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The celebrations continue:

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The celebrations attached to Tipperary winning their 26th All Ireland Senior Hurling title continue. Last Monday evening, many people from the area, travelled to Semple Stadium to attend the Tipp homecoming. However, Tuesday night was the big night.

Our own Eoin Kelly, the Tipperary Captain, Paul Curran and Paul Kelly led their team mates in a victory parade in Mullinahone. It was the first time ever that a South Tipperary man had led Tipperary to an All Ireland Victory.

Between 4,000 and 6,000 people according to Garda estimates, gathered into Mullinahone to honour those who derailed the famous drive for five.

The parade through the village was led by the Moycarkey pipe band and was enjoyed by the blue and gold clad onlookers. The streets were a riot of colour. Everywhere there was a good humour and good order. Approximately 20 gardai were on duty and these were greatly assisted by local stewards. The streets of the village were closed to traffic from 5pm to 10pm that night.

Our sincere thanks to both gardai and stewards for their fine crowd control. The parade then moved to the GAA Field where Tipp FM was broadcasting to the County. The players were introduced to the assembled crowd by P.R.O. of Mullinahone GAA, Jackie Bolger. Well done to Jackie on keeping the show moving.
All the local players spoke to the fans and Festy Kerwick entertained with his now famous "Galtee Mountain Boy". As some locals will know, Festy's late great grandmother was a Mullinahone woman.

Two other locals, Dick Egan, Chairman of the South Board and John Croke, Chairman of the local Club were two of the "suits" who addressed the crowd. It was a night when people were proud to claim Mullinahone kinship.
That night many of the visiting hurlers stayed in Killaghy Castle. Probably unknown to most of them, the lawn of this castle was the traditional venue of the hammer-throwing contest in Knocknagow "for the credit of the little village."

Camphill Community Open Day:
The Camphill Community in Ballytobin, Callan will hold their Annual Open Day in Ballytobin on Sunday afternoon next September 17th from 2pm – 5pm. There will be the usual stalls and refreshments. The open afternoon will conclude with a balloon ascent at 5pm.
Your attendance would be appreciated.

The Blue and Gold - Tipperary's 26th
(The mighty deeds of our hurlers have prodded our local poet into action)

On the fifth day of September
From Noreside proud they came
Kilkenny's cats were purring
Five All Ireland's was their aim
But a gallant band of hurlers
From across the border came
To lower the black and amber
And bring glory to their name.

2.They were led by a great stalwart
Who came from Kickham's town
Whose pedigree is in no doubt
He's a hero of renown
On the hurling fields of Ireland
His outstanding skills are known
He's Knocknagow's great hero
Eoin Kelly from Mullinahone.

3.Tipp started off so sweetly
With Corbett to the fore
But Kilkenny hung on grimly
They wanted more than four
Each time the Cats came back again
Tipp stopped them in their tracks
For defeat was not an option
Thanks to our brilliant backs.

4.When the final whistle sounded
Tipp could not have done more
Kilkenny hearts were broken
The "drive" for 5" was o'er
Their dream of five All Ireland's
Is crushed down by the Nore
So praise Tipperary's colours high
And Keep them to the fore.

5.So raise your glasses to our boys
Those heroes of renown
Who battled long and gallantly
To bring back home the crown
"McCarthy" is back in Knocknagow
Thanks to our heroes bold
So proudly raise your banners high
For the premier blue and gold.
- Joe Tobin, Mullinahone.

Local Lotto:
Last week's draw took place on Wednesday night. The numbers drawn were: (4, 8, 17, 18) – (do you remember 4-17 to 1-18?). No wonder we had nine winners who shared the Match 3 prize of E225, but we had no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to C.J. O'Dwyer, John and Bridie, Deirdre O'Halloran, Edna Morris, Josie Duggan, Gemma Scott, Sean O'Dwyer, Rita and Albert, Dan Croke, Maura O'Sullivan and Maggie and Peter. The next draw will be on September 20th, when the jackpot could be worth E2,800. However to win, first be in.


The next events planned for Crocanoir are Saturday September 24th Mend and Makedo Theatre Group will stage the play Breathless written by renowned author John MackKenna. On Monday October 25th, legendary fiddle player Frankie Gavin comes to Mullinahone to host and evening of music and musings with writers Richard Tillinghast and Grace Wells. Tickets available from John and Monika Bermingham at 052 9153117 or 086 8907329. To learn more of Crocanoir, check out the website –

The entrance to Killaghy Castle Mullinahone where the Tipp SH team stayed after their recent vist with the McCarthy Cup to Mullinahone. Note the Tipp and Cork flags over the gate as the owner Pat Collins is from County Cork. He and his family came to live in Killaghy over a decade ago.
The "kiln field" traditional scene of the Matt the Thresher hammer throwing in Knocknagow is part of the Killaghy Estate.


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"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


poet. C.J. Boland