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Archbishop Clifford was in Mullinahone last week to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Michael’s Church. From early in the day there was a buzz in the village as the people, children, parents and visitors clamoured for water. No showers and no chance of showers. Could you believe it not a drop of water in the parish on the biggest day of the year. We don’t know if our water shortage was due to essential repairs being carried out in the Cappagh Cross area or by another break in the mainline somewhere in Cloneen. Well done to Fr. McGrath and his good right hand man Tommy O’Connor who laid on an emergency water supply in the church area.

Indeed St. Michael’s Church looked en fete for the arrival of Dr. Clifford with bunting and banners greeting him acknowledging the Silver Jubilee of his consecration as Archbishop. If the outside and entrance to St. Michael’s looked well it paled into insignificance when one saw the interior of the church with the beautiful posters on the walls, the special confirmation booklet produced for the occasion and the floral display all perfectly co-ordinated. The huge amount of work put in by both Rosie Walzer and Rose Byrne must be specially acknowledged.

The 47 children were well prepared thanks to their parents and to the local primary schools with their principals and staff. The schools were represented by James Cahill (Mullinahone N.S.), Mary Meagher (Poulacapple N.S.), and Barbara Luttrell (Kilvemnon N.S.). Our adult choir with Brendan Conti (director) and Eva Hogan (conductor) and our children’s choir with Organist, Kevin Hickey and Conductor Barbara Luttrell added greatly to the solemnity of the occasion. Even our altar servers and all who played a part added to the splendid ceremony. Those confirmed were as follows: St. Oliver Plunkett’s N.S. Poulacapple, Brid Roantree, Sara Brabazon, Kate Gleeson, Keith Byrne, Maggie Welland, Christopher McDonald, Valentina Kavanagh, Niall Keane, Andrew Gleeson, Margaret Foley and Ciara Hogan. Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon, Enda Keane, Georgia Durban, Erin Kennedy, Katie Madigan, Darragh Kelly, Kate White, Tara Gayson and Naema Paget-Trudgill. St. Michael’s N.S. Mullinahone, Eoghan Brett, Cathal Cavanagh, Michael Cody, Conor Croke, Rebecca Dunne, Kaven Haycock, Shauna Kennedy, Alisha Maudsley, Oisin McNamara, Edel O’Brien, Natasha O’Riordan, Colin Shelly, Stephen Reilly, Jordan Shortt, Katelyn Brett, Daniel O’Neill, Jordan Denn, Oisin Drennan, Sean Fitzgerald, Emily Gahan, Baylea Grace, Emer Guiry, Paul Houlihan, Ryan Sawyer, Dylan St. John, Jack Walsh, Rebecca Webster and David Whelan.

No Water, Too Much Rain - There used to be an old saying “Wilful waste makes woeful want”, basically it means that if we waste things the day will come when we will be without some of the things which we carelessly wasted. Last week the parish was annoyed when we were without water for in some cases three days. However when water returned a stroll through the village revealed the following leaks in Killaghy Street, The Square, Kickham Street and Carrick Road. These are only some of the leaks within the village. People on the spot should report all these leaks to the council authorities. Much more wasteful at the moment is the case of street lighting on the Carrick Road. On the Saturday before Christmas there was outcry when the E.S.B. power in the village was cut off to facilitate maintenance. The work was carried out and believe it or not since that day the street lights on the Carrick Road have been on during the daylight.


On behalf of Sharon Scott and Sally Brett we would like to thank all those who were involved in and all who supported the “Let Your Hair Down” night in Mac’s Pub last week. Just over E1,00 was raised for a good cause. Thanks very much to everybody.


A Camel Night in aid of Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry Indian Project will take place in the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Thursday, April 7. Later this year Transition Year students will travel to India to visit its partner school, St. Anthony’s High School, Chennai where they will share learning activities and work with families living in extreme poverty. Please support the “Camel Night” which seems to be a form of ‘Race Night’ by becoming a camel owner, a camel jockey or a camel trainer. Tickets are available from all transition year students or by contacting the school at (052) 9154104. You can also learn more by logging on to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it A tote will be in action on the night. All are welcome for an excellent nights entertainment.


Coaching for U/6’s and U/8’s will start on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. U/10 coaching will take place on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and U/16 training takes place each Monday and Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Mullinahone Community Playgroup are now taking enrolments for September 2011. Packs available at the playschool 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. On Tuesday contact (052) 9153622 between 9 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Limited places only available.


The next lecture in the “Our Own Place” series will take place in St. Michael’s School next Wednesday night, April 6, at 8.30 p.m. This lecture will deal with the central theme of Kickham’s famous “Knocknagow”, the struggle of tenant farmers to get a long term lease on their property and how that struggle evolved in the Mullinahone area.


Lenten devotions consisting of Stations of the Cross and Benediction each Sunday evening during Lent at 7 p.m.


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