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A kind and quiet man, w/e 12th Jan

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A kind and quiet man, w/e 12th Jan

A SHADOW of gloom was cast over the Christmas season in Mullinahone by the sudden death of Paddy Brett of Oakfield. News of Paddy's sudden death broke on the morning of December 23 and spread rapidly around the area.

Paddy had been in good health and was only 66 years of age. Of a quiet disposition he was essentially a family man and spent most of his relaxation time at home with his family. Paddy was a farmer and farming was his principal interest in life.
He was the eldest son of the late Edgie and Statia Brett of the Square. Having attended primary school in Mullinahone he became a boarder in St Kierans College, Kilkenny.
He later studied farming methods at the agricultural college in Multyfarnam Co Westmeath. In his earlier days Paddy played football and hurling with the local Mullinahone teams. In his early days back at home Paddy also became a popular figure in the family store and bar. Being a non-drinker himself he often drove patrons of Bretts Bar home after a night on the town. He remained a lifelong member of the PTAA. He liked reading and was very interested in current affairs and politics, an activity in which he never took an active role.

Paddy was a member of a well known Mullinahone family and his death came as a shock to the parish and especially for his own family. In a curious twist of fate his own father Edgie Brett had passed away quite suddenly at Christmas exactly thirty years previously.

Paddy's remains reposed at his home in Oakfield until they were removed to St Michaels church on December 27 in the presence of a huge congregation who came to pay their respects. His funeral Mass was said the following morning, again with a very large congregation. Celebrants were Fr John McGrath PP Mullinahone and Fr John Condon, Piltown.
In deference to the wishes of his family and in keeping with the personality of the deceased, the funeral was of a simple religious nature. The deceased man had a great devotion to Padre Pio.
At Paddy's Mass the readings were performed by his daughter Mary Elizabeth and his son Eugene. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Dara Gannon (niece), PJ Brett (son), Adrian Brett (nephew), Eamon Brett (nephew) and Edmund Brett (son). The offertory gifts were presented by Paddy's family: Mary Elizabeth, Edmund, Eugene and PJ. The solemnity of the Mass was heightened by the contributions of vocalist Valerie Boland and organist Kevin Hickey. After the Mass burial took place in the family plot in St Michael's cemetery Killaghy.

In 1971 Paddy married Marie Cusack from Co Cavan and since then the Bretts, Paddy and Marie have taken their place in the fabric of Mullinahone parish. To Marie we extend our sympathy as we do to Edmund, Eugene, PJ and Mary Elizabeth. As we lay Paddy, whom many would regard as the quietest of the Bretts, to rest, we offer our condolences to his sister Kay and his brothers John, Ned and Tom and to extended members of the Brett family not forgetting Kay Brett (Maries sister) who also lives in Mullinahone. To all we offer our deepest sympathy. May the soul of Paddy Brett a quiet and kind man rest in peace.

2007 IN MULLINAHONE – The year 2007 has begun with plenty of rainfall in Mullinahone. Long range weather forecasts are promising us the warmest summer yet due to global warming. We'll take that promise with a grain of salt.
Looking back through the years it is now 25 years since we celebrated the Kickham Centenary in Mullinahone in 1982. This was the event that started off the Kickham Country Weekend each August. This August Mullinahone will host the 25th Kickham County Weekend with due pomp and ceremony no doubt. 1982 also marked the first publication of the Mullinahone magazine which has appeared every year since except 2002 when Michael Larkins History of Mullinahone "Mullinahone: Its Heritage and History" was published in its place. That means that the 25th edition of the Mullinahone Magazine will be published in 2007.

2007 will mark the 125th anniversary of the death of Charles J Kickham which took place in 1882.
On the GAA front until recent years the years ending in 7 have been generally uneventful for Mullinahone. However, this has changed in recent decades. In 1987 our best hurling team lost out to Ballingarry's second string in the first round of the South Tipperary Junior Hurling championship. Ten years later in 1997 our hurlers now senior reached the Tipperary Senior Hurling final only to lose narrowly to Clonoulty/Rossmore. Now ten years later in 2007 what does the future hold for our hurlers. Perhaps the year will start well for former Mullinahone hurler Eddie Carey. Prior to Christmas Eddie came on in the All Ireland Intermediate quarter final for Robert Emmets of London against Ardclough of Kildare which Emmets won. In the All Ireland semi-final Emmets will play Clooney-Quin of Clare in February.
Does the future hold an All Ireland medal for Eddie? These are just a few of the questions that 2007 raises in and around Mullinahone.

