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A great day for Garda Seán, w/e 19th Jan

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A great day for Garda Seán, w/e 19th Jan

 January 5 was a rather unique day. Right in the middle of a consistent week of stormy wet weather, the day was completely fine. Somebody was looking after Seán O'Meara of Ballydonnell and his Killenaule bride, Claudia Croke, who were married that day.

The wedding ceremony took place in St Mary's church, Killenaule and was performed by Canon Liam Ryan PP Killenaule assisted by Fr John McGrath PP Mullinahone.

Seán is the eldest son and first to be married of Eddie and Josephine O'Meara. Seán is a member of the gardaí and is stationed in Co Kilkenny. His best man was his brother Kevin O'Meara while his groomsmen were his friends Bill Tobin and Mark Daly. The bride, who is a native of Killenaule was attended by her sister Majella Croke and her friends Emily Noonan and Kate Boland.

The bride was given away in time-honoured fashion by her father Neddy Croke. Claudia's late mother passed away a number of years ago. The wedding party was completed by a charming flower girl, Molly Maher, who was the bride's niece.

At the wedding ceremony the readers at the Mass were Aidan O'Meara (groom's brother) and James O'Connell (nephew of the bride). The prayers of the faithful were recited by Joseph and Edwin O'Meara (grooms brothers), Seán Foxe (friend), Sarah O'Connell (bride's niece) and Sharon Maher (bride's sister). The offertory gifts were presented by the groom's mother Josephine and Margo, the bride's sister.

The ceremony was elevated by the lovely singing of Margaret and the music of Tipp FM's Fran. The exit of the newly weds from St Mary's church was greeted by the finest day so far this year. A happy omen.

The wedding party then retired with family and friends to the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny for a most enjoyable reception. Pride of place among those who attended the wedding ceremony and the later reception must go to the groom's grandmother now in her nineties. Mrs Ryan enjoyed the day from the beginning to the very end in the not so early hours of the following morning.

Seán and Claudia are spending their honeymoon on the exotic island of Cuba. They are due to return to Ireland at the weekend.

Locals in general hope that they don't bring Fidel Castro back with them. He would be unlikely to fit in in Ballydonnell where Claudia and Seán are having their new home built.
We wish them many years of wedded bliss together as we reflect on the message engraved on their wedding ceremony booklet "Don't walk in front of me I may not follow. Don't walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend forever".
Ad multos annos Claudia and Seán.

BIN COLLECTION – Since the start of the year, the new refuse collection system organised by the local authority, South Tipperary County Council, has come into operation.
Each Tuesday most areas in our parish have bins or sacks of recyclables collected by the South Tipperary Refuse Collection truck. Since the start of January a new payment system is in operation. Sacks of recyclables are still collected every second week if they have stickers on them. These stickers are available in local shops at .75c each. On every other Tuesday or collection day a bin is collected.
These bins have all been microtagged etc and will be weighed each collection day. Every three months the customer will be issued with a bill for rubbish collected according to weight at .14c per kg. This charge will replace the e7 tag which was previously charged for each bin lift. However the service charge, which now entitles one to have rubbish collected, is also payable and costs e220 approx.

Whether the new system is dearer or cheaper remains to be seen. One advantage is that one can have one's bin collected every fortnight at no extra charge for a lift. One has not to remember to buy a bin tag. On the other hand when weight charges arrive after three months they will be higher than the cost of a tag. We will just have to wait and see how things turn out. The refuse department of the local authority also has a green compost bin for sale at subsidised rates.

LOCAL LOTTO – The local lotto draw took place on Monday night January 8. The numbers drawn were 14, 15, 20 and 24. There was no jackpot winner but five people shared the match three prize of e150. Congratulations to Jimmy Scott, Hilary Somers, Liam O'Brien, Michael Gahan and Paddy Foley.
Next week the jackpot could exceed the e3,000 mark when the draw takes place on January 22. Remember to win you must first be in.

LAST WEEK – Last week we reviewed and remembered January 2006 as seen in our parish newsletter. This week we take a quick look back at the events of February 2006 as they affected the local area. St Michael's NS and Ballingarry Convent were both making preparations for the intake of new pupils in September and the play school began Friday afternoon sessions from 12.15 to 2.30pm. The following week the news letter spoke of a memorial Mass in Mullinahone for Max Eugene Sommer and his mother Ruth Sommer, who had died in Switzerland. Maureen Hennessy, our sacristan, was sent get well wishes.
The local GAA Club restaged its AGM on February 17 due to unforeseen circumstances. Johnny Kennedy of Finnane (Fenane) was elected new chairman of the Juvenile Club and there was a darts exhibition in the Castleview. The death took place of Paddy Power, Courtnaboola, Callan. Two local lottos were won by Mary T Mockler and Margaret O'Connor. Mullinahone local lotto survived the attack on the Triple Crown of lottos. The funeral of Peggy Conroy nee McGrath Lismolin, who died in England, took place in Inch St Kieran. February came to an end with a concert in Fethard featuring John Bermingham, Evan Grace and others on Friday March 3.

CONFIRMATION DAY – The sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in St Michael's church Mullinahone on Tuesday April 17. This will be the day after the local primary school children go back to school following their Easter holidays. Remember the day and date.

REFLECTION – If you chase two rabbits you will catch neither one.

FROM AFRICA – Thanks from Africa for the sum of e3,000, which was collected at the offertory collections at the Christmas Masses.

GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES – These classes are suitable for the over 50s etc. They may also suit active retirement groups. If individuals or groups are interested, please contact Esther at 0868960369. Esther is an NCEF Fitness Instructor and Occupational First Aid holder. Good training for those taking part in wedding reception sprints.

EOIN KELLY OF MULLINAHONE – Probably the best read item in this year's Mullinahone magazine is the poem Eoin Kelly of Mullinahone written by Joe Tobin. We include the first two verses.
Eoin Kelly of Mullinahone
You've heard of Matt the Thrasher from Kickham's Knocknagow,
A man of steel we're told he was as he flung the hammer high,
But now a new star has emerged who stands out on his own,
A hurler of great skill and craft Eoin Kelly of Mullinahone.

When he was just a wee small lad with hurl and ball in hand,
Twas easy even then to see he was a special brand,
When only ten he'd strike the ball from seventy yards or more,
And drive it straight between the posts for another mighty score.

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