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Rita's passing unites community - w/e Dec 15

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Rita's passing unites community - w/e Dec 15

THE recent death of Rita Keating nee Burke of Ballyogue Nine Mile House brought into sharp focus the existence of a small local community located on the border of the parishes of Grangemockler and of Mullinahone.

The central point of this community is "ye aulde spoute" or "The Spout" to use a more modern term.
"The Spout" is well, located in the townsland of Grange and it served as a water supply to the surrounding area until the local authority provided a mains water supply in the 1960s. The area served consisted of the townslands of Grange, Bawnrickard, Ballytwohill, Ballydavid, Ballyogue and parts of Ballyduggan.

The old well was restored by a voluntary group some years ago and it was this group of which the late Rita Keating and her husband Jim were a part which helped to resurrect a sense of community in the area. At one time only two houses Keatings and Bolgers were in close proximity to "ye aulde spout". In recent years this number of homes has greatly expanded.

The death of Rita Keating took place in St Camillus Suite of St Brigid's Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir w here she had received exemplary care during her final illness. Rita became seriously ill about four years ago and her health took a major turn for the worst about two years ago. Rita was cared for at home by her husband Jim and her daughter Claire with the assistance in more recent times of the Hospice nurses.

Rita was a member of the Burke family from Callan and was in her early 70s at the time of her passing. Rita first met Jim in 1953 and when the pair later crossed paths again they remet and married when Rita was working in the Isle of Man. Jim and Rita set up house in London until they returned home to Ireland and Ballyogue at the time of the death of Jim's mother known to all and sundry as Kate Landy.

Rita was a quiet unassuming woman and blended into the local community. She was essentially a home loving person and the items displayed at her funeral Mass bore testimony to this. Displayed were a picture of a younger Rita, a plant for her love of gardening and flowers, a pair of knitting needles and a rolling pin symbols of expertise in the home and a book to remind us of her love of reading and of learning.

Following Rita's death her remains reposed in Molloys Funeral Home in her native Callan. From here they were removed to St Michaels church where her funeral Mass was said. After Mass her funeral cortege went via the spout and her home in Ballyogue to the new cemetery Nine Mile House for burial.
The funeral Mass was said by Fr John McGrath PP.

The mementos of Rita's life were displayed by her grandchildren Katie and Trevor Hutchins and Shane Shannon and Paul Fogarty. Paul's place was taken by family friend Sally Brett. The readers at Rita's Mass were her son-in-law Trevor Hutchins and her sister-in-law Helen Burke. On the evening of her removal her niece Helen O'Brien sang "My Forever Friend" in Rita's memory while John Bermingham played. At her funeral Mass "Fields of Gold" rang out around St Michaels. The Mass server was Colin Byrne, Ballyduggan, a member of the aforementioned local community.

At the conclusion of the Mass daughter Claire thanked all those who had come to the family's aid in their time of trouble. During the Mass the offertory gifts were presented by Jim Keating (Ritas husband) and their daughters Claire and Evelyn. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Josie McGoldrick and Kitty Dunne (sisters), David Fogarty (son-in-law), Shane Fogarty (grandson) and Kathleen McCarthy (niece).

Rita is survived by her husband Jim, daughters Evelyn Hutchins and Clare Fogarty, grandchildren Shane, Shannon, Paul, Trevor and Katie and sons-in-law Trevor Hutchins and Davy Fogarty.
She is also survived by her brother Eddie Burke, Clonmel, and her sisters Josie McGoldrick (Middlesex, England) and Kitty Dunne, Collins Park, Callan. She is further survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other extended family members as well as friends and neighbours.To all we extend our sympathy. May the soul of Rita Keating find lasting peace.

CREDIT UNION – The AGM of Mullinahone credit union took place in the Knocknagow Community Centre on November 28. The meeting was less well attended by members than previous years.
The members filled a number of vacancies on the Board of Directors while three supervisors were elected to look after the interest of members for the coming year. Elected as supervisors were Rita Curran (Kilvemnon), Ann Needham, (Ballinacloghy), and Miriam Healy-Slattery (Ballyduggan). Lionel Steen was also elected as the Credit Unions auditor.

