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Under 10's Rescue Weekend

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The weekend in general had poor results for our hurlers. On Saturday night, our juniors lost out to Newcastle in the South Tipperary Championship. However, before we come down on the lads like a ton of bricks, we should consider the following. The margin of defeat was only a goal 2 - 12 to 1 - 12. We also played Newcastle's number one team. Back in the late 1980's we were delighted when we ourselves were able to beat Ballingarry's second string with our best team. Our junior panel has been depleted by the hasty promotion of some players to senior status for only a few minutes of play. This was hardly a wise hurling decision by the team's mentors. Overall, we should be quite pleased with how well our juniors competed. Back in 1987, we felt quite down when our best team (our juniors) lost to Ballingarry's second string i the first round of the South Tipperary Championship.

At the time, this was the weakest Adult competition in the weakest hurling division in the County and we lost out in the very first round. On Sunday in Fethard, our minors lost to St. Mary's in the "A" Championship semi-final by 2 - 20 (26) to 3 - 12 (21). Our side was much younger and lighter than Mary's and it was also their first year for some time to be playing in the "A" Competition. When we fell twelve points behind early in the second half, our lads could have thrown in the towel and we can be quite pleased that they didn't cave in so easily but battled on to the end.

It was left to our under 10's at the bottom of the hurling scale to rescue the weekend. On Sunday our under 10's travelled to Ballingarry for the Ballingarry Fun Day and Hurling Blitz. Despite several players being unavailable, due to holidays, Mullinahone put up a great show. In the first game, we defeated our hosts Ballingarry by 7 - 2 to 1 - 2. This was a super performance by all of the team. We played our second game straight away and we narrowly beat Killenaule by 4 - 2 to 1 - 2. In their third and final game, Mullinahone played St. Patrick's. With five minutes to go, we were two points down but we then scored two goals late in the game and went on to win by 3 - 3 to 1 - 2.

This left our team as the best in the tournament with three wins. Well done to the panel and to the mentors who were in charge of them. Our panel of players was Jack Lonergan, Sasha Kavanagh, Alice Browning (Capt.), Cathal Brett, Michael O'Shea, Martin Kehoe, Matthew Thompson;, Oisin Drennan, Baylea Grace, Eanna Ryan, Dylan St. John, Cillian White, Elie Freeman, Daire O'Brien, James O'Connell and Ellie Dyson. For further details of the Under 10's, please contact Neil Thompson at 086 1022064. Looking forward to the future.

Our Under 21's play their long delayed Semi-final against Killenaule in Fethard on Saturday evening next at 5pm. While some of this group have been receiving bad press recently, Saturday evening next presents them with a chance to redeem themselves.
A win would be more than welcome so our supporters are asked to travel in numbers to urge them on.

Our Under 12’s are preparing for their South Tipp Final. The game seems to have been put back a few days, but preparations are well in hand and we
look forward to a good show. Hopefully, our Seniors are making serious preparations for their first round game in the County qualifiers Sunday next against Waterford will make that picture a lot clearer. Meanwhile, best of luck to Eoin and Paul and also to Paul Kelly now on the road to recovery.

Kickham Country Weekend

The 28th Kickham Country Weekend has come and gone. Once again, the weather for the weekend was very kind. The weekend was officially opened on Friday night by John Lonergan, the former Governor of Mountjoy. In a most entertaining opening, John spoke of and lamented the passing of the old Irish Country values and way of life, where people cared about each other. He spoke of difficult times being an opportunity to resurrect some of these pre Celtic Tiger values. Many of these older values of caring went right back to the days of Kickham and Knocknagow.

An informative lecture followed on the diaryist Humprey O’Sullivan with strong Kerry roots who wrote of life in the Callan Mullinahone area in pre famine days. Proinsias O’Drisceoil certainly raised some interesting points.

On Saturday night, Brendan O’Cathaoir lectured on Rev. John Barry, Champion of the Poor. Buried at Cashel, Fr. Barry had the misfortune to tread on the toes of two famous bishops. His story recounted by Brendan made an absorbing lecture and offered an alternative view on the internal workings of the 19th Century Catholic Church. The life of John Barry certainly requires further study. Historical Callan and Kells was toured on Saturday afternoon with Joe Kennedy as tour guide. Of interest to locals is the fact that the old churches at Modeshill and Kilvemnon both belonged to the Prior of Kells in a time when County boundaries were much less important than they are now. Church organisation in Ireland was also much different in those days going back nearly 700 years. Sundays Mass, wreath laying, oration and poetry reading also went well but, we’ll wait until next week for a fuller account. There was some discussion over the weekend of transferring the date of the Kickham Weekend of the August Bank Holiday weekend, but that is a matter for another day.

