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Mullinahone News Dec. 7th

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Parish Newsletter

A Carol service will take place in preparation for Christmas in St. Michael’s Church on Sunday night next 14th December at 8pm. A Penitential service will take place for Christmas at the following Sunday night 21st December at 7pm.

The Winter Collection for the priests of the Archdiocese will be taken up next weekend.

Anniversaries Saturday 14th Dec. at 8pm Elizabeth and Jack O’Meara, Jamestown and also Mick and Pattie O’Meara, Sunday 14th Dec. 9.30am Daniel and Margaret Morris, Islands, also Peg, Kathleen and Dan, Sunday 14th Dec. at 11.30am Michael Keating,Ballycullen.

Christmas Tree

Our Village Christmas Tree was lit on Sunday evening at 6.30pm.A fine crowd of adults and children attended. The Church choir provided a selection of Christmas Carols which were much appreciated. The tree which is beautifully lighted brings a touch of Christmas spirit to our village.Thanks to all who helped to put it there.

Juvenile AGM

The officers elected to manage the C.J. Kickhams under age football and hurling club for 2015 at the well-attended A.G.M. on Wednesday night last were Chairperson Sean O’Meara, Ballydonnell, Secretary, Victor Direen, Clashbeg, Treasurer, Sean Reilly, Poulacapple, Assistant Sec. Michael Walsh, School Liaison Officer, Declan McNamara, Membership Officer, Juvenile)Josephine Britton,South Board Delegates, Victor Direen and Malachy Sheehan. The position of Vice Chairperson, Public Relations Officer and Child Protection Officer will be filled at the adjourned AGM in early January. More to follow next week.

Tribute to Eoin Kelly

Eoin Kelly’s retiral from inter-county hurling local bard Joe Tobin, Fethard Street has written an excellent poetic tribute to Eoin Kelly.

Ladies Club

Our Ladies Club will hold a Christmas Dinner in Hotel Minella on Saturday night 20th December. Note change of date. Dancing to Keith McDonald. Deposits please to Ann or Helen ASAP.

Christmas Fair

Thanks to all those who supported the Christmas Fair in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare and Temple Street Childrens Hospital at Ballylanigan House on Saturday and Sunday last.

Local Lotto

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 1st December.The numbers drawn were 13,25,26 and 29. There was no jackpot winner, but we had one Match 3 winner. Congratulations to Margaret Brennan who won €150. The jackpot next week could be worth €8,950. If you want to win, do be in.


Congratulations to Keelin Vaughan, Rebecca Maudsely, Erin Bolger, Emma Dunne, Lily Cronin and Teighan Brett who will be representing the Aisling Keogh School of Dance at the World Irish Dancing Championships 2015 in Killarney. The six qualified at the Leinster championships recently dancing the Six hand reel.

New Theatrical Company

J.W. Productions is a new theatrical company founded by musical director Stefan J. Doyle and local young singer/actress Holly Jean Williamson. J.W. Productions this year is extremely proud to present their debut show with full supporting cast of local talent and also some from neighbouring towns. It is a Christmas event not to be missed whether you are young, old or simply young at heart. Come along and join in “Tale as old as Time” in Cloneen Sports and Social Club on 19th 20th or 21st December at 8pm. Come early to avoid disappointment as tickets are in great demand.

Football Update

Our footballers are now out of the county intermediate football championship. In Dundrum on Sun. they went down heavily to Upperchurch having been in the game for nearly 50 minutes. The recently county retired Eoin Kelly lined out for Mullinahone as did Paul Curran. Now out of the county Mullinahone’s chance of football honours lies with the South championship where they have qualified for the final.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 12:28

Mullinahone News December 1st

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Community Service Recognised

Two locals were recognised for their century of community service in Mullinahone on Saturday night last. The pair honoured were Sheila Foley of Parkmore and Mick Larkin of Carrick Road. Sheila, who is from Ahane in Co. Limerick first arrived in Mullinahone in the mid 1950,s and Mick from Ballygar in Co. Galway came here later in the same decade. Both were to marry and settle here. Sheila married the late Denis Foley,a native of Dublin who was Creamery Manager here while Mick married Nora McMahon from Co. Clare who was teaching locally.

Both families contributed hugely to life in Mullinahone. Sheila was instrumental in founding Macra na Tuaithe (Foróige) and directing it for more than 25 years. She became Chairperson of the Kickham Centenary Committee 1982 and went on to guide the Kickham Country Weekend ever since. She also became the Chairperson of Mullinahone Community Council. Mick Larkin came here as a Forester. A bad football injury put an end to his football career. Mick became the driving force of the Anner Players in the late 1950’s and of the new Anner Players in the 1980’s and later. History was his strong point. He was editor of the Mullinahone Magazine for 25 years. This magazine grew out of the Kickham Centenary of 1982.

Mullinahone is a very historic spot, but it took a Galwayman to write its history which Mick did in 2002 with “Mullinahone. Its Heritage and History”. He and Nora also produced the hugely informative Mullinahone Parish Its Burial Grounds. Involved with Mullinahone Community Council since its inception Mick and Sheila both stepped down from the Council recently and were made presentations by the Council at a special function in the Knocknagow Centre after Mass on Saturday night. Both the Larkin and Foley families attended this Mass where their records of parish service were recounted by Parish Priest, Fr. McGrath.

