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Sportsman Passes

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Sunday 10 February 2013 10:27

Sportsman Passes - The death took place recently at his residence of Michael Denny of Modeshill. Michael was in his late seventies and had been in poor health for some time. In his younger days Michael was a well known playing member of Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams playing both football and hurling for his parish. In later years he became a golfer and was elected Captain of Callan Golf Club. Michael’s remains reposed in Brett’s Funeral Home and they were accompanied to St. Michael’s Church by Guards of Honour representing the Golf Club and Mullinahone C.J.K. Michael’s coffin was draped with the Mullinahone flag as it entered the church and the white pall was placed on his coffin by his daughters Catherine and Marian.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. McGrath P.P. assisted by Fr. Lambe P.P. Drangan. The readings were given by Francis (son), Carmel (niece) and Catherine (daughter). The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by four of Michael’s grandchildren while two younger grandchildren presented the Offertory Gifts. As Michael’s coffin left St. Michael’s Church, “Slievenamon” was rendered by two of his nieces Pauline and Maura. Michael had always been known for his loyalty to all things Tipperary and the singing of “Slievenamon” paid due tribute.


Michael was born in Mullinahone. He spent many working years driving machinery for John Ford before setting up a Landscaping Business in the locality. All of this made him very well known in the area. He was at the time of his death the last surviving male member of the Denny family. He was interred in the family grave in Modeshill. His reposal, his journey to St. Michael’s Church, his Funeral Mass and burial were all well attended and attested to his and his families high standing in the parish. To his wife Lily, sons Aidan (Australia) and Francis (Dunagraggin); daughters Catherine (Grangemockler) and Marian (Portlaoise); to his sole surviving sister Ina Horan, (Drangan), and to his extended family, we extend our sympathy. May his soul rest in peace in his beloved Modeshill.

Ladies Football - A Ladies Football Fundraising Drive will take place on this Friday evening, 1st February from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, 2nd February from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the G.A.A. carpark. Please leave your unwanted clothes, shoes, curtains, towels, sheets, soft toys etc., clean and dry in bags, mobile phones separate please.

Talent - Last October a group of musical friends from Scoil Ruain Killenaule took to the stage in the first round of the All Ireland Schools talent competition. In Tipperary alone there were over 130 entrants. The seven piece band of multi instrumentalists proved a big hit with audience and judges alike and safely made their way to the next round. Now the stakes were higher and practice began in earnest. The close knit group of pals gathered at Crocanoir every Sunday to hone their skills and work on new arrangements of their favourite songs.

From the County semi-final fewer acts would progress but the ‘giants’ once more were first past the post. Their dreams were catching fire and momentum building as each round was safely navigated. Three acts from the County final would go directly into the Munster final, a further ten acts into a Munster semi final. The results were announced with an x factor tension and the band took another step on a fairytale journey straight through to the Munster final. Bigger stage, an audience of over 1000 nervous family members and a bus load of school pals cheered them to the rafters. A nailbiting wait to take to the stage last on in a field of 29. They gave the performance of a lifetime with an explosive version of a Mumford and Son classic ‘Little Lion Man’ gave nailbiting hope for further progress.

An interminable wait for results, All acts gathered on stage for the verdict. 12 groups would progress to an All-Ireland semi-Final, only one would make it straight through to the All-Ireland final. A list of nine was announced, Three places left - two - one. To a deafening roar presenter Brian Ormonde announced the act going through to the All-Ireland Final and the winners of €1000. ‘We looked like Giants’, Munster champions and the last ones standing from a field of 600. They now look forward to an appearance on live Television and in front of an audience of almost 2,000 people.

The dream lives on, the group have a very strong local influence, guitarists Sean Bermingham and Paul Gayson are both from Mullinahone; Banjo player Conor Cuddihy’s mother is Helen Leahy from Carrick Street; Vocalist Jessica Brett from Cloneen and percussionist Shane O’Connell from Killenaule also have strong Mullinahone connections. The other members of the group are Teresa Lanigan from Gortnahoe and Kieran Murphy from Killenaule.

Contract Signed - One of the big parish events in the lead up to Christmas was the signing of a contract between the Go Play Company and Mullinahone Community Council Ltd. for the provision of a community recreation area for young and old at the old tennis court on the Ballingarry road. A diagram of the proposed facility can be seen in Brett’s Shop window on the Square. Funding has been arranged for the facility including a handsome donation from South Tipperary Co. Council, a local fund raising committee has also been active under local ladies, Ettie Croke, Mary Guiry and Vicky Maher.

A number of Big Bingos have been held with more planned. Work is expected to begin on the site very soon and be completed by late Spring. Sub contractor for the work is local builder James Kelly. The contract was signed on behalf of the Community Council by Directors, Mary Guiry, Kevin Keating and Ricky Sheehan. We wish the venture every success and it will also brighten one of the entrance roads into our village.

Safety First - As we move towards February people in general are hoping to take advantage of the longer evenings. Since the start of the year two people have made resolutions to get a bit fitter so some are taking to the roads to do a bit of extra walking. It is a good time to remind walkers to make themselves visible to traffic by wearing a high visibility jacket. These are easily available and a must for safer walking on the road.

School Enrolment - St. Michael’s N.S. are now enrolling pupils who plan on starting primary school next September, please call to the school for an enrolment form to Rosie during office hours 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or after office hours call to Marie in the Resource room.

G.A.A. Club History - Progress is being made with the Mullinahone G.A.A. Club History. The early days of the club are now almost complete but old photos are wanted to illustrate life in Mullinahone leading up to 1900 or in the early days of the 20th century. Besides charting the wins and losses of the club it is hoped that the history will reflect the parish at large down through the years. Old photos will help to do this.


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"And I wouldn't much care for Sierra Leone, If I hadn't seen Killenaule
And the man that was never in Mullinahone,
Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


poet. C.J. Boland