Tractor Road Run:

On Saturday week, 21st August, a convoy of vintage tractors and assorted vintage modes of transport will leave Mullinahone at 12 noon for a trip around Slievenamon. They will return to Mullinahone that evening.

The next day, Sunday, there will be a vintage day in Mullinahone. Locals will be able to step back in time and see how engines and machines worked 50-100 years ago.
There will also be a host of different stalls and sideshows.

Thanks to the Slievenamon Vintage Club the past will be brought back to life on 21st and 22nd August.

Further details from Terry O’Brien on 086 0834381 or Ned Cronin on 054 648277.
Local Lotto

The last draw took place on Tuesday August 3rd due to the bank holiday on August Monday. The numbers drawn were: (6, 12, 17, 20). There was no jackpot winner, but three people shared the Match 3 prize of E150. Congratulations to Monica Lawless, Ann Pollard and Michael Hicks. Next draw will be on Monday next August 16th when the jackpot could be once again over E2,000 (E2,050 in fact). However, if you wish to win, you must first be in.

If Tipperary win on Sunday next, the jackpot would certainly enable you to have a good All-Ireland weekend. If we lose against Waterford, then you could use the jackpot to console yourself. Either way, you are a winner.

Parish News

Our ceremonies last weekend were flavoured by the presence of many visitors in connection with the Kickham Country Weekend. The month’s mind mass of Annie Hickey of Ballyduggan will be said on Saturday evening next August 14th at 8pm.

Anniversary Masses next weekend

Sunday August 15th 9.30am Anniversary Ciss and Denis O’Brien, Kylothea and Michael Tobin

Sunday August 15th11.30am Anniversary Ned O’Dwyer, Clashbeg and Nonie Chandler.

May they all rest in peace.

Community Council Draw

All cards for the new draw need to be returned by August 15th so that the draw for 2010/2011 can take place. The new draw will take place on Monday August 23rd and there will be two monthly draws that night. In order for the draws to take place, all cards need to be returned immediately.

Good Advice

In view of recent events, it is no harm to remind people that handbags visible in cars when these cars are parked are a temptation to watching thieves. Other valuables such as cameras or mobile phones are a similar temptation but cash and credit cards are an even bigger temptation to the casual thief who will seize the opportunity if such items are visible or if the parked car is unlocked. Readers are also asked to take note if they see any persons or even vehicles hanging around cars not their own. The eyes of the general public also protect the general public. Like Frankie Byrne on radio on the Jacob’s programme many years ago “the problems we discuss today may not be yours but they could be some day”. In the interests of all, including yourself, “Be vigilant”.

County Colours

We are only one step from the All Ireland Hurling Final. Householders and Tipp supporters are asked to put up the county colours ahead of the Waterford Semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday. Well done to those who have already done so. There are a number of fine displays in the village and it’s environs. Good also to see the faith percolating around the countryside. A win on Sunday should see a burst of blue and gold blooming next week.

Until then, we’ll have to tolerate the blue and white. Some black and amber has been visible for the last four years. However at the moment, Waterford are our big problem.

Mount Carmel Monthly Draw

May Results

E300 Mary Brennan, Knockagla

E200 Siobhan Dunne, Briarsfield

E100 Margaret Maher, Jamestown

E30Mary Brennan, The Lough House

E30Catherine and Philip Bonque

E30Michael and Mary Egan, Castleview

E30Joan O’Neill, Rice Park

E30Fr. Philip O’Halloran, Green Lane

E30Rita O’Neill, Blackstaff

E30Catherine Power, Prologue

E30Mary Grace, Riversfield

E30Breda Bolger, Mullinahone

E30Kathleen Maher, Newtown

Next Visitors

The next major raft of visitors to Mullinahone should be here on Saturday August 28th when the great Under 12 hurling tournament will take place. There will also be a ground hurling Under 10 Tournament.

Preparations are well in hand as the Parish welcomes it’s young visitors from North, South, East and West. Over 600 visitors are expected in the village that day. We expect the place to be a riot of colour as most of the young people will be wearing their Club or County colours. Roll on August 28th.


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