The presentations were made on behalf of the Community Council to Sheila and Mick by the Chairman of the Carrick-on-Suir Municipal Area, Eddie O’Meara. MCC in the presence of a large crowd of well wishers. To both the Larkin and Foley families we say Míle Buíochas for your century of parish service. Parish Newsletter A special Christmas Carol service will take place on Sunday week, December 14th. The Christmas Penitential Service will take place on Sunday 21st December. Both events begin at 7pm. The appeal for the return of catechisms has been slow in taking off.

These catechisms are meant to be passed around among families. A welcome was extended in our newsletter to our new archbishop who will replace the present archbishop in February. Dr.Clifford has been a frequent visitor to Mullinahone over the years. Christmas Fair The Annual Christmas Fair in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Homecare and Temple Street Childrens Hospital will take place at Ballylanigan House on Saturday next 6th December from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday 7th December from 10am to 5pm. All manner of treats will be available. A great way to begin your Christmas shopping.Your support would be much appreciated. Further details from 087-2929449.

GAA News

Our minor hurlers are out of the championship. On Saturday in the semi-final in Cloneen they found a better balanced, Ballingarry to be too strong. However, they cannot be too disappointed as they played some good games in recent weeks, a big improvement from their days as U16’s two years ago. Many of the team are still young and will be playing minor again next year. One of the better features was the improvement shown this year by some of the lesser lights on the team. Well done to Declan and Co. for the work put in. Our intermediate football final with Grangemockler didn’t take place on Sunday. We await developments.

The AGM of our juvenile club will take place on this Thursday 4th December at 8pm. Christmas Tree Last year we had a Christmas tree on the square. It proved very popular. We will again have the tree and lights this year. Come and see it lighted on this Sunday evening 7th December at 6.30pm. The parish choir will be there to begin the festivities with some traditional carols.

Local Lotto Jackpot

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 24th November. The numbers drawn were 11,19,23 and 24. We didn’t have a jackpot winner, but we had 5 Match 3 winners who shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Bobby Bouche, Nipper and Kerryman, Maura O’Sullivan, May Mullally, Eimear O’Duffy and D. Moloney. Next draw will be on 8th December when the jackpot could be worth €8,800.

A Word to the Wise

Be safe, be seen. If you are using the roadways during this dark and foggy weather, please use a high viz jacket. Be safe, be seen.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 12:56

Mullinahone News November 24th

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Parish Recognition

Two people, who between them have nearly a century of parish service will be recognised by the people of the community on Saturday night next 29th November. The pair in question are Sheila Foley of Parkmore and Mick Larkin of Carrick Road. Both recently retired from Mullinahone Community Council. Sheila has at least two lifetimes of parish service behind her. Back in the 1960’s, she was responsible for setting up Macra na Tuaithe in Mullinahone and this organisation or Foróige as it came to be called, instilled a tradition of community service in a generation of Mullinahone young people. Sheila then became Chairperson of the Community Council looking after the parish at large. She has also been the driving force behind the Kickham Country Weekend which began in 1983 and is still going strong.

Mick Larkin was Chairman of Mullinahone Community Council back in the early 1980’s, as Mullinahone prepared for the Kickham Centenary in 1982. He has been the parish historian for many years and published the excellent Mullinahone Heritage and History in 2002. For 25 years he was responsible for bringing out the annual Mullinahone Magazine. Another excellent Larkin publication was Mullinahone’s Burial Grounds. Of course, both Sheila and Mick received outstanding support from their respective spouses, the late Denis Foley RIP and Nora Larkin.

The contributions of both Sheila and Mick will be marked at Mass in St. Michael’s Church on this Saturday night at 8pm and at a public function in the Knocknagow Community Centre after Mass to which all members of the community are invited.  On behalf of Mullinahone, to the Foley and Larkin families we say in “Mile Buiochas”.

Good GAA Weekend

Last weekend was a good one for GAA in the parish with Saturday being a very good day. The Lady Minor Footballers travelled to Bansha to take on the locals in the Shield Final. At full time the sides were deadlocked – Mullinahone 3-07  Bansha 2-10. In extra time, the Mullinahone ladies outscored the home side  0-05 to 0-02, leaving Mullinahone the winners by 3-12 to 2-12. Well done ladies.

In Monroe our minor hurlers were in action in a championship quarter final against a combination of Cahir and Burncourt/Clogheen. The side were behind for much of the game, but in an exciting finish they got some brilliant scores to come from behind and win 2-13 to 2-11. They have now qualified for the semi-final in which they will face Ballyneale. Well done lads.

The icing on the cake came on Sunday afternoon when our Intermediate footballers again confounded the critics when they defeated Fr. Sheehys in the South Tipp semi final in Clonmel. The margin of victory was small, only a point, 0-10 to 0-09, but we are now in the South final against neighbours Grangemockler and also in the county quarter final. This is a fine achievement for the small panel of players and the people who have struggled through the year to keep the team going. The team has had an infusion of spirit in recent weeks, much of it possibly due to the coaching put in by Franny Kelly who has a record of supporting Mullinahone teams in the past.

