaoibh O'Suilleabhain" follows at 8.30pm. The lecture will be given by Proinsius O'Drisceoil PhD. The diary (a famous one) was written by a Kerryman Humphrey O' Sullivan who came to Callan in the early 19th Century, almost 200 years ago and wrote about the local area. Saturday afternoon brings the bus tour of historic Callan, Kells and Kilkieran at 1.30pm. The tour guide is Joe Kennedy of the Callan Historical Society. Joe is well known in Mullinahone and has Mullinahone connections. The second lecture that night at 8.30pm is called "Rev John Barry – Champion of the Poor". Fr. Barry was a Tipperary man who worked among the poor in Canada and the USA. The lecture will be given by Brendan O'Cathaoir PhD.

Sunday August 8th has the Annual Anniversary Mass for C.J. Kickham and his first biographer James Maher. The Mass is at 11.30am and will be followed by an oration at Kickhams Grave and the laying of wreaths on both Kickham's Grave and on that also of James Maher. The orator will be William Hayes of Lisheen Publications, Roscrea. The final official event of the weekend will be the poetry reading and musical interlude in Killaghy Castle Walled Garden by kind permission of Pat and Marie Collins.

Guest poet is the famous poet and writer Michael Coady of Carrick on Suir. The poetry reading gets underway at 3pm while poetry of a different kind will begin in Croke Park at 4pm. This event which we hope the weather will allow to be an open air one will bring the 28th Annual Kickham Country Weekend to a close.

Parish News:
The local parish newsletter has moved into it's 9th year of publication. Last weekend, Volume 9 issue no. 1 appeared. We can now look back on eight years of successful newsletters, thanks in the main to the work of it's editor Paul Meehan of Carrick Street. While Paul is the Editor and Production Manager et al, it is your newsletter. Keep a good thing going by supplying Paul with the news of the Parish in written form in plenty of time each week. The newsletter will only be as good as you make it. There is an old saying "It is no use crying over spilled milk". The same is true of the newsletter. Persons in charge of organisations should take note that they should bring news of the doings of their organisations to the Editor in time for publication. Don't be leaving it on the long finger and then being too late. Latest time for info for the newsletter is 6pm in Meehan's Shop on Thursday evenings. This week a thank you to all who contributed to the diocesan priests collection (summer). If you missed contributing, you can still do so and same will be much appreciated.

Anniversary Masses next weekend
Sat. Eve. August 7th 8pm Anniversary Margaret and Rody Curran, Kilvemnon
Sunday August 8th 9.30am Anniversary Michael Walsh, Carrick Road
11.30am Memorial Mass Charles Kickham and Maher.
Sat. Eve August 14th, 8pm Months Mind Annie Hickey, Ballyduggan

Local Lotto:
The last Local Lotto draw took place on July 26th. The numbers drawn were (6, 18, 22, 24). We had no jackpot winner but four shared the Match 3 prize of E160. Congratulations to Liam Gahan, the Curran Boys, Michael Scott and Jordan Denn. Next draw will be on Monday August 9th when the jackpot could be worth E1,900. However to win, you must first be in.

Building from the bottom:
Last week, we told you how our under 12's have qualified for the South Final against Killenaule. This looks as if it might be the last year of Under 12 Championships which have been going on since about 1972 or so. It would be a bonus to win the last one. At minor level (under 18), we play the South Tipperary Semi-final this weekend. As we go to press, we are not aware of the opposition or the venue. The last day out our minors were surprised and run very close by Knockmealdown Gaels. Maybe it was a good wake-up call. Our seniors have returned from their trip up North. They now face the qualifiers in the County Championship.

Well done to Mairead Luttrell who appeared live on TG4 with the Tipperary Ladies footballers winners over Meath on the Bank Holiday.

Mullinahone Playground
A message from Frances Cashman of the Mullinahone Playground Committee:
"On Saturday and Sunday July 24th and 25th, the Mullinahone Playground Committee held a cake sale. We would like to thank all the people who came to buy our goods. This is our first fundraiser in aid of raising money to build a much-needed Playground facility for our community. There was great interest in setting up our committee and we are happy to say that we are heading in the right direction. The cake sale raised over €500. There will be other fundraisers in the future and we hope that with everyone's support, that we will be nearer our goal of having a playground in our lovely village. We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave of their time and their baking skills to the event.


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