NIGHT CLASSES – Once again we are contacted by Stasia Clancy about computer classes in Callan. Stasia informs us that Callan Community Network will kick off its Computer Training Programme for Spring 2007 in the Friary complex, Callan with enrolment on January 16 from 7-8pm in the administration office in the Friary.
Courses on offer are for absolute beginners, improvers, intermediates and advanced learners in word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint, internet and digital imaging (photo's and camera).

There will be afternoon classes from 2pm to 4pm and night classes for those who are at work or otherwise engaged during the day. Classes are limited to 12 participants to ensure specialist individual attention. You can call the office at 056-7755517 or 056-7755519 for further information or drop in for an application form.

These classes are open to all including people from surrounding parishes including Mullinahone. If you have any queries do not hesitate to call Stasia at the above number.

PARISH NEWS – Well done to Fr McGrath who got the parish through a busy Christmas period with the minimum of disruption.
Anniversary Masses next weekend as follows January 13 8pm Months Mind Rita Keating, Ballyogue. Also anniversary Marie Guiry, Beeverstown January 14 9.30am; anniversary Paddy Crotty, Jamestown. January 14 11.30am; Michael O'Connor Carrick Street and his son Paul O'Connor, Carrick Street.
Condolences to the relatives of the late Noel Kelly of Bawnavrona whose death took place in Australia during the lead up to Christmas.
Thanks to all those who responded to the Winter collection for the priests of the archdiocese held at Christmas time.
LOTTO – The local lotto draw swung back into action on January 2. We had no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 10, 18, 20 and 23. We did however have a sole winner of the match 3 prize of e150. Congratulations to Martin Keating. Next draw will be on Monday when the jackpot could be e2,800.

REFLECTION – Good company upon the road is the shortest cut.

NORMALITY RETURNING – Normality is returning to Mullinahone and the gloom of mid Winter is slowly lifting. By Friday 22 days will have elapsed since mid Winter's day December 21. During that time daylight has extended by about 66 minutes (33 minutes morning and evening).

In former days when artificial light was not so common this lengthening of day-light hours in early January was known as "the cock's step". Daylight was of course much more important years ago and the increase in daylight time of about three minutes per day was eagerly watched. The next big day in the natural calendar as we head on towards March 21 (equal day and night) is Candlemas Day but more of that anon.

LOOKING BACK – While most of us look forward to each new year it is also a time for looking back. Our local parish newsletter is a great help in this regard and from its files this week we look back on the early weeks of 2006.
Issue 1 saw a notice of the GAA AGM. Vincent Vaughan was flying high while we saw a list of winners from Poulacapple N.S. in the Credit Union art competition.

Next issue was a bad week as we recorded the deaths of Marie Guiry Beeverstown, Kitty Bradshaw Ballinacloghy, Larry Cummins, formerly of Ballydonnell and Breda Kennelly, Dublin, sister of Tom O'Keeffe. Tae Bo came to Mullinahone on January 18. The ICA who celebrated 60 years in Mullinahone in 2005 thanked Joe O'Gorman for all his help over the years while Willie Egan's "Dreams Schemes and Miracles" was readied by the Anner Players for the Watergate stage. The death of Margaret Curran, Kilvemnon, continued the gloom while the following week we mourned the passing of Anna Debena nee Clarke, sister of Jim Clarke which took place overseas. The AGM of the GAA was reconvened while a four mile "Take a hike" took place on Carraigmoclear around the Mass rock.

In local notes and elsewhere Garda Sean O'Meara hit the headlines late in 2005/early 2006. He did so again in early 2007.
The death of Margaret Morris, The Islands, late in 2005 was also recorded as was the death of Kitty Walsh of Ballyduggan. In general our parish newsletter was much more up to date with the news of the parish. Readers are reminded that editor Paul Meehan is always anxious to help if people contact him before 6pm on Thursdays.
10 January 2007

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