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Hurling Festival a wonderful weekend:

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Perhaps, it was the feeling engendered by the upcoming All Ireland Hurling Final or maybe it was because of the fine weather but in the opinion of many, last weekend’s festival of under 12 hurling in Mullinahone was the biggest and best hurling festival of them all.

Our festival began life as a four team local under 10 tournament in 2002 with Callan, Ballingarry, Mullinahone and I think St. Patrick’s taking part. Over the years, the tournament has grown and grown until it has become simply enormous. Last weekend over 700 young hurlers from all over the country descended on “the little village”. This coupled with about 300 mentors and parents meant an influx of over a thousand people. The blaze of colour had to be seen to be believed.

The festival began with a Parade of all the competing teams up Carrick Street and via Kickham Street to the GAA Sportsfield. Here the festival was declared open by Christy Cooney Uachtaran of the GAA. It is possible that this may be the last of the festival in it’s present format as next year, it is proposed that there will be no official competition at under 12 level in the GAA. This new ruling has it’s advocates and it’s critics.

While many GAA people regret the passing of GAA Championships at South Tipperary and County level, that have existed since the early 1970’s, more say that at this age, most of the Championships are played for by adults, while the boys and girls merely play a match. Originally GAA Competition was at under 15 level in Schools before it moved into the remit of the Clubs in the mid 1950’s. Then, we had the switch to under 16 and under 14 when under 12 arrived in 1970. B and lower grade Championships arrived in the middle 1980’s.

Now the most modern thinking is for the development of skills and go games, but all that is debate for another day. While the parade was the highlight for many the mass on Sunday morning with the home and visiting teams taking part dressed in their club colours was the highlight.

Five of the teams who took part were from Ulster and it was strange to hear so many clipped Northern accents reading at Mass. The ceremony was completed by the singing of Mullinahone native John McCormack. The visiting squads from Derry, Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan were kept in local homes when they arrived on Friday night. I have been hearing oceans of praise from many people as to how well behaved all the visiting young people were. It is good to hear for a change so many good news stories concerning the next generation.

The local Juvenile Club who put a huge effort into the organising of the festival are grateful to all those who helped them out but especially to those parents and households who threw their homes open to welcome the visitors in the true tradition of Knocknagow. The parade was led through the streets by the Carrick on Suir band.

The hurling itself on three different pitches was of excellent quality.

Thanks to Mullinahone AFC and Eamon Green/Micky Keating in this regard. As darkness fell the winners of the Cup were Clonmel St. Mary's who defeated Kevin Lynch's of Dungiv

en in Derry in an absorbing final. In the Shield final Dungannon Eoghan Ruad of Tyrone and Fermoy of Cork agreed sportingly and properly to share the Shield when they finished level after extra time in their final. Perhaps, this is a blueprint for the future and all young teams taking part should agree to draw in event of being level in the final. After all, it is this hell bent on victory attitude that GAA officialdom objects to at under age level. In our festival, do not all those who take part receive the same medals?

At under 10 in ground hurling Piltown were the winners with Fermoy the runners up. In the under 10 shield Skeheenarinky (Ballyporeen) were the winners defeating their relative neighbours Fermoy in the final. Because the weather was so kind it is doubtful if the 700 young hurlers ever enjoyed such a day of hurling before.

The thanks of the parish must go to the officers of our Juvenile Club, to our Senior Club officers who backed them up to the Chairman of South Tipp Senior Board and the Chairman of South Tipp Bord na nOg. All have one thing in common, they are Mullinahone people.
No wonder another Mullinahone native could describe the area on TG4 on Sunday night as "Baile na hIomana".

Local Lotto Results:
The last draw took place on Monday August 23rd. The numbers drawn were (10, 12, 13, 22). There was no jackpot winner but four shared the Match 3 prize of €160. Our congratulations to Mary Madden-Sawyer, Maura Morris, Button and Tom Ryan. Next draw will take place on Monday September 6th when the jackpot could be worth E2,500. Definitely a healthy sum for anybody to help them take part in a celebration. However, to win you must first be in.

Hard luck ladies:
Hard luck to our Junior Ladies Football team which lost their County Final in New Inn on Sunday. They played well but unfortunately, were not good enough on the day. There will be other days. It was a pity that the final clashed with two other GAA events. Unfortunately, this must have cost us support. The team was sponsored by S and N Repairs. Thurles Sarsfields were their opponents in the final.

Perhaps, in their next campaigns we'll hear a little bit more of who is playing in the different grades and how they are getting on.

Droichead Family Resource Centre Callan:
Autumn Courses
A registration evening will take place on Thursday Oct

ober 20th from 7pm until 9pm for the following courses: Healthcare Support Fetac Level 5, Occupational First Aid, Occupational Refresher, Paediatric First Aid, Computer Applications (Fetac Level 4), Beginners Computer Applications (Fetac Level 5), Manual Handling, Safety and Health at work (Fetac Level 3), Pilates, Aerobic exercises, Beginners Yoga. Places are limited, therefore, a minimum of E25 deposit must be paid at the registration evening. All courses will be held in the Friary Complex in Callan.

Fab Fitness:
Are new Fitness classes starting mornings in Community Centre, Mullinahone to suit people dropping children to school/playschool whether you want to improve fitness levels, muscle tone or lose weight, these classes are designed to suit all levels of fitness as everyone works within their own range. For those who wish to they have the option to weigh in and stay for a chat about healthy living with some valuable tips and sound advice. Starting Monday September 6th at 9.40am E49 for 7 weeks.
More details, contact Bridget (Biddy) O'Dwyer, NCEF Drangan, phone 087 6410352.

Do support the Golf Classic at Slievenamon Golf Club on September 3rd and 4th. The Classic is being run in aid of the Treasure Centre Cameroon. This Centre is being run by Sr. Eileen O'Brien, Cloneen. Sr. Eileen is a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary. Entry fee is E30. All donations are very welcome. More details from 086 2319623.

Fitness Classes
Ladies Fitness Classes are back. They began on August 31st at 8pm in Mullinahone GAA Sports Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm. Cost is E7 per session or E89 for 20 nights or E49 for 10 nights.

Gift vouchers available also at a reduced rate. All fitness levels catered for. For details, phone Andrew at 087 2920757.
Also, personal training and exercise routines available at extremely good prices.

Parish Newsletter
Copy for newsletter required in Meehans Shop before 6pm on Thursday evenings.

Anniversary masses next weekend
Saturday Sept. 4th 8pm Eddie and Mary Jo Phelan, Kickham Street

Sunday Sept 5th 11.30am Anniversary Paddy and Mary Scott, Graigue

Well done lads:
Congratulations to our Under 21 hurlers. On Sunday they defeated Killenaule in the replayed South Tipp Under 21A Semi-final. This was a good display from our young team. We had to start without Richie Morrissey who was injured. Best wishes to Richie for a speedy recovery. The final score in the replay was Mullinahone 4-15 Killenaule 3-5.
We now await the winners of Moyle Rovers and Ballingarry who will play the other Semi-final this week.

Our panel on Sunday was Alan Walsh, Chris Horan, Niall Cronin, Joseph O'Meara, Ciaran O'Shea, Brian Treacy, Keigh Mullally, Eoin Fennelly, Eddie Phelan, Denis Connolly, Sean Curran, Niall O'Brien, Nigel O'Brien, Cathal Horan, Danny Luttrell, Kevin Walzer, Gary Cronin, Eoin Egan, Diarmuid O'Halloran, Brian O'Halloran.


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