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Awards for Mullinahone school, w/e 23rd Feb

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Awards for Mullinahone school, w/e 23rd Feb

Recently representatives of St Michaels national school Mullinahone were presented with a cheque for e1,500 at an awards ceremony in National Irish Bank Kilkenny. The presentation was made by PJ Flynn, manager NIB Kilkenny and Brigid Fennelly NIB. The award came as part of the NIB National Community Grants Scheme. It was given for a forthcoming play "Beauty and the Beast" which will be staged in the school hall.
The grant/award will help to purchase a stage for St Michael's NS hall. Well done to all concerned. Another boost at grassroots level to amateur drama and music which has enjoyed a high profile in Mullinahone dating back almost 50 years to the foundation of the original Anner Players who are preparing for yet another production later in the Spring.

WINNERS – Congratulations to Michaela Reilly and Pat O'Halloran of St Michaels NS Mullinahone. The duo were the school winners of the Steps to Engineering KNEX Challenge which took place recently. This competition was open to fourth and fifth class pupils. The entrants had to design and make a lifeboat. The school competition was judged by a visiting engineer. The two local winners now progress to the Tipperary county final of the competition. This county final will take place in Thurles in May. The winners in the Tipperary Institute which is the venue for the county final will progress to the national finals. We congratulate both Pat and Michaela and wish them the best of luck in the county final.

REFLECTION – It is possible to be born an aristocrat without ever becoming a gentleman.

ENROLMENT – If you wish your child to start in St Michaels NS next September please contact the school now to have your child registered. Teacher in charge of enrolment is Marie Clancy who is vice principal of the school. If you are calling to the school about enrolment please call to Rose in the office from 9.30am to 1pm each Monday to Friday. If you are calling in the afternoon call to Mrs Clancy between 1pm and 3pm. The phone number of Mullinahone NS is 052 53304.

LOTTO – There was no winner of the local lotto jackpot on February 12 so there were no major local celebrations for St Valentine's day. There were however a trio of winners who shared the match three prize of e150. Congratulations to Teckie Brett, Eleanor Quirke and Frank and Kathleen. The winning numbers were 15, 22, 25 and 27. The local lotto now begins another year in operation.
The first local lotto draw actually first took place on St Valentine's day more than a decade ago in the days of the "punt". Now the cost of a ticket is e1.50 and if the jackpot is not won the jackpot goes up by e150 each week. Proceeds from the local lotto benefit both our local CJ Kickham GAA club and Mullinahone AFC going back to the days before Croke Park was giving a helping hand to other sporting organisations. Like every other lotto of course if you are not in you cant win.

The local draw takes place each Monday night except on a bank holiday when the weekly draw is postponed by 24 hours. Next draw locally is on Monday when the jackpot could be e3,800.

LOOKING BACK – Recently we were reviewing the events of 2006 as seen through the eyes of our local weekly parish newsletter. This week we look at some of the news items of April 2006. April had five weekends but no newsletter was published on Easter weekend. Easter of course is the busiest time of the church year.
The month began with the notice of five deaths with Mullinahone connections, Helen Kavanagh (nee Gahan) Ratoath, Co Meath and Peggy Field (nee Mansfield) in Australia were both natives of Mullinahone while Tommy Lonergan (Kilkenny), Mary O'Halloran and Brigid Lawlor all had near relatives in our parish.

Erin Josephine Bolger came from Leicester to be baptised in Mullinahone. Marie Lyons, Kilvemnon NS won the Spar Healthy Eating competition while the school also did well in the Community Games Art and Model competitions. The local soccer team had a big championship clash with Hollyford coming up which unfortunately they didn't win.

The next edition brought notice of the Holy week ceremonies starting with a Penitential service. Our under-21 footballers went down in the South Final to Clonmel Og. The death of Bill Walsh, Ballykeeffe Castle, was announced while sacristan Maureen Hennessy was welcomed back to Mullinahone after a spell in hospital. The death of Mary Cotter (nee Gregg) also took place in England on April 10.

