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Monday last was a wonderful day in the life of our parish. The McCarthy Cup was visiting. Of course, the McCarthy Cup was here before but this was different. I think that the first time Liam visited Mullinahone was back in the 1960’s, when the late Fr. Phil Noonan, arranged for Jimmy Doyle to bring Liam to Mullinahone. Many would say, that we hardly hurled then. Next came the wonderful Leahy Street Carnivals of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

By 2001, we had powerful representation on the Tipp hurling team and we certainly felt part of the action and not mere spectators. Yet for all of that, 2010 was different. Somehow, we felt that this time it was our cup and it was coming home. Wasn’t Eoin Kelly the captain of the team? Didn’t the President of the GAA refer to him as a Mullinahone Man at the Presentation of the Cup. Didn’t Eoin speak for us all. In addition, if Eoin led the team at one end of the field, then the rock that Kilkenny and Waterford and Galway perished on at the other end, was our own, Paul Curran at full back. No wonder both are now nominated for All Stars. Eoin was the first ever South Tipp Captain to bring home McCarthy. No wonder South Tipp celebrated in Mullinahone on the Tuesday after the All-Ireland.

Last Monday was a more personal day, more of a family visit to Mullinahone and it’s primary schools, where great work is being done. The visit began with visits to Mullinahone Co-Op, who are the local Club’s sponsors and to Presentation Convent, Ballingarry, where many of our Post-Primary students attend school. The delegation was led of course by Eoin Kelly and backed up by the presence of County Chairman, Barry O’Brien. Then began the serious visits. First was Poulacapple National School on the very edge of hostile country, but still definitely in County Tipperary. The flags and the colours may have been 70% to 30% against us, but the welcome from Mary Meagher and her team was gracious. Most of the team there are also Kilkenny, but hurling flourishes.

Some would say that Poulacapple National School was the only place where the five-in-a-row came to pass. Poulacapple had acquired the Irish Press (minor hurling) Cup and they kindly loaned it to us for the rest of the day. The local club was represented by Eddie McCarthy, Secretary and Ricky Sheehan, Coaching Officer. Under 21 player James Logue and the Cross of Cashel All-Ireland Trophy was there with James Logue. Photos were taken. Autographs signed. Even King Henry’s nephew had his photo taken with Eoin Kelly

Then it was on to Kilvemnon National School where we were welcomed by acting Principal, Conor Horan. Family duties prevented Barbara Luttrell being present in Kilvemnon or Poulacapple. Beidh la eile Barbara. The Cup was carried into Kilvemnon by past pupil Paul Curran, who speaking later, told of the great emotion he felt.

The coaching team in the county and games promotion were represented by Dinny Maher and Johnny Cummins, (father of Brendan).

Then the final part of the visit to Mullinahone, our Parish Priest had joined us in Kilvemnon and the local Club Chairman
, John Croke greeted us in Mullinahone National School. Also present, were numerous officers of the local Juvenile Club, including Chairman, Johnny Kennedy and Vice-Chairman, Declan McNamara. Here, Principal James Cahill and his staff welcomed all. James (a Kilkenny man), was delighted that we had brought the Minor Cup for him. Tributes were paid to James and his staff on the great promotional work he has done since coming to Mullinahone in 1997. In fact, thanking the teachers for their work over the years, was the main theme of both the Tipperary players and the Board Officers. The second theme, was encouraging all the girls and boys to continue to play and have an interest in gaelic games, be it hurling or football.

One of the big things to emerge from the visit, was the big number of local girls and boys who attended the final. Well done to all concerned in this. For many children and their teachers, it will be a day to remember, but for both Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly, it will be one of the sporting highlights of their lives, when they get the chance to think about it. All the boys and girls were also presented with autographed Tipperary team posters, a lovely memento of a wonderful day.

There is now a change of date for course registration evening. It will now be held on Thursday October 7, from 7pm – 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), Improvers Reception Skills (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 €25 deposit must be paid on registration evening. All courses will be held in the Friary Complex in Callan. Remember Registration Evening is now Thursday October 7.

Set dancing and two hand dances will commence on Monday, October 11, from 2pm until 4pm. New members are very welcome. Admission is E60 for 10 weeks. Payment must be made in full on the first afternoon. Dancing will be from 2pm to 4pm.

