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A Hero Among Heroes

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Congratulations this week to Walty Scott of Kyleaglanna. On Sunday night last, in Bru Boru, Cashel, Walty was assumed into the ranks of the 232 Sean Gael of county Tipperary.

The idea of the “Sean Gael” in Tipperary was first mooted six years ago by former referee John Moloney R.I.P. “Sean Gael” is an honour bestowed on the wider GAA membership to acknowledge the recipients service to the GAA over a lifetime. To qualify for the award, one must be first of all, at least 70 years of age.

Among the 32 honoured on Sunday night were: John Donovan, Kilsheelin and William O Grady, Killenaule. Other heroes honoured were former county hurlers Matt Hassett, Mick Burns and Liam Devaney. In this time, Walty would certainly have travelled to shout on that trio in the early 1960’s.

Another blast from the past receiving an award was footballer, Patsy Dawson of Emly, while from mid Tipp, we had former Tipperary full back Mick Maher, former grounds man of Semple Stadium, Jimmy Purcell and footballer Sean Mockler of Loughmore. In the company of such heroes, our Walty was himself a hero.

To mark how important an event the “Sean Gael” awards are they were presented in Cashel by none other than President of the GAA Nicky Brennan. The President spoke glowingly of the calibre of GAA men who were receiving the awards. Walty was accompanied to the presentation by his daughter Sally and his grandson Shane.

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Another Title for Underage Hurlers

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A number of weeks ago, our under 14 hurlers were chosen by the South board to represent the board in the county under 14 b hurling semi-final. This situation arose because the board had not completed its task of completing the championship to meet county deadlines.

In a playoff, we defeated St. Patrick’s to win the right to represent the south, in the county semi-final in Cashel, we were a shade unlucky to go under to Knockvilla Kickhams. They in turn went on to defeat Lorrha after a replay to win the county title. Back in the south Mullinahone had already qualified to play in the south final.

This eventually took place on Saturday morning last in Ballingarry at 11am against St. Patrick’s, as in the representation play off. Once again, the result was as before with victory going to Mullinahone. Ballingarry was not at its best on Saturday morning but, at least, the rain stayed away as Paddy Ivors set the game in motion.

Mullinahone had the advantage of a strong breeze in the first half. Gradually they built up a 0-5 to 0-0 interval lead. St Pat’s began to come back into the game, but a goal from Shelly stopped the comeback in its tracks. Pats’ cause really looked hopeless when substitute Sean O Connell scored a second Mullinahone goal.

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Under 16 Hurlers Reach County Final

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For the second time in six days our under 16 hurlers are the toast of the parish. On Sunday they defeated Carrick Swan to win the South Tipperary under 16 B hurling title. On Saturday the new south champions travelled to Cashel to take on the west champions Lattin Cullen in the county semi-final.

On a lovely afternoon where we got a flashback to the summer we never had, once again our lads came up trumps. They started slowly but improved steadily as the game progressed. By half time, they had build up a slight lead and a cracking goal from Cathal Horan just after half time gave them the breathing space that they needed. Mullinahones’ hurling was now the equal of Lattins and as the second half went on the Mullinahone lads got better and better.

A third goal and a series of points followed. Meanwhile, at the other end, the defence was miserly in the concession of scores. The final score was Mullinahone 3-13 Lattin Cullen 0-6. While the scoreboard may have been unkind to our west Tipperary opponents, Mullinahone still deserved a clear win. Goalie Richard Walsh made no mistakes and hence the empty goals column. Captain Danny Croke was a clear master at full back and was well supported by his two corners George Browning and Killian Skarka. Considering he was faced by the county under 16 centre forward, our centre back Garry Cronin did very well.

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Mullinahone GAA

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U16 B South Champions

Last Sunday in Cloneen our young hurlers of the future played Carrick Swans to decide who would be champions for 2008. the underfoot conditions made hurling difficult but credit must go to both teams for serving up a good competitive game.

Our lads were quick into their stride putting a goal and a couple of points on the score board in the early stages. Swan battled hard but some great hurling form our midfield ensured a good supply of ball to our forwards. Mullinahone finished strong in the second half and the score of the game came near the end with Michael Dunne passing Willie Croke who laid off the perfect pass for a great team goal. 

Great credit is due to Johnny Kennedy, Eddie McCarthy and Ky Vaughan who not only had the team well prepared but have instilled good values into this team as well. It was also a matter of great pride to see the winning Capt. Danny  Croke receive the Thomas Cahill cup from championship sponsor Mullinahone Oil and presented by Martin Cody, Vice-chairman of South Tipp. Board na nOg. A good day for the little village.

The panel was: Ritchie Walsh, Killian Skorka, Danny Croke, George Browning, Diarmuid O Halloran, Gary Cronin, Niall Kennedy, Jack Shelly, Eoin Fennelly, Denis Connolly, Michael Dunne, Cathal Horan, Stephen Quirke, Willie Croke, Luke Mullally, Sean and David Walzer, Jack McCarthy, Ben O Reilly, Shane Power and Conor Vaughan.

Mullinahone 5-10, Carrick Swan 1-04

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Books

Knock na gow
Knocknagow or the Homes of Tipperary By Charles J. Kickham

South Tipperary
South Tipperary, 1570-1841: The Land, Region and Rivalry

 Sally Kavangh
Sally Cavanagh; Or the Untenanted Graves: A Tale of Tipperary
By Charles J. Kickham

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