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Tom Doran a man of his time

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Tom Doran a man of his time - w/e Jul 13
THE death took place in hospital last week of one of old Mullinahone's best known residents the late Tom Doran of Kickham Street.
Tom who was in his 80th year had been ill for some time. He was in hospital and returned home but his condition worsened and he was forced to return to hospital.
Tom was one of two brothers who lived in the family home in Kickham Street. He and his brother John were known to most of those who knew them as "The Dorans". People didn't separate them and I'm willing to bet that most people didn't know one from the other.
The late Tom and his brother John were true partners in the old sense of the word. Neither married and they worked together in the family business. They did a bit of farming but were best known as carters from the old mines in Ballingarry. Many the load of coal and culm was delivered by "the Dorans" to houses around Mullinahone. If you have to ask what is culm then you are either showing your age or admitting that you are not a native of the area.
Of course these heavy loads were delivered by horse and car. Hard, heavy, physical work which kept Tom and his brother tall spare men. No need to attend the gym to keep the weight down.
Back in former times the Dorans were undertakers. Until the 1960's the sight of Dorans' horse drawn hearse pulled by the horses with plumes was a common sight around the parish. The horses are now long gone and the hearse is I believe in Australia. "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis" – times change and we change with them. Not so with Tom Doran. Tom kept to the older ways.
The Dorans also kept a well patronised sweet shop on the way to Mullinahone NS. Many still remember both their patience and kindness to the school children.
As the mines closed the Dorans moved into turf and their car with Tom at the wheel made numerous trips to Bord na Mona with a trailer behind. Like many of the older generation the family were noted for their honesty. Living almost across from the church John opened and closed the church lending a helping hand. If he wasn't available Tom stepped into the breach. That is the way the brothers worked in harmony.
The passing of Tom Doran at almost four score years reflects back to calmer more leisurely times of not one but two generations ago . In modern terminology "rush" was something Tom Doran didn't do.
Tom's remains were brought to St Michael's church and reposed there in the mortuary chapel. His removal took place on Wednesday evening and was attended by Fr Breen, Ballingarry. Speaking at Tom's funeral Mass Fr Breen, in the course of a most suitable homily, spoke of how surprised he was that so many of the older people in his parish knew Tom and John Doran. He should not have been.
The readers at Tom's funeral Mass were his nephews Martin and Paul Meehan. The prayers of the faithful were recited by his grand-nephews Noel, Philip and Ciaran O'Shea while the offertory gifts were presented by his sister Nonie Meehan and his niece Kay O'Shea nee Meehan. The congregation of mourners was headed by Tom's brother John and by his sister Nonie Meehan. After Mass burial took place in the family plot in the cemetery adjoining St Michael's church.
In birth, life and death the world of Tom Doran didn't move very far. Tom will be remembered for his kindness and for his gentle demeanour and courtesy. In the hurly burly of the modern world the likes of Tom Doran are growing scarce.
To the members of his family we extend our condolences. Tom is survived by his brother John (Kickham Street), and his sister Nonie Meehan (Carrick Street). He is also survived by his nephews Martin Meehan (Carlow) and Paul Meehan (Carrick Street) and his niece Kay O'Shea (Kilvemnon). He is further survived by grand-nephews, cousins and extended family.
May Tom Doran rest in peace.
LOCAL LOTTO – The local lotto jackpot was not won on July 2. The numbers drawn were 7, 11, 13 and 19. The jackpot though did come under threat as we had ten match 3 winners who shared a prize fund of e250. Our congratulations to Jimmy Keating, Rabbit, Mick Dunphy, Rosie Treacy, Emmy and Vicky, Tom Houlihan, Rosie Byrne, John Houlihan, Noelle Burke and Eamon O'Keeffe. Next draw will be on July 16 when the jackpot could reach e6,800. Remember though to win, you must first be in.
WELL DONE UNDER-14S – Our under-14 hurlers have made a good start to their South Tipp championship. To date they have played two games and won both. Their first game was against Ballylooby. Their second took place in Mullinahone against Moyle Rovers.
Mullinahone were in deep trouble with five absentees due to holidays. They had only 13 players when referee Paddy Ivors threw in the sliotar but at half time to save the day two under-12 corner forwards were introduced. The oracle worked and Mullinahone ran out winners.
Shades of 1986 when the late Larry Madden RIP, John Vaughan and Billy McEnery were plucked from the crowd to save the day against Fethard in a hurling league match which they did. That team later went on to great things without Billy, John and Larry. Now Graham and Michael join the ranks of Mullinahones hurling legends. Hopefully for Ollie Vaughan and Eddie McCarthy the holiday situation will improve before the next day out.