Many still remember the run to the Munster football final in 2011.  While our lads will be outsiders against Grangemockler, the game will still be a local derby and any result is possible.

Christmas Fair

A Christmas Fair in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny homecare and Temple Street Childrens Hospital will take place at Ballylanigan House, Mullinahone on Saturday week, December 6th from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday week, December 7th from 10am to 5pm. Christmas gifts on offer include Christmas cards, wooden toys, natural health products, silk clothing, jams and wines. This is an excellent opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping. Free entry, tea and coffee. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Enquiries to 087-2929449.

Juvenile GAA AGM.

The Juvenile GAA Annual General Meeting has been deferred to Thursday 4th December at 8.30pm.

Carol Service

Don’t forget to put the Christmas Carol service in your diary for Sunday 14th December at 7pm.

Ladies Club

Christmas dinner for the Ladies Club will take place in Hotel Manilla on the 20th December. Please note change of date. Dancing to Keith McDonald.  Deposits please to Ann or Helan asap.

Local Lotto

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 10th November. The numbers drawn were 13,15,18 and 21. There was no jackpot winner, but we had one Match 3 winner. Congratulations to the Kerryman, who won €150. Jackpot next week could be worth €8,650.

Community Meeting

A Community Meeting will take place on Tuesday night next 2nd December in the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend. The 4th Community Draw will take place on the night.

Micky Shea’s Motor Car

Following last weeks request some progress has been made. Can you add another bit?

A Christmas gift, perhaps a Mullinahone person living away from the parish might appreciate a copy of 130 odd years of local history if they got a copy of the local GAA History for Christmas.

Be Safe, Be Seen.

As Winter closes in with  darkness and fog, all walkers on our roads are encouraged to wear high viz jackets. Do allow motorists to see you.



Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 11:49

Mullinahone News November 17th

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Juvenile AGM Deferred

The C J Kickham’s Juvenile A G M has been deferred for two weeks from this Thursday to Thursday 4th December at 8.30pm. Please pass on the word.

Fixtures Pile-Up

The U21 hurlers had their game against Ballingarry called off last weekend due to pitch conditions. This has caused a majors fixture pileup for the club as U21 hurlers, minor hurlers and intermediate footballers will all be in action the coming weekend. Coming up to the end of November, this is a ridiculous situation brought about among other things, by bad planning at board level with too many postponements being given and looked for during the height of summer weather.In the present situation, it is almost impossible for those in charge of club teams to keep the show going. Best of luck to all our teams who will line out over the weekend and support would be appreciated.

Walking out in Safety

Walking has become popular in the area as people of all ages strive to stay fit or keep their animals fit. With the coming of the dark evenings and mornings, walkers on the roads are reminded that they should be clearly seen and should if possible always wear high visibility jackets. Motorists are reminded to take extra care on the road and look out for “walkers”.

Micky Shea’s Motor Car

Back in the 1950’s a ballad called “Micky Shea’s Motor Car” was sometimes recited in Mullinahone and in other places.  Unfortunately, it was never written down, or so we think.  Now, some locals would like if possible to collect this old ballad.  If you have even a few lines of the ballad, or know anything about it, please contact Joe Tobin or Ricky Sheehan.

Local Lotto

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 10th November. The numbers drawn were 14,17,20 and 21. There was no jackpot winner, but there were two match 3 winners. Congratulations to Edna Morris and John Houlihan who shared €150. The jackpot next week could be worth €8,500. If you want to win, do be in.

Parish Newsletter

The words of the poet Patrick Kavanagh supply our parish newsletter with a reflection this week “As we develop our talents, develop our character too”. Aniversary Masses this week Wed. 19th Nov. Eamon Brett, Kickham Street and Stockport, Peggy and John Hickey, Kickham Street and Joanie Delaney do. Thursday 20th Nov. Mary Mallows, Frank and Ellen Bradshaw, Ballydonnell and their son Paddy.  Also deceased members of the O’Sullivan family, Crossroads including Peggy and Kathleen. Saturday 22nd Nov. at 8pm Roger and Kitty Carey, Clonagoose, Sunday 23rd Nov. at 9.30am Michael and Mary Pollard, Kilvemnon. Sunday 23rd Nov. at 11.30 am Johnny Burke, Kyleafreaghane. A request to those families who received a parish copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church please return as soon as possible so that a new family may have it. Cemetery prayers for November were said in Kilvemnon, Isertkieran and Modeshill on Sunday afternoon last. The children for First Holy Communion 2015 will assemble round the altar at the Our Father at all weekend Masses from now until First Holy Communion time as part of their preparation.

Library Book Bus

A very successful library book bus took place in Mullinahone during the summer. Certs were issued to those who took part. Some certs have still not found their way to the owners. If you know Aaron O’Shea, Roisin Hickey or Orla, Eoin or Cormac Boylan, please contact Ricky Sheehan.


Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 11:51

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