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Kickham Country Weekend

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Arrangements have been completed to hold the Annual Kickham Country Weekend in Mullinahone from Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14. This year it is hoped that the weekend will be officially opened on the Friday evening, by Dr. Dermot Clifford.

The first lecture of the weekend will take place in the Knocknagow Community Centre after the cheese and wine reception and the official opening. On Saturday afternoon, August 13, the customary bus tour of some part of the Knocknagow wider area will take place. This year the tour will be centred on the Kilcooley/Gortnahoe area and the guide will be Dr. Caitriona Clutterbuck.

On Saturday evening again in the Knocknagow Community Centre, the second historical lecture of the weekend “A Struggle for the Land – The Family of Sean Treacy – a very Irish tragedy”, will be delivered by Dr. Denis G. Marnane of Tipperary Town. The lecture on the opening evening will be “Knocknagow Transformed. The Impact of Creameries on the homes of Tipperary”. The lecturer will be Dr. Proinnsias Breathnach of NUI, Maynooth, a native of Co. Waterford.

Sunday morning will see the annual anniversary mass for Charles Kickham and his first biographer, James Maher. The last official event of the weekend will take place it is hoped, in the walled garden of historic Killaghy Castle, by kind permission. This is the poetry reading and more of it anon. More details next week.


Last Thursday could be referred to as “Dry Thursday”. Some locals were lucky enough to catch news of the impending cut off on the TippFM News the previous day, but not on the Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. It must be admitted that our supply has recently been much improved and that there are less surprise cut offs. However, when maintenance is planned and cut offs are expected, the public can take some precautions to help themselves, if they are informed. Local radio in the day up to and the morning of the expected cut off would seem to be needed. In the old days, a notice at the creamery was guaranteed to inform the parish but, alas, this “bush telegraph” works no longer. Perhaps notices could be posted in public places if some locals were informed to post them.


Spuds are rarely mentioned without mention of the Great Famine in Ireland (1845-1847). On Sunday at mass, the impending Great Famine in Africa (Somalia) was mentioned. A special collection will be taken up at all masses next weekend to help out. It is hoped that parishioners will dig deep for such a good cause.


The Local Lotto Draw took place on Monday July 11. There was no jackpot winner but the Match 3 prize of €150 was shared by Joe Tobin and Bernie Doheny. The numbers drawn were: (7,20,23,29). The next draw will take place on July 25, when the jackpot could be worth E5,000.


Breda Lyons of Coillte informs us that as part of the Abhainn Ri Festival in Callan, that Coillte is contributing to the programme of events and is hosting a two hour woodland walk on Tuesday evening July 26 at 7pm. Learn about the lifecycle of the forest; find out why timber is such a valuable natural resource and see the rich bio-diversity of your local woodland. There will be much to hear about the social history of Desart Demense Wood as people walk around this rich habitat. Meet at the Hoban Monument “Spirit of Place” at 7pm. Driving from Callan to Kilkenny turn left at Ballymac signposted R691 after 1 km park at Hoban Monument. Further info from 086 8718682.


Thanks to all who contributed to the recent Priests’ Collection. You are still not too late. Condolences to the family of Ned Dunne of Carrick Street, whose funeral took place on Saturday last.

Anniversary masses next weekend: Sunday July 24 9.30am William and Mary B. Tobin, Ballydavid and Tony Lawless, Australia. Sunday July 24 11.30am Patrick and Mary McCormack, Killaghy.


The next outing of our local society will take place to Clonmel Golf Club on Sunday July 24. First tee at 11.30am. The event will be a 3 ball Scramble. Results of the Rathdowney Outing 1. Don Bolger 2. Jim Comerford 3. Sean Walzer 4. Richie Needham. L/D Peter Ryan and N/P Ray Coady. The Mullinahone GAA Golf Classic 2011 takes place on August 20th in Callan Golf Club. Teams of 4 this year and €180 including a meal. This is a one day event and an opportunity to support your club and two of our county heroes, Eoin and Paul in this vital fundraising event for 2011. You can book a tee time by contacting Michael Walsh at Callan Golf Club.


Hard luck to Sean Curran and his team mates who went down to Cork in the Under 21 Munster Semi-final in Thurles on Friday night last. Though they were short a number of regulars, Mullinahone had a very good win over Moyle Rovers in Cloneen in the minor championship last Tuesday night. The half time score was 3-11 to 0-4 and at full time 4-20 to 0-8. The game was played in Cloneen. Next up are Carrick Swans on next Monday after 2 games and 2 wins. In the championship, Moyle Rovers and Kilsheelan drew on Sunday in round 3. Well done to our Under 18 lads. Our seniors play Carrick Swan in Fethard on Sunday evening next at 7pm in the replay of the South Tipp S. H. Semi-final. This time we hope to finish the job started in Monroe and to set up a repeat of our 1995 final with Carrick Davins.


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