COFFEE IN COOLAGH – A coffee morning in conjunction with Fairtrade will take place in Camphill, Kyle on Saturday 10am to 1pm. Also for sale will be books, cakes and games. There will be a musical interlude. Readers will have plenty of time for coffee in Coolagh and can then travel to Semple Stadium later in the evening for Cork v Tipperary.
LAST MAN STANDING – The Mullinahone contingent involved with Tipperary senior hurlers reached its lowest ebb for quite a while in Parnell Park, Dublin, on Saturday last. Tipp won but the cost to Mullinahone was horrific. Paul Kelly was still out injured. During the course of the game both Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran had to leave the field with injuries. Paul was doubly unlucky as it was his first day back after suffering an injury earlier in the season. To complete the tale of local misery selector John Leahy is currently banned from the sideline. Definitely a case in Mullinahone of last man standing.
NEWSLETTER BRIEFS – The Mullinahone parish newsletter began its sixth year of publication last weekend. The diocesan collection (summer) for the clergy and retired clergy of the archdiocese took place last weekend. However if you were not around or forgot to subscribe you may do so any weekend as soon as possible.
Anniversary Masses next weekend: Sunday 11.30am anniversary Frank O'Meara, Ballydonnell.
Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on August 5.
A lady is required and a mobile hairdresser is available from Tuesday to Saturday. Details in the newsletter.
ROADWORKS – To facilitate roadworks on the Mullinahone to Callan road, the road will be closed for much of this week. In-so-far as practical while roadworks are in progress local access will be facilitated but will likely be subject to delays. People are advised that this work is weather dependent. If possible use an alternative route to Callan.
WELL DONE ANDY – The recent competition for the Killaghy Cup was sponsored by Pat and Marie Collins, Killaghy Castle, went very well. The competition took place in Callan during May. The winner was Andy Needham. The competition was open to all members of the local golf society past present and future. Well done to winner Andy. The cup didn't have far to go as Andy lives in Ballinacloghy.
ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC – The annual golf classic will take place on July 27 and 28 in Callan Golf Club. Teams of three will cost e150. Book your time early with Sean Walzer on 086 3204694 or any club officer. We would encourage existing players to bring in two players from outside the parish with them.
DUMPING – Local dumping continues to be a problem. More to follow.
REFLECTION – The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
MULLINAHONE GAA – You could say I was missing in action these last few weeks but Tipperary's saga with Limerick coupled with June exams was always going to mean a quiet club scene. However the last couple of weekends have seen us playing catch up on the club scene. Our junior hurlers having been defeated by St Marys in their first round game came bouncing back in the second round against Clonmel Og. Their next outing should be within the next two weeks.
Our under-21 hurlers played their first game against a very fancied Carrick Swan team with a county minor title to their credit in recent years. We started the game with seven minors in our ranks and performed superbly on our first outing in the 'A' grade for a number of years. Credit to them and their manager Sean O'Meara that they showed great courage and heart. They now go into the losers group with great hope.
Our minor hurlers are also in the 'A' championship this year and have played two games to date losing to Ballingarry and the combo Slievenamon. They play St Marys tonight (Wednesday). A highlight of this team this year is their commitment and the brand of hurling that they try to play. They are a developing team and can only improve as the season goes on.
On Friday night last in Cloneen our senior footballers got their season back on track with a great win over near neighbours Grangemockler. This puts them back into the South championship and avoids relegation this year.
Our senior hurlers are in limbo at the moment because of Tipperary's involvement in the play-offs. They continue to train and play challenge games but it is certainly not an ideal scenario for Sean O'Regan and his management team not knowing when their next game is. We wish them well in their preparations.
At juvenile level our involvement in all our football championships is now complete and our attention turns to our under-12, under-14 and under-16 hurling teams. Numbers at juvenile level are small this year but any player who hasn't started back yet is still more than welcome.
Finally on playing matters I would encourage our supporters to continue to attend our games as teams need all the help they can get.
I would like to extend the best wishes of everybody in the club to chairman Tommy O'Sullivan and his good wife Maura on their recent 40th wedding anniversary. May you both enjoy many more years of health and happiness.
It was with deep regret that we learned at the weekend of the death of Liam Connolly from Fethard. Liam was a true great of our games but more so a great man and a true gent. Everybody in the club extends their deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Our next club meeting takes place on Friday at 9.30pm.
11 July 2007

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