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In the footsteps of the rich and famous Jul 07

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In the footsteps of the rich and famous - w/e Jul 6


JUNE weddings have for many years been popular in Ireland. This year Mullinahone has seen an outbreak of weddings if that is the proper term.
Perhaps a happiness of weddings would sound better.
Anyway our wedding season got underway on May 19, not in St Michael's Mullinahone but in St Molua's Killaloe outside nearby Callan. Certainly this marked the start of our Fr McGrath's busy season.
Wed in St Molua's was Vincent Hogan younger son of Cáit and the late Liam Hogan of Briarsfield. Vincent's bride was Evita Cassin of Westcourt Callan. Evita is the only daughter of Dinny and Moira Cassin of Westcourty.
The wedding ceremony was performed by Fr John McGrath PP Mullinahone. Vincent's best man was his brother Gerard Hogan. Evita's bridesmaid was her sister-in-law Julie Cassin. Flower girl and ring bearer was the groom's niece Grace and a lovely flowergirl she was too. At the Mass the readings were taken by Toni Hogan sister-in-law of the groom and by Mary Fitzgerald aunt of the bride. The responsorial psalm was sung. Singing during the ceremony were the groom's sisters Eileen and Mary, accompanied by John Bermingham. Music was also provided by the Kilkenny Trio.
The prayers of the faithful were recited by the groom's sisters Mary and Eileen and by Eugene Cassin (bride's brother) and Emma Fitzgerald (bride's cousin). At the conclusion of the ceremony a most suitable reflection was delivered by the groom's cousin Deirdre Bourke who is well known in the Mullinahone area.
Following the wedding ceremony a champagne reception was held in Mount Juliet House for family, friends and neighbours. The newly-weds have spent their honeymoon cruising in the Caribbean visiting such exotic holiday resorts as Bermuda, once the playground of the rich and famous.
The happy couple have since returned to their new home in Briarsfield (and reality). We wish them many years of happiness together. To Evita another of the Roses of Mooncoin we extend a welcome to our parish ad multos Evita and Vincent. Go mairfidh sibh i bhfad.

JUNE WEATHER – To put it mildly the weather in June was dreadful. The month began badly with rain on the first three days including quite a spill on the second. Then the sun shone for a week and we were all thinking of making hay (while the sun shone).
It wasn't a good idea to think about it for too long because the 13th was unlucky. The rain came back and has stayed with us since. In fact it stayed so well that during the month 137.2mm (5.5") of rain fell on 18 days. This is a record rainfall for June in this part of the county and is the highest June figure recorded since local records began to be kept in 1980.
It is also the wettest month so far this year and the first time that monthly rainfall has been above 100m (4"). June 19 didn't help at all. That day 34.4mm of rain fell making it the wettest day of the year so far by far. Unfortunately we cannot say what the future holds but we would be fairly safe in presuming that the next few months will be drier than June was.
No use I suppose looking around for swarms of bees. Remembering what they say about swarms of bees and their ability to produce honey "a swarm in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon but a swarm in July isn't worth a fly".

HURLING MATTERS – Our lesser hurling teams have been busy in the last week with our seniors locked up due to Munster Championship and qualifiers etc. On that theme I note that Eire Og scored a good win over Upperchurch in our section of the qualifiers on Sunday night.
Our selectors had to make a choice between that one and the South Tipp under-21 game between ourselves and Carrick Swan. In Thurles Eoin Kelly kept the club flag flying while scoring 1-12 against Offaly pushing him even further ahead on the Tipp all time scorers list and zeroing in on Nicky Rackard of Wexford who is only 14 points ahead of him in fifth place on the national all time list.
We would also like to see or hear of our other county representatives returning to action from injury. On the local scene our minors began their campaign with a 1-16 to 1-8 loss to Ballingarry in Cloneen last week.
Fourteen players and wayward shooting didn't help our cause which continues with our second game against Kilsheelan/Kilcash et al this week.
Our juniors had their second outing of the championship in Grangemockler on Friday night. No slip ups this time at the end and a side which began with four minors came out on top against Clonmel Og 1-15 to 0-12. Michael Luttrell at full forward scored 1-10 and was very instrumental in achieving victory.
Our under-21s began their campaign with a game against Swan in Fethard on Sunday evening. In the end we went down 1-12 to 1-7. The Swan goal came very late and we had great defensive displays from AJ Cronin and Shane O'Brien. We must now try our luck in the losers group.
Our under-21 team lined out Alan Walsh, Andy Lonergan, AJ Cronin, Joseph O'Meara, Shane Collins, Ned Tobin, Shane O'Brien, Kevin Bolger, Donal Cody, Richie Morrissey, Adrian Doheny, Eddie Phelan, Kevin Walzer, Michael O'Brien and Niall Cronin. Subs used Ml Hicks and Tom Collins.
Well done to Mairead Luttrell who is now operating at full back on the Tipperary senior camogie team. On Saturday last this team defeated Dublin in Parnell Park in a round of the All-Ireland senior championship. Lets hope that Tipp senior hurlers can repeat the feat on Saturday next also in Parnell Park.
LOCAL LOTTO – The local lotto jackpot was not won on June 25. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 17 and 24. We did however have four winners who shared a match three prize of e160. Congratulations to Donal Ryan, Marie Cody, Mary Louise Maher and Mary Fitzgibbon. Next draw will be on July 9 when the jackpot could be e6,650.

PARISH NEWSLETTER – This week we congratulate Paul Meehan who edits the weekly Mullinahone parish newsletter. The newsletter has just completed its fifth year of publication with almost all the credit due to Paul.
It provides a wonderful parish service each week and is full of news both sacred and profane. The newsletter is generally available each weekend from Saturday morning on and at all Masses. It is at the service of all parishioners and it is up to them to fill it.
Copy for the newsletter should be with Paul each week in Meehan's shop before 6pm. Remember the newsletter is only as good as you make it. At present your newsletter is one of the best in the diocese thanks to Paul.

RUBY WEDDING – Last weekend Maura and Tommy O'Sullivan, Carrick Street, celebrated the ruby (or 40th) anniversary of their wedding. We congratulate them and wish them many more decades of happiness together. There have been many changes in Mullinahone, Kilsheelan and around the world since Maura and Tommy were wed in 1967.

NEWSLETTER BRIEFS – No morning Mass this week except on Friday morning at 10am (First Friday).
Best wishes to Bernadine Lawless and Edmund Lawrence who were recently married.
Sympathy to the relatives of Tessie Croke (nee Maher), Kylemore, who recently passed away.
Anniversary Masses next weekend; Friday 10am Jack Sheehan, Ballydavid; Friday 8pm Patrick Vaughan, Clonagoose; Saturday 8pm Bill and Mary Brigid Tobin, Ballydavid and Tony Lawless, Australia; Sunday 9.30am Paddy Freeman, Ballywalter.
Lisa O'Riordan has set up as a mobile hairdresser. Phone 087-6905834.
There will be a coffee morning in Cuddihy's of Glenaskough on Saturday morning in aid of Rehab Care.
Don't forget the annual Golf Classic at the end of July.

REFLECTION – Children have to be educated but they also have to be left to educate themselves.
Life's Clock
"The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
To tell just where the clock will stop
At late or early hour.
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed
To lose one's health is more
To lose one's soul is such a loss
As no man can restore.
The present only is our own.
Live, love, toil with a will
Place no faith in "tomorrow"
For the clock may then be still.

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