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Munster Carers Award For Ann

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Munster Carers Award For Ann - On Friday night last in the Minella Hotel, Clonmel, Ann McGrath of Fethard Street was awarded the Munster Carer of the Year Award. Nearly all locals are aware of the story of the McGrath family. Ann is married to Jimmy and they had six children. Three of those were born with "Canavans Disease" and needed constant care. Two of the three have passed away but Tamara is still alive and is being cared for by Ann who has looked after the family for the last 20 years. All those who know Ann are well aware of her great dedication to her children and would agree that she is more than deserving of her Carers Award. As Munster winner Ann goes forward to the National Awards. We wish her the best of luck as we congratulate her on her great achievement in Munster. Well done Ann and the best of luck at National level.

Richie Still Being Treated
Two years ago local young man Richie Quirke received serious head injuries during the course of a night out at Halloween. Richie was then 23 years old and sustained what is called an acquired brain injury. He was treated at St. Luke's Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin where he under went two major brain surgeries and remained in a coma for 12 weeks. He returned to St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny in January 2009 where he spent his 24th birthday. He has since undergone two 12 week rehabilitation programmes in Bath in the UK and in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoighre. Richard remains in the care of the HSE at St. Luke's Hospital. Further rehabilitation is due to be provided by the Irish Wheelchair Association. In connection with this the"Richard Quirke Support Fund" are holding a Table Quiz in Amby's Pub, Ballingarry on this Friday night, October 29th starting at 9.30 p.m. Your support would be much appreciated.

Schools G.A.A.
Since their return to school in September our local Primary Schools have all been busy in the promotion of G.A.A. games. In Poulacapple, Mrs. Meagher and her colleagues have been playing football (mixed teams) and girl's football against such schools as Lisronagh, Newcastle and Ballyneill. Hard luck to Ann Marie who was on the losing end with Lisdowney in the Leinster Intermediate camogie final against Durrow 0-12 to 1-7 on Sunday.
Down in Kilvemnon, football has also been going well in the capable hands of Conor Horan. Recently Conor's's charges have defeated their rivals to qualify for a county final. This will be against Kilross after the Halloween break.
Friday last was a good day for the pupils of St. Michael's N.S. Mullinahone who qualified for a County football schools final after their return. They had two good wins recently, the first over Clogheen and the semi-final was a win over Gortnahoe played in Ballingarry. Mullinahone scored 5-7 and won by about nine points. A highlight of the game was the saving of a penalty by Cathal Cavanagh who went into goal for the attempt. The eight who lined out were, Bayleigh Grace, Cathal Cavanagh, Shauna Kennedy, Michael Cody (0-1), Sean Fitzgerald (0-2), Colin Skelly (2-1), Eoin Brett (2-1), and Conor Croke (1-2).
C.J. Kickhams
The curtain came down on our playing season when our footballers were finally defeated in the Junior 'B' County final by a very good Golden team. See report.
Gala 125 Social - The last big event of the year takes place with a celebration of our 125 year history. A great night is planned to ensure a night of entertainment for everyone in attendance. It all happens on Saturday, November 27th in Hotel Minella. Tickets 50 euro each or you can book a table of ten for 450 euro and are available from Eddie McCarthy, Victor Direen and Adrian (Dots) Doheny or any club officer.

Referees Course
A new course will take place in Lar na Pairce, Thurles on November 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th. The course starts at
7.30 p.m. and lasts about two and a half hours each night. If you are interested contact Victor Direen on (086) 8254074.

Parish News
Celebrating Masses in St. Michael's Church over the weekend was Fr. Fitzgerald, a Missionary priest for the last 50 years in Florida, U.S.A. He is also a brother of the late John Fitzgerald R.I.P. whose anniversary Mass took place on Sunday. Fr. Fitzgerald informed us of his life on the American mission. The parish extends it's sympathy to Don Bolger, Jamestown on the death of his brother Albert.

C.J.Kickhams GAA Club:
Junior B County Final.
The curtain came down on our playing season when our footballers were finally defeated in the county final by a very good Golden team. The game was played with great vigour and commitment throughout the sixty minutes. At half time Mullinahone introduced Ed. O'Brien who got married the previous day into the forward line and it nearly produced a fairytale end to the game. With time up and down by two points the ball fell to 'Butch' in a crowded goalmouth. He managed to get away a great effort on goal only to see it skim over the crossbar. The final whistle blew and we were beaten by a point. We thank Toddy Mac and his selector Edwin O'Meara along with coach John Phelan for bringing us on a great journey. On behalf of the team and the club we wish Ed. O'Brien and his wife Joan Comerford many years of happiness in their new life together.

Gala 125 Social:
The last big event of the year takes place with a celebration of our 125 year history. A great night is planned to ensure a night of entertainment for everyone in attendance. This year the club has involved many of our young members on the organising committee to ensure both young and old are catered for. We invite all families and groups in the parish to attend in what will be an historic night. Eoin Kelly, Paul Curran and Paul Kelly will represent our Senior hurling champions while Sean Curran will represent our U21's. Special guest on the night will be former GAA president and current MEP, Sean Kelly. Of course the night will belong to 'Liam McCarthy' that most famous of cups which will be rotated around each table on the night. It all happens on Saturday November 27th in Hotel Minella. Tickets 50E each or you can book a table of ten for 450E and are available from Eddie McCarthy, Victor Direen and Adrian (Dots) Doheny or any club officer. If any clubs in the division or any of our supporters around the county would like to attend they are more than welcome.

Referees course:
A new course will take place in Lar na Pairce, Thurles on November 2, 4, 9 and 11. The course starts at 7-30 and lasts about two and a half hours each night. If your interested contact Victor Direen on 086-8254074.

Gym:
Membership of the gym is now available for 2011 at a cost of 120E single and 170E for a couple. Circuit training for women continues every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8-00pm under the supervision of Andrew Cashman. Circuit training and gym programs are constructed by Andrew to suit individual needs and ages. Contact Jackie Bolger on 086-8341843 for any information on the gym or the use of the sports hall.

 

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