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On May 22, 1987, much of the GAA population of Mullinahone turned out in Semple Stadium Thurles to see John Leahy make his minor hurling debut in the championship for Tipperary against Limerick. We in Mullinahone believed at the time that it was a “first” but Mick Cahill R.I.P. who had appeared in one minor hurling game back in 1941 had been forgotten about. Later that year, we discovered our error. In the almost 25 years since Leahy appeared on the scene, another fifteen young hurlers from Mullinahone have donned the championship blue and gold at minor level.

The complete list is Mick Cahill (1941), John Leahy (1987), Philip Skehan (1990), Michael Skehan (1990), Brian O’Meara (1990,1991), Pat Croke (1992,1993), Kyron Vaughan (1993,1994), Eddie Carey (1996), Paul Kelly (1996,1997), Eoin Kelly (1997,1998,1999,2000) Paul Curran (1998,1999), Niall Curran (1998), Sean Curran (2009), Cathal Horan (2010,2011), Eoin Fennelly (2011), and our two latest Jack Shelly (2012) and Luke Mullally (2012). Leaving out Mick Cahill (1941), the first a rather useful could be selected from the other 16 who played during the last 25 years. Two questions spring to mind, “Who would be the sub?” And “Who would be the goalie?” To return to our two latest “caps”, who we hope to see again in Semple Staidum in the Munster semi-final against Waterford on June 29. Jack Shelly at 17 is already a county minor footballer. He is a student of Scoil Ruain, Killenaule and is the son of Johnny and Alaco Shelly of Clonagoose. Luke Mullally is in his final year as a minor. He is also a student of Scoil Ruain. He is the son of James and Mary Mullally of Ballyvadlea. Last summer Luke was one of a number of local students who climbed Mount Kilmanjhero in Africa as part of a school group who were raising money for charity.

Both lads were vital members of the Mullinahone C.J.K. minor hurling team who won the Tipperary minor “A” hurling title last year for the very first time. Times have changed indeed in Knocknagow. One minor hurling representative in 103 years and then 16 more in the last 25 years. Well done to both Luke and Jack on joining that still select group.



Last Thursday evening, the members of the Knocknagow Retired People’s Club had their annual summer outing. The group didn’t travel far, but converged on Crocanoir (Bermingham’s) down in Ballycullen. Here the group enjoyed the songs and music of Fil Campbell, followed by a chat and tea. It wasn’t the first time that many of the club members visited Crocanoir, but one and all (those who had been there before and those who hadn’t) enjoyed the outing with many of the opinion that it was the best outing that they were ever on. The venue in the heart of the country is an island of peace and tranquillity and an ideal venue for a small to medium or family gathering.



Devotions will take place each Sunday evening in St. Michael’s Church at 7 p.m. during the month of May. Devotions consist of Rosary and Benediction. Each weekday evening during May at 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday the Rosary will be said at the Grotto on the Callan Road. The big local Church ceremony during May in St. Michael’s Church will be First Holy Communion on Saturday week May 19. First Holy Communion will take place at a special children’s mass at 11 a.m. on the morning of May 19.



Ruth O’Gorman informs us that the Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre and Home Care are holding a Tea Day on Friday May 11, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in ST. Fiacra’s Parish Centre (beside Supervalu, Loughboy). You are most welcome to come along on the day. The Centre is also taking part in the Stoneyford 10 K Walk/Run on Sunday May 20 in Stoneyford Village. If you are interested in sponsoring the Centre or in taking part to raise sponsorship, ring Ruth at 056 7771230.



For some years past, Clare Fogarty and her friends have organised a Table Quiz on behalf of St. Brigid’s Hospital, Carrick on Suir. This year, Clare, due to being busy in College, didn’t get around to organising the annual quiz. In its place, a Church Gate Collection will take place the coming weekend in Mullinahone on Saturday night and Sunday. A Garda permit has been issued. Please help out this worthy cause if you can.



If any person is interested in organising and running this year’s community games local (athletics), please contact any committee member or phone 052 9153832 before the end of May.



After a number of near misses, our under 14 footballers came good against Fethard during last week. The team now face four (two home two away) games as their bid for a semi-final place. The games are due to be played on Mondays and Thursdays as they seek to continue the good work.


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