A healthy dividend of 3% was struck and this has since been added on to the members' savings. Following the AGM the following officers have been elected by the Board of Directors for 2006/2007: Chairwoman Maire Cuddihy (Knockroe, Drangan), secretary Eleanor Quirke (Gurteen), treasurer Tommy Rochford (Fethard Street) and assistant treasurer Richard Needham (Ballinacloghy).
The auditor Mr Steen indicated that after many years as auditor he will be retiring from the position at the end of this year.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE – The Christmas services in St Michael' s church Mullinahone will get into full swing next Sunday at 7pm with a Penitential service. This service will begin at 7pm and a number of visiting clergy will be in attendance.

REFLECTION – When one passes his life on principle, 99% of his decisions are already made.

KILVEMNON WINNERS – Comhghairdeas to the students of Scoil Mhuire Kilvemnon who won prizes in the Clonmel library children's book festival competition. David Gunn, Alice Browning, Enda Keane and Michael Dunne were all winners in their categories.
The travelled to Clonmel library with Mrs Brett and their parents to receive their prizes on November 25. There was a huge response to the competition with hundreds of entries in each category so congratulations to all are definitely in order.

BRIGID IS BACK – Welcome back to Brigid Maher. Last year Brigid was working in Mullinahone N.S. but at year's end the numbers had gone down and Brigid had to leave and took up employment in the Gaelscoil in Kilkenny. Recently Sinead Ní Chinnaide left Mullinahone to take up a teaching job in Cork and her place back in Mullinahone has been taken by Brigid.
AGM – Members of CJ Kickham's GAA club have received notice that the AGM of the club will take place in the new sports centre on Saturday night next.

Our munster intermediate football semifinal with Ardfert was postponed on Sunday last due to pitch conditions. It is likely that the game will go ahead on Sunday next. Memories of 1989 are being recalled.

LOCAL LOTTO – The local lotto jackpot was not won on Monday night last. The numbers drawn were 6, 9 12 and 13. We did however have two winners who shared the match 3 prize of e150.
Well done to Sinead Maher and Paddy Houlihan. Next draw will be on Monday when the jackpot could be e2,450. If you are not in you can't win.

MULLINAHONE MAGAZINE – There is just time to purchase a copy of this year's Mullinahone Magazine and sent it to a family member or friend who is away from the little village for Christmas. At just e7 you couldn't do better.
Congratulations to Mick Larkin who is editing his way towards that silver jubilee.

SOCCER CLUB – It has been a hectic time on and off the field recently for the officials and players of Mullinahone soccer club. The junior team, now playing in a higher division since last season's promotion have had some good results against formidable opposition.

In the Munster Junior Cup, Mullinahone were pitted against the holders Clonmel town. In a David and Goliath match the lads from the village put on a brave display before succumbing to the craft and guile of the Premier champions.
At schoolboy level the club caters for players at under ten, 11 and 14. These teams provide football and fun for the locals together with many enthusiastic boys from the neighbouring parishes of Cloneen, Drangan, Grangemockler and Windgap.
As numbers grow and the demand for better facilities increases the club has ambitious plans for the future. The next phase of this development will be the construction of dressing rooms to replace the old container which has served as a changing room for many years.

A delegation from the club met with Sports Minister John O'Donoghue on his recent visit to Mullinahone to enquire about getting a government grant towards the costs. He told the group that his department would look at the club's proposal and acknowledged that it was difficult for soccer clubs in rural areas when the dominant sports were Gaelic football and hurling.

At the recent annual general meeting of the club Tommy Forristal was elected chairman. Tommy brings a wealth of experience to the role having been involved with the club at all levels since coming to Mullinahone over 20 years ago. Before that he had been active as a player and official with his native Fort Rangers.
Other officers are secretary Eddie Duggan, treasurer Seamus Quirke and PRO John Bermingham. Committee: Paul Quirke, Emmy Maher, Tony Watters and Dave Cooper.

The club held a very successful table quiz at TJ Macs recently and would like to thank all of those who helped out, particularly the sponsors. Paddy Hickey fresh from his academy award winning performance at the Watergate Theatre was quizmaster and enjoyed teasing the crowd with his quirky questions. The winning team was Eamon O'Dwyer, Michael Gahan, Dick Maher and Michael Gahan.

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