On the sports front Mullinahone's under-21 hurlers went down to St Mary's in the first round of the South Tipp championship but our minor footballers defeated St Patricks to become Tipperary division 2 league champions. Kevin Bolger won an All Ireland Freshers (first year) hurling medal with WIT while sports star of the week was David Webster of Kickham Place who played schoolboy soccer for Ireland against Northern Ireland and also England.

The last issue of April saw the death in England of Margaret Cohen, sister of Patrick O'Brien, Tinakelly. Market rights were retained for Mullinahone when a special market was held in Kickham street on the last Thursday of the month to prevent market rights for Mullinahone being extinguished forever on May 1. Market rights were preserved until May 2016.

SOCIAL CLUB – They are back in action after the Winter break. On Tuesday afternoon next the members of the Knocknagow Retired People's Association resume their fortnightly gatherings. This group meets every second Tuesday afternoon in the Knocknagow Community centre. Songs are sung, stories are exchanged, bingo and other games are played, tours and outings are organised for the retired of the area.
A bualadh bos for the people who organise the club. As this is the start of a new session new members both male and female are invited to come along to the group. Transport can and will be arranged if this might be a problem. If you would like further information please ring Maura O'Sullivan at 052 53181. Otherwise come along on Tuesday afternoon and join in the fun. To present members, welcome back, to new members, "faílte".

CONFIRMATION – The sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in St Michael's church Mullinahone on April 17. This is the day after local schools reopen after the Easter holidays. Because of this all preparations for Confirmation will have to be completed before Easter. To this end a meeting of all pupils for Confirmation will take place in St Michaels church on Tuesday night from 7-9pm.
Parents are welcome to attend and so are Confirmation sponsors if they so wish. Apologies for the change of date.

DRAMA – The Fionn MacCumhaill Players, Cloneen, went to Durlas during last week and performed "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the new arts complex, to a full house. Like Caesar "they came, they saw and they conquered". Now in the true tradition of entertainment you are only as good as your last performance and attention now swings back in Mullinahone to the local Anner Players and their forthcoming production. This is a comedy based in French Guyana in 1910. The play is called "We Three Angels". Now this raises the interesting question who are the three angels? Or where would one find three angels in Mullinahone. We can depend on the Anner Players to reveal all when the play hits the boards in Mullinahone before Easter.

SOME LIGHT – Our minor footballers who had gloom cast on their prospects for 2007 after their first outing in the league had some light shed on those prospects when they travelled to Cappawhite during last week in that same league and under the lights overcame Eire "g in their second league game. A large number of our players have been nominated for South Tipperary Player of the Year Awards 2006. Some of our players have been nominated in Hurler of the Year, Inter/Junior Footballer of the Year, Inter/Junior Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year. Among the nominated are Eoin Kelly, Paul Curran, Brian O'Meara and Donal Cody. The winners will be known next week.

JUVENILE CLUB – Our Juvenile AGM took place recently in the new sports complex. The attendance was somewhat disappointing. Chairman Johnny Kennedy (Fenane) was re-elected as was treasurer Rita Curran, Kilvemnon. Eddie McCarthy was elected secretary. Eddie became secretary during 2006 when secretary of seven years Martin Cody stepped down. The new vice chairman is Declan McNamara of Cappaghnagrane. Declan will look after the under-10 teams and Eddie will look after the under-12 teams.

PARISH NEWSLETTER – The death has taken place of Bill Kennedy, late of Poulacapple. Sympathy to his brothers, Fr Stephen, Tom, Jim and their extended families.
Anniversary Masses next weekend February 24 8pm Liam Hogan, Briarsfield; February 25, 9.30am Emby and Martin Keating "Shoe Hospital" Fethard street and 11.30am Catherine Bradshaw, Ballinacloghy.
Lent begins this Wednesday which is Ash Wednesday. It is one of only two days now on which people are obliged to fast and abstain. The other day is Good Friday. Lent recalls the almost former custom of people abstaining from alcoholic drink and/or smoking during Lent/November. Now the onus seems to be on doing something positive for Lent.

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