A limited number of places are still available on both the Childcare and the Business Studies/Secretarial Courses at Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Both courses are grant-aided and run from 9.15am to 1.20pm daily. Mature students as well as Post-Leaving Certificate students are welcome and excellent employment opportunities exist on graduation.
For further details, please contact Scoil Ruain on 052 9156332.

It has been a long wait but the new Mari Mina Pharmacy is now open. Last weekend, the Pharmacy moved up from the middle of Kickham Street to right next door to the Church across from Hickey's, the Health Centre and the Church Car Park. This should all be a help to patrons and also to parking in the village. We would like to congratulate the Pharmacy owner, Mr. Akram Hanna. We are delighted to see this new and spacious shop open it's doors. The opening reassures the local people of Mr. Hanna's intent to continue providing this wonderful facility and very necessary service in Mullinahone.

We extend our best wishes to Mr. Hanna and his ever helpful staff. All the best in modern medicine, supplied with old world courtesy. Even more parishioners are now expected to get to know chemists, Aibhne Bergin and Graham Daview and the ever helpful girls, Tina McCoy and Melissa O'Grady. For the older ones in our community, moving to a new chemist's shop will be quite a wrench. Some memories go back over 60 years, to the days of the legendary Milo Maher and a generation later, Breda Hall. Our new Pharmacy has high standards to live up to and I am sure it will. To quote some Latin, and in the case of medicine, that would be suitable "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis". Times change and we change with them.

Last week'draw took place on Monday September 20th. The numbers drawn were: (11,19,20,28). There was no jackpot winner, but there were three Match 3 winners who shared E150. Congratulations to Eamon O'Dwyer, Joe Tobin and Ger C. The next draw will take place on Monday October 4, when the jackpot could be worth E3,100. However, to win you must first be in.

Our local Youth Club will meet every second Friday from 8.30pm to 10pm, in the GAA Sports Hall. New members and this includes helpers as well as young people are wanted. For more info, call 087 9243378 or 052 9153537.

Mullinahone Soccer Club will hold a Table Quiz in T.J. Mac's starting at 9.45pm on Friday night October 15. Questions will be set and asked by Dick Maher. Entry fee for a table of 4 is E20. Your support is needed and would be appreciated.

Thank you from the Irish Heart Foundation to those who contributed and to those who collected on their behalf at the recent churchgate collection. The generous sum of E711 was collected. Mile Buiochas.

Anniversary Masses next weekend:
Saturday October 2 8pm Anniversary Mary Dunphy, Kickham Place.
Sunday October 3 9.30am Months Mind Thomas Boland, Ballyvoneen
Sunday October 3 11.30am Anniversary Josie and Tod Maher, Modeshill and all
Deceased members of the Maher and Rohan families.
May they rest in peace.
A gravestone cleaner is available to weed and clean graves.
Contact James at 087 0566731.

Who lies for you, will lie against you.

School has changed. Nowadays, people seem to want to go back there. Some courses for adults are planned for St. Michael's National School. Details will appear in the Mullinahone Parish Newsletter this coming weekend.

After the excitement of the All-Ireland wins and the visit to Mullinahone of the Liam McCarthy and Cros Caiseal, it is back to local events for the C.J.Kickhams Club.

Our Junior B footballers have done very well to have qualified for the South Tipperary final. This is expected to take place this coming weekend. Our Under 21 hurlers who qualified undefeated through a lot of adversity for the South-Final are now in danger of losing that game to Ballingarry in the boardroom. This is most unfortunate, as it should be made very clear that the club was unable to field 15 players for the final in Cloneen. This is very different from being unwilling to play the final. Having started the championship with a very small panel, injuries to at least four players and another out of the country on holidays, decimated the team.

Despite plenty of timely notice to the Board, the team have now been left in limbo and Ballingarry may yet have a bloodless victory.

On the senior hurling front, our senior team had a great win over Drom in Semple Stadium on Thursday night last under lights. It was Mullinahone's best display of the year, with many of the team rising their game to support our three Tipperary Stars of 2010.

On Monday night last our seniors continued their progress in the County Senior Hurling Championship with a 2-15 to 1-15 win over Eire Og Nenagh. This game was also played under lights at Semple Stadium. (See reports of both games in the sports section)


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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