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Yet Another Successful Festival

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Yet Another Successful Festival

Once again the annual C.J.Kickham’s hurling festival held on Sat. last was blessed with fine weather. The festival began with all the teams marching through the street behind the Carrick-on Suir band. In the local Kickham Park the festival was blessed and declared open by Fr. John McGrath PP Mullinahone with Sean Nugent, Chairman of Tipperary Co. Board and Joe Brennan, Chairman of the South Board among the guests present.

The adjoining GAA field and the nearby soccer pitch on the Callan Road soon echoed to the clash of the ash and the shouts of the spectators as approximately 640 hurlers battled it out in under12 go games and under10 ground hurling. During the day 60 matches were played which was the equivalent of 24 hours of non-stop hurling. Both the hurlers and their supporters and mentors had to be sustained and this meant that about 1,000 lunches had to be served, many “al fresco”.

To return to the festival results. Sixteen teams representing 14 counties took part in 4 round robin sections in under 12. The results gave us 4 sections of 4 teams. Section 1 was made up the winners of each of the round robins. Section 2 composed of all those who finished 2nd in their round robin and likewise with those who finished in 3rd and 4th places. The competing teams in each section then played semi-finals and a final.

The finals were taking place as the Angelus bell was ringing in the nearby church. In division 4 victory went to Co. Meath represented by Kildalkey. They were awarded the Shield trophy. Division 3 winners were from Cappataggle, Co. Galway who received the Johnny Kennedy trophy. Division 2 for the Tess McNamara Cup was a battle between the home club and the Offaly representatives Kilcormac-Killoughy who pulled away in the 2nd half. The premier division final had an unique hurling pairing. Tyrone Eoghan Ruadhs from Dungannon played Carlow’s Myshal and victory in a classic game went to the Tyrone lads. This is the third year in a row that the C.J.Kickham Cup has gone to Northern Ireland.

The U10 ground hurling winners were Mullinahone C.J.Kickhams who defeated Carrick Swan 4-3 in the final. The shield final was won by Golden who beat St. Patricks 2-0. Exhibition U8 and U6 games were also played involving local teams. While most of the teams made their way home at the end of the day the North of Ireland teams stayed overnight in the locality and all, in their club colours, along with the Mullinahone players took part in a special festival Mass in St. Michael’s Church on Sunday morning. Local opinion is that this year’s festival challenges for the” best ever” and was a credit to the local underage club who organised the event. Well done to all in” the year of the gathering”.

Lotto Jackpot Draw.

The last Local Lotto Jackpot draw took place on Mon. Aug. 26th. There was no winner but 7 punters shared the Match 3 prize of E175.Congrats to Nigel Brett, Brendan O’Sullivan, T J Mac, Tanya St.John, Caroline + Jamie, Hannah + Jack, and C. Heaney. The numbers drawn were 2,12,22 and 28. The next draw will be on Mon. Sept. 2nd when the jackpot could be worth E9,400. To win, first be in.

GAA Briefs.

Hard luck on our under 14 hurlers who lost their South Tipp semifinal by a point to a Skeheenarinky/Newcastle combination on Thurs. night last. Earlier in the year in the league section of the competition we had defeated the same opposition so they must have knuckled down to serious preparation since. Our minor hurlers went down during the week to another heavy defeat in spite of scoring 2-15. Once again we were out of our depth in “A” grade and too many of our up to the age players were not available.
Reflection Tis better to suffer wrong than to do it.

Parish News.

Aniversary Masses next weekend in St.Michaels. Sat. Sept.7th 8pm Paddy Brett Bawnavrona. Sun. Sept.8th 9.30am Johanna and Jack Roche Garryricken also Nonie and Kathleen.Sun.Sept.8th Jim and Peggy Hyland nee Brett Cappanagrane. May they rest in peace.

Open Day

An Open Day will be held at the Camphill Community Ballytobin, Callan on Sun.week Sept.15th.Festivities 2pm to 5pm.The Camphill Community caters for children and adults with special needs so everyone’s help is appreciated. Remember Sun. week.

Community Park Tennis.

After a successful Summer Tennis Camp weekly tennis lessons will be run at the Community Park Complex from Thurs. Sept. 12th for 6 weeks. Racquets and balls provided. Children 6-9 from 4pm to 5pm while 10-15 year olds will be catered for from 5-6pm.For more details phone 087 7728047 or come along to registration on Sat.Sept. 7th between 12noon and